Friday, August 26, 2016

Halloween Decorations--Crochet Frankenstein Goody Bag

Goody bags can do double duty as party decor. This Frankenstein bag that has a protruding forehead and drooping eyelids is a good example.

Halloween was one my favorite holidays as a kid because of the costumes, the monster movies, the parties, and of course the candy. This crochet Frankenstein projects combines many of the elements that made this holiday a fond childhood memory.  Whether you choose to use Frankie as a goody bag or holiday decoration, he was designed to last like the happy childhood memories he sure to be a part of. The design process included choosing Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton yarn which is a worsted-weight, mercerized 100% natural fiber yarn. The mercerization process gives the yarn incredible color and sheen which will last through multiple wash cycles. The three dimension effect of his forehead and eyes comes from stuffing with Poly-fil.

 The pattern for this project can be found in the Fall 2016 issue of Craft Ideas.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Free Beading Tutorial--Beaded Bead using 2-hole beads

This free beading tutorial builds on the previous three posts. What makes this beaded bead different from the previous beaded bead is that it features the 2-hole Tango bead. The Tango bead has a triangle shape and has two holes that allows for multiple configurations:  cubes, pyramids, and other geometric shapes. The design of the previous beaded was elevated by Incorporating this bead. Changing the beads used in a project can have  a dramatic effect. In this case, adding the 2-hole Tango bead made the tubular herringbone stitch look like the twisted version.  To see the instructions click Read more below the photo.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Free Beading Tutorial--Tubular Herringbone Beaded Bead

Today's post you'll get to apply what you learned from the previous two post, the ladder stitch tutorial and the tubular herringbone tutorial, to make this beaded bead. You'll need seed beads in three sizes ,  2Tiny Fire Polished beads, bead thread, Big Eye Needle and scissors. In a future post I will show you how to incorporate the two-hole Tango Bead. Click Read more below the photo for instructions.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Free Beading Tutorial--Tubular Herringbone

Tubular herringbone stitch is a variation of the herringbone stitch. The stitch can be worked using different types and sizes of beads. It is often used to create elaborate beaded ropes. In a future post, I will be providing a tutorial on how to create a beaded bead using this stitch. Click Read More below the photo for instructions.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Free Beading Tutorial--the Ladder Stitch

This is a free beading tutorial on the ladder stitch. This tutorial includes step-by-step photos. Although it is called a stitch, it is also the foundation row for other stitches, such as the brick stitch and the herringbone stitch.  To see the tutorial, click on Read More below the photo.