Craft Attack MuthaF*****

Happy Wednesday! I’m quite excited today, because later tonight is my monthly craft night with my favorite ladies in StitchCraft! I found these lovely ladies on MeetUp.com which is a great social planner for people new to a city or just looking for new social events to attend. For a solo-crafter like myself I have so enjoyed meeting so many crafters, whether they are knitters, crocheters, wool spinners/dyers, seamstresses, quilters, paper artisans… the list literally could go on, because there are so many wonderful people doing AMAZING things out there now. I wanted to share briefly the things I have come across lately/am in LOVE with in the world of crafting.

1. American-Made / Organic Fabrics

Let me just go ahead and inform you that cotton is one of the most heavily pesticide filled crops that we come into contact with on a daily basis. Seriously, now think about your sheets, your clothes, your lady products, your toilet paper, paper towels….. AHHHHH. I am SO ELATED to see Joann’s jump on board with an Organic Fabric line and boy is it pretty. The patterns are just so unique and visually marvelous. They are $10.99-14.99/yard though, so definitely wait for a 50% off coupon to purchase. I have only seen these in a few Joann’s stores though, I can’t seem to locate them on the website.




I’m seriously getting that panicky feeling only other crafters know right now looking at those bolts. The ‘oh man, maybe I need to leave work right now and go buy them all because what if it sells out and what if I can’t add it to the already ENORMOUS pile of WIP fabrics I have at home… ANGST.” Joann’s is also offering an “American-made” fabric line that is stunning as well. With 27 different designs and patterns it is great to see such a large chain offer something that is important to the spirit of ‘locally-made’ and responsible crafting.

Daisy On Vine Blue

I know not everyone supports shopping at a large chain like Joann’s so please check out your local fabric and sewing stores, often the smaller local shops have the best quality and respond to consumer desires faster than a giant store. My local sewing spot is The Needle Shop on Addison and Lincoln in Chicago. They offer so many different styles of rotating apparel and upholstery fabrics. Every time I go in there I think I touch and look at each bolt for 5 minutes.

2. Yarn/Crochet/Fiber Arts

I mean, I can’t even begin to share all the wonders I see daily regarding fiber arts. I’m continually inspired and awed at how crafters are able to dye/spin/manipulate and then create a gorgeous fiber item. A few of my favorite people/shops/stuff/events are:

knitxmidwest 2 – they are having a second one this year! you betchyer ass i already reserved 5 spots!

heyjenrenee – equal parts rad mom and epical knitter (plus rowan ambassador, GAPTASTIC Cowl Designer, knitxmidwest founder, the list goes on)

YarnBox – a monthly yarn delivery service that lets you sample and knit with 1/2 skeins of indie and small batch yarn producers. I seriously have LOVED being a YarnBox member. There is a wait list now, but it is worth it. Last month I got gorgeous yarn from Switzerland for christ’s sake!

Susan Crawford – the retro knit goddess.

Plus, because fiber arts are booming – so many people are creating top-notch patterns and even giving them away. Check out Ravelry before you ever buy a pattern chances are it is on there. But, if you into supporting indie pattern designers, there is no bad karma in donating or purchasing patterns from their websites/etsy.com stores/ravelry. Pay it forward my crafters!

What kind of things are inspiring you with the season change? Do you find that you change your craft entirely or just augment what you work on? Further, if anyone would like to share their thoughts and opinion about organic fabrics and/or large chain consumption I would love to hear you thoughts.

xxx
GFK

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Let’s Talk About Sew bay-bee.

I always get the song by Salt N’ Pepper “Let’s talk about sex baby – let’s talk about you and me…” stuck in my head.  Today at Joann’s I was walking around humming it to myself and ad-libbed my own version.

Speaking of Joann’s, I obviously love to support local sew/knit shops, but sometimes I find myself at Joann’s for the selection and the ‘instant gratification’ feeling.  I do shop for vintage fabrics and patterns on Etsy and online all the time though (you can tell I have chain-support guilt).  Plus, unless you’re the first in line at the fabric table you have to wait FOREVER and I’m sorry most (not all) cut the yardage so uneven it makes my soul hurt. 

Anyways!  I show a lot of the knitting projects I work on, but I also sew.  What’s that? Yes I do do it all! Kidding! My levels of skills varies greatly from each craft though.  I’m just getting into intermediate sewing, because I just don’t keep up with it as much as I do my knitting.  I don’t know why either because I have a beautiful sewing table that was my great grandmothers!  I also have Carolyn Mary’s Pfaff machine that I am in love with already after only a few short projects. 

So to inspire me to sew a little bit more, especially with the Holidays coming up I have prepared for a few fun projects.  Today I kind of felt like it was even getting late to start for Halloween, but you know crafters are on their own hyper time-table! It actually reminded me of this:

 

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PS Stanley Tucci is a GOD.  Any movie he is in is pretty much my favorite.

Okay now on to the crafts:

Here is WIP door panel for Halloween – isn’t so cute?!  I ordered it from Etsy and I just have the interior stitching and then border to do.

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Then, here is fabric I will have to go back and get for Lois for Christmas.

 

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Get excited! The holiday bolts are here!

 

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Flannel is on sale for $2.99/yd at Joann’s so I’m gonna make a ‘quilt’ with this and sew along those dotted half-circles I think it will be ADORABLE.  Plus, with this craft I finally got to buy FLAMINGO PINK thread…. once in a lifetime purchase I swear.

 

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This pattern is dark, but I am going to make the Christmas tree center-piece.  

 

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Then I got this cute cat/halloween fabric so I made Mister Lee a bandana for his pug meet up today. 🙂 

 

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I did not buy this super cute Halloween fabric even though I was squealing when I saw it.  I just don’t have a project for it and I don’t want to waste it. 

 

 

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Here is all the fabric I got today – the Christmas themed ones are for the table trees.

 

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Yay! Sewing! Do you do multiple crafts?  Do you find it hard to balance time and interest in both at the same time?