Sunday, February 20, 2011

Recycled Story Book Bunting ...

For nearly a year now I have been making bunting from books that have been damaged or badly treated. It took me quite a lot to make that first cut, and still sometimes a piece of my heart aches when I start to rip or cut.
But the end result is a beautiful repurposed item ready to be loved by someone new.

They have been used as bedroom decorations, party decoration, and early reading tools.

These are for sale in my Etsy store Kitty Boo Boo Design. They haven't been lasting long though! I am currently in the process of stitching up about 40 new ones ... take a peek below ... send me a message if you're looking for something in particular!

Alice in Wonderland

Beauty and The Beast

Jack and The Beanstalk

Little Red Riding Hood

Adventures in Space

Snow White

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Comment to Win with Yvette Stanton! – Sewing Blog |

Taken from the BurdaStyle Blog

"Comment on the blog or on Twitter for your chance to win “The Left-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion” and “The Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion,” written by Yvette Stanton!

Book Description: In early 2010, “The Left-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion: a step-by-step stitch dictionary” was released to great acclaim and to the relief of the 10-15% of embroiderers who are left-handed.

With over 170 embroidery stitches demonstrated step-by-step with diagrams and text for each step, left-handed stitchers finally have the stitch dictionary they have been craving. However with its huge popularity, right-handers felt left out, and so “The Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion” was published to stop the jealousy!

Yvette Stanton is an Australian embroidery designer, teacher and author. She has written five step-by-step needlework books, and the Left-Handed and Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companions are her latest two. Yvette is passionate about Whitework embroidery, and loves playing with embroidery stitches. For more information, visit her website, and check out her daily blog, White Threads!

Until Tuesday, February 22nd, you can one of these truly informative books. One right-handed person and one left-handed person will be selected! To enter, answer the following question: What type of embroidery design would you like to create? Also, please mention if you are left-handed or right-handed!

When submitting an answer via Twitter, be sure to include the @BurdaStyle tag and the hashtag #comment2win"

Good Luck!

Comment to Win with Yvette Stanton! – Sewing Blog |

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Determining your Vintage paper Pattern Size

I was over at Craft Gossip today entering Trish Goodfield's How To Teach Art and Craft (enter by clicking link or pic). Trish is from TrishAlan Designs

Craft Gossip is an awesome blog and I suggest you pop over and visit. They have reviews, tutorials, giveaways and so much more on all crafts!

So I found this post about Bramcost Publications and their guide: How to Determine Your Vintage Size. A brilliant and conclusive chart determining your correct vintage paper pattern size. For adults and children! Sometimes we find a brilliant sewing or crochet or knitting pattern and there is no size guide. How do you know it will fit? A commercial size 10 in AU varies to a commercial 10 in the US, what do you think might happen if you throw 30 years into the mix.

Mar at Bramcost has provided a post on how to measure yourself and then compare that to a chart she has posted with the corresponding Vintage size.

Thanks Mar for taking the frustration out of using beautiful old patterns.

Pop over now and check both these out!

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