Around the blogs

Magdalen of Quilting in Harmony has published an excellent piece on Copyright and other legal issues for quilters. Found with thanks via Craft Gossip 

Found on Craft Stylish is this pattern for a clutch purse and a tutorial on how to make an yo-yo hand bag 

I know that many people will remember crochet market bags and with the emphasis on all things green they are becoming fashionable again. For those that can’t remember them the advantage to this type of bag is that it can scrutch up at the bottom of your hand bag until you need it and then as you fill it the thing e_x_p_a_n_d_s. I noticed this pattern is available thanks to Orange Juicy Knits Link found with thanks via Whip Up 

Also found with thanks via Whip Up are these simple Stars and Hearts Christmas decorations made in felt would make an ideal project to make with children and Lupin of Bugs and Fishes has followed it up with this tutorial on decorating felt bauble shapes

Dunesong has posted some vintage needlework patterns on Flickr. Found with thanks via Chloe’s Place

Time for the letter O

On my list there is not many blogs which start with the letter O but it is still long enough to make it worth while making a cuppa and settling in for a bit of browse.

As I have said before I choose blogs that are on topic and written reasonably frequently, by textile practitioners and designers who do such things as quilt, stitch, dye, sew, embellish fabric, bead, use visual journals, or are interested in art and design. I also try and stick to blogs that are on topic at least 80% of the time. So I read back 10 posts if more than 2 posts are on something other than textiles/art I don’t include them.

Here are the lists so far A , B, C , D , E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L , M and N

So without further fuss here is Letter O.

Occasional Jottings Linda is interested insurface design, dyeing, contemporary quilting and textiles. She blogs her visual journal, design process and work in progress.

Oh Joy! is a craft and design blog

Old School Acres Laurie blogs her works with felt used to create craft items

Omphaloskepsis is a sketchbook blog kept by EJ who is highly skillful in drawing

On the Banks of Bay Creek I have read Dawn’s blog for years as she regularly publishes the page spreads of her art journals.

On the Needle is a blog kept during the City and Guilds course in Embroidery, but also covers knitting

One Hundred Visions and Revisions Mixed media art journals and collage work from the hands of Shirley McCutcheon

Ooh! Pretty Colors Diane is interested in quilting, dyeing, knitting and sewing

Orange Rug Yarn Musings Juli blogs about her needlework, is interested in design and drawing

Ornamental is a blog of mixed media artist and jewelry designer of Nina Bagley

Out of the Basement Kay is interested in quilts and wearbles

Time for the letter N

I had planned to get through this list by the end of the year but I am not really sure I am going to make it. Once again it is time to settle back, make a cuppa and enjoy some browsing b logs starting with the letter N.

I generally I try to choose blogs that are on topic and written reasonably frequently, by textile practitioners and designers who do such things as quilt, stitch, dye, sew, embellish fabric, bead, use visual journals, or are interested in art and design. I also try and stick to blogs that are on topic at least 80% of the time. So I read back 10 posts if more than 2 posts are on something other than textiles/art I don’t include them.

Here are the lists so far A , B, C , D , E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L and M

 

Natural Dye Journalcovers using natural dyes, rust dyeing, and compost dyeing, with the aim of creating fabrics for quilting.

Needle ‘n ThreadMary Corbet regularly contributes to the online stitching community with video tutorials of stitches, free patterns and sound advice.

Needle’s ExcellencyLaren is focused on historical needlework and embroidery.

NeedlecraftBhavani is interested in hand embroidery and regukarly posts both progress reports on projects and information about stitches used.

Nela’s Life Diaryis a stitchers blog

Nellie’s NeedlesNellie is interested in art quilts

Neverending listsFiona tracks her fiber projects and textile related interests in her blog

New Work and InspirationLisa Call writes an thoughtful blog on contemporary textiles

NichobellaAcey tracks her interests in quilting, mixed media assemblage, and embroidery. She also keeps a second blogSparkling Lotus Landtoo

Nicole’s Art WorldNicole is interested in mixed media and paper collage works

Nicole Caulfield’s Art JournalNicole is highly skillful in drawing and her blog discusses her process.

NicquiltzNic Bridges is a professional longarm quilter, artist, designer and teacher

Nikki Wheeleris a contemporary fiber artist who blogs her work in progress.

No Matter Where I Go, I Always Meet Myself ThereJo in New Zealand is an active crazy quilter and embroiderer.

Norma’s NeedleworkzNorma is a crazy quilter, embroiderer and tatter

NotebookismIf you walk into art supply shops and lust after notebooks you will like this blog. The topic is about notebooks wha people use them for, what they put in them and what they like about particular tyoes of notebook.

Novas BlossomsStephanie is a interested in contmeporay doll making, embroidery, weaving, knitting,and mixed media fiber arts.

Nuts About NeedlepointJanet Perry was the Needlepoint Guide for About.com from 1997-2001, she teaches and is in the process of publishing a book and her blog reflects her interest in needlepoint

Nuvo Feltfocuses on needle felting and experiments with contemporary textile techniques

Browsing the blogs

Here is another of my regular round ups of handy tutorials and what has been happening in the blogsphere. Make a cuppa and enjoy! 

Mary of Needleandthread.com has written two tutorials that I am sure stitchers world wide will be  grateful for. I am serious. One of the top most asked questions in stitchery is how do I start a thread? Well, Mary has answered it with Starting a Thread: Away Waste Knot (which would be my favourite) way to start a thread and Starting Your Thread: Anchor Stitches on a Line. Unlike Mary’s normal tutorials these are both illustrated with clear step by step  photos so if you are on a slow connection and usually have problems with online video you still have access to this resource. While on her site Mary has been organising an index/list of the hand embroidery resources she has published. Do check it out as the list is quite extensive. 

For the stitch along that is running our of the hand embroidery group on Stitchin fingers, I have been gradually putting together a list of stitch guides and embroidery books that can be found online free. This week I discovered Embroidery Stitches by M. E. Wilkinson which covers 200 hand embroidery stitches. 

Also a tutorial I nearly missed is an excellent post by Carol-Anne Conway of Threads across the Web. Carol-Anne has clearly described and photographed a Japanese goldwork technique called a sinking needle 

Chicken Scratch embroidery is normally done on check fabric but  Elizabeth of Quieter Moments has been adapting techniques from chicken scratch to working on a foundation of spotted fabric. Elizabeth has written an excellent tutorial on adapting chicken scratch in this way calling it round chicken scratch. Do take a look as it is an excellent example of adapting a traditional technique to a new context. 

I don’t usually point out what has been going on with the TIF challengers for fear of being seen to play favourites.  I am going to break my own rules now however because I think the design for this piece is exceptional. I am sure readers will agree that Maria del Valle’s work is exceptional. While you are there check out her blog Alarttext which has a handy “translate this blog” feature in the side bar. If you are on Stitchin Fingers Maria’s page is here.

For total geeks Radical Cross stitch has posted a pattern of the firefox logo

This tutorial on how to make a pencil pocket for a sketchbook (in this case a Moleskine) was found thanks to Whip up

Also discovered via Whip up is this tutorial on making  an ironing board cover.

Time for the letter M

Once again it is time to settle back, make a cuppa and enjoy some browsing. This week we are at the letter M.

This time around there are few (just a sprinkle) of art blogs too as generally I try to choose blogs that are on topic and written reasonably frequently, by textile practitioners and designers who do such things as quilt, stitch, dye, sew, embellish fabric, bead, use visual journals, or are interested in art and design.

I also try and stick to blogs that are on topic. How do I do that? I aim for 80% on topic. So I read back 10 posts if more than 2 posts are on something other than textiles/art I don’t include them.

Here are the lists so far A , B, C , D , E, F, G, H, I, J, K and L

M Lee Fine Art the blog of a woodblock  print maker  who keeps a blog of her current print projects.

Madame Bogg’s is a greeting card illustrator in her day job and her blog is full of illustrations, many are designed to be embroidered. She also makes softies.

Made by Joanne is a blog about crochet, knitting, ATCs, inchies and paper crafts such as cards

Maggie’s Textiles I encountered Maggies blog because she took one of my classes. Her stitching is fantastic and her blog is worth reading.

Magic of Light, Mystery of Shadows Joan blogs photographs, techniques, and recipes about indigo dye, natural dyes, and textile resist techniques.

Magical Mouse Studio Kim is a quilter.

Magical Musings is a craft blog

Magpies Collectables Maggie is a fiber artist and contemprary doll maker who blogs about her interests in beading quilting and doll making.

Magpies Envy Dianne is interested in paper mixed media and collage

Magpies Mumblings  Mary Anne crafts, sews and knits

Mags Ramsay is interested in contemporary textile, quilting and stitch techniques

Magstitch is a blog kept by author and stitcher Maggie Grey. For anyone interested in contemporary textiles this blog is worth checking out and following

Maia Felidae is a contemporary embroiderer and crazy quilter who creates some really lovely pieces.

Making a Mark Katherine Tyrrell provides links to resources for artists and writes about drawing with with pastels, pencils and pen and ink.

Making things Christelle covers both craft and contemporary  textiles in her blog

Mantua Maker is the blog of designer/maker Ruth Singer who works with eco and recycled fabrics

Manxgirl blogs about quilting, sewing, knitting and cross stitch

Maya is drawing and sketching blog.

Medieval Silkwork is a great blog on historical textiles. Braiding, passementerie and embroidery are  areas of focus and all with great eye candy.

Meggiecat is an interesting blog that provides links to all sorts of interesting craft and paper related resources.

Mermaid’s Purse is kept by a British Embroiderer who has done City and Guilds and has an interest in Crazy quilting.

MG Quilts Maggie is an Aussie quilter who blogs about quilting, links to resources and documents what she is making.

Mi Casita de Pájaros is written by Maria a Spanish blogger interested in craft, quilting, embroidery

Miami Threads is collaborative blog of art quilters who share information, techniques, and images of work.

Michelle’s Stitch and Paint Spot Michelle is a textile practitioner interested in mixed media and surface design

Milestosew Helen blogs her work in progress and varied interests. You will find fabric postcards, hand embroidery, and beading.

Million Little Stitches Maya lists her interests as embroidery, knitting, crochet, beadwork, journaling and mixed media.

Mish Mash Linda keeps a blog mainly about knitting, crochet and spining but some other craft interests sneak in too.

Miss Frugality covers interests such as crafts, embroidery and recycling

Mixed Media Julie is a painter who tracks her interests in contemporary mxed media fiber techniques, beading, fabric postcards.

mmm…. coffee…..Erica is a bookbinder, sewer and quilter. Her day job is as a conservation technician in a rare books library

Moleskinerie is a site devoted to Moleskine notebooks and how they are used.

Molly Chicken is a craft blog which often touches on quilting, sewing and knitting

Moonsilk Stitches Marjorie has started a new blog for the Take it Further challenge

More Whiffs, Glimmers and Left Oeuvres Deb has recently covered such topics as sewing, rug hooking, weaving, dyeing  and art quilts. As you can see her fiber interests range across many areas.

Mountain Salt Studio Diane Redmer Moore is mixed media fiber artist who does a lot of beading and some crazy quilting.

Moyou is written by Amy Kerr is a young textile designer based in Canberra. Moyou is described as a unique blend of Australian design and Japanese aesthetic.

Musings of a Textile Itinerant Dijanne Cevaal is a textile artist who designs, teaches, and travels.

My Handbound Books is the blog of a bookbinder which covers artists books, book structures and many aspects of the book arts.

My Patchwork life is kept by Sherry Wade who writes about interest in crazy quilting and sewing