A talk from Coral Reef Project organiser Margaret Wertheim

Make a cuppa and take a small break and view this TED talk by Margaret Wertheim as it is interesting and if you have not encountered the Coral Reef Project before it is quite amazing. The Beautiful Math of Coral is about the Crochet Coral Reef Project which is created using a crochet technique devised by a mathematician using hyperbolic geometry.

If you are an email subscriber click on the title which will take you to the blog where you can watch it.

If you have not heard of the Coral Reef Project visit their website

Enjoy!


Embossed label Generator

label generator demolabel generator screenI found this neat online tool/toy which I think readers will enjoy. The Fuzzimo Embossed Label Image Generator website creates an image of embossed label which you can print out and use. There are 4 colours and 4 sizes to choose from and it literally takes minutes as you simply write text in a field and then click on the submit button. It generates an image that you can download and use.

I know scrapbookers and folks interested in paper arts will like it.

label generator demo

Also stitchers could easily print out the labels on fabric and incorporate them in stitched projects. It would be a great way to add your name to a quilt or wall hanging. The ideas run a little wild as you could add, dates and quotes or anything you choose to stitched work particularly if it had a vintage theme. Have fun with it and enjoy your day!


Sites worth bookmarking: Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books

screenshot of siteScanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books is definitely worth browsing and bookmarking so make a cuppa and take a look there are some real gems to be discovered.

These images are not only a wonderful design source but they will be of interest to anyone who prints images on fabric, are interested in the book and paper arts or do mixed media collage pieces.

The site houses over 3,000 high-resolution free images which have been scanned from old out of copyright books. Images are tagged and described so it makes for interesting browsing. Take a look particularly at the decorative initials and borders as I am sure many stitchers will find these great inspiration and sources for designs.

Friday freebies is a regular series in which I highlight free resources online, free patterns and links that are of interest to fiber folks.  All posts in the series are in the  Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them.

The Historic Tale Construction Kit

screenshot of siteI have no idea how people might use The Historic Tale Construction Kit but it has a fun connection to the history of textiles so I thought I would share. The Historic Tale Construction Kit is an interactive site where you can build you own story based on the embroidery found in the Bayeux Tapestry. Its a story cloth of another kind!
Elements from this historic piece have been digitised so that you can rearrange them to tell your own story. You can add graphic elements to the main area and save images to create you own historical textile comic strip. There are a variety of people, warriors, animals, buildings and other things that you can use.

It’s fun and since you can keep the image you could easily send them to friends.

Originally the Historic Tale Construction Kit was a Flash application created by Karnebogen and Jungbluth but it does not exist online anymore. So Johannes Jander rebuilt is in HTML and JavaScript.

Friday freebies is a regular series in which I highlight free resources online, free patterns and links that are of interest to fiber folks.  All posts in the series are in the  Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them.