Christmas Crafts

Christmas in July: Plastic Canvas Ornaments and Gifts You Will Love Making and Giving!

Plastic Canvas for Christmas

Inspired by projects shared in the Plastic Canvas Blog Hop hosted recently by Sister Diane on Craftypod, the "head elf" in my Christmas in July workshop (that would be me) has been playing with plastic canvas againÂ… making PC Christmas! Check out all the holiday crafty goodness Plastic Canvas Blog Hop participants have inspired!

How to Make 3-D God's Eyes!

God's Eyes 3-D

My friend Michelle has inspired me on more than one occasion to think about the crafty possibilities of cereal box cardboard! Guess what - I just used it again - to make God's Eyes! And turned what was at first a negative outcome into a very cool new way to make God's Eyes! 3-D God's eyes!

You see, the problem that occurs when using cereal box cardboard for the supports is that after winding the yarn about four times, the God's Eye will begin to curve. No stopping it!

Weaving #3: Giant Teneriffe Snowflake (or Mid-Sommer Sun)

Giant Teneriffe snowflake

Right in the middle of writing the tutorial for making Teneriffe Snowflakes (post is here) I started wondering if I could make a simple Teneriffe Snowflake on a knitting loom. So I dropped everything - pulled out the loom and a bit of bulky weight yarn and this is the beautiful result!

Weaving #2: How to Make Teneriffe Snowflakes

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Teneriffe Lace making is what Diane would refer to as "deep craft" a more "intense" craft that relatively few crafters will likely attempt. However, after struggling through the learning curve and actually finding teneriffe to be fun, I set out to create a very simple version of the sweet little circlets and thereby hopefully making it more appealing to a greater number of crafters. I call these "Teneriffe Snowflakes".

Weaving #1: Seriously Cool Loom Flowers!

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The next two weeks will be devoted to weaving! Lots of different kinds of weaving! And we are starting it off with Teneriffe and its "spin-off cousins" - flower looms.

Thinking some of you might be surprised at the sweet possibilities the flower looms offer - so I am sharing a few of them along with a link to one of the best free PDF's available for making loom flowers.

And in a couple more days - a tutorial from me to you for making a simplified Teneriffe lacy snowflake just like the one above! It is not as hard as it looks!

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