Book Projects: READ Cross-Stitch Wall Panel for BiblioCraft

Book Projects: READ Cross-Stitch Wall Panel for BiblioCraft | The Zen of Making

I am a woman who loves books. (You’re shocked, I’m sure. I’ll give you a moment to recover.) So, when my pal Jessica Pigza approached me about doing a project for BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects [this is an affiliate link], the library-themed book that she was working on, the question wasn’t if I would design something, it was what I would design. And, after much brainstorming, I decided that my feelings of library-related affection could only be adequately expressed by something really, really big. And thus, the READ cross-stitch wall panel was born!

Book Projects: READ Cross-Stitch Wall Panel for BiblioCraft | The Zen of Making

Before I tell you more about my project, I should probably let you get acquainted with the book. Here’s how the publisher, STC Craft, describes BiblioCraft:

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In Which the Modern Quilt Guild Makes Me Very, Very Happy

In Which the Modern Quilt Guild Makes Me Very, Very Happy | The Zen of Making

I love the idea of crafting-specific guilds, bees, and stitch ‘n bitch gatherings—clearly, therein I will find my people. So, it is with absolutely no embarrassment whatsoever that I will admit to the following: When my Modern Quilt Guild membership package showed up in my mailbox today, I squeaked out loud, then tore open the envelope right there in the entryway of my apartment. (I guess you could say that I was pretty excited.) My friends, the joy that I feel about having finally received my MQG membership pin is almost indecent. I’m totally allowed to walk around with it pinned to my hoodie, flashing it at crafty-looking folks like I’m in some awesome secret society, right?

How about you? Are you a member of any local/national guilds or groups? What’s your favorite thing about being part of those communities? And do they have an awesome pin?

If they do have an awesome pin, I fully expect you to leave a link to a photo in the comments. (Please?)

I’m a member of the MQG!


TZoM on Threadbanger: Crochet Basics with Twinkie Chan + Haley

TZoM on Threadbanger: Crochet Basics with Twinkie Chan + Haley | The Zen of Making

What happens when the Threadbanger crew comes over to play? A whole lot of yarn-y awesomeness, that’s what!

Check out the super-adorable Twinkie Chan and her fantastic studio (see also: her incredible crochet-related rap video), then stick around as I invite Threadbanger into my own studio space for a little bit of crochet 101.

Are you a tight hooker? Because, I’m definitely a tight hooker. (Watch the video and this will all make sense, I swear!)

Printable: Watercolor Crochet Stitch Wall Art

Printable: Watercolor Crochet Stitch Wall Art | The Zen of Making

I’ve always loved the look of DIY-related illustrations, especially the ones in yarn crafting and embroidery books. So, last week, on the heels of a couple of months packed with crochet projects, I decided to try my hand at drawing a single crochet stitch. It took a few versions to get it right, but, once I did, I was so pleased with the results, that I decided to print the design, pull out my watercolors, and turn those crochet stitches into a piece of wall art! (Not that I’d ever actually used watercolors before. Luckily, it wasn’t a complete disaster.)

The result: I’m utterly charmed by my new watercolor crochet stitch paintings, and I think they’re the perfect way to brighten up a studio space. If you’re a hooker too, you can make some custom crafty wall art of your own with my free printable!

Printable: Watercolor Crochet Stitch Wall Art | The Zen of Making

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