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Book Project + Giveaway: Wool Binding Kitchen Rug for Hand-Stitched Home

Book Project + Giveaway: Wool Binding Kitchen Rug for Hand-Stitched Home | The Zen of Making

Photo credit: Burcu Avsar, 2014, used with permission from The Taunton Press

A little more than a year ago, I took a trip to Portland, OR, and had a crazy-fun all-day craft party with some of my very favorite people on the planet. During this melding of creative minds, I finally got to meet my friend Susan Beal—who just happens to be the author of some of my favorite sewing (affiliate link) and quilting (affiliate link) books—in person, and awesomeness ensued. By the end of the day, I had visited the amazing Pendleton Woolen Mill Store, and had agreed to design a wool binding kitchen rug project for her upcoming book from The Taunton Press, Hand-stitched Home: Projects to Sew with Pendleton & Other Wools (affiliate link). I guess you could say it was a pretty great trip! ;P

Book Project + Giveaway: Wool Binding Kitchen Rug for Hand-Stitched Home | The Zen of Making

And, now that the book is out and available for all of your holiday gift-giving needs, I’m so excited that I can finally show you the rug!

Here’s an inside look at the project and design process, plus a chance to win a copy of the book:

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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 CrafterÂ’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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Knitting Necessities: Cast On, Bind Off Book Review

Knitting Necessities: Cast On, Bind Off Book Review | The Zen of Making

When I first started knitting, I made an embarrassingly large number of hats (and mittens and cowls) that I couldn’t even wear when they were finished because the openings didn’t stretch wide enough for me to actually put them on. For a while, I was convinced that I was an utter failure at knitting, because, despite the fact that I had seemingly perfect tension everywhere else, it just kept happening. Eventually, of course, I made the discovery that there was more than one kind of bind off (!!), and the results were life-changing. Equally life-changing: Receiving my review copy of Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods, by Leslie Ann Bestor (this is an affiliate link), which quickly became the most frequently used book in my knitting reference library.

(Related: Does anyone else think it’s damn stupid that, despite the fact that most knitting patterns start with “cast on” and end with “bind off,” they never tell you which methods to use? I mean, I know that several cast on or bind off methods might be appropriate for a given pattern, but the designer could at least share which one they used when writing it, right?!)

Now, on to the review:

Knitting Necessities: Cast On, Bind Off Book Review | The Zen of Making

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