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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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Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers

Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers | The Zen of Making

Fabric armrest covers: the dirty little secret of confirmed cat ladies everywhere!

Okay, okay. They’re not really just for cat ladies. Whether it’s pets, kids, thrift store scores, stains, or just extra-comfy seats that have seen better days, it’s amazing how quickly a simple fabric armrest cover can transform a ratty looking couch or chair into a piece of furniture that’s pretty and presentable. So, after my darling Pixel-the-Cat simply couldn’t resist sinking his claws into my poor living room couch like a vicious tiny tiger (oh, would that we had discovered Soft Paws claw caps earlier), I decided that something had to be done to disguise the damage. And, having zero interest in, say, reupholstering my entire loveseat, I whipped up a set of quick and easy DIY fabric armrest covers to hide the offending holes and scratches.

Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers | The Zen of Making

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Want to spiff up your most welcoming rooms before the start of the holiday season? Here’s how to make your own set of custom fabric armrest covers:

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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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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!

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