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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!

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

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Tutorial: Mini Hexie Necklace

Tutorial: Mini Hexie Necklace | The Zen of Making

Attention quilting geeks: You need an adorable mini hexie necklace, right? (Of course you do!)

Turn 10 teeny tiny ¼" hexies into a sewing-inspired fashion statement with my mini hexie necklace tutorial with free downloadable template!

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Tutorial: English Paper Piecing Travel Kit, Hexies Part 3

Tutorial: English Paper Piecing Travel Kit, Hexies Part 3 | The Zen of Making

Hexie obsessed? Get your quilting fix on the go with part 3 of my English Paper Piecing tutorial series: the English paper piecing travel kit!

Designed with mobile crafting in mind, my English paper piecing travel kit has two main compartments—one for holding fat quarters and spools of thread and the other for organizing stitched hexies and finished blocks—plus an outer pocket that’s the perfect size for two altoids tins—one for paper templates and one for sewing supplies—and a pair of scissors. Closed and fully loaded, the travel case is a 6" x 6" square that’s only about 3" thick, so it’s the perfect size to toss into a purse, tote, or project bag. Ready to make one of your own? Download my **free printable pattern, and let’s get started!

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of MakingIn the mood to accessorize? Add a custom snap-on pincushion to your finished project with my English Paper Piecing Travel Kit Pincushion Tutorial!

**This project and pattern are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. If you would like to license this project and pattern for teaching purposes or require information regarding selling items that you make with this pattern, please see the permissions section of my legal disclosure, then contact me directly for further details.

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Tessellating TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern

Tessellating TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern | The Zen of Making

Geek crafts get a little more grown up with my new Doctor Who-inspired [not quite] Tessellating TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern with printable PDF template!

My new design is much subtler than my original TARDIS-inspired iPhone case cross-stitch pattern, and I’m definitely loving the results. It’s such a crisp, clean way to display my Whovian cred without drawing too much attention. (The pattern repeat also hides dirt really well, which is a must for surviving daily life in NYC.)

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