Tools: How to Use Thread Snips

Tools: How to Use Thread Snips | The Zen of Making

Thread snips—also called thread nippers, thread clippers, and thread cutters—are incredibly handy little scissors to have around your craft room or sewing studio. Perfect for sewers, multi-crafters, and yarn crafters alike, they’re compact, light, and made to be operated quickly (most are spring-loaded), making them ideal for snipping threads, notching fabric, or clipping yarn ends while you work.

Tools: How to Use Thread Snips | The Zen of Making

I love my own thread snips so much that I even designed a special scissors holder necklace so I can have them close at hand whenever I’m working. But, like all tools in the sewing room, knowing that thread snips are awesome in theory doesn’t do you a bit of good if you don’t actually know how to use them in practice. (And, at first glance, that’s not always obvious.) So, for those of you who’ve seen thread snips in craft stores and fabric shops but still aren’t quite sure how they work, I put together a couple of GIFs to show you how to hold them, how to move the blades, and how to use them to cut. I hope this helps solve some mysteries!

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Today’s Craft Social: The Nuts and Bolts of Setting Up a Blog

Today's Craft Social: The Nuts and Bolts of Setting Up a Blog | The Zen of Making

Attention crafters: Join us TODAY for the Craft Social Twitter chat!

Is 2015 the year that you’re finally going to start that blog? Or maybe you’re already a blogger, and you have advice and enthusiasm to share? Join your fellow Socialites, along with hosts Barbara (@penguintrax) and Haley (@thezenofmaking), this evening (Tuesday, January 27th) from 7-8PM EST to talk platforms, hosting, custom URLs, and the how-tos of blogger life!

Hooray for Giveaways!
To help you jumpstart your blogging career, Craft Social chat participants will be eligible to enter a giveaway for 6 months of website hosting ($50 value), compliments of Lyonshost.com. (One lucky winner will receive the hosting package.)

Using the installers they provide, you can install a blogging platform in minutes, then use what you learned in the Craft Social chat to get your new blog up and running in no time. Join us for the chat to learn how to enter!

Disclosure: Lyonshost is owned by Jonathan Lyons, husband of CraftSocial team member, Barbara Forbes-Lyons.

HOW TO JOIN THE CHAT:

When: Tuesday, January 27th, 7-8PM EST
Topic: The Nuts and Bolts of Setting Up a Blog
Hashtag: #CraftSocial

Join the conversation using Twubs, or look for the #CraftSocial hashtag on Twitter.

Want to know more? Head over to Craft Social.

You can also follow along using our handy Craft Social Twitter widget:


See you there, crafty pals!

Sunday Snapshot: A Fun Fox Tote Bag to Kick Off 2015

Sunday Snapshot: A Fun Fox Tote Bag to Kick Off 2015 | The Zen of Making

On Friday, my pal Rachel and I kicked off the first weekend of the new year with a tote bag-making party, and I stitched up this fancy canvas fox tote! (Okay, the fox fabric is fancy—the tote bag was actually ridiculously easy to sew.)

I think it’s a pretty good sign for the coming year that my first finished project of 2015 was something that I made just for fun, don’t you?

Note: Just in case you’re dying to sew a fox tote of your own, the fabric is Foxsimilies from Charley Harper’s NURTURE Canvas collection from Birch Fabrics.

Happy New Year from Tiny Cranky Haley and the Cats!

Happy New Year from Tiny Cranky Haley and the Cats! | The Zen of Making

Happy New Year from Tiny Cranky Haley and the cats!

We hope your 2015 is filled with joy, creativity, and a minimum number of cat farts!

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