Thursday, August 28, 2014
We are back featuring our Meridian Craft Warehouse Employee Design Team Contest winner, Ashlee Pelletier! Ashlee sure can make her Zentangle art shine! She says it is really relaxing and quite easy to do! Anyone can do it; you don't need to know how to draw to doodle!
11x14 Piece of Mat Board (or other stiff drawing material)
Selection of Stablio Fineliner Pens
Pencil and Eraser
One "Life is a Great Big Canvas" Decorating Your Life Vinyl
1. With your pencil, divide your mat board into six sections. Do this free handed and allow your lines to flow naturally and your spaces to be uneven.
2. At the intersections of your lines, draw paint splats in various sizes, Draw these in pencil, then trace over in pen.
3. Using the pencil lines as guides, fill in each of the six sections with different Zentangle patterns. Look for Zentagle books to use as inspiration in our stores. Don't be afraid to freehand these patterns in pen.
4. Erase all of the pencil marks and guides.
5. Frame your sentangle art and clean the glass thoroughly.
6. Apply the vinyl, according to package directions, centered on the glass.
Enjoy your hand-drawn wall art!
To learn more about Zentangle Art, check out our previous posts here , here, and here.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
This altered "granny square" pattern, by Karen Graepel from our Vancouver Craft Warehouse, using Cascade Magnum Yarn creates a fun chair pad for keeping yourself warm on the bleachers during football season! Make it in your sports team's colors to show your spirit!
One skein Cascade Magnum yarn, any color except white (white will not felt because bleach is used during processing). NOTE: Only one skein is needed to make this chair pad, but you may use two colors to honor your favorite sports team – and make 2 pads!
Crochet hook, size N (10mm)
· Beginning cluster (beg cl): Ch 2, (yo, insert hook in ch sp, yo and draw loop through, yo and through 2 loops on hook) 2 times, yo, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
· Cluster Stitch (clstr): (Yo, insert hook in ch sp, yo, draw loop through, yo and through 2 loops on hook) 3 times; yo, draw through all 4 loops on hook.
Ch 4, sl st in first chain to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as first dc & ch 1), (dc, ch 1 in ring) 7 times, join with sl st to third ch of beginning ch 4. (8 dc, 8 ch 1 sps)
Rnd 2: Sl st in first ch 1 sp, work beg cl in sp, *ch4 [to form corner], cluster in next ch sp, ch3, cluster in next ch sp, repeat from * 2 more times, ch 4, cluster in next ch sp, ch 1, hdc in top of beg. cl (forms final ch 3). (8 clusters, 4- ch 4 sp corners, 4- ch 3 sp)
Rnd 3: Beg Cl in same sp as joining, *ch 3, (clstr, ch 4, clstr in next ch 4 sp [corner]), ch 3, clstr in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * twice more, ch 3, clstr, ch 4, clstr in last ch 4 sp, ch 1, hdc in top of beg. cl. (8 ch 3 sp & 4 ch 4 corner sp)
Rnd 4: Ch 3 in same sp as joining (counts as dc), 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 3 dc, *ch 1, (3 tr, ch 3, 3 tr) in corner, (ch 1, 3 dc) in next two ch 3 sps, repeat from * twice more, ch 1, (3 tr, ch 3, 3 tr) in last ch 4 sp, ch 1, dc in ch 3 sp next to ch 3 at beg of round, sl st in top of ch 3.
Note: If you choose to make a 2-color pad, now is the time to fasten off and join your 2nd color in the slip stitch at the end of round 4.
Rnd 5: sl st to ch 1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 sp across, repeat from * twice more, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last corner ch 3 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in ch 1 sp, ch 1, join to top of beg. ch 3.
Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, *ch 1, dc in next 3 dc, dc in ch 1 sp, dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 3 dc, dc in next ch 1 sp, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp, dc in next 3 dc, repeat from * twice more, ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp, dc in next 3 dc, dc in next ch 1 sp, dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 3 dc, dc in ch 1 sp, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, join to top of beg. ch 3. [9 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, 9 dc per side]
Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, *ch 1, dc in next 9 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 9 dc, ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp, dc in next 3 dc, repeat from * twice more, ch 1, skip next ch 1 sp, dc in next 9 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 9 dc, ch 1, join to top of beg. ch 3 and fasten off. [11 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, 11 dc per side]
Your chair pad is about 20-25% larger than it will be after felting. Place it in your washer with like-colored fabrics (avoid towels, they may add lint to your wool) and wash with a mild detergent in warm water. Air dry, spreading the pad out evenly. Enjoy!
dc double crochet
hdc half double crochet
sl st slip stitch
yo yarn over
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Create this unique look! We took a fabric fat quarter and coated it with ice resin. After drying for 24 hours we cut it into strips, punched a hole in the top and attached it to chain with jump rings every fourth link!
Project Designed by Dione Schuler at our Kennewick Craft Warehouse storeSupplies:
18 inches of cable chain
12-8 mm Jump rings
64-4mm Jump rings
64 - Eye Pins
25-4mm Bicones Med. Siam
21-4mm Bicones Red
18-4mm Bicones Yellow Gold
1. Start with picking a 4x6 piece of Batik fabric. Mix ice resin according to instructions. Heavily coat both sides of fabric and place on plastic bag to dry for at least 24 hours.
2. After ice resin is dry, cut the resin fabric with scissors or a paper cutter. To make this design, cut into a triangle then cut in half. Cut each side into equal sized stripes. Using a small hole punch, punch holes at the top of each strip.
3. Use the 8mm jump rings to attach each strip to chain every four links.
4. Put each bicone on an eye pin and loop other side. Do this to all bicones. These are all connected with the 4mm jump rings to make dangles that are connected between each strip.
* Chain by the foot buy one foot, get the second foot free August 28th through September 21st, 2014.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Cowl (pictured on the left)
2 Strands Heartland T&Q blue (1 skein)
2 strands Heartland T&Q black (1 skein)
Cast on 5 stitches, you will arm knit all the yarn and cast off.
Weave the short ends together to create the cowl.
Infinity Scarf (pictured on the right)
1 strand Heartland T&Q cream (1 skein)
1 strand Heartland T&Q black (1 skein)
2 strands Marble Chunky red mix (1 skein)
Cast on 7 stitches, arm knit to desired length.
Cast off and weave short ends together to create the cowl.
“Learn to Arm Knit” teaches the ultimate quick technique for creating fabulous scarves and cowls!
Using super chunky yarn or multiple strands of thinner yarns, you can be finished in about a half hour even with no experience in traditional knitting. Simple instructions will guide you through every step.
* Arm Knitting book $3.99, Heartland Thick and Quick Yarn 2 for $10 (reg $6.99), and Marble Chunky Yarn 2 for $20 (reg $15.99) on sale from August 27 through September 21, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Today we are featuring two winners of our Employee Design Team Contest from our Medford Craft Warehouse! These feathered masks are sure to wow at your next costume party! Dana and Kira wrote easy directions so you can make your own!
(created by Kira Burkett)
1 pk of Trevini small gold crystals
1 pack of Touch of Nature feathers in natural/gold
2 ring neck feather pads
1 bottle of Tacky glue
1 “mask it” full faced mask
1 bottle of white Art Advantage brand of paint (acrylic)
1 bottle of aqua green Art Advantage brand of paint (acrylic)
Flat square tipped paint brush
1. Start by priming the mask and the mask post with white acrylic paint and let it dry.
2. Next, I used the acrylic aqua green and painted the front of the mask and the post. Used 2 coats to ensure smooth and even coverage. (When painting the post, paint 1 side at a time so you can lay it down to dry. When the first side painted is dry, paint the next side.)
3. Once the aqua green paint has completely dried, take your flat squared tipped brush and white paint, add your tribal designs to the mask.
4. To embellish your mask, take the gold Trevini crystals and line the eyes, chin and top portion of the face. Bond them with superglue. I also added individual crystals to the white tribal designs. Lay down mask to dry.
5. Setting the Feathers. Start by sorting feathers into a color scheme pattern. It is easier to work from the top to bottom while keeping the spines of the feathers coming into 1 point. Use Tacky glue to secure feather spines in place. I added 2 layers of feathers to create a full effect. Since all the spines are exposed, I took the 2 ring neck feather pads, cut them to fit over the spines and glued them down. Let the tacky set and dry for approx. 2 hours.
6. Lastly, add your Tervini crystals to the handle to add a beautiful accent. Allow to dry for 2 hours. When your project has dried completely, attach the handle to the mask and enjoy!!!!
(created by Dana Ament)
1 Full faced mask
2 Peacock feathers
2 Black feathers with purple spots
3 Black feather plumes
1 Turquoise ostrich hair clip
1 Pack of black ostrich feathers
1 Tube of E6000 glue
1 Pack of each Red, Blue, Iridescent, and Purple Trivini sticker gems
Sharpie brush tip markers in blue, green, red, and purple
1 ultra-fine tipped Black Sharpie
1. Start with placing your feathers around your mask to create the look you want. After you have determined placement, glue the feathers, starting with the bottom placements of your feathers and glue them to the mask using the E6000. Work through the layers and once all your feathers have been placed and the glue has dried, you are ready for the next step.
2. Using your Ultra-Fine Black Sharpie, create your masks eye brows by whisking your Sharpie in short strokes along the brow line.
3. Next, color in eye shadow effect by using the blue, green, and purple Sharpie Brush tipped markers. Take your finger and smudge the colors together as desired. Allow to dry for 15 minutes
4. Using your Black Sharpie, outline the eyes and draw in the eye lashes.
5. Using your Red Trivini sticker gems, outline the lips and accent the inner eye with 1 gem on each eye.
6. Next, using the Blue Trivini sticker gems accent the spine of both black feathers with the purple spots and use 1 gem to create a nose piercing on the right side of the nostril.
7. Finally, using the iridescent gems, accent your mask as desired. I chose to accent more of the left side of the mask since the majority of the feathers fall to the right side.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Marty from our Medford Craft Warehouse got busy making these Eco-Chic bags from our new burlap coffee bean sacks now in stores! Here's the pattern she used to make it quick and easy!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
created by Mandy Campau from our Salem Craft Warehouse Store
Orange Parachute 325
Black Parachute 95
Buckle 12ml 1/2"
Watch the video below to know how to create a basic cobra paracord bracelet with two colors.
* Note: Switch the green color for the orange and the blue color for the black.
You can also get written directions to make this paracord bracelet (four strand) or others on our website right here.
Duck fan?! No worries! Change the colors to support your favorite team!