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let’s learn French

Looking for some funny craft ideas and want to learn French? You can do both just reading good French sites.

New site of Marie Claire Idees is a conglomerate of blogs and galleries where you can find lots of ideas and read real French.Β  For me it’s the best way of learning language: read what you’re interested in and have a lot of fun at the same time. There’s nothing better than that- and how many crafty blogs I missed till now?

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tutorials found

New place takes most of my time (I know, the plans were different).Β  So, to be honest, I’m not very creative in textile arts now, rather in building arts πŸ˜‰ Anyway I don’t want to leave the internet so here are two very nice and pretty tutorials made by Bari J. Just go to her blog and browse the blogroll. You’ll find pin cushion and apron tutorial in pdf format.

I like the blog too, so it’s a new position in my rss reader πŸ™‚

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Christmas gift

A little late but I want to share with you what I got from my husband. Of course it was a planned gift as he’s not so well orientned in what books I’d like to have at the moment, but anyway it is so nice that he accepts my crazy hobby and doesn’t try to buy a standard gifts πŸ˜‰

I also got 2 CDs whith ethno music, it was a real surprise πŸ™‚

Christmas gift

I think the first two books are well known so I won’t write about them now. The most interesting is the third one, Pulled Thread Embroidery by Moyra McNeill. It’s a small and not really attractive-looking book, there are only drawings and black-and-white photos but don’t be mistaken by its look. It contains excellent choice of drawn thread stitches and some directions how to start. Anyway, it’s a book for experienced stitchers rather than begginners. People new to drawn thread embroidery can find it a little difficult. You’ll find there a good reference on designing your own embroideries and some historical information. The version shown on the photo is a reprint of a book published in 70’s and the proposals of patterns are “modern” for that times. I prefer more traditional patterns and I want to use the stitches for my own designs.

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more Christmas inspirations

Melissa of Honey Bee’s Bliss has posted pretty embriodered Christmas tree ornaments. Have a look, it’s still enough time πŸ˜‰

And for those who are going to spend more time on embroidery- check the current Inspirations issue and see absolutely wonderful goldwork ornament.

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Christmas tree for knitters

On a craftster.org site you can find a funny and easy to make ornament- just for knitters:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211860.msg2273643;topicseen#msg2273643Β 

You’ll manage to make many of them before Christmas πŸ™‚

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Free patterns

Have a look at the photo set of β™₯wool&cottonβ™₯ on flickr. Sue publishes pretty floral and sunbonnet girls’ patterns. Check also other of her sets, they are really inspirational too πŸ™‚

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New CQMag

New CQMag Online has been already published. You’ll find there some nice Christmas ideas an an article about creating your own style in CQ. Many other articles about techniques and charity programs can also be interesting.

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