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For the month of October, I invite you to share with the Whipup community as we celebrate the release of Brave New Quilts; 12 Projects Inspired by 20th-Century Art From Art Nouveau to Punk & Pop, by Kathreen Ricketson. 

In collaboration with Stash Books, we will be sharing a blog tour, featuring guest posts, and showcasing images and projects from Brave New Quilts.

I look forward to sharing ideas, inspirations, and recollections as we remember Kathreen and celebrate her work and creativity. 

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Recently I’ve started working with little children after a long time out of the classroom. It is exhilarating and exciting and exhausting and so much fun. I want to work with the children to make finger puppets, we are going to design puppets based on the children’s drawings.  Wish us luck!

In the mean time, here are a collection of links to tutorials and patterns for some finger puppets I love very much.

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Paper Kittens by Laura at Cupcakes for Clara, published in Mindful Parenting Magazine

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Gnome finger puppets by While wearing heels

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No sew finger puppets by Crafty Gemini

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Alien Monster Finger Puppets by Whispered Whimsy (pattern on Ravelry)

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Finger puppet tutorial by Maritza at Soto Softies

Which ones are your favourite? Have you made any finger puppets that you’d like to share with us? Comment below or send us an email at vagusvenus [at] gmail [dot] com.

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If you have an idea for a post, or would like to submit a tutorial for Whipup, email vagusvenus [at] gmail [dot] com

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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

The reviewer of this book was Danielle: Danielle is a Canberra-based quilter, crafter, knitter and collector of fabric who loves to applique. She blogs infrequently at Petits Elefants, but is more likely to be found on Instagram and twitter (@petitselefants).

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Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting  Natalia Bonner, Stash Books, 2012

 

Natalia Bonner is well-known in the online quilting community as a professional long-arm quilter. In her first book, she shows us how many of the popular quilting patterns used on modern quilts by long-arm quilters can be replicated on our home machines. This is a practical guide, with lots of pictures and diagrams to unravel the mystery of how those lovely, perfectly rounded and spaced swirls can work on your quilt!

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There’s no denying that free-motion quilting is to many home quilters the last frontier. While we may have squeezed a twin-sized quilt under the tiny throat of our machines at times, sometimes we have to admit that sending the quilt off to be quilted on a long-arm machine is the better option. Others may be confident with a gentle meandering stipple pattern, but be a little nervous about trying something that looks a bit more complicated. This book will help dispel the perception that ‘fancy’ quilting patterns can’t be done on your home machine.

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In practical terms, it’s important to acknowledge that free-motion quilting, as with a lot of skills, takes practice, and lots of it. The more you practise, the better you will be. If you’re willing to put in that practice, then this book has loads of inspiration for quilting designs, ranging from simple swirls to more complex combined designs, and perhaps the pinnacle of quilting, the feather! One feature I particularly like about this book is the whole chapter it devotes to border designs, and especially the hints about carrying the design around corners, something I have struggled with in the past and which has put me off wanting to free-motion quilt on my quilts that have borders. There are also sections on allover designs, how to quilt custom designs to fit individual blocks and how to manage appliquéd quilts. Six quilt patterns are included in the book, my favourite of which is the cover quilt, Orange Slices.

This book will serve as a fabulous resource for anyone who either would like to try free-motion quilting or who has already mastered one or more designs. It is packed with detailed pictures and diagrams, and practical tips on how to complete your quilt.

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Spring!

by KateG on 06/09/2013

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In my patch of the world spring has arrived!  We have four very distinct seasons where I am, and these are the blossoms that greet me every time I arrive home, or walk out to the mail box.  Bees and tiny birds are all over my tree, it makes me so happy.  I feel like I’m coming out of winter hibernation, and feel energised to make, to read, to cook, and to spend more time outside.

I’m racing to finish knitting a cardigan so that I can wear it on cool mornings and evenings before it’s time to tuck my winter woollens away for their summer sleep.  Soon enough I’ll be avoiding large knitted projects and sticking to smaller and cooler knits like socks and little shawls, and if last year and the year before that are any indication, I will get enthused to start summer knits just in time for the cooler weather to come back.  There’s always next summer to wear them, right?

I am not and will never be a monogamous crafter, with too many projects on the go at all times, so I’m never not knitting or spinning or crocheting or sewing something. I seem to knit more during winter, when it’s snuggly warm and no hardship to have a cardigan or blanket on the needles and on my lap on the same time.  Summer is my time for spinning, where I don’t have much fluff in contact with my skin, and the wheel creates a gentle breeze that keeps me cool.  It feels a bit like stockpiling yarn and ideas during summer, so that in winter I can really bed down and make something from my baskets and baskets of yarn.

How does your crafting change through the seasons? What’s the climate like where you are now, and what are you up to?

submit an idea to whipup :: vagusvenus [at] gmail [dot] com

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Have you ever seen a tractor so glorious?

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I saw these pictures of a Yarnbombed Tractor named Alice, part of Kingaroy’s Tractor Tattoo, on Sparkling Adventures.

I’d love to share some more yarn bombing.  If you have yarn bombed, or know of any yarn bombing, let me know all about it in the comments, or send me some info and pics to vagusvenus (at) gmail (dot) com

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