cute

nini makes is offering this cute puppy and kitty doodle design as a downloadable pdf (via craft)

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etsy: dolls for friends

by kath_red on September 6, 2008

in Toys+Plush

I love these clever (and again slightly sinister) stuffed dolls from etsy store dolls for friends. (quite a bargain too so snap them up). [via crafter shock]

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book: Doodle Stitching

by kath_red on July 6, 2008

in Books

Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners By Ainee Ray, Published by Lark Books (September 1, 2007).

Doodle Stitching is a truly cute book. It could be expected that a book of embroidery for beginners would be full of straight laced samplers and alphabet patterns, but this book is full of practical and whimsical projects that are neither boring or stodgy.

There is a nice introductory chapter on the basics of embroidery, such as what tools you might need and how to use them, which design to choose, and how to start and finish embroidering. This chapter is followed by a stitch library, which is very well illustrated with diagrams and photographs of the finished stitches. In fact, the illustrations in this book are one of its biggest strengths, with very clear diagrams, templates, patterns and photos, that leave the embroiderer very sure of where they are headed.

The projects section of Doodle Stitching shows how to make so many ordinary items special, such as pillow cases, skirts, shoes, shirts, scarves, boxer shorts and napkins. For those that like to take their creativity and sewing skills that little bit further, there are small projects to make and embroider, such as a luggage tag, pincushion, eye mask, apron, headband, mp3 cover, baby pillow and quilt.

This is a good book for beginner embroiderers that would like a fun place to start, for more experienced embroiderers that might have become a bit jaded with more traditional patterns and could do with some light inspiration, and for anyone that likes to look at well designed craft books full of cute projects.

More: check out the doodle stitching flickr group

About the author: Kate is a busy mother of three (soon to be four) and has far too many craft projects on the go at any one time. These could include, but are not limited to, crochet, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.

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