Yarned offers this free pattern for this delicious lightweight knitted sweater/shawl.

sweater pattern


knitted moustache

by kath_red on 15/06/2009

in Toys+Plush

get the instructable for this knitted lip warming moustache here via SandBLondon on twitter see more Knit and Crochet Moustache Patterns patterns for Prostate Cancer.

knitted moustache

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thanks through the loops for showing me to this adorable bunny pattern.

bunny pattern


Shambala are offering whipup readers the chance to win one of three copies of each of these books. For more information on these two books go to the Make Good Books website and read where I reviewed these books here – These are the first books in the Make Good: crafts + life series of Japanese craft books translated into English and published through Shambhala.


Shambala are also offering this project for download right here – one of the projects from Linen Wool Cotton – this floor mat pattern. Download PDF here.

To enter – leave a comment here in the next 48 hours – letting us know your favourite Japanese inspired project.
winners will be announced in next few days.

Patchwork Style: 35 Simple Projects for a Cozy and Colorful Life (Make Good: Crafts + Life) by Suzuko Koseki. Trumpeter (April 14, 2009)

Linen, Wool, Cotton: 25 Simple Projects to Sew with Natural Fabrics (Make Good: Crafts + Life) by Akiko Mano. Trumpeter (April 14, 2009)

Thank you everyone for entering – winners have been contacted – here they are:

i think sashiko is my number one inspiration of japanese craft stuff, but really, it’s the entire package. i love the simplicity of the books themselves, and the projects inside them. i have several japanese amigurami books, and a japanese embroidery book (i’d have more, but they’re so pricey!), and i love the designs and the formatting of the books themselves.

I love the Patchwork Style book and have been dying to get one – its not available in Australia apparantly! Im very new to sewing and there are a few projects i want to make – especially a super-size floor mat that is patchworked (im pretty sire there is a more achievable sized one in the book!). I love these titles and hope to see more published soon!

How could I choose just one? The Japanese children’s clothes patterns are so stylish and toys are irresistably cute. I love the simplicity of zakka, with just a little piece of lace or embroidery turning a plain object into something wonderful. What’s not to love about Japanese craft?

Thank you for the giveaway, sounds lovely! I have a lot of favourite Japanese inspired projects, depending what am I about to make..most recently it’s aprons…so cool and simple and stylish…I would also love to have a go at tunics..but that’s a thought for the future:)

I’ve been a huge fan of Japanese craft books for a few years now. My kids can’t get enough of the cute felt animals but I love the simplicity of embroidered linen projects.

Cindy Ericsson:
I hand-sewed a great Japanese-inspired tank last summer using a lovely blue and white batik fabric. I cut out the pieces by copying a very plain tank. Once I’d sewn the side seams and the straps, I adjusted the fit around the neck by sewing box pleats. I wore it to one of my husband’s work functions — he thought I’d bought it in a shop!

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news and info

by kath_red on 20/04/2009

in News+Letters

Notemaker design competition for amateur, professional or design students: design your own embossed cover for an 18 month Moleskine Diary. The winning designer gets to see their winning design printed onto the cover of a limited edition series of Moleskine diaries on sale at NoteMaker plus they win an iPod Nano. More information on entering here.

Sewing machine review site
are looking for honest sewing machine reviews by people who use their machine frequently. review your sewing machine by 1 May 1, and win a $25 Amazon gift card.

living creatively create a tote [bag] competition: Email a few hi res photos of your tote bag and tell them how you made it. Not sure about dates – go here to find out more.

congrats to Rosa Pomar – looks like she won Read it here

Reader Marcia’s daughter’s school in Chicago, IL, is looking for donated fabric scraps with the primary colors in the fabric being those of the rainbow–red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple – to tie around the school’s fence in recognition of gay pride month [June]. If you can help Marcia’s school out – please email patandmarcia[AT]

easter tutorial: Chickummyjig – now in french translation Lavender and limes has made these chickummyjig’s – if you have made one – would love to see – please email me the link to your post or an image. whipup[at] [thanks to pattern designer Tania from Myrtle & Eunice]

Apron giveaway – three winners have been chosen and notified – please contact brassymeg[AT] if you are one of these winners.

Carla: I would cook in one- I know that is only one- but I guess I could also play waitress for the kids
Stitchminx: My favourite things to do in a Haute Couture apron would be 1. some delicously hot cooking! Less spills of course. and 2. delightful baking of tea cakes to impress my friends with! I may make a mess in the kitchen, but I’d look so elegant in a New Apron! Thanks for letting me enter. Rgds, Stitchminx
Rosa: I like to tie my hair up in a gingham ‘kerchief like the good old housewifes and then I either bake or I just sit around the house pretending to be from the 1950s and wishing I was…