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June 2012

Crafternews Visits Columbus for TNNA

Crafternews always loves heading to Columbus, Ohio, each summer for the National Needlearts Show, which exhibits the latest and greatest in all things knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, cross-stitching, and embroidery.

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Announcing The Sketchbook Challenge Blog Hop

To celebrate the publication of The Sketchbook Challenge, author Sue Bleiweiss has organized an extensive blog hop as well as a list of very generous sponsors who have donated prize packages (worth more than $1,100) to give away during the hop. Each blogger will have a prize package to spotlight on their hop day.

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Behind-the-Scenes with Nicky Epstein’s Knitting in Circles

Books take time, care, love, and (in many cases) a team of people to create. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot for Nicky Epstein’s soon-to-be-released book, Knitting in Circles.

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Look What WE Made: Knitted Baby Blanket

Babies have a funny way of sneaking up on us, even though we have nine months warning! Like many of us, you may find yourself scrambling to create a handmade gift for a newborn in your life. But CrafterNews contributor Vicki Tomao came up with a solution that cuts crafting time in half while also bringing people together – make it a family affair!

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Craft the Perfect Summer Cocktail with Mrs. Lilien

Our favorite Internet bon vivant is Mrs. Lilien, author of Mrs. Lilien’s Style House Blog and Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook, a fabulous bartending guide that fans out to reveal 50 tasty cocktail recipes.

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Workspace Tips from Apartment Therapy

If you’re living in a small apartment, like many of us New Yorkers, you’re likely familiar with the challenge of making a room work. There never seems to be enough space to for everything you want to fit in your apartment–be it a separate dining area, bookshelves, or a pretty home office where you can work or craft.

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Summer Crafting, Coast to Coast

This summer looks like it’s going to be a scorcher, but even triple-digit temps won’t stop us from checking out our favorite wool festivals, craft shows, and other handmade-centric events. Whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip or just staying in your hometown, our handy calendar highlighting the best that the season has to offer will help make this a crafty summer to remember.

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Our New Favorite Children's Book: Win a Copy of Oddfellow's Orphanage by Emily Martin

Indie craft icon Emily Martin, author ofThe Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer, found the inspiration to write her first novel after a series of portraits she painted, which evolved into a series of stories about the characters–enough to fill an entire book!

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Look What YOU Made: Dorothy Apron from Sew What You Love

Last year, I was handed down my grandmother’s sewing machine. It took me a while to work up the courage to embark on my first project because of the limited space in my apartment and the fact that I hadn’t used a sewing machine since I was seven. When she passed away a few months later, I came back to sewing as a way to connect with her.

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Free Project: Handmade Gift Idea for the Graduate

Graduation season has begun and it’s time to start thinking of gift ideas for the graduates in your life. While customary gifts such as laptops and good-old-fashioned money are always appreciated, we’d like to offer a unique, handmade alternative.

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