Friday, September 4, 2015

DIY Pixel Heart Cross Stitch



When it comes to Pixel Art, cross stitch is a perfect medium. To make cross stitch pieces it is easiest to use aida fabric. This special fabric is divided into little squares (like graph paper). It lends itself well to the little X stitched used in cross stitch! Read on to find out how to make this sweet heart piece.


Supplies:
 Embroidery Hoop
 Embroidery Floss
 Needle
 Aida Material
 Pattern (provided below) and Graph Paper
 Felt & Glue (for backing)




1: Draw pattern on graph paper (the second pattern is for that last heart that is only partially filled in!)


2: Take two strands of your black embroidery floss and thread your needle. Use a maximum of 18" of thread to avoid knots. Don't know how to separate your thread? Watch this video.

3: Place the cloth in your embroidery hoop and tighten screw.

4: Start stitching using the knotless loop method.

5: Stitch all the black squares in the pattern using the X stitch (illustrated below, click image for more information)


6: Upon finishing a color or thread, loop your needle through the back of the three previous stitches to secure the end of the thread.

6. Continue stitching the pattern with the remaining colors.

7: When your pattern is finished trim the edges of the aida cloth and tightly glue the edges of the cloth to the hoop. You can use hot glue or wet glue (like Crafter's Pick).

Happy stitching!

xoxo

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Friday, August 28, 2015

DIY Roundup

Here's a list of our favorite DIY's from around the internet this week!


1. Dip-dyed Yarn Wall Hanging from Homesteady
    Supplies we suggest: Brass Ring, White Yarn, Leather Cord,and Jacquard Dye-na-flow or iDye
2. Easy Paper Punch Wall Art from My Mind's Eye
    Supplies we suggest: Patterened Cardstock, Crafter's Pick Glue, Paper Punches, Stretched Canvas

3. Starburst Wallpaper from Anna Joyce's book Stamp Stencil Paint on Design Sponge
    Supplies we suggest: all surface paint, dauber, stencil film, Xacto Knife

4.. Shibori Indigo Dish Towels from Alice & Lois
    Supplies we suggest: Jacquard Indigo Dye Kit, Tea Towels, Large Bucket (available at your local hardware store!)

Happy crafting!

xoxo 
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jewelry Basics

Jewelry making involves lots of little pieces that can be confusing. Here is a break down of the most basic parts:
Pieces from left to right:
1) End Crimp
2) Cord End
3) Split Ring
4) Jump Ring

All of these pieces work together to attach a clasp to a piece of raw chain or cord!



We have several clasp options including magnetic, lobster, and hook & eye.

Jump and split rings are very important when it comes to attaching charms. Without a jump ring, most charms will lay on their side.

With a jump ring the charm naturally lays flat!


Jump rings and split rings have the same function, but are put on differently.

How to open a split ring:

Split rings are like miniature key rings. They are very strong, but they are fussier to use than a jump ring. Using a tool called a ring splitter, open the split ring. If you try to open the split ring with your hands you can easily bend it out of shape.

Once the ring is open, slip in your charm or clasp!



How to open a jump ring:

To properly open a jump ring, move the two sides away from each other vertically with a jewelry pliers.


If you open the jump ring horizontally, it will bend out of shape. It isn't impossible to make it a perfect circle again, but it is difficult!

As always if you have any questions about jewelry making stop in or call! We love to help you make!

See you soon.

xoxo
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Product Haul

Here are some of our favorite products this week!

J. Herbin Refillable Pens: This pen comes in ball point or fountain style. They are refillable and you get to choose the ink color!


Magical Powdered Pigments: (from Lindy's Stamp Gang) These powdered dye based pigments "stain" rather than float within mediums. These powders are incredibly potent, so it just takes a tiny amount to colorize any number of things.
How to use them: Wet a paintbrush with water or alcohol or Add a bit of the pigment to your favorite medium: acrylic glaze, clear gesso, modeling paste, gel, and fluid mediums, to colorize that medium.


Oil Paint Box: House your current favorite oil hues in this wood box! It's a great way to bring your paint with you without staining your bag.



Some other favorites: ceramic palettes, cat manikin, and Simply Simmons brushes (brushes only stocked at Division)


See you soon!

xoxo
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Friday, August 21, 2015

DIY Roundup

Here's some crafty DIY's we enjoyed from around the internet this week!
jump-mermaid Love this! Marbled Clay Pendent Necklace DIY (click through for tutorial)



1) Learn to mix calligraphy ink from acrylic paint and gouche with Julia Bausenhardt
2) Make a Marbled Clay Pendant with A Beautiful Mess
3) Washi tape your workspace with Brit + Co

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

DIY Gold Leaf Necklace

This week's DIY features gold leaf again! One week of gold leaf was just not enough, don't you agree? To make this necklace you will need:
1) Spray Adhesive
2) Gold Leaf
3) 2 Jump Rings
4) 2 End Crimps
5) Chain (long enough to pull over your head!)
6) Hexagon shape (available at Division location) or a chipboard shape of your choosing
7) Straight pin 


1) (not pictured) Spray shape with adhesive in a well ventilated area.

2) Lay the shape adhesive side down on a sheet of gold leaf.
3) Let the shape lay for an hour or until adhesive is dry. Use your hand (and a straight pin if necessary) to pick away excess gold leaf. 

4) Wear your new necklace everywhere and get all the compliments.

See you soon!

xoxo
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

DIY Roundup


Make your own crepe paper wreath with a tropical, banana leaf feel. Felt_Burger_Fries_DIY       Leaf Catchall Dish-32 Handcut Rubber Stamp Tutorial by the3R'sblog
Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial)


These are some of our favorite crafts from around the internet this week!
(starting from upper left corner)
1. Banana Leaf Wreath from Persia Lou
2. Felt Play Food Burger from Lia Griffith
3. Leaf Catchall from Design Sponge
4. Handcut Rubber Stamp from the 3 R's
5. Cactus Pincushion from A Beautiful Mess


You can find all the supplies you need for these projects at our stores!*

*We have straw wreath forms instead of wire for the Banana Leaf Wreath, currently in stock at Alberta and Division.