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Craft Product Review: The Knook by Leisure Arts

June 11, 2012

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A close up of the stitches in my swatch

The Knook by Leisure Arts is a system for creating knitted fabric using a crochet hook and a silky cord instead of a second needle. From The Knook page: • Learning to knit is easy with the Knook and our step-by-step instructions! Great for beginners! • One tool—a new & unique specialized bamboo crochet hook—replaces […]

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Craft Product Review: Stencils by iStencils

June 1, 2012

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Sencils are the new stickers. For the longest time, stencils were boring, dated, and passe. But recently, new, improved, and totally hip stencils have been hitting the market. I was lucky that iStencils.com contacted me to try out their line- they are SO cool! Here’s a little bit about iStencils from the website: We have […]

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Craft Tool Review: iRock Hot-Fix Crystal Setter by Imaginisce

May 1, 2012

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I love some sparkle and shine on both my paper and fabric projects. And nothing beats some rhinestones to add that “pop” of dazzle! But sometimes the idea of getting out the hot-fix iron is irritating. (Not to mention having to crawl under my craft table to access the outlet.) So I was really eager […]

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Kid’s Craft Kit Review: Color-Me Quilt Craft Kit by S&S WorldWide

April 25, 2012

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My daughter has just joined a “Daisy” troop, and I know that crafting will be a big part of the troops’ activities. The challenge is always trying to find something that everyone can do, pretty much independently, but is still open-ended and creative while cohesive to the group as a whole! Pretty tall order, right? […]

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Craft Kit Review: “Let’s Start Crocheting” Beginner’s Kit from The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky

April 24, 2012

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I come from a long line of crafty ladies- needlepoint, cross-stitch, sewing, quilting, and knitting and crocheting were all activities my mom and grandmothers participated in. Somewhere along the line, though, I forgot to sit down with one of them and ask them to teach me to crochet properly. As a result, I wield a […]

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Craft Product Review: Babyville Boutique Sewing Line from Prym Consumer USA

April 11, 2012

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Even though it’s technically designed with diapers in mind, and I definitely don’t have any rugrats of my own running around, I couldn’t wait to review the Babyville Boutiqueâ„¢ line from Prym Consumer USA! I may not be a mom, but the promise of breathable, waterproof fabric still sets my heart all aflutter, and polka […]

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Craft Product Review: Fabric Paper By Die Cuts With a View (DCWV)

April 5, 2012

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Fabric Paper by DCWV (Die Cuts with a View)  was on display at CHA Winter 2012, and all of us on TeamCTD got a little giddy. Fabric? That acts like paper? That’s ADHESIVE??? *Squee!* So let’s see how it works in real life! Ready? So first, let’s see how it’s described by the manufacturer: Newest […]

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Craft Product Review: LED Sewing Kit from Sternlab.org

March 20, 2012

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If you’re looking to add a little extra shine to your needlework and sewing projects, you’ll definitely want to check out this LED Sewing Kit from Becky at Sternlab.org. Even if you don’t have previous experience with creating circuits, don’t worry—the kits are easy to use and yield great results. Before I started this review, […]

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Craft Product Review: Indigo Dye by Jacquard Products

March 5, 2012

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I’m intrigued by dyeing fabric. I quilt, and I was told once by a prominent quilter that once I started dyeing my own fabrics, I would be hooked and never go back. Sometimes, though, you need to dye fabric for a more practical reason- to hide a stain or restore color to denim. For all […]

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Yarn Review: Martha Stewart Wool Roving Yarn by Lion Brand

January 19, 2012

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I am a super-novice knitter and crocheter. I can make a mean dishcloth and slightly-wonky scarf, and not much else. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love- and use- yarn in my crafting. I mean, who doesn’t need a pom-pom wreath or some eyelash-fringe on an art quilt? So I decided to share my […]

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Craft Product Review: Lion Brand Yarn LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel Yarn

January 19, 2012

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When I received a sample of the LB Collection® Wool Stainless Steel Yarn from Lion Brand Yarn, I immediately fell in love with the packaging and presentation. Plus, with such an odd name, I couldn’t wait to try it out and see what it could do (and how it would treat my hands). After testing […]

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Craft Product Review: Clover Seams Right and Clover 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge (Stocking Stuffers!)

December 9, 2011

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If you have a sewing enthusiast or fabric crafter on your holiday gift list, you’ll definitely want to stick around! For this review, I tested the Clover 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge and the Clover Seams Right, which are both products from their partnership with Nancy Zieman. I loved trying out both of these tools, and think […]

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Craft Product Review: Neo Stitch Cross-Stitch iPhone Case by Leese Design

November 30, 2011

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When I first saw the Leese Design Neo Stitch Cross-Stitch iPhone Case, I was absolutely giddy with excitement. The idea of being able to cross-stitch a custom case for my phone was almost too much for my little embroidery-loving heart. But, before I got too excited, I knew that I would need to create a […]

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Craft Product Review: Clover Wonder Clips

October 14, 2011

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From the moment I saw the Clover Wonder Clips in action at CHA, I’ve been dying to get my hands on a set and try them out. And, as luck would have it, they arrived just in time for me to get started on a very large project with slippery fabric, and I’ve been using […]

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Review: Fresh Vintage Butterfly ScoreBoards Die by Sizzix and Blog Hop

October 4, 2011

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If you’ve ever been to CraftTestDummies before, you know that 70% of my posts are craft product reviews. When CHA designer and Sizzix die designer Eileen Hull invited me to join her “Fresh Vintage Blog Hop” and use her new butterfly die it was only natural, then, that I approach the die from a reviewer’s […]

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Craft Product Review: Fabric Crafting with the Xyron Creatopia

September 29, 2011

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Usually, when you hear “Xyron” you think of adhesives and paper crafting. However, for National Sewing Month I wanted to use my Xyron Creatopia in a different way- creating fabulous appliques using the Stickz Fabric Adhesive Cartridge and the Shapez Die-Cutting component. A while ago, I reviewed the Creatopia for Craft Critique, and found some […]

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Cutting Fabric with Spellbinders Grand Calibur

September 28, 2011

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To wrap up National Sewing Month, I was really excited to try out the Spellbinders Grand Calibur and some of the new Edgeabilities and Shapeabilities dies, as well as some of the classic Nestabilities shapes for fabric-specific uses. (Keep in mind, this machine and these dies were designed with paper crafting in mind.) To be […]

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Sewing/ Crafting Product: Peltex by Pellon

September 27, 2011

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Recently I was talking with some of my crafty friends about the fabric postcards and tote bags I make, and I mentioned how Peltex is my stabilizer of choice. I got quizzical looks, so I thought I’d share this product with you and some of the fun crafty things you can do with it. Peltex […]

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Craft Product Review: Overview of Westcott Scissors – Large Blades

September 23, 2011

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While Jenny and I were at CHA this year, we stopped into the Westcott Brand booth, and I somehow managed to leave with just about every pair of scissors they had! This is the first of two reviews, and I will be covering only the Westcott Titanium Bonded Craft Scissors with larger blades in this […]

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Comparison of Stamp Pad Inks on Fabric

September 21, 2011

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Here’s another post inspired by the “which one is best?” question. I like to stamp images on fabric postcards, art quilts, and even ribbon for paper crafting. So I got to wondering which stamp pad would work best on fabric (providing a nice, clear image) and which, if any, would survive a washing. The contenders […]

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Cutting Fabric with Sizzix Framelits Dies

September 20, 2011

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I’ve had an electronic die-cutting machine for several years, and for the longest time, I couldn’t understand why people would need a manual cutting machine.  A couple years ago, I gave in and got my Big Kick – and wow, have I ever been pleased with the variety of things I can cut with it […]

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Comparison of Adhesives for Foil, Flocking, and Glitter on Fabric

September 14, 2011

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One of the things I love about fabric is the ability to manipulate the look by dyeing, discharging, and painting. You can take your fabric crafts to “the next level” by adding foils, flocking and glitter- but for that, you need adhesives specially made for their ability to remain sticky when dry. So today I’m […]

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Craft Product Review: DecoArt So-Soft Fine Glitter Fabric Paints

September 13, 2011

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I’m continuing my focus on all things fabric and sewing this month, so I felt the DecoArt So-Soft Fine Glitter Fabric Paints would work in well with the theme here. I mean, who doesn’t like to add a bit of glitter? The DecoArt So-Soft Fine Glitter Fabric Paints are described on the site: SoSoft Glitters […]

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Sharpie “Stained” Permanent Fabric Markers

September 9, 2011

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I was so excited when I saw the Sharpie “Stained” fabric markers in my box ‘o stuff to review from Jenny!  I’m a bit of a Sharpie addict, to say the least.  I use them all of the time in my crafting and art journaling.  My husband even knows that if he sees the giant […]

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Craft Product Review: Clover Kanzashi Flower Makers: Pointed Petal

September 8, 2011

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When Jenny handed me these Clover Kanzashi Flower Makers at CHA, I knew that I’d be reviewing them during National Sewing Month, but I had no idea how great the timing would be! As it turns out, a few weeks later, my husband was nominated for an Emmy, and I suddenly found myself making my […]

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Craft Product Review: Hot-Fix Fibers & Stamping Tutorial

September 7, 2011

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If you’ve never used Hot-Fix Fibers- usually sold under the name “Angelia Fibers” or “Fantasy Fibers”, let me be the one to introduce you to these wonderful, gossamer-like fibers! They look like cotton candy, sparkle like rainbows, and add punch to your sewing and mixed-media projects. Here’s how it’s described on one website (SoftExpressions.com) : […]

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Craft Product Review: deColourant Plus by KandiCorp, (take two)

September 6, 2011

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Last April, I reviewed the then-new product by KandiCorp, deColourant. It’s a paste that you paint or stencil onto fabric, apply heat, and then it discharges the color from the fabric. And depending on the version you have, it also may deposit a new color onto your fabric. (Make sure you read that review for […]

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Craft Product Review: Tintable Fabric Medium By Martha Stewart Paints by Plaid

August 25, 2011

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When I opened my box of Martha Stewart decorative paints from Plaid, I was over the moon with the products they sent me. And one of them- the Tintable Fabric Medium- I knew I wanted to try out right away. Let me show you what my day’s worth of experimenting yielded. It’s so new, it’s […]

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UK Week, part 5: Craft Product Review of Derwent Inktense Blocks

July 1, 2011

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I’m continuing with art/craft product that are made in the UK, and today you’ll see a familiar name: Derwent! I’ve reviewed the Metallics, Coloursoft, and Inktense pencils- but now it’s time to try the Inktense Blocks. Let’s see how Derwent Inktense Blocks are described on the website: These chunky water-soluble ink blocks bring a new […]

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Craft Product Review: Brother 1034D 3-4 Lay-in Thread Serger

June 22, 2011

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I had never used a serger (overlock machine) before I got my Brother 1034D, but I knew that I needed one if I wanted to sew knits and stretch fabrics (among a million other things) well. So, after being deterred for months by stories of fashion students taking leave of their senses at the mere […]

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