Tutorials and Printables



Picture of Rabbits

Over the years, I've developed an arsenal of tips and tricks I'm happy to share with you.  Of course, when you purchase my patterns, you receive complete instructions, easy diagrams, photographs, stitch instructions, templates and everything you need to finish the job.  If you're worried a project looks too complicated, you've come to the right place to see just how easy it is to create your own American Pie project!  Remember, I add tutorials somewhat regularly, so be sure and check back whenever you visit.  Please feel free to print any of these tutorials or share them with your friends and in your emails and blogs!


  • Beginning Punch Needle Instruction - This handy printable shows you which tools and materials work best for punch needle and how to achieve consistent, uniform loops. Punch needle is a fun, addictive handcraft that is growing wildly popular!

  • Tips for Working with Wool Felt - Wool felt, which is a thick, colorful wool blend material produced by National Nonwovens, is moving to center stage due to the huge number of colors it comes in and how easy and inexpensive it is.  Wool felt was used in my "Halloween Jacks" and "Snow Days" candle mat patterns shown below.  Don't confuse cheap craft felt with wonderful wool felt by National Nonwovens. Just print out this handy instruction sheet and you'll be on your way to working with wool felt in no time!

  • Visit my blog for my step-by-step picture tutorial for "Halloween Jacks".  This tutorial compliments my Halloween Jacks candle mat pattern/kit available on this website.  If you want your own pattern for Halloween Jacks, just click on the "Patterns & Kits" button at the top of this page.

Picture of Halloween Jacks
Picture of Snow Days
  • Ever wonder how to over-dye your own embroidery floss and other threads to create your own unique colors?  Look no further than this easy tutorial on How to Over-Dye!

  • For another tutorial on how to make my candle mats, visit my blog to learn how I made "Krazy Kats". This candlemat is easy and fun to make and goes with my Krazy Kats candle mat pattern/kit available on this website.  If you want your own pattern for Krazy Kats, just click on the "Patterns & Kits" button at the top of this page.

Picture of Snow Days
  • Are you a beginning rug hooker? Visit my blog to understand "cuts" of wool, a handy chart to determine widths of your wool strips and what type of hook to use.

  • Click Here for a tutorial on how to clean a wool rug with snow.

  • Do you like to quilt?  Enjoy this full-color printable instruction sheet, "How to Make Flying Geese Blocks the Easy Way" with lots of great diagrams showing you how to make this heirloom quilt block.


 
 
 
 
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