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Wednesday, 22 November


Blue And White Marshmellow Skewer Party Favor For A Bar Mitzvah Or Hanukkah? "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

The other night I dropped by to wish the parents of a boy in my son's class mazel tov on their son's bar mitzvah, and of course I had to have a look at what the mother, who is the...


Fresh Off the Hook: Tube Bracelets "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Hello there!
It's been pretty busy in our household and quite hectic if I may add, and when life butts in, unwillingly some things prioritize so that other things are put on hold. That has happened to my tube crochet kits (I apologize to the chosen kit testers for taking so long) and many other projects which I hope to return to very soon.
Which leads me to today's post. This thing you see is a tube bracelet I have been working on and the pattern for this one  will accompany the tube necklace pattern. I am still working on it- meaning this is not the finished version. There is something about it that does not turn out as I see it in my head, so I still have to work some ideas out.
But there is a brooch pattern ready for this Friday, so I'd love if you could pop by then for the reveal. See you on Friday!


shop news: black friday sale "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

imagine gnats black friday sale

happy thanksgiving to our american friends! in the interest of spending time with family, this years black friday sale starts on friday and will continue through cyber monday, but we thought wed drop in today and let you know what you can expect

10% off new fabrics
20% off printed patterns
30% off double gauze

select fabrics and notions will also be marked down 20-40%, check back all weekend for these great deals in our sale section. no discount code needed.

plus! as an extra bonus, when you spend over $100, take 15% off all regular priced items with code turkey.

sale prices and discount code valid beginning friday, november 24 at 12:00 am through monday, november 27 at 11:59pm EDT. discount code valid on regular priced items, excluding gift certificates, and not valid with other discount codes.

want to receive email notices when theres a sale or new fabrics hit the shop? sign up for the imagine gnats email newsletter here.

happy shopping!
xo, rachael


sewing: cotton/rayon lawn helmi dress "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This post is written by Erin of Erin Always.

Hello Imagine Gnats readers! Im so excited to share this post with you because this dress has been on my mind for months before I was able to put it together. I loved the Helmi Dress by Named patterns, but I was pregnant when it was released, and then got pregnant again before I could sew one up. Im so glad that this dream fabric was released. I finally got to make this pattern, and this lawn Helmi dress is now in heavy rotation!! Yay!

Now, Im assuming that Im not the only one who was full of questions when Cotton and Steel released the new substrate: the cotton/rayon lawn.

What do you mean its rayon/lawn? Which is it? What does it feel like? How is it to sew? 

I had to try it out, and I am here to answer those questions for you! :)

I have recently made a few different dresses and button-ups out of rayon (see my Charlie Caftan here and my Fringe Blouse here), so I was eager to see how this new fabric was different than other forms of rayon and why I would want to sew with a rayon/lawn instead of a rayon OR a lawn.

The print that I used is currently out of stock, but you can find the following Cotton + Steel cotton/rayon lawn in the shop: Paradise Garden in Coral, Celestial in Sapphire or Opal, and Pin Dot in Black or Indigo.



Scrap wood buffalo check and snowflake Christmas ornaments "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Over the years, Ive managed to diminish my Christmas box stash down to two boxes. One with lights and a few ornaments, and the other with a few faux wreaths. Thats it. In some ways, I need a major kudos for letting go of so. much. stuff! And in other ways, well, lets just say, I scold []

The post Scrap wood buffalo check and snowflake Christmas ornaments appeared first on Funky Junk Interiors.


Popsicle Tree Ornaments "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

If you didnt already know.. we simply ADORE DIY Christmas Ornaments. Such a wonderful way to get crafty with or without kids around Christmas time. Christmas ornaments are a great way to create a treasure trove of keepsakes of years gone by (and see how the kids and their skills levels grow up and develop),

The post Popsicle Tree Ornaments appeared first on Fun Crafts Kids.

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Tuesday, 21 November


Ultimate Christmas Sewing Roundup: 200+ FREE Patterns! "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

christmas sewingChristmas is Nearly HERE!  Time to Get Sewing. Christmas is a very popular time of the year for sewing.  Many experienced sewists are always looking for new Christmas sewing patterns and projects to brighten up their homes and tables, while many new sewists may be getting a sewing machine for the Continue reading


Cute Bar Mitzvah Party Favor: Candy Sefer Torahs "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Yes, it is time to get crafting for Chanukah, but I'm stuck under a pile of graphic design work and just cant' seem to get out, so in the mean time I have a few cute Bar Mitzvah party favor...


Evolution of a Stuffed Toy Part 1: Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Let's talk about process today. Sewing, drafting, designing, writing, whatever - the process excites me as much as (if not more than) the product. Certainly there's nothing quite like the triumph of a finished product but far, far more engaging and satisfying is the process and  - hidden within it - method that takes one from beginning to end along pathways of one's own making. It's not unlike a mystery or a puzzle: initially, it's an overwhelming mess of stimuli - fabric, darts, gathers, buckles, straps, eyes and ears and noses - and the knowledge that one sift through it all to find a starting point, that First Step after which momentum can take over, the What becomes Hows, the Hows reinforce the Whys and everything finds order in the ride to the finish line. Yes, it might be intimidating, but creating often is - until you find your method.

And method, friends, is a glorious thing.

What does that look like in the stuffed toy design process, though?

I can't speak for everyone else's but I'll share mine. I'm going to pretend that this is a class and you want to learn how to design and draft a stuffed toy from scratch. If you remember my Make A Bag series from long ago, this might feel a little bit like it, except that we'll be deconstructing heads and bodies instead of gussets and straps. So no tutorials on how to sew a leg, or install safety eyes or attach an arm to a torso with or without a button tether. Those are techniques for sewing; we're more interested today in drafting i.e. taking a design in your head and turning it into a finished pr...


The Dreamstress Guide to Indie Pattern Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales! "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

The Black Friday Pattern Roundup


Here is your guide to every Indie Pattern Sale between 20-30 November 2017, when the sale is, what the sale is, and how to take advantage of it!

There are only a few so far, but Ill be updating this list as companies announce their sales.  

The Dreamstress Indie Pattern Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale Guide!

Pattern companies are listed  in reverse alphabetical order

Spaces with a pattern company name, but no details, are where a pattern company has indicated they will be doing a sale but hasnt yet announced the details.

This list is divided into the following sections:

  • Vintage/Historical
  • Modern Womens
  • Modern Mens
  • Children

Where a pattern company covers multiple sections Ive defaulted to Modern.


Vintage & Historical Indie Pattern Companies: 

Wearing History:  Use the code 20OFFCOATS at checkout to take 20% off of Wearing History coat and jacket printed patterns and e-patterns.  Sale ends Thanksgiving Day (23 Nov), PST

Sew Chic: Get 15% off selected paper patterns.  Sale ends 2 Dec PST


Modern Indie Pattern Companies Womens: 

Winter Wear Designs: Get 24% off with the code givethanks between Nov. 24-27.  On Black Friday only, get 33% off with the purchase of 3 patterns with the code THANKFUL.



sewing: slub knit driftless cardigan "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This post is written by Heidi of Handmade Frenzy.

Hi friends! Today Im showing you the perfect piece of clothing to add to your wardrobe for the holidays!

This Driftless Cardigan made in the yummiest, softest, fluffiest, slub sweater knit in navy is that thing! Im so excited to have this slub knit driftless cardigan to wear while spending loads of quality time with my family this week.

The pattern, as I mentioned, is the Driftless Cardigan by Grainline Studio. I sewed up a size 6, which is where I fall in the size chart and made no adjustments at all. Im 53, so I usually have to shorten pants and shirts, but I tend to like to leave cardigans as is, because I like them on the longer side.

I also made no adjustments to the sleeve length, and I think they are perfect as is! So if you like your sleeves to be longer, and are taller, you may want to consider adding length there.


The cardigan has a seam going across the waist/upper hip, which allows for these awesome, in-seam pockets. I love them so much! It may spoil me to the point that I wont be able to sew any more cardigans without pockets!

It also features a drop shoulder, and has two hem band options. I opted for View A, which is a narrow hem band- all the way across the bottom. View B features a split hem band with the back being longer than the front.

The pattern is a fairly straight-forward sew. It does require both a machine and serger, unless you dont have a ser...


How to Adhere Two Pieces of Aluminum? "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Pattie. (New Hampshire) I have recently been working on a new mixed media pendant idea. Problem is I need to adhere the bail to the back. I have roughed up the areas to be joined and cleaned prior to gluing with alcohol. Have had a little success but believe there must be something a []


Dagger Bead Necklace Designs "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Chris Rehkop. (Ashland, MO) These pieces were my first designs using dagger beads. The first necklace I used autumn colors, Czech glass, copper and leather. I made the 2nd necklace using colors I could wear year-round, with black Picasso dagger beads, African Turquoise and silver. Chris Rehkop Chris Closet


Wire Wrapped Quartz Necklace "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Daniel Brown. (United States) I polished some stones and picked out a pink quartz. Then I wire wrapped it then put it on a upcycled gold chain. My wife loved it and kept it for herself. Daniel Brown 2Browns4u Hand Crafts on Facebook


Love Heart Necklace! "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Daphne. (Greece) The heart is one of my favorite themes for my jewelery. I usually make hearts from wire or copper sheet. In this necklace I used copper, I designed it, cut it and oxidized it with the flame of a candle. I love the color copper gets when it is oxidized. The copper []


Cast Sterling Silver Earrings "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by JoAnn Graham. Lost wax cast sterling silver earrings. JoAnn Graham JAGcollections JAGcollections on Facebook


Autumn Leaf Mixed Media Pendant "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Donna Raub. (Iowa) I had this gorgeous enameled leaf brooch I didnt wear anymore, and wanted to incorporate it into a necklace. I also had a package of mixed fiber strings that were in the same color scheme I wanted to create, so I decided to blend the two items together. I wire-wrapped sections []


New Jewelry Techniques Bring Surprises "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Rebecca Doremus. (Daytona Beach, FL) I was commissioned to make a birthday piece with yellow and green as the only instructions. I had been wanting to try a new technique with polymer clay and Pebeo paints. While it is a long process, I really like how it turned out. Rebecca Doremus Dragonfly Serenade Jewelry []

Monday, 20 November


Rate the Dress: a ca 1845 ball gown with an unusual note "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

I think I may have slightly cheated with last weeks 1900s blue silk Rate the Dress.  Apparently I described it so thoroughly, and detailed all its good points so eloquently, that I convinced some of you to like it even if you might not have otherwise.

I definitely enjoyed writing about the dress, but I wasnt consciously trying to make you like it.  Ironically, I only think its OK!  It definitely doesnt make my heart go pitter-patter as a whole.  It did make (almost all) of your hearts go pitter-pattern though or, more accurately, skip a beat.  Claire dubbed it the swoon dress!

The total: 9.3 out of 10

This week: a ca. 1845 ball gown


For this weeks rate the dress Ive chosen a ca 1845 ball gown in classic white.

Oh no, not another one of those! might well be your instant reaction.  After all, arent all 1845 ball gowns much the same?  Yes, maybe

However I think this one has enough interesting design details to merit your consideration. And thats even without the very unusual inclusion in the skirt embroidery.

(everyone madly scrolls down to see it)

As noted, this is in most ways a classic ca 1845 ball gown.  It has a fitted bodice, with front point and pleated bertha assisting the illusion of a tiny waist.  The pointed waist is further highlighted by an edging of gold passementerie.  Another line of gold passementerie connects the bertha and point, drawing the eye down the the...

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