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Subject: Re: Crafty Fools FAQ Date: 7/27/2004 10:39 AM
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Welcome to the Crafty Fools Board at the Motley Fool.

Every craft is welcome here. We are "home" to crafters who scrap-book, knit, sew, quilt, upholster, basket weave, decoupage, crochet, paint, embroider, make rugs (hooked and/or braided), tatt, needlepoint and do patchwork. And this list is not complete :o)

IMAGESTATION

We have members throughout the USA, Canada, Britain - wherever Fooldom can be found, you will find a Crafty Fool. Since we are so dispersed, we have an account at Imagestation to display our successes and failures. The account details are:-

website: http://www.imagestation.com/
Site name: Craftyfools
Password: Craftyfools

NO MONEY TO CRAFT?

Fooldom is full of resourceful people, who can make something special from very little expenditure. So if money is tight, here are some ideas to help you LBYM and still craft:-

Crochetting items from plastic shopping bags: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19969653&sort=whole
Braid a rag rug from old towels: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=20515453&sort=whole
Hooked rag rugs: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19442588&sort=whole
General knitting inspiration: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18391437&sort=whole
knitting with old denim: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=20093209&sort=whole and http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=20714050&sort=whole

E-Bay is a great source of discounted craft materials: http://www.ebay.com or http://www.ebay.co.uk

MONEY OFF COUPONS:-

American Fools can take advantage of websites offering money off coupons to Joann's and Michael's. Do a Google (http://www.google.com) to find the latest deals. Here are two to get you started:

Joann's http://www.24houredeals.com/merchant/default.asp?merchant_ID=225&source=google&term=joann
Michael's http://www.ultimatecoupons.com/coupons/michaels_coupons.htm

USEFUL RESOURCES: General:-

If you can't find what you're looking for at one of these sites (or others listed in this FAQ), Google is the best search engine to use: http://www.google.com

Braid rag rugs: http://www.netw.com/~rafter4/index.html
Counted Cross Stitch: http://www.tiag.com/
Country crafts: http://waltonfeed.com/old/index.html
Crafts: http://www.plaidonline.com/ and http://www.craftown.com/ (the latter has video tutorials for decoupage, beading, silk painting, knitting and many other crafts)
Crochet: http://www.crochetcabana.com and http://www.chezcrochet.com/index.html
Interweave Press - source for all fibre-arts: knitting, crochet, quilting, beading, weaving etc http://www.interweave.com/
Needlepoint: http://www.tapestrycraft.com.au/tcweb/ourstores.php and http://www.glorafilia.com/
Needlework: http://www.needleworkcorner.com/
UK Craft Council: http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/
Upholstery: http://www.upholster.com/

UK sources of sewing/craft equipment: http://www.sewandso.co.uk and http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/
US sources of sewing/craft supplies: http://www.joann.com/ and http://www.michaels.com/art/online/home
Australian sources of sewing/craft supplies: http://www.lincraft.com.au/
Canadian sources of craft supplies: http://www.cndcountrygifts.com/index.html
Where to buy yarn and fabric in Paris: http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=20529065&sort=whole

USEFUL RESOURCES: Afgan/Tunisian Crochet:-

This is a cross between crochet and knitting, that uses one long crochet hook. You crochet all the loops onto the hook, then crochet them all off again. There are lots of variations of the basic stitch and you can also cross-stitch onto it:-

Sourcebook: http://www.designsbyjami.on.ca/
Tutorial: http://www.designsbyjami.on.ca/tutorial.htm
Another site for both regular and Tunisian crochet: http://www.chezcrochet.com/index.html

USEFUL RESOURCES: Beading & Jewelry Making:-

http://www.beadandbutton.com/
http://www.jewelrycraftsmag.com/index.shtml

USEFUL RESOURCES: Homemade Gift Ideas:-

http://www.thelaboroflove.com/forum/dollar/22.html
http://pages.ivillage.com/christmasqueen/cmas/id10.html

USEFUL RESOURCES: Knitting:-

How to: http://www.stitchguide.com/
Some trendy free patterns: http://www.knitty.com/
Free knitting patterns: http://tinyurl.com/6fhbv and http://frugalknit12330.goeserv.com/homepage/freepats.htm
Free monkey pattern: http://www.sirdar.co.uk/downloads/ITV_digital_monkey.pdf
More free patterns and a tool to convert knitting patterns to crochet and vice-versa: http://www.knitting-crochet.com/
Useful magazines: http://www.knittersreview.com/ , http://www.knitnet.com/ and http://www.vogueknitting.com/
UK knitting groups: http://www.bhkc.co.uk/data/Groups.htm#GroupEvents
Useful source of beginner patterns: http://www.ukhandknitting.com/
Vintage knitting patterns: http://www.vintage-knitting-patterns.com/ and http://www.vintageous.com/knit.htm (the latter are free)
Knit a rug: http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/pdf_files/MiteredSquareRug.pdf

USEFUL RESOURCES: Quilting:-

Quilting Supplies
http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/index.html
http://www.keepsakequilting.com/
http://www.quiltindex.com/

General Quilting info
http://www.quilters-haven.com
http://planetpatchwork.com/
http://www.quilterscache.com/ http://ttsw.com/mainquiltingpage.html
http://www.quiltethnic.com/onlinelessons.html
http://www.quiltinaday.com/default.asp

free patterns
http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/
http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html

Inspiration/pictures--award-winning quilters websites
http://www.bryerpatch.com (Caryl Breyer Fallert)
http://personal.pitnet.net/dgquilt/ (Diane Gaudynski)
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