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This gets more impressive every time I read it.

Now I'd like everyone to give Pam a S.O. Until you try, you never know how much work goes into creating a FAQ. Perhaps FAQ making could be a hobby? She's stealing time from her crafting time to make this a better place. Rav stands up and puts his hands together.

I'm suggesting a couple cosmetic changes:

BTW Pam has done so much work, I'm actually making them on the document, so if she/you like them it doesn't have to be duplicated. To sum it up: under resourses I added "General", beyond that one as the initial one, I alphabetized by craft. Oh, and I bolded the welcome, and took out the extra "e" in wherever. Well, it's extra if your in America. If it's standard in the UK, go for it. ;)

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)


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:-

Site name: Craftyfools
Password: Craftyfools


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:
Braid a rag rug from old towels:
Hooked rag rugs:
General knitting inspiration:
knitting with old denim: and

E-Bay is a great source of discounted craft materials: or


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



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:

Braid rag rugs:
Counted Cross Stitch:
Country crafts:
Crafts: and (the latter has video tutorials for decoupage, beading, silk painting, knitting and many other crafts)
Crochet: and
Interweave Press - source for all fibre-arts: knitting, crochet, quilting, beading, weaving etc
Needlepoint: and
UK Craft Council:

UK sources of sewing/craft equipment: and
US sources of sewing/craft supplies: and
Australian sources of sewing/craft supplies:
Canadian sources of craft supplies:
Where to buy yarn and fabric in Paris:

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:-

Another site for both regular and Tunisian crochet:

USEFUL RESOURCES: Beading & Jewelry Making:-

USEFUL RESOURCES: Homemade Gift Ideas:-


How to:
Some trendy free patterns:
Free knitting patterns: and
Free monkey pattern:
More free patterns and a tool to convert knitting patterns to crochet and vice-versa:
Useful magazines: , and
UK knitting groups:
Useful source of beginner patterns:
Vintage knitting patterns: and (the latter are free)
Knit a rug:


Quilting Supplies

General Quilting info

free patterns

Inspiration/pictures--award-winning quilters websites (Caryl Breyer Fallert) (Diane Gaudynski)

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