Books | Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Sarah Hazell

Crochet-Stitch-Dictionary-coverI started crocheting about eighteen months ago. Despite the fact I armed myself with a bunch of “Let’s Get Started With Crochet” and “Crochet for Absolute Beginners!”-style books before I even got started, the first thing I realized is that I was not going to learn the basics of crochet by looking at the photographs and diagrams in the books.

After three days of frustration (as well as a series of really odd knots that sprang from my crochet hook) I finally gave in and headed to YouTube. Within a few minutes, I had crocheted my first row of foundation chains, and then moved on to a second row of single crochet stitches. I made a simple (but wonky) blanket. For my next project, I wanted to try double crochet, so I returned to YouTube and learned it in a snap. Continue Reading →


Review | First Baby Shoes Kit

When Karolina at First Baby Shoes asked if I would be interested in a reviewing a kit to make your own leather baby shoes, the timing could not have been more perfect! With a baby boy on the way, the kit arrived just in time for me to get started.First Baby Shoes - Keepsake BoxThe kit arrived in a very nice keepsake box, that you can use if you plan to make these shoes and present them as a gift. I selected the “Nina” style bootie in brown leather, but there are other styles and colors available.  Continue Reading →


Sponsor | The Original ScrapBox WorkBox

The Original ScrapBox LogoWe could tell you how great our products are at The Original ScrapBox, but it’s even better to show you! So we decided to share a review with pictures from one of our happy customers, Yvonne Hubert:

“Seven years ago my family of six, including four teenagers, moved into a new home. Our lives were busy so I put most of my craft and sewing projects on hold. I stored all of my stuff in the laundry room closet, kitchen cupboards, bathroom cupboards, and even in my bedroom dresser. Last year a miracle happened. I got an amazing Workbox!! I became organized and got everything in one place.

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Review | Westcott Titanium Non-Stick 5″ Microtip Scissors

Let’s face it, all crafters want when we go to cut is a good pair of scissors that work. That’s what I get when I use my Titanium-bonded non-stick scissors by Westcott.

t390_91fee57bfa808f0d2d86df09891b5899I’ve had a chance to use these petite scissors recently and am pleased with their cutting ability. I’ve laid them out in classes as well so students could give them a try and the feedback I’ve heard from the students has been favorable too. Continue Reading →


Jobs | Looking for craft jobs?

Several craft jobs and calls have crossed our desk here at Craft Critique recently! Here’s a sampling!

horizontal-lineThe first is for craft bloggers…Make: magazine is looking for a new craft blogger, as well as for craft projects to publish:

New Craft blogger — This person would be posting about 3 blog posts per week and curating 3 roundup slideshows per week of cool, related crafty projects. We’re looking for someone with an eye for beautiful images.

Original craft projects — In particular, we are interested in crafts that straddle the line between crafting and making, such as wearable electronics, furniture, leather working, metalworking, and home & garden. But we are open to all types of craft projects, as long as they are interesting and unique. This will be an ongoing quest.

To learn more about how to apply or submit your work, visit the Make: magazine website. Continue Reading →


SIlhouette Promo | Pocket Scrapbook Ideas – and Giveaway Winner!

It’s time to announce the winner of the Silhouette Portrait giveaway….

The lucky owner of a new Silhouette Portrait machine is: Analisa! Watch your email Analisa for your notification of how to collect your prize!

If you weren’t the winner of the new Portrait machine, don’t forget the Silhouette promo is still going on and you can still get one through the great deal that is going on now at the Silhouette online store.

silhouette _button_march20-31Already have a machine? You can still use our promo code “UPDATE” when you visit the Silhouette America store to get 30% off all of Silhouette’s specialty media, like sticker paper, adhesive foil, cotton canvas, and tattoo paper!

Wondering what you can do with a Silhouette if you are working on making a pocket scrapbook and do things like Project Life or SNAP by Simple Stories? I’ll share my latest pocket page below to show you! Continue Reading →