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CHA Summer 2011 | Ribbons, Twine, and Trim

At CHA, I had my eye out for ribbons and trims. At Doodlebug Design I spotted Doodle Twine in their happy color palette:

We R Memory Keepers Fancy Floss has variegated, glittered, or classic baker’s twine in a rainbow of colors.
We R Memory Keepers offers velveteen ribbons and twill tape in a colorful array perfectly sized for their new Sew Ribbon tool.
Expo International has trims and tassels and pom pom fringe in rainbow colors!
I loved these elaborate crochet trims:
This trim has sequins for extra sparkle:
May Arts has the most spectacular ribbon I’ve ever seen:
They offer dimensional, fluffy ribbons, ribbons with ruffles:
shaped ribbons:
natural colorful twine:
and seasonal shapes for all the holidays:
So much inspiration!
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CHA Summer 2011 | Buttons

We spotted buttons as embellishments all over the place at CHA:

These were at Buttons Galore and More



Dress It Up from Jesse James & Co. has a huge selection of novelty and seasonal buttons:





Dill Buttons of America has chunky and funky shaped buttons:


I love the way these buttons are layered with felt, fabric, and rick rack:


I don’t think it is possible to have too many buttons in a craft stash!

What do you think? Are buttons still crazy hot in your crafting?

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CHA Summer 2011 | Sizzix Quilts

People are starting to catch on to the technique of using die cutting with fabric to make quilts. At CHA, we saw these marvelous examples of die cut quilts at the Sizzix booth.

Die cutting fabrics is an amazing innovation for quilting.
Sewing quilt blocks is really easy when all the cuts are accurate. Nothing cuts more accurately than a die cutting machine!
We were really excited to hear that Sizzix plans to expand their collection of Bigz Dies designed especially for quilting.

With more dies, the Big Shot will be an indispensable quilting tool, just like the rotary cutter!
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CHA Summer 2011: Petaloo

At CHA we spotted beautiful floral embellishments at Petaloo.

Petaloo embellishments are made from sturdy recycled cotton paper.

The recycled cotton used is old t-shirt cotton!


Petaloo has these nice Flora-Doodles in color coordinated packs to match up with your projects.


I love seeing crochet!


I really liked their Color Me Crazy line.



These use the same sturdy recycled cotton paper and are ready to be colored, painted, stamped, stained, or dyed in any color you choose.


So many customizing possibilities!

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CHA Summer 2011: Premier Yarns

Premier Yarns has lovely fibers for knitters and crocheters.

The yarns they have available for fall and winter have pretty jewel tones with a hint of sparkle with glitter or sequins.

This Serenity Chunky Glitter Yarn is very soft and supple.

That’s Deborah Norville. Her yarns are really nice!

Fashion Jeweltones Yarn self-stripes, and has a few sequins that will make your stitches shimmer, perfect for the Holidays.

Their brand new Starabella yarn separates to a soft and lacy net.


One skein knits a very unique effect for a scarf:


Starbella yarn is variegated too!

Which Premier Yarn are you most excited to try?

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CHA Summer 2011: Trend Spotting Embroidery and Needlework

We spotted lots of stitching at CHA!

Dimensions by EK Success has cool new embroidery kits designed by Claudine Hellmuth:

These are transfer pattern packs that include 19 charming themed designs. A selection of embroidery floss is included.

Each design can be transferred multiple times.

I was pretty excited to see crewelwork kits by Dimensions at EK Success.

Crewel is a tapestry embroidery worked in wool yarn on a sturdy fabric. These kits include needles, wool, and background fabric. These patterns are modern and fun.

Dimensions also has fun projects for the holidays using felt applique and embroidery stitches.




And for traditional stitchers, Dimensions has detailed cross stitch and needlepoint kits:

Such detailed stitching!

Look at the embroidery on the very appealing felt supplies from Handbehg Felts:

Handbehg has kits for fiber enthusiasts too:

They have lovely hand felted balls in a variety of sizes.

They even sell little natural acorn tops in case you forgot to collect them yourself last fall and can’t wait to have your own pot of colorful acorns:

Panchakanya Nepal Enterprises also has thick natural felted wool in appealing colors for your projects.

I like these beaded applique squares:

and these embroidered felt beads:

Bucilla Craft, by Plaid Enterprises, has offered seasonal needlecraft kits and patterns for more than a century.



Traditional cross stitch is very meditative!

We R Memory Keepers offers innovative tools to make it easy to embroider on your paper and card projects.

They have the Sew Easy in this nice kit with a colorful variety of threads:

Now they have the new Sew Stamper. You can get the look of stitching with a simple rolling stamp.


We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon tool really makes an impression:

With this tool, magnets allow for placement anywhere on the page. Use the piercing tool and the guides to punch through even extra thick cardstock.

They have a nifty plastic sticky needle that makes sewing paper with ribbon or twine super easy:


Ready to get stitching? I am!

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CHA Summer 2011: The Upholstery Studio

Spotted at The Upholstery Studio booth: kits to upholster your own customized tuffet!

So cute! What a great way to showcase a special embroidery or needlepoint project. I have some beautiful fabrics I could use to make my own lovely footrest!

With their neat kit, you can make a smooth top, or a tufted one.

They showed me how quick and easy it is to use this beautiful embroidery on heavy linen to upholster a smooth oval tuffet. This one doesn’t have its feet yet:


Included in the kit are high quality upholstery foam and bonded polyester batting that pulls easily without coming apart for stretching over upholstery forms


It was a simple process requiring only a staple gun and a few techniques outlined in the instructional DVD that ensure success.


Once you tackle this tuffet project, you can try one of their larger upholstery kits like this classy square ottoman tufted with leather:

or this round ottoman with customized coordinated fabrics:


The Upholstery Studio also offers kits for headboards and cornices:

These are amazing projects for fabric lovers like me! What do you think?

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