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Book | Mollie Makes Woodland Friends

I was so thrilled to be able to review the “Mollie Makes Woodland Friends” book! The book includes 20 different projects, all featuring the cutest creatures in the forest.

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends
Mollie Makes Woodland Friends
Mollie Makes Woodland Friends
Mollie Makes Woodland Friends

Projects include gifts and home decorating items like a “Sew Faux Happy Log Pouch” jewelry roll, “Sew Sweet Hedgehog Sewing Set”, “Reverse Applique Mug Rugs”, and a “3D Felt Badger Pillow”. The project techniques range from knitting and crochet, to sewing, embroidery, and paper crafting.I read through the projects and picked out a number that I am excited to get started on. The book covers so many different skills that I think any crafty person can find a project that they will be excited to begin. The “Felt Applique Napkin Ring Portraits” (below) caught my eye. Not because I desperately need a set of napkin rings with adorable animals, but because the critters are so cute and you can use the pattern to make any number of projects. I am thinking of leaving off the napkin ring portion on the back and making the embroidered felt animals into Christmas ornaments.And because I am always looking for ways to use up some of my fabric scraps, I love the “Machine Applique Animal Pictures” (below). The step-by-step instructions for this project are easy to follow and include helpful tips. The projects include a detailed list of required materials and photos that highlight all the important instructions.One of my favorite aspects of this book is the pattern section at the back of the book. Every project includes patterns for the different shapes, which you can scan, enlarge, and print or use a photocopier to do the same thing. I can see myself using these patterns over and over again because the woodland theme is a favorite of mine and I especially like the animals and shapes featured in this book.

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Books | Crochet At Home by Brett Bara

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I’ll admit it- I consider myself a bit of a lazy crocheter. Crochet is something that I do for fun, to relax, not something I do to achieve a certain level of mastery simply for the sake of increasing my skill level. I’m sure many other hobbyists feel the same way.

I spent many years doing needlepoint as a hobby, and as a result, have spent many hours hunched over and squinting at complex stitch and color charts. The better I got at needlepoint, the more complex the charts got, and the more complex the charts got, the less interested I became in the whole process.

Crochet was my “break” from needlepoint. When I started to crochet, I promised myself I wouldn’t do anything that involved patterns or stitch guides. I just wanted to simply work the yarn with my fingers and the crochet hook, letting muscle memory take over.

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