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Make this simple roll-up organizer and get your crochet hooks in order. By Linda Permann, this Wednesday on CraftStylish.

Make this simple roll-up organizer and get your crochet hooks in order. By Linda Permann, this Wednesday on CraftStylish.

Photo: Linda Permann

This week, CraftStylish has got your back. Whether it's back to school, back to work, or simply back to reality, all week long, you'll find the freshest fall projects to get you into the craft groove. According to the crafting calendar, we are on the cusp of the DIY high season. This is a perfect time to pick up some new skills, polish up the old ones and get ready to take your craft up a notch. The best part is that the CraftStylish team has created a marvelous mix of projects designed to upcycle or recycle materials that you probably already have. Go through your stash, your closets, and piles of unfinshed projects, you are sure to find the perfect project to match your surplus, so you can make the most of what you've got--with style.

  • We are kicking off the week with another awe inspiring paper technique from Jeffery Rudell. Drawing with paper as opposed to 'on' it, Rudell shows us how a tiny exacto knife and a lot of patience can yield a masterpiece of startling lines.
  • Is there someone in your household with a huge stash of old silk ties? You are sitting on a gold mine. Diane Gilleland's fantastic recycled necktie scarf project will have you pouring over all of those old prints and stripes as if seeing their beauty for the first time.
  • Sewing newbies are going to love the rolled hem how-to by Shannon Dennis. Simply explained and expertly detailed, this stitching technique is the cornerstone of many sewing projects. Imagine, you can add this to your growing repetoire in no time.
  • Keep all of your hooks together with snappy style. Linda Permann's super-quick roll-up crochet hook organizer is the perfect present to make for the crocheters in your life. Plus, it is so simple you can whip one up as a present for yourself.
  • As the summer winds down make yourself the perfect closure and get ready to welcome the Fall, via Tina Hilton's nifty knitted button how to. These darling embellishments can be customized to match up with your hand-knits, or you can go wild and use them to gussy-up an old sweater with some smart re-style.
  • Mary Ray's How to Make a Pinwheel post will have you creating fantastic shapes and making great use of your fabric stash in no time.  This traditional technique can be used to liven up a quilt or to add unique dash as a garment embellishment.
  • Craft fashionistas take note: reverse-applique is hot and you're going to see it everywhere this season. If you've never tried this fab technique you must check out Jennifer Stern's awesome Make a Reverse Applique Tee post detailing how to use machine embroidery software. Jen's sassy how-to makes this simple technique the perfect first time project.
  • Here's a darling project that jewelry-maker, Susan Beal ,created expressly for button afficionados. This wonderful picture frame how to lets you use up some of your stash and surround your loved ones with your very favorite embellishments.
  • Plus, Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica tell us why we should keep a sketchbook,Diane Gilleland,discovers the glory of mail art, and Daphne Adair on her bike trip to the great yarn finds in Seattle.
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