New Fairfield , CT, US

craft interests: crochet, fashion, gifts, home decorating, memory making, paper crafts, restyle, sewing

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Contest Alert: Design a Pair of Doc Martens

Are you the next Dr. Martens designer? Enter their contest and find out!

Add Style to Your Kitchen (Or any Room) with Bottle Cap Drawer Pulls

Express your retro side and support a crafter by grabbing these drawer pulls before they're gone.

Make a Simple Patchwork Tote Bag Out of Scraps!

Follow this easy tutorial and you'll have a one-of-a-kind patchwork tote in just a few hours.

Behind the Seams: A Blanket Stitch Tutorial

A blanket stitch is a great way to finish a project - and here's a great tutorial on how to do it.

Crafts+ Cupcakes

Etsy Virtual Labs has a sweet plan for a Brooklyn craft night coming up in July.

Planet Purl Puts the World at Knitters' Fingertips

Have you visited the Planet Purl site? If not, it's so worth a trip. Not only can you purchase all things nifty and knitty, but you can also interact with other knitters and crocheters all over the world.

Do You Know Huck Toweling? The Old-School Swedish Weaving Technique Gains Popularity

Huck Toweling, or Swedish Weaving, requires "floating" yarn or floss for quick-to-finish projects.

Naughty Secretary Club's Jennifer Perkins Rocks the Craft Scene

In case you didn't know about Jennifer Perkins, let me tell you that she basically has a hand in every aspect of the craft community.

Show Your Craft Pride With Tape Measure Accessories from Erin Originals

Accessories from Erin Originals, from tote bags to makeup cases and wallets, really "measure up" when decked out with tape measures.

Get Your Credit Cards Ready: My Craftivity Sale on Scrapbooking Items !

Great craft-resource site, My Craftivity, is reducing prices on scrapbooking titles!

Another Great Guy (or Boy) Project

Transformers, the 1980s toys that later starred in their own animated TV series, re-entered the public consiousness last year when their full-length movie came out. This cool, free knitting project takes appreciation for the characters to a new level.

National Rose Month Has Us Seeing Red--and Pink

Did you know that June is National Rose Month? Have you crafted any Rose items yet?

Make It for Him (or, if You're Him, Make It Yourself)!

It can be hard to find or make a great gift for a guy whether he's a boyfriend, husband, brother, or buddy. Check out the pattern for this great, quirky guy's tee from Burda Style.

The Colorful World of Abblesauce

Abblesauce creates the cutest, most colorful totes and tees that the designer silkscreens by hand.

Solving the Tight Vintage Shoes Conundrum

If you are a thrifter, like me, it's easy enough to find clothes in your size or sew 'em to fit. Shoes, however, present their own issues...

An Ornament Post in Recognition of Leon Day!

Today is the six-month marker between Christmas '07 and Christmas '08, dubbed Leon day for the backwards spelling of Noel. In celebration of the un-holiday, here's a cute holiday tree ornament project from Lion Brand.

French Poodle, French Knot...Ooh La La!

Sublime Stitching strikes again! Check out how Amy of Early Bird Special blog embroidered this nifty poodle tee using another awesome SS design.

Annie Modesitt's Dreamy Knit Corset

This knitter has contributed to everything from Vogue Knitting to the Stitch 'n' Bitch books. Just take a look at this knit corset design to learn why she's so loved.

More French Knots from Stitchy Stitcherson

My last post got me thinking what else one could do with French knots. Here's an answer from Kristi at Stitchy Stitcherson—a French knot afro.

CraftStylish at the Independent Handbag Designer Awards

The second annual award night for independent bag designers was last week in Manhattan and CraftStylish was on the scene.

Indie Fashion Hero: Squasht by Les

I've seen this young designer at several craft events and continue to covert her utterly wearable line. Since I bought it in April, I'm rarely without her reversible brocade Bella hat.

Rain & Shine at Renegade

CraftStylish had a prime spot in the re-purposed pool at McCarren Park in Brooklyn for last week's Renegade Craft Fair. Did you know that when it rains really hard the pool starts filling with water?

Fabric Printed Projects from the Party at Lotta Jansdotter's Studio!

See how I restyled some of my tired old togs at the recent printing party at surface artist Lotta Jansdotter's Brooklyn studio.

Check out the recycled coffee cup sleeves from East Coast Kitsch!

These coffee cup sleeves, available on Etsy, are so adorable.

Love Lotta? Check out Red Bridge Studios

Red Bridge Studios, designed by Tyshawn Henry of Brooklyn, creates a gorgeous line of eco-friendly, screen-printed bags and accessories.

More Fabric Printing: A Burda Style Tutorial

I'm loving printing on fabric now...Check out a great how-to on the Burda Style site.

Charm School Designs Rocks!

We were super-impressed when we spied the the awesome headbands crafted by Charm School Designs at last weekend's Renegade Craft Fair.

We Got a Lot of Lotta (But it Still Wasn't Enough!)

Find out about the great time we had at textile artist Lotta Jansdotter's Brooklyn studio at the printing party for her new book, Lotta Prints.

Have You Taken the Handmade Pledge? provides a place to pledge to the world that you intend to buy, and would love to receive, handmade items.

Sweet Silkscreening: Pinecone + Chickadee

These former Brooklynites create awesome silkscreened cards from their coastal Maine home.

We're Biased: Couture Designer Charles Kleibacker's Gowns on Exhibit in Ohio

Fashion Designer Charles Kleibacker has been called a master of the bias. See his gowns through July 6 at Ohio's Riffe Gallery.

Philadelphia's Art Star Craft Bazaar Shines

Despite an intermittently rainy weekend, Art Star Craft Bazzar drew a crafty crowd on May 31 & June 1.

The Connecticut Etsy Team to Host a Jewelry Event Next Saturday

Connecticut Etsy Team's Jewelry Spectacular is happening next Saturday in North Haven, featuring over 25 jewelry and accessory crafters.

CraftStylish on the Scene This Weekend at Art Star Craft Bazaar

We hit the road again this weekend, this time checking out Philly's cutting-edge craft show, Art Star Craft Bazaar

Learn More About Our Quick Stuff to Make Crafters

You loved the projects in the magazine; now learn about the craftsters who created them and see what else they've been making.

What's in Your Crafting Cupboard?

CraftStylish wants to know what gadgets you can't live without, would recommend to friends or just think are nifty.

Hurray for Tina Hilton

See more from this knitting wonder on her blog.

Make and Share: Shrug It Off

Make yourself a shrug like ours and post the pictures on CraftStylish.

Editor's Challenge: Vested Interest Project

We know you are crafty and talented. Show us what you can do with this vest!

Sheers to You: Where to Find Embroidery Designs For Your New Sheers Online

Find amazing embroidery designs to suit your needs and tastes.

Are You Hooked? Need More Crochet?

If you liked the delicately crocheted pillow in our magazine, you'll love the projects on our crochet page.

Scrappy Gal: Get More Paper Projects like Shadow Boxing from Khris Cochran

Can't get enough of Khris and her pretty pages? Check out more content from the paper-ista on her blog.

More Quilty Pleasures from Mary Ray

Our jaws dropped when we saw the quilted "Lovely Lingerie Bag" Mary Ray created for CraftStylish's Quick Stuff to Make. You too? Find more projects on her blog.

Don't Stop with the Grocery Tote, Subversive Seamsters!

Was the feature "I Dream of Groceries" in Quick Stuff to Make your kind of project? Visit the Stitch Lounge profile for more another cool project.

Wrap It Up! Embellished Bangle Bracelets Are Fun & Easy Projects

The wrapped bangles in Quick Stuff to Make will be a summer staple, but bangles can be dressed up in many ways.

CraftStylish Challenge: Make a Necklace from Three's a Charm and Post It Here!

The necklaces in Quick Stuff to Make are both delicate and sweet. Post pictures of your version of this project in our new photo gallery!

Blogger Susan Beal Provides More Than a Trio of Projects for You at CraftStylish!

Did you just have to make bead expert and jewelry-maker Susan Beals's Trio Earrings featured in "Quick Stuff to Make?" Then check out this post!

Needlepoint-in-Style Video with Amy Holbrook

Learn more about Amy Holbrook's personalized needlepoint notebooks in this how-to video.

Stitchdiva Jen Hansen Demonstrates Hairpin Lace Crochet

In this video, Stitchdiva founder Jennifer Hansen shows CraftStylish how to create the stitches she used for her hairpin lace crocheted shawl.

Get In the Loop with Our Knitting Posts!

We know you love to knit. Get more crafty information on our knitting page.

I Love Your Shirt, It Smells Divine!

Make lavender sachets for closets and drawers using your leftover fabric scraps.

Quick Recycled Accessory: Tie Choker from Subversive Seamster

I made this cute choker in about 20 minutes.

Great Guy Gift: Stripey Crochet Scarf

Guys like the simple things in life - like a handmade classic striped scarf.

More from Susan Beal: What You Didn't Read in Quick Stuff to Make

See our magazine interview with jewelry-maker Susan Beal, plus extra Q&As;, for our online readers eyes only!

How To Attach a Snap (and Look Like a Stud)

Studded accessories are all the rage, but those little embellishments can be hard to find at craft stores. Here's a trick technique to get the look on the cheap.

Our Amazing Michaela and Her Knitty-Gritty Name Tags

Our Managing Editor Michaela Murphy is a prolific knitter. When we saw her crafty knitted name tag, great for wearing at trade shows and other industry events, we insisted that she make one for each...

Check Out My Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Charms

These charms began their life as a quarter-sized blob of gray clay. I shaped them and imprinted them with various molds. Next, they sat for 30 minutes before being fired with a hand-held torch for 3...

With S.E.W. Sew Everything Workshop, the Cards Are Just the Beginning

Author and seamster Diana Rupp showed us how to make a "Sew Very Pretty Card" in "Quick Stuff to Make" - see what else she has up her sleeve in her book, "S.E.W. Sew Everything Workshop"

Bag These: Where to Source the Best Hardware for Your Bag

Save a trip to the store and buy your bag hardware online.

Be Among the First to Get our Latest Issue: Quick Stuff to Make

Our latest project-packed magazine doesn't hit stands until early June but you can be among the first to get a copy!

Make 11 Outfits From One Pattern with SewStylish

In this issue, SewStylish staffers teach you how to alter a single pattern to make an entire wardrobe.

You Won't Believe How Bead Simple It Is

Learn how to make simple, elegant jewelry for everyday or special occasions in Susan Beal's gorgeous and informative BeadSimple.

Learn Robotics, Baking, Crafts and More at

This ingenious site lets members share what they know and teaches the world how to, well, anything!

Restyle that Old Sweater with Stitch Lounge and CraftStylish!

In this video, the co-owners of San Francisco's Stitch Lounge, and authors of Sew Subversive and Subversive Seamster, show us how to breathe new life into an old sweater.

Janome Hearts ThreadBanger

Breaking craft news: sewing machine manufacturer Janome partners with ThreadBanger.

Choose Your News! Get Updates About Your Favorite Crafts and Crafters with our RSS Feeds

New RSS Feeds from let you choose the updates that match your interests.

Create Mouth-Watering Projects with Gifts to Make

This project-packed issue has crafty gifts for everyone on your list - 37 presents in all!

Create Your Runway Style with SewStylish

In this issue of SewStylish, learn how to craft 15 looks that will have your friends asking, "Is it designer?"

Sew Subversive — A Handy Resource for Lovers of Vintage, Restyling, and DIY!

This book—by the founders of Stitch Lounge—is chock-full of easy, innovative, and fun projects.

A Maker Faire Montage

See what CraftStylish staffers saw and heard at the recent Make Magazine Maker Faire in this video.

Meet the Makers at Maker Faire

CraftStylish had a grand time among our crafty brethren under the sunny skies of San Mateo, California.

Try Scrapbooking without the Scraps—on your Computer!

A book on the basics of digital scrapbooking—it's a fun, colorful, and inspiring read.

Fiber Arts Exhibit at Sacred Heart University is Sure to Please

From cotton to flax, fibers have been used since ancient times to create everything from blankets and clothing to baskets for gathering food. In this exhibit, they become art.

Get Red Carpet Ready with Sew Stylish

This summer issue of Sew Stylish magazine offers everything you need to know about sewing special-occasion outfits.

"Quick Stuff to Sew" Provides Projects on the Fly

This single-issue CraftStylish magazine, from the publisher of Threads, provides fast, fun ideas for the fashionable seamster.

A Knit-Happy Drummer and Other Wonders of Maker Faire

Musician and crafter Corey Fogel shows off his skills at Make magazine's California fair.

Use Simple Crochet Techniques to Make Hip, Handmade Hats

This innovative book contains patterns for cute, casual, and funky hats and caps.

CraftStylish on Scene in Cali at Maker Faire

The CraftStylish team is making friends at Make magazine's Maker Faire in California this weekend!

Bust Magazine's Craftacular was Anything but a Bust!

Check out what the CraftStylish team was up to in Brooklyn this past weekend.

Meet 'n Greet with CraftStylish Staffers!

Visit our booth at BUST magazine’s Spring Fling Craftacular next weekend in Brooklyn!

recent comments

Re: Bird Mobile Pattern Available from Spool

Happy Birthday Jen! What a great gift!

Re: Celebrate the 4th in Style

Love, love love the Purl stores. Caitlin you always find the best stuff online!

Re: Crafting with a Passion: What is Yours?

Like MaeveQ, I am now dying to see a picture of this "restyled" sweater - What a sweet story to kick off Crafting Passion month!

Re: Bulletin Boards

I so love these! They could work as art pieces by themselves with nothing tacked up to them, especially to show off the kind of intricate, pretty or vintage fabrics that we all have in our collection but don't know what to do with...
Thanks for the inspiration Vicky and Jennifer!

Re: Patchwork Totes

Love, love, love these. The pieces are perfect together!

Re: Sew with the Divas

Great Blog, Thanks Amber! I just clicked over and saw a piece on cutting silks with an underlay on their homepage - so timely since I'm about to turn off my computer and cut some slippery silk for a patchwork project. Wish me luck...

Re: Magpie is a Great Craft Resource Near Boston, MA

Who's on board for a CraftStylish staff field trip??

Re: Crafting My Life with Paper

Your storytelling skills are as wonderful and colorful as your paper creations - I can just picture the Warholian presents, playing-card accent wall and Argo ship...Thanks!

Re: Let there be light!

Cool lights, Deana!
Check out this pendant lamp by resurface - it's made out of a microphone and I want it sooo bad!

Re: Make a Tote Bag in Two Hours

CraftStylish members love their totes and this one is no exception - Thanks Ann!

Re: Transform a Tee Shirt into a Daring DIY Bikini on Threadbanger

Cute, cute project! Do you think the non-stretch material means it would stretch out and not fit well after going swimming?

Re: Great Finds at the Renegade Craft Fair, Brooklyn

Hi Vicky,
It's funny how we were at the same fair but different things caught our attention. How could I have missed those "taxidermied" lovelies from the plushkill forest? Now I want one so bad! It would look perfect over the fireplace I don't have in the den I don't have!

Re: Etsy CT Street Team Jewelry Spectacular

Hi Jillian & Vicky,
I'm not sure if my absence can be blamed on a lapse of reason due to the heat or my own regular goofiness! Though I wrote a post previewing this event, I got it stuck in my head that it lasted until 7 p.m. Around 5:30, I burst into a very quiet retirement dinner that was scheduled in the room after the Spectacular had ended. Oh well...I hear the CT Etsy Team may be planning a "green" themed event. I'll totally be at that!

Re: My Craft Room

Wow, Jessica! This is a great set-up.

Re: Welcome to the new Knitting Blog

Thanks for your comments and positive feedback! RSS feeds will be available soon as will other exciting new features - Stay tuned!

Re: How to Create a Peasant Top from a Funky Thrift Store Muumuu

*Sigh* These girls are endlessly stylish and inspiring...

Re: Luxury Large Button Wrap

Love this! I want to make one and wear it over a light jacket like a scarf. Great choice of color too, Tina!