Crafty Gift Idea #15: Tie it Together

Knitting time is short, dear crafters, but there’s still time to whip out a stack of sewn goodies. For the fellows in your life, how about a tie of the neck or bow variety? Try this tutorial from Purl Bee for an elegant neck tie, or this one from Angela Osborn for a dapper bow tie.

We made ours from colorful Kaffe Fassett shot cotton and Lecien prints, but they would be equally lovely in silky voile.

*This is post #15 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 20th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #14: Nifty Notions

For last minute gifts, why not consider getting creative with some notions?

Use a peice of ribbon to embroider a custom keychain or showcase that great statement button with a bracelet! The possibilities are endless…

We made a keychain from our 1″ wide linen ribbon which is perfect for embroidery or cross-stitch. Just attach to a normal keyring for a personalized gift.

We also made a bracelet using one of our big beautiful buttons on a bracelet of teal twine, with a yellow toggle button and loop as a closure. Make a bunch for a fashionable friend to mix and match.

*This is post #14 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 20th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #13 (Kids Edition): I Had A Favorite Dress

This is the perfect gift for that crafty small someone in your life. Beautifully illustrated, I Had A Favorite Dress tells the story of a little girl’s favorite dress and how, with a little love, a little craft, and a little inspiration her favorite dress lives on even when she outgrows it. A lovely story that illustrates the power of crafty inspiration, this would be a wonderful gift for anyone who creates new things out of old.

*This is post #13 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 18th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #12: Kaffe Fassett’s Dreaming in Color

Crafty Gift Idea #12 is a big, beautiful full color autobiography by the amazing Kaffe Fassett. This is a book for the color enthusiast in your life. Dreaming in Color is an autobiography of the life an unconventional artist from a family of artists who went on to become a internationally known color-ist in knitwear, yarns, and fabric. We consider him one of our muses in the shop (you know how much we love his shot cottons) and couldn’t be more enamored of this book. Kaffe is an all around creative force and Dreaming In Color details beautifully his world of inspiration. It is a wonderfully interesting read about a life that is unique, creative, and full of color. Do yourself or a loved one and favor and pick this book up. You won’t regret it. One of our favorites (and one we have already gifted to ourselves for our personal library).

*This is post #12 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 17th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #11: Embroidery Kit

Here we have a little sampling of our stitching supplies: An adorable embroiderdy pattern (L for Lion) from Penguin & Fish, 4 colors of Anchor embroidery floss, embroidery needles, a wooden hoop, and the fabric of your choice (we used Robert Kaufman Essex Linen).

Stitch this up for a little one or wrap it up and present it as a kit to your favorite crafter.

*This is post #11 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 16th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #10: Knitting Accessories

What do you get for the knitter who has everything?

How about a set of Knit Picks Options interchangeable needles? They come with sizes 4-11 needles in either nickel or rainbow laminated birch, and 4 cables (two each 24″ and 36″)

We also have an array of great needlecases and specialty knitting accessories. Shown here are Lantern Moon needle cases, sock monkey measuring tape, and repair hook as well as a set of rosewood cable needles.

*This is post #10 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 15th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #9: Yarn from Lady Dye Fibers

Our crafty gift idea #9 involves a little experiential fun as well as a practical gift outcome: this evening we are happy to stay open late in a festive spirit and celebrate the season with a trunk show with the fabulous Diane from Lady Dye Fibers. She will be unpacking a suitcase full of freshly–and locally–dyed yarn (all NEW!) as well as a special FREE cowl pattern and FREE yarn samples developed especially for the evening. Come by, have a glass of something festive, nibble on some cheese, enjoy a holiday cookie and walk away with a fabulous present for you or the crafter in your life. Read more right here.

*This is post #9 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 14th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #8: Nelkin Kits

We are always on the lookout for good, crafty kits to carry at JP Knit & Stitch. There’s nothing like receiving a present with cute packaging with everything you need to make something special right inside.  That’s why we love our newest find (thanks, Eloise!), Crafty Gift Idea #5, The Threadfollower kits, and why we love Crafty Gift Idea #8, the Laura Nelkin designed knitting kits. Make a Mudra Cuff, a Butin Collar, or the Rippled necklace. Included in each little set is a beautiful sock yarn, a three strand side clasp, glass beads, and floss threader. Just add size 2 knitting needles and viola! beautiful, sparkling jewelry to give or wear for the holidays.

*This is post #8 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

Posted on December 13th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea # 7: Table Runner and Napkins

We touched on Eva’s 1 Day Workshop: Table Runner + Napkins on the very first day of our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series, but when Eva brought in her sample for the class, we just had to highlight it. Whip up a table runner and napkins on Thursday the 2oth with Eva, or choose a fabric for your favorite hostess and create table settings of your own.

*This is post #7 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 13th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea # 6: Sewing Basics

The prefect gift for that crafty someone who either needs a goto handbook for all their sewing questions or a step-by-step guide for learning how to sew. Sewing Basics is a a book that is anything but basic. It’s a handsomely illustrated, comprehensive introduction to machine and hand sewing by Sandra Bardwell. This season give the gift of craft! It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

*This is post #6 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

 

Posted on December 11th, 2012 by craftygals

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