She brought her fabulous crafty book tour through Portland last month and I was lucky enough to get a front-row seat!
She did a very cool event at Powell’s
and brought us the supplies to make our very own embroidered and appliqued Toadstool Ornaments from her book.
It was such a fun evening of hand-sewing and chatting with friends. Caitlin even invented a new edging-on-the-inside take on the blanket stitch — those lefties have super powers! (Hers is the cool one on the left, mine is the boring one on the right.)
Diane, Caitlin, Wendy and I finished our ornaments up and I snapped a quick picture. It was so amazing how different each little toadstool was, even made with the same colors of felt. Of the dozens of people crafting, no two handmade ornaments were exactly alike.
Kayte gave her sidekick Adam an embroidery 101 refresher…
and she even got the Powell’s employees crafting. They made great ornaments!
I loved the projects Kayte brought to show us. Seeing them in person totally inspired me to get started on my first applique project from her pretty collection — I’ll be posting photos of it over here in a few weeks (along with a book giveaway, yay) for an encore Applique Your Way review!
I was very honored to be one of the contributors to the book (my project uses one of my favorite motifs) and I will be sharing a bit more about that too.
I’m so excited that our collection of Kitten-inspired projects has been turned into a snappy new e-book, Crafts for the Knittn’ Kitten (courtesy of Diane Gilleland and her tireless Craftypod Publishing). The beautiful craft supply photos are by Lee Meredith, and the Kitten projects graphic is by Diana Schreiber. So thanks to Diane, the book is all ready to go… and it’s completely free, just click over here to download* a copy for yourself!
The e-book includes all these how-to projects:
Bib-Style Statement Necklace, by Heather Mann
Crocheted Ribbon & Bead Necklace, by Heather Mann
Knit + Stitch Zipper Pouch, by Lee Meredith
Seed Bead Hairpins, by Teresa Sullivan
Dress Up A Dish Towel, by Diane Gilleland
Felt Halloween Bag, by Joelle Groendes
Cupcake Applique, by Christine Blystone
Jersey Doily Scarf, by Bridget Benton
Fabric + Button Pincushion, by me!
We’re so happy to share these projects with everyone — all we ask in return is that you support your local independent craft stores. They need you!
And if you make any of the projects, we’d love to see them — please add them to the Knittn Kitten flickr pool! You can also see the photos of our projects there, along with plenty of other vintage and crafty Kitten delights.
*Diane says: When people click on the ebook graphic, the download should start automatically. Some web browsers will display the PDF immediately. For others, the customer will have to look in his or her Downloads folder and click on the file there to open it.
I crossed county lines to visit Oregon City last week so I could check out my friend Kathy Cano Murillo’s new Crafty Chica line at Michaels — so cool to see it in person!
Here’s the rest of the display of her cool colorful stuff… I snapped up some fun things!
Here’s my favorite project I’ve made with Kathy’s Crafty Chica line — an embellished collage piece for my Day of the Dead altar (how-to here on CraftStylish).
I used her Crafty Chica paints, glitter, cards and glue (along with rhinestones and a small blank canvas) to make the collage — more about it all here.
I had one more cool friend’s-crafts-sighting at the store too: