Tricked out Crochet Hooks & Knitting Needles

Life’s too short to knit with ugly needles! Okay, maybe they’re not ugly, but nothing is safe around here from dyeing, coloring or decorating! I would not recommend doing this with expensive tools, but hey, why not pretty up those cheapy hooks and needles? I used plain, plastic crochet hooks and super cheap bamboo knitting […]

Free Crochet Patterns for Baby Boots and Sandals

My babies are all grown and almost out of the house – no grandbabies yet – but I’m collecting patterns for when that happens! Take a look at these super cute free crochet patterns for baby booties, slippers and sandals! A big Thank You to the talented ladies who came up with these fun baby […]

Bleach Pen Fun! Decorate Fabric with Bleach

Have you accidentally spilled bleach on your shirt and just threw it away? Well, has it ever occurred to you to use bleach on purpose to decorate fabric? If that old pair of jeans you used to love could use some help then why not pretty it up the easy way with a good old […]

Shibori Dyeing Tea Towels with Rit

White kitchen towels? Boring!! I tell ya, nothing is safe around here. If something at my house is a solid color, it’s only a matter of time before I add some bright color and dye it up. So, I started researching various Shibori Dyeing techniques. If you’ve been following my dyeing tutorials, you know I […]

How to Dye Yarn with Easter Egg Color

So many dyes, so little time! Did you know that you can dye yarn with regular ole Easter Egg dyes? Yep! Not the fancy-schmancy new dyes out there but just plain-jane Paas which is made with food coloring. I was actually surprised at how vivid the yarn turned out! Beautiful, bright colors that you can […]

Felting: Add Color & Texture the Easy Way!

The good thing about being snowed in is that I’ve finally been able to do a little wet felting again. It’s so relaxing for me. I get lost in the luscious fibers and colors! Over my years of teaching wet felting, I’ve had many people say that they don’t know what colors to put together. […]

How to Tie Dye a Heart

Here’s a quick project you can still finish for your loves by Valentine’s Day. What says I love you more than a hand dyed heart shirt? So, let me show you how to tie dye a heart. This is my first attempt at tie dyeing a specific shape. It’s a little more fussy than other […]

Let’s Tie-Dye Long Johns! Easy Accordion Fold

This is nothing new, I know, but tie-dyed Long Johns aka Thermal Underwear have always been my faves! Just cause you have to bundle up in many layers, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it! And these make awesome gifts, especially for people who work outside in winter. You can get super fancy with […]

Gift Ideas for Knitters or Crocheters

Do you have an avid Knitter or Crocheter in your life? Need a great Christmas or Birthday idea? Well, I’m here to help! Here’s a list of some cool and fun gift ideas that would make any Yarny very happy! And the beauty is, you can do all your shopping online and have these presents […]

Easy! How to Insulate a Chicken Coop with Alpaca Fiber or Wool

Now that ole man winter is knocking on the door, it’s time again to add some insulation to the chicken coop. Hey Annette, What does this have to do with art? Absolutely nothing! But it does have to do with fiber – in my case, alpaca fiber. And people are always asking me what they […]

DIY Felted Pincushion – Great Gift Idea!

Yes, the gift giving season is almost upon us again! Can you believe it? Well, years ago my friends and I decided that instead of buying each other stuff we don’t need, our gifts would be handmade. Honestly, it’s been a lot of fun! Is there a needleworker or seamstress in your circle? How about […]

More Shibori! Suji Dyed Felted Shawl

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m on a dyeing kick! Specifically, Shibori Dyeing. Did you see Part 1 on Kumo Dyeing a Silk Scarf? So many dyeing techniques, so little time! (Apparently I’m on a pink kick, too which is pretty funny if you know me) Unfortunately, I’ve had to rejoin the ‘real world’ and […]