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Stitches & Crafts

February - March 2019

Published two-monthly in South Africa by crafters for crafters, Craftwise Magazine is loaded with step-by-step projects to inspire people who love to creative pretty things. Project themes are wide ranging, including mosaics, paper crafts, upcycling, beading, recycling, jewellery, mixed media, ceramic painting, chain maille, stained glass, kids crafts, pewter, decoupage, painting, scrapbooking and more. Six issues a year.

South Africa
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6 Issues


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happy new year!

I hope that the coming year will be a successful, healthy and creative year for all of you. Some of you have children starting school, some are going on retirement or starting new paths in your lives... I hope that this year brings you some creative "me" time. Taking time out to be creative, in whatever form it takes, forcing you to take time out from everyday happenings and stresses. For those who are lonely or need to talk to somebody other than children or husbands/wives - join a sewing, knitting, crochet or any other type of craft group. I was talking to someone the other day who was asking what happened to scrapbooking - it was so popular a few years ago. Well, with all crafts (it doesn't…

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crocheted cocoon shrug

RequirementsOriginal garment knitted in size small-medium Measurements and width from cutt to cuff: Small - Medium: 100 cmLarge - Extra Large: 115 cm• 11 (13) Balls African Expressions COMFORT 50g in colour 4076• 4.50 mm and 5.00 mm crochet hooks• Tapestry needle• Scissors• 2x Stitch markers GAUGE: 10 sts x 8 rows using a 4.50 mm hook = 10 cm x10 cm ABBREVIATIONS:  ch = chain chsp = chain space htr = half treble rep = repeat slst = slip stitch sk = skip tr = treble v-st = (1tr, ch1, 1tr) IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTES: • Pattern is written in UK terminology.• Work ch3 at the beginning of tr rows. This counts as a stitch.• Work ch1 at the beginning of htr rows, this doesn't count as a stitch.…

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felt coin purse

Requirements • Dark grey wool felt blend• Felt off cuts for cat's face (you can choose what colour your cat is). I used a blue/grey, pink and white• Pretty fabric for lining• Two tiny black buttons• Dark grey embroidery thread and embroidery needle• Colourspun No. 8 for attaching flap to purse. I used a grey/purple colour• 15 cm zipper (we will cut it shorter)• Press stud: sewn or riveted• Appliqué paper• Appliqué sheet• Neutral coloured sewing thread• Clover clips or pins• heat away / water soluble / air dry pen• Zipper foot• Rotary cutter, mat and ruler• Sewing machine and usual sewing requirements How to 1. From the dark grey felt and lining fabric cut (2) 6½"x 5½" rectangles, and (1) 6" x 4" rectangle. 2. Place one…

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Requirements Garment knitted in 2nd size•African Expressions CURIOSITY 50 gr balls: Main shade: 9057 x 2(2, 3) 1st contrast: 9112 x 1 2nd contrast: 9120 x 1 3rd contrast: 9095 x 1• One pair 4 mm knitting needle• Row counter Measurements: To fit: 81-87(91-97, 101-107) cm bust Garment measures: 90(100, 110) cm Length from top: 58 cm Sleeve seam: 35 cm Tension: 22 stitches and 30 rows to 10 cm using 4 mm knitting needles Abbreviations: k = knit p = purlMS = Main ShadeC1 = 1st contrastC2 = 2nd contrastC3 = 3rd contrastRep = repeatR(W)S = right (wrong)side Stitches used: Garter stitch (gst) = knit every row.Stocking stitch (st.st) = knit right side, purl wrong side. Pattern BACK With MS cast on 100(110, 120) and work…

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for the love of succulents

The month of love is sweetly scented with promises, chocolates, and the perfume of red roses. Valentine’s Day is around the corner as wedding season stretches on for a few more weeks. Whether you’re wooing for the first time, or planning party favours for your big day, an original touch to your gifting goes a long way, and what could be better than an affordable gift that’s handmade from the heart? Succulents have been a hot trend for some time and continue to take centre stage in the most beautiful arrangements and water-wise gardens. They also make original and thoughtful gifts that will bring joy to the recipient for years to come. Neatly planted into a small pot, they’re easy to present, easy to transplant later on, and creating…

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yulia brodskaya

Yulia was born in Moscow, Russia. Prior to moving to the United Kingdom in 2004 she was interested in diverse creative practices ranging from textile painting, origami and collage to more traditional fine art practices. Following an MA in Graphic Communication at the University of Hertfordshire in 2006, she continued to experiment and explore ways of bringing together all the things she likes most: typography, paper, and highly detailed handmade craft objects. Her work uses a technique called quilling, whereby strips of paper are curled around a quill (or pen, pencil).The resulting loopy shapes are stuck onto a variety of background surfaces, standing on edge. The surfaces are also not just plain, a variety of colours create different effects. By using the quilled strips upright an interesting 3D effect…