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[27 Mar 2011 | 64 Comments | 146,981 views]
easiest knitted sweater zipper install ever

One of the more dreaded knitting finishing techniques is installing a zipper. I admit it, I’ve never been a fan either. There are multiple helpful zipper tutorials out there, and I’ve used a few of them. I always came back with the same issue though; you lay out the sweater, you center the zipper underneath and try to baste in the zipper. The problem is as soon as you pick up a piece of knitted fabric, it does what knitted fabric does. It stretches and drapes and wiggles out of …

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[30 Jul 2010 | 11 Comments | 38,090 views]
the quilting four-patch trick (tutorial)

Having just pressed a quilt top for one of my bee quilts, I know that this seam-flattening trick isn’t well-known. If you’ve ever sewn a four-patch and always pressed to the dark side in both steps, you know how quickly that seam gets bulky. The 5 layers of fabric can turn into a hard nub that will break needles when you try to quilt over it later. I had a look around online and while there’s one or two references to this trick, there are not many clear photos to show the beauty of it. This works for 4-patches, 9 patches and anywhere you’re joining a whack of squares where you don’t want a bulky seam allowance.)

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[12 May 2010 | 42 Comments | 30,764 views]
how to easily hand sew a quilt binding

For the basics of getting started and working out how to sew the strips on, Heather Bailey has a fantastic primer. She really nails it. What I’ve found though is that there aren’t many resources for how to hand sew and finish the binding. Most of the tutorials I’ve found simply say, “tack down the loose edge.” I wanted specifics! And I wanted them on a site that wasn’t all 90′s web design style with flashing clip art and calico prints (not to mention the animated cats.) So I made my own with photos and hopefully this helps somebody else out.

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[13 Jun 2009 | 29 Comments | 12,746 views]
pressing your pieces

I know a few people who are wading deeper into quilting waters, so I thought I’d put together a couple tips for them. Not so much a life preserver as just a pair of water wings.
Other folks like Ashley and Oh, Fransson! have put together some great starter points for the new quilter, so I’m not going to dive into that. I just wanted to share one or two of my faves for piecing. Like always, it all comes back to pressing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it …

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[29 Aug 2008 | Comments Off | 1,213 views]

If you’re looking to shorten the lariat on your Splityarn point and shoot camera strap, here’s the easiest way to do it.
1. Leave the splitring on the fob piece (they’re a bugger to get on there in the first place) but remove the cylinder.

2. Push the lariat cord out through the cylinder. Retie the knot lower but be sure to leave just enough room to thread it through your camera and still get around the cylinder in a half hitch. (I recommend the Figure 8 on a bight knot. …

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[17 Jun 2008 | 16 Comments | 14,527 views]
rethreading a serger, the easy way (tutorial)

When I first started using my Serger, I was loathe to change the threads to different colours. If you’ve ever had to rethread an overlocker, you know what a super huge pain it can be. Tiny little holes way deep in the machine and there’s usually three or four threads to do. Mine needs some long handled tweezers, a sharp pair of scissors and heaps of patience. Somewhere along the way, my mum tipped me off that there’s an easier method. Thanks Mum!

1. With plenty of slack, using an overhand …

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[8 Feb 2008 | 12 Comments | 21,343 views]
knitting bind-off with beads (tutorial)

Way back in the Spring when I finished Hanami, I had it in my head to write a tutorial on how to do the beaded bind off. Spring led to Summer and a ton of travel, Summer led to Fall and we moved across country so the tutorial fell into the drawer of One Day. As it turns out, One Day is today.
This version of the beaded bind off is really easy with the right tools. The first thing is to get a small enough crochet hook to fit through …

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[1 Jun 2007 | 47 Comments | 100,538 views]
sew a zippered wristlet (tutorial)

I’ve been making wristlets for ages now and I thought I’d share my recipe since they’re appearing with less frequency in the Splityarn shop (that’ll happen after you make 80 gazillion of something.) I wasn’t really thinking about it when I started, but choosing (notoriously hard to photograph) red as a key component to the project made for some challenging photo edits. My apologies that the pics aren’t quite up to snuff. I’m only posting the basic pictures here, but there’s more detailed photos and notes in the accompanying flickr …

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[21 Jan 2007 | 30 Comments | 10,035 views]

I’m regularly asked about my photos of my knitting and sewing, so I thought I’d put together a run-down of how I get good quality pictures to best show off my projects without a photo studio.
It’s by no means a professional set up (as you’ll see,) but the result of much trial and error. I put so much time and effort into knitting, why not give it that last touch of love and make a stellar photo? Mother Nature was cooperating and gave me a non-rainy day, so here’s …

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[27 Aug 2006 | 29 Comments | 34,346 views]
How to sew a pencil case for your binder (tutorial)

When all the ads on TV start playing the back to school tune, I can’t help but remember the thrill of getting new school supplies. Mmmm, fresh Laurentien pencil crayons and brand new ultra fine point pens. This weekend I was motivated to put together a new sewing tutorial and what better project than a swank pencil case! This one will go perfectly in my quilting designs binder. (As always, click the photos to embiggen. For more detailed photos check my flickr set)

Here’s what you’ll need:

piece of vinyl cut to …