This post from Kristin Nichols reminded me of how many people in our sewing community are working on much beloved old machines. We have seen a few and heard of plenty of foot pedals that start smoking, and machines that smell and then start to smoke. So read this timely post – Getting Stitched on the Farm – and in a nut shell:
- Consider replacing old foot pedals with a nice new one.
- Unplug machines not in use.
- Unfortunately, (based on sparky’s advice) plugging a two prong plug into a three three prong extension cord will NOT ground the wire in the cord as suggested in this article.
VAMFF Art Program Event – FILMS THAT CHANGED FASHION FOREVER: CLUELESS
Friday March 1st – 6.30pm at Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton
Enjoy a drink on entry, fashion short films from MFF. Dress up in your favourite film attire to win a fab prize. Love fashion on film? Revisit a fashion film classic and join Cinema Nova to celebrate one of the most iconic fashionable films of all time – Clueless. Enjoy a glass of Nova’s hand picked wine or sparkling on entry and an introduction from a special guest who’ll talk about the fashion in the film and other films that changed fashion forever. Dress up in your favourite film attire and go in the running to win a fab prize.
To Enter: email us at email@example.com including your name and postal address to go into the draw.
- Competition opens: Sunday 24th February 2019.
- Competition closes: Wednesday 27th February 2019.
- Competition winners announced: Thursday 28th February 2019.
Congratulations to the winner of our Granny Square Flair Mailing List Sign Up Competition.
Lucky Heather will receive a copy of this great Crochet Book written by Melbourne author and crochet designer Shelley Husband.
Congratulations to the winners of our Exclusive Paid Member‘s Competition!
We were lucky enough to have 5 double passes for the new movie If Beale Street Could Talk. These lucky sewing enthusiasts are off to the movies:
To celebrate our next Crochet Club starting on Saturday 23rd February we are giving away a copy of Granny Square Flair – by Melbourne’s very own Shelley Husband.
To Enter: sign up to our mailing list and receive our email updates and sewing love notes.
- Competition opens: Tuesday 19th February 2019.
- Competition closes: Thursday 21st February 2019.
- Competition winner announced: Friday 22nd February 2019.
Granny Square Flair includes 50 square patterns presented in both chart form and written round-by-round instructions. Full explanations of special stitches, along with tips for finishing your project beautifully. Every square is shown in at least 3 distinctive colour ways, inspiring your own colour exploration. There are full instructions for 11 beautiful projects made with motifs from the book. Shelley walks you through using the patterns to design your own projects, including estimating yarn requirements, combining patterns and colour inspiration.
At a bare minimum to get yourself started on crochet you’ll need a crochet hook and some yarn. As you become a premier hooker you’ll build up an arsenal of hooks of all sizes, and you’ll also find it handy to have stitch markers and a yarn needle.
Different brands have slightly different benefits to their hooks. Bamboo hooks can be nice to work with but sometimes little splinters will grab your yarn. You can also get steel and plastic hooks, ultimately any cheap hooks can be a bit grabby and tough on your hands after hours of absent minded hooking. Soft rubber handle hooks are more gentle on your hands and they are a much better choice for people suffering from arthritis and finding it difficult to grasp a thin hook.
There are (unfortunately) three different ways to refer to the sizes of crochet hooks, these are outlined in the table below.
- The U.S. identify hooks by letters and numbers from B to S and 1 to 15.
- There are imperial measurements of the shank diameter (common in The U.K.).
- Australia commonly uses the metric measurement of the shank diameter.
Steel crochet hooks are finer and generally used with lace weight yarns and crochet threads.
Special event workshops are an opportunity for Thread Den to showcase to you the brilliant patterns that you can buy from Indie Pattern Designers. Some of the pattern designers we have made in past special events have included PaperCut Patterns and Victory Patterns. The first special event workshop for 2019 will see us make a stunning blouse from Pauline Alice Patterns.