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Featured Crafter: Nikki from NikkiInStitches

In this Featured Crafter, we hear about Nikki from NikkiInStitches. Read on to learn how Nikki joined forces with her mother-in-law to build NikkiInStitches into a wonderful shop for baby items.

Where can we find you? (website, craft shows, etc.)

Most of our products are available on our website, www.NikkiInStitches.com. Custom requests are the most fun for me to work on. I feel like I get to be even more creative with them. Those are available at any time, just contact us through our website for details. We can do custom apparel similar to what you see on the website, but also blankets and quilts to match any nursery decor or theme, as well as cards, invitations, and birth announcements. Nikki, In Stitches products can also be found at craft shows in Pennsylvania and Connecticut this upcoming fall.
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Autism Awareness Puzzle Hat Knitting Pattern



A new study just came out indicating Autism affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys. Help promote awareness of this condition by knitting the Autism Awareness Puzzle Hat.

Sizes:
Children’s S (M, L, Adult)
Circumference 16 (17, 18, 20)”


Materials:
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (100% acrylic)
MC: 50g of Navy
A: 50g of Scarlet
B: 50g of Mustard
C: 50g of Dusty Blue
US 8 (5.0mm) knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
18 stitches + 26 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) while working in stockinette stitch

The pattern is knit flat and uses Intarsia method of color work. There is a separate chart for each of the sizes.

$5.00 – A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Autism Society

Here is a link to the pattern in Ravelry.

Featured Crafter: Amy from ThePinkCamellia

thepinkcamellia_sushi_washclothsIn this Featured Crafter, we hear from Amy from ThePinkCamellia. Read on to hear how Amy’s Mother’s creations opened her eyes to the wonderful creative world. Amy is also offering a discount to all FreeCraftFair readers so be sure to check out her shop!

Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I am a thirty-something career girl, born and raised here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Though I have a full time, very fulfilling job, I often have the need to create something. I think all of us need to find hobbies and interests outside of work, and The Pink Camellia has quickly become mine! My brother and I were raised by our Mom, a hardworking (and very talented) single Mom that always encouraged our creative pursuits. As a little girl I used to watch her sew. She was a very talented seamstress, and used to make us things to wear that would bring such lovely comments. I think that is where all of my creative juices really started flowing, sorting through my Moms “button tin”, helping cut patterns and ironing fabrics. I can remember getting sent home from school with notes from my teachers, thinking I was somehow in trouble, and wondering what I had done. When my Mom would open the letter however, it would be a compliment on a cute outfit she had made for me, my teacher wondering where she could get something similar for her own daughter! I still remember being so proud of that. My inspirations for items really all stem from things I have made for friends and family in the past. Or I might just see something sparkly one day and decide I HAVE to make something from it!
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Reborn Dolls

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reborn-dollI recently stumbled on a very unique craft niche for making “reborn dolls”. If you haven’t yet discovered this art, it is the process of making a typical baby doll into a life-like clone of a human baby. When I first looked at the pictures I truly thought I was looking at real baby pictures. That did creep me out a bit, but the hobby is quite fascinating.

I browsed further on the web and now realized the craft is a bit of a hidden giant and there are hundreds if not thousands of crafters making and selling Dolls. There seems to be more buyers than sellers, so it really is an unusual and interesting art with a big following.

Take a look at Deborah King, one of the Top UK reborn artists, and you’ll get an idea of what’s its all about.

www.reborn-baby.com

Supporting Crafters Around the World

beaded-glass-bowlOprah Winfrey may have broken the hearts of many fans recently when she announced the end of her daytime show. However, I’m glad that some of her other ventures will continue – especially her support of crafters in South Africa.

Oprah contributes to their communities by selling beautiful handmade items from local beaders and basket weavers in her online store. These items are amazing with their intricate details, high-quality aesthetics and mainstream appeal.

Especially impressive (and my favorite items!) are the beaded animals, which take you on a hand-crafted safari of lions, cheetahs, giraffes and elephants. The process for creating the animals involves a team of artists that manually shape galvanized steel wire into sturdy three-dimensional frames. Afterward, thousands upon thousands of tiny, colourful glass seed beads are hand-strung onto strands of wire and securely fastened to the frames in a process called plastering or weaving. I can only imagine the effort and skill that goes into planning and executing these wonderful pieces.

To browse through various linens, photo frames, jewelry, beaded animals, african baskets, bowls and more, check out the African Crafts store. The inspiration is there for the taking, as is the opportunity to support a great cause!