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The Basics Of Making Quilts

If you have never done any quilting before, you might be forgiven for thinking that it looks pretty easy. The fact is that it necessitates a lot of patience, skill and diligence to make a quilt. It certainly is not as easy as it looks. It takes practice and attention to detail. Given that, you must use good quality fabrics if you are contemplating manufacturing a quilt.

Cotton is fine for the job, but it ought to be the lowest you will go. No polyester or other man-made fabrics. If you do use these cheap fabrics and spend weeks making your first quilt, you will only regret it. If you make mistakes, but the fabric is good at least there will be that one saving grace.

Once you have selected your fabric, you can select the style or design that you want. This might seem backwards, and that is OK. If you want, you can select the style first and then a fabric to match, but I would recommend that you just stick with cotton for your first quilt.

Next, you have to get hold of a pattern. This is very straightforward. You can either become a member of a local quilting group, where people will give you conventional patterns or sell you modern ones; or you can go on line and look on Google or Yahoo for 'free quilt patterns' or you can go to your neighbourhood craft shop and buy one that suits your requirements.

You will also require a good set of tools to make your quilt. It is a good idea not to scrimp on these tools as they are not costly; will make your job a lot easier and will last a very long time. You will need at least one rotary cutter. 'At least one' because the large blade cutters are very good for straight cuts whereas a small blade cutter is better for corners or shapes. By the way, these rotary cutters look like pizza cutters.

Because these cutters are sharp, you will also require a cutting board. This can be as simple as a sheet of plywood, trimmed to suit your table top or you can simply lay it on the floor. Without a board, you will damage your table or carpet. You will also need dress-maker's scissors and large shears. Further requirements are pins, needles, cotton, straight edges and markers.

Your pattern will explain batting and a back cloth and you should pay a great deal of attention to the suggestions in your pattern.

This piece cannot be a 'teach yourself quilting' manual, but I hope that it has shown you that you do not need a great amount of equipment to make very passable bedding quilts. However, with just a little adaptation of the pattern, you could make some beautiful duvet covers. Not many people make duvet covers, so you could either make them solely for yourself or sell them.


Craft Fair Gold Mine

You have a hobby? Have you ever thought that you can turn it into a gold mine by selling the goods you make? Yes, this is possible and one of the great opportunities you will have is to present your goods at a craft fair.

Many people have interesting craft hobbies such as quilting, needlework, pot making, drawing over glass, making candles, and so on. They have always treated this is a nice way o spend their spare time and probably have never thought that what they create can be a real treasure for others.

Yes indeed it sounds a little strange to start selling the things you make just for pleasure but on the other hand it is quite normal and in fact a lucky situation think for a second how many people you know really love the job that makes their money?

Having a craft hobby is great and you can present what you are doing at a craft fair. There are many craft fairs annually in different parts of the world so the only thing you need to do is to find one in your area. Of course you can participate in a craft fair abroad. The news about upcoming graft fairs is published in the press and of coursed there are many recourses with such information in the internet.

Another good idea is to make a simple website and print business cards or some kind of brochures that present your craft. This way your participation in a craft fair can be turned into a gold mine. All of the people who were interested in your goods will have way to reach you later or take a look at all of your products.

Another crazy but absolutely realistic idea is to turn your craft hobby into a real home based business. This can easily happen again through a craft fair. The only thing is to make as many people interested in what you are doing. Absolutely achievable task, that only requires a bit of advance thinking of how to make your presentation unique. The ways to do this are numerous.

Why don't you use your craft as your presentation materials for example? If you are doing needlework, make small napkins with your name and your contact details. If you are doing candles, make colorful candles that feature your name and contact details. Really this cane be time consuming task if you want to make hundreds so you can make an ordinary printing materials for the craft fair and just add a little something to visualize what you are doing.

Even if you really do not want to turn your craft into a business craft fairs are a great way to meet new people and spend some time in a really artistic atmosphere. May be you will gather even more new ideas for your hobby and defiantly will enjoy being there.


Stained Glass Pieces - Made at Home

Stained glass is fabulous, that is a fact. It can add a lot of luxury and charm to your home. Learning how to make it is not that difficult and you will see how in the following lines.

How to do it yourself.
As you have read stain glass production is a hard thing and you cannot do it at home. However there is an alternative that will allow you to make wonderful stained glass pieces.

The first thing you will need is the pattern. There are many patterns available in the internet so just spend some time and find the one you like the most.

Once you have your pattern number it and cut it apart. As you ca see stained glass is made of various small colored glass pieces so the pattern should correspond to this idea.

The cut and numbered pattern is than traced onto the glass. Use glass of different colors for ach part of the pattern. Break the pattern into pieces and foil them together. When all pieces have been foiled, place them into the assembly jig.

The next step is to solder the pieces together. It is important that you solder all foiled joints to create the metal web that holds the glass pieces. Use solder and soldering iron and fill carefully all joints.

In fact your stained glass project is finished. All you need to do is to clean it using water and a soft cloth. You can also add an ancient look by applying some patina solution after the cleaning.

Fake stained glass.

If the above sounds too complicated or you do not have the time and the tools to achieve it, try some fake stained glass projects. You can get some glass and pint it with glass paints to achieve the look of original stained glass.

You can buy glass paints from every craft shop. Usually they come along several stained glass patterns. If you do not like the patterns provided search for new ones in the internet.

Working with glass paints is not that difficult. All paint glass sets come along a transparent foil that you can place over the pattern and trace it. After the paints are completely dry you should peel of the pattern and stick it to the glass.

Another option is to cut the pattern and trace it on the glass. Than you can pain straight over the glass.


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