Beading

Attaching Clasps to Beaded Jewelry
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Knotting with Tweezers
Stringing Cords
Stringing Wire
Birthstones
Crimping & Crimp Cover Instructions
Easy Ear Wire
Knowing Your Beads



Crafts

Bow Making
Candle Burning
Decoupage with Mod Podge
Folding the American Flag
Floral Tablescaping
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Melted Crayon Art
Photo Booth with Props - How to set up
Sculpey
Styrofoam
Tillandsia Care (Air Plant)
Vinyl Lettering



Framing

Conservation Framing
How to Hang and Care for your Pictures



Needle Arts

Knit with Milly Video: Blocking
Knit with Milly Video: Cast On
Knit with Milly Video: Cast Off
Knit with Milly Video: Knit Stitch
Knit with Milly Video: Purl Stitch
Knit with Milly Video: Knit a Starbella Scarf
Knifty Knitter Looms
Knitting & Crochet Abbreviations
Knitting Instructions
Yarn Weight System



Painting

Acrylic Paints: which one to use?
Basics of Brushes
Clay Pot Preparation
Coloring Items Using Alcohol Ink
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Painting Tips
Sealers
Tin Preparation
Wood Preparation



Paper Crafts

Accu-Cut Die-Cut Machines
Creative Card Making
Distress Inks with Tim Holtz
Getting Started on a Scrapbook
Glossary of Stamp Terms & Techniques
Inking 101
Marbled Look Created with Alcohol Ink
Masking Techniques - Rubber Stamping
Scrapbooking on the Wall - Canvas Art
Taking Gift Tag Art One Step Further
Tear Paper, HOW TO
Twinkling H20's



Sewing

Blanket Stitching
Choosing the right THREAD
Fabric Conversions
Fabric and Sewing Project Tips
Glossary of Sewing / Quilting Terms
How to Wash your Fabric and Quilts
Stuffing (Fiberfill)

Reading Patterns & Abbreviations - Knitting & Crochet

Courtesy of The Craft Yarn Council of America


The first time you look at a crochet or knitting pattern, you’ll probably think you’re looking at a foreign language, because patterns traditionally are written using abbreviations. Most magazines or books will have a key explaining these abbreviations, but following is a helpful reference list.

Abbreviations:
approx…approximate(ly)
beg…begin(ning)
BLO…back loop only
BO…bind off
ch(s)…chain(s)
CC…contrasting color
CO…cast on
dc…double crochet
dec…decrease(ing)
DP or dpn…double pointed needle(s)
g or gr…grams
hdc…half double crochet
inc…increase(-ing)
in(s) or "…inch(es)
k…knit
k 2 tog…knit 2 stitches together
LH…left hand needle
lp(s)…loop(s)
MC…main color
M1…make one
oz…ounce(s)
patt(s)…pattern(s)
prev…previous
psso…pass slipped stitch over
p…purl
p-wise…purl-wise, or as though to purl
rem…remain(ing)
rep…repeat(ing)
RH…right hand needle
rnd(s)…round(s)
RS…right side
sc…single crochet
sk…skip
sl…slip
sl st(s)…slip stitches
sl 1, k 1, psso or SKP…slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 stitch, and pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch, and over the end of the needle, or slip, knit, pass
sp(s)…space(s)
SP or spn…single-pointed needles
SSK…Slip, slip, knit. Slip first st as if to knit. Slip next st as if to knit. Put the tip of the left hand needle through the front of these two sts from left to right and knit them together.
st(s)…stitches(es)
St st…stockinette stitch
tog…together
tr…triple crochet(s)
WS…wrong side
YB or ytb…yarn to back of work
YF or ytf…yarn to front of work
yo…yarn over
YRN...yarn round needle

*…An asterisk is used to mark the beginning of a portion of instructions which will be worked more than once; thus, "rep between * * three times: means after working the instructions once, repeat the instructions between the asterisks 3 more times (4 times in all).

( )…Parentheses are used to enclose instructions which should be worked the exact number of times specified immediately following the parentheses, such as: (k1, p1) twice. They are also used to list the garment sizes and to provide additional information to clarify instructions.

[ ]…Brackets can be used in the same way as parentheses, but are usually used in combination with them to further clarify instructions.