Beading

Attaching Clasps to Beaded Jewelry
Bead Board - makes beading easy!
Beading tips
Beading F.A.Q.
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
General Tips
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
Crackling
Glitter, Sparkle, Shimmer & Shine
Painting Mediums / Products Information
Painting Surfaces
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)

Choosing the right THREAD

1. Choose thread that is the same fiber as the fabric you are sewing; cotton thread for cotton fabric, polyester for polyester fabric.

2. Your thread should be weaker than your fabric. If the thread is too strong, it can cut the fabric in the seam. Remember - if a thread breaks in a seam it can be mended but if the fabric is cut by too strong of thread, it can’t be mended.

3. Your thread should be the same size as the threads weaving the fabric. If the thread is too thin, it will break easily under stress. If the thread is too thick, it sits on top of the fabric instead of becoming part of the fabric and can wear and break down prematurely.

Types of thread

1. Cotton thread: Mercerized 3-ply cotton threads are the best for general sewing. Size 50/3 is suitable for all hand and machine sewing on light to medium weight fabrics. Do not use glazed or waxed quilting threads on your machine. The finish will wear off and cause serious tension problems.

2. Cotton/polyester thread: This thread has a polyester core wrapped in cotton. This usually requires a slightly larger needle, size 90/14, to keep the thread from stripping the cotton wrapping from the polyester core. This thread is suitable for sewing on all polyester and synthetic blend fabrics.

3. Nylon thread: This thread needs to be very fine, but stretchy. It should break easier than the 50/3 cotton thread. We strongly recommend Sew Art International Brand. Th size is .004. It comes in clear and smoke.

Use the clear on light colored fabric and the smoke on darker colored fabric, you can cross over from one color of fabric to the next without changing threads. You may need to loosen your top tension slightly when using nylon thread to compensate for it’s stretchy nature.

4. Rayon and metallic thread: These specialty threads can add sparkle to your projects but are quite fragile. Consider them carefully in a project that will receive rough or heavy use. A special needle helps when using these threads, an embroidery needle has a deep groove down the front of the needle and a larger eye to protect the thread from the excessive friction during the stitching process. This helps to prevent breakage and weakening of the thread. Remember thread is like anything else, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!