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)

"How To" Wash your Fabric and Finished Quilt

Information reprinted with permission from Fairfield

Wash your Fabric
There has always been a debate about the need for pre-washing fabrics for quilting. Here are three reasons to pre wash your fabrics. 1. You want to remove the sizing, which makes the fabric look pressed and pretty on the bolt but can resist the needle for hand quilting. 2. Most fabrics shrink 2-3%. Some will shrink more and some less. The bottom line is... do you really want all of your pieced or appliqued fabrics shrinking at different rates the first time your finished quilt is washed? 3. Dyes running is not as big a problem as it used to be, but it still happens on occasion. Any excess dye on the fabric is removed with the first wash. The new batiks and some of the imported fabrics may have this problem and you want to find out before you spend a lot of time working with them (Here's a tip: if you get color on your hands (called "crocking") as you are working with a fabric, definitely prewash it.)

Wash like colors together in cold water with a small amount of the soap that you plan to use to wash the finished quilt. (We strongly recommend QuiltCare, liquid wash) Remove the washed fabric from the machine, give it a gentle shake and place it in the dryer with a dry hand towel. (We have found that this is the perfect size towel. It absorbs the water quickly from the fabric, decreases the drying time significantly, and it prevents the fabric from tying itself into a knot.)

Wash your Finished Quilt
Fill the washing machine with tepid water. Dissolve a teaspoon of QuiltCare Liquid Wash in the water flow as it fills the tub of the machine. Usually a teaspoon is sufficient. This is a case where "less is more". You only want to be aggressive enough to remove the dirt from the quilt. Submerge the quilt in the water and let the machine go through the gentle cycle. We love to hang our quilts outside in the shade to dry. Hang a clean sheet over the line or the deck rail, lay the quilt on the sheet for an hour on each side. Toss the quilt in the dryer to remove the last of the dampness and to "soften" it up again. It is recommended that older, or more fragile quilts be laid flat to dry. Do not dry clean your quilts. Dry cleaning chemicals may affect the intergity of color and fabric quality.

Antique quilts are another story altogether. You may not know if the fabrics were pre washed or if any of the dyes will run when the quilt gets wet. It is always best to seek the advice of a professional before you do anything to a family antique!