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Easy and Trendy Camera Strap Tutorial

I love this Camera Strap Cover Tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew. Easy to sew and so very trendy, this will be my next project for my new camera.  You can use scraps from other projects, which I always adore. What else can I sew strap covers on?


The Man Behind the Knitted Lens: An Interview with Alan B. Baker

Alan B. Baker is a well known illustrator winning several awards for his whimsical characters. He has also written and illustrated over 40 books of his own, six of which have been chosen for the book of the year list. These include the Little Rabbit series which have sold over 750,000 copies to date worldwide. But what many people don't know is that Alan B. Baker is also the man behind the knitted lens of Royal Wedding; A YouTube smash with a combined view of over 50,000. I was lucky enough to ask Alan a few questions on this fabulous film technique.

(GCG) Alan, how did you get involved in these video projects? (A) I was working with a local publisher, Ivy Press, and we were trying to come up with novel ideas for books after seeing some of my ex-students films on YouTube.  I was asked if I would be interested in doing a promotional video for A Knitted Woolen Christmas book. This type of animation involving a digital process was new to me, so it was a bit of a learning process. (GCG) How many videos have you made? (A) I have done 5 knitted videos. I think the versions on my YouTube Channel are slightly longer, in particular steampunk and the royal wedding. Steampunk was not knitted, but made from found objects. My videos in order are: Knitivity, Steampunk, Royal Wedding, The Knits Before Christmas, and Noah’s Knits. I think there may be more in the pipeline. Of my earlier films I have made about 15. (Super 8-all on YouTube) but these are quite different-A Little Weird! (GCG) Were you commissioned by Ivy Press to make all of these knitted videos or did you make them on your own? (A) For all the knitted promos, I was commissioned by Ivy Press. They gave me a free hand and made a couple of useful comments at the end which helped improve a couple of them. I have also produced other videos for a different publisher. (GCG) The Royal Wedding video had a combined view of 50,000 views across several sites. That is incredible!  What advice would you give other video makers in attracting views? (A) A lot of it was because of the subject matter. Anything to do with the Royal Wedding was going to attract interest. So, I guess choose a popular subject or something that is going to be in the news: Royal Jubilee, Olympics etc. (GCG) Do you have any other projects planned for your knitted video making? (A) I hear there are a few planned, but as yet, I don't know the subject matter. (GCG) Are you currently working on any other projects? (A) Not other animation projects at the moment. Most of my time is spent on illustration. I like doing the animation, but it is quite time consuming, but that is similar in nature to my illustration work and in many ways what I enjoy about it. It is a sort of therapy. You are doing something that often allows your mind to wander, but at the same time it is your job and you are being paid for it. I count myself as very lucky. If people like what you do, it’s an even bigger bonus.

Picture This

I just love this easy fabric photo frame tutorial from Make Me I'm Yours...Just For Fun. Find the free fabric frame tutuorial here and showcase those beautiful family photos the way they should be.


Catch Up On Those Zzzzzs

After one too many egg nogs, this January is all about eating better and catching up on your sleep. I just love this sleep mask tutorial that I found on

3D Gingerbread Christmas Trees

These are absolutely amazing!

So long old school gingerbread house. Trees are the next big thing. Check out these 3D Christmas tree gingerbread cookies and tutorial from Megan at Not Martha. Imagine the look on your guests face when they see these!

Book Review: Sneak Peak of 101 Fabric by Fabric ways to Sew a Metre

I am so excited to see all the new fresh and funky fabrics that you can find online and in craft stores. Fabric is beginning to be created by contemporary print designers and it shows!  Because of this new trend, it is becoming so much easier to find exciting projects for clothes, bags, blankets and even umbrellas. I would just like to say I love 101 Fabric by Fabric Ways to Sew a Metre! (A David and Charles book available this February.) This book has all you need to create practical and decorative items for yourself and your home. From cottons and knits to oilcloth and fleece, you can learn how to make clothing, bags, accessories, toys, cushions, gifts and storage from different fabric types. The book has full-sized pattern pieces so you can get started straight away!

The book is VERY trendy and makes a great gift for someone who enjoys sewing in their spare time. I will make plenty of gifts from this book. My favourite is a baby swaddle blanket, a 6-pack wine bag and the portable picnic blanket. Easy enough for a beginner but amazing enough for the expert. Everyone needs this book. FACT.

Out Feb 2012, my backstage pass to Fabric-by-Fabric ways to sew a metre.



Did Justin Beiber really kill Steampunk?

A  few weeks ago an many of us didn' t know what Steampunk was. Now, all you have to do is turn on your computer and you will probably see a glimpse of Justin Bieber breakdancing as a Steampunk christmas factory worker. (I am a little embarassed to say I kind of like the video.) Even the New York Magazine is talking about it.
But what exactly is Steampunk? Jema Hewitt's Steampunk Emporium Creating Fantastical Jewelry, Devices and Oddments from Assorted Cogs, Gears and Curios explaines that "steampunk is an art movement that encompasses literature, film, music, art and fashion. Its general concept is that of Victorian Science Fiction, taking real and imaginary Victorian scientific inventions and characters and inventing an alternative future for them." I find it incredibly fascinating, this combintion of Victorian fashion with science fiction and re-inventing history. It can evoke creativity in all of us.

Jema Hewitt is a freelance craft writer as well as a costume and jewellery designer. She has written articles on the steampunk genre for Making Jewellery Magazine and Craft Stamper. Hewitt has also written books on beading and jewellery making and has two best-selling DVDs on tiara making. Hewitt currently resides in Derbyshire. You can follow Emilly Ladybirds ongoing adventures on twitter “Emillyladybird”.


A creation by Jema " Miss Emilly Ladybird" Hewitt author of Steampunk Emporium




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