Cool Christmas Crafts!

Ten creative ideas to make your Yule more Cool!

Time to break out the buttons, practice your papercraft, dabble in decoupage, pile on the paint, find your fave felt, crack on with the crochet, and bring on the baubles! We have found ten awesome projects for you to have fun with and make your home extra special this Christmas!

Fab Felts: These Candy Cane Mice from Martha Stewart are a great way to decorate the tree or give as party treats, and if you want to go a bit bigger you could try this amazing Felt Christmas Tree from all-about-quilts.com which has lots of cute felt animals too!

Brilliant Baubles: Pins, buttons and poly balls are all you need for these easy Handmade Christmas Baubles from allthingshandmade.org. Or, if you are an owl lover, Just Craft Enough gets all sparkly to make a Glitter Owl Bauble!

Wonderful Wreaths: An Oregon Cottage.com provides all the instructions you need to make a gorgeous white woolly Pom Pom Wreath, or if you prefer paper-crafting, why not try an amazing 3D Paper Star Wreath – the full tutorial is from Little Birdie Secrets.

Cracking Crochet: Create your very own crocheted Reindeer Bust with this free pattern from Dendennis.nl (which also has a link to other cute Christmas characters!), and you can decorate the tree, hang in your windows, or make a mobile with these pretty Snowflake Ornaments. The free pattern is from Red Heart.com.

Joyful Jars: Winter luminaries look so cozy around the home and make a great gift too! Crafts By Amanda show us how to make a beautiful Snowy Pinecone Candle Jar, and Adventure In A Box shows us how to easily create Magical Christmas Lanterns using only paint and a marker!

We have lots of these materials in the shop, so do pop in to have a look, and if there any other materials you need to achieve these (or any other!) project, just give us a call or message us on Facebook. Happy crafting!

 

 

Are You Hooked?

Free Crochet Patterns to Inspire You!

Our Crochet for Beginners course has just finished and we are so proud of all the crafters. In just 6 weeks,  from having no crochet knowledge to begin with, they created such beautiful pieces! So, we thought you may like to join in with our happy hookers (!) and we have trawled the net to see what free patterns are out there for you to try.

  • Plant Hanger: Our first offering is from redheart.com. It’s quick and easy to make and displays your plant so beautifully.
  • Candy Pop Blanket and Cushion Cover: This fun and funky matching set from Stylecraft will liven up any living space.
  • Minion Christmas Sock: Minions! Who doesn’t love them? This sock pattern from loopsan.com is inspired by our favourite black and yellow creatures and is a great idea for a Christmas decoration.
  • Blooming Berry Mittens: Baby wear is always popular for crochet lovers, and here we found a really cute pair of mittens at myhobbyiscrochet.com. There is also a pattern for the matching hat and booties via this link if you want to make the complete set!
  • Frozen Olaf Hat: Do you want to build a snowman? Well, you can make an Olaf hat at least with this pattern from hopefulhoney.com. This winter warmer will delight any fan of Disney’s film Frozen!
  • Lily Pond Blanket: And finally, if you want a bit more of a challenge, Stylecraft have 8 patterns and makeup instructions to create this stunning blanket.

stylecraft lily pond

If you want any advice or guidance on tools and materials required, don’t be afraid to message us at hello@thecraftcabin.ie or on Facebook, or call us on 049 27424.  Come and have a look at the range of yarns and hooks in the shop, Aileen and Mary are always on hand to help, and don’t forget to show us what you have made too!

Telling Yarns

If you have visited The Craft Cabin recently you may have seen the amazing variety of yarns we stock from brands such as Stylecraft and King Cole. There are so many different types of yarn to choose from, with beautiful textures, interesting fibres and exciting blends along with classic, traditional yarn. But which one is best for your next crochet or knitting project?

Yarn or Wool?

People often refer to any knitting material as wool. However, wool is technically only wool when it is 100% wool. Yarn is a better term to use as yarn can be a mix of any natural or synthetic fibres.

Natural or Synthetic?

Natural fibres include wool, cotton, silk, linen, cashmere and alpaca. Each type has its own characteristic quality which lend themselves to different types of projects, so here we will give you an idea of a few options that may inspire you!

  • Wool: from the fleece of a sheep, this is made into either pure 100% wool yarns or blended with other fibres. Very warm and hard-wearing, this is great for winter jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves. There are various different types of wool too; Lambswool is very soft and Merino has long fibres and is another great choice for clothes worn against the skin.
  • Alpaca: this has a luxurious feel and is one of the warmest natural fibres. This is perfect for ski hats and thick cosy jumpers and socks.
  • Cashmere: this goat hair fibre is ultra-luxurious and is another good choice for close to the skin knitwear like scarves, snoods or sweaters. It is light but very strong and often goes further than a pure wool or cotton. It needs a little more after-care, and finished items need to be dry-cleaned.
  • Mohair: another goat hair fibre, this time from the angora goat. This can be quite a challenging yarn as its hairy appearance makes it difficult to see the structure of the knitting as you go. However, its finished result makes really funky oversized jumpers or accessories. Mohair is not advisable for baby-wear as it may shed easily.
  • Bamboo: modern technology has enabled us to derive fibres from the inside of bamboo canes, creating a super-sleek imitation of silk fibre. This would be ideal for lightweight shrugs and shawls.
  • Matt Cotton: this yarn is very robust and can last for decades if cared for correctly. It is therefore very good for home-ware projects and shoulder bags and accessories.
  • Silk: This delicate and shiny fibre is made from the cocoon of the silkworm caterpillar. It is ideal for wedding or christening gifts.
  • Linen: derived from the flax plant, this yarn is soft and breathable suitable for lightweight cardigans and tops to wear in warmer weather.

Synthetic fibres used to make yarn include acrylic, viscose and rayon. Through a chemical process these materials are twisted together and dyed to make various colours and blends. Acrylic yarn is by far the most popular. It is great for people who are allergic to wool, it is moth-proof and is safe for machine washing. It also tends to hold its shape better as it has less elasticity than natural fibres.

Crocheted Blanket

Your Next Project

So what type of yarns have you worked with before? I hope you are feeling suitably inspired to try something new, and we would love to hear your ‘yarns’ about what you have made!

In The Craft cabin we sell a number of the yarns above in various colours and blends. So pop into the shop and have a look around!

With acknowledgements to www.craftyarncouncil.com and The Craft Bible published by Dorling Kindersley.