small pair of scissors THE ART & CRAFT OF MODERN TEXITLESsmall pair of scissors

trees in courtyard wrapped with yarn scarves

YARN BOMBING:

COLORFUL, COZY STREET ART

You may be asking yourself: Yarn Bombing? What is that? Simply put, it is street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth as opposed to traditional elements like paint or chalk.

The practice, much like graffiti, is illegal, though it is hardly ever prosecuted.

Iarge fabric sculptures in a gallery

SOFITE GALLERY WELCOMES

ANDERSON RICHARDS

There has been a lot of buzz around here about Anderson Richards exhibit being showcased at the Sofitte Gallery in Chicago.

Anderson has been an enthusiastic member of our community for some time, and his work has always inspired and surprised all of us. His love for textiles as both a medium and inspiration helps to shed light on the world of Fiber Arts.

sewing studio with ribbons, threads and machine

STUDIO REVIEW WITH

JANELLE GIVENS

Janelle started teaching herself how to quilt when she found out she was pregnant with her first child, Peyton.

What started as a desire to make a keepsake quilt for her daughter has turned into a passion and hobby, and after years of a make-shift studio in her dining room, Janelle was able to dedicate some space in her garage to her craft.

PROJECTS

MAKE A FELT BROOCH

Image of a red felt flower brooch

Spruce up your next outfit with a beautiful flower brooch! It's a quick and easy project, not to mention a great introduction to felting.


You may also want to use an item that will help you to create the shape of your flower or you can free-hand the design. It's totally up to you. Let's get started!


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TRENDS

TABLE LOOM FOR QUICK WEAVING

Image of texitle art displayed in a gallery

The new QuikWeave Loom from Bobble really lives up to its name. When news of it first spread around the Common Threads community, many were admittedly skeptical, but after giving it a test run this weekend, humble pie is happily accepted.


Just as traditional looms, the QuikWeave is made of wood, with a nice finish. It's light and durable, and it's compact size makes it easy to travel with. One of the aspects of the loom that lends itself to its quickness is the simplicity of its structure. Even someone with limited to no weaving experience could get started with the QuikWeave.


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