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Embroidery Machine that can be hooked up to your Mac or PC by Viking Sewing Machines.

Embroidery Machine

Viking made a lot of promises during the development of their new computer-aided embroidery sewing machine. After the production of the well-loved but poorly supported Gocco machine, many wondered if Viking would be able to make a sewing machine that offered the ease and convenience of the Gocco for a price that was as affordable.

Once we got our hands on it, we decided to put it to the test. And trust us, it delivers. Yes, it is priced at just over a hundred dollars more than our beloved Gocco, but guess what?

Our advice: if you run an embroidery business, get one. Now. Before it goes the way of the Gocco.


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.

trees in courtyard wrapped with yarn scarves

The earliest known instances of yarn bombing date back to 2004, where they began showing up in the Netherlands. In the U.S., crafters used their leftovers in Texas to brighten up public spaces starting in 2005.

What's the motivation to do this? Well, as the trend has grown, different groups have determined different agendas for themselves, but in the beginning, it was done as act to reclaim cold, sterile streets.

The world of street art is normally dominated by males. With Yarn Bombing, however, it is a womans' world, and the treatment of public statues and equipment appears with a warmer, gentler attitude than that of it's painted brethern. It has also garnered the nickname "grandma graffit."

In 2009, the movement received its first manifesto in the book "Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet & Knit Graffit," by Vancouver artists Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain.

The movement has become so popular in fact, that many Fortune 500 companies have paid yarn bombing artists to wrap their merchandise in fiber, like the Toyota company commissioning a sweater for its latest Prius model.

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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. It's made for small projects, however, so take note. It's great for putting hastily putting together a scarf or small doll blankets, and one could definitely weave small pieces together and then sew them into larger projects.

The best part about this loom is that it's kid-friendly. It's the right size for a child's small hands, and it's ease and simplicity is an excellent introduction to the world of weaving.