On The Loom : A Modern Tapestry

Have you ever seen gorgeous weaving wall hangings and wondered the story behind them? Or wanted to purchase one of these gorgeous weaving designs but had no idea where to find one? Or perhaps you want to try your hand at creating your own? Keep reading for the story behind By Bella Designs, click below to find her weavings to include weaving wall hangings, available to purchase to hang as a beautiful art piece on your walls, and find resources for weaving loom kits and other equipment to make your own weavings. :)

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33 of the Most Talented Dragon Sculptors on Instagram

Have you ever seen something and had it stuck in your head forever? Or had a thought/desire to create something that would always pop back up in your thoughts continually until you created it? This has been me ever since I saw a dragon hair pin from an Etsy shop. While I’ve always had a fascination for dragons, it wasn’t until starting crochet that I realized that I could actually make a dragon!!! In my search I have come across so many amazing dragon makers and cannot wait to share them with you!

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January Art with SavouryChaffinch

Have you ever seen a beautiful piece of art and wondered what inspired that person to create the artwork that they did? Looked through an art gallery and thought what was someone thinking when they drew that or painted this? Or even wondered if you could do it yourself? Savoury creates gorgeous drawings, true works of art that should be framed and hung in a place of honor. :)

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January Yarn Dyeing with BlueMuleFiber

Have you ever heard a story so inspiring you wanted to follow the person in your favorite social media account to see what they next come up with? Or loved the story behind a color of yarn or a product that you literally wanted to buy all the yarn? This is the case with Beth and Ashley a mother - daughter team of indie dyers that are Blue Mule Fiber. :). Not only do they have an amazing story about how they got started doing what they do, but they also make some of the most gorgeous yarn! Keep reading for their story and tons of ideas of what you can do with this yarn when you get your hands on it. :)

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November Yarn Dyeing with HighFiberArtz

Have you ever wondered about what resources are out there for you as a yarn dyer or maker using yarn - crocheter, knitter, weaver, spinner, yarn dyer, etc? I’ll delve into a very large list of resources to find groups, websites, guilds and more where you can become a part of a larger collective of hand makers of various crafts. But first, Elizabeth is going to talk to you about how she started her journey as an indie dyer and give you some resources to get started yourself!

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Yarn Dyeing with Laine and Lotus

Have you ever been inspired by someone and wanted to follow them and see all that they design and make? For new yarn dyers, crocheters and knitters, there are sooooo many fellow makers that can inspire you and help you along your journey. Jen is amazing and highlights a lot of whom has encouraged and helped her along her journey and she has also created some gorgeous patterns and handmade yarns!!!

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October Yarn Dyeing by the Sea

The sea has so many vibrant colors and not just blues but whites, grays, purples, yellows, browns, and so many more! Have you ever seen some of these gorgeous colors in the sea or nature and wished they were yours to have forever? To create something unique, one of a kind (also known as OOAK), and long lasting but have no idea where to start? Jillian (who lives by the sea :)) helps you out with this desire by not only providing you with amazingly beautiful and oh so soft yarn (I have some myself that I still can’t decide what to make that will do justice to them). She also shares some of her own hard won tips below. Read on to learn more about Mothy and the Squid and to start your journey with creating your own masterpiece.

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SunKissed Dragons and Bats - Happy Clayoween!

Who thought bats and other winged creatures could be cute? With Shannon of [MySunkissedStudio][1], bats are adorable creatures who have galaxies on their wings and stars in their eyes. They’re magical creatures akin to her adorable dragons that have teenie tiny matching babies that they’re watching over. Even better is the ability to wear these amazing creations around your neck!! In this article, Shannon reveals more of her story and her amazing creations and we both provide resources to you for starting your own clay sculpture or jewelry journey!

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October Yarn Dyeing with Nature

Nature has such amazing colors and so many gorgeous layers and color combinations. Have you ever wondered if you could dye yarn with a particular herb or other plants nearby you? Growing up I loved to read and in several of my book adventures were people that had created dyes out of the everyday nature items. Some where from Ancient Egypt where a variety of different crushed items created vibrant colors that sometimes only the wealthy were able to afford. While in even the most recent of stories, you hear about how someone created something from nature using their own ingenuity and patience. Hayley is one such person who has figured out how to use natural dyes to create beautiful yarns. She shares her story and resources that helped her below. :)

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Autumn Dyeing with The Red Pansy

Have you ever looked at the vibrant colors in nature and wondered how to capture them in something you can touch and feel that does not fade or crumble into dust after a little while? Or seen that perfect crochet, weaving, or knitting pattern that you just can not find the right yarn for? Kelli of the Red Pansy has captured those vibrant colors and made them available to you, to make those handmade dreams come true :) And to think, she’s only be at this for a year! I cannot wait to see what she has planned for next year. :) Makes me want all the yarn…now if only I had the all the time to make all the projects in my head :)

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Dyeing Fiber in the Blue Barn

Have you ever seen a beautiful piece of yarn and wondered how they did it? How the yarn dyer created this piece of artwork? Maybe even the story behind them honing their craft? These next two months will be all about yarn dyers, some with a lot of followers, some just starting out, but all of them creating some amazingly gorgeous, stunning yarns. Holly starts out this group with her story and some of the resources that helped her get to where she is today, making some amazing yarns!!! I have also had the privilege of obtaining some of her yarns and LOVE them!!! If you see any pictures of mine that have glow-in-the-dark yarns, they’re from Holly! But she does so many more colors too! Keep reading for some of her story :) 

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There be Dragons in the Cave!

Have you ever seen a dragon sculpture so detailed and lifelike you wondered if it could in fact be an actual dragon? Sculpting is used in movies and shows, plays, dramas, and so much more! And Verity is right smack in the center of it by creating these amazing dragons and other sculptures as well as beautiful drawings. And she also does it for the magic of film. :)

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There be Dragons and Toothless?! Blue?! Littlefoot?!

Have you ever seen a creature or something in nature and been captured by it? Inspired by it enough to start wanting to create or capture them in a way only you can? Jessica talks about how she does exactly that and more having found a love of dragons early on. And interested in dragon movies/tv shows and dinosaur movies/tv shows that may inspire you? Keep reading to find some of our favorites! Jurassic World anyone? Land Before Time? How to Train Your Dragon? While you read the goodies we have for you below, I’m going to go find my iPad to watch some of these movies below :)

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There be Dragons and Dinosaurs!!!

Have you ever wondered about dragons and dinosaurs, if they are connected and could they even be the same? Could you sculpt them if you knew more about them and how to sculpt with clay? Ever wonder how Jen creates her awe-inspiring and beautiful, inticrite sculptures and what inspires her?  Keep reading while she shares all of this and more! Then find out how dinosaurs still exist! As well as several myths of dinosaurs that have been started by movies (Jurassic Park/World - my favorites! and others) that are different than what we know.

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There be Dragons in the West! Thunderbirds, Quetzalcoatl, and Horned Serpents!

Have you ever seen dragons so unique, so different, that you realized who the sculptor was?  This is Heather’s dragons at  MiniMythicals.  And it is understandable why they are so unique when you see where Heather gets her inspiration, from the deserts and mountain pine forests surrounding her in Arizona and the myths and legends of ancient dragons there. Thunderbird, Quetzalcoatl, Piasa, the seven-headed dragon, Dragons of myth and legend of the ancient Native Americans to include the Mayans and Aztecs, Cherokee and more! Step into the amazing world of the Mini Mythicals and see for yourself if the legends are true.

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There be Dragons in Scandinavia!! 

Have you ever seen an amazing little clay dragon and wondered how he was created?  Or been inspired by nature or something that someone else made?  Amanda from DaylightCreations is a sculptress deep in the heart of Scandinavia and is surrounded by the amazing Swedish landscape, Viking legends, and in the hills and valleys where ancient dragons once strode. She is building her business and Etsy shop (soon to be live - check back later for the link).  Find out all that inspires her as well as delve into the mysteries of the Scandinavian Dragons and other creatures.

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There be Dragons in Mirordor!!!

Have you ever wanted to capture the dragons of your dreams? Bella will be your guide through the wondrous world of Mirordor; a magical realm of intrigue, unfathomable magic, and Dragonkin!   Every Dragonkin in Mirordor has a story to tell, some sad, some happy and some downright silly, but one thing is for certain, no two dragonkin are alike. Dragonkin live within the world of Mirordor, a parallel world to our own, a place where Humans have not stepped foot in a millennium. Until Bella came along.

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There be Dragons in Whimsy!! 

The Capturing the Dragon of Your Dreams Series starts with the Dragons of Whimsy, a magical and enchanting land, where Veered has captured her vision of dragons in clay and made them come alive! Her dragons are caught in a variety of poses and environments, from those that are found sleeping on treestars, flowers, and leaves, to those that stare up at you with big beautiful eyes. In this Maker Features she describes her journey and some of the resources that have helped her to hone her craft.

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Carving the Hook: 12 Resources for DIY Woodcarving

Have you ever wanted to create something magical, beautiful, and amazing out of wood?  If you have been on Instagram and have looked at crochet pieces, chances are you have seen the gorgeous, sleek, light as air, crochet hooks that Kristina has hand carved from pieces of wood she and her family find around their house and in everyday life.  In this 3rd Maker Feature, she shares with us some of her story and some of the resources that helped her in carving her fabulous crochet hooks and in growing her business.

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To Block or Not to Block (Part 1)

This article is the first of a two part article on blocking.  The first part is about blocking and the resources I have used to learn about blocking, the equipment/tools I bought for blocking, and what projects I would be blocking.  The second part to be posted in late July 2018, will be about how I blocked several items (step-by-step and the methods used), the resources I used, and the end results to include before and after pictures.

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