Saturday, July 25, 2009

Colorful & Contemporary... Punch Needle Kits!

We have new kits in the Punch Needle Kits section of the store! It's easy to see why punch needle is gaining renewed popularity as a creative needleart craft. Punch needle embroidery is an easy craft to learn and kits make it easy for anyone to give it a try.

Contemporary punch needle kits are perfect for today's home decor. Here are 3 new designs from Dimensions that you won't want to miss!

The Tropical Fish Punch Needle Kit is a bright & colorful punch needle design. Kit includes foundation fabric with pre-printed design, cotton thread, and easy to follow instructions for beginners. Finished design measures 8" x 10".

You'll need a 3-strand punch tool and an embroidery hoop to complete your punch needle project. Dimensions offers an affordable punch needle tool that is designed to complement their punch needle kits.

Loops are created by pushing the threaded needle tip all the way down through the fabric and then pulling it back up just until the tip of the needle reappears. You'll simply repeat this push & pull motion to outline and fill in each area of the design.

The Single Butterfly Punch Needle Kit is a new two-tone design that is both contemporary & elegant. The smaller size of this design makes it an easy weekend craft project. You'll find that punch needle designs stitch up quickly as you develop your own rhythm.

This design requires a 6" embroidery hoop for stitching. It's important to secure your entire design within the hoop. Your foundation fabric should be taut inside the locked hoop, but the design should not be distorted. You will need to stop occasionally to retighten your fabric as your work.

The Asian Bamboo Punch Needle Kit uses two modern tones of green to create a simply beautiful design.

Your finished needleart will look lovely matted & framed for display in your home or for giving to a friend as a creative handmade gift.

Punch Needle Resource

The Dimensions Needlecrafts website offers articles to help beginners get started in punch needle embroidery. Visit the Punch Needle Tips section for advice on threading your needle, how to punch, using a hoop, and more!

Visit the Punch Needle Kits section to see our complete selection of punch needle kits, including a nice selection of both contemporary & traditional punch embroidery designs.

Explore a wide variety of creative craft kits at Weekend Kits, including kits for beginners and experienced crafters too. Visit today and be ready to start crafting on your next Weekend at Home!

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Mini Christmas Quilt Kits - Easy for Beginners!

You'll find new kits in the Seasonal & Holiday Kits section of the store! We've added to our selection of mini Christmas quilt kits with 3 new holiday designs from Quilt in a Day.

The Elvis Christmas Mini Quilt Kit features an envelope & notecard with "Season's Greetings from Elvis Presley".

Mini quilt kits include precut fabric strips, fussy cut picture, backing, batting, binding, magnet, and detailed instructions. The finished size is approx. 7-inches square.

This is an easy quilt kit for beginners looking for a complete quilt project with materials & step-by-step instructions. It's also a convenient kit for teaching others how to quilt.

For experienced quilters, mini quilt kits are a quick & easy last-minute gift giving idea. You can complete a mini magnet quilt in just 2 hours! Surprise a friend with a mini quilt made just for them.

Holiday Snowman Mini Quilt Kit

Mini quilt kits are a fun weekend craft project for families. You only need a sewing machine and some basic quilting supplies to get started making your mini quilts.

All of the fabric strips are precut and ready to sew. The fussy cut picture is on fusible web for easy application. And, the instructions are detailed & illustrated to eliminate guesswork.

They're an ideal quilt project for teaching children how to use a sewing machine and the small size makes them easy for children to manage. Kid's will be proud to display their finished mini quilts!

The Gingerbread Apron Mini Christmas Quilt Kit will warm up your kitchen with seasonal colors and a holiday baking theme.

A magnet in the cornerstone block makes it easy to display on any metal surface, including the kitchen refrigerator.

July is the perfect time of the year to start crafting for the holidays. Start now and you'll have a stack of mini quilts ready to deck the halls!

Visit the Seasonal & Holiday Kits section for details on these kits and to see our complete selection of holiday craft kits.

Explore a variety of easy quilt kits at Weekend Kits and be ready to start quilting for the holidays on your next Weekend at Home!

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Crewel Embroidery Kits - Needleart for the Home

Crewel embroidery is a style of free embroidery that uses a variety of different stitches and techniques. Crewel embroidery stitches follow an outline of the embroidery design applied to the foundation fabric.

We have three new Crewel Embroidery Kits from Dimensions to share with you today. These creative needlecraft kits make it easy to create beautiful hand embroidered needleart for your home. You'll find them in the Embroidery Kits section of the store!

The Hibiscus Flower - Crewel Embroidery Kit is an elegant crewel embroidery design. The kit includes wool & acrylic yarns, cotton thread, printed ivory homespun, needle, and easy instructions. The finished design size is 12" x 12".

The outline of the design is pre-printed on the fabric, eliminating the added steps of having to transfer the embroidery pattern before you can get started.

This traditional needleart design uses soft neutral tones, perfect for a formal living area or master bedroom suite.

The White Magnolias - Mini Crewel Embroidery Kit is a new crewel embroidery design from Dimensions with a finished size of 5" x 7". The smaller size makes this an easy hand embroidery kit to finish!

The thicker yarns used in crewelwork create a textured, dimensional effect. Crewel embroidery uses an interesting variety of stitches for outlining and filling in the design.

Common stitches include satin, stem, and couching. French knots are also used for added texture. Kits include detailed instructions and diagrams showing how to complete the embroidery stitches used in the design.

The contemporary appeal of this design will add a touch of casual elegance to your home decor.

Butterfly Duo - Mini Crewel Embroidery Kit

The Butterfly Duo is a mini embroidery design that uses cotton and metallic threads. The embroidery pattern and the decorative background design are preprinted on ivory sailcloth.

This colorful and artistic needleart design will add warmth to any room in your home. These mini stitch kits are also perfect for giving as a thoughtful house warming gift.

You'll need some basic embroidery supplies to get started, including an embroidery hoop, to hold the fabric securely while stitching, and embroidery scissors for snipping threads.

Visit the Embroidery Kits section to see our complete selection of crewel embroidery kits, stamped cross stitch kits, counted cross stitch kits, and more!

Explore a wide range of needlecraft kits at Weekend Kits and be ready to create hand embroidered needleart on your next Weekend at Home.

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