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Etsy: Made in Canada – Calgary’s sweet vendors of 2017

Etsy: Made in Canada – Calgary’s sweet vendors of 2017

OH, WOW! It’s this time of the year again where I’m introducing all of our lovely vendors for the Calgary 2017 edition of Etsy: Made in Canada to you. So much talent in our beautiful city!

Let’s start with YYC Beeswax : Lisa got over her fear of bees while making wonderful candles and lip balm from beeswax!

Whylime Designs’ Emily loves cats, chocolate ice-cream and staying up way too late. And when she stays up too late, she’s probably creating her sassy greeting cards.

Do you like Harry Potter? I sure do and Laura of  White Willow Wearables definitely does. And she loves knitting, so guess what – she’s knitting nerdy accessories for you now!

Stevie And Bean Papeterie design gorgeous stationery to inspire and amuse. We can’t get over how pretty it is!

Tim of My Balls Your Walls loves the flow of movement and creativity. I’m pretty sure you’d like his abstract spherical art balls on your walls.

I am so excited aboutLets Get Unravelled. They make yarn from t-shirts that otherwise would have ended up in landfills. Not only does it help our environment, it’s also really beautiful.

 

Knot And Burl Woodworks is Mike’s way of using his hands instead of a computer. He creates marvellous jewellery and pens from wood.

Brent of Khaos Theory Leather fashions super fun and quirky accessories from leather like a baseball hat with an engraved leather picture sewn onto it. Sweet!

Manly Man Manes are is Jennifer’s line of affordable skin care for men. Oh, I bet they all smell delisciously manly!

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Get Crafty Embroidery Tutorial – Etsy Craft Party

I recently took up embroidering after taking a Make & Mingle workshop through Crafted with Stef of Needle and Pine. I am now officially addicted. I love the fabrics, the numerous colours of threads to choose from, the creative possiblities and most importantly, it’s a craft that I can do while watching tv. I find embroidering so relaxing! Today I’ve made up a really simple embroidery project. It includes a simple template and you only have to use the back stitch to create it. Have some fun with it! Choose some fun patterned fabric, colourful thread and get crafty!

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Supplies needed:
Template
6″ Embroidery Hoop
Patterned fabric (the lighter the better)
Embroidery thread in a complimentary colour. Black is always a good way to go.
Water Soluble Pen (regular pen will work in a pinch but it will be permanent)
Needle
Needle threader (optional but will make your life so much easier!)
Scissors

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 1:
Print out this “Get Crafty” Template and tape it to your window. Cut a piece of fabric roughly 9″ x 9″. Place the fabric over the template and tape it to the window. Using a Water Soluble Pen trace the words “Get Crafty” onto the fabric.

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Step 2:
Place your fabric over the inner part of the embroidery hoop as centred as possible. Place the outer hoop over top and twist the screw to tighten the hoop. From the back of the hoop gently pull the excess fabric going around the hoop. This will make your fabric nice and tight within the hoop.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 3:
Cut a piece of embroidery thread roughly 14″ long. Using your needle threader, or a steady hand, thread your needle and then tie a knot at the opposite end of the thread.

From the back of the hoop come up through the fabric with your needle just in from the end of the letter.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 4:
Pull your thread tight and then go back down through the fabric at the very end of the letter.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 5:
Pull your thread tight again and come back up through the fabric just in front of the last stitch you made.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 6:
Pull your thread tight and then go back down through the fabric at the point where your last stitch started.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 7:
Repeat this process along the line until you’ve finished the whole letter.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 8:
Keep working through your project one letter at a time. I would suggest going left to right but it’s up to you.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Step 9:
As you get to the end of your pieces of thread just tie them off on the back side of your hoop. Grab a new piece of thread and keep going.

Embroidery Tutorial - Etsy Craft Party

Done! You can cut off the excess fabric from around the hoop leaving roughly an inch and then secure it to the back of the hoop with glue. Or you can add a piece of felt to the back with glue to hide the excess fabric. There are many options for cleaning up the back.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Now go Get Crafty!

Lindy is a stationery designer and runs her Etsy shop, craftedbylindy, out of her home studio in Calgary, Alberta. You an also find Lindy writing lifestyle posts on her blog and sharing her every day on Instagram.

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