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9 Jun

The Capes & Crafts blog is upping sticks and moving! You can now find us here, which will hopefully be more regularly updated and better maintained in general. You should definitely follow the new blog, and sign up for the newsletter while you’re there too, as there’ll be details of a giveaway in the first newsletter (exciting!)

This blog will still exist as an archive, though won’t be updated anymore. Thanks for all your support here, and we hope you’ll check out the new blog!

 

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Good News Everyone!

25 Apr

Not only are we back from holiday but all patterns in our store are now instant download! Which means no more waiting and no more pesky time differences delaying the delivery of your brand new pattern. You can started right away!

We have new patterns in the works and new accessories planned in new interesting, geeky fabrics. So stayed tuned by following us here on the blog, on Twitter or on Facebook to be the first to hear about new items hitting the store!

Custom Order News

14 Feb

Just to let you all know, we are temporarily closing to all kinds of custom orders – including both physical items and digital patterns. We have several personal projects to focus on at the moment, but we will be accepting orders again towards the end of April 🙂

Geeky Hanky

4 Feb

A while back we bought a huge amount of vintage handkerchiefs for a personal project, and recently, while cleaning our craft room, I found a handful of plain white ones that were left over and forgotten about. That’s when I had the idea to use waste canvas to cross stitch designs onto them.

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The handkerchiefs dated from the 50’s I think, and this one has a pretty lace corner on one side.

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We adapted our much larger Stark sigil pattern to create this simplified direwolf motif. We also designed the words ‘winter is coming’ in a pretty cursive script.

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With so many people being more eco conscious these days – reusing canvas bags, recycling etc etc, it’s a wonder that more people haven’t embraced the cotton hanky. They can also be used for cleaning glasses or touch screens, for those of us who aren’t keen on the idea of blowing our noses in them. Whatever its use, we think this geeky hanky is pretty cool, and a great gift for any Game of Thrones fan. It’ll be in our Etsy store soon, priced at £4.00, and may well be one of a kind.

Here’s a sneak peek at another hanky I’ve been working on. Ideal for Whovians!

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This hanky has a crochet style lace trim all around. It just needs a careful wash and press and should also be in store soon.

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Once again, this will be a unique one off piece, so if you like it, don’t hesitate!

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

16 Jan

A while back, on Twitter, I was despairing over DMC’s metallic threads and how difficult they are to use. Fellow cross stitchers agreed with me, and none of us had found a solution to make them easier to work with. The problem was, that some of our patterns, like this Doctor Who Gallifreyan pattern are simply crying out for some shimmery silver thread to lend it that cosmic, timey wimey look. So, imagine my delight when an alternative was suggested – Kreinik Metallics. I had been told that their braids are more flexible and easier to work with, but I hadn’t ever tried the brand before. I figured I may as well give it a go.

Large Doctor Who Gallifreyan badge - £3.00

Large Doctor Who Gallifreyan badge – £3.00

Lo and behold! I stitched the Gallifreyan alphabet inspired badge you see before you using Kreinik Metallics Very Fine #4 braid on 22 count aida (which is the count of aida I least enjoy working with) and I was done within an hour! Colour me impressed. The Kreinik braid didn’t unravel the way DMC had, and it felt more like normal floss and less rough than the other metallic threads I’ve tried. It really was so easy to stitch with and I could even use generous lengths as the thread didn’t insist on tangling itself into knots. I am now officially a convert and if you’re planning on stitching one of our patterns that suggests metallics, I highly recommend you try Kreinik if you can get your hands on it – their fine #8 braid works perfect on 14 count aida. And I’ll be whipping up more of these badges for the store, hopefully some on hand dyed aida as well, so be on the look out for that 🙂

Christmas Patterns

6 Oct

Christmas has well and truly arrived in our store! We’ve been busily working away on totally awesome and unique Christmas patterns that capture the spirit of the season in true C&C geeky style! So far we’ve got four new patterns in our Christmas section and we are planning on at least a few more. Our focus is on our favourite TV shows at the minute, including the ever popular Big Bang Theory and our very first Peep Show and Blackadder patterns! We’ll have all our Christmas patterns in store by the end of October, so you’ll have plenty of time to get them stitched up for gifts or to add to your own holiday decor.

Doctor Who Christmas pattern – £2.30

In other exciting Christmassy developments, we are heading to our very first craft fair in December! Well, it’s actually being called a Pop-up Shop and is going to be very small (only 10 vendors) with the aim of showcasing local handmade crafts. We were chuffed to bits to be invited to take part! It will be held at Callendar House in Falkirk on December 8th. So if any of you live in Central Scotland, or even as far afield as Edinburgh and Glasgow, we’d love to see you there. Times are yet to be set, but naturally we’ll fill you in on more details as and when we get them, but suffice to say, we’re looking forward to it!

Free Pattern Friday: Bumper Edition!

20 Jul

The C&C minions are off on holiday next week (and do we ever need it!) which means we won’t be around for the next two Fridays. We figured this would be a great chance to offer up all of our previous free patterns for anyone who may have missed them the first time around, or any new readers and followers who have only joined us recently. And of course, there’ll be a new pattern too 🙂

So, first up, this week’s new pattern, which is inspired by Game of Thrones (no shock there, really.) A pretty little sampler with a floral border to immortalise the wisdom of one of our favourite characters, Bronn. It does include swearing though, so if you’re of a sensitive nature, I apologise.

Oops, looks like you missed your chance to download all of our free patterns so far! But don’t despair, there’s a new one for this week, which you can find under the ‘free pattern friday’ tag 🙂