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Hiatus

8 Jul

As you may have noticed, the store is unexpectedly in vacation mode and there have been no new patterns, free patterns or Twitter updates for a few days. We are dealing with some family medical issues, and will hopefully be up and running again soon. Thanks!

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Tutorial: How To Make Cross Stitch Badges

11 Apr

I also write for a website called Daily Waffle, and have written a number of tutorials. This one in particular may be useful for all you cross stitch geeks out there!

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Cross stitching is a really simple technique to learn. I was first introduced to it in primary school, and I just recently taught my boyfriend the finer points. While the average haberdashery or craft shop is awash with old-fashioned patterns that give cross stitching a dated image, there is actually a huge amount of people working fun, modern, and sometimes nerdy, patterns. And one of the easiest ways to display your handiwork, is by turning it into a little badge. This tutorial will assume that you already know how to cross stitch. If you don’t, feel free to cry for help in the comments section.

You will need: self cover buttons (I used a 29mm size), button making press, brooch or badge pin, aida, embroidery floss, needle, a cross stitch pattern (this can be one you draft yourself, or working from a game sprite works well – they’re about the right size.)

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Setting up shop

16 Feb

Welcome! This is the blog for the Capes & Crafts Etsy store, which will be opening shortly. Ditto with this blog. We will be making and selling nerdy cross stitches, mostly, as well as superhero themed bunting. Exciting!

This blog will be primarily used for keeping you all updated on what’s going on with our stock, what new materials we have in and future plans. It’ll hopefully make it easier for customers to order custom items as we hope to include a full list of our available materials.

We hope to have both the store and the blog up and running before the end of the month, so check back soon!