Tips & Hints

Tips & Hints

Find many craft tips and hints for many types of crafts. Craft storage tips, basketry, beadwork,glue gun, paint, ribbon and many more tips!

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Use an over-the-door shoe holder with clear pockets to store my crafts supplies. They're perfect for organizing glues, scissors, brushes, and other things. Susan Better Homes & Garden Crafts Group

When starting a new project put everything you will need in one 2 gallon zip lock bag (fabric, thread, book etc). Bags protect your project plus are reuseable, inexpensive, and lightweight. Smaller bags are great for needles, charms & scissors. Cheryl Kramer-Rosetta

CRAFT TIP - Empty boutique tissue boxes make excellent receptacles for crafting trash and scraps. Needlepointers.com

CRAFT TIP - The salon carts used by beauticians makes a great cart for sewing needs and arts and crafts. Sylvia Smith

Baby oil is the best and most economical product to get oil paints from hands,(and arms, face,etc.)after tole painting. Tole World - Tip by Pat Bennett

When threading a needle for hand sewing, lick the end of the needle instead of the thread. (We don't know why this works, but it does!) Martingale & Company

Remember that transfer ink doesn't wash out very well! Be careful when you transfer the design so that it ends up just where you want it, and isn't smeared. About.com

When stitching an afghan, try rolling the edges and holding in place with bicycle or quilting clips. The Stitchery

Is your cutting board warped? Fill your bathtub with hot water, lay your board flat in the water. When it is pliable, take it out, dry it off and lay on a flat surface. Voila, fixed. sew-what's-new.com

RIBBON SPOOLS - Organize spools by color, untwist the top of a wire hanger, thread spools onto the hanger, twist top of hanger closed, hang in your craft closet. Handy dispenser. By Penny Wadham at Nancy's Notions

GLUING - Before being tempted to wipe up wet glue that has squeezed from the joints, let it dry for almost and hour and lift it from the wood using a chisel. The Winfield Collection

POLYFILL - To manipulate the fiberfill tightly into corners, insert a straight pin or a T-pin through the project and work the fiberfill into position. Fairfield

SWEDISH WEAVE - Do not knot ends of thread. When finishing a row you will weave back a few stitches and clip close to work. Crafts Across America

Two strands of sport yarn held together will replace one strand of 4-ply. From Doris at Crochet Cache

ALL PROJECTS

Use masking tape to cover the raw edges of your projects. The masking tape comes off easily and does not leave a obvious mark. STITCHRIDER

ALL PROJECTS

When you finish for the day, leave your work set up. You'll be more likely to sit down again later if everything's ready to go. Jon R. Osborn

BASKETRY

Make wooden twig beads from the branches of the trees in your yard to use as embellishments for your baskets or as a garland or necklace nature craft project. About.com

BASKETRY

When cutting reed for your baskets, patterns usually call for different horizontal and vertical spokes. By cutting longer lengths diagonally and shorter lengths blunt or flush, you will know which are which without having to measure again. In a hand basket

BASKETRY

There are cases in which it is hard to identify a wrong and right side of reed, but normally when it is bent over your finger, the wrong side "splinters" and looks very "hairy" while the right side remains smooth. The Basket Book by Lyn Siler and Carolyn Kemp copyright 1988

BASKETRY

PUTTING A HANDLE ON A BASKET - Always put the handle on the outside of the rim. Think about it - if the handle hoop is on the inside of the rim hoop, it can move, but where can it go if it is on the outside? The Basket Book by Lyn Siler and Carolyn Kemp copyright 1988

BASKETRY

To replace a broken stake, simply cut a length of reed similar in size and slide it into the weaving on top of the broken stake down to the base of the basket. The new piece should be exposed to the outside of the basket. The Basket Book by Lyn Siler and Carolyn Kemp copyright 1988

BASKETRY

To sharpen ribs, an electric pencil sharpener usually works, a hand-turned one works better. Even a little hand-held school sharpener will work, but a sharp knife works best. The Basket Book by Lyn Siler and Carolyn Kemp copyright 1988

BASKETRY

If laying out a twill base with dyed reed, pack it tight as you go. If you try to pack it later, the dyed reed will have bled onto the other spokes and you'll have a mess. AllCrafts

BASKETRY

When cutting out your spokes - cut the horizontal spoke ends straight across and the vertical spoke ends at a diagonal. This way you can easily tell them apart when you are laying out the base. Just Patterns Magazine

BASKETRY

The more clothespins you use on the first rows of your basket, the better your basket will turn out. Just Patterns Magazine

BASKETRY

Make sure the water is boiling. Add Rit, either powder or liquid or both and stir well. If the dye bath is hot and concentrated, dyeing will go faster and the colors will be brighter. Tidewater Basketry Guild

BASKETRY - DYED REED

When rewetting dyed reed before weaving into your basket, add a handful of salt, or a cup of vinegar to the the COLD water. Then pull the dyed reed through a dry paper towel to absorb excess water. This will help keep the colors from running. Sandy Atkins

BASKETRY - STORING REED

You must air dry damp / wet reed before storing in any kind of a container, including paper bags. If you put away wet reed, it will mold and grow "hair" or mildew. Sandy Atkinson

BEAD GLUE TECHNIQUE

When gluing beads, insert a bead on the end of a toothpick until it fits snugly. Apply glue, place bead on project, and hold the bead with your finger as you remove the toothpick. Kraft Shack

BEADING

Keep your sterling silver and silver plated beads and jewelry in a zip lock bag to prevent tarnishing. Ben Franklin Crafts

BEADWORK

Use a damp q-tip to pick up small beads. They stick to the q-tip and make loading a needle much easier. Hobby Industry Association

BEADWORK

When you use a "stop bead" to keep the beads from sliding off the end, choose a bead that is a different color or size. That way you won't accidentally incorporate it into the piece on which you are working (and ruin the pattern). Bead It Babe

Beadwork - Bead Stringing

When you are bead stringing, use a clothes pin or an "alligator" style paper clip clamped on the end of the wire to prevent the beads from sliding off. It works better than taping the end, and doesn't leave any sticky residue. Bead It Babe

BOOK STAND

A music stands are ideal for holding your chart or book. They are adjustable in height and can hold your highlighter or pen for marking off which part of the design you have stitched. You can also clip a light with a daylight bulb to the stand. Nostalgia Needlework

BOOKMARKS

Use iron on interfacing, or slip stitch felt or wide silk ribbon to the back of the bookmark to hide the back of the stitches. Nostalgia Needlework

CHRISTMAS CARD RECYCLING

Make gift tags by cutting out the pictures on Christmas cards or other cards. On reverse side, write the "to" and "from" information. by Annette at Needlepointers.com

CRAFT LAPTRAY

Try using a sofa or throw pillow as a laptray when stitching. Your small project pieces will cling to the pillow's fabric top, and the corners work as handy pin cushions! Shirley at BH&G Craft Group

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CRAFT PROJECT ORGANIZATION

Learn how to keep tools and supplies for a project at your fingertips. Needlepointers.com

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CRAFT STORAGE IDEA - JARS

A quick tip idea is to repurpose jars (such as peanut butter jars, mayonnaise jars, etc.) and store craft and sewing supplies. Needlepointers.com

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Craft Storage Idea - Mini Mason Jars

Mini mason jars are a way to store small craft and sewing supplies and other items. Needlepointers.com

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