• Articles,  Community,  Crafty Q and A

    Meet the Craftcore Cats

    If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that I share photos of my cats getting all up in my crafty business.  Regardless of whether they are resting on top of my ironing board, draping themselves over my quilting fabrics, or standing right in front of my computer monitor while I’m trying to type up a tutorial for Craftcore, these cute kitties are impossible to ignore.  I would love to formally introduce you to my my clowder: I’m bursting at the seams (har-har) with cats, with 5 total in my furry family. I get asked from time to time to share a little about such-and-such a cat, so I put together this little guide…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    A Beginner’s Foray Into Knitting: Knitted Cat Dish Cloth

    I’ve known how to knit for years, but I only ever learned a basic knit stitch.  I’ve made lots of scarves, but they were always just simple rectangles with stitch after stitch of knits.  In other words, I never learned how to purl, and thus never learned how to read a pattern.  I was a permanent beginner. The only way to make progress is to bite the bullet and try.  I decided to put a manageable knitting project on my list of crafty projects to complete before I’m 30, a dish cloth with a raised design made out of simple purl and knit stitches.  This project is small so not super…

  • Projects,  Quilts,  Sewing

    Green and Pink Brick Quilt

    Today I will be sharing the quilt that has been on my bed for the past year or so.  I’m a bit obsessed with green, brown and pink fabric.  I’m not sure how I managed to gather so many prints in this colour scheme without specifically planning to, but it happened, so this is one of many in this colour scheme.  The prints were collected over years at local shops, from my travels to the US, and from online shopping. There are polka dots, argyles, florals, cherries, mushrooms, ditsy dots.  There’s a lot going on over here! The finished quilt measures 75″x78″.  I cut the rectangles out at 6″x4″ and arranged them randomly into…

  • Home Decor,  Paper Craft,  Projects,  Sewing

    Cat Silhouette Crafts

    I love my cats, so I’ve made a few crafty items featuring cat silhouettes.  Call me a crazy cat lady, it’s alright.  As I’m typing this, I have the cat featured in the first craft resting in my lap in such a way that I can barely able to type properly.  That’s okay.  I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cat Silhouette Scrapbook Page Layout First up is this simple scrapbook layout. For this page, I used a polka dot paper and traced out a cat silhouette shape.  To make the silhouette stand out, I mounted the silhouette onto a solid blue cardstock and cut it out so that there…