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January 5

Geek Out With Free Hand Embroidery Patterns and Tutorials

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This year, don’t just let your geek flag fly. Hand embroider that geek flag with your favorite quote or character.

If you enjoy the Dresden Files, you’ll love this free hand embroidery pattern designed by Jennifer from Sew Hooked. Check out her blog and Craftsy store for more original pattern designs.

 

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I’m totally Sher-locked myself, so this next free hand embroidery pattern by Jordan F (username: dozmuffinxc), as found on FandomStiches.com is something I’m definitely going to try.

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The only thing is, I look at these fun patterns and can’t help but wonder, how do you make a quote or line drawing into an embroidery pattern. I did a little digging and found this awesome tutorial on making your own hand embroidery design from Angel and Amy on their blog Tada! Creations.

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And then I found another tutorial on color tinting your embroidery using crayons and an iron. The technique is so easy, but the impact of the final product packs a real wallop. I found this tutorial on Urban Threads, and it’s got great step-by-step instructions with pictures.

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October 17

Go Old School With This Halloween DIY

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If you’re into the classic, Victorian, and vintage style Halloween decorations, then you’re going to love this tutorial from DIY Home Sweet Home where you can make your own Halloween themed cloche using the simplest of materials. The tutorial only covers making the cloche itself, so filling it will be up to you and your imagination.  If you need ideas, then try looking at these terrariums to start! Use your homemade cloche to display Halloween scenes, vintage inspired ephemera, miniatures, and anything else you can think of.

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October 3

A Spooky Photo Tutorial For You to Try

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We’ve all seen those spooktacular photos where the subject is somehow levitating. If you’ve wondered on how you can achieve the effect, then this tutorial from Jodie and Jen on Eighteen25.com will give you some great tips. You’ll need a tripod for the best results, and you’ll need to know how to use Photoshop as well (the tutorial is great, but clearly intended for folks who are familiar with the photo editing program already).  The possibilities are endless though, and the photo shoot itself would be loads of fun.  Kick your Halloween spirit into high gear with this delightful idea, and be sure to share the results with your friends here at Geek Crafts.

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September 26

Make Your Own Halloween Skeleton Fairies

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Here’s a tutorial for creating a Halloween decoration that’s really different and unique! Better yet, the materials are super cheap.  The skeleton is from the Dollar Tree (and comes in a pack of 4!), and the butterfly wings are from a craft store.   The only other materials you need are things you probably already have: some black paint (for aging the bones a little and darkening the eye sockets), scissors, and a hot glue gun.   I’m thinking I might need an army of these little guys . . . .

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September 12

Make Your House Extra Spooky With This Tutorial

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Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to break the bank! Try this cool, cheap, and simple tutorial from the Crafty Lumberjacks and make your house or apartment extra spooky with yarn spiderwebs.  I think with some tweaking you could even do this on your porch (maybe try some black tie line and tacks or nails?).  In any case, the tutorial has plenty of pictures and good descriptions to get you started.  It may take some trial and error, but as the Crafty Lumberjacks suggest, “Be the spider.”

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