YarnCraft Episode 40 :: 20 Ways to Craft for Weddings & Dyeing Your Own Yarns

5 May

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Join Liz & Zontee as they explore different ways to save money and add a personal touch to your wedding or wedding gifts. In the episode, we look at great bridesmaid’s gift ideas, gift ideas for the newlyweds — including how to personalize afghans, bath sets and more — party favors and decorations, and even special accessories for the wedding party.

Also join us for great stories, tips, and questions from listeners like you!

Patterns discussed include:

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life — We talk all about dyeing your own yarns, with yarn recommendations and ideas for beginner dyers, advanced techniques, and suggestions for dyeing with your kids. We also talk about this article — BK4K: Naturally Dyeing Yarn.

To share your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! Our next episode will be all about the guys — what to make for them, what they like to make, and so much more. Do you have tips, a story, or some great ideas for gifts for men and men who yarncrarft? Tell us! We’d love to include you the next episode!

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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

Show Notes:
00:12 Intro & Welcome
01:10 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s Hooks & Needles
03:22 Listeners’ comments
06:07 Wedding gifts, favors, accessories, and more
23:55 Stash This
34:02 Thanks to our guests

  • Anne-Marie in South Africa

    Hi Liz and Zontee – Thanks for a great show as always. When are you going to host a yarncraft show about baby stuff?.. i am soo clucky and just wanna knit baby things, but need ideas on how to make TRENDY baby knits….a lot of patterns out there are very old fashioned…what are the trends….PLS do a show about this…i would really appreciate it! Love Anne-Marie

  • Jennifer

    More ideas for Zontee or others who like a particular motif but do not want to make a whole afghan out of it:

    1. Use a single square of the motif as the front of a pillow and do a fast, plain square for the back (or do 2 fancy motif squares for front and back).

    2. Use a single largish motif to make a table mat that can be used under a centerpiece or as a diagonally placed cover on a small table. Or do a short row of motifs connected end to end as a table runner. A central mat or table runner work great when paired with a nice candle (to place on the center) and a bottle of wine.

    3. Do a single intricate motif like the tree of life and frame it as art for the couple’s wall. You could also add some embroidery at the bottom or top like “House of (last name) est. (month/year)”.

    4. A single motif could be affixed to the front of an album that the couple could use for pictures or mementos from their wedding, honeymoon, first year, etc.

    5. A single largish motif could be the front of a small tote bag into which you slip a purchased gift or a gift card.

    Hope these help someonw!


  • Jennifer

    Oops! Forgot one of my ideas!

    6. Make a single motif as a bread cover. Buy a basket and put in a really nice loaf of bread and/or a bakery gift cetrificate so the couple can get more good bread, cover with the motif bread cloth. Bottle of wine could supplement gift.


  • http://www.restlessgrace.blogspot.com Grace

    ha! I’m finally home in my craft zone after a busy week and I decided to listen to the latest podcast while I dye yarn in my kitchen. Love the part of this podcast about dyeing – and how timely. Simmering on my stove right now is Lion Brand Superwash Merino in Denim. I’m using Jacquard Acid Dye in Periwinkle to over dye the yarn. I’m hoping for a darker, slightly heathered deep blue.

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  • Julie

    I would love to see the listener’s Frankenstein dress!

  • Chris Martin

    I’m not very techmo-savvy. Is the pod cast just verbal dialog, with the visual being abstract moving shapes and colors? Or am I not doing something I should be doing. It seems like knitting instructions should show the work being done?
    Thanks much!
    Chris Martin

    Zontee says: Hi Chris, the podcast is an audio-show. Your music-playing software is generating the shapes and colors at random, but you can turn that off if you don’t like it. Please check your software’s “Help” guide for more information.

  • http://luvs-2-knit.blogspot.com/ Tisha

    Love listening to your pods:)

  • Louise

    you mentioned an airy accent shawl on this podcast. where is the pattern for this?
    Thanks! I really enjoy your podcasts! Lots of ideas!

    YarnCraft says: Hi Louise, click here for the Airy Waves Shawl. Enjoy!

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