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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Loom Knitting Kit

Our new shipment of  Loom Knitters has arrived in the shop in time for the colder weather. 
Loom knitting is fun and easy for people of all ages and is a great introduction for children into the wonderful world of knitting..

To get started all you need is a loom, the knitting tool, included in the kit and yarn of your choice - Crafty Frog have a HUGE range to choose from at very reasonable prices.

There are many stitches that imitate traditional knitting with needles however for some people, loom knitting may be faster than traditional knitting.
This video shows the basics of Loom Knitting, making a baby hat.  You can see from the video how children could easily learn to knit using the loom.
There are heaps of videos on You Tube and there is loom knitting channel at YouTube for goodknitkisses for more tips, techniques & patterns.

This Classic Knit Knitting Loom Set includes:
Set of 4 Knitting Looms. Sizes 14cm / 5.5 inch (green), 19cm / 7.5 inch (purple), 24cm / 9.5inch (blue) and 29cm / 11.5 inch (pink). Clear storage bag contains looms, yarn needle, soft grip floral scroll loom pick and easy to follow instructions.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Clover Felting Tools & Applique Moulds

Felting is experiencing a great revival since today’s sewer is wanting various techniques to embellish clothing, appliqué, quilting and other craft projects and felting gives that textured "arty" appearance. It’s fun too, because different fibres give a variety of results.

The Clover Felting Needle Tool comes with 5 fine needles inserted into a comfortable to use handle. These needles are fine pointed to pierce fabric easily and have sort of "barbed" edges to allow the fibre to interlace the fabric.

How To: Place a piece of felt, woollen fabric or other suitable fabric over a softly padded base (or use the special Felting Needle Mat by Clover), lay some fibres such as mohair, textured knitting yarn, Angelina Fiber etc. over the fabric, then pierce lightly with the Felting Tool. No thread or glue needed. Makes wonderful appliqués. Complete instructions are included in the package.

Brush-like mat enables smooth punching with little resistance when using the Felting Needle Tool by Clover. It allows the fibres of the appliqué to mesh well with the base fabric, whilst the bristle length provides the ideal hardness and density for punching.
Make sure the needles are inserted vertically to avoid damage and don’t allow them to touch the base of the mat.

 Clover's Needle Felting Appliqué Mould allows you to insert wool roving into a designated area to create a felted appliqué directly onto fabric.
 Clover & Rabbit
Simply insert wool roving into the mould then gently punch with Clover's Pen Style Needle Felting Tool.

All available at Crafty Frog, of course.

Have fun.

Free Crochet Pattern - Spring Bouquet Afghan

Spring Bouquet Afghan
Delicate motifs come together in this delightful blanket you'll love to wrap baby in. Size : 40" square including border.

Skill Level: Intermediate.
Designed by Josie Rabier
Download Pattern


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Free Cross Stitch Pattern - Bunny in Tulips

From Free comes this delightful free cross stitch pattern "Bunny In Tulips".

Add a touch of Easter charm by stitching and framing this blissful bunny, or adorn an Easter outfit for someone special.
Designed by Tom and Felicia L. Williams
Have fun with it!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Free Knitting Pattern - Two Cable Panel Sock Designs‏

Waikiwi is a very popular and versatile yarn that is composed of 55% NZ Merino, 20% Nylon, 15% Alpaca, 10% Possum. It is machine washable, and is a great yarn for a wide range of garments for babies, kids and adults, as well as accessory items like hats, gloves, and scarves.  And thanks to the 15% nylon, Waikiwi is amazing as a sock yarn!

So for today's free pattern Naturally Yarns have for you two cable panel sock designs using Waikiwi that were created by Gitta Schrade - please click here to view / print off the pattern! 

With the wide range of solid and print shades available for Waikiwi, your sock drawer is going to look amazing!  Drop into Crafty Frog to view the Waikiwi and Waikiwi Print ranges and pick up some yarn to get started on these socks - you and whoever you knit them for will love them! 

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Free Knitting Pattern Bunny Slippers

Knit Bunny Slippers

Knit a pair of cozy bunny slippers for your child or grandchild. Small (5 1/2" sole), large (6 1/2" sole).

Skill Level: Intermediate
Designed by Phyllis Wortman
Download Pattern 
This wonderful free pattern is provided by  All the links above take you to their sites.
We can help you with the wool to knit these wonderfully cute bunny slippers.


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

50% Off - Make your own Babushka Pattern Kit

Make your own babushka dolls. Ooshka pattern kits are a fun and easy sewing project. They contain a sewing pattern and instructions and a face panel printed on linen/cotton blend fabric.
You get to choose your own fabrics for your Ooshkas - they aren’t included in the pattern kit - that’s part of the fun! So is embellishing your babushka dolls with applique, pom poms, ribbons and trim.
You can also choose to make your Ooshka with black hair and blue or brown eyes, blonde hair and blue eyes, or she can be a redhead with green/aqua eyes. The pattern kit comes with the face panel of your choice. Additional printed face panels are also available for purchase.
There are also patterns included to make scarves for your Ooshkas and appliqued felt and fabric faces.

Your finished Ooshka will be no shrinking violet - she’ll measure about 41 cm tall. That’s 16 Inches.
Ooshka pattern kits are AUS$20 each. Oh no they're not.

I will have these patterns on sale until the shop closes at 5 pm Friday , 1 March 2013.  $9.99 (add $2 if you want it posted).

Go to Crafty Frog Facebool Page and message me if you want one.  There are 2 each of the following patterns.


A pattern to make appliqué faces is also in the kit.

Free knitting pattern - jacket & hat set for newborn to 18 months

Today's free pattern, from Naturally Yarns,  is for a great jacket & hat set for little ones aged newborn to 18 months old.  The jacket & hat can be knitted with either 4 ply or 8 ply / DK yarn - please click here to view / print off your latest free pattern!

As stated on the pattern, the yarn used in the design is Naturally's Classic Print 8 Ply / DK, a 100% Merino machine wash yarn that comes in 8 amazing shade combinations.  You can also use our Classic Print 4 Ply (which also comes in 8 great shade combinations) for this project.  Be sure and click on the "Patterns" tabs on both yarn pages, as these yarns are supporting by a fantastic array of designs that will keep the little ones in your life looking sharp all year 'round! 

Hop into Crafty Frog & discuss the yarns that would be suitable for this adorable set, with Laura and her staff.


Celtic, Viking and Anglo Saxon Embroidery Book

We are very excited to have copies of this book on our shelves. This is not a how-to book, full of patterns, instructions and diagrams.

It is a book of inspiration. It lets you dream. It is full of beautiful photographs that show in great detail a body of work inspired by Celtic, Viking and Anglo Saxon Embroidery.

This book is Jan Messent’s imagination let loose within a framework of her vast knowledge of embroidery and textile art of this period. She uses techniques that are completely modern and materials that were not available until very recently. However, she references the past in terms of her designs and the story of each piece. Each of her embroidered, painted, textile pieces takes the reader right back in time.

She uses Bayeux stitch in ways that I hadn’t considered and creates some gorgeous effects simply by using a thread I’d never considered. One of her pieces is a sampler of Bayeux stitch and I am now really interested in trying some of the techniques she has used. Although she doesn’t always give detailed instruction, she does write enough that an embroiderer with some knowledge and skill could easily reproduce what she’s done in their own fashion.

This is a book for inspiration. It is a book to linger over and let your imagination take flight, to get lost in, to dream over. If you want a “how – to”  book this isn’t the one for you. If, however, you want to feed your creative spirit then this book is exactly what you should put on that wish list…
$54 at Crafty Frog

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Free knitting patterns cardigan & skirt

Today's free pattern, from Naturally, Yarns has an added bonus - it is really two patterns in one, a great body wrap cardigan and a lovely draped skirt!  Please click here to view / print off these fantastic patterns!

The cardigan is designed and knitted using Drift, a 10 ply yarn that is composed of 100% New Zealand Merino and comes in 5 earthy tones.  The skirt is designed and knitted using Harmony 10 Ply, also made of 100% New Zealand Merino and available in 5 neutral shades.  
Although we don't stock these particular yarns at the moment we have some lovely 10 ply yarns.  Drop in and chat to Laura or Jo about suitable yarns for these patterns.
Lastly, be sure and keep an eye on Naturally Yarns Facebook page and blog for news from the knitting world and other things they hope will keep you entertained!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Free cross stitch charts

From The Making Spot ... the links take you to their site to download your free charts

10 cute patchwork-look motifs for cards
Relax and stitch these cute patchwork-style motifs this weekend – there are 10 designs to choose from, and each one takes just a few hours to stitch. We love this dotty strawberry, and don't miss the scrumptious cupcake and happy bumblebee too! If you're new to stitching, these designs are great for practising your cross stitch, backstitch and French knots. If you love these, check out more of our free cross stitch projects today. Happy stitching!