Will Strip for Yarn

From time to time companies will send me a product that they would like me to test out and since I’m always looking for stuff to blog about, I like to write up quick reviews too. This time around I got the new Rotary Cutting Machine from Simplicity – and it is amazing. (Stick around and find out how you can win one of your own!)

Note: to keep this blog entry bandwith friendly I have made all the photos clickable.

This is how the rotary cutter comes out of the box! Pretty much no assembly required, although the blade and roller ball need adjusting with a flat head screwdriver.

That’s pretty much all you have to do, then plug it in and start stripping, er, I mean rotary cutting. There is a slotted guide that you slide the fabric through and it is adjustable from 3/8” up to 2 ¾” widths. For my test run I chose the 1 ½” width.

It did take me about 10 minutes to get the feel of the machine and it helped to guide the fabric from both the front and the back. The pedal made it super easy to do this since both my hands were free. After a couple of adjustments to the blade (which are interchangeable btw) I started making fabric strips like a mad man. It took 25 minutes to cut 2 ½ yards of this fabric into perfect 1 ½” strips. More than enough to do a crocheted basket!

If you like to do craft projects that require you to cut strips of fabric this machine is a gem. I have made crochet projects with fabric strips in the past and cutting them perfectly straight was always the most difficult part. Now that I can zip right through that phase of the project I am definitely going to do more fabric projects.   And, if you are into paper projects you can use the rotary cutter to make perfect paper strips too!

Now What?

When we were young our dad would crochet big area "rag rugs" for the farmhouse where we lived. My sisters would cut the fabric and sew the strips end to end to create the “yarn” busily trying to keep up with Dad’s fast crocheting. Here is a quick and easy "no sew" method to connect the strips of fabric that will make a bit less laborious for you!

Fold the end of each of the strips over about and inch and cut a small slit over the fold creating a hole:

Let’s call the strip connected to your project or the ball you are creating “Strip A” and the new strip you are wanting to attach “Strip B”. Insert end of Strip B through the slot at the end of Strip A:

Now take end of Strip B and pass it through the slot at the other end of Strip B:

And pull tight:

And that’s all there is to it. It took me less than 15 minutes to attach and roll a ball of fabric “yarn” big enough to make this bowl/basket:

I’ve uploaded this pattern to my free patterns page if you would like to make one of your own!

The Crochet Dude’s Fabric Bowl Pattern

If you’d like to enter to win a free Simplicity Rotary Cutting Machine of your own just leave a comment here telling me about your favorite childhood craft! Contest will close over the weekend so you have time to tell all your friends to enter too!


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  • 7/14/2009 9:57 AM Logan Culwell wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was drawing I suppose. I didn't get cool and learn the yarn crafts till I was in college. Wasted time...
  • 7/14/2009 10:01 AM Tammy Hildebrand wrote:
    Every summer when I was a kid we would walk to the playground about a mile away. A city worker would pull her car onto the playground and pop open her trunk. Each day was something different - boondoggle keychains, little mosaic tiles glued into a metal ashtray or plaster of Paris mixed in a big bucket. It was awesome and I would go every single time they had it. I would love for someone to pull up to my house with a big trunk full of crafts to do now. So fun!
  • 7/14/2009 10:07 AM Shibaguyz wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft… need you ask?? I learned to crochet when I was very young. I used to make those little spiral bookmarks and toilet paper covers with my grandmother for our church and family craft sales. Next came knitting and quilting… I never stood a chance… destined to be a fiber crafter for life!
  • 7/14/2009 10:14 AM Tracie Barrett wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was cross stitch. I learned to cross stitch when I was around 6 or 7. I also learned sewing, latchhooking, needlepoint, and quilting while I was young. I picked up crocheting in my teen years.
  • 7/14/2009 10:15 AM Christi D wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft... well first was tri-chem painting... then when I was about 7 I learned to crochet.
  • 7/14/2009 10:18 AM Gina wrote:
    My fave childhood craft was crochet... I started crocheting with my granny when I was just 2. We would make stacks of little treasures to give away as gifts.
  • 7/14/2009 10:24 AM Renee' Barnes wrote:
    When I was a kid, I was passionate about drawing and painting. It still serves me well when I am sketching ideas for new crochet designs!
  • 7/14/2009 10:24 AM digifigi wrote:
    There has to be only one?? It would have to be sewing followed closely by crochet/knitting.
    I saw the cutter at Quilt Market and lusted after it as a way to convert quilt string to crochet string. Glad to see they've finally arrived in the states.
    That bowl is just a hat turned upside down, right??
  • 7/14/2009 10:26 AM Angela wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was crocheting. I was taught by my Aunt Suzie when I was 5 and was a Granny Square Master by the time I was 6. I do love crocheting with strips of cloth.
  • 7/14/2009 10:29 AM Tammy wrote:
    My mom taught me to crochet when I was really young, and it brings back happy memories to sit and stitch now, since she passed away. I've never found a hobby quite as satisfying as crochet!
  • 7/14/2009 10:34 AM Johann Mitchell wrote:
    I started reading, and I thought "What a dumb thing to be writing about!" But I persevered.

    And then I saw the basket at the end!

    I'm hooked!

    It's beautiful! And useful! And you can put yarn in it and it won't get snagged!


    I want to make baskets, too! Sign me up for a chance to get one of these!

    And did I say "Wow!"?
  • 7/14/2009 10:35 AM Bend Beanies wrote:
    I started off drawing & painting, those are some of my very earliest memories, paper, crayons, pencils, just drawing away.
    Then I started hand-sewing when I was 8 & sewing on machine when I was 10.
  • 7/14/2009 10:52 AM Laura wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was working with clay. I can't really say "pottery" because most of the time I made little animals out of clay, not pots. I did make one vase on a potter's wheel, which I should steal from my parents' house the next time I go there.

    You already know the address to send my prize.
  • 7/14/2009 10:53 AM April wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was making potholders on a loom.
  • 7/14/2009 11:06 AM Jenna wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was making those silly loom potholders and rugs and stuff. You know the ones that are done on a plastic loom with long stretchy bits of colored fabric? The ones that make the UGLIEST potholders? I loved doing that. And then I moved on to needlepoint, but the ugly potholders were still my favorite.
  • 7/14/2009 11:14 AM Sharon Chance wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was making potholders with the little frame and the gabillions of loopy things, made I think from Eastern European women's pantyhose or something. Anyway, I was not able to get out and play much as a child because of surgeries on my legs and hips, so this was a perfect "quiet" activity for a girl, plus the potholders became Christmas presents for all my family...for years and years!! lol! But I have fond memories of it!

    Love the basket, Drew!
  • 7/14/2009 11:39 AM Jana Hunter wrote:
    I used to make lots of "ropes"! Do you remember, taking an empty wooden spool and hammering in about 6 skinny nails? Then you would wind the yarn or thread around in a certain way (can't for the life of me remember how now!) and you would put the "tube" down through the hole at the bottom of the spool.
    1. 7/15/2009 4:23 PM Jamie Bowsher wrote:
      My grandpa used to make those for us out of my grandmother's old thread spools!!!!
    2. 7/16/2009 11:21 AM Jax wrote:
      French knitting. Very similar to circle looming, which I love.

      Favourite childhood craft was probably crochet though, as I was taught by a much loved grandparent figure when I was about 8 I think. Maybe younger, not sure.

      (Is this contest open to ppl outside US?)
  • 7/14/2009 12:06 PM Catherine wrote:
    When I was 8, my grandma gave me a craft starter kit in a little wooden box with a handle so you could carry it like a suitcase. It had all kinds of crafts in it, but my favorite, by far, was the latch hook kit. Sunflowers for a pillow cover. Wonder whatever happened to that...

    The one thing you left out of your review...price?
  • 7/14/2009 12:28 PM Bunny wrote:
    My favorite craft was making yarn placemats or jump ropes. You would get a wooden spool of thread with 4 nails pounded in the top, and would "knit" with yarn by wrapping the yarn around the nails and pulling each round over each other. Everybody knows how much fun this was. We would also make jump ropes out of the knitted lenghts.
  • 7/14/2009 12:50 PM Amy wrote:
    Cross stitch and beading. I learned how to cross stitch tiny Christmas ornaments at a G.A. lock-in when I was 8. Very cool accomplishment at that age. Love the basket-Amy
  • 7/14/2009 12:53 PM Sarah Jane wrote:
    I used to cross stitch. I got up to these fairly complex designs and sizes and then one day I just walked away from it entirely. Didn't even finish the project that I was working on. Another thing that was great when I was a kid was that each year our church would have this big thing where a bunch of the ladies would show you how to make a certain ornament or Christmas decoration for a small amount of money (which went to the church). Some were really simple like how to make small boxes out of old Christmas cards whereas others were much more complex and dangerous like making mini quilted ornaments (the rolling cutter was of particular danger and excitement as a kid). It was a great yearly introduction to all sorts of new crafts!
  • 7/14/2009 12:57 PM Lovely wrote:
    My childhood craft was crochet. My mom taught me around the 2nd grade or so and I've been doing it ever since.

    I've picked up embroidery and knitting along the way, but crochet is an old standby fun craft.
  • 7/14/2009 1:06 PM KThorpe wrote:
    My Great Grandma and I would crochet together all the time. When I crochet now I think of her. My favorite childhood craft is crocheting with my Great Grandma.
    Love the new pattern
  • 7/14/2009 1:06 PM Theresa wrote:
    Cool new gadget! Thanks for the fabric bowl directions also, will have to try it this weekend!
    1. 7/14/2009 1:14 PM Theresa wrote:
      duh, forgot to mention my favorite childhood craft. I loved making potholders on those little square looms.
  • 7/14/2009 1:11 PM Siew wrote:
    Do you think this would cut light woolens? I've done a bit of rug hooking (now how does that fit into your title! Stripping and hooking?) and there's a fancy hand blade machine that cuts strips of wool for making the rugs.

    My mom taught me how to sew, knit, crochet when I was about 5 and all I remember is making things all the time for my animals/dolls/anything!
  • 7/14/2009 1:14 PM Jamie Bowsher wrote:
    As a child of the 70s I was into lots of crafts! My friend and I liked to make candles. We experimented with different shapes, colors, and scents (her mother was very patient with us spilling paraffin on her kitchen floor!). I made yarn God's eyes using twigs from the trees in our yard. I also embroidered my jeans. I never used a pattern and I never drew out a picture. I just did it free hand! I remember embroidering Raggedy Ann and Andy on the back pockets of denim shorts! It was a tribute of sorts, as my crafty friend and I had dressed as Ann and Andy for a Christmas play! (Our moms helped us make the costumes!) My crochet skills were limited then, but I made little crocheted bracelets and necklaces, complete with pretty beads. I recall making a handbag and a newsboy hat from an old pair of jeans. I made sock dolls from socks that had lost their mates. I attempted to learn macrame but I never got the hang of it! Back then, there was a series of craft kits called Arts and Crafts Today for the Expressive Generation. I believe Hasbro made them. I had the crochet and macrame kits. I recently purchased a macrame kit on ebay! I would love to find the crochet one!! The good old 70s. No video games back then. We had to be creative! I miss those days!
    1. 7/28/2009 10:59 AM Pam Murphy wrote:
      Oh, you sound like an awesome hippie chick!! I almost forgot about embroidering my jeans!! X's on the belt loops, along each seam of the legs, pocket borders or any place like that and with the sun and a rainbow on each pocket. Free hand, no pictures, like you, which I also forgot. I really do not consider myself a gifted drawer but you have brought out this memory of me drawing with thread. Thank you so much!!! Those were days to be remembered.

      I really was the expert patcher on our jeans, though. Any shape, any size hole I could cover it, no problem! =0D

      We had fun with Macramé, mostly chunky bracelets and wispy necklaces. Did you know that was something the navy did in the old days. I have a real old booklet with beeeautiful purse designs they, the men, created! So amazing.

      Yeah, I guess I liked embroidery a lot, too. Not done any in, like, 40 years. I also miss those days.

      Well, Drew, thanks for being the memory generator!
  • 7/14/2009 1:34 PM Lauren wrote:
    This cutter is awesome! I wonder will it work on plastic grocery bags? I am endlessly cutting those up with scissors to make reusable totes. I love the bowl you made as well, very nice!
  • 7/14/2009 2:04 PM Karen wrote:
    My grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was 4 (even though she didn't think I could do it at that age, she was still patient enough to show me), and I took to both like a duck to water!
  • 7/14/2009 2:28 PM Connie Miskell wrote:
    Crochet. My Auntie Irene taught me to crochet when I was seven. Later she tried to teach me to knit but I never did get the hang of it. I've made a couple of the rag rugs and this would definitely make the "yarn" assembly go alot faster.
  • 7/14/2009 3:28 PM Jean Ashley wrote:
    When I was young, I was fascinated by miniatures. So when my parents were going to get me a dollhouse, I asked if they would buy a wooden Victorian house one that required assembly, and I put it together, added the plastic "windows", and painted it. I liked it so much I started to collect small furniture model kits (grandfather clock, table and chair set, etc.) and put them together for the dollhouse. I loved putting the little models together, and I think my parents liked it because it kept me very focused and quiet!
  • 7/14/2009 4:32 PM Aimee wrote:

    We did SO many crafts as kids, I'm sure I can't pick a favorite. The one I kept going back to, though, was cross stitch.
  • 7/14/2009 4:44 PM Kristy Rushing wrote:
    As a kid, (& adult I must admit), I was obsessed with any kind of craft. I was always looking for craft kits in every store and wanting them. My aunt taught me to sew, hand and machine, embroider and crochet at age 5. The obsession continues 40+ years later, but mostly crochet and some jewelry making.
    That tool is a NEATO idea! The ideas are flying!!!
  • 7/14/2009 5:08 PM Barbara Aldrich wrote:
    My mom taught me crewel embroidery and cross stitch as a kid. I loved to work with thread and a needle. Mom also taught me how to knit, but my very favorite craft was the one I discovered later in life... crochet!!! I'll still stitch or knit, but crochet is my fav!
  • 7/14/2009 5:08 PM Kathy Anderson wrote:
    You are one lucky man! That's an awesome machine. Tearing by hand causes so much dust it makes me cough so I can't do it that way. I rmember my designing days. I loved getting all the news products to try. Lucky you! And the basket is beautiful! Kathy Anderson www.knitandcrochetpatternchat.blogspot.com
  • 7/14/2009 6:24 PM Barbara wrote:
    I remember crocheting chains at about 6 yrs old with my sister and cousins at Gram's house. I also remember and still have a "Christmas Tree" made with old costume jewelry on a piece of black velvety fabric. Loverly!
  • 7/14/2009 7:03 PM Stephen wrote:
    Wow, Drew!!! That's a wonderful fabric crochet basket!!
    As a child when my family would be visiting with my grandparents we (my siblings and I) would spend time cutting fabric into strips, and when we had enough, my Grandfather would sit with us and we'd braid rugs. This is just one of many fond memories I have of my time with them. I hadn't thought about our rug braiding for many years. Thank you, Drew, your write up of the Rotary Cutting Machine reminded me of the wonderful memories.
  • 7/14/2009 7:10 PM Cheryl wrote:
    My mom and I always did tons of crafts when I was little, but the one that really stands out in my mind was when we’d make Barbie hats. I would draw on styrofoam cups and mom would shrink them in the oven. I remember begging her for a few cups and a handful or markers. (We didn’t realize it was bad for the environment then, but boy was it cheap entertainment!) My Barbies were always very chic with their vast collection of hats.
  • 7/14/2009 8:10 PM Brandee Fondren wrote:
    My Grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 4 and for YEARS when I'd go home for the summers I'd make miles of chain! I think I was probably 9 or so when she taught me to sc and make something!
  • 7/14/2009 9:32 PM Jennie C. wrote:
    I think my favourite childhood craft was those pictures you'd make by wrapping little squares of tissue paper around the end of a pencil and gluing the poofs onto construction paper. I had a love/hate thing going on with rug hooking, too.
  • 7/14/2009 10:23 PM Cher wrote:
    My favorite craft as a child was making little coasters out of small tiles glued into jar lids and covered with grout. so cute. Learned it at the neighborhood park on craft day during summer vacation.
  • 7/15/2009 3:08 AM Susan Larson wrote:
    My favorite craft as a child was crocheting. My grandma taught me.
  • 7/15/2009 4:31 AM Barbara Farley wrote:
    My mom taught me to crochet as a kid and I've been doing it ever since. I wish she was alive to see some of my projects.
  • 7/15/2009 5:42 AM Kelli wrote:
    Growing up, my mom sewed a lot for my sister and me. I learned to sew by watching her, and she would let me take the little scraps that fell from the table and make clothes for my Barbies out of them (lovely sack dresses, I can tell you!). I would take my new "designs" and find a nice mossy area in the woods near our house, and have fashion shows on the "green carpet."

    My sister taught me to crochet chains as a young child, but I taught myself how to read patterns and do more advanced stuff. Now she wants me to teach her how to read patterns! What goes around, comes around!
  • 7/15/2009 6:06 AM Pat Riesenburger wrote:
    I vividly remember when a kind family friend took the time to teach me to crochet. Armed with a metal crochet hook and a bag of acrylic yarn I made a drawstring granny square purse. I had created SOMETHING from NOTHING and I felt empowered! I attended an "alternative" school ---hey, it was the early 1970's after all---and was able to crochet during class! Heaven. One sad day I accidentally dropped the crochet hook down a storm drain and was bereft....how was I going to make it through the rest of the day? Fortunately, a boy (who probably went on to invent great things) saved the day. He spit out his gum, grabbed a pencil and combined the two to reach into the drain and rescue the crochet hook. My hero.
  • 7/15/2009 6:09 AM Krista wrote:
    I loved all crafts when I was little, but I think my favorite was making dolls and doll clothes. I once made a tiny leopard print suit for my favorite stuffed toy. He was the best dressed elephant on the street.
  • 7/15/2009 6:54 AM amy wrote:
    I used to love to make God's Eyes as a kid. You take 2 sticks and wrap yarn around them in different colors to make a pattern.
  • 7/15/2009 7:40 AM Andrea wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was (and still is) crocheting. My grandmother's cousin taught me to crochet hanger covers when I was 7 years old. I started making them and selling them to buy more yarn and hangers. My addiction started very early!

    Andrea aka SpringSplndr on Ravelry
  • 7/15/2009 8:02 AM Kelli wrote:
    Growing up, my mom sewed a lot for my sister and me. I learned to sew by watching her, and she would let me take the little scraps that fell from the table and make clothes for my Barbies out of them (lovely sack dresses, I can tell you!). I would take my new "designs" and find a nice mossy area in the woods near our house, and have fashion shows on the "green carpet."

    My sister taught me to crochet chains as a young child, but I taught myself how to read patterns and do more advanced stuff. Now she wants me to teach her how to read patterns! What goes around, comes around!

    (Thanks for the idea on linking fabric strips too - I'm about to make some rugs for the house, and this will really speed things up!)
  • 7/15/2009 8:17 AM Kristin wrote:
    I loved trying out all sorts of crafts as a kid... heck, I still do. My grandmother taught my sister & me to knit when we were little, and though I didn't have the patience for it at the time, I did love playing with the yarn. My sister & I figured out finger crocheting (though we thought we were just being clever, doing a series of connected slip knots), and I loved doing a huge long chain, then finger crocheting that, and again, until it was too thick & short to do anything with. Our parents probably thought we were nuts.
  • 7/15/2009 8:27 AM Debra Bray wrote:
    When I was young, my grandmother bought me one of those loom thingies. You take the colored fabric rubber bands, and weave (in patterns) on the loom. Once finished weaving, you crochet the edges off and you have a potholder! I was fascinated by this! And I made hundreds (maybe thousands) of potholders for everyone I know.
    As an adult, I still make potholders/dishcloths - but I knit or crochet them.
    I really love this fabric cutting thing you've got! woohoo! what a fun thing THAT would be to have!
  • 7/15/2009 8:50 AM Colleen wrote:
    Growing up I lived with my grandparents. My grandmother was always sewing, crocheting or doing some type of needlework. I remember thinking she was AMAZING and wishing I could learn how to stitch.

    The day came when I was ready to learn and my Mom Mom took an old stamped embroidery cloth and turned it over and showed me a few stitches. Mom Mom told me to design my own piece, no need to follow the stamped side.

    I remember thinking long and hard about what I wanted to stitch. I painstakenly chose my colors and was so excited to get started. I decided it was going to be a suprise so I stitched in secret for days and days. I had lots of mistakes and had to pull out threads and start over but IT WAS SO WORTH IT!

    My first design ~ I was 6. It was a yellow flower, with the words I LOVE YOU MOM MOM in blue and orange (I was 6 ~ those are great colors for a 6 year old, trust me!).

    I was so excited to give it to my Mom Mom and she said it was her favorite gift ever. As I grew up I dabbled in needlework but it wasn't until I was in my early 20's that I really got back into it.

    In my mid 20's I decided to launch a career in needlework. I was getting ready to launch my company and we were having dinner at Mom Mom's. She told me how proud of me she was ~ especially since I was a lefty. Mom Mom always thought it was harder for me to learn needlework b/c I had to learn it right handed and translate.

    Then she handed me my first design. She had held on to it all these years and had it framed. She said she looked at it every day, she wanted me to have it. She wanted me to have my 1st design.

    I have the framed piece in my office alongside my models. It brings a smile to my face that my Mom Mom was my inspiration to become a professional needleworker.

    That needlework lesson has translated into thousands of hours of enjoyment, creativity, happiness and joy that I would have never know. For that I will always be thankful.
    1. 7/28/2009 11:11 AM Pam Murphy wrote:
      This is a beautiful story! Very touching. I am a grand mom mom of a youngster, a 3 year old, little man. I will set him down one day and teach him some kind of craft. Maybe the next crochet dude?!!
  • 7/15/2009 9:04 AM lahondaknitter wrote:
    I was exposed to all kinds of crafts as a child. I sewed clothes for dolls and later myself, wove potholders, glued tongue depressors together, made mosaics. I loved them all, and still do! I've added crochet and knitting to my craft repertoire. I'm now doing a lot of sewing and a fabric cutter would be a great thing to have.
  • 7/15/2009 9:10 AM Shell Lewis wrote:
    I didn't crochet until later on. As a child I loved crafts though. My favorite was making God's Eyes with yarn in the beautiful color patterns. A close second, I also made Popsicle stick projects like photo frames. I did make some of those loopy potholders but my mother banned me from them when I put about 50 loops on the family poochies neck. I was very young & thought it looked like a pretty collar!
  • 7/15/2009 9:55 AM Crow wrote:
    Hmm, hard to pick a favorite as we did so many different things. Weaving and/or god's eye making, I guess. Most of the Christmas tree was covered in ornaments my sister and I made over the years--it was great growing up with a mother who indulged our creative sides.
  • 7/15/2009 10:10 AM Tara wrote:
    My grandmother used to have those rag balls made into rugs. I remember spending many a winter Saturday cutting strips from old clothes (usually grampa's worn ovrealls), then she would sew them while I rolled the rag balls. It was very fun!

    I personally liked to knit as a child, my mom would cast onto a circular needle and I would knit round and round until my project was "done".
  • 7/15/2009 10:49 AM Elizabeth wrote:
    When I was a child, my neighbor was a seamstress. She used to save all her scraps and give them to mee. I used to sew clothes for my barbies, by sew I mean tie knots. Because my neighbor made lots of evening clothes, I got to play with silks, satin, velvets. I'm pretty sure I had the best dressed barbies on the block.
  • 7/15/2009 12:43 PM Kathy Beaumont wrote:
    I learned embroidery at about age 8. Is till love stitching in the form of counted cross stitch. My Mom also taught me to make rag rugs like she did when she was a kid. The prospect of doing that again, in addition to a new material to knit with, is thrilling!
  • 7/15/2009 3:10 PM Joan Murray wrote:
    My favorite craft when a kid was huck embroidery. As a craft project in Camp Fire Girls we did huck embroidery towels (face towel size), and that was fun. I even did a lap blanket size one, took me forever and a day. Then my grandmother taught me to crochet, and the rest is history.

    I weave rag rugs and that cutter would really come in handy, I am only so accurate with scissors.

  • 7/15/2009 5:15 PM Chris622 wrote:
    Well I have to tell you..I was one of those kids that had to do everything. I did needlepoint, plastercraft, crochet, and pencil drawing that I can remember right off the top of my head. Oh..hook rug, paint wooden Christmas ornaments..I knew I'd think of more. I'm a Gemini..I think it was just my personality. This looks like something cool to do.
  • 7/15/2009 6:04 PM Cora Shaw wrote:
    I used to do finger crochet. It was a tone of fun and I made enough of the chains to make two household rugs.
  • 7/16/2009 11:20 AM Mark wrote:
    Cool idea. My wife and I would love this as we both love artsy crafts.
  • 7/16/2009 11:21 AM Cheryl Perry wrote:
    My childhood favorite was sewing and making little animals from felt. I come from a crafty family, so my mom, gramma and I were always doing something. Remember the Macrame' owls???
  • 7/16/2009 11:21 AM Kim Quan wrote:
    How clever! I think I'll recycle some of my kid's worn out clothing into a little bowl like that. It'd sure be easier with that cool rotary cutter.
  • 7/16/2009 11:22 AM Margaret Fraleigh wrote:
    Hi Drew
    Thought I'd drop by to say hi. Would love to be included in your draw. The items sound really interesting.
  • 7/16/2009 11:23 AM maxine wrote:
    I think my fave childhood craft was making friendship pins with beads.
  • 7/16/2009 11:24 AM Jill Kellerman wrote:
    In Girl Scouts we used to take eggshells and decoupage pictures on them, and then place them into jewelry oval frames for necklaces- grandmas LOVED them. And I hate to add in a second craft, BUT how about gluing macaroni onto boxes and spraying it GOLD!
    1. 2/9/2011 4:25 PM Charlotte wrote:
      Boy, that brought back memories! Our VBS teacher had us choose a shape and fill it with elbow & shell macaroni. After it dried she spray painted the projects gold. We were 5 years old so we thought they were so fancy! My grandmother went on about it and had it hanging in her kitchen until most of the macaroni came off. I had forgotten all about that so thanks for reminding me!
  • 7/16/2009 11:25 AM Kelsie Butler wrote:
    My favorite craft was crochet and knitting. My grandmother taught me when I was 4 and I started making clothes and blankets for all my dolls. I still have several of the things I made back then and plan on giving them to my daughter when she gets old enough so that I can teach her.
  • 7/16/2009 11:27 AM Margaret Fraleigh wrote:
    My childhood craft was helping a group my Mom belong to called the Syne League.
    They made braided rag rugs. I helped cut the strips from old clothing they would collect and sort. Then I helped tie the strips together for the ladies to braid into rugs. The rugs were amazing to watch the colours emerge in beautiful patterns. It was a wonderful time.
  • 7/16/2009 11:29 AM jill warren wrote:
    I started with macrame at about age 10 and then asked my grandmother to teach me to knit. I haven't stopped, except to teach myself to crochet so I can combine both for all of my beautiful creations....
  • 7/16/2009 11:30 AM Helen wrote:
    I suppose drawing was my favorite crafty thing to do as a child. My grandma, bless her soul, tried to teach me to crochet. We were both left-handed, so I wish I had paid more attention. I could manage a starting chain, but that was about it. I hope she is pleased that I've finally made it past that. I still haven't made a ripple afgan yet, which is what she mostly created.
  • 7/16/2009 11:32 AM Lee wrote:
    My favorite craft was making circular Christmas ornament out of old Christmas cards. You cut out circles from the cards, used a triangle template to fold the edges up and then attached the folded edges together. Hard to explain. A few years ago I saw a Martha Stewart kit for making these very same "vintage" ornaments. Boy, do I feel old.
  • 7/16/2009 11:33 AM Sandy wrote:
    my favourite childhood craft was making daisy chains...
    Every summer we would go camping with my grandparents, usually on the oregon or Washington State coast... We would go to the 'green space' of the campgrounds and collect those little tiny daisies that grew there, and grandma would sit with us and we'd make chains for everyone. Yes, the dads were forced to wear them too.
    I have the most wonderful memories of camping with my grandma
  • 7/16/2009 11:33 AM Dena wrote:
    I loved to do a lot of crafts as a child but one really sticks in my mind and that was carving a bar of soap into whatever I was moved to make. Sometimes I'd have whales or maybe a flower, my options and efforts were limitless!! The other tie for favourite craft was to create holiday decorations for the different holidays although Christmas and Thanksgiving were my favourites. I would use whatever my mother had available, pinecones, sticks, coloured paper, glitter, etc. I do these things still today altho the soap carvings are something my kids do now and we all love to make things for the Fall & Winter seasons.
  • 7/16/2009 11:42 AM ginny wrote:
    Thanks for this lesson, Drew! I am obsessed with crocheting bowls with recycled fabric. I wonder how the rotary cutter would work with sheets or men's shirts? I've also been crocheting bowls with plarn and wonder if the rotary cutter would help speed up the process of making plastic yarn.
  • 7/16/2009 11:43 AM Sandra Rackley wrote:
    I loved to make pictures with all different shapes of macaroni---then spray paint it with various metal colors....made wonderful picture frames and fancy decoration on the boarders of mirrors. Later my mother added different colored died beans and other type of dried items (small seeds, pine cones, grasses)...was really fun and wonderful to explore all different textures and shapes!! Made lots of birthday and Christmas presents to Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles!!! s
  • 7/16/2009 11:45 AM Gail E aka the Stitcn 'n Frog wrote:
    My favorite first craft was crocheting with thread. My grandmother taught me, and I wanted to be like her so I could win prizes at the fair too. I was so proud when she pronounced me good enough to give me one of her steel hooks and a ball of thread!

    With thread I crocheted doilies, fillet, clothing accessories, pincushions, soap bags, and whatever else caught my attention.

    She also crocheted beautiful rag rugs. Something I did not learn until much later in my life, even though I've always loved them. There is nothing more satisfying than stripping old clothing to crochet a rag rug, bowl, placemats, or hot pads. Every time you notice the fabric in one, you remember where it came from, who it belonged to, and that leads you to remember the good things about the person and era that they wore or used the item.

    Next came cross stitch. Again my grandmother, and my mother too, had a hand in teaching me. Those were my two most loved craft, until I discovered counted cross stitch and needlework.

    About that same time I found Yarn!

    Since then I've crocheted everything from baby blankets, clothing & accessories for our children, accessories and clothing for my husband and myself, afghans, lapghans, toys, and all types of things to give away and/or donate, in yarn and thread.

    Also in my early 30's I learned to knit and have knitted quite a bit, tho nothing has overtaken my love of crochet.

    While living in Hawaii I found poured and thrown ceramics. Had a blast making them, selling them, giving them away, and even kept a few~

    All through the years, since I was six years old, no matter what new craft I found, crochet has always been with me. And I hope it will until my last days~
  • 7/16/2009 11:46 AM laurie wrote:
    count me in for a prize-dude!
    Didn't craft until much later in life, will that make me ineligible? Then when i did start I painted gourds, knitted and hooked rugs..
  • 7/16/2009 11:48 AM Pat R wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was spool knitting, with making potholders on that little loom a close second! I did make a rag rug once, as a gift, and that bowl is really neat! Think of it in black and orange for Halloween - thanks for the pattern, Dude!
  • 7/16/2009 11:50 AM Rita Goshorn wrote:
    granma taught me crochet when i was 6 and i was soon making doll clothes, hats and bags, bedding, dishes for my 'babies' and 'kids' and for me and my sisters and friends. happy times then! and for all the years since, crocheting for more than 60 years for family and friends, and sometimes profit.
  • 7/16/2009 11:56 AM Becky wrote:
    I used to love to make the Christmas wreaths out of sandwich bags and then decorate them with candy canes and a red bow.
  • 7/16/2009 12:02 PM Veronica wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was crochet, my grandma taught me. We both still crochet. I also made lots of those "god's eye" things with the popsicle sticks and variegated yarn
  • 7/16/2009 12:02 PM Michelle Endsley wrote:
    I would have to say that weaving pot holders was my favorite childhood craft. I have since graduated to more sophisticated methods of crafting, but I still have fond memories of the billions of pot holders I made for my entire family.
  • 7/16/2009 12:06 PM Julie Ann Smith wrote:
    Hey Drew....you're the bomb. I keep showing your picture to my husband and showing him that you're a crochet designer, that one day I'm hoping he'll pick up the hand carved hook I had made for him. Keep up the good work.!! God bless!
  • 7/16/2009 12:20 PM Patty Bowman wrote:
    At the age of five(I am now 47), my great-grandmother began teaching me to embroider and crochet. I loved her dearly. At six, she began teaching me to quilt. Of course, each item we made together was hand sewn. My mother was amazed that she could do this, as I was a tomboy and had no interest in ohter things to do with becoming a homemaker.

    Whenever I work on any project now, I sometimes get tears in my eyes just remembering the time I spent learning from her. From time to time, I go through all the items we made together and bring them out to display in each room of our house.
  • 7/16/2009 12:26 PM ellen wrote:
    My mommy told me when I was young, I was very gifted. I use to make those pot holders that you had to weave by hand for her...lol. I also remember at a very young age, I drew each of the Beatles faces on 8 x 11 typing paper. Being such a generous child too, I gave them to my school teacher. Wished today I would have kept 'em to see just 'how artistic' I was back then. Playing Barbie, I would add on to her & Ken's house with cardboard boxes, cutting them and making shelves, books and furniture. I'd cut & glue fabric on the chairs my mother would let me have. Being raised in the 50's and 60's, I just did my own thing. Thanks for your bowl tutorial and congratulations on your national launching on August 1st! =^:^=
  • 7/16/2009 12:30 PM Pam Asberry wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was quilting. My grandmother taught me how to piece by hand using shapes cut from cardboard templates. Now I use rotary cutters, mats and the sewing machine to piece my quilts, but I have fond memories of those summer afternoons at my grandmother's side!
  • 7/16/2009 12:36 PM Annie Millett wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was of course, crochet. I learned when I was a young child. I also did weaving, cross stitch, macrame, and sewing, but crochet has always been my favorite. Cute bowl Drew, nice job!
  • 7/16/2009 12:38 PM Marion Sumner wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was embroidery.
  • 7/16/2009 12:42 PM Sue wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was plastic canvas. I could build furniture for my dolls, make little holder for my markers, etc. To me it was like a girlie lego set!
  • 7/16/2009 12:44 PM Kate Smith wrote:
    Hands down,no question: woven potholders. We must have made a million of those things.

    I made two watermelon half circle kitchen rag rugs for my mom and grandma when I was 30, and you'd have thought I'd gotten them diamond rings. Crocheting with rags is a workout, but the results are great!
  • 7/16/2009 12:45 PM bev barron wrote:
    when i was a kid, my father would make
    a knitting spool for me by putting four
    nails in a wooden thread spool. i loved
    making long ropes, but i never actually
    made an item as nobody could show me how.
  • 7/16/2009 12:48 PM Toni wrote:
    Oh, I so remember my grandmother and grandfather and the quilts they worked on together. They used chairs to lay them across and tie them as she got older. She also taught me crochet. Forward many years to me. My first love is crocheting, 2nd is quilting. But, unfortunately it is very hard for me now with my hands and RA to work the rotary cutter, so my quilting is getting less and less and less. Love the bowl and turtorial and all the memories it brought back of rag rugs and potholders and many things from my childhood. Can't wait to see the new pattern line!!! Good for you!
  • 7/16/2009 12:57 PM Laura Chesley wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was a bday present - the potholder maker loom thingy! It came with a large bag of circular strips that hooked on to each side of the loom. I made tons of those! It was my first exposure to needle crafts - without the needle!
  • 7/16/2009 1:21 PM Carol A. wrote:
    This sounds like a wonderful gadget to have! My great-grandmother made rag rugs all the time & I still have 4 used regularly in my house. I have been collecting polyester fabric (holds up better for rugs & doesn't ravel like cotton) to start making up my own rugs. This would be a great gadget to have. Where can these be purchased? Simplicity? BTW I love your work!
  • 7/16/2009 1:27 PM Andrea wrote:
    Love the rotary cutter! My fav childhood craft was latch hooking! I don't like it now, but I could do that for hours
  • 7/16/2009 1:30 PM Colee Rylant wrote:
    My all time favorite was the little plastic loom with the loops that made potholders. Except.. I didnt know how to finish them and get them off the loom. So I'd just take all the loops off and start again. =)
  • 7/16/2009 1:31 PM Cyndi wrote:
    My grandmother taught me to crochet, so I did a lot of that (and loved it). My mom taught me to knit. I went back and forth as to not get bored. To this day, I do the same thing! Am crocheting right now, but in 2 or 3 projects, I'm sure I'll knit a thing or two. Love you
  • 7/16/2009 1:31 PM Jackie W wrote:
    That basket you made is colorful & functional. I am interested in making rugs and baskets.
  • 7/16/2009 1:48 PM Cindy Brick wrote:
    I remember sitting in the shade of the tree, cross-stitching on this grimy piece of cloth stuck in a hoop...but I did learn how to do needlework!
  • 7/16/2009 2:00 PM Debi R. wrote:
    I had many favorite childhood crafts, from painting, to sidewalk drawing, to making lanyards at camp, to sewing, and crocheting. I'm in my second childhood and I still sew and crochet. I make different kinds of quilts and crochet up a storm. I make lots of charity items but I also have a craft business that makes me some pocket money, usually enough to keep me and mine in stitches. Ha ha.
    Debi R.
  • 7/16/2009 2:07 PM Marie wrote:
    All I can say is WOW. I love the bowl. When I first saw the fabric, I didn't think it would make a pretty basket, boy was I wrong.
    Please enter me into the drawing too.
  • 7/16/2009 2:18 PM Rita Hughett wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was making those potholders on the metal looms with those stretchy loops. Then I went to Vacation Bible School and was introduced to all kinds of crafts. Sewing pillows that were smocked on checkeredboard material, making little bibles out of Ivory Soap, etc. Later I taught myself how to crochet when I got the money to buy my first crochet book. It was such fun. While other kids were out running the streets you could always find me home making something.
  • 7/16/2009 2:20 PM Joanne K wrote:
    I loved making lanyards at summer camp, especially the "hard" patterns. As I got into high school, it was making purses out of my old blue jeans and decorating hooded sweatshirts with bits of lace.

    Thanks for entering me in the drawing!
  • 7/16/2009 2:53 PM Janet Ford wrote:
    This looks fabulous. I do a lot of cutting of fabric strips and this looks like it would make that job much easier. Thank you so much for your review.
  • 7/16/2009 4:22 PM Mary Petit wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was making pot holders on a very simple four sided loom using pieces of pre-fabricated fabric (stretchy) loops. My friends and I would sit for hours weaving these loops onto the frame and then crocheting them off. When we had made several dozen or these pot holders we would go door to door to the neighbors selling them for a quarter. We used the money to purchase more fabric loops. I think every household in the neighborhood and all of our family members had more pot holders then anyone ever could use.
  • 7/16/2009 4:52 PM Maria Dentino wrote:
    One of my favorite crafts as a kid was finger knitting. I never knew what to do with the loosely knit strips though.
  • 7/16/2009 4:56 PM Debbie Seda wrote:
    My favorite craft was crocheting & knitting with my MOM. She was left handed, I'm a righty! The fun was who was doing it right! She had this twist at the bottom of her knitted sts. We could not figure out how they got there LOL! So after a while she decided Crocheting was Much easier and not more twisted sts. LOL!
  • 7/16/2009 5:22 PM Carol Riley wrote:
    I think the first thing I remember making was a drawstring apron. I made it while in 4H Club when I was 7-9 yrs old. I continued to sew and loved every minute. Eventually making my own patterns (as a teen) from paper grocery bags, butcher paper or newsprint. Basically, whatever I could get my hands on and tape together, if it wasn't big enough for the pattern piece. I miss sewing; I had to stop about 18 yrs ago due to back surgery. Ahhhh, the good old days. However, now I can devote all my time to crochet! (and maybe a little knitting)
  • 7/16/2009 5:46 PM Charles wrote:
    I really like your fabric basket. My favourite childhood craft was needlepoint and rug hooking.
  • 7/16/2009 6:30 PM BECKY MERRILL wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was sewing. I was the middle of 5 girls and we all made our own doll clothes and then a couple of us graduated to our own clothes. I wanted to be a designer back then. Maybe I should think about that again.
  • 7/16/2009 7:52 PM Laura Larkin wrote:
    I learned to "knit" when I was about 6 yrs old. Unfortunately,my ability to keep an even tension on my stitches took longer to develop than my knowledge of how to make the stitches so not all my completed projects were easily identifiable, and none wearable until I learned to control the tension several years later.
  • 7/16/2009 9:07 PM Janet Stuckey wrote:
    We I was little, my mom took me to my first craft fair and told me that I could buy one thing. I chose some sort of needle punch thing and from then on I was hooked. She taught me to crochet after that and it is all I do now.
  • 7/16/2009 9:18 PM Sue wrote:
    I learned to crochet when I was in 3rd grade. I crocheted miles and miles (and miles) of chain stiches. Oh how I wish I had that patience now.
  • 7/16/2009 9:26 PM marilyn g wrote:
    I can't say that I had just one favorite craft as my mom kept us busy with all kinds of things. But if I had to pick just one it would have to sewing. I was in 4-H and every I won a blue ribbon for clothing [5 years in a row] and was always in the running for state competition. Unfortunately, I never made it-always the evening wear won.
  • 7/16/2009 9:43 PM Melissa wrote:
    My gran bought me a cross stitch kit when I was about 8 years old and I was hooked! I still have the sets I made and oh boy they're funny!!
  • 7/16/2009 10:18 PM Terry Stites wrote:
    We did all sorts of crafty things as kids. My favorite was weaving potholders using the cloth rings and a small loom.
  • 7/16/2009 10:45 PM Debra wrote:
    When I was a teen I very much enjoyed knitting slippers for myself and my younger brothers each winter. Also,one year I sewed stuffed animals for my younger brothers and they were so much fun to make! I mostly enjoy making things when I am making them to give away.
  • 7/16/2009 10:52 PM Karin wrote:
    I loved anything involving yarn but especially cranking away on my Mattel Knitter (yes, another 70s child)!!
  • 7/16/2009 11:18 PM Nancy Fennell wrote:
    I learned to crochet from my next door neighbor when I was real little. She did doilies and I was enthralled with them. She was very patient and the best teacher you could have. She has been gone for many years, but I think of her often when I crochet today.
  • 7/16/2009 11:57 PM De'Anna wrote:
    Learning to crochet very young is for sure up there but, there is one craft I did w/ my grandma when I was even younger. She would babysit us while mom worked and one day when my sister and I got there she called us into the kitchen and helped us do up a cake mix to use all of our play dishes/pans to make all of these lil tiny cakes and muffins. That is when they were all made like real pans. Over 40 years ago and still a great memory..My grandma rocked and at that moment it proves it all!!! LOL
    Thanks for letting me go back in time Crochet Dude!!
  • 7/17/2009 12:09 AM Mary Lou N. wrote:
    I used to macrame when I was younger. Now I love to crochet. Always excited to find new ideas.
  • 7/17/2009 2:54 AM Marsha Aronson wrote:
    Before I learned how to crochet, my friends and I used to make woven bookmarks (or doll shawls.)

    We would cut a strip of cardboard into a long rectangular shape (at least 5" long and no more than 1- 1-1/2" wide), then push straight pins into the edges, kind of like teeth - the same number on both edges, of course, about 1/8 to 1/16" apart.

    We would then wind yarn back and forth between the pins to make our "warp" yarns. Then we would use a contrasting color yarn and "thread" it through a bobby pin, and thread it over and under, over and under, back and forth across and back. We would push down each of those rows using the bobby pin, so the weave would be relatively tight.

    At the end, we would simply tie off the ends and remove the straight pins. Voila! Very pretty hand-woven bookmarks!
  • 7/17/2009 6:34 AM Lettetia wrote:
    I am so happy to hear your books will be out August 1st! Congratulations and keep up the good work, Drew.

    I have never had a problem making projects from your patterns and the crocheted bowl looks to be a perfect "little something" to add to everyone on my gift/swap lists.

    Thanks a bunch for all of the great designs.
  • 7/17/2009 6:45 AM Michaelene Gallen wrote:
    As a child of 8 I recall teaching myself to make potholders using bags of "loops" and a metal loom. My family had little money and I never knew what an "allowance" meant but I knew I could go around the neighborhood and sell those little potholders for 15-25 cents (depending on my sales pitch & the neighbor). To this day I have the know-how to 'make my own allowance' no matter the circumstances!
  • 7/17/2009 7:01 AM Beth wrote:
    I guess my fondest memory of a craft would be making candles in my Dads garage when I was 11. We made such a mess and all my Dad did was laugh.
  • 7/17/2009 7:11 AM Jill Raum wrote:
    All time favorite craft project--the Pop Can hat! Made one in 1977-Pepsi Cola with red yarn. I still have it!
  • 7/17/2009 7:16 AM Linda Rohland wrote:
    Thanks for asking......i started out making those pot holders on a metal loom !!!!! Thank at 13 i was taught how to crochet by my Aunt (my mother was in the hospital at that time). I learned to crochet with bedspread weight thread !!!! I'm now 61 and still crocheting all these years. Learned to sew on a threadle machine in high school and still sewing. I have made rag rugs and i had to hand cut all those strips....sure would love to win the strip cutter machine.
    Boy did you take me back in time !!!!!
  • 7/17/2009 7:44 AM Charlene wrote:
    Oh wow this cutter is awesome . This would sure be nice , as Im an Above Knee Amputte since 2006 and being 64 yrs old now I fell and broke my wrist in half I couldnt have surgery cause of my brittle bone diease this would be awesome to have in my craft work make it easier on me with limited use of my right hand . Where can i get one these ?. if not to high priced . My aunt taught me crochet, making rugs also sewing when i was young I thank her for teaching me . Your so talented I enjoy your site and get excited when I have email from you .I know youve emailed out something great ! You dont see or hear of many Men doing crafts thats awesome your awesome . Keep up good work !
    Yes i know what you mean about high Electric bill haha its very Hot In Texas Im in East Texas !
    Many Blessings to you ...
    1. 7/28/2009 11:22 AM Pam Murphy wrote:
      Hi Charlene! I found the price at Walmart for 70 bucks. Other places are like 10 bucks more. Not to cheap really!

      FYI. Just so you know You are an inspiration. I think I would die of loneliness for needles or hook if I could not use both my hands while waiting for my wrist to heal. May Yours Heal Fast and Beautifully. Pam
  • 7/17/2009 8:15 AM Lietta wrote:
    Yes! I can certainly use the rotary cutter to cut through some monumental fabric tasks I've set out for myself - cutting up years worth of clothing to make rag rugs and quilts.

    And thank you Dude, for the helpful hint to speed up putting fabric strips together!
  • 7/17/2009 8:51 AM Sandy L wrote:
    My grandmother (Nonna to me) taught me how to crochet. She knit mostly, but it was too slow for me. I crocheted for many, many years and finally taught myself to knit! I love both and will pass them down to my granchildren (God willing). Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous little machine!
  • 7/17/2009 8:54 AM Jeanne M. Sprague wrote:
    Love your basket
  • 7/17/2009 10:21 AM Sherri wrote:
    Great review and project you shared!

    My fav childhood craft would have to be home-made paper dolls... Being inspired by the paper dolls that used to come in old issues of McCall's magazine! I would cut out their dolls and then also make my own by finding other people in magazines and catalogs. My paper dolls even had a fully furnished house (again using items cut from magazines and catalogs), which was actually an old photo album.

    I so wish this would have been saved1 I would love to look through it now.
  • 7/17/2009 11:37 AM Liz Parsons wrote:
    Sewing! I started sewing at 6,knitting at 7. The rest is history...I love every craft and so thankful I'm able to do them.

    The cutter is amazing. Hadn't seen it before today so thanks for blogging about it.
  • 7/17/2009 11:51 AM Connie Fish wrote:
    My favorite craft as a child was making potholders on a loom. Later, my mom tried to teach me crochet, but my gauge was way too tight & I couldn't even get the hook in the next space! When I grew up & tried again, my gauge was just right & I've been crocheting ever since. The strip cutter would be marvelous & I really like the bowl pattern you posted. Thanks for letting me enter.
  • 7/17/2009 1:25 PM Judy LeVang wrote:
    When I was little, I loved to help my neighbor make garden crafts. She also taught me to sew. She would let me use her scraps to make clothes for my Barbie doll! I have graduated to sewing clothes and quilts. I am just now learning how to crochet and must admit that I am fascinated with it. I love all of the lovely things that can be created by a simple string of yarn or fabric! Thank you for all of the patterns and technique guides. They have been invaluable to me. I am excited for you that you have new sponsors for the Knit and Crochet Show!
    I LOVE that show. Only wish y'all would show the stitches a little slower... I have a hard time keepin up! Loving all you do....Judy
  • 7/17/2009 2:21 PM Pam Singhal wrote:
    Every year at Christmas, we would get the old phone book and fold the pages to make a tree, then our mom would spray paint it. I can't remember how to fold the pages now. I also now why my mom always wanted one made -- it kept four little girls very busy!
  • 7/17/2009 3:15 PM Jane Stout wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft would have to be crochet. But before that was creating things with the old popsicle sticks that were plastic and had the holes in them so that you could put them together. That brings back lots of memories.
  • 7/17/2009 4:20 PM Dianne Unterbrink wrote:
    I lived on a farm growing up, and used to make things from plants. I'd try to dye pcs. of material mom gave me, or I'd make "daisy chain" crowns. Pressed flowers and made them into note cards, or glued them to candles. My grandmother taught me to crochet, then all other crafts were too young. This was a "grown up" craft and I was hooked.
  • 7/17/2009 5:20 PM Jana Mauney wrote:
    The bowl is beautiful. I remember seeing rugs made like this a long time ago, but I never learned how to make them. The people who started that skill truly knew how to use everything they had to make beautiful and useful things for their homes.
  • 7/17/2009 8:50 PM Wania wrote:
    I make many works with strips of fabric.
    This machine must be good to cut cotton fabrics. For synthetic fabrics I have an electric tool that cuts without leaving leftovers in the edges. I cut those of cotton with manual scissors. I don't know any machine here in Brazil that cuts those of cotton.

    Your basket are beautiful.
    Happy weekend.
  • 7/17/2009 10:42 PM Diane L wrote:
    The crafty gene skipped from my grandmother's generation to mine. My mom, was a wonderful baker, but not really a crafter. Grams tried to teach me to crochet when I was older, but I couldn't seem to get it. Fast forward 30 years (yikes) and I finally learned not only to crochet, but to knit and quilt as well. Grams would be so proud....
  • 7/18/2009 10:57 AM Deb Benz-Buchholz wrote:
    I learned to embroider when I was 4, knit when I was 5, hand sewing when I was six, machine sewing when I was 8. for some reason, I could not learn to crochet from my mother, but taught myself when I was 12. I really don't have a favorite, I like pretty much all crafts. Didn't learn to quilt until I was 50.
    I would love to have the rotary cutting machine as I really like to crochet with fabric. You are so lucky to have the chance to test it.
  • 7/18/2009 3:03 PM Eileen wrote:
    What a fun product!

    My favorite childhood craft? That would depend on what age you define as childhood. It seems that I had a new one every year. lol. I guess the one I stuck with longest was sewing.
  • 7/18/2009 4:08 PM Jacklyn Kowal wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft (60 some years ago!") was making dolls from hollyhock flowers & gluing popsicle sticks to make tables & chairs for dollhouses. As a teenager I went to a convent boarding school & the nuns taught me to crochet then. Would love to have that cutter as I've been wanting to crochet a rug from rags like my mother-in-law did during the Great Depression - just hate the thought of hand-cutting all those rags into enough strips!
  • 7/18/2009 5:33 PM Krystal Ball wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was making potholders for my mom from those little looms and loops things. I would sit for hours doing that. And the best part was gifting it to my mom who always ooooh'ed and ahhhh'ed over them and told me how fabulous their were.
  • 7/18/2009 7:23 PM Kacy wrote:
    Alright, I know this is lame but...my favorite childhood craft was making oil and water displays in empty glass or plastic bottles. I would use food coloring in the water, and sometimes I would put little plastic rings in there to float on top. I'vr always had a weird "thing" for water.
  • 7/19/2009 7:52 AM Denise wrote:
    It is really hard to pick a favorite childhood craft. My mom loved all things crafty so she made sure we had all the beads, yarn, fabric, glue and drawing things we could ever want. But I guess my absolute fave would have been doing painted embroidery. She would iron on designs on denim or cotton and we would use these paint tubes to color them in. Kept us busy for hours. Mom was a smart woman!
  • 7/19/2009 11:06 AM Kysha Plante wrote:
    My favorite craft was drawing and coloring. I also loved clay and playdoh. I learned to cross stitch when I was 7 so that became my favorite after that. I still cross stitch almost every day. So 23 years of stitching qualifies that as my all time favorite craft I guess.
  • 7/19/2009 12:43 PM Donna Bailes wrote:
    It's hard to pick out a favorite childhood craft as weekends with my Grandmother were full of hand sewing, embroidery,crochet,knitting,cross stitch,latch hook,and quilting. My cousins and I spent hours making costumes and putting on plays. These are the fondest memories of my childhood.
  • 7/19/2009 1:34 PM Sue wrote:
    When I was a kid I drew a lot, made things out of paper (like paper dolls), and crocheted. I liked making those potholders that you have to weave with the little fabric loops too. I was a very crafty kid.
  • 7/19/2009 2:27 PM Carol wrote:
    What a wonderful review! I saw this cutter just yesterday and was intrigued but your post opened up the possiblities and now I will need to go back and get one of these. It would be great for using with my Tube Turner!

    The comments have been a trip down memory lane having done most of these and many others like waxing fall leaves and makeing roses from crepe paper streamers. My mother was also left handed so I did not learn to crochet until I was a teen and my grandmother taught me but it is the one that I always go back to the most. I look forward to trying out your basket pattern as I just finished the glass flip flops and loved doing them.

    Ha! I remember my grandmother tying my hair with strips of fabric so I would have ringlets the next day.
  • 7/19/2009 3:52 PM Michelle wrote:
    I think my first childhood crafting love was cross stitch. With those cheap little kids from the drugstore (Woolworth's I think it was!), my mom and I would choose one together, have lunch at the drugstore counter, then walk home and I'd start crafting. Fun times. Thanks for the chance to reminisce, and a chance to win a great new product.
  • 7/19/2009 5:43 PM Pam Murphy wrote:
    Hi Guys and Dolls! I've been away to Pigeon Forge, Tenn and hope the contest is still open.

    Growing up we were poor and there wasn't any money for crafts but I learned to crochet from Nana when I was about 7. As young mom I taught myself to knit from a instructional book. One of the things my Nana did with me, when a youngster, was to tear up strips of material to crochet with, all hand done. We made small rugs, pot holders, place mats, stuff like that. Never made a bowl, though! I loved visiting my grandparents farm house in Maine and eating home made chocolate pudding and donuts! She was very crafty. My favorite were her dolls made from leftover material and yarn. Their faces were embroidered and so pretty.

    Good Luck Everyone!

    Have a good evening,
    Pam Murphy
  • 7/20/2009 12:16 AM Heather wrote:
    One favorite craft as a child? Oh how hard to be limited. I would have to say making cards and whatnot decorated with pressed flowers. I made tons of holiday gifts that way.
  • 7/20/2009 4:37 AM Chloe wrote:
    Although I really liked making gods-eyes, friendship bracelets were totally my favourite craft growing up. I had no idea I was actually doing macramé. Actually, the friendship bracelets I made were pretty nice, I should break out my embroidery floss and make a couple more.
  • 7/20/2009 10:32 AM Judith Gellerstein wrote:
    My favorite craft as a child was always crocheting!
  • 7/20/2009 12:51 PM drew emborsky wrote:
    *contest is now closed*

    I would love to hear about your childhood crafts so please leave a comment; however, comments left after this one will not qualify for the rotary machine giveaway.

  • 7/21/2009 3:16 PM Pat Hunnell wrote:
    My fav childhood craft was embroidery, I felt pretty punished when I had to stay at my grandma's for the summer I was 9 until she decided I needed to learn needlework. Guess I was way too uncivilized (she was right now I think about this!) and not very ladylike (still aren't ) so she bought me a dresser scarf, floss and a needle and sat me down. Much to both our amazement I was fascinated and kept on with the craft all summer and still have that dresser scarf today, 45 years later. I went on in later years to crochet, knit and needlepoint and have Grandma to thank for getting me started, she was able to see that my creativity and energy needed to be focused in a positive way and I will always be grateful.
  • 7/22/2009 8:07 AM JustGail wrote:
    Hi - long-time lurker here, just recently getting up enough nerve to comment on blogs. My favorite childhood crafts - drawing/coloring and embroidery. in grade school, I started sewing a bit. I learned embroidery and sewing from my mom. My grandmother crocheted, but didn't live nearby, so I missed out on learning when young. I have done a bit of it as an adult, along with trying to learn knitting, and trying more types of needlework.

    I'm glad that you've reviewed the cutter, there's been quite a few discussions on it and the bias tape maker, with the consensus being (at least among those who sew mostly garments) - get it only if you need miles of bias, or are one who must have the latest new gadget. I think I'd like the cutter, but not so sure about the bias tape maker.

    Thanks for taking the time to write your blog.

  • 7/22/2009 9:41 AM Flora wrote:
    My grandmother taught me to “smock” using gingham fabric. We would draw the corners of the light or dark squares of the fabric together in a way that looked like very intricate tucks, so it made a very nice pattern. Then she would make throw pillows from our smocking. I have some unfinished pillow tops she made. Humm… think I’ll get them out and see if I can remember how we did this. I enjoy your blog, thanks.
  • 7/23/2009 4:54 PM Carol wrote:
    Most of my craftiness came from the kitchen during my childhood, although I did have a grandmother who taught me to crochet one summer. 20 years and a supportive husband later I have returned to crochet as my primary craft.
  • 7/23/2009 9:53 PM Linsay C wrote:
    I grew up sewing with my mom and grandma. Now that they are both gone I feel their presence as I sew today.
  • 7/25/2009 3:31 PM Katina H wrote:
    My favorite childhood craft was sewing dresses for my Barbie doll. My Mom taught us how to use the sewing machine when I was about 7 or 8 years old and it wasn't long until I had that "straight" stitch down!!
  • 7/28/2009 11:36 AM Pam Murphy wrote:
    Hey peeps.

    Here is a video on this dandy tool:

  • 7/30/2009 1:44 PM CQMadhatter wrote:
    I had several favorites growing up as both my parents were creative. I loved doing the crochet with fabric scraps.
    I did a lampshade with fabric strips of shiny metallic lame strips and wove them over a cord base-still resides in my living room...thanks for bringing the memories back!
  • 8/1/2009 4:08 PM Andrea Harvey wrote:
    When I was a child my fondest memories are of sitting on a stool next to my Gramma watching her crochet and weave scraps of fabric into beautiful mats, rugs and chair pads.

    My father had passed away just before I turned 2 and I remember how my Mother struggled to support my brother and I. My brother was a few years older than I and started school that year. I was jealous that I could not go as well. While he went to school and my Mother worked, I spent my days with my Gramma.

    My Gramma crocheted intricate thread table cloths and bedspreads since she was very young but age and arthritis had caught up with her and she could no longer handle the hooks and thread so she started making colorful rugs and accessories out of strips of material, cut, torn and lovingly matched together to create rugs which were more art than everyday items. I wish she could see the basket you created; she would have been amazed at the beauty and inventiveness of it.

    She started teaching me to make strips and weave my own little rugs to keep me occupied but my little hands and imagination seemed to take off and soon it became a work of love and quiet understanding as we shared our grief for my father and comforted each other by working with our hands.

    Gramma passed away when I was about 4, so I don't know how old I was when she handed me her spare pair of shears and started teaching me to cut and tear strips of cloth for her. She suffered greatly from her arthritis, but I never tired of watching how those gnarled and misshapen hands put so much love and talent into each and every scrap. She put aside most of my scraps as being too “special” for a rug. After I had grown into a young girl I realized that the basket of special scraps I made were actually what would be considered rejects by most people but she always made me feel like everything I did was as special as that basket of scraps. She would even take the scraps from the basket and lovingly piece together scrap dolls, ribbons and bows for my hair, animal figures, braided jump ropes and all kinds of things a little girl would love.

    After she passed away I no longer made my basket of scraps. Now, years later with my own hands all gnarled and misshapen and finding it harder to handle a crochet hook, I’ve started looking up patterns and methods for making rag rugs. Over the years I’ve remembered those days at my Grammas side and saved my own children’s out grown pj’s they wore as I tucked them into bed each night, the first home made Halloween costumes they nearly wore to pieces playing in after the Halloween eve début. So many memories in that pile of scrap material, I can’t wait to dig in.

    I’ve seen several types of devices that will make strips out of fabric but haven’t decided on one. I’ve not seen the one you tried out, but who knows, with any luck maybe I will win! Wouldn’t that be something? LOL…. Thanks Drew for my walk down memory lane.
  • 8/5/2009 1:00 PM simone wrote:
    That looks a lot easier than cutting or tearing the cloth into strips. I have ripped and cut with scissors and I have a big collection of old jeans I'd like to recycle into rugs or bowls. I really like your bowl pattern.
  • 10/22/2009 12:46 PM Andrea McMann wrote:
    Thanks so much for that no-sew method! I love rag rugs and such, but HATE having to sew them together. And that bowl is adorable!!
  • 11/8/2009 11:36 AM Debbie wrote:
    My mother, who has now passed on, thread crocheted beautiful arm chair and head rest covers with roses. It fascinated me that a simple thread could turn into a flower like magic! I only learned to chain stitch from her. I was so young and uncoordinated that I couldn't master tension or understand WHICH hole I was supposed to go into. I still have that problem as patterns really don't teach that. I self taught trying an Annie's Attic pattern, which I did over and over and over, taking notes the whole time of what I did and sticking bobby pins in every stitch so that I could really see how it all went together. That technique payed off because I can thread crochet now too! I teach other young people the chain and am very, very patient with them when I see them struggle the way I did. Now I am a pattern junkie!!! I can't stop it seems. Am I alone? Am I a Hoarder? I can't throw away even old clothes because I can use the fabric! I need to cut it all up, but alas, I have no cutter. I found the Crochet Dude when I was getting my fix of free patterns from one of the many sites I visit and spend so much time haunting. Drew is a torch bearer of the ultimate kind. Thanks Dude!!!!
  • 11/23/2009 1:57 AM Jan Foley wrote:
    My childhood crafts were knitting,crochet, sewing anything that I used my hands for. I still do all of them plus so many more. I had a stroke a year ago and find my craft keep me going although much more slowly.
  • 11/28/2009 12:36 AM Maria wrote:
    My favorite craft as a kid was to make chains out of the silver chewing gum wrappers. I would work on them with my friends. Have gone on to bigger and better things since then.
  • 1/23/2010 2:10 PM Beth Parsons wrote:
    My very first craft was those silly potholders you loomed in and out with the elastic like circles...when you got bored, you could fling them off your fingers at people??? I was making potholders for EVERYONE!!! Then my true addiction started when I was 13 - CROCHETING!!!!
  • 6/5/2010 2:56 PM Karen Dunbar wrote:
    My very first craft started with a number of crafts in school. Painting,
    drawing,mosaic. Then I tried knitting, but didn't like it. Later I tried crocheting and have been hooked ever since, esp. since I have learned how to read the pattern. Now I want to try learn to read symbol crochet patterns
  • 10/11/2010 7:32 PM Lana Myers wrote:
    I have been a crochet freak since age 5. My sisters and I learned to crochet and embroider and "spool knit" from my mother. Later we sewed and quilted. We made many of our own patterns for all crafts. Although we are now in our 60's and live a few hundred miles apart, the love of the beauty in crafting and the happiness we share when we work on projects together have remained central in our lives.
    This fabric dish will be holding my older, fragile, cherished Christmas ornaments by December. Yessss! Thanks! Lol...I will probably be making 5 of them.
  • 10/20/2010 1:04 AM Judith Strausbaugh wrote:
    I loved to embroider and sew. Later I love to knit and crochet which I really loved. Would love to win this as I make rag baskets and this would make my baskets a lot easier and quicker.
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