What I’ve Been Working On & GIVEAWAY!!!

What I've Been Up To & GIVEAWAY plus... Podcast Interview

My latest YouTube video is up and this time it’s all about what I’ve been up to the past few months as well as an upcoming GIVEAWAY! I just received over 1,000 subscribers on my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel and it’s time to celebrate!!!

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Etsy Shop Open for Business: InkAndStitchesArt!

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What better time to reopen my “InkAndStitchesArt” Etsy shop than with the holidays coming up?

Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner? I can’t!

Since I’ve been toying with the idea of reopening my Etsy shop for awhile now, I thought this would be the best time to do it!

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Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower! Part Three. The Big Day!

Monsters. Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

The Big Magic-Filled Day!

Aaron and Jenny’s Baby Shower was going to begin at noon and there was a lot of setting up to do! Jenny’s mom, sisters, and I got to work before the expectant couple arrived.

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Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower! Part One

Baby Shower Invite. Image Credit: J.H. Winter

When I found out my brother was going to be a father, and in turn, make me Auntie Julianne, you can imagine how excited I was!

(Due to the fact that this post is packed with cuteness, I wanted to split it into two posts. Part One is what I did behind the scenes for the event creatively. Part Two will be pictures of the outcome of my hard work at the Harry Potter Baby Shower itself!)

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FREE PATTERN Amigurumi: Happy Sunflower


Updated: 6/14/17

I’ve had several of my followers express a bit of confusion with Rows 9 and 10 of the Happy Sunflower’s head piece. I went ahead and created a new YouTube video on my Ink & Stitches channel working through those two rows together to clarify the directions and make things easier. Hope this helps!

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When Yarn Turns Against You – A Timothy Doll Update

Adeline is excited to see she won't be alone for much longer. Photo and Art: J.H. Winter

Not all yarns are good…

Perhaps it’s just an issue with certain dye lot numbers, or perhaps just certain colors are the problem, but I have a little story to tell you about what happened when I used the Lily Sugar ‘n Cream brand of cotton yarn in the color black.

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Even More Videos on Ink & Stitches YouTube!

A Better Size for Adeline's Dress - Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Four New Videos Now Live on my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel!

I finished up editing and posting the last four videos I had filmed to my YouTube Channel. They are ready to help you learn new techniques and stitches that can be used when making your own amigurumi patterns, or if you are working through ones you found online that include these techniques: picot stitch, changing colors in the round (with jogging vs. jogless), crocheting in front loops only (FLO), and crocheting in back loops only (BLO).

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New Ink & Stitches How to Crochet Amigurumi Videos!

Ink & Stitches Channel Shot - Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

I’ve been hard at work since finishing up the illustrations for the Corgi book series (book #1). Since illustrating had taken up all of my free time for the past few months, I thought it time to get back to my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel and get some new videos up for the amigurumi crochet enthusiasts out there!

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Making Amigurumi Patterns (Part Two)

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

How to Crochet Amigurumi from the Ground Up

I’ve been creating my own amigurumi patterns for almost seven years now, ever since I realized that amigurumi are made by knowing how to make shapes. Using decreases and increases to your advantage there is almost nothing that can’t be converted into a crocheted character. Deciding when special embroidery stitching would add some nice flare, finishes off each piece making it look professional and as true to life as possible.

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Making Mistakes – Crocheting Amigurumi

Unraveling your Work Can Feel Like This - Photo credit: Charline Tetiyevsky via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

One of the excellent blog post ideas I received during my giveaway for April’s A to Z Challenge, was a question as to whether or not seasoned crocheters still make mistakes like we did when we were beginners. The answer to this is, yes… or at least, I do anyway. I can’t speak for all crocheters, but especially when I am creating new patterns, I make mistakes often.

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