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Adventures in origami: some places to visit in Tokyo

This week in Tokyo has been a whirlwind of discovery and delight in Japanese handicrafts, particularly paper and paper folding. There are so many places to learn more about origami and find amazing materials. One of these places is Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan, in the heart of Tokyo, near the Kanda-Myojin Shrine. PHOTO: Storefront of Origami… Continue reading Adventures in origami: some places to visit in Tokyo

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A couple of quick crafting hacks – blocking board and tassels

In Korea, I have a hard time buying some specific crafting items I need for projects. A few reasons are that stores don't carry a lot of variety in terms of yarns and accessories, and when I order them from abroad, it takes anywhere from 3-5 weeks to receive my goods. Sometimes it delays a… Continue reading A couple of quick crafting hacks – blocking board and tassels

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Crafting for a cause – Nests for rescued Aussie wildlife

For weeks, Australia has been ravaged by bush fires that have destroyed homes and habitats, and displaced many people and animals. Australia's iconic wildlife have been particularly hard-hit, and rescue centers have put out a call for custom-made nests, pouches, and blankets to protect the most vulnerable animal babies caught in the fires. Crafters around… Continue reading Crafting for a cause – Nests for rescued Aussie wildlife

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Podcasts I listen to while crafting

I enjoy stitching while conversing with my stitch circle or family, but when that’s not possible - and I crave a bit of news or storytelling - I find a podcast series. Still working on the matelassé-inspired octagon blanket. Today's tea: Yogi mango ginger Podcasts are cool because they appeal to my urge to multi-task.… Continue reading Podcasts I listen to while crafting

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A couple of stitching hacks, a WIP, and Halloween

Happy Halloween from Korea! 행복한 할로윈 ! Autumn color is in full swing. Here is a glimpse from outside my front door, the morning of Oct. 31: Gyeongsan, South Korea This afternoon, I handed out candy to random strangers on the main street in my neighborhood. I wouldn’t have thought to do that in a… Continue reading A couple of stitching hacks, a WIP, and Halloween

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Ergonomic Crafting: My newest crochet hook

Photo: courtesy LETTO Workshop Ergonomic crafting tools are great for reducing fatigue and speeding up your "making time," especially if you're someone with carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis. I don't have either of these conditions, but I do get plenty tired if I've been hitting the hook (or needles) often! Since I'm doing a lot… Continue reading Ergonomic Crafting: My newest crochet hook