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Craft Lake City is our craft partner in Salt Lake City, and they’ve been running some really fun DIY workshops at our local store there.

Hometown artist Gentry Blackburn is teaching a session tonight with Craft Lake City on how to hand-stitch applique pillows! She gave us a preview, plus some tips and inspiration about how to create + customize your own felt pillows at home.

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Hand-stitching is great for beginners and old pros alike. It can be amazingly intricate or incredibly simple. You don’t need a machine, you can work on a project anywhere and it has a great handmade folksy look.

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Try not to keep your thread too loose or too tight, and mind that your stitches are evenly spaced. The web has a million examples of stitches and how-to’s and you local library will have lots of helpful books as well.

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When I am learning a new craft such as knitting – I have to re-teach myself every few years – I head to the children’s department. Kids craft books have great simple guides and visuals!

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Happy crafting!

If you’re in Salt Lake City tonight, there are still a few spaces left in Gentry’s class! Visit our SLC store’s Facebook page to register.

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JoAnn Memmott

March 31, 2013

What a great craft project. Blackburn is really good!

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