The Disorganized Crafter Blog

Online Craft Support

Various online craft tools exist, usually for colour planning or design generation. These are the ones I know about:

Needlework

Cross Stitch Charts from photos
My Photo Stitch a free service that takes photos you upload and gives you a cross stitch chart using (last I checked) DMC colours

Knots

Turk's Head Cord length calculator
http://turkshead.50webs.org/
Turk's Head Knot designer
http://data.oreilly.com/jallwine/knots/
Globe Knot Core Calculator
http://khww.net/gkcc.php
Turk's Head Design Playground
http://web.meson.org/crafts/TH/TH.html

Kumihimo Braiding

8 strand kongo gumi colour planner
http://www.lythastudios.com/123bead/kumiplanner.html
16 strand kongo gumi colour planner
http://craftdesignonline.com/kumihimo/
A colour planner for the 7-loop Spanish finger loop braid
http://www.islandlife.heliohost.org/cgi-bin/fingertips.pl
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Michaels: A customer service tale

I was wanting to get some inkjet shrink film and had gone to DeSerres but they only had the non-inkjet version. So, I checked with Opus and their nice online store where they had the inkjet version, but at 3 times the cost of the non-inkjet. So, I thought, give Michaels a shot. You'll notice that I didn't start with Michaels because it is my unverified belief that they price all their products to give them a healthy profit even when using the regularly available 40% off coupon. In my humble (and unverified) opinion, this makes them evil so I try to give my business elsewhere whenever I can. But for $10, I thought, I can call them and check. That's what phones are for, right? Read more

Book Review: Intertwined by Lexi Boeger

cover image for Intertwined I just finished reading Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning by Lexi Boeger of pluckyfluff and it is a wonderful, inspirational, gorgeous book. The author, Lexi, spins like she is a katamari, sticking anything from felted sushi to wire springs, shredded money, doll parts and hardware store detritus into her yarn. The instructions warn the reader that you should have acquired the basics of yarn spinning on a wheel elsewhere and dive right into unconventional shenanigans. Read more

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