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  • Punch Embroidery Tips, Tricks & Ideas

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    New to punch embroidery? Fear not - we have come up with a list of 6 tips to help you become a needle punch master in no-time. Punch embroidery is not only a blast, it's an excellent stress-reliever and is super quick to pick up. It's essentially as easy as drawing a picture - even easier if you are using a pre-traced pattern! So settle in and read on. We hope you enjoy this post and that you love punch embroidery as much as we do!


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    Photo via Llueve Diamantina

    1. Experiment With Textures To Create Depth and Dimension

    When you first begin needle punching you might want to start with small, uniform loops. That being said, once you get comfortable with the punch needle, we encourage you to start playing with texture by mixing up your loop sizes and trying different threads! For example, stitch a fluffy bunny with big cotton loops or create the illusion of shadow and light by varying the loop sizes as you go. It may take a little trial and error but texture adds depth and dimension to an otherwise simple design.


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    Photo via Boho Artisan on Instagram - @bohoartisan

    2. Draw Your Pattern Onto Your Fabric In Reverse

    This may seem counter-intuitive, but you want to trace your design onto your fabric (using a fabric pencil or marker) in reverse. While you are needle punching, you will have one side with flat stitches and one side with your lovely loops. Intuitive embroidering would have your loops appear on the backside of your fabric. In order to make sure your loops are on the front, you have to draw your design on in reverse of how you want it to appear on your fabric.


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    3. Avoid Frustration & Choose The Right Fabric For Your Punch Needle Size

    Sure, you absolutely can get creative with the materials you punch embroidery on, but tightly woven yet flexible fabric works best and prevents your loops from looking sloppy. If the weave is too open, your stitches may slip out - not what you want! Don't be afraid to experiment with different fabrics (for example, denim) but if you are just beginning, it's best to stick with a tightly woven fabric with a little bit of stretch.


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    Photo via Boho Artisan on Instagram - @bohoartisan

    4. Get Creative With Your 'Thread'

    Think you are limited to traditional embroidery floss when punch needling? Think again! Experiment with different fibers, weights, and materials - some stitchers have even punch needled with ribbon! What's fantastic about punch embroidery is that it is an easy art-form to learn and once you learn the basics, it's so much fun to bend the rules and play!


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    Photos via Duftin

    5. Get Your Feet Wet With A Punch Embroidery Kit

    It can be overwhelming learning a new craft and a kit is a great way to start without having to ask a lot of questions or source all of your materials from different places. The Punch By Number Embroidery kits from Duftin come with the pre-stamped and pre-finished fabric, mouline and instructions. All you need is a punch needle (like this adjustable needle from Creativ Company) and you are on your way! You'll feel like a punch embroidery expert once you are done and will be rewarded with a stylish tote and pillow. Win-win!


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    6. Up-Cycle Tired Garments Or Home Furnishings With Punch Embroidery

    We love up-cycling and believe that almost anything can be revived and made new again with a little bit of creativity. Whether its a dated looking garment, a blah looking bag or a worn-out set of towels, a touch of punch embroidery is a quick and easy way to refresh your formerly favourite items. A little warning though, we bet that once you start, you are going to want to punch embroider everything!


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    Shop our selection of punch embroidery supplies from Clover, Duftin and Creativ Company!


    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Innovate, Refresh & Recycle with Rit Fabric Dye!

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    When a fabric item wears out, it can be tempting to toss them - but don't! You would be amazed at how quickly a wash of colour can revive a lack luster garment or home decor item. With Rit Dye, all types of fabric can be transformed from dull to dazzling in no time! No really, it's so easy!

    For over 100 years, this trail-blazing brand has been innovating the art of colouring fabric. With well over 28 shades ranging from elegant neutrals to show-stopping jewel-tones and neon hues, you are only limited by your creativity in terms of what you can do with Rit!

    So settle in and scroll on for uber-helpful tutorials from Rit Dye. Want to learn how to ice-dye, stripe or marble fabric? Keep reading.

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    A dye made specifically for synthetic fabrics, which includes anything with 35% or more polyester, acrylic or acetate. Each little bottle packs a colourful punch and is ready to deliver a custom touch to garments new and old, household items, and more. It even works on 3D printed items, lacrosse sticks, wigs and most plastics. Plus, just like Rit's original formula, Rit DyeMore is non-toxic and safe for sewer and septic systems.

    This dye is ideal for: polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon, some plastic and blends that contain more than 35% synthetic fibers. 

    Important Note: Due to the complexity of dyeing synthetics, you must use Rit DyeMore with the stovetop method to maintain an almost boiling temperature for the duration of your dyeing. Accordingly: (1) you cannot use Rit DyeMore to dye anything that won’t fit into a pot on your stove and (2) you cannot use your washer because the machine won’t be able to achieve the water temperature needed for Rit DyeMore to penetrate the fabric.

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    This versatile, easy-to-use and non-toxic dye is ready to deliver vibrant colour to almost any type of fabric or fabric blend. Perfect for rejuvenating faded clothing, changing the colour of apparel, shoes or accessories, coordinating home décor, hiding laundry accidents and so much more. Are you the crafty type? Follow one of Rit's easy-to-follow tutorials on how to create a tie-dye, ombré, dip dyed, marbled or shibori pattern. Or see for yourself how beautifully Rit dyes wood, wicker, paper and cork. Whatever your purpose, all you need is a washing machine, plastic container or stainless steel sink to get started.

    This dye is ideal for: cotton, linen, silk, wool, ramie, rayon, viscose, nylon, modal, tulle, wood, paper, cork and hemp.

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    Rit's Colour Remover makes it possible to remove the existing colour from yet-to-be dyed fabric, giving you a dye-ready canvas for spectacular results and true colour. It’s also the perfect solution for removing dye stains (washed by mistake with coloured items) and even food stains (such as fruit juice, ketchup and tea) from whites. Unlike traditional bleach, which contains chlorine that can damage fabric, Colour Remover is chlorine-free so that you can safely dye fabric after removing it’s colour. Perfect for dye projects where you want to completely change the colour of the fabric or as a pre-treatment for faded, discoloured and stained fabric. It can even be used to remove dye from fabric dyed incorrectly.

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    Do you want your dye projects to stand the test of time? That’s why Rit created ColourStay Dye Fixative, an easy-to-use solution designed to lock in colour, keeping your fabrics looking their best and brightest for the long run. It reduces bleeding, fading and even enhances the colour of your project. Use after dyeing to lock in colour. Or use it immediately after a tie-dye or dip-dye project to prevent dye from bleeding into white areas. It is even effective on commercially dyed fabrics. Whatever your purpose, ColourStay Dye Fixative assures you will get lasting colour for the long run.

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    Rescue your dingy clothing from dullness without the harshness of bleach. Rit's Whitener & Brightener works with your detergent to whiten your whites and brighten your colours so that you can enjoy your clothing for the long run. Can be used with any washing machine, including high-efficiency machines.


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    HOW TO DYE WITH RIT ALL-PURPOSE LIQUID DYE

    In under three minutes, watch this tutorial to find out exactly how to use this versatile all-purpose liquid dye from Rit!


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    RIT DYE 101 - HOW TO MIX CUSTOM COLOURS

    Why limit yourself by the colours Rit has in stock? Play like a painter and mix your own custom hues together!


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    HOW TO ICE DYE WITH RIT DYE

    This unique technique creates an ethereal watercolour effect that would lend itself gorgeously to clothing and home decor items!


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    FOLDING TECHNIQUES FOR DYEING: STRIPES

    Bohemian-inspired stripes in mere minutes? Watch this 50 second video to find out exactly how it's done.


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    OMBRE DYEING HOME ACCENTS

    Use Rit Dye to achieve an on-trend ombre effect that elevates a basic item from blah to breathtaking.


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    HOW TO MARBLE WITH RIT

    Though it may look difficult, it's actually so easy to five plain white fabric a natural-looking marble effect!  Find out how in less than a minute.


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    RIT DYE 101 - COLOUR REMOVER

    Whether you've made a mistake or simply want a fresh base to dye, Rit Colour Remover does so without damaging your fabric. Unlike other products, it is chlorine-free! Here's how to use it.


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    HOW TO USE RIT COLOURSTAY DYE FIXATIVE

    Okay, so you've dyed your fabric. Now what? Rit's ColourStay Dye Fixative, that's what. Not only does it reduce fading and bleeding, it also makes your colours look more vibrant! Don't believe us? Watch this video.


    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • 8 Great Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

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    Sure, stitching a flawless seam is important but taking care of your fabric is just as crucial! Laundry can wreak havoc on fabric over time, causing pigments to fade and fibers to weaken. It can also leave its mark on the health of the environment. Sometimes its the smallest steps that make the biggest difference in terms of helping the environment! With that in mind, we have compiled a list of 8 simple laundry tips that will help you thoroughly clean your fabric without damaging it or the environment. We hope you find these to be helpful!


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    1. WASH WITH COLD WATER

    Using cold water instead of hot water is not only much gentler on the fibers of your fabric (hot water is known to fade colours and shrink fibers over time), it also greatly reduces the amount of energy your machine uses! If your clothes are extra dirty, soak them in cold water with a touch of baking soda before you wash to help get out deep-set stains.


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    2. USE FELTED WOOL DRYER BALLS

    Instead of using wasteful, chemical filled dryer sheets, try reusable wool dryer balls! They naturally soften fabric, prevent static and last for ages without having to be tossed.  These dryer balls from Wooly Felted Wonders reduce drying cycles by up to  20% and leave your laundry feeling soft, fluffy and fresh! They are incredibly efficient and beneficial for your fabric as well as the planet.


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    3. LINE DRY WHENEVER POSSIBLE

    Similarly to our mention of using cold water instead of hot, line drying is so much better for fabric and saves oodles of energy (and money when you consider you are using your dryer less frequently).  Using a tumble dryer, while convenient, can cause fabric to wear out and fade, making it look lack-luster quickly. Save your fabric, the planet and your energy bill by line drying the old fashioned way whenever you can!


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    4. USE NATURAL LAUNDRY SOLUTIONS & DETERGENTS

    We all know that the fewer synthetic solutions we use in our homes, the better. Chemicals from harsh laundry solvents can get into our waterways and cause harm to plant-life and animals. Using eco-friendly brands and natural products help to reduce this damage and they also are gentler on fabric. For example, Eucalan's Delicate Wash not only reduces water usage by at least 50%, it naturally softens fabric and reduces static! Also, the essential oils leave a beautiful fragrance that is all natural and subtle. What's not to love?


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    5. WASH FULL LOADS AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE

    We know this may seem like a no-brainer, but avoid washing only a couple of items at a time. Every time you run the washing machine it uses gallons and gallons of water. While it may be tempting to reduce the amount of items in your hamper by washing more frequently, try to wait until you have a full load before you turn on your machine. It's simple and may seem like common sense but it will save loads of water.


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    6. USE LEMON, BAKING SODA OR VINEGAR INSTEAD OF BLEACH

    While effective, bleach is a very harsh chemical that is harmful to the environment and aggressive on fabric. There is a time and place for regular bleach (the following alternatives do not kill bacteria in the same way), but some of the best whitening agents can be found in your kitchen! Vinegar and lemon juice naturally brighten your white fabrics due their acidity which helps to break down stubborn dirt and grime. Baking soda also works well because of its gentle oxygenating effect. Simply add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to your load or soak your fabric in a basin with baking soda and water for the brightest whites ever.


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    7. SPOT CLEAN OR HAND WASH FABRIC 

    If you get a small stain on your fabric, it is often our instinct to throw it in the washing machine. If the whole of the fabric is not dirty, you can save a lot of time and electricity by simply hand washing it or spot-treating the stain. Grandma's Secret Spot Remover is a tried and true favourite and makes fabric look good as new in an instant!


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    8. SEPARATE YOUR LAUNDRY BY WEIGHT

    Most of us sort our laundry by colour, but you should really start sorting it by weight. Why? By grouping heavier and lighter fabrics separately, it allows them to dry evenly and cuts down on the time it to takes to dry delicate items. Not only will this help maintain the quality and appearance of the fabric, but it will help cut down on drying cycles.  Win-win!

    We hope you enjoyed this post and found these eco-friendly laundry tips to be helpful and interesting. Let's all work together to take care of the environment and our fabric!


    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Back To School Sewing Projects Students & Teachers Will Love

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    Whew, summer just flew by didn't it? It's hard to believe that in just over a week kids and teachers will be heading back to school! We know that this is a busy and potentially stressful time for teachers, and so we would like to do our best to help them (and everyone else) get ready to go back to the classroom. Not only can you save big on sewing and classroom essentials with our Back To School Sale, but if you continue reading this blog post, you will be rewarded with 5 fabulous Back To School themed projects. We hope you enjoy this post!


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    Photos and DIY via Silo and Sage

    1. EASY CLOTH LUNCH BAG

    This simple lunch bag is great for students and teachers alike! It's reusable, washable and takes a mere fifteen minutes to stitch together. Say goodbye to those brown paper bag days!

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    2. PENCIL POUCH WITH A BOW

    Isn't this just the cutest pencil pouch you ever did see? Adorned with a sweet itty-bitty bow, this charming case is sure to make homework a little more fun!

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    3.  EASY DRAWSTRING BACKPACK

    Why buy a backpack when you can custom-make your own? This drawstring backpack is great for back to school but is also ideal for wandering around town or for those last few beach days of summer. Don't be afraid to jazz it up with applique or embroidery!

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    4. DIY FELT PIZZA BOOKMARK

    Reading and pizza - two of our favourite things! Made to look like a mouthwatering slice of pizza, this no-sew felt bookmark can be made in mere minutes and makes a great little gift.

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    • Fabric Scissors
    • Felt (in different colours to mimic the appearance of pizza)
    • Hot Glue Gun & Glue

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    5. TRAVEL ART ROLL

    Art students and teachers will love the convenience of being able to conveniently roll up all of their supplies into a neat and stylish package. This design is surprisingly spacious and can store everything from your sketchbook and paints to pencils, brushes and more!

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    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Six Summer Sewing Projects You Can Make In Minutes

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    While there is something to love about every season, summer just has something special, doesn't it? It's a time of year where everything feels a little more magical. Days are longer, the sun shines brighter and creativity is in the air - along with the smell of the sea, sunscreen, and frozen sweet treats. We don't know about you but summer makes us feel inspired to sew (although, let's face it, when don't we all want to sew?). Even if you are a busy bee this August, we have rounded up a list of six sewing projects that require little more than an hour to complete (at most). So dust off that sewing machine, pour yourself a refreshing glass of lemonade and get to stitchin'!


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    1. QUILTED STRAWBERRY COASTERS

    These sweet little berries add a fresh and juicy pop of colour to a table setting. How can you not smile when looking at these adorable coasters?

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    2. SHARK CLOTHESPIN BAG

    Unlike the fearsome great white in JAWS, this is one shark you'll want to keep close by! Although it's convenient to toss all of your clothes in the dryer, line drying is a lot better for fabric. Keep this toothy friend on your clothesline to make laundry day much more fun!

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    3. WATERMELON SLICE PILLOW

    There are few more comforting pleasures then biting into a juicy slice of freshly cut watermelon. Capture this summer moment that everyone can relate to and keep it all year long in the form of a soft, squishy pillow!

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    4. MERMAID TAIL BACKPACK

    Little mermaids will fall head over fin for this beachy backpack! Make one (or several) in soothing azure hues reminiscent of the sea.

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    5. PINEAPPLE ZIPPER POUCH

    Keep this tropical tote on hand to stash away all of the bits and bobs you need. Whether you're at the beach or on a patio enjoying a meal, this playful pouch adds a punch of summer style to any outfit.

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    6. COLOURFUL OUTDOOR PILLOWS

    When it comes to decorating, we often think that we need to make drastic changes, but sometimes the addition of a group of punchy pillows is all it takes to make things feel fresh! These water-resistant pillows add a bold shot of colour that makes an otherwise washed out space look beautiful and balanced.

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    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • 5 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips To Refresh Your Sewing Space

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    It's the time of year when everyone starts talking about spring cleaning. After all, spring is the season of rebirth and so cleaning up just feels right. Why not take this month as an opportunity to organize your creative space? An organized sewing room makes it easier to find creative inspiration and helps clear the mind. Simply put, mess equals stress! It may seem daunting (believe me, we understand), but with a little bit of patience and these five simple steps, you can clear the clutter with ease. So take a deep breath, read on and then get started!


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    1. USE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR DIFFERENT SUPPLIES

    If you're working on multiple projects all the time, it's easy to let bits and bobs pile up on top of every available surface. Take a little bit of time and separate your supplies into different categories (for example scissors, needles, bobbins, miscellaneous notions) and place them into their own container. We offer a number of great sewing boxes. They come in a variety of stylish designs and so they add a bit of flare to your decor as well!


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    2. KEEP QUALITY, CLEAR OUT THE REST

    Sewing can be a very sentimental endeavor. Memories are stitched into everything - figuratively and literally! It can be hard to toss out items you have had for a long time, but your sewing space will benefit from a strategic clear out. Sure, it's perfectly fine to keep a few things for sentimental reasons, but that questionable fabric with patches of mildew and moth holes? Time to toss it. Ask yourself - is this high-quality? Would a customer want to buy something that was made with this? Is it even fixable and, if so, will I actually fix it? If the answer is no to any of those questions, it's time to go.


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    3. WIPE DOWN YOUR CUTTING MATS 

    Cutting mats are wonderful for so many reasons but they get covered in all kinds of gum and residue. Not to mention the fabric fibres and lint that coat them over time. Take a few minutes and wipe down all of your mats with a mat cleaner. Not only will it function better, but your mats will look much better as well!


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    4. MAGNETS ARE YOUR FRIEND

    If we had to list the notions that get lost the most, they would be pins, needles and bobbins. It's as if they sprout legs and run off when you're not looking. Enter, the Mini Magnetic Pin Cushions from Grabbit. They take up very little space and can easily store all of the notions we mentioned. They can also organize your paper clips, metal snaps and even nails and bolts! Because they are magnetic, you can rest easy knowing that they will stay put. No more scattered needles or painful moments of stepping on push pins!


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    5. REFRESH YOUR FABRIC

    When fabric sits for a long time, it can get pretty musty. Household odours (from pets, moisture and dust) eventually seep into the fibers of the fabric, leaving it smelly and unappealing. And no customer wants a quilt made from fabric that smells like eau de wet dog! Go through your fabric and wash it with Eucalan (which comes in an array of spa-like scents such as jasmine, lavender and grapefruit). Or, if you're in a pinch for time, spritz it with Fabric Smell Away, a non-toxic formula that removes odours on all kinds of fabric instantly!

    These are just a few spring cleaning tips to make your creative space more enjoyable and functional! We hope you enjoyed them and found them to be helpful.

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • What Every New Knitter Should Know

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    Over the past several years, knitting has become something of a trend and has been touted as being a favourite past-time of celebrities, models and busy professionals. And for good reason! Not only does knitting come with a slew of health benefits, it is also a beautiful art form that can be used to make clothing, accessories, toys - essentially anything one can think of! Knitting is fairly simple to learn, but there are a handful of tricks new knitters should keep in mind when embarking on their first project. Without further ado, here are the eight tips every knitter should know.


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    1. START SIMPLE WITH CHUNKY YARN

    For those who are brand new to yarn, using fiddly, delicate yarn can be somewhat disheartening. It tangles and breaks easily. It also will show off even the slightest flaw, whether it is poor tension or a skipped stitch. That's not to say that new knitters should only use thick yarn, but it is definitely a more forgiving way to begin. There are a ton of tutorials online that demonstrate how to create an ultra-cozy chunky blanket in no-time. Creating simple patterns using thick yarn is a great way to learn and results in pieces that are incredibly simple but look professional.


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    2. CIRCULAR NEEDLES CAN BE  USED FOR FLAT PROJECTS TOO

    Think that circular needles can't be used to knit flat pieces? Think again! Straight knitting needles are natural escape artists. You put them down for a second and before you know it they have somehow made it into the island of lost knitting needles. Circular needles stay together and so this pesky problem is eliminated. Simply knit back and forth the way you would with regular needles instead of joining your knitted rows onto the circle.


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    3. FREE MINI CLASSES ARE AT YOUR FINGER TIPS

    Don't have time to take a knitting class? Why not learn in your own home by watching online tutorials by expert knitters? There are tons of talented people out there who can teach you every stitch, binding technique and pattern you've ever wanted to learn.  YouTube is a treasure trove of tutorials and, unlike with a traditional class, you can learn these skills according to your own schedule!


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    4. TRY DIFFERENT TYPES OF NEEDLES TO FIND YOUR FAVOURITE

    Much in the same way that everyone has a favourite colour or ice-cream flavour,  different knitters prefer different knitting needle materials. Each has their merits (plastic is inexpensive making it a good choice for a new knitter while wood is light and flexible and glides effortlessly through yarn), but preferences are entirely subjective. For a quick run-through of knitting needle materials, check out this helpful guide.


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    5. DON'T BE AFRAID TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF

    Okay, so you are a new knitter and you successfully made your first few projects. Don't feel like you have to only knit scarves, wash cloths and socks for the rest of your days! As you learn a new skill, push yourself to learn the next one. After all, if you make a mistake, you can try again until you master it. The most talented knitters aren't afraid to step out of the box, so play with stitches and try different patterns!


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    6. TERRIFIC TENSION COMES WITH TIME 

    It's very, very rare that anyone is able to master any new skill the first time that they try it. Knitting with flawless tension takes time and it's very normal for stitches and rows to look uneven in the beginning. Whether your stitches are too tight or loose, just know that practice will make perfect and, before long, your tension will be instinctive and will look fabulous. In the meantime, watch this quick tutorial on tension.


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    7. MASTER CASTING ON AND CASTING OFF

    Just like the saying 'you can't run until you can walk', you can't knit until you can cast on! Learn how to cast on properly, whether you use the knit cast-on or the long-tail cast-on method.  Once you've learned them you will remember them forever and will be able to start a new project at a moment's notice. It's also crucial to learn how to properly cast off. There are several different techniques, but it's important to be able to finish your project successfully. There is nothing more annoying than spending ages on a pattern, only to have it unravel when you mess up your cast off.  Learn these basic skills and learn 'em well. You will save time, frustration and yarn!


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    8. JOIN A KNITTING CLUB

    This one is a no-brainer - after all, isn't everything more fun with friends? Joining a group of like-minded individuals is a great way to expand your social circle and it will motivate you to learn more and more about knitting. You can trade tips and patterns while laughing and sharing great conversation. What could possibly be better?


    OUR TOP NEW KNITTING PICKS

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    Here are a few of our latest and greatest knitting arrivals! We are constantly getting new items, so it is a good idea to periodically check our website for our newest products.

     

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Embroidery Tips & Must-Have Needlework Supplies

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    Embroidery is such a beautiful art and can lend a ornate touch of beauty to  everything from fashion to home decor. Like anything worth doing, it takes time and patience to master. The key to perfect embroidery? Read on for these six tips that will help any stitcher, new or experienced, take their embroidery to the next level!


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    1. You Are Only As Good As Your Needle

    It can be tempting for those who are new to embroidery to just pick up any hand sewing needle and just get started. That being said, your embroidery will always look more polished and beautiful when using the right size and type of needle for your fabric and design! Stitchers will benefit greatly from taking time to pick the right needle and asking their local shop owner for their opinion on the best needle for their project.

    Product Picks

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    2. Keep It Conditioned

    There is nothing worse than when embroidery floss bunches up and doesn't pass easily through the fabric. Dabbing on a bit of conditioner beforehand helps to ensure that it glides effortlessly through your fabric while maintaining its vivid colour and glossy appearance!

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    3. Don't Be Afraid To Create Your Own Designs

    Go ahead and go rogue! While there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a template or pre-made design, it is liberating to freely stitch, allowing your vision to be translated into beautiful, utterly unique embroidery. It's also a good way for those who are new to embroidery to test out new techniques!

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    4. Experiment With Different Mediums

    Leather, denim, woven straw, paper, plastic - the possibilities are only as limited as your imagination! One way to take one's embroidery skills to the next level is to play with unexpected materials for a finished piece that really pops. Need a bit of inspiration? Take a look at what these 19 artists are doing with a needle and thread!

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    5. Keep Your Thread Short To Avoid Tangles

    Tangled, unruly thread is a common woe that all embroiderers deal with. A simply way to avoid having to redo a design because of knotted floss, is by keeping your thread relatively short when creating your stitches! Make sure that it is no more than a foot long when you thread your needle. You can always add more thread and having a shorter thread, really prevents those pesky tangles!

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    6. Try New Stitches & Keep Practicing

    While it may seem obvious, the key to excelling at embroidery is PRACTICE! Like with any new skill, very few knock it out of the park with their first attempt. It takes time and patience to be able to create those beautifully intricate embroidered pieces we all admire, but it is worth the effort! Don't be afraid to expand your skills by trying new stitches and practicing them until they are perfect! There are a ton of resources available online - such as this list of 20 simple but stunning embroidery stitches!

    Product Picks

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    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Five Fall Favourites - Style & Décor DIYS

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    What's your favourite thing about fall? Is it the perfect combination of sunshine and cool temperatures? The vibrant beauty of russet, gold, and garnet coloured leaves? Or how about the knowledge that Halloween and the holiday season are right around the corner? While there are a million and one reasons to adore autumn, above all, it's the absolute best time to get crafty! After all, when it gets chilly outside, there's nothing better than being curled up inside under a chunky blanket with your needlework, knitting, or sewing! It's also the perfect time to get a head start on making those holiday presents. Just in case your creative juices haven't already started flowing, we have put together a short but sweet list of five fall DIYs that have us utterly inspired! Check them out below.


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    Photos & DIY via 2 Bees in a Pod

    1. Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath

    Pretty and elegant, this wreath references the fiery colours of fall without being garish. It's the kind of wreath that will put you in the mood for fall without being cheesy - no ghouls, pumpkins, or neon orange here!

    Supplies & Notions You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via It's Always Autumn

    2. DIY Fringed Flannel Throw Blanket

    Just as we said earlier, there's nothing better than curling up with a cozy blanket and your latest craft project on a brisk autumn day. This no-sew DIY takes mere minutes and would make an amazing gift!

    Supplies & Notions You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via Crazy Little Projects

    3. Witch-Inspired Autumn Apron

    Like all things creative, cooking can be a messy endeavor! Stay cute and clean in the kitchen with this playful pattern modeled off of a retro witch costume! We have a feeling it will put a spell on everyone around you.

    Supplies & Notions You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via Design Improvised

    4. Yarn Pumpkin Banner

    Do you have extra yarn? Do you have fifteen minutes? Then you've basically got everything you need to whip together this rustic decoration! Hang it up anywhere and everywhere you want to inspire some fall-feelings.

    Supplies & Notions You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via Cluck, Cluck, Sew

    5. Fall Patchwork Pillow

    This may just be the prettiest way to use up your leftover scraps! Mix and match patches of fabric to mimic the mesmerizing colours of crunchy fallen leaves and ripened pumpkins. These pillows are a simple addition that will breathe a bit of festivity into any space!

    Supplies & Notions You'll Need

     

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Our Four Favorite Spring DIYs

    There's something about spring that just inspires creativity. Maybe it's the unmistakable scent of freshly cut grass and flowers blooming. Maybe it's the longer, sunnier days. Whatever the reason is, this time of year makes us feel craftier than usual - and this is a great thing! After all, crafting comes with a ton of health benefits. With the phenomenon of spring creativity in mind, we've compiled a list of four DIYs that encapsulate the magic of this beautiful time of year (without being cliché). Which DIY are you most excited to make?

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    Photos & DIY via Of Faeries & Fauna Craft Co.

    1. The Prettiest Tea Towels

    Afternoon tea is simply not complete without a breathtaking tea towel to adorn the table! The best part of this eco-chic DIY is that it can be made entirely using old towels, cloths and flour sacks that you would otherwise throw away. Win-win!

    Things You'll Need

    • Fabric (you can also use a flour sack, cloth, or tea towel)
    • 3 Types Of Coordinating Fabric (at least 2″ wider than main fabric)
    • Sewing Machine
    • Machine Needle
    • Thread
    • Scissors
    • Ruler
    • Iron

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    Photo & DIY via Mommy Moment

    2. No-Sew Felt Flowers With Twigs

    Fresh flowers are beautiful, but it's such a bummer when they shrivel up so quickly. Not only do these whimsical felt flowers last forever, but they are easy to make and so much fun. They would also be a great craft-time project for elementary students!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via A Beautiful Mess

    3. Super Easy Pom Pom Basket

    Clutter creeps up on the best of us, which is why we love this pretty yet playful pom-pom basket DIY! It looks like an expensive decor piece but is incredibly cheap and easy to make.

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via hello, Wonderful

    4. Whimsical Unicorn Dreamcatcher

    Unicorns are everywhere right now and this cute and colourful dream-catcher looks like something straight out of a fairy-tale! This is a great needlework project for kids and adults (who are kids at heart). It would also make a great gift!

    Things You'll Need

     

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

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