New Tools, Magazines, and Books

I’ve added a new section to the sidebar today – Tool Reviews. It’s not very often that I find new tool products, but when I do, I use them all the time. Today’s new tool is the fast2cut Foolproof Circles.

Foolproof Circles are hard plastic templates that come in 4 finished sizes 3″, 6″, 9″, and 12″ (1/4 seam allowances are included). Lines are included on the template to help design wedges and arcs for quilt designs such as drunkard’s path and circle play. It does take some practice to use these templates – it’s much easier if you start off using a smaller rotary cutter, but those who are more experienced using one will (especially those who use a rotary cutter for cutting out fabric for patterns) do just as well with a larger size. Of course, you can always trace the template and then cut – but the rotary cutter is much faster. If I would have had this tool when I started making pin cushions, I could whipped them out much faster (it sure beats using a compas)!
In addition to my new toy, I mean tool, I also bought a new magazine yesterday – Adorn. Apparently I missed the first issue, as this is only the second publication for this title. It reminds me a little bit of Craft, it’s a similar size (but not nearly as thick), it covers a wide range of topics – from wool felting to sewing and beading, and has patterns or instructions to several different projects. The sewing section is small, but I loved their version of the Built By Wendy top, Simplicity 3964 – almost enough to buy it!
Speaking of magazines, Zaneta was so wonderful to send me 2 Australian Stitches that I’ve been pouring over all week! At some point I’m going to try the “Tops With A Twist” – a section on taking your favorite basic t-shirt top pattern and adding a twisted neckline to it. I also purchased the November issue of Patrones which finally arrived at the Stoff-Art ebay store. I can’t wait for it to arrive, there are so many things that I want to make from this issue. You can check out the design pages here and here.
I also have a couple of more books to read and review including Fast, Fun & Easy Christmas Decorations: Festive Fabric Keepsakes to Create & Embellish, Toys to Sew: Dozens of Patterns for Dolls, Animals, Doll Clothes, and Accessories, and Threadbared: Decades of Don’ts from the Sewing and Crafting World (which I plan on reading once Taylor is fast asleep, because I am anticipating great hilarity).

3 thoughts on “New Tools, Magazines, and Books

  1. Anonymous

    Wow that Built by Wendy top does look much better like that. When I saw it at the Sewing Expo in the Simp fashion show it was not very pretty. I am still not sure I would wear it but it looks better.
    Where did you get that Adorn mag? Thanks!

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