Only the Best Modern Sofas and Couches

Photo credit: @midcenturymen Our new house on Elm Street is very modern. Coming from a house built in 1900, this is a big change. A change that I love. We are on the hunt for the best modern sofas to fit our new space because we definitely need an update in style. I have been READ MORE

Hand Woven Basket Tutorial for Easter

I have a hand woven basket tutorial for you, just in time for Easter! This simple but classic basket, with its sweet twisted handle, and scalloped edge, will charm all who see it.  I love that all you need is a ball of hemp twine and a darning needle! After Easter, it will make a READ MORE

Favorite Easter Craft Projects from Flax & Twine

It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging for over 7 years! I have a lot of projects and patterns under my belt, but I will say that the Easter craft projects are amongst my favorites.  I love a good egg design that doesn’t require dying. I’m a no muss, no fuss sort of gal. READ MORE

Arm Knit Seed Stitch Blanket Pattern

I’m thrilled to share this arm knit seed stitch blanket pattern with you. I love this seed stitch texture so much, especially in this chunky knit. I think this just might be my favorite blanket pattern yet!  This pattern uses 4 strands of a super-bulky yarn so that you all can make the blanket more READ MORE

Embroidered Monogram Tote Bag DIY

This embroidered monogram tote bag DIY is just the thing you need to create a beautiful handmade gift. Transform a humble cotton bag into your new favorite tote with a fresh and modern hand-stitched monogram. Clean design and a typewriter font bring this simple initial in a contemporary direction using French knots and the satin stitch. READ MORE

Only the Best Crochet Hat Patterns

Happy New Year one and all! Kick off this year by satisfying your making urges. To that end, I wanted to share a list of the best crochet hat patterns to match my list of knit hats from the other day. The hat above is by Everly B. which I love! I can’t believe how READ MORE

Embroidered Christmas Tree Ornament

I love this sweet embroidered Christmas tree ornament. It makes a gorgeous handmade present topper to make that gift you’re giving extra special, but it can also be reused and loved every season as a favorite ornament. The embroidery technique is lovely and can be used on its own or used to embellish all sorts READ MORE

The Greatest Gift Guide for Knitters

Happy Holidays everyone! I’m just making it through some last minute deadlines and turning my eye towards shopping. It’s time to put in those last minute orders, and today I have the greatest gift guide for knitters. You’ll love these gorgeous tools, kits, and patterns. They are perfect for experienced knitters and newbie knitters alike!  READ MORE

The Ultimate Handmade Bundle – Last Day!

I’m participating in a fabulous pattern bundle this season filled with an amazing collection of talented makers called the Ultimate Handmade Bundle. What I love most about this bundle is that it covers all sorts of handmade crafts and fiber arts, including dying, macrame, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, sewing, quilting and crochet.  This bundle has over READ MORE

Only the Best Knit Hat Patterns

I don’t know about you but I’m excited that it’s hat weather, and I’ve rounded up the best knit hat patterns I could find, just for you! I love knitting hats because they are super speedy and make great gifts. Not to mention, hats are the best way to have fun with fashion in cold READ MORE

Biggest Sale of the Year at Flax & Twine

Don’t miss the biggest sale of the year at the Flax & Twine shop! Right now, you can get 20% off everything in the shop with the code 20OFF. I hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend. I had such a lovely time with my mother who visited from Santa Fe.  We had friends READ MORE

Mid-Century Modern Dining Table and Chairs

Finally! Mid-century modern dining table and chairs have entered our space! We moved into this house on Elm street two years ago, and a new table has been a significant need. I wrote a couple of posts a while back about my hunt for the perfect mid-century modern dining tables and chairs. I’m so thrilled with READ MORE

How To Block a Sweater with Eucalan Delicate Wash

I’ve been through a little bit more than I expected over the last month. First, an upper respiratory infection and then, throwing my back out have had me down for the count.  I’ve been flat on my back on the couch. It has been frustrating. One bright side, however, was getting all the knitting done on READ MORE

Rocky Mountain Photo Locations for Weaving Within Reach

I’m so excited to provide some sneak peeks of my recent book shoot by sharing the Rocky Mountain photo locations I chose for it. I find it incredibly difficult to find locations in which I can shoot that match my style without totally breaking the bank. For my new book, Weaving Within Reach (due out READ MORE

Making the Bed – One of Twelve 30-Day Mini-Resolutions

Hey, all! I wanted to give you a little update on my 30-day mini-resolutions. Today is National Make Your Bed Day, so all the better to share my September resolution today with a sneak peek of my bedroom while I’m at it! Deciding to make my bed every morning in September has made me pleasantly READ MORE

Woven Finger-Knit Rug Video Class on Creativebug

Learn how to make this beautiful woven finger-knit rug in a fabulous video tutorial with yours truly! With the kids back in school learning new skills, I thought it was time to give you the opportunity to learn something new, too. I am very excited to share with you my latest video class on Creativebug READ MORE

Sweater Weather-12 Best Chunky Knit Sweater Patterns

Let’s talk about the best chunky knit sweater patterns. It is getting to be sweater weather after all! The fall always gets me giddy about cozy, warm knits (like this gorgeous sweater from Annette of Lebenstiger.com above). Of course, I love a great chunky blanket , but why not just wear a blanket! I really want to live READ MORE

Best Modern Dining Room Chairs- Life on Elm St.

So along with our table hunt I let you in on last month, we’ve been keeping a keen eye on modern dining room chairs in case the chairs are the component that drive our dining room table decision. There are so many chairs out there that have such gorgeous lines. I am a sucker for READ MORE

DIY Finger Knit Hanging Plant Holder

This finger knit hanging plant holder is just the thing to brighten a sunny window.  My friends over at Koel Magazine are sharing my project today on the Koel Stories Blog. Trust me, there is nothing as relaxing as finger knitting. It’s just the thing for lazy summer days, even though they’re coming to a close. I love READ MORE

Head Over Heels: The Merrythought’s Key to Great Branding

I am always on the hunt for that illusive key to great branding.  I have been following The Merrythought for years, not only for their amazing ideas, but because I am in awe of their consistent branding and aesthetic. Then, you add to that fabulous DIY projects and you can’t go wrong! Are you a fan of living READ MORE

12 Best Modern Dining Tables – Life on Elm Street

I’m loving the look of all the modern dining tables out there right now, like this one from Rove Concepts above! We’re on the hunt for new dining room table.  I love having a lot of great options to choose from. When we moved from Baltimore, our dining room table had seen better days. In READ MORE

30-Day Mini-Resolutions – 6 Months and Going Strong

Six months in and I’m still working away on my 30-Day Mini-Resolutions. Anyone else still going, too? It’s been such a rewarding experience for me. You can read about it here. I’ve been really good about sticking to each an every one for the full 30 days. All but one, I should say. One of my READ MORE

Head Over Heels: Idle Hands Awake for Modern DIY Projects

I’m so excited to bring back one of my favorite series on the the blog where I share the latest artists, makers, trends and products I’m Head Over Heels for.  Today, I wanted to share a fabulous DIY blogger whose photography and projects almost always make me think “oooh! I want to make that.”  Marlene, creator of READ MORE

Five-Strand Braid How-To Video on Creativebug

I’m so excited to share my new Five-Strand Braid How-To Video class on Creativebug. You’ll learn this versatile braiding technique in no time. Then, there are so many fabulous things you can make. Braiding is simply weaving at its most basic level and follows a pattern. Once you learn it, you can take off from there. Make READ MORE

Knit Twine Potholder Pattern with Leather

Make your kitchen happy with this knit twine potholder pattern. My friends over at Koel Magazine are sharing my project today in the column Knit A Therapy.  I love the textural look of the twine knit up like this with the contemporary bit of leather and brass thrown in. These potholders add a tactile feel to your kitchen goods, while still contributing something entirely READ MORE