October 7, 2014 • Crafting
“Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.” Ahem, oh hello—I was just chanting to the Yog-Sothoth, as is tradition at this time of year. Fans of HP Lovecraft and science fiction get to go nuts on Halloween; dressing up like Old Ones, holding seances, and of course, knitting cute little Cthulhu buddies.
Right? That’s what everyone, right guys? Not just me?
If you’ve never crocheted a Cthulhu, you’re missing out. They’re super cute and also creepy, which is probably why they’re included in Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More! In celebration of the best holiday of the year, we’re posting this project below. Get busy knitting or get busy phlegeth ee lloig!
October 7, 2014 • Crafting
WITCH CRAFT by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar
Open this wicked little volume for a spellbinding collection of dark arts and crafts! It’s full of color photos and simple illustrated instructions for crafting everyday items into wonderfully witchy treats:* A truly wicked charm bracelet made from a handful of old trinkets* Spooky little skulls made out of marshmallows* A bewitching midnight black tutu that can be stitched up in minutes* A wicked poison apple fashioned from an everyday plushie* Witches, monsters, spiders, and ghosts to top your cupcakes* And much, much more!Each step-by-step project is as easy as the wave of a wand-no previous crafting experience required!
September 18, 2014 • Cookbook: Desserts, Crafting
Did you know that today is Read an eBook Day? It is! True story! Just check out this website!
Over the past few years, Quirk has released a handful of free eBooks, featuring tons of stuff from our books. Recipes, crafts, excerpts, essays... you name it, we've tossed in a lot of free stuff into these beautifully designed (great work Andie!) free eBooks.
There are some links to download them below. Go ahead, they're free. Happy Read an eBook Day!
September 9, 2014 • Crafting
Books: they're bigger on the inside! Sometimes literally. Book safes are cool-looking and very handy for hiding away your ~secret things~, but they're a bit of a pain to make (all that cutting and gluing!) Fortunately, some clever Etsy crafters have you covered. Click for our favorite picks!
August 12, 2014 • Crafting
Hoop-ing up embroidery pieces is a great way to quickly and cheaply DIY wall art. There are so many directions to take hoop art, from the bold to the serene, that there's no way to go wrong. Here at Quirk we love words & books, so we took our inspiration from hand lettering to make our take on hoop art, but you can go with whatever floats your boat!Supplies- Fabric. For this particular project, you'll want a solid color or a small pattern.- Backing fabric. Plain white linen should do the job.- Embroidery needle- Embroidery thread- Scissors- Embroidery hoop (or two)- Quilting marker (optional)- Pencil and Paper (optional)- Pins (optional)Directions1. Decide on a quote- I went with a favorite from A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler): "Never trust anyone who has not brought a good book with them."