Kelley Johnson
I'm an ex-schoolmarm who is excited about all things education and creative related, which means Crafttuts+ is the perfect site for me! I'm currently loving my life as a professional photographer with Radiant Photography. When I'm not writing for Crafttuts+ or taking photos, I can be found working on my personal life & style blog, Threads & Buttons or sharing random thoughts on Twitter.
Latest Posts
  • Crafts & DIY
    Jewellery
    Make Your Very Own Lucky Green Necklace for St Patrick's DayBaublednecklacepreview
    You know you don't have to wear an oversized crushed-velvet leprechaun's hat or a flashing neon shamrock pin to dress up for St Patrick's Day. Instead, why not make a sweet emerald-green bauble necklace to celebrate March 17, and add a bit of class to the day's festivities? Better still, you can wear it again! Here's how to make your very own lucky necklace.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Knitting
    Knitting Fundamentals: How to Block a Completed Knitting ProjectPreviewimageblockwork
    You've carefully followed your pattern and knit and purled with care. You've bound off your work and weaved in your ends. Still, something doesn't seem quite right about your "finished" knitting project. It's curling up and bulging in places where it should lay flat, and some areas are stretched while others are pulled too tight. What can you do to help your knitting project look more shapely and complete? Block it! I'll show you how.Read More…
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    Knitting
    Knitting Fundamentals: How to Weave in the Ends of a Knitting ProjectWeaveinendspreviewimage
    After you bind-off a knitting project, and finish your "I'm done!" happy dance, you'll likely realize that you've got at least a couple of crazy yarn ends dangling from your project. No need to be upset - invisibly weaving in those tails is simpler than you may think! Check out the following video tutorial to learn how.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Knitting
    Knit a Gorgeous Two-Toned Colour-Block Chunky ScarfTwotonescarfpreviewfinal
    Cowls are a perfect cold weather accessory. They're not only adorable, but they also keep you nice and toasty on blustery days. With all of the cowls I've owned, I've found that my favorites are the ones that come with a fair amount of versatility. I like to be able to wear them loose during the slightly warmer winter afternoons, but I want to be able to change things up and pull my cowl close to me as the sun sets and the temperatures drop. So, I designed this chunky two-toned colour-blocked cowl to do just that. Sound like something you would enjoy wearing or making? Let's get knitting!Read More…
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    Knitting
    Knitting Fundamentals: How to Bind-offPreviewimagebindofffinal
    Nothing beats the joy of finally getting to the end of a long knitting project. You've worked hard to get to this point, and there's only one thing between you and getting that project off your needles: binding-off. Unfortunately, sometimes knitting projects can take so long, that you may need to do a little brushing up on the binding-off technique before you can complete it yourself. This is even more likely to be true if you're a beginner knitter. Now you've got this handy video that will hold your hand through every step of the way.Read More…
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    Knitting
    Knitting Fundamentals: How to Join New YarnPreviewimagejoinyarn
    The only time when you need to join new yarn is (a) when you need to change colours; or (b) when you run out of yarn. But when you're just starting out with knitting, working your way through a whole skein seems like it will take ages, and the idea of changing colours is daunting at best! I can tell you wonderful new knitters right now, those skeins of yarn will be knitted up before you know it, and changing colours is not only easy, it's also a tonne of fun! So let's toss those fears aside and learn how to join a new yarn to your knitting now.Read More…
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    Knitting
    Knitting Fundamentals: 5 Different Ways to Cast-OnPreviewimagefivewaysfinal
    Many knitters find a cast-on method they like (usually the one they first learnt) and stick to it, only using alternative methods for "special occasions". I fully agree that it can be frustrating to try new methods, as you're probably super-speedy at the one you prefer, and trying something new can slow you down. Still, by not trying new ways to cast-on, you could be missing out on what may become your favorite method. It could even be better than the one you use now! I suggest experimenting with a few new cast-on methods just for fun while you're in-between knitting projects. This way casting-on isn't just the step you're trying to rush through in order to start knitting, it's a new and fun technique that you're trying out.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Knitting
    Knitting Fundamentals: Learn to PurlPreviewimagepurl
    Most beginner knitters learn how to cast-on and how to do the knit stitch right away. Then, when somebody mentions learning the purl stitch, they run for cover. I know, I know, you just started to feel comfortable knitting, and now people want to throw something new at you, and it's scary. Let me put your mind at ease by saying, I promise, this stitch is not nearly as terrifying as you think. In fact, with a little bit of practice, I'm sure you'll be purling like a professional in no time!Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Knitting
    Knit a Cosy Hairband for WinterKnitacosyhairbandpreviewimage
    How often do you try your best to dress for the cool weather, and then find that you've only succeeded in making yourself look like an over-sized snowman or an extra fluffy Stay Puff Marshmallow Man? It seems it's often incredibly difficult to find items that are both fashionable and winter weather friendly. Luckily, extra fluffy hairbands/ear warmers have popped up on the fashion radar. Whether they're topped with a giant bow, cinched up in a turban style, or just simple chunky knit band, these accessories are ones that will keep you warm, and add a little extra style to your winter outfits. Want to try making one of your own? We've got you covered with this cosy hairband tutorial.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Knitting
    Knitting Fundamentals: How to do a Knit StitchPreviewimageknitstitch
    Knitting is all the rage at the moment, and as cooler weather starts to roll into the northern hemisphere, it seems the knitting craze is continuing to pick up steam. With chunky scarves and warm ribbed blankets filling our Christmas lists and Pinterest boards, it's no wonder guys and gals everywhere are picking up knitting needles and making their own unique masterpieces. Why not try it out yourself? It all starts with a simple knit stitch. Let's give it a go!Read More…
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    Knitting
    Knitting Fundamentals: How to Cast-OnPreviewimagecastingon
    Knitting has been gaining quite a bit popularity over the past few years. Knitting enthusiasts are no longer just grandmothers who make sweaters for Christmas (although those gals are out there too… love you Granny!). It's true, knitting is now common amongst women and men of almost all age ranges, and many of those who don't know how to knit are starting to express an interest in learning. Now, very first step in almost all knitting projects is casting-on, which is what I'll be teaching you today. So what are you waiting for? Go grab some knitting needles and yarn, and let's get you started on your knitting journey!Read More…
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    Knitting
    The Fastest Way to Knit Your Own Coffee CozyRebootcozypreviewimage
    I think it's safe to say that there are some days when your average-sized cup of coffee just won't cut it. You know the kinds of days I'm talking about. The ones with early morning meetings, long work hours and endless errands. On those days, you need to super-size your morning "pick-me-up", and we've got the perfect coffee cozy for your extra large dose of caffeine. Keep your fingers safe and your cup warm and fluffy with this extra large "Reboot" coffee cozy!Read More…