The shawl pictured above is from the Lion Brand yarn company free email newsletter. I made the shaw for a friend. I love lace knitting so any time I get the opportunity to knit lace I'm a happy person! So what do you love? Knitting, crocheting, weaving, sewing? All of the above? There are a lot of truly USEFUL newsletters that can help those of us who craft for charity! Do you use any free newsletters in crafting for charity?
Where do you start looking for useful free newsletters? Well why not start with companies you trust? Coats and Clark is a well known name among crafters with sewing, knitting and crocheting projects updated regularly you can pretty much count on Coats and Clark. Names like Anchor embroidery thread and Rowan fabric, Red Heart yarns to Rowan yarns. You can find the link to the e-newsletter at the bottom of the screen. You will even find a story on the page today (June 5, 2016) asking fiber artists to help Red Heart to support the Red Cross.
Lion Brand yarns has an excellent newsletter for those who love knitting and crocheting. It is filled with great ideas for adults and children alike. The search for patterns can be daunting but newsletters like the "Weekly Stitch" make it a bit easier to scroll through and find exactly the right pattern to bookmark for your purposes. Check out Lion Brand's PatternFinder while you are signing up for the newsletter. You'll find the link to sign up for the newsletter along the left hand side of the page exactly in the middle. I enjoy the selections in the newsletter and of course their NEW yarns! Always fantastic. (oh and signing up gets you an extra discount if you order!)
Yarnspirations one of the fiber-y-est sites on the internet. Yarnspirations is a parent website for several brands of yarn and "Wonderart" if you sign up for the newsletter you get an extra discount off a purchase through the website! (their service is very good!) I think one of my favorite aspects of the Yarnspirations website is the "lookbooks" page. So many wonderful designs to choose from.
What about our favorite crochet or knit artists? Well MANY of them have newsletters to enjoy. Mikey, of the Crochet Crowd has a FREE magazine that comes right to your email! Okay so I don't usually "Squeee" as my Kids call it. You know the noise some women make when they find something particularly exciting? Well I have uttered the occasional "Squeee" at "Mikey Magazine". I know very uncharacteristic of me but yet, there it is. Mikey Magazine is also available online you can look at back issues! March was "Baby" month inside Mikey magazine. Though Mikey might be the "front man" for Mikey Magazine there are a lot of contributors and sponsors that go into making a magazine like this work and its a challenge to please everyone. If you don't find something in one issue you're sure to find something you really enjoy in the next. And its FREE!
The Crochet Crowd is VERY concerned with supporting your local community and charities. They often have giveaways that are centered around charitable crafting. Don't miss out on "Mikey Magazine"!
Knitters there's a fantastic knitting newsletter from AllFreeknitting.com! Many MANY more "Squeee" worthy projects in the newsletter and on the website. GREAT fun for those of every skill looking for just about every project need! From baby booties to lace shawls AllFreeKnitting has a pattern. Even free ebooks! The free newsletter sign up is along the right hand column at the top of the page. There are always great charity ideas available through AllFreeKnitting.com. Use their search engine to find various charities. Just be sure to look at the date of publication, some of the charities are no longer functioning.
Another great indy designer is "Zooty Owl". A crocheter and acquaintance (a very lovely person!) Zooty Owl's Crafty Blog is a really special space on the net. You'll find lots of great projects, tutorials and fun pictures. I have used some of her beautiful patterns for charity. There's so much to take in on her blog, you better grab a cup of coffee or tea! To subscribe to the updates to the blog just scroll down to the bottom left hand side of the page or at the top right hand side of the page. You'll see a link that reads Subscribe (ATOM). Please remember to thank these indy artists for their beautiful contributions. Her year thus far has been so busy but finally my friend Zelna Oliver is back and better than ever :) Congrats! Much happiness to you and yours!
Another prolific crocheter with a great newsletter is Crochet Jewel! Amy does not just cover her own designs but the designs of others also. She tries to find the best of the best patterns and share it with others. So much of what she shares on the site would be GREAT for charity work. Homeless shelters, battered women's shelters, after school programs for the underserved of the community. Her blog is jam packed with great ideas and you can sign up to get her newsletter by entering your email on the right hand column of the page.
Last but not least is The WHOot! One of my favorite sites as you know, I haven't mentioned them in a long while so I thought it was time to do so again. The WHOot is a site filled with ideas for cooking and crafting of all sorts. The WHOot invited little old me to join their pinterest board. I was quite happy :) I don't often get invitations for my help or opinion from other crafters. It was lovely of them to ask. Check out the crochet section of their page. Then sign up for their emails! You'll find that you can count on the WHOot for innovative FUN ideas that will really brighten someone's day.
So there are just a few ideas on where YOU can start to look for ways to donate to charity. FREE newsletters are fun to get and open in your email and fun to share with friends. Remember however, credit where credit is due please. Make sure that if you use a picture one of the patterns from the newsletters you give credit to the author or source. It's yet another way to pay it forward. Hope all of you enjoy today's blog post if you are looking for MORE newsletters please feel free to contact me!
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