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How To : Switch from a straight needle to a round needle

This is a great knitting tip. See how to switch from a straight needle to a round needle when knitting, and why, with this easy, up close demonstration by Judy Graham, Knitter to the Stars. Judy's knits have appeared in movies, television, and concerts for over thirty years. ...more

How To : Knit Straight on a Circular Needle

I love circular needles! I use a circular most of the time, even when I am knitting straight. One of the reasons I love knitting on a circular is because with a circular needle, you don't have to worry about dropping a needle. You just have one. It's particularly good to knit ...more

How To : Use a curved needle for suturing arterial lines

This video shows the method to suture arterial lines using a curved needle. We will use the new arterial line kit for our demonstration. We will use a curved needle as it is safer than the straight needle. Hold the suture with the hamostat at about sixty percent from the tip o ...more

How To : Bind Off Knitting on a Circular Needle

Binding off on a circular needle is as easy as binding off on a straight needle. Follow the steps below to learn how to bind off on a circular needle: Knit the first 2 stitches on the needle. Insert left needle into the front of the stitch you knitted first, and pull it over ...more

How To : Decrease on a Circular Needle

Decreasing on a Circular Needle is as simple as decreasing on a straight needle. You can still do it both ways. Either K 2 tog or K, slip, psso. You will need to know how to decrease on a circular needle when you make hats or purses. If t don't know how, see the bottom of the ...more

How To : Bind Off on Double-Pointed Needles When Knitting

Binding off on double-pointed needles is the same as binding off on a straight needle. The difference is is that you have to be very careful as you work on each needle. Here's how to bind off on double-pointed needles. BIND OFF the first stitch. BIND OFF the second stitch. C ...more

How To : Add Color on Circular Needles When Knitting

Adding color on circular needles is as easy, if not easier than adding color on a straight needle. You can use this method for knitting stripes or simply just changing from one color to another. Here's how to ADD COLOR ON A CIRCULAR NEEDLE. Take your new color and fold it ov ...more

How To : Make Chain Mail Armor from Start to Finish

This article is a guide for making Chainmail Armor from start (simple wire) to finish (a finished chainmail shirt). We will be using the European 4 in 1 weave, as this is the most common weave. This is the weave that you usually see in movies. There are several sections to thi ...more

How To : Do the Raised Chain Stitch Band

This is a composite stitch. There are two embroidery stitches here put together to make the raised chain: the simple straight stitch which forms the bars on which you stitch the chain stitch. Watch this video from Needle 'n Thread to see how it's done. Video: .

How To : Do the Horizontal Fly Stitch

The fly stitch is another basic embroidery stitch used for straight and curved lines, seam embellishments in crazy quilting, and general surface embroidery techniques. The fly stitch can be worked horizontally and vertically. In this video, it is worked horizontally. Watch thi ...more

How To : Make an oversized book bag

Forget about spending too much money at a retail store for a new bookbag when you can make your own! Go back to school in style - your own personalized style - by making your very own purse to carry your books in. Use fabrics & accessories to customize your book bag to fit you ...more

How To : Do the Chevron Stitch

The Chevron Stitch is used in hand embroidery to work decorative bands and seam embellishments. It's a great stitch for smocking, too. Chevron Stitch is a lot like the herringbone stitch, differing only slightly by the fact that the stitches on the upwards stroke do not cross ...more

How To : Do the embroidery running stitch

For right-handers, work from right to left or top to bottom. For left-handers, work from left to right, or top to bottom. Bring the needle to the front of the fabric at A, and pull the thread through. Now, for the rest of your stitches, you can work them more quickly if you "r ...more

How To : Make a Where the Wild Things Are Halloween costume

Release your inner wild thing with a costume based on the classic children's book. You Will Need * 1½ yards of 72" wide white fleece * Marking chalk * Scissors * Straight pins * A sewing needle and a sewing machine * 1½-inch white polyester thread * ½ yard white Velcro * A tap ...more

How To : Do a three-needle bind off for knitting

Stay tuned for this knitting demonstration video. This three needle bind off technique produces a very neat, flexible shoulder seam – and, no sewing is required. Begin by moving the shoulder stitches from their stitch holders to appropriately sized needles. I like to use doub ...more

How To : Do the Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Here is how to join two sets of stitches without leaving a seam. This method is good for the toes of socks, the top of hoods, baby garments, or anywhere else you don't want a bulky seam.. It's NOT recommended for shoulder seams on heavy sweaters or other places where you need ...more

How To : Use a crochet hook to maintain dread locks

Hold crochet hook with dominate hand, needle facing toward you, hold dreadlock with left hand. In a spot with numerous loose hairs poke needle through dreadlock to other side. Grab loose hairs with needle and pull them through the dreadlock (use hands to keep loose hairs on ho ...more

How To : Perform a "needle" dance move (for kids)

A needle is when one foot is on the ground (flat) in-line with the shoulders, and the opposite leg is kicked back, reaching for the sky. This puts the dancer in a "needle" position, with the straight legs forming a straight line, from head to toe. In this dance lesson, you'll ...more

How To : Sew a straight stitch

The video shows us how to sew a straight stitch which is really simple. The needle which is already being threaded and knotted on the other side is made to weave in and out in a straight line. It is done as straight as possible and though the video doesn't show it being done p ...more

How To : Sew a straight seam

You can learn to confidently and accurately sew a straight seam. You Will Need * Straight pins * A measuring tape * A sewing machine * Masking tape Step 1 Align the fabric to be hemmed and pin it in place. Align any notches, dots, or other pattern markings when pinning the pi ...more

HowTo : Grow Your Own Snowflakes

CalTech's Kenneth Libbrecht reveals the sublime beauty of snow crystals when photographed with a specially designed snowflake photomicroscope. The physicist is author of the Field Guide to Snowflakes and The Secret Life of a Snowflake, and recently posted an instructional guid ...more

How To : Keep your skirt clean while riding a bike

Your bike is your prized possession - it is your mode of transportation, your exercise and definitely your fashion statement. But, just because you love your bike, doesn't mean you want to destroy your outfit by riding it. Follow this tutorial and add a pretty mesh barrier to ...more

How To : Do the Two Needle Cast On Knitting

There are so many different ways to cast on knitting. I have my own favorite. It's the way I learned when I first started knitting. My way is called TWO NEEDLE CAST ON. I like this 2 needle method because you don't have to guess how much you need to measure out a length of yar ...more

How To : Sew a hem

Sure, you can always use iron-on hem tape to shorten those pants, but maybe it’s time to join the 35 million Americans who can sew—yes, with a needle and thread—a hem. You Will Need * A seam ripper * A floor-length mirror * Straight pins * An iron * A sewing needle * Thread S ...more

How To : Make a Compass in Your Kitchen

Things you'll need: Glass or shallow bowl Water Straight pin or needle Cork Small craft or block magnet Magnetize your needle Take your magnet, and rubbing it over and over again in one direction down half the length of your needle. Rotate the needle to make sure you've got ...more

How To : Sew your own super easy skirt

All you need to know how to do is trace a line in order to be able to turn a T-shirt into a cute skirt! You'll also need some tailor's chalk, a sewing machine (or needle and thread), scissors and some straight pins.

How To : Sew stuffed pumpkins as an autumn decoration

Here's an adorable and fun decorating idea that you can use all through the autumn! Make a patch full of adorable stuffed fabric pumpkins. You'll need some orange and green fabric scraps, straight pins, a hand sewing needle, scissors and stuffing or batting.

How To : Do a running stitch

Getting started in the world of sewing & embroidery? The running stitch is the most popular of stitches in which the needle is passed in and out of the fabric. Get started doing the running stitch (sometimes called the straight stitch) with help from this fantastic tutorial pr ...more

How To : Knit a triangle shawl

Watch this instructional knitting video to knit a simple triangle shawl. If you aren't starting out using circular needles, you will need to transfer the shawl to circles once the shawl is too large to fit on straight needles. By knitting increases you can make a an elegant sh ...more

How To : Make a boutique style bow

Learn how to make a boutique style bow: Use 23 inches a ribbon to make a 4 inch bow. First, trim and heat seal the edges. Wrap it around your fingers and stretch it so the ends are not overlapping the bottom. Make sure the end is on the bottom and stick a pin through the cente ...more

How To : Make your own big hair bow with fabric & thread

In order to make a large hair bow, you will need the following: a headband, fabric, thread, scissors, thread, and a needle. This can be sewn by hand or with a sewing machine. You will be using a straight stitch for this. Cut your fabric to the size that you would like at a 1 ...more

How To : Tune up a crankbait for a straight path

How many times have you been on the water and you've cast off a crankbait? You pick up the crankbait rod and make a cast, start your retrieve and your bait runs off to the side. Tuning will keep it straight. Wade Bourne, host of Wade's World on MyOutdoorTV, shows you how to tu ...more

How To : Make six different types of flower rosettes

You probably already have a plethora of white t-shirts and plain blue jeans, and while having outfits you can lean on no matter the time of day or occasion, going with the same neutral tones and combinations gets a bit boring (not to mention visually dull) after a while. Spic ...more

How To : Do a feather stitch when embroidering

In this tutorial, we learn how to do a feather stitch while embroidering. To begin, you want to place your finger right next to where you are sewing so you are making a loop shape and helping guide your needle as you are doing this. You will want to chain the loops together, m ...more

How To : Make crepe paper flowers

Becca from Amazing Paper Grace demonstrates how to make crepe paper flowers. The supplies needed are a roll of crepe paper, scissors, a ruler, and a sewing machine or needle and thread. Measure a yard of crepe paper and trim it narrower if you want a smaller flower. Use the se ...more

How To : Make a Christmas tree skirt

Looking to make this Christmas a DIY Christmas? Why not make your own Christmas tree skirt, customized to fit your personality and home decor! Nothing says it’s Christmas like a beautiful Christmas tree. Now you can decorate the area below with a handmade Christmas tree skirt ...more

How To : Make knitting needles

This video demonstrates how to make your own knitting needles. These are made out of wood. Double pointed needles, if you get frustrated with the aluminum needles sliding out of your work these wooden ones would solve that problem. Straight needles; most people prefer aluminum ...more

How To : Turn High Rise Briefs to Low Rise Briefs for Men

Recently I've been interested in spicing up my choices in undergarments, but as some of you may know, designer underwear for men can be quite expensive. Prices usually range from about $20+ for one pair. With this helpful tip, you can turn any pair of cheap high rise briefs in ...more

How To : Knit On Circular Needles Or Knit In The Round

Knitting on circular needles is called Knitting in the Round. You cast on to your circular needle in exactly the same way that you cast onto straight needles. The first row where you make your join will be the hardest. After that, it's easy. Tip You MUST be sure that when yo ...more

How To : Make a continuous daisy chain necklace

This video shows you how to create a continuous, daisy-chain necklace. The materials used include: size 11 rock eyes in yellow, red and purple, a toggle clasp , 9mm thread and a size 10 beading needle. Start by sewing on one half of the clasp, tying a knot to hold it in place. ...more

How To : Navigate with a compass

Learning how to read a compass might just save your life one day! Know how to use a compass and you'll never get lost in the wild. Follow these simple steps & you'll learn this valuable skill. What you will need: • A compass • A map • A baseplate compass (optional) • A co ...more

How To : Use a sewing machine properly

Even if you never took home ec, you can create simple projects by learning the basics of sewing machine use. You Will Need * A sewing machine * A sturdy table * Thread * Your machine’s instruction manual * A bobbin * Fabric * An adjustable chair or table (optional) Step 1: Pl ...more

How To : Make wine glass charms

Tired of hearing, "Is that my glass?" at gatherings? End the confusion by creating simple charms that will help everyone hang on to their own drink. Check out this Howcast video tutorial on how to make wine glass charms. You Will Need * Wine glasses * A cylinder about 1/2 in ...more

How To : Hem pants so they fit

You will need marking pencils or chalk, scissors, seam ripper, pins and good quality matching thread. Mark desired length on each pant leg. Option 1: Stand on pants and place a pin where fabric hits the floor. Option 2: Fold pants up to desired length & pin. Take pants off; tu ...more

DIY Plastination : Turning Dead Animals Into Science-Jerky

If you found the world renown Body Worlds exhibition gnarly and perverse, perhaps you'll find this latest parade of plastination a little less so—considering we don't share the same DNA as these specimens of jerky-in-the-name-of-science. The Koerperwelten der Tiere—or Animal B ...more

How To : Machine knit an open cast on

Watch this instructional knitting video to complete and open cast on with a knitting machine. Push your needles back into forward position and knit across one row. You will want to use clips and claw weights to keep your knit work straight. If you knit with a knitting machine, ...more

How To : Fish for bass using a square-billed crankbait

If you're bass fisherman, then you know that the lipless crankbait is the bait you want in your fishing box. It's great for catching roaming fish chasing bait fish. However, there is an alternative you could use— a square-billed shallow running crankbait. They both are used in ...more

How To : Fish for bass using the flicker shad bait

Big surprises come in little packages, and that's certainly the case with this flicker shad bait. This flicker shad has been proven to attract bass or any fish that feeds on shad, so if you want to learn more, watch as Wade Bourne of MyOutdoorTV shows you how to fish a flicker ...more

How To : Mend and hem clothes

In this video series, watch as expert seamstress Karen Weisman teaches how to mend, patch, and hem clothes. Learn how to replace a button, how to thread a needle, how to use a sewing machine to fix buttons, how to remove old buttons from clothing, how to use a hand sewn blind ...more

How To : Get Drunk in Public on the Sly

Though nobody's going to hide the fact that they're getting sloshed on major holidays, you might want to be more discreet when it comes to your morning pick-me-up or lunchtime tipple during the rest of the year. It used to be that having four martinis at lunch was acceptable a ...more

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