Friday, June 25, 2010

Free Web Resources - Part 2

More free online resources to investigate...

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings – “This site's mission is to make available high-quality renditions of these African symbols at no cost for personal and non-profit uses.” – You can sign up for updates to receive alerts when new symbols are added.

Adinkra Cloth Symbols: Asante Wisdom - Aaron Mobley - This is a "...PDF ebook, with 110 symbols, a brief history of the Adinkra Cloth, an image gallery of Adinkra cloths and stamps, and a resource list with links to more information on Adinkra cloth and African textiles." Please be patient as it downloads.

Adinkra Cloth Symbols Chart - Aaron Mobley - Click chart to enlarge

PictoBrowser - a free web application that displays Flickr and Picasa images on websites and blogs.

Penzu – “Penzu is a free online diary and personal journal that is focused on privacy. You can keep your thoughts and ideas to yourself and share only if you want to!” – CNET and PC Magazine both give it a big “thumbs up”.

ARTSBOWL: A Creative Courses Hub – A new platform for promoting art classes, courses, workshops and creative activities. It is designed to raise your profile as a creative course provider as well as a way to stay up-to-date on new courses and competitions, to post blogs and show off your creative projects.

Pattern in Islamic Art – “This website offers a FREE download of over 4000 images of patterns and other design features drawn from the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic world. Historically, the decorative arts have always formed a major part of Islamic aesthetic expression. Its remarkable achievements in this direction (much of which are represented here) make it an invaluable resource for designers of all kinds as well as for art-historians and art-lovers generally.”

TextureKingHigh quality texture photos that are free for personal and professional use.

MapMuse – this website has interactive mapping of quilt shops, and fabric stores across the country, with relevant info given for each store.
Quilting Stores -

Fabric Stores -
FabSearch This site is sponsored by the Fabric Shop Network and provides three ways to search for products: Keyword search for fabrics, books, patterns, notions, etc.; Keyword search for products, newsletters, class information, etc.; and E-mail search in which you "Provide as much detailed information as you possibly can. For example: If you are looking for a specific fabric, include a written description, the manufacturer, name of the collection (if known), pattern number, color name and number, and number of yards you need." This e-mail request will then be sent to 1,000 fabric and quilt shop owners.


How To Videos of Embroidery Stitches – “Hand embroidery is easier if you have someone around to show you how to do it. You can certainly find just about any hand embroidery stitch illustrated in a book, but it’s not quite the same as sitting down next to a friend who can walk you through the stitches. There are quite a few videos available on embroidery stitches, but I’ve noticed that they are either for special techniques (such as “crewel embroidery” or “ribbon embroidery”) or they are very expensive for only a few stitches. So I thought I’d see if I could manage a library of hand embroidery stitches on video.”

Embroidery Stitch Dictionary – Click on the magnifying glass beside each entry to view a large image of the stitch.

Dictionary of Stitches for Hand Embroidery and Needlework - Sharon Boggon -includes illustration of how to work each stitch.

Embroidery Stitch Identification Guide - Henry Art Gallery - ""The Embroidery Stitch Identification Guide presents a standardized nomenclature and classification system for embroidery stitches based on seven structural and three usage categories. The goal is to provide consistent nomenclature for designers, ethnographers, textile historians, curators, and others who wish to identify embroidery stitches or create embroidered textiles. The project includes names for stitches previously undocumented in embroidery literature, variations of named stitches, and stitch combinations. The index cross references stitch names that deviate from this standardized nomenclature. The focus is on surface stitches, joins, edges, withdrawn element embroidery, deflected element embroidery, and cut work." - "As you move your mouse over the name of the stitch, a large image of it appears.

KG-Stitch - This is a highly professional free cross stitch software application. Instead of loading and transforming pictures and photos, this piece of software is used to design your own cross stitch charts and graphs. It has a color palette based on DMC embroidery thread colors. There is also a blog to keep you updated and a Support Forum.
User's Manual

KnitMap – “Knitmap is a searchable catalog of yarn stores from all over the world…anyone can review, rate and help keep Knitmap up to date!”

Standards and Guidelines for Crochet and Knitting - "The publishers, fiber, needle and hook manufacturers and yarn members of the Craft Yarn Council of America have worked together to set up a series of guidelines and symbols to bring uniformity to yarn, needle and hook labeling and to patterns, whether they appear in books, magazines, leaflets or on yarn labels. Our goal is to make it easier for...consumers to select the right materials for a project and complete it successfully."

StitchMinder – iPhone Knitting Application

Yarndex the Yarn Directory – “The yarn directory is created to offer knitting enthusiasts a never before available guide to the world of yarn. It is the goal of Yarndex to present every quality yarn from all manufacturers across the globe in a single source that is easy to search, intuitive to use and that provides quick results to Yarndex users.”

YARNIA the final product isn’t free, but the service provided is unique – “Yarnia is a revolutionary yarn store in Southeast Portland, and the only place where you can design your very own custom blend of yarn. You choose the fiber, color, thickness, and amount, and can have your custom cone of yarn wound for you right on the spot.” – Click the Custom Yarn link at the top of the page to get started creating your very own skein(s). You’re able to control all of the variables from color to fiber to thickness to amount.

KnitPro – “KnitPro is a free web application that translates digital images into knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns. Simply upload jpeg, gif or png images and knitPro will generate a graph sizable for any fiber project.”
The Nike Blanket Petition – “From 2003-2008, a diverse group of international knit and crochet hobbyists participated in a microRevolt project called the Nike Blanket Petition, a 15-foot wide handmade blanket of the Nike swoosh. Each 4 x 4 inch stitched square creates the Nike logo, acting as a signature for fair labor policies for Nike garment workers. Over the five-year period, virtual and hand-made squares were collected on tour, electronically and by post mail, representing over 30 countries demonstrated above.”  

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