Links

Bernat Yarn

This website has information about the types of yarn produced by Bernat and provides free patterns, helpful hints, FAQs, etc.. You can have your name added to their mailing list for additional information.

Bev's Country Cottage

Bev's Country Cottage is a vast free resource for crafters who love to make warm, needed items for humanitarian purposes or for your own family. Here you will find patterns for everything from preemie hats and booties to senior citizen lapghans and slippers; or kids mittens and cat blankets to leprosy bandages and granny squares. Perhaps you just need a place to send items? Check out the charity listings on this site. It also features recipes, cross stitch patterns, plastic canvas patterns, food storage info., and more.

Bonnie Babies

Bonnie Babies is volunteer organization in the United Kingdom that makes tiny premature clothes, blankets and sadly burial outfits for "Special Baby Care Units" . Members knit, crochet and sew. Participants in the organization also provide support to parents of infants in the Special Baby Care Units. Visit their website.

Crochet Guild of America

A must see site for anyone who crochets! The Crochet guild is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of crochet. You'll find the following information and/or services on this Web site:

  • Welcome letter form the President of CGA
  • What's New
  • Learn How to Crochet: Lessons for right and left handers
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • CGOA Information
  • Information for Crocheter (Activities, Charities, Contests, Publications, Catalogues, Magazines, Spread the word: Chain Reaction
  • National Crochet Week
  • Links
  • Crocheters Anonymous Web Ring
  • Crochetalk Forum

Don't miss "Links, Links, and More Links" under LINKS. You'll find web addresses for books, leaflets and magazines, business and commercial sites, chapters of CGOA Online, Charities, Free Patterns, Handy Information, Internet Crocheters: Groups, Internet Crocheters: Individuals, Supply Sources, Videos, Yarn Manufacturers, Yarn Retailers, Yarn Spinners and Yarn Stores, General Crafts, and Other Needlework and Fiber Crafts.

Coats & Clark

Learn all about the products and services of this major corporation. Home sewers, knitters, and crocheters will find information of interest. Subsections include:

  • About Us (History, sponsorship, etc.)
  • Products (Products for sewing/quilting, knitting/crochet, Embroidery, Crafts, Books, and Patterns)
  • What's New (New products and colors)
  • Free Stuff (Free patterns and leaflets)
  • Sitemap (a visual table of contents)

Craft Yarn Council

"Knitting, crocheting, and crafting with yarns are skills that are enjoyed for a lifetime, whether creating apparel or home fashions for yourself, as gifts, for profit, or just for fun and relaxation. All of the Craft Yarn Council of America's programs are designed to convey this message. In addition to sponsoring an educational program CYCA acts as a clearing house for the craft yarn industry, when possible answering consumer inquiries and providing links to consumer knitting and crocheting guilds. Plus, it sponsors community-based programs such as Warm Up America and Caps for Kids..."
Formed in 1981, CYCA attempts to raise awareness of yarns. Member companies supply much of the yarn, tools, and accessories used in the US.

  • About CYCA
  • Learn to Teach
  • Programs
  • Projects
  • Networking
  • Warm Up America
  • Caps for Kids
  • Questions
  • Monthly Update
  • Links to member websites
    • Bernat & Lily Yarns by Spinrite Inc
      Bounce-Back Fibers by Solutia
      Boye Needle
      Caron International
      Coats & Clark
      Lion Brand Yarn
      Sterling Fibers, Inc.
      Technical Marketing Associates

Craft Yarn Council: CYC PRojects - Crochet Preemie Cap & other Patterns

Providing needy children with cozy hats to keep them warm is what Caps for Kids is all about. Nearly one million caps, along with other children's accessories, have been knitted and crocheted by volunteers since the program began. the hats are given to non-profit, non-denominational agencies in the communities of the donors.
This site contains the name and address to contact for participating store/collection sites, free patterns, FAQs, Networking, etc.

Designs by KN

Easy, well-written, original knitting and crochet patterns. Kathy has kindly allowed Care Wear Volunteers to reprint patterns in previous newsletters. Everyone liked her patterns.

Prym Consumer USA Inc

Home sewers will recognize the name. Prym-Dritz provides a wide assortment of notions for sewing, home decoration, craft projects and quilting.

  • Sewing
  • Quilting
  • Home Dec
  • Decorative Trims
  • Projects
  • Join Our Club

If you are looking for creative ideas for today's consumer, check out this Web site.

Kunin Felt

I never realized that there are so many types and weights of felt! This website includes product information as well as patterns. Blossom the Bear is especially cute! Care Wear Volunteers was given permission to reprint this pattern in the June 2002 newsletter. There are other adorable patterns available on that site. Click on "Project Sheets" and "Designer Corner" in the left column for patterns.

Helen Littrell's Chemo Hat Patterns

Helen has three different patterns for cancer hats on this site. To mail a hardcopy, she charges a small fee to cover copying and postage, which as we all know can get expensive. But the main thrust is to get the patterns out to individuals and groups who will make and donate hats. After all these years of making and donating here in this area that has at least 25,000 residents, she is still the only person interested in the project. You know the old story from those who complain about being bored and having nothing to do--just ask them to get involved in a charity project and all of a sudden they're way too busy. So on the advice of Gail Brown, Helen decided to put up a website and see if it would do some good.
Helen.s sewing patterns are clear and easy to follow. I hope that readers will join her in helping.

Herrschners

I remember ordering embroidery supplies from Herrschners when I was a teenager-many many years ago!!! I remember spending many hours looking over their catalogue. Well, you can still look at their catalague&emdash;on the Web or in print.

  • Shopping Assistance
  • Weekly Specials
  • About Herrschners
  • Specialty Catalogues
  • International Orders
  • Customer Service
  • Free Stuff!
  • Security
  • Yarns
  • Crochet Threads
  • Embroidery Threads
  • Needlework Kits
  • Fabrics
  • Books & Patterns
  • Tools & Accessories
  • Latch Hook kits
  • Quilts & stamped embroidery
  • Crafts
  • Order from our print catalogue
  • Got a minute?

Home Sewing Association

Sewers, here is a site for you! The Home Sewing Association offers membership, information, free projects, etc.

  • Membership Information
  • Trends, Tips, and Techniques
  • Free Projects
  • Book Spotlight
  • Kids Page
  • Caring and Sharing
  • Links We Love
  • Educational Program
  • The Sewing Thread
  • Suddenly You're Sewing

Hugs and Hope

Children fighting for their lives have very little to smile about. You can change that by sending them some "Happy Mail." Cherry cards give these kids a few more smiles, a little more hope and a reason to get out of bed each day.

Lion Brand Yarn Company

This is a major supplier of knitting yarn. Order via their catalogue or online. Free patterns and craft ideas on their website.

Mary Maxim

A catalogue and online source of needlework and craft supplies. Yarn, kits, knitting needles, crochet hooks, pattern booklets, instruction booklets, and lots more.

Marcus Brothers Textiles

Fine Quality fabrics for quilting, crafts, home decor and apparel sewing. Available in quilt shops and fabric stores worldwide. Visit us online for free projects, new fabric collections, quilt gallery, fre tips, news, links and more.

Patternworks

Patternworks has been called the "best thing for knitters since sheep." Their 80-page catalogue contains yarn, knitting kits, knitting books and videos, knitting needles and gadgets, and knitting software. Patternworks is known for hard-to-find supplies. They have an inventory of 12,000 items for knitters, crocheters, and even needlepoint.
Patternworks was kind enough to include an article about Care Wear in one of their catalogues. Prospective Care Wear volunteers from across the country wrote to me for patterns and information about making preemie hats, blankets, etc. Thanks to that publicity, Care Wear's effort to assist hospitalized infants has grown.

  • About Patternworks
  • Our Catalogue
  • How to Place an Order
  • Books
  • Tools & Gadgets
  • Yarn and Buttons
  • Sweater Kits
  • Home Decor
  • Knitting Needles
  • Visit our Store, too
  • Contact & Mail Information

Purple Stitch Project (PSP)

Purple Stitch Project (PSP) is a web-based charitable organization to benefit babies, children, and teens with epilepsy. The first goal of this initiative is a call to action for people who knit, crochet, and sew to make purple (the epilepsy awareness color) gifts for kids with seizure disorders. These gifts will serve as a reminder that they are not alone and that they have community support. To do this, Purple Stitch Project has teamed up with CRAFTSY to be able to offer free patterns & project ideas for volunteers to work from. The 2nd goal of PSP is to raise awareness about epilepsy, the 3rd most prevalent neurological disorder (next to stroke & Alzheimer's). Visit the website for more information.

Simply Crochet

This website provides crochet news and information about many free crochet patterns available for projects of all kinds, including infant layette items. Check out their resources for easy patterns for beginners as well as more complex patterns. See the crochet patterns for baby afghans!

Smiley's Yarns

92-06 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven, NY 11421 Store: 718-849-9873 Mail Order: 718-847-2185 This is a source of yarn at discounted prices.

Stampington & Company

Stampington & CompanySince 1994, Stampington & Company has been a leading source of inspiration for arts & crafts lovers around the world.
Known for their stunning full-color photography and step-by-step instructions, Stampington publications provide a forum for both professional artists and hobbyists to share their beautiful handmade creations with one another.  

Publications of interest to Care Wear Volunteers participants include:

  • Belle Armoire--(Beautiful Wardrobe) a semi-annual publication that features fabric arts, handmade garments, creative jewelry, and accessories.
  • Art Quilting Studio--a semi-annual publication traditional quilters, mixed-media artists,  and fine art quilters explore each others' traditions and share techniques, ideas, and inspiration.    
  • Sew Somerset--a semi-annual publication that combines sewing with mixed-media with a bounty of tips, ideas, and inspiration.
  • Altered Couture--a quarterly publication shows readers how to transform their entire wardrobe into personalized works of art.
  • Apron-ology--an annual publication explores contemporary aprons with a twist.  
  • Haute Handbags--a semi-annual publication devoted to artfully made and embellished one-of-a kind bags.
  • Art Doll--a quarterly publication that includes a broad range of materials and techniques used in contemporary doll artistry.  

See the Stampington & Company website for information about their other publications.

The Knitting Guild of America

This is the National Association of Hand and Machine Knitters that provides information about knitting. Serious knitters will want to explore this site and membership in this organization.

  • TKGA Home
  • Join Today
  • 1998 National Convention
  • Cast On Magazine
  • Precious Pals
  • Educational Programs
  • Chapters
  • Knitting Links
  • Free Patterns

Be sure to check out the collection of links to other organizations, companies, and groups in the WWW of knitting.

The March of Dimes

The March of Dimes was founded in 1938 by President Franklin D Roosevelt to conquer polio. Today, the fight to save babies goes on. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. This mission is carried out through programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy.
The clothing donation program will support our program/mission activities, in particular, prenatal care incentive programs.
For additional information about the clothing donation program or to coordinate clothing pick-up with your local March of Dimes chapter, call Irene Tzeng at 914-997-4571. To learn more about the March of Dimes and the programs the clothing will benefit, please visit our website at http://www.marchofdimes.com.

Touching Little Lives

This is a lovely website with patterns, information, size chart (that we were given permission to reprint on the Care Wear Volunteers website), photos, links, and lots of information. The pattern section has patterns for knitting, crochet, and sewing as well as photos of completed items. Burial garment patterns are available.

Woolworks

Woolworks calls itself the online knitting compendium. Woolworks was formerly known as Online Knitting Magazine. It is the oldest collection of handknitting information on the WWW. Emily Way started the site in 1994. This is a site well worth visiting. It is colorful, well-organized, and full of helpful information.

  • Patterns
  • Stores
  • Craft
  • Resources
  • Gallery
  • About this site

Wisdom Works

"Wisdom Works is the web site of Dr. Mary Stuart, a dear friend of mine who graduated from Hood College three years after I did. She also returned to Hood a few years after graduation. Molly joined the administration and I returned to join the faculty. When Hood opted to phase out "house mothers," Molly lived in Smith Hall and Dick & I lived in Memorial Hall--as transition residence advisors. We have many fond memories of those years.
Molly left Hood to complete a Ph.D. program, served as Dean of Faculty at LaRoche College (Pittsburgh, PA area), and President of Mount St. Vincent College (New York). I stayed at Hood, but moved from the faculty to an administrative position when my academic department was eliminated. During these years we continued to exchange holiday greeting cards/letters, but did not see each other more than four or five times.
Last year Molly decided to pursue other callings. She moved to New Mexico, began writing, accepted speaking engagements, and among other things worked with a friend to develop a website. Because Molly is a caring person who looks for the goodness in everyone and in every event, I thought that some of the visitors to the Care Wear website might enjoy Molly's writings."

 

Other sites of interest:
http://www.learntoknit.com
http://www.woolworks.com
http://www.knittinguniverse.com
http://www.vogueknitting.com
http://www.knittingnow.com
http://www.thefamily.com/countrycottage/charity
http://users.bigpond.net.au/little-miracles/index.htm
http://www.tinyblessings.com
http://www.knitting-crochet.com/pattern.html
http://www.lonestaryarns.com
http://www.allamericancrafts.com
http://www.thequiltermag.com
http://www.craftworksmag.com
http://www.crochetfantasy.com
http://www.knitnstyle.com

 

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