What I’ve been up to on my book hiatus besides writing a book), and plans for the rest of the year to come, including some surprises!
On Hands Occupied, yarn crafts are everything that fall outside the scope of knit and crochet. You'll find ideas and tutorials for pom poms, tassels, macrame, weaving, latch hook & more in this section of the site.
Make a giant friendship bracelet-inspired runner for your Friendsgiving table! Knotted with 100% American wool, this easy project doubles as a hostess gift and macramé scarf.
Learn how to make these planet-inspired punch needle throw pillows using embroidery hoops!
I got this wild idea to make a giant pom pom costume using latch hook, so I gave it a go for Halloween. Take a closer look at this three dimensional rug-making project and its construction.
Weaving in your ends on a punch needle project is easy! Check out this step-by-step tutorial for tips and tricks for hiding and securing your punch needle rug hooking tails.
Also known as punch hooking, punch needle is an easy-to-learn technique for making your own rugs, tapestries and more! Get to know the basics with this quickstart tutorial.
Make a quick and easy Ms. Frizzle costume from The Magic School Bus. Perfect for Halloween or comic con! No sewing, knitting or crocheting skills required.
This simple, four-panel latch hook project is all about finding a way to beautifully use and share scraps from your yarn stash. Gather your yarn ends! Quilters get to use fabric scraps to create beautiful works of art from their leftovers. Why can’t the same concept apply to yarn crafters?
Check out this free pattern for a basic latch hook wall hanging. The Tiered Colorblock Wall Hanging features three kinds of yarn cut into different lengths, resulting in a visually interesting finished project that will add some color and whimsy to your home decor!