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The Craft Room Podcast is fully dedicated to crafts of all kinds. Card making, quilting, crochet, stamping, painting, embroidery ... there's so much craft to talk about, so join Dawn Lewis in The Craft Room.

The Craft Room Podcast Dawn Lewis

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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

The Craft Room Podcast is fully dedicated to crafts of all kinds. Card making, quilting, crochet, stamping, painting, embroidery ... there's so much craft to talk about, so join Dawn Lewis in The Craft Room.

    New Years Crafting Resolutions

    New Years Crafting Resolutions

    In todays episode let's talk about those crafting goals you may have set in January, and ways you can set yourself up for success.   LINKS
    Blog post - https://www.dawnlewis.com.au/podcast32 Ep 5 - Quilting - https://dawnlewis.com.au/podcast5/
    Frankensteins Fabrics - https://www.frankensteinsfabrics.com/
    Creative Fabric Fans - https://fans.creativefabrica.com/creators/dawn-lewis-imagery/
    Unsplash - https://unsplash.com/
    Minecraft Quilt pattern - https://www.kellifanninquilts.com/p/minecraft-sew-along.html
    Mario quilt pattern - https://angelapingel.com/category/quilt-alongs/mario-quilt-along
    Achieve (craft donations) - https://www.achieveaustralia.org.au/the-sewing-basket
    Gift Vouchers - https://dawnlewis.com.au/product-category/gift-certificates/
    Copic Subscription Box - https://dawnlewis.com.au/product-category/copic-subscription-box/
    Ep 20 - Craft Planner - https://dawnlewis.com.au/podcast20/
    Helen Shrimpton's Crochet patterns - crystalsandcrochet.com

    • 40 min
    International Shipping

    International Shipping

    In todays episode I thought I'd catch you up on what's happening with international shipping. Between pandemic and Christmas levels of demand, USPS has become overwhelmed and suspended all shipping to Australia (and some other countries).

    I have some insights, as well as suggestions for alternatives to shopping overseas.
    Blog post - https://www.dawnlewis.com.au/podcast31

    • 20 min
    How to Host a Craft Swap

    How to Host a Craft Swap

    In todays episode I’m answering a question from my awesome friend Renee who wants to host a swap for her online community. She wanted to know exactly how it’s done, so I thought it would be fun to talk today about how you can be a great swap host, and also a great swap participant. I have talked about craft swaps in an episode previously, but this will be more about the technicalities of what goes on behind the scenes and what makes a swap great.

    There are lots of different types of craft swaps, which I talked about in Episode 17, but the style of swap that I host are where participants create multiples of a single design, send them to me, I do the swapping around, and send them back an envelope with the same number of pieces created by other swap participants. I choose this style of swap, because it’s the style of swap we did as part of OzSwapTillYouDrop, which was a tried and true method well before I came along. Sure, I have participated in one-on-one swaps, but sometimes people don’t come through, their partner misses out, and that leads to angry and upset folks who have put in a whole lot of work, but received nothing in return. So, while it is a lot of work, I stick with the host-swaps-out method. Today I’m going to walk you through the way I choose dates & themes, announce swaps, send emails, create graphics, swap out and handle the bad stuff like complaints and problems. For anyone who thinks they might like to host a swap, I have a free PDF host checklist that you can download over on my blog. I will link to that in the show notes.

    My final word of advice for hosts. Start small, find what works for you and your community and be very clear in your communication. Also, don’t forget to download your free Swap Host Checklist on the blog. And for swappers, read the information, ask questions if you need to and hit your deadlines. Most of all ... have fun with it, enjoy the process and be sure to do a little happy dance when your swap envelope arrives.

    If you are a card maker in Australia, and you would like to join one of my swaps, I have a new swap opening this month, which is helpful if you’re listening when this episode goes live. But if you’re listening later, and still want to join, you can always sign up to my email newsletter to be notified when a swap is happening. There is also a swap tab on the website where you can find the latest information, including the date of the next swap announcement.

    Episode 17 - Craft Swaps

    Episode 12 - Clever Craft Storage Solutions

    Episode 19 - Handmade Christmas

    Episode 5 - Top 10 things you need for quilting with Marni Franks



    Newsletter signup

    Swap detail page on my website



    Affinity Photo

    Sample swap blog post

    • 1 hr 4 min


    Today, let’s talk about embossing. Breaking it down to bare basics, embossing refers to a technique resulting in a raised area on your project. For those of us in the paper-crafting world, there are two main methods of embossing that we can achieve an embossed effect. There’s dry embossing and heat embossing. They use very different methods and products, and there’s a distinct difference between the two. So, if a crafter in your life has hinted at a gift of embossing goodies, it’s important to know which method they’re referring to. Let’s talk about the differences between them.
    You can find a full transcript HERE.
    Altenew 3D embossing folders

    Blog post (for show notes)

    Episode 28 - Stencils

    Toaster embossing video 

    Embossing Powder

    Hero Arts White Satin Pearl embossing powder

    Jennifer McGuire heat embossing playlist

    Jennifer McGuire embossing folder playlist

    Distress Ink + Oxide ink pads

    Simon Hurley ink pads

    Watercolour pencils

    Watercolour paper

    Embossing ink pads

    LF Embossing ink pen

    Ink blending tool

    Ink blending brushes

    Mary Polanco blender brush video

    DD Abstract Triangle stamp

    Perfect Pearls


    Antistatic Powder Bag 

    i-C reverse tweezers

    Glass Media Mat

    WF Mini media mat

    Totally Tiffany heat embossing stand

    • 36 min


    I know it’s been a while between episodes, but Covid and lockdown have kept me extra busy with the shop. I’m excited to be back … thanks for tuning in!  Today, let’s talk about one of the oldest, most used, versatile and affordable pieces of kit that you can have in your crafting stash - stencils.

    Stencils are, essentially, a tool that helps you create a design quickly and easily by masking off the areas where you don’t want to apply your ink, paint or medium. There are lots of different sizes, shapes and types of stencils. You can buy them or make them, and there are a few different materials that are commonly used. These days, commercial crafting stencils are a thin flexible plastic, but you can make your own using specialty stencil plastic, acetate, a fused laminator pouch, cardboard or paper. You can cut them by hand or use a die-cutting machine using your dies, or a more sophisticated electronic cutting machine like the Scan N Cut, where you could scan any print or hand-drawn image then cut. Alternatively you could use a machine like the Silhouette or Cricut using an SVG file (and I will link to my favourite SVG file resource in the show notes). When creating your own stencil the most important thing to remember is that the openings of the design need to be bridged. There can’t be any loose pieces … the whole thing needs to be joined as one piece.
    Creative Fabrica SVG files
    Planner goodies
    Tia’s Pretty Creations (planner stencils)
    Stencils in my shop
    Flying animals with Balloons stamp set
    Layering Stencils
    Shifter Stencils
    Edge Stencils
    Planner Addicts Australia Facebook group
    Pink & Main Blending Brushes
    Altenew Blending Brushes
    Honey Bee Stamps Blending Brush
    i-Crafter, I-Brush mini brushes
    The Stamp Market Blending Brushes
    Make It By Marko Brush Buddies
    Purple low tack tape
    Embroidery monogram technique
    Hero Arts, Unicorn White pigment ink pad
    Cookie stencil TikTok video
    Mary Polanco Blending Brush comparison video
    Jennifer McGuire stencilling technique video
    Gina K Transfer Gel Duo video

    • 46 min
    Digital Craft Resources

    Digital Craft Resources

    Today I thought we'd talk about digital craft resources ... essentially the way that digital resources have changed and affected and influenced us in the crafting community. In the last 20 years, I have seen a significant shift away from traditional resources like books, paper patterns, and in-person classes to a very big influence and presence of digital patterns and resources and classes. And I see that it's affected us in the crafting community in three main areas.

    If you have a computer, a laptop, a smartphone, a tablet, a printer, or access to one through a friend or family member or even your local library, you have access to digital craft resources now. 
    Zoom Tour Dates & Free Tickets
    Weekday day time
    Tues 8 September 11am
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    Weekday night time
    Wednesday 9 September 8:30pm
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    Weekend day time
    Saturday 12 Sept 1:30pm
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    Saturday 12 Sept 8:30pm
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    Blog post
    Copic Subscription Box
    Episode 4, trimmers & diecutting machines
    Mo Manning Digital stamps
    Jasart Pencils
    Bin video & code
    Creative Fabrica
    Scarf Pattern
    Hand Holding digital stamps
    Mario Quilt pattern

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
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13 Ratings

GeriNY ,

Great tips!!!

I just found your podcast and it is wonderful. I really appreciate all your tips and information you share. I have been bingeing through your episodes and I am really enjoying each episode. I hope you continue adding new episodes.

Taniffy ,


I love your podcast!! Great tips, nice length, and you’re a wonderful speaker. I’m primarily a papercrafter, but love hearing info about fiber arts sprinkled in there. Thanks for the incredible content!

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