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With the new iPod pre-sales starting last week, it got me wondering what sorts of crafty apps are available for the new phone:

Want to know the fabric lurking in your stash? The Fabric Stash inventory\organizer will keep all your goodies right at your fingertips. Not only is it a great way to see what you have on hand, but you’ll always have a fabric swatch available while your out shopping.

Quilters will love the Quick and Easy Quilt Block Tool. This application allows you to construct blocks to make your one-of-a kind dream quilt – plus piecing instructions, yardage, and cutting information is included!

Have an Etsy shop? Now you can manage your shop right from your phone – update your store information and keep up with your feedback.

Spend a lot of time on the go and are looking for a new, ‘portable’ craft to take with you? Why not learn to knit? This video application will teach you the basic stitches needed to put those needles to good use! Of course after you learn the basics, you’ll want to download 1-2-3 Knit. This program will help you keep track of how many rows you’ve knitted or purled – although it’s handy for cross-stitchers and crocheters too!

Have a favorite app not listed here? Be sure to share it with everyone here!


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    Jul 15, 2010, 01.27 AMby daiyami

    I use Bento to track my fabric, patterns, and projects—-it’s a database program that you can customize yourself to track anything you like, although it’s not quite as good as letting you navigate by image on the phone, as it looks like Fabric Stash does. But it syncs to my Mac, so I can do most of the data entry on a real keyboard. And, yes, I’d say the pictures are not reliable for color matching, although they can help jog my memory.

    I use a mini-photo album from the dollar store (the type with plastic pocket pages) to keep actual swatches, though I don’t carry it around much.

    Fabric U sounds interesting….

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    Jun 30, 2010, 08.27 PMby ashleyraine

    If anyone’s a knitter, Vogue Knitting just put a yarn/knitting app out. I haven’t tried it yet but looks good.


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      Jul 6, 2010, 12.44 AMby purplemage

      Thanks for the heads up re the knitting app. And I’m going to check out the others. I like my iPhone for the larger numbers and ease of texting – I have three teenagers. But I so underuse the fun side of the thing, except for the odd game…

      There’s no reason why you can’t have a digital AND a non-digital portable stash. Sometimes, it’s just easier to access data files if you happen to come upon a yard sale or church fair with gobs of fabric or yarn or (fill in your obsession) – but frequently it’s much better to have the fabric or yarn for true color matching.

      Also, a tip for photographing your stash – natural light and NO flash. I’ve had good results with indirect sun on a really nice day. Flash can really give a nasty color cast to any photo, especially severe with some models like the one I own. Just make sure you aren’t casting a shadow as you photograph. Scanning is not recommended as scanners do not pick up as much dimensional/textural detail as a digital camera.

      Anyway, for holding on to physical fabric swatches, you can put the tough ones in a small (sandwich size or smaller) ziploc bag and then tape that into the notebook. You might also want to keep the entire notebook in a large ziploc bag if it’s really unstable until you can make it less apt to lose bits and pieces while in transit.

      Good luck with your stash organizing.

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    Jun 22, 2010, 03.45 PMby squirrellypoo

    I’ve got Fabric Stash, Pattern Pal, and Fabric U, and the best by far is Pattern Pal. It keeps track of the particulars of your patterns, and I use it like a wishlist for upcoming patterns I’d like to make, so when I’m in the store I know how much fabric to buy, what length of zipper, etc. It’s still a bit clunky, but the developer (who also makes Fabric Stash) has already pushed updates for it. Fabric Stash could have potential, but it’s far too quilting-focused right now and I prefer my existing Picasaweb gallery solution. Fabric U is like one big glossary/encyclopedia of fabric types – it’s great fun for sifting through and wasting time, but I don’t think it’s THAT useful.

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      Jun 25, 2010, 04.52 AMby jaimesews

      I’m glad to know u find pattern pal the most useful! Just got an iPhone today & downloaded it and have spent the last hour inputting some patterns. It’s the greatest idea!

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    Jun 22, 2010, 03.13 PMby sunnyb64

    I’ve seen the Fabric Stash one before— I have an iPhone, and I’m curious to know if anyone here has actually used it? My current system is a miniature sketchpad that I have swatches taped into, which usually works pretty well (except for swatches that the double-stick tape doesn’t quite hold in!, and they occasionally fall out!) I’m curious to know how people around here have liked it, and if having just a photo of the fabric is a good substitute for physically having a swatch on you—I’ve had experience with digital images not quite showing the color accurately when ordering fabric online, and I wonder too about things like sheen and texture being lost by only having a photo.

    I’ve also seen fabric yardage calculator apps, and may consider getting one of those sometime. I always seem to end up overestimating my fabric purchases and ending up with significant leftovers!

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    Jun 22, 2010, 02.00 PMby claireokc

    Hmmmmm this stash app looks very tempting – the idea of being able to find a linen in summer and that certain wool in winter is very interesting – thanks for the rundown.

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