Best of
Crafts

2011

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook


Deborah Robson - 2011
    Profiling a worldwide array of fiber-producers that includes northern Africa’s dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson include photographs of each animal’s fleece at every stage of the handcrafting process, from raw to cleaned, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s handbook, travel guide, and spinning enthusiast’s ultimate reference source all in one.

The Granny Square Book: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Crocheting Square by Square


Margaret Hubert - 2011
    They originated with pioneer women using up precious scraps of yarn to make blankets for their families, and over the years, many recognized, named patterns have been handed down from one generation to the next. Beyond this treasury of 75 different granny square motifs, Margaret Hubert shows the evolution of the granny square, how it can be used and interpreted in different ways with different yarns, and how today's crocheter can design her own projects using the granny squares of her choice with the yarn choices of today. Just as Margaret learned from her grandmother and mother and then passed the skill down to her daughter and granddaughter, each generation finds new uses and artistic ways to interpret granny squares.

Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures Forms


Alisa Golden - 2011
    Thanks to the 100 ideas in this volume, the craft is now available to everyone. In as little as an afternoon, beginners will be on their way to folding, gluing, and sewing handmade books in a variety of shapes and styles, from rolled scrolls to Jacobs ladders, folded flexagons to case bindings. Complete with photographs of the authors own master books and statements by more than 40 established book artists, this collection is sure to inspire. Culled from the authors best-selling books Creating Handmade Books, Unique Handmade Books, and Expressive Handmade Books, these projects will fuel bookbinding adventures for years to come.

Pattern Magic 2


Tomoko Nakamichi - 2011
    Inspiring and exciting, this volume takes a creative approach to pattern cutting, with more step-by-step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers to enjoy. These easy-to-follow illustrations and detailed instructions makeit easy to create stunning, sculptural clothes.

200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter's Directory


Mary Jane Mucklestone - 2011
    From simple single row patterns to complex all-over motifs, you’ll find colorways that will thrill and inspire your knitting, whether you’re a beginner or experienced knitter.By using the easy-to-read charts, columns to illustrate color changes, and clear photographs of each sample swatch, you’ll find yourself creating beautiful Fair Isle designs in no time. Organized by row count and stitch count, 200 Fair Isle Motifs makes it easy for you to find the perfect motif for your projects.Confidently infuse colorwork into your knitting with 200 Fair Isle Motifs.

Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques


Darlene Olivia McElroy - 2011
    These techniques are the perfect jump-off point for creating art you will love to look at, and, in some cases, touch!In this comprehensive guide, you�+ll find:- 45 techniques. Exciting new applications such as the use of WonderUnder, pulled paper and plaster-dipped gauze will provide you with fresh ideas--many previously unpublished. - Multiple variations. Each technique features swatches and descriptions to take the techniques in multiple directions with multiple mixed-media products. - Inspirational style. Fully stepped-out projects from two artists will show you how to combine the techniques into finished works of art that can go in any artistic style.Take Surface Treatment Workshop with you on your artistic journey for beautiful beginnings.

Alice Starmore's Charts for Color Knitting: New and Expanded Edition


Alice Starmore - 2011
    This treasury features a choice selection of her source material, arranged into four parts: (1) Traditional patterns from Europe, Russia, and South America (2) Adaptations from textiles and other art, including Japanese porcelain and Celtic metalwork (3) Alice Starmore's own geometric and nature-inspired originals (4) Practical instructions that explain how to incorporate these motifs into unique designs.Suitable for beginning as well as advanced color knitters, these charted designs can also be adapted to other crafts, including weaving and embroidery. The first U.S. publication of Charts for Color Knitting, this new and expanded version explains how to incorporate color into your work and features color photographs of knitted swatches created expressly for this Dover edition.

Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi: More Than 40 Itty-Bitty Minis to Knit, Wear, and Give


Anna Hrachovec - 2011
    Toy knits designer Hrachovec presents more than 40 super-cute, humorous patterns for miniature toys, plus techniques for tiny knitting; ideas for using the tiny knits as wearables, decorations, and gifts; and instructions on how to convert a pattern for a tiny project into a bigger toy.

The Big Book of Knitted Monsters: Mischievous, Lovable Toys


Rebecca Danger - 2011
    And in the closet. And anywhere else you've stashed yarn. They're friendly little monsters, and they're ready to come out and play! Popular designer Rebecca Danger presents 20 patterns for the most adorable monsters ever to climb off a pair of knitting needles. All are shown in two colorways, and most are done in two yarn weights, to help you pick the perfect yarn to suit your monster's personality.

Paper Cutting: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft


Laura Heyenga - 2011
    This gorgeous volume features work from 26 contemporary international artists who are creating images of astonishing intricacy, using little more than paper and blade. Featuring a host of new discoveries and including art by such stars as Nikki McClure, Rob Ryan, and Thomas Allen, as well as a number of emerging practitioners, Paper Cutting is sure to engage art buffs and indie crafters alike. An in-depth introduction by paper art expert Natalie Avella illuminates the rich history of the centuries-old form, and a whimsical preface by beloved artist Rob Ryan rounds out this delightful collection.

The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress


Sarai Mitnick - 2011
    Sarai Mitnick, an independent pattern designer setting the high water mark in the industry, shares her knowledge of these fundamentals and offers five beautiful projects to go with them. Powerful instruction: A former expert in user experience in the tech industry, Sarai Mitnick's Colette Patterns line has gained a great deal of respect for comprehensive, clear instruction. Comprehensive resource: The chapters cover sewing techniques, planning and fitting, working with patterns, working with fabrics, working with linings, finishing techniques? In essence, each chapter focuses on what the entirety of another book might cover. Gorgeous package: Pitch-perfect combination of illustration, step-by-step photography and beautiful project shots, all with a clean, lovely design. *Disclaimer: eBook does not include Tissue Enclosures as enclosed with original book.

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards


Colette Baron-Reid - 2011
    . . between the visible and the unseen is a guiding force that some call Spirit, the Holy Will, the Divine, the Field, or Consciousness. Using this card deck by Colette Baron-Reid will connect you to that larger Consciousness and guide you as you travel along on the journey of your life. The themes of these 54 cards represent some of the places you’ll visit, the conditions you may encounter, and the allies and challengers you’ll meet as you navigate a metaphoric map of your life’s journey. The enclosed guidebook will help you ask the right questions and interpret the messages in your readings.      The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards were created in order to empower you to understand the story of your fate, destiny, and free will; and allow you to chart a course to live a life of deep purpose, true prosperity, and vibrant love. Step into the Enchanted Map . . . and watch the magic come alive!

Sherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery: 25 Inspiring Jewelry Projects


Sherry Serafini - 2011
    Serafini explains the fundamentals behind her work, from stitches to color theory, and lays out 25 beautifully textured projects that feature fabulous focal-point beads. Sherry Serafini is a renowned beading teacher and a featured artist in the book Masters: Beadweaving. Other books in Lark Jewelry & Beading's Beadweaving Master Class series have been authored by Diane Fitzgerald, Marcia DeCoster, Laura McCabe, Maggie Meister, and Rachel Nelson-Smith.

Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia: 300 Stitch Patterns, Edgings, and More


Robyn Chachula - 2011
    Each pattern is accompanied by a full-color photo and a chart. Every crocheter needs a book like this on her shelf--the content is timeless and will have a place next to the crochet hooks for many years to come.Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia gives crocheters quick visual access to a comprehensive collection of stitch combinations that enables them to create their own designs or modify existing patterns with ease.Patterns are represented in both charts and words to suit individual crocheters' preferences A detailed color photo accompanies each stitch pattern Hardcover packaging makes the book durable for a lifetime of use Whether you're a beginner or an advanced crocheter, Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia is a book you'll turn to again and again.

A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric; Traditional & Digital Techniques; For Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel


Kim Kight - 2011
    This title is a comprehensive and refreshingly straightforward fabric design guide that teaches you everything you need to know to get started - from design and colour basics to creating repeat patterns, screen-printing tips, even selling your designs!

The Sewing Machine Accessory Bible: Get the Most Out of Your Machine---From Using Basic Feet to Mastering Specialty Feet


Wendy Gardiner - 2011
    Whether you are a beginner or have been sewing for years, this book is packed with all the information you need to get the most out of your sewing machine, simply by changing the feet.• Everything you need to know about feet attachments, from basic feet such as the zigzag foot to specialty fabric and technique feet that will help you invent new design ideas for your sewing projects.• Work effortlessly with a full range of fabrics, learn great time-saving tricks, and experiment with a range of decorative effects by following the authors' creative "ideas files."• Includes a guide to needle, thread, and fabric choices and buying advice for choosing basic, mid-range, and top-end sewing machines, embellishers, and sergers.

Needle Painting Embroidery: Fresh Ideas for Beginners


Trish Burr - 2011
    In 15 projects organized in three levels, from novice to intermediate, Trish provides expert, easy-to-follow guidance on techniques for surface stitching that provide subtle shadings and a soft, paintlike blending of colors. Sections on materials, the long and short stitch, and helpful practice motifs lead to gorgeous projects like Burgundy Rosebuds, a Wild Pansy, and a Racquet-tailed Roller.

Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes


Rebecca Burgess - 2011
    As more and more crafters are discovering, dyeing your own fabric can yield gorgeous colors. Now master dyer Rebecca Burgess identifies 36 plants that will yield beautiful natural shades and shows how easy it is to make the dyes. Pokeweed creates a vibrant magenta, while a range of soft lavender shades is created from elderberries; indigo yields a bright blue, and coyote brush creates stunning sunny yellows.Gathering Color explains where to find these plants in the wild (and for those that can be grown in your backyard, how to nurture them) and the best time and way to harvest them; maps show the range of each plant in the United States and Canada. For the dyeing itself, Burgess describes the simple equipment needed and provides a master dye recipe. The book is organized seasonally; as an added bonus, each section contains a knitting project using wools colored with dyes from plants harvested during that time of the year. With breathtaking color photographs by Paige Green throughout, Gathering Color is an essential guide to this growing field, for crafters and DIYers; for ecologists and botanists; and for artists, textile designers, and art students.

Creative Doodling Beyond: Inspiring exercises, prompts, and projects for turning simple doodles into beautiful works of art


Stephanie Corfee - 2011
    Artists will begin with some warm-up exercises and basic drawing instruction. From there, they'll embark on creating projects with doodles that get progressively more advanced through the book, starting with a gift tag and ending with elaborate doodling projects on wood and fabric. Sprinkled between projects are fun prompts and exercises designed to spark creativity, as well as beautifully designed practice pages to hone drawing and doodling skills. From cover to cover, this whimsical book is packed to the brim with ideas, while an elastic band keeps the book securly closed when not in use.

Yoga for Your Brain: A Zentangle Workout


Sandy Steen Bartholomew - 2011
    This much anticipated sequel to "Totally Tangled" is just as tangled! Inside, the pages are jam-packed with Zentangle ideas, tips, projects and 60 new tangles.  Zentangle is the perfect exercise to keep that big muscle inside your skull flexible.

The Art Journal Workshop: Break Through, Explore, and Make it Your Own


Traci Bunkers - 2011
    I spent hours pouring through them, wondering to myself, 'How does she do this?' With Traci's new book, The Art Journal Workshop, you get to see exactly how." - Christine Olivarez, Somerset StudioMany people want to express themselves through visual journaling, but are stuck or intimidated with how to get started, what to write, or how to move beyond gluing down a few images or putting some paint on the paper.With beautiful illustrations, The Art Journal Workshop breaks down the entire working process of journaling with step-by-step photos and instructions from start to finish. You'll learn how to use different media such as paint, photographs, and collage, while following journaling prompts and exercises to help you dig deeper and enrich the journaling process and experience. Traci Bunkers discusses the benefits of visual journaling, and walks you through battling a creative funk when you're feeling down or uninspired.Additionally, The Art Journal Workshop provides exclusive access to online videos that show the author creating six visual journal pages from the book, start to finish, through time-lapse video clips. This visual guide enhances the information in the book, showing her work progress in a way that goes beyond what can be captured in still photographs or through text.

Dan Eldon: Safari as a Way of Life


Jennifer New - 2011
    He also bequeathed a life story that has inspired students, teachers, artists, and creative activists--as well as a forthcoming film, an apparel line, and the Spring 2011 collection from Tom's Shoes. Raised in Kenya, Dan grew up with a unique outlook on life. Through adventurous safaris and benevolent crusades around the world, he crafted a philosophy of curiosity, creativity, and charity. This unique visual biography showcases previously unpublished artwork from Dan's acclaimed journals, letters, and snapshots that takes readers on a journey through Dan's life and beyond, exploring the impact made by this remarkable artist on everyone who has encountered his story.

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media


Heather Smith Jones - 2011
    Unlike the typical watercolor textbooks, this unique, beautiful volume is a field book of inspiration, creative ideas, how to's, and projects, all from an artist's perspective. Each creative exercise features a technique, shows step-by-step photographs, and includes a clever idea for a gift or project that can be made from the painted samples.

Patterns in Polymer: Imprint and Accent Bead Techniques


Julie Picarello - 2011
    In-depth introduction sections cover basics, color inspiration and recipes, and needed tools and materials. The book includes 7 mini projects and 10 finished jewelry projects, while callouts at the beginning of each project let the readers know exactly what specialized techniques will be learned. It’s the color that makes polymer clay truly exciting, and this book uses color like you’ve never seen it before.

The Quilter's Bible: The Indespensable Guide to Patchwork, Quilting, and Applique


Linda Clements - 2011
     Packed full of expert advice on all aspects of quilting, patchwork and applique it holds the answer to all your quilting questions. This is the most comprehensive book on the market for patchwork, quilting and applique techniques and is ideal for both the beginner looking for trustworthy advice in a single volume and the committed quilter searching for authoritative reference for seldom-used techniques. It presents essential advice and instructions alongside a wide range of inspirational samples of work collected from international top-name quilters. It also features over 15 quilt projects including cot quilts, bed quilts, lap quilts, bags, cushions, wall hangings, table mats and runners, and other beautiful projects for the home. Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, clear diagrams and stunning photography combine to create this must-have resource for quilters of all abilities. Techniques covered include quilting basics such as making a quilt sandwich, hand and machine quilting, basting and binding a quilt. Other techniques include big stitch, sashiko, free motion, corded and stuffed (trapunto) quilting. There are instructions for over 100 different patchwork blocks, with detailed instructions for different kinds of piecing such as English paper piecing, foundation piecing and strip piecing. Techniques for applique are also included which cover different types of applique such as needle-turn; reverse, inlaid and shadow applique as well as using freezer paper and fusible web.

Zenspirations


Joanne Fink - 2011
    The many decorative boarders, frames, shapes, and alphabet will appeal to a spectrum of tastes and styles. Use Joanne's techniques to create details, depth and beauty reminiscent of classical architecture, medieval block printing and manuscript calligraphy. Her passion for beautiful patterns is contaigious. Joanne makes it easy to turn simple lines into attractive designs while her doodled shapes inspire readers to embellish more and just have fun with the process.

Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls


Jan Horrox - 2011
    A great way to use up scraps of material, the dolls portrayed in these projects are made using a wide variety of colorful fa

Spud and Chloe at the Farm


Susan B. Anderson - 2011
    A mother hen and her chicks (and their adorable knitted eggshells), three little piglets, and a black lamb full of good intentions are just some of the appealing projects in Spud and Chloë at the Farm, the latest innovative work from author and world-class knitter Susan B.Anderson. The projects in this book follow Spud, a feisty pet sheep, and Chloë, his perky owner, as they travel to a farm and meet the inhabitants of the barnyard, including a brown cow, some mice, a dog, and a barn cat. To continue the theme, and set the stage for loads of interactive play, the book also offers instructions for making an assortment of farm props, such as a picket fence, bales of hay, dainty baskets, and even a three-sided foldable barn.Meanwhile, witty full-color cartoons (presented one per spread throughout the text of the book) tell the story of Spud and Chloë’s visit to the farm, which starts with an invitation from Spud’s cousin Little Lamb. Featuring charming full-color photographs of the knitted toys, this book is a must-have for knitters and their loved ones.

Decorative Fusion Knots: A Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide to Unique and Unusual Ornamental Knots


J.D. Lenzen - 2011
    D. Lenzen shows how to tie knots like no others. Just as origami figurines are created through the merging of different folding techniques, he creates new knots by combining historical knot elements and new knotting techniques. The product of this intermingling is what he calls a fusion knot — a brand new genre of knot in a centuries-old tradition. It is rare for a knot book to feature even one brand new, never-before-seen knot, but Decorative Fusion Knots features more than 20 brand-new knots created by the author. Decorative Fusion Knots is the culmination of ten years of study, practice, and creation. The knots within were inspired by history, nature, mythology, and more. Many of these incredible knots have never been presented or described publicly, until now. Never before has a knot book presented a step-by-step format to tying brand new knots like this in full-color. Alongside fusion knots, this book presents logical and comprehensive instructions for a plethora of historical knots, including Celtic knots, Chinese decorative knots, maritime knots, and popular paracord ties. Each historical knot instruction is presented in step-by-step fashion. Each of the 300 step-by-step color photographs is accompanied with clear, concise instructional captions. Whether you’re a sailor, teacher, jewelry maker, survivalist, general knot enthusiast, or just looking for bush crafts, paracord ties, a curriculum for students, or a fun way to pass the time, Decorative Fusion Knots is the book for you. With easy-to-understand captions and clear step-by-step photos, readers can learn at their own pace, review whole techniques at a single glance and simply lay the book flat on the table and follow along as they tie.

The Ceramics Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques (Ceramics Book, Ceramics Tools Book, Ceramics Kit Book)


Louisa Taylor - 2011
    The Ceramics Bible is the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on the subject. Brimming with more than 700 full-color photos and illustrations, this is the new definitive guide for serious ceramics practitioners. Inside are step-by-step instructions on molding, firing, and glazing techniques, generously accompanied by detailed photographs. Also included are beautiful examples of contemporary work, plus plenty of historical information, artist profiles, troubleshooting tips, and an extensive resource section. Perfect for students, artists, and collectors, this is a tremendously valuable addition to the vibrant world of ceramics.

Socktopus: The Knitter's Guide to Designing Socks


Alice Yu - 2011
    Full of clear, helpful instructions on topics such as how to create a perfect fitting sock and master unusual knitting techniques, "Socktopus "will enlighten and intrigue its readers. "Socktopus "is ideal for aspiring, advanced knitters who want to develop their skills to create truly beautiful socks. A comprehensive section on fiber and yarns will entice and delight yarn addicts; while experienced knitters who are new to the world of bespoke socks will never look back.

Collage Couture: Techniques for Creating Fashionable Art


Julie Nutting - 2011
    With styles ranging from cute to elegant and sweet to sophisticated, these mixed-media projects will transport your art from the studio to the runway!Collage Couture features:- 22 super-pretty projects, from collages on canvas to framed shadowbox art to gifts for your fashionista. Play with your materials--paper, paints, ink and markets--to create pieces you'll be happy to display and share. - Illustrations and easy instruction for creating fashion sketches and silhouettes. And don't forget the details: learn how to add eyes, lips, hair and, of course, clothing! - Tips and advice on setting the mood in your studio, from enhancing your art space with flowers and china to wearing a tiara as your work! Why not feel as pretty as your art?Indulge your inner girly-girl with Collage Couture!

What Would Madame Defarge Knit?


Heather Ordover - 2011
    With 21 patterns and a special kid-friendly project, too, this book is 200+ pages of patterns and accompanying essays based on classic characters from literature. An accompanying website contains additional content, such as video links, links to audio content, and more. "I love this book! A delight in literature, crafts, friendship, and creativity is channeled through original knitting patterns. It took me on a journey of sharing, joy, discovery, and whimsy that left me exhilarated. It's like CraftLit in a book!" - Julie Davis, Forgotten Classics podcast

200 Crochet Flowers, Embellishments & Trims: Fresh Looks for Roses, Daisies, Sunflowers and More


Claire Crompton - 2011
    Every stitch is shown as a clear swatch to show the effect and texture, and the pattern is given both written and as an easy-to-follow diagram. Conveniently grouped crochet motifs, stitches and edgings allow for easy browsing and location of favorites. Teaches crafters how to make the best of the textural, 3D nature of crochet—perfect when fabrics and knitting just don't cut it! About The Author: About The Author: Claire Crompton is one of the world's bestselling knitting authors and has worked as a pattern designer for major yarn manufacturers including Sirdar and DMC. Claire has also crocheted for many years and is an expert at teaching and conveying information in an accessible, easy-to-understand format.

500 Felt Objects: Creative Explorations of a Remarkable Material


Nathalie Mornu - 2011
    This very diverse collection honors the work of traditional fiber artists side-by-side with avant-garde designers, A broad range of styles, colors, and forms help reveal felt's full potential, and the pieces--made by an international roster of artists--are a constant surprise and delight.Juror Susan Brown lives in New York and is the associate curator of textiles at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She curated the exhibition “Fashioning Felt” and has written and lectured extensively on the topic. She also co-curated “Quicktakes: Rodarte” with Gregory Krum; “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay”; and “Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance with Matilda McQuaid.” She teaches in the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons The New School for Design, as well as lecturing regularly for the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. Before joining the Museum, she worked as a costume designer for theater, opera, and television.

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z: Your Source for Sewing and Quilting Tips and Techniques


Nancy Zieman - 2011
    The Answers to All Your Sewing Questions!Whether you're a novice sewer or a skilled seamstress, who better to go to for sewing answers and advice than expert Nancy Zieman? Set aside your sewing fears and let Nancy guide you step-by-step through 100] basic to advanced sewing methods and techniques.Arranged in alphabetical order for fast and easy reference, this handy guide will make its permanent home by your sewing machine or on your workspace.With over 100 topics ranging from Appliqu� to Zippers, Nancy will help you achieve beautiful results with every project.Helpful Notes from Nancy throughout the book provide insights and tips for a variety of sewing techniques and skills.Spiral binding allows the book to lay flat for hands-free reference while you sew, cut or press.Clear, concise instructions and detailed illustrations help make even the most advanced techniques easy to understand and successfully execute.A wealth of information and instruction from your favorite sewing expert is at your fingertips in this go-to guide! Stitch with ease and assurance with Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z by your side!

Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage


Robert Klanten - 2011
    Today's artists, illustrators, and designers are increasingly drawn to this artistic technique by the challenges of seamlessly melding traditional craftsmanship with skilled computer montage. They are not only composing a wide variety of visual elements, but are also deliberately omitting, deleting, and destroying them. This book is an inspiring collection of these unique examples of contemporary collage.

Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts: A Stress-Free Journey to Original Design


Rayna Gillman - 2011
    Learn how to trust your instincts so you can work more intuitively, and develop a new appreciation for the therapy of sewing without a plan.

Amigurumi Toy Box: Cute Crocheted Friends


Ana Paula Rimoli - 2011
    Sparkling with playful ideas inspired by her children, this wildly imaginative collection will tickle kids of all ages. Choose from more than 25 irresistible toys that stitch up quickly Catch Ana's creative zaniness--put a grin on a silly hot dog, stitch a princess frog with a water-lily throne, make mom and baby koalas, create a tugboat, and more Find step-by-step instructions, great photos, and lots of funny friendsVideo

Plaster Studio: Mixed-Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Carving


Stephanie Lee - 2011
    Beautiful in its luminosity, yet open to receiving a multitude of alterations, plaster will easily agree to being painted, carved, cast and sculpted. Stephanie Lee and Judy Wise will walk you through 24 step-by-step projects and will introduce you to a variety of plaster forms. The techniques you'll be introduced to will inspire you to go on and develop your own creations.Inside Plaster Studio you will discover how to:Apply image transfers to a plaster surfaceMake plaster projects glow with the addition of encaustic mediumCreate book pages and covers from plasterAdd depth with plaster and stencilsCast objects from plaster that are easy to add to other works of artBring three-dimensional intrigue to projects using wire armature with plaster gauzeTake your work to the next level with the help of inspiring gallery works from the authors and talented contributingartistsMix up your first batch of plaster today and see what Plaster Studio will inspire your imagination to carve out!

Shadowfolds: Surprisingly Easy-To-Make Geometric Designs in Fabric


Jeffrey Rutzky - 2011
    The technique, pioneered by artist Chris K. Palmer, creates patterns from a single, uncut panel of cloth, using a simple, three-step process.In Shadowfolds, Jeff Rutzky, himself an accomplished and passionate origamist, and Palmer offer detailed and fascinating information about the technique and its origins in both Moorish tile and classic Japanese origami. Palmer first encountered the elaborate mosaics of the Alhambra and became intrigued with learning to translate these patterns into folded paper. He turned for inspiration to the work of Japanese origami masters Tomoko Fuse, Jun Maekawa, Toshikazu Kawasaki and Shuzo Fujimoto, as well as to the great American origami artists Robert Lang and Peter Engel.The transition to working in cloth followed. The flexible property of cloth allows pleats to be folded to augment and give a dimensionality not present in a flat surface; and the translucent quality adds a unique intricacy to the geometric patterns. When lines in a pattern are folded as pleats, the resulting shapes formed by the pleats become part of the artistic expression of the material.The possibilities for using Shadowfolds in design are limitless. Some applications take advantage of light shining through the fabric, others show the richness of the folds that have a depth all their own. In addition to explaining the three very simple steps of the technique, the authors show how even novice folders can create breathtaking works of textile art, as well as fashion-forward clothes, accessories and home furnishings incorporating these three-dimensional embellishments. They also include a section of patterns, and fabric and craft resources.

Crocheted Softies: 18 Adorable Animals from Around the World


Stacey Trock - 2011
    Find animals from every continent and the sea, all made with earth-friendly yarns. Discover fun facts about the yarns and regions.Create a moose, panda, penguin, alpaca, snake, fish, and a few surprisesTurn fibers such as soy, bamboo, organic cotton, and undyed wool into child-friendly toysGet basic info on crochet as well as stuffed-animal assembly in projects for all skill levels

Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge


Brenda Gael SmithKristin La Flamme - 2011
    Not only does the book showcase the quilts themselves--a feature quilt from each theme receives an in-depth chapter, written by one of the quilters--it also examines the dynamics of developing a vibrant online community of artists. The result is a very personal and unique blend of technique-based text and discussions on challenge, collaboration, and inspiration.

Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool


Joen Wolfrom - 2011
    New! Includes CMYK and RGB formulas, plus Hex numbers for web site design Improved! Larger color swatches and expanded guidelines for use - 24 color cards plus an in-depth instructional guide make color planning easy - Handy, take-along size-refer to it at home, in your studio, or while shopping - Based on the Ives Color Wheel - Over 100,000 sold!

Contemporary Irish Knits


Carol Feller - 2011
    You'll get 18 patterns for making one-of-a-kind Irish knits, encapsulating projects for women's, children, and men's wardrobe pieces, and accessories like bags, blankets, and shawls. Plus, you'll get easy-to-follow instructions and guidance on how to construct and enhance your knitting experience to make for a more intuitively put-together knitted item.This all-new collection is exactly what today's knitter is looking for, and complemented by inspiring design and photography. If you're a knitter looking for innovative patterns, enhancements to your skill sets, and a chance to broaden your range of knitterly knowledge, Contemporary Irish Knits is for you. It features: contemporary Irish designs created using traditional techniques and stitch patterns implemented in new ways; a broad range of projects; guidance on working with different construction methods; and much more.Features an elegant design and 18 enjoyable-to-knit, one-of-a-kind patternsPatterns are just challenging enough to be fun to knitAll projects are thoughtfully designed for a beautiful finished projectWhether you're an intermediate or advanced knitter, Contemporary Irish Knits gives you the skills, projects, and know-how to create truly gorgeous knitted pieces that celebrate Ireland's living knitted tradition with a modern, contemporary twist.

Twisted Stitches: 30 Corrupt Cross Stitch and Embroidery Designs


Phil Davison - 2011
    Stitch cards or pictures featuring sinister skulls or zombies. Decorate your home with towels bordered in barbed wire, jar covers crawling with bugs or a set of pillows that feature a fly meeting a comic book "splat!" demise. Create cool accessories like a "game over" laptop cover or a "tweet this" phone case, or stitch a scarily realistic stab wound onto a tee shirt. Projects range from easy designs for newcomers to the craft to advanced projects that will appeal to experienced cross stitchers. The book includes a pocket on the back cover with full size fold-out charts of the larger designs.

PUSH Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art


Jamie Chalmers - 2011
    X Stitch, a leading figure in the “new embroidery movement”--PUSH Stitchery profiles the cutting-edge creative work of 30 top stitching artists from around the world. Each designer is showcased with six to eight pages of gallery-style imagery. A fascinating question-and-answer section, along with bios, make this innovative and inspirational book a must-have for anyone interested in blurring the lines between craft and art.

Big Little Felt Universe: Sew It, Stuff It, Squeeze It, Fun!


Jeanette Lim - 2011
    Hundreds of photos and full-size templates make the crafting easy. With so much imagination-generating power, this book will appeal to everyone!

Textiles: The Whole Story: Uses, Meanings, Significance


Beverly Gordon - 2011
    Beverly Gordon reminds us memorably and movingly of the powerful significance of fabric throughout human history. Her study of textile art and history is combined with her own hands-on experience: spinning silk from silk- worm cocoons, weaving cloth, and creating natural dyes.The author bridges past and present from the Stone Age, when humans first learned to make cordage or thread, to twenty-first-century “smart fabrics,” which can regulate body temperature or measure the wearer’s pulse. Her discussion integrates art, science, history, and anthropology, and she draws on examples from around the globe.A dazzling array of illustrations includes paintings and photographs of both historic and contemporary textiles and a broad collection of textiles being created, worn, and lived with.

Cute Easy Crochet: Learn to crochet with these 35 adorable projects


Nicki Trench - 2011
    A crochet teacher and author with over 20 years' experience, Nicki has designed a series of patterns that will guide you through those initial stitches to producing beautiful projects incorporating a wide range of crochet techniques. Crochet Know-how explains all the stitches with clear step-by-step artworks and instructions. Next, discover three chapters packed with patterns to improve your skills. First is Starting Out, where you will find a simple springtime throw and a pretty hat for a toddler - you'll be amazed how easy and quick the projects are to create. Once you've mastered these, move on to something more challenging in the Practice Makes Perfect chapter. There are cute gifts for babies and young children, including baby blocks, bibs and blankets, or treat yourself to a pair of gloves in soft double knit yarn or the chunky seashells scarf to keep you warm on chilly mornings. Finally, Confident Crocheting has more advanced patterns, from a family of adorable Russian dolls to the cherub dress with decorative picot stitching.

Another Bite of Schnibbles: 24 Quilts from 5" or 10" Squares


Carrie Nelson - 2011
    Quilters will find 12 beautiful pairs of small and large quilts made from convenient precut 5" and 10" squares. So appealing and easy, these great quilts from the creator of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company are perfect for all skill levels.

Tilda's Winter Ideas


Tone Finnanger - 2011
    This is a seasonal collection of projects using the latest Tilda fabrics and embellishments. Choose from a stunning variety of sewing and papercraft designs, including bags, decorations, gifts, cards and soft toys. The colour palette used includes beautiful shades of red, pink, taupe, cream, turquoise and blue. Projects are accompanied by clear instructions, gorgeous photographs and colour illustrations. In this book you will find ideas for decorations and gifts - large and small sewing projects like different Santas, Christmas stockings and angels that you can make with your friends. Other simple projects like homemade ribbons, soaps and chocolate gifts are suitable for a more impromptu workshop. The unique designs include gorgeous paper cornets, sewn purses, Christmas cards, tree decorations, cute angels and luxury stockings, perfect for Christmas.

Carving Faces Workbook: Learn to Carve Facial Expressions and Characteristics with the Legendary Harold Enlow


Harold L. Enlow - 2011
    Enlow shares his woodcarving tips and techniques that make his carvings stand out in this information-packed book. You’ll learn to carve a female face, a cowboy face, a Native American face, a Santa face, and more. Best of all, you'll discover Enlow's secret to success: learning how to render highly detailed eyes, lips, nose, hair, and ears before moving on to carving a complete face. Each project is done in small steps that guarantee success. For anyone who wants to learn to carve faces that stand out in a crowd, this is a must-have addition to your woodcarving library.

Sewing Basics


Sandra Bardwell - 2011
    This thorough guide covers everything from choosing fabrics to operating a sewing machine to hand sewing, fitting, fine-finishing, trouble-shooting, and more. Whether the sewer is trying to decipher the symbols on a printed pattern, line a pocket, work French seams, or fit a muslin, she'll find what she's looking for here, all precisely explained and illustrated with hundreds of step-by-step photos. Both for beginners learning how to hem and for more experienced sewers who need help mastering advanced techniques, "Sewing Basics "is an invaluable reference tool sewers will want to keep within easy reach for many years to come.

Scrap-Basket Sensations: More Great Quilts from 2 1/2" Strips


Kim Brackett - 2011
    Designed for 2 1/2" strips, each project is perfect for convenient precut bundles--or for cutting strips from your stash. Enjoy a varied assortment of fabrics, from soft pastels to rich country colors to contemporary batiks Choose from 18 exciting quilts--a great value Find concise, clear instructions appropriate for all skill levels

Traditions from Elm Creek Quilts: 13 Quilts Projects to Piece and Applique


Jennifer Chiaverini - 2011
    This collection includes two Hawaiian-style patterns and a double wedding ring quilt, as well as the popular 'Cornucopia of Thanks' sampler.

Tilda's Studio: Over 50 Fresh Projects for You, Your Home and Loved Ones


Tone Finnanger - 2011
    A gorgeous collection of over 50 projects inspired by Tilda's studio.Choose from a stunning variety of designs for yourself and your home, including bags, accessories, clothing, decorations, gifts and soft toys.The colour palette used includes beautiful shades of lavender, pink, teal, turquoise, green and blue.Easy-to-follow instructions, gorgeous colour photos and delightful illustrations accompany each project.

Print & Pattern 2


Bowie Style - 2011
    Who wants mass-produced minimalism when you can have patterns with personality? Print & Pattern 2 is the latest book from the cult Print & Pattern website that celebrates all aspects of printed surface pattern. Featuring cute, colorful and contemporary designs on textiles, cards, gift wrap, stationery, wallpaper, tableware, books, illustration, and anything, the book will be a must for anyone who loves printed patterns and motifs.

Masters: Art Quilts, Vol. 2: Major Works by Leading Artists


Ray Hemachandra - 2011
    The pieces showcase the leading techniques in contemporary quilting and present an array of themes, including portraits, nature, abstraction, realism, and political commentary. Commentary is provided by renowned curator Martha Sielman, executive director of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Fully international in scope, the book includes quilters from the United States, Canada, France, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, Italy, England, Australia, the Netherlands, South Korea, Norway, Israel, and Japan. This vibrant follow-up to the hugely successful Masters: Art Quilts stands all on its own as an essential keepsake volume to be treasured or with the first book as an irreplaceable set for a lifetime.

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding


Fiona Goble - 2011
    With a cast of characters including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Price Harry, the Archbishop of Canterbury, a variety of wedding guests plus, of course, the happy couple themselves - and even a corgi - this is one wedding souvenir that will be a must-have for any keen crafter.

Fabrics A-to-Z: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Using Fabric for Sewing


Dana Willard - 2011
    This thorough resource explains the unique characteristics, strengths, and limitations of more than 100 fabrics in easy-to-understand terms, so any sewist can enter a fabric shop with confidence. From dotted swiss to silk charmeuse to faux fur, each entry includes a close-up photo of the fabric as well as an overview of its characteristics, ideal uses, and special considerations when sewing. As a bonus, the book concludes with a section on the best tools and notions to use when working with particular fibers, as well as tips on how to read patterns. The small size and flexibind format of Fabrics A to Z make it perfect for tossing into a bag when headed to the fabric store.

Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts


Pam Lintott - 2011
    Pam and Nicky Lintott's Jelly Roll quilting books have sold over 250,000 copies world wide--and here they bring you a brand new collection of ideas for 10 stunning sampler quilts!5 incredible quick-to-piece sampler quilts, each made using just one jelly roll5 pick'n'mix designs showing just how easy it is to combine your favorite blocks to make even more quick quilts.Step-by-step instructions for easy-to-follow diagrams, with alternative colourways for added inspirationFollow on of the stunning patterns or create your own unique sampler quilt from the 55 fabulous block designs.

Beyond Knit & Purl


Kate Atherley - 2011
    As a technical editor - and more importantly - as a teacher, Kate knows where knitters hit roadblocks and how to overcome them, and she shares her many years of experience in this book. Confused about increases or decreases? What's ease? If you've only knitted dishcloths, are you ready to move on to socks or should you try something else first? What does "decrease stitches evenly across" actually mean in practice? Do you need some Dirty Secrets or Knitterly Advice? (there are plenty of both scattered throughout the book's pages). Or do you need some help choosing the right pattern for you? This and much, much more are in the book. The amazing how-to photos by Caro Sheridan clearly demonstrate techniques so you can follow along as needed, and there are great patterns spread throughout to support the educational material ranging from ultra-simple dishcloths up to shawls, socks and other garments.

Felt Friends from Japan: 86 Super-Cute Toys and Accessories to Make Yourself


Naomi Tabatha - 2011
    Author Naomi Tabatha has gone for a retro feel, capturing the style she remembers from her childhood in Japan during the 1960s and 1970s. Here are Mini-mascot Buddies like Mom and Baby Kitty Cats, Little Elephants, Cheeky Monkey, Croaky Frog, Droopy-eared Dog, and Cuddly Koala; Soft Toys like Brown Bear, Rika the Rabbit, and Little Red Hood; Purrcy Pussycat and Mr. Sausage Dog, the Tabletop Duo; Forest Friends named Fumiko Fawn and Little Rabbit; and the Beret Buddies, Miki the Monkey and Pao the Elephant. Also included are Cute 'n' Fun Accessories like the Frog Coin Purse, the Sausage Dog Pencil Case and the Little Bear Card CaseEvery project features clear step-by-step instructions accompanied by beautiful, full-color photographs and cut-out patterns; and an explanatory section covers the basic stitches and techniques used. Everything is hand-sewn and requires only felt and a needle-and-thread. Simple enough for crafters ranging in age from about 10 years old to adult, the book is sure to please anyone who loves creating cute things from felt.

Austentatious Crochet: 36 Contemporary Designs from the World of Jane Austen


Melissa Horozewski - 2011
    Austentatious Crochet presents Austen fans with a unique opportunity to step into the scarf, skirt, or chemise of Elizabeth Bennett, Emma Woodhouse, and a host of other favorite Austen characters.The book features thirty-two original crochet projects inspired by Austen novels but fabulously brought up to date and wearable today. The designs focus on women's wear, such as dresses, sweaters, cardigans, and capelets, but also encompass accessories such as handbags, scarfs, and pillowcases and clothing for children.Introductions to each project include favorite bits of dialogue from the original novels. Fully illustrated with evocative photos, Regency-style illustrations, and step-by-step schematics, Austentatious Crochet is certain to please the devoted Austen lover as well as craft enthusiasts.

Extreme Double-Knitting: New Adventures in Reversible Colorwork


Alasdair Post-Quinn - 2011
    Alasdair Post-Quinn has created an exhaustive how-to for double-knitting that thoroughly tackles techniques you didn't even know existed, let alone thought were possible, such as cabled double-knit fabric, knitting different patterns on either side of the fabric (instead of the usual mirror images) and much more. With 14 patterns, nearly 200 pages and more than 400 photos and illustrations, Extreme Double-Knitting is the only double-knitting reference you need! WHAT OTHER DESIGNERS ARE SAYING... A brilliant book, bound to become a classic work. Acquiring these double-layer techniques will enhance all aspects of your knitting life. Extreme Double Knitting is a very thorough and clearly explained approach to this fascinating area of knitting. Even if you do not yet see yourself reaching some of the more extreme feats of double-layer knitting offered here, you will be gently enticed to expand your repertoire of skills as far as you wish, with plenty more brain candy awaiting you. -Lucy Neatby There are floods of knitting books that beguile with pretty, ingenious patterns. A precious few push back the boundaries of an entire technique. Extreme Double-Knitting does both, exceptionally. A tour-de-force. -Franklin Habit In this delicious guide to the subterranean wonderland of double knitting, Alasdair illuminates user-friendly and innovative techniques of layering color, texture, and design. -Cat Bordhi

60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters More in Cascade 220™ Superwash


Sixth & Spring Books - 2011
    From cozy cardigans and a whimsical blanket shaped like a sheep to a pinwheel beret, embroidered booties, and tiny legwarmers, 60 Quick Baby Knits has something for every knitter…and every tot! Featuring the popular, affordable, and surprisingly soft Cascade 220 Superwash yarn, these cute and colorful projects-designed for ages 0 to 24 months-will please even the fussiest babies…and their parents.

Encaustic Mixed Media: Innovative Techniques and Surfaces for Working with Wax


Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch - 2011
    Shellac? Yes. Tar? Sure. Patching plaster? Of course! But it doesn't stop there. You'll mix these unexpected materials with some others that are a tad more traditional, like decorative papers, and pastels.-Embellishment mini-demos: Why use ordinary, everyday embellishments when you can make cool ones yourself? Glue-molded structural elements and fire-treated papers and plastics: These are just a few of the unique embellishments you'll learn to create.-Visual inspiration: Savor amazing combinations of color, texture and technique. Dozens of galley pieces throughout the book will make you want to get started right away!

Beautiful Botanicals: 45 Applique Flowers & 14 Quilt Projects


Deborah Kemball - 2011
    The book features 14 sophisticated floral applique projects as well as full-size templates for 45 applique flowers, two butterflies, and five borders."

Stencil 201: 25 New Reusable Stencils with Step-by-Step Project Instructions


Ed Roth - 2011
    Ed also offers step-by-step directions for more than 20 wildly creative projects that take stenciling to a whole new level. With the help of creative friends such as Erica Domesek of P.S. - I made this and embroidery queen Jenny Hart, Ed shows how to stencil on just about anything T-shirts, leather, mirrors, food, and even hair using a variety of techniques like stitching, etching, and more. Best of all, the stencils can be used again and again: just clean, dry, and store in the handy reclosable pocket at back!

Norwegian Mittens and Gloves


Annemor Sundbo - 2011
    Annemor Sundbø has selected 29 classic figurative motifs from Norwegian hand-knitting history. In addition to the animal motifs, she charts figures and border patterns and shows you how to use them for designing hats and pillow covers.

PUSH Paper: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Paper Art


Lark Books - 2011
    Thirty contemporary paper artists, from world-renowned names to talented up-and-comers, all put their own spin on cutting, sculpture, installations, pop ups, paper toys, and more.A vibrant question-and-answer section with the book's distinguished juror, Jaime Zollars, and a biography of each showcased artist complete this visual feast of paper craft.

Silk Road Socks


Hunter Hammersen - 2011
    But we can supply you with sock patterns to knit if you ever do get there Inside you'll find 14 amazing new sock patterns, each inspired by a different style of oriental rug. An in-depth primer on top-down sock construction, thorough lessons on chart reading, detailed information on how to resize any sock pattern, and tips to customize your socks to perfectly fit your feet help ensure your knitting success. You'll also find a wealth of information on the history of the Silk Road and the beautiful textiles produced in the region.Silk Road Socks will be a welcome addition to any sock knitter or textile artist's library.Author Hunter Hammersen is a prolific and talented sock designer whose designs have found their way onto countless knitters' needles. Visit the Silk Road Socks website for more information on the socks in this book, knitalongs and other bonus features.

Harris Tweed: From Land to Street


Lara Platman - 2011
    Worn worldwide, and much used by fashion designers including Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, it is increasingly cherished, both for the garments made from it and as a fascinating traditional craft. This book is a group portrait of the craftsmen who work with Harris Tweed, from the Hebrides to London's Saville Row. The author will interview and photograph farmers, mill workers, weavers, tailors, and designers, and will also consider their landscape and context. Several tailors on Saville Row, including Henry Poole, Norton & Sons and Huntsman, have welcomed the publication, and will allow the author full access to photograph and interview their staff.Primarily for those who love to wear Harris Tweed and want to know more about its provenance, the book will also tap into a growing interest in traditional crafts. It will appeal to an audience from the design and fashion industries along with students of fashion, design and textiles. A celebration of craftsmanship and a way of life, Harris Tweed offers an insight into a lifestyle whose continued existence will surprise many. The book reveals a chain of craftsmen who often work individually, and whose work may be well known while they themselves remain largely unknown outside their special areas of activity. Through its depiction of the working environment of these Living National Treasures; the book gives an important reminder of the skills that are alive in Britain today, some ancient and some modern, and many in danger of being lost.

Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric


Laurie Wisbrun - 2011
    The book walks readers through the entire fabric design process, from finding inspiration, through step-by-step tutorials on how to design a pattern (both digitally and by hand), looking at different printing methods (such as digital printing, screenprinting, monoprinting, stamping, stencilling, resis dying, painting and inkjet printing), to establishing and developing a fabric collection, and approaching a manufacturer. The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric is full of advice from established fabric designers with clear, easy to follow step-by-step tutorials. Textile design is a competitive industry and learning how to design fabric is something that both designers and crafters with an avid interest in fabrics are keen to learn more about. Companies such as Spoon Flower (spoon.flower.com) have emerged,

The Beaded Edge: Inspired Designs for Crocheted Edgings and Trims


Midori Nishida - 2011
    The Beaded Edge offers 18 designs that range from delicate and classic to modern and bold, all created with simple thread, a crochet hook, a beading needle, and inexpensive beads. Each trim is illustrated with clear stitch diagrams that demonstrate the patterns, and the detailed step-by-step instructions will teach you to combine basic crochet techniques with beadwork for gorgeous edges and embellishments.Use your beaded edges to customize handbags, hats, clothing, parasols, home décor, items, and anything else you want. If you have a passion for personalizing and embellishing, you will find a treasure trove of new techniques in The Beaded Edge.

The Fashion Designer's Textile Directory: A Guide to Fabrics' Properties, Characteristics, and Garment-Design Potential


Gail Baugh - 2011
    The author points out the best fabrics for creating specific garments, explaining how each fabric's qualities make it suitable for various items of apparel. Knowing which fabrics can support a structured silhouette is fundamental to fashion design, and this book explains the use of stiff or crisply textured fabrics for tailored garments, as well as soft textured fabrics for rounded forms. Ornamentation is also discussed, and includes advice on how to work with different fabrics to create what author Gail Baugh classifies as opulent, simple, and in-between decorative effects. The book's additional features include:Fiber characteristics charts Weave charts and knit charts with fabric names and photos A glossary of terms and definitions Lists of textile suppliers, online stores, and study resourcesThis directory of textiles and their uses is profusely illustrated with more than 500 color photos.

Bead Tube Jewelry: Peyote and brick stitch designs for 30+ necklaces, bracelets, and earrings


Nancy Zellers - 2011
    Using a simple peyote or brick-stitched tube, the author shows how to create more than 30 projects ranging in style from elegant to funky, and with colors spanning from subtle to brilliant, all from tiny, colorful, easy-to-find seed beads. Readers are able to see how changing colors and designs create new and exciting beaded beads. Also, a range of bracelets, earrings, and necklaces will delight the aspiring artist.

Knitted Dolls: Handmade Toys with a Designer Wardrobe, Knitting Fun for the Child in All of Us


Arne Nerjordet - 2011
    Based on the dolls Arne and Carlos used during their career in the fashion design industry (they would design clothing in miniature before transforming it into “human” sizes), you’ll find easy-to-knit instructions for five doll bodies and tips for giving them features. Then, dress them up: From underwear to overcoats, you'll find miniature knits to suit all seasons. Whether knitting dolls for your own enjoyment, or to collect and give to a child or grandchild, the playful universe created by Arne and Carlos is one you’ll enjoy exploring!

Wandlore: The Art of Crafting the Ultimate Magical Tool


Alferian Gwydion MacLir - 2011
    This enchanting, one-of-a-kind guidebook is for anyone who's ever wanted to know how magic wands work or longed to have a real magic wand of his or her own. Written by the foremost authority on the making of wands, this book is the first devoted solely to the art of wandmaking and its mysteries.Discover how a tree branch is transformed into a wand of magic, from selecting the wood and working in harmony with the tree spirits (or dryads) to understanding the magical correspondences of different stones, colors, and metals. Wandlore reveals aspects of wand theory that have never been discussed before in print--such as how the four-part design of a magic wand relates to the four alchemical elements, and the role of astrology, elemental correspondences, and the spheres of existence in wandmaking. It shares the magical process for empowering wand cores using phoenix feathers, unicorn hair, and elements of other mythical creatures.This groundbreaking masterwork belongs in the library of every practicing magician, witch, wizard, or druid.

Wendy Knits Lace: Essential Techniques and Patterns for Irresistible Everyday Lace


Wendy D. Johnson - 2011
    With twenty original patterns for gorgeous lace shawls, delicate camisoles, sweaters, hats, scarves, and socks, Wendy D. Johnson provides thorough instruction on the best lace techniques.At last - gorgeous lace projects that are not only sumptuous, but designed for your everyday life.

Zen Mandalas


Suzanne McNeill - 2011
    The circle of a mandala represents wholeness and unity. Zentangle is a relaxing process which brings the mind and spirit into focus through the repetition of simple shapes. Zentangle is very personal and requires no artistic training. The underlying philosophy of the mandala expands the message in your drawings as you investigate your feelings, and discover your hidden potential. Gently appreciate the uniqueness of your experience in the world as you create beautiful drawings and sicover the infinite possibilities that spring from inner peace.

Mixed Metal Mania: Solder, rivet, hammer, and wire exceptional jewelry


Kim St. Jean - 2011
    Mixed Metal Mania makes metal jewelry accessible to a brand-new audience. This book starts by teaching the basic techniques and giving helpful tips, and then moves on to simple projects before building into more challenging work requiring new skills learned. Kim St. Jean also includes the stories of inspiration behind each project, adding to the unique appeal of this book. For jewelry designers who crave something distinctive, Mixed Metal Mania is a dream come true.

That Perfect Stitch: The Secrets of Fine Hand Stitching


Dierdra A. McElroy - 2011
    Featuring step-by-step photography of hand movement and product-comparison charts to find the best tools and materials for each project, this guide proves an invaluable resource for expert and novice quilters alike. This handy reference includes comparisons of quilting tools—such as needles, threads, battings, markers, and more—while helping quilters of all skill levels understand that their stitches are only as good as the tools they use.

My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion


Nina Chakrabarti - 2011
    The book encourages creativity, with illustrations to colour in and designs to finish off, as well as simple ideas for making and doing (how to make a sari, turn a napkin into a headscarf or dye a T-shirt). Covering clothing, shoes, bags, jewelery and other accessories, the illustrations span both vintage fashions drawing on beautiful and interesting objects through the ages and contemporary invented designs from the illustrator's own imagination. 'Did you know...?' features, giving brief historical notes, encourage children to be inspired by history and by the fashions of other cultures. A wonderful celebration of fashion, the book will appeal to fashion addicts from 8 years upwards.

Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art


Jenny Doh - 2011
    Whether you are a calligraphy/graffiti artist like Lisa Engelbrecht, a metal artist like Michael DeMeng, or digital collage artist like Susan Tuttle, art has a way of giving you beauty, meaning, spiritual richness, community... even salvation.The stories in this book come from every medium, because the power of the creative process can be found everywhere.Hear from:- Drew Emborsky, a crochet artist, provides comfort through his creations by donating his work to hospitals and shelters. - Rebecca Sower puts craft materials--and hope--into the hands of Haitian women through Haiti By Hand. - Marie French who, through art, creates personal miracles of healing. - Suzi Blu, who discovered the real, therapeutic effect of art-making, shows you many simple, effective ways you can give back.INSIDE ART SAVES, YOU'LL ALSO FIND:- Mixed media techniques and projects. Throughout the book you'll find practical ideas to put you on the art-making path. Karen Michel shares instructions on creating prayer flags, Lynn Whipple shows you how to construct a permission plaque, Susannah Conway gives advice on revealing the soul of a place though inspired photography. - Inspired Lessons. Each artist lists the lessons they have learned about living life artfully. - "When the Going Gets Tough..." Sidebars suggest ways you can remain strong, even when things get challenging. Hear how different artists deal with difficulty head-on. - "In the artist's own words..." Advice and wisdom shared directly from each artist to you. The act of art-making is an act of life. So thread a needle, lift a paintbrush, put pencil to paper, focus the camera--find salvation.

Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking


Arnold Grummer - 2011
    Learn how to incorporate your handmade paper into diverse projects that include invitations, bound books, paper bowls, and ornaments. Let your creativity shine as you explore the fun and simple art of papermaking.

The Ultimate Book of Baby Knits: Debbie Bliss's Favourite 50 Patterns for Babies and Toddlers


Debbie Bliss - 2011
    This is a charming collection of practical hand-knit garments, toys and other nursery essentials that will delight new parents and their baby.

Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass


Gerald W.R. Ward - 2011
    Chihuly's "Blanket Cylinders," "Seaforms," "Persians" and chandeliers are exhibited and collected throughout the world, and many volumes have been devoted to his bold, complex, fiercely colorful work. Little documented, however, though crucial to an understanding of his art, is the role played by physical space in his overall aesthetic--installation spaces, work spaces, but also spaces for living and for housing his extensive personal collections. Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass focuses on the artist's pieces and installations in relation to the spaces that generate, shape and surround them. The text, a mix of critical exegesis and Chihuly's own commentary (much of it solicited specifically for this book), provides a new entr�e into the work, mind, and creative process of one of America's most critically and popularly acclaimed artists.One of the few contemporary artists who is truly a household name, Dale Chihuly (born 1941) studied interior design and architecture before beginning to experiment with glassblowing. After receiving degrees in sculpture and ceramics, Chihuly worked with master glass craftsmen in Murano, Venice. On returning to the United States, Chihuly established the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1968 and cofounded the Pilchuck Glass School in 1971. In 1979, after losing an eye, Chihuly ceased to blow glass himself, though he maintains a firm hold on the artistic direction of his studio.

Color, Texture Casting for Jewelers: Hands-On Demonstrations Practical Applications


Carles Codina - 2011
    In Color, Texture & Casting, jewelry teacher extraordinaire Carles Codina covers a wide swath of techniques in depth, in a book packed with excellent instruction and cover-to-cover superb how-to photography: keum, boo, plating, melted filings, mokume gane, and granulation; textures, finishes, and patinas; and microcasting, working with waxes, sand casting, cuttlebone casting, ceramic coating, and casting in a closed crucible. Several wonderful and innovative projects to explore the teachings and a beautiful gallery round out this valuable, hands-on volume. Along with the other important material covered in the book, with Color, Texture & Casting Carles Codina has created the best modern casting book on the market--one that's authoritative, approachable, and loaded with fantastic creative techniques.

75 Chinese, Celtic & Ornamental Knots: A Directory of Knots and Knotting Techniques Plus Exquisite Jewelry Projects to Make and Wear


Laura Williams - 2011
    Clear diagrams are teamed with step-by-step instructions to make tying 75 different knots simple. And each knot is graded so even complete beginners can get started right away.A selection of projects allow readers to create beautiful and original jewelry. Combine ornamental knots with beads for a modern look, or choose a more traditional style with entirely knot-built pieces. With detailed material lists and photography of finished items, this book is the complete guide to a unique style.Also containing a comprehensive techniques section, 75 Chinese, Celtic & Ornamental Knots shows how to use jump rings and seal cords correctly. This know-how will be invaluable as readers progress to designing and creating their own knotted jewelry.

Civil War Sewing Circle


Kathleen Tracy - 2011
    Patterned after quilts made during the Civil War era, these easy projects are ideal for nineteenth-century reproduction fabrics.* Choose from patterns for 16 appealing projects, including large quilts, doll and baby quilts, and a pincushion, sewing box, and needle case* Learn about the importance of quilting during the Civil War era and how women's efforts led to increased civil and political involvement among women* See historical photos and read eloquent excerpts from letters written to and from soldiers during the Civil War

Everything Alice: The Wonderland Book of Makes and Bakes


Hannah Read-Baldrey - 2011
    Who wouldn't be seduced by a red polka dot frilly apron to wear while baking cupcakes fit for a king or a heart-shaped pinboard to house precious keepsakes, all designed and made by Christine Leech and Hannah Read-Baldrey. This book is the creative must-have for any Alice lover, whatever their age.

Threads Fitting for Every Figure


Threads - 2011
    Whether you are a home seamstress or a professional designer, knowing how to create garments that fit every figure is essential. With Threads Fitting for Every Figure, the toughest fitting challenges are solved. This comprehensive sewing reference from the editors of Threads covers the basics of pattern fitting and includes easy-to-follow sewing techniques that are the hallmark of Threads magazine, a household name in garment sewing. With material appropriate for all skill levels, this book also offers solutions to intermediate-level fitting quandaries and advanced couture-level fitting techniques. Featuring 200 color photos and 100 illustrations, these pages cover everything from assessing your figure and working with patterns to fitting the bodice, fitting for pants and skirts, as well as specialty techniques. With more women learning to sew their own clothing and accessories, Threads Fitting for Every Figure is bound to be an instant classic.

Adventures in Needlework: Stitching With Passion


Jessica Aldred - 2011
    Adventures in Needlework brings embroidery bang up to date using traditional techniques alongside bold colours, graphics and striking contemporary ideas. From cute cushions to gangster bling, these unique projects bridge the gap between craft and interior design, embracing the revival of ‘homemade’ things as something to be proud of. Four main techniques of canvas work, appliqué, silk shading and goldwork are covered, with three projects progressing in difficulty for each. All the tools, materials and stitching techniques needed are carefully explained, along with general instructions for making up cushions, bags and framing canvases. Complete beginners will be able to get started straight away, whilst more experienced stitchers will be inspired and challenged.

Craft Wisdom & Know-How: Everything You Need to Stitch, Sculpt, Bead and Build


Amy Rost - 2011
    There is invaluable information about numerous crafting topics, including: Sewing Knitting and Other Needlework Paper Crafts and Bookmaking Glasswork Jewelry Making Pottery and Clay Mosaics Candle-making and Decorating Woodworking and Furniture Making, plus so much more.Each chapter covers a specific craft, with step-by-step directions and and projects for crafters of all levels, from beginner to advanced. Hundreds of projects are included, such as Super Sock Monkeys, Crocheted Hats, Etched Glass, One-Afternoon Skirts, and Beading Vintage-Style Jewelry, among so many more. This book is also a part of the Know-How series which includes other titles such as:Country Wisdom & Know-HowWoodworking Wisdom & Know-HowGarden Wisdom & Know-HowNatural Healing Wisdom & Know-How

Girl's World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls


Jennifer Paganelli - 2011
    In Girl's World, her debut book, she presents twenty-one adorable sewing projects to make for little girlsfrilly dresses, ruffled pillows, bed canopies, stuffed animals, and more! Each project features Jennifer's fresh, feminine flair in sizes and styles perfect for toddlers to tweens. With step-by-step instructions, a comprehensive techniques section, and simple sizing charts ranging from extra-small to extra-large, this book is exceptionally easy to use. Featuring whimsical design, lush color photos, a ribbon closure, and a vellum pocket filled with pattern sheets, Girl's World makes sewing girly goodies a joy for crafters of all levels.

Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers


Susanne Woods - 2011
    Chock full of step-by-step instructions, how-to photographs and helpful hints, this collection of inspiring projects makes it easy for any sewer to quilt in a modern style with impressive results.

Crochet Compendium: The Ultimate Collection of Crochet Techniques


Connie Ellison - 2011
    Beginning with basics like the slip knot, the lessons in this book gradually build upon each other, guiding crafters into techniques like hairpin lace and symbol crochet. All lessons include step-by-step instructions and a project per technique.

Zentangle 5


Suzanne McNeill - 2011
    Show off your passion for tangling with fashion jewelry artfully and uniquely tangled by you. Whether you make a bold statement to complement you jeans, accent an attitude, or just add a bit of bling to your day, you'll find an appealing project here; along with 40 new tangles to inspire your ever expanding repertoire of design possibilities. Zentangle 5 is all about pushing the limits, discovering cerativity and exploring new venues. Open your eyes to a wider tangling experience and enjoy!