Best of
Crafts

2012

Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods


Leslie Ann Bestor - 2012
    While there are literally dozens of ways to get yarn on and off the needles, most knitters stick with the methods they learned as beginners, missing out on the opportunity to create edges that are more functional and long-lasting as well as decorative, adding distinctiveness to their finished knits.In Cast On, Bind Off, master knitter Leslie Ann Bestor offers a one-of-a-kind reference to more than 50 different ways to begin and end a knitting project - from the charming bobbles of the picot approach to the tidy, refined edges of the tubular method. For each method, she provides detailed instructions with step-by-step color photography, advice about best uses, and tips for making the most of the technique's strengths and appropriateness. At-a-glance charts pinpoint the right cast on or bind off for various types of knitting and cast on/bind off pairs that work especially well together.Today's knitters are branching out and exploring new knitting styles - from chunky cables to delicate lace - and all they are missing is the perfect cast on or bind off technique to create edges as beautiful, professional, and functional as the stitches that come between. Cast On, Bind Off is an indispensable tool for every knitting bag - a trusted reference that will ensure each project is polished and pleasing .... from start to finish.

The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs: Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns


Sarah Anderson - 2012
    Covering the entire spinning process, Sarah Anderson describes the unique architecture of each type of yarn and shares expert techniques for manipulating and combining fibers. Take your crafting to a new level and ensure that you have the best yarn available by spinning it yourself.

Unicorns Are Jerks: A Coloring Book Exposing the Cold, Hard, Sparkly Truth


Theo Nicole Lorenz - 2012
    Unicorns think they're so great because they're all mysterious and magical, but they can be real jerks sometimes.This coloring book features eighteen examples of unicorns texting in theaters, farting in elevators, eating your leftovers, and generally acting like jerks.

The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room


Ana White - 2012
    As a young mom on a tight budget, Ana learned to make her own well-designed pieces inspired by the styles in her favorite stores—saving thousands of dollars in the process.Now, in this reference for woodworkers of all skill levels, Ana shares everything she has learned along the way. Inside The Handbuilt Home you'll find:• Plans for 34 versatile furniture projects for every room in your house—from beginner-friendly home accessories to sturdy tables, a media center, kids’ items, and storage solutions• Comprehensive information on using off-the-shelf lumber and basic equipment—almost every project can be made with a drill, a saw, and some hand tools• Easy-to-follow instructions, costs, and time estimates to guide even the most amateur of carpenters through any projectYou don’t need to be physically tough or superstrong to make your own furniture, and it’s okay if you don’t know that a 2x4 doesn’t actually measure 2 by 4 inches. All you need is the determination to create a better home for yourself or your family and the confidence to say, “I can build that.” Also available as an eBook

Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges


Ann Budd - 2012
    Answering to a growing interest in knitting sweaters from the top down and knitting seamless sweaters that require little finishing, this handy book offers instructions for knitting five basic sweater types: circular yoke, raglan, modified-drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder. Patterns are offered in multiple sizes and yarn gauges and for a broad age group.Following the basics for each of the five sweater types are three diverse patterns from top designers that illustrate some of the many ways that instructions can be used as springboards for creative expression, including color, texture, and shaping variations.Also included for intermediate to advanced knitters are personal design touches, detailed charts, clear instruction, and quick tips to expand knitting possibilities and maintain creative originality. A key reference for knitters of all skill levels, this is the new essential knitting resource on your bookshelf.

Sunday Morning Quilts: 16 Modern Scrap Projects Sort, Store, and Use Every Last Bit of Your Treasured Fabrics


Amanda Jean Nyberg - 2012
    Their book features 16 bold and scrappy projects as well as expert hints and tips for adapting patterns to your own style, and effectively cutting, storing, and organizing your scraps.

Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs: Creative Techniques for Joining Motifs of All Shapes


Edie Eckman - 2012
    But connecting one motif to another can be as exhilarating as stitching Edie Eckman's guide to creative joining techniques shows how easy it is to combine multiples of a motif to form a whole new pattern, from lacy links to three-dimensional effects, swirls, radiants, and wheels. The variations are endless Eckman also provides 100 brand-new motif designs. Each one, and every joining technique, is accompanied by step-by-step instructions and innovative charts to ensure success. This superb collection is a must-have for any crocheter.

Circular Knitting Workshop: Essential Techniques to Master Knitting in the Round


Margaret Radcliffe - 2012
    This comprehensive guide provides directions for 35 demonstration projects, so you can practice each technique on a miniature hat, mitten, or sweater before applying it to a larger project. With tips on how to adapt any straight-needle pattern for use with circular needles, Circular Knitting Workshop opens up endless possibilities.

Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting


Cap Sease - 2012
    This beautifully organized treasury is ideal for all skill levels.•Find each technique presented with step-by-step written instructions, clear how-to illustrations, and a photo of the finished edge•Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each method, including suggestions for when to use it•Discover workhorse and specialty cast ons and bind offs for colorwork, cuffs, ruffles, fringe, lace buttonholes, and more

Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts


Angela Walters - 2012
    This book features step-by-step instructions for continuous-line swirls, circles, squares, vines, arcs, and points.

100 Snowflakes to Crochet: Make Your Own Snowdrift---to Give or to Keep


Caitlin Sainio - 2012
    Crafters of all levels can easily crochet up a storm—or just make a simple snowflake or two. The designs range from simple ones requiring only a few rows to large intricate ones for more advanced stitchers. Starting with a review of crochet basics, a discussion of materials and finishings, the structure of snowflakes, and methods of blocking and starching your finished flakes, anyone can easily learn to craft one of these gossamer creations. Then onto the Snowflake Selector to browse for a pattern that matches your skill level. However, as you work through the book, you will improve your skills as you go along! These lovely flakes—intricate, delicate, and symmetrical—can be used as appliques, to hang in windows, or to adorn your Christmas tree. With full patterns and lots of project ideas for your finished snowflakes, you’re certain to find hours of enjoyment and inspiration from the next book in our bestselling series.

The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting


Sarah Veblen - 2012
    No matter what size or shape you are, wearing garments that fit perfectly makes you look and feel better. Rather than making commonly accepted changes to a commercial pattern, the method presented in this guide focuses on the way a test garment fits the body. The fabric is manipulated to improve the fit, and then those specific changes are made to the pattern. The result: patterns that fit perfectly!With The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting, you'll learn:The importance of a fitting axis and how to use it during a fittingHow to recognize fitting issues, such as drag lines and foldsHow to manipulate fabric to solve common and unusual fitting problemsHow to transfer the fitting changes to your pattern easilyBasic pattern-making skills to ensure accurate alterationsSee the fitting process from start to finish on basic garments, fitted on real people. Then follow fitting solutions on different body types. Hundreds of large color photos illustrate the techniques and concepts in simple step-by-step instructions. With these lessons, you will get the perfect fit for any body.

Colour Confidence in Embroidery


Trish Burr - 2012
    From color selection and blending to choosing complimentary colors and creative contrasting and shading, it highlights a variety of techniques for surface and counted thread embroidery projects. More than 200 stitched examples with DMC thread keys, plus color schemes and projects such as roses, fruits, and birds will inspire stitchers.

Making an Impression: Designing Creating Artful Stamps


Geninne Zlatkis - 2012
    These 20 beautiful projects--including cards, an embellished journal and tote, and decorative wall pieces--provide the keys to Geninne's creative process and image-making process. In addition to technique-specific primers with step-by-step photos of the essentials, Making an Impression includes 50 motifs showcasing Geninne's signature designs that crafters can copy and use for image transfers, stamp designs, and collages.

The Sock Knitter's Handbook: Expert Advice, Tips, and Tricks


Charlene Schurch - 2012
    Find clear instructions for both toe-up and cuff-down sock knitting Learn multiple techniques for knitting: casting on and binding off, working heels and toes, making size adjustments, and more Browse a stitch dictionary of favorite texture patterns; find options for creating your own unique socks

Sabine Lippert's Beaded Fantasies: 30 Romantic Jewelry Projects


Sabine Lippert - 2012
    All feature her trademark tiers of beads that are layered into gorgeous jewelry. Every piece uses the most popular and beloved stitches in beading: right angle weave and peyote. Most of the bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, and chokers here are new, but Sabine has also included a few of her favorite classics. An inspirational photo gallery of beadwork from leading designers, including Sabine, rounds out this must-have book.

The Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory: 400 Warp-Faced Weaves


Anne Dixon - 2012
    Inkle weaving is a simple technique that offers ample opportunity for experimentation by beginners and experienced weavers. This book provides 400 patterns for loom enthusiasts and is the most comprehensive tool available to weavers.You’ll discover:*An overview of inkle weaving’s history and traditions.*Instructions for loom set-up and simple techniques.*An astonishing 400 woven patterns—some making their first debut.*Illustrated samples and charts.*Drafts provided throughout the entire guide.An incomparable guide, Anne Dixon offers all of the tips, tricks, and techniques to these traditional and modern patterns and introduces a bounty of new, innovative designs as well. Inkles can be used for a variety of projects ranging from belts and braces to trims and neckpieces. They can be stitched together to make bags, mobile-phone purses, cushion-covers, table-mats, and much more.Also included is a foreword by Madelyn van der Hoogt, the editor of Handwoven magazine and the author of The Complete Book of Drafting and The Weaver’s Companion (Interweave). She opened the Weaver’s School in 1984 and teaches weaving workshops throughout the United States and Canada.

Free-Form Embroidery with Judith Baker Montano: Transforming Traditional Stitches Into Fiber Art


Judith Baker Montano - 2012
    This book shows you how to create stunning landscapes and seascapesby applying fine art principles to your fabrics, threads, and fibres.

Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes: 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches


Jill Wiseman - 2012
    From dainty to heavy, and from simple to outrageously textured, these beautiful and wearable necklace, lariat, bangle, and bracelet projects (plus a few earrings!) utilize such popular stitch techniques as spiral rope, peyote, netting, herringbone, right angle weave, chevron, polygon weave, and oglala. Beginning and experienced beaders alike will love these high-quality projects from one of the most fun and innovative beaders on the scene today!

Paracord Fusion Ties - Volume 1: Straps, Slip Knots, Falls, Bars, and Bundles


J.D. Lenzen - 2012
    Lenzen is the creator of the highly acclaimed YouTube channel "Tying It All Together", and the producer of over 200 instructional videos. He's been formally recognized by the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) for his contributions to knotting, and is the originator of fusion knotting—innovative knots created through the merging of different knot elements or knotting techniques. Paracord Fusion Ties - Volume 1 is the first of a multiple volume set of books exclusively utilizing paracord for his fusion knotting techniques.Originally used as parachute suspension lines during World War II, paracord has since become a means to create an immeasurable variety of useful items, survival tools, and decorative ties. World-renowned for his knotting and tying skills, Lenzen guides readers through 35 different paracord fusion ties, all of which have never been presented in book form before. By way of over 800 crisp, clear, full-color photographs, coupled with succinctly written, easy to follow step-by-step instructions, he will show you how to create spherical ties, bars and bracelets, key fobs, medallions, straps, rapid deployment ties, and falls.A book for young and old, expert knot tyers and novices alike, Paracord Fusion Ties - Volume 1 is a must for every knot enthusiast's library!

Joy of Zentangle: Drawing Your Way to Increased Creativity, Focus, and Well-Being


Suzanne McNeill - 2012
    This book will introduce readers to the basic theory of Zentangle and provide instructions for drawing over 100 tangle patterns from such Certified Zentangle Teachers as Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning. This beautiful book is filled with examples of Zentangle drawings as well as other art projects and compelling stories from those who have improved their well-being through Zentangle.

Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop: Techniques and Projects for Weaving with Wire


Karen Karon - 2012
    In Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop, you'll find more than two dozen techniques for making today's most popular chain maille weaves—from simple chains to beaded wonders to intricate Dragonscale.Jewelry artist and author Karen Karon pairs in-depth, step-by-step instructions with color illustrations that show exactly where to place the next jump ring. You'll also get a thorough but flexible approach to techniques that prove weaving can be done in a multitude of ways and demonstrations on “speed weaving,” which is ideal for large projects. Designs progressively increase in complexity, so every jewelry maker—beginner or pro—will find inspiration and projects that suite their skill level.What's more to love? Every chapter provides a unique jewelry project and a plethora of design advice, visual inspiration, shortcuts, tips, and tricks, as well as guidance for attaching clasps and findings. It's no wonder that Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop is the ideal resource for innovation and originality in chain maille jewelry making.

Zoomigurumi


Joke Vermeiren - 2012
    Encouraged by amigurumi fans worldwide, the author gathered patterns that are irresistibly cute and unique. In this first patternbook, twelve designers teamed up to create an amazing collection. You will find Levi the baby Bear, Reco the pig, Zico the Toucan, Tara the Cat, Roary the Tiger, Leila the pony, Johnny the Monkey, Lil Quack the duck, Sartù the Lemur, Bernard the fox, Dakota the dog, Eduardo the donkey, Morton the Moose, naughty mice and Wasabi the bunny. Make sure to click the pictures on top to fall in love with our amigurumi animals. Amigurumi must be the most fun way to use a crochet hook! With just a little practice, you'll make all these amazing designs in a jiffy. If you're not familiar with the techniques, then don't worry. This book has a few pages explaining all the basics so you won't get lost reading your first pattern.

Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages


Susan Schwake - 2012
    This step-by-step book offers 52 fun and creative art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media. Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist and their unique style. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on fine art experiences. Grouped by medium, the labs are set up loosely to build skills upon the previous ones; however, you can begin anywhere. Have fun exploring:drawing by creating a whimsical scene on a handmade crayon scratchboard.painting by using watercolors and salt to create a textured landscape.printmaking by using lemons, celery, mushrooms, and other produce to make colorful prints.paper by creating an expressive self-portrait using pieces of colored tissue paper.mixed media by making insects from patterned contact paper and watercolor pencils.Color photos illustrate how different people using the same lesson will yield different results, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist’s personal style. Art Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers. The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.

Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts


Jacquie Gering - 2012
    Explore seven core techniques and multiple projects using each technique—all presented with detailed instructions. Also included is step-by-step direction from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen on tools, materials, and quilting basics, as well as expert advice on color and design.New and seasoned quilting artists will love making stunning bed, wall hanging, pillowcase, and table accessory quilts with this must-have resource. Quilting Modern is a field guide for quilters who strive to break free from tradition and yearn to explore improvisational work.Quilters can make the 21 projects in the book, but will also come away with the new knowledge and skills to apply to their own unique designs. In Quilting Modern, quilters will find the support, structure, and encouragement they need to explore their own creativity and artistic vision.

Pattern Magic: Stretch Fabrics (Part of the best-selling Japanese inspired Pattern Magic series)


Tomoko Nakamichi - 2012
    Taking inspiration from nature, from geometric shapes and from the street, this book harnesses the sheer joy of making and sculpting clothes. Pattern Magic takes a creative approach to pattern cutting, with step–by–step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers to enjoy.All the basic information you need to start pattern cutting is included, from the basic block to measurements and scaling. Each project is beautifully illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs showing the stages of construction, the toiles and the finished garments. These easy–to–follow illustrations and detailed instructions make it easy to create stunning, sculptural clothes with a couture look. • Step–by–step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers – with clear diagrams and photographs. • Gives all the basic information needed to start pattern cutting: from the basic block to measurements and scaling. • Easy–to–follow, detailed instructions make it easy to create stunning, sculptural clothes with a couture lookReviews for Pattern Magic:'The feeling of figuring the puzzle out makes this book series a joy to explore' House of Pinheiro'If you've mastered the basics of pattern cutting, have caught the bug and are eager to experiment with complex 3d designs, you should definitely take a look at Pattern Magic' Tilly And The Buttons Blog'I've had an explosion of inspiration, and I'm not even an expert in sewing!… I'm sure that many of you, fashion designers or not, can learn a lot from these tutorials' ImaginativeBloom.comCONTENTS:Part 1: Creating form through inspiration:Accents, Gathered hole, Crater, The drop hole, Lumps and bumpsPart 2: Making patterns for haute couture garments:Draped design, The twist, Hide and seek, Interwoven design, Bamboo shoot, The knot, Two distinct expressions, An intriguing curve, Bunka–style sloper (block) for an adult woman, Bunka–style sloper (block) for an adult woman (Size M) (half–scale)

Dreaming in Color: An Autobiography


Kaffe Fassett - 2012
    Born in 1937, he spent much of his youth in Big Sur, California, where his parents bought a cabin from Orson Welles and transformed it into the world-famous Nepenthe restaurant, a gathering place for artists and bohemians. After attending a boarding school run by the disciples of Krishnamurti, an Indian guru, he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, then traveled to England, where he made his home. After an inspiring trip to Inverness, Scotland, Fassett began designing knitwear for Bill Gibb, and then the Missonis, Vogue magazine, and private clients like Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand, and, in the process, revolutionized the handknitting world with his explosive use of color. Further explorations led him to needlepoint, mosaics, rugmaking, tapestries, yarn and fabric design, costume and set design, and quilting. Now in his seventies, Fassett continues to produce new work and to travel worldwide to teach and lecture. In this intimate autobiography, Fassett shares rich, detailed stories about his lifelong creative journey as well as hundreds of glorious photos taken along the way. Praise for Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color: “Kaffe Fassett is to color what Julia Child was to French cooking.” —Knitters Review “Lavishly illustrated with photographs from his life and work and dishing on everyone from Dustin Hoffman to Princess Margaret, Dreaming in Color describes a charmed life filled with creativity, big personalities, travels and not a little serendipity.” —Vogue Knitting “Shapes and patterns are everywhere; they lie waiting for the person who wants to see them. It's the bricolage aspect behind his work and, arguably, Fassett himself: arranging disparate things to create something dynamic and new.” —Vogue Knitting “This book would be a beautiful gift to receive or give. It is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”—Examiner.com “A glance through his new autobiography shows that this is a man who, in design terms, hit the ground running and has never stopped.” —Selvedge magazine“Dreaming in Color, lavishly illustrated with 500 color pictures, is a feast for the eyes.” — Shelf Awareness “Reading this book is like peeling an orange on a gray winter’s day—every single one of your senses is sparked as you get sprayed with infectious creativity.” —Knitty.com “Kaffe Fassett is a luminary in the world of textiles and knitting, spreading the gospel of color in his books and travels.” —The Houston Chronicle “It is a beautiful book, no question. Beautifully designed, thoughtfully composed, well-written, Kaffe takes you on his creative journey. We all—quilters, knitters, needlepointers, and just plain art lovers—are indeed very fortunate that he would share all of this with the world.” —Getting Stitched on the Farm “Fassett is a kind of Harrison Ford of the knitting world….” —The Washington Post “Kaffe Fassett is a luminary in the world of textiles and knitting, spreading the gospel of color in his books and travels.”—The Houston Chronicle “This book is a gorgeous coffee table treasure but it so much more than the vibrant photos, it is a moving and interesting autobiography and I am so glad it has been published. What a treat to read, hold, soak in and enjoy.” —Susan B. Anderson “Brimming over with beautiful eye-candy and intimate details, this colorful book is sure to charm and inspire.” —Love of Knitting magazine “One of the book’s many virtues is how effectively Fassett conveys his enthusiasm about his work to the reader. ‘I’m st

Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling


Emily K. Neuburger - 2012
    Neuburger offers 40 inventive projects and activities that will inspire kids ages 5 to 12 to express themselves through storytelling. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, while older kids will open up and thrive as they embark on guided story walks and inspiring journaling exercises. Sparking creativity while developing a child’s love of language, Show Me a Story will kindle a lifelong passion for both writing and telling original stories.

Coloring for Grown-Ups: The Adult Activity Book


Ryan Hunter - 2012
    

Crochet Step by Step


Sally Harding - 2012
    With clear photographic step-by-step tutorials on key stitches and 20 easy-to complete projects, Crochet Step by Step helps to master the basics while gaining confidence. Brimming with useful tips, advice, and ideas, Crochet Step by Step contains everything needed to get started on developing a passion and skill set that will last a lifetime.

Crochet Boutique: 30 Simple, Stylish Hats, Bags Accessories


Rachael Oglesby - 2012
    That's true of the 30 delightful items in Crochet Boutique. Crocheters will love this fashion-forward collection, with such projects as hats, scarves, shawls, trendy bags, a laptop cover, a granny-square pillow, and a lovely shell afghan. With a short basics section, irresistible photography, and an informative stitch guide, Crochet Boutique is simply indispensable!

Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color


Anna Dalvi - 2012
    Anna’s first book of shawls was all about the math but this time she dives into history and lore connecting it most cleverly to the beautiful patterns and colors in her designs. Anna continues to write exceptionally clear and thought out patterns making them accessible for even newbies but still very interesting for the seasoned lace knitter —Ragga Eiriksdottir, Knitting Iceland, knittingiceland.isAnna Dalvi’s Ancient Egypt In Lace And Color is full of gorgeous, intriguing patterns that convey the mystery of ancient Egypt through form, texture and hue. Each piece is beautifully planned, intricately worked, and carries Dalvi’s signature style-- clear, precise lines and understated elegance. Every pattern is created to be engaging for the experienced lace knitter, yet Anna’s unique writing style makes these patterns accessible for a novice. The only problem will be deciding which project to cast on first! --Sarah Eyre, Cephalopod Yarns, cephalopodyarns.comI want 5 minutes in Anna Dalvi’s brain. Anna tells us stories with her stitches, every design as complex and rich as the mythology that inspired them, yet so clearly and simply written that we can step in without trepidation and knit those legends. Truly a book of dream shawls. --Kim McBrien, indigodragonfly, indigodragonfly.caDalvi’s book shows that her first collection was no flash in the pan; another tour de force in shawls from one of today’s most exciting lace designers. --Jaala Spiro, Knitcircus, knitcircus.com

Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots


Denyse Schmidt - 2012
    Known as a “modern” quilter, she actually draws much of her creative vision from quilts of the past. In Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration, Schmidt pays homage to the quilters and quilts that came before her. Each of the 20 traditional quilt designs she has reinterpreted here (among them are Irish Chain, Mariner’s Compass, and Orange Peel, to name a few) is introduced with a lively overview of the pattern’s history. Instructions are illustrated, templates are provided at full size on a pullout pattern sheet, and a complete techniques section is included at the back of the book.Praise for Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration:"Denyse Schmidt's contemporary art quilts are things of enduring style and beauty, but few fans realize her 16-year career as a textile artist began when Schmidt fell in love with tried-and-true, centuries-old traditional quilt patterns . . . Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration is the artist’s return to this fertile terrain, featuring her colorful and updated take on 20 time-tested designs. Full-page photos of gorgeous quilts full of those bold geometric shapes that first inspired her provide ample motivation, while detailed instructions, a pull-out book of templates, and a section detailing tools and techniques offer plenty of how-to support, even for novice makers." —American Craft Magazine"The book contains 20 traditional quilt styles that look exceptionally modern, hip, and fresh, with limited color palettes and minimal use of prints. To me, it is the best of both worlds—tried-and-true patterns with stories to tell, interpreted by this talented woman who helped define modern quilting. The modern/traditional debate is moot here, which is refreshing and wonderful." —Sew Mama Sew!“It's been 7 years since Denyse Schmidt's first book, and believe me, this new volume was well worth the wait...Whether you consider yourself a traditional or modern quilter, there is plenty of inspiration here, in projects that play with the tantalizing pairing of vintage patterns and contemporary colors. Although Denyse explains the origins and alternate names of many of the patterns, she rarely offers them straight: she riffs off old patterns like Mariner's Compass and Wagon Wheel and strips them down to stark basics." --Meg Cox, Journalist, Author, and President of the Alliance for American Quilts"Denyse Schmidt never ceases to inspire us . . . We are very excited to announce her latest book, the simply breathtaking Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. Delving back to the traditional styles that first sparked her passion for quilting, Denyse gives these twenty quilt patterns a modern spin with bold, beautiful fabric choices." —The Purl Bee "In this book, [Denyse] shows off a new gamut of wonderful quilts . . . She writes in such a quiet and contemplative way, reminding me that quilting at its best isn't meant to be done in a hurry to crank something out." —Spoonflower.com

Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers


Nora Bellows - 2012
    Bellows’s extraordinary Noni® bag and flower patterns have earned her acclaim and endeared her to a loyal following of knitters all over the world. Now, in her first book, she offers lifelike knitted flowers that rival the beauty of true botanicals. This is a collection of luscious designs and essential techniques that knitters will turn to again and again. Inside, you’ll find:   • 40 exceptional knitted and felted flowers, from Angel’s Tears Ddaffodils to ylang ylang   • 6 beautiful yet practical garment, accessory, and home projects perfect for floral embellishment   • Clear instructions for knitting, felting, wiring, and finishing your work

Crochet 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily through Step-by-Step Instruction


Deborah Burger - 2012
    Crocheting skills are learned by working on projects, beginning with something very easy and getting progressively more difficult as the reader works through the book. New skills are explored in depth as they are introduced. The introductory section covers all the basics of crochet-selecting yarn, hook types and sizes, other tools and accessories, crochet gauge, chaining, forming the basic stitches, reading patterns-making this the most comprehensive beginner’s book available. The online video tutorials created to supplement this book are an additional learning tool demonstrating the essential techniques used in crochet.

Beading Artistry for Quilts: Basic Stitches & Embellishments Add Texture & Drama


Thom Atkins - 2012
    Learn everything you need to know about the best supplies and techniques to get breathtaking results. Dozens of images throughout the book illustrate the limitless possibilities for designing your own spectacular beaded quilt.

Simple Crocheting: A Complete How-To-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects


Erika Knight - 2012
    Under Erika Knight's guidance even those who have never picked up a crochet hook before will soon be making gorgeous projects and all the while learning new techniques and adding to their skills. Each of the 20 projects in the book will teach you a new stitch, technique, or trick, and will build on and consolidate crochet techniques already learned in the preceding projects, until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and completed and enviable collection of crocheted items.Simple Crocheting showcases the incredible variety of finishes that different crochet techniques can produce. Erika begins with simple scarves and hats that are chic accessories as well as being the perfet items to practice basic stitches. She then takes you through the dense textures of double and treble crochet---which make excellent bags, purses, and even a laptop case---and then moves on to the more intricate, deilcate lace and cluster stitches---perfect for heirloom shawls and antique-style cushions. Freeform or random crochet takes the craft to a more demanding level and projects like the edge-to-edge cardigan will provide a new chlalenge for all creative crocheters. With exquisite photography by Yuki Sugiura that perfectly shows each of the beautiful designs, and supported with clear diagrams and illustrations, Erika Knight has created the ultimate book for all enthusiasts of this remarkable craft.

The Stitch Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to 225 Embroidery Stitches and Techniques


Kate Haxell - 2012
    Whether you are new to sewing and stitching or you want to increase your repertoire, The Stitch Bible is the ideal reference, with 225 embroidery stitches and techniques, plus 17 gorgeous projects to practise what you have learned. This comprehensive guide includes Freestyle embroidery techniques, Hardanger embroidery stitches both in traditional white and contemporary colours, Blackwork stitches based on geometric designs, Crewelwork tapestry techniques, sparklingly elegant Goldwork, striking Pulled Thread embroidery, bold and beautiful Canvaswork and delicate Drawn Thread techniques. Features include: Beautiful inspirational photography of the projects you can make with these stitches. Step-by-step illustration for all 225 stitches, making it simple to complete each stitch perfectly. 17 contemporary projects to put your new found skills to use straight away. All the templates and charts needed to complete the projects. Comprehensive information on the materials and equipment you need. Advice on the basic techniques such as how to transfer a design onto fabric, how to use an embroidery frame, how to read an embroidery chart and how to lace and frame your embroidery. This essential bible to stitching will become a trusted resource and a firm friend on your craft bookshelf.

15 Minutes of Play -- Improvisational Quilts: Made-Fabric Piecing Traditional Blocks Scrap Challenges


Victoria Findlay Wolfe - 2012
    This title presents improvisational piecing reinvented: learn how to create your own creatively-collaged swatches of fabric in just 15 minutes a day.

The Encaustic Studio: A Wax Workshop in Mixed-Media Art


Daniella Woolf - 2012
    Inside this essential resource on encaustic art, you’ll discover a thorough introduction to materials and methods, pigment exploration, sculptural techniques, and incorporating found objects.Daniella also teaches you how to compose encaustic art by layering such techniques as collage, stenciling, masking, pigmenting, and image transfers into wax, as well as how to fuse the layers with heat. You’ll be inspired by a broad selection of projects and progress into extending the myriad of possibilities using encaustic techniques. The versatility of encaustic is enhanced and beautifully illustrated throughout the book.Also included in the book is a one-hour bonus DVD showcasing Daniella’s expert teaching and the book’s extensive techniques.

The Book of Zentangle


Rick Roberts - 2012
    

Quilts from the House of Tula Pink: 20 Fabric Projects to Make, Use and Love


Tula Pink - 2012
    Featuring fabrics that you know and love, Tula offers 20 patterns with her signature flair for color, design and original style. Between 10 amazing quilts and 10 extra-cool companion projects, you'll be inspired to play with fabric, color and design in a way like never before!Step inside to find: 10 large quilt patterns, perfect for the bedroom or snuggling on the couch.10 accessory sewing projects, like an embroidered lampshade and a fabric cuckoo clock, to make your everyday life extraordinary.Tips from Tula on choosing and combining fabrics, selecting a quilting motif, and even sketching your own fabric and pattern designs.Step-by-step illustrations (hand-drawn by Tula herself) and super-simple sewing techniques for successful quilt making. Come on in to Tula's house for the ultimate in sewing, style and fabric innovation!

Heather Ross Prints: 50+ Designs and 20 Projects to Get You Started: 50+ Designs and 20 Projects to Get You Started


Heather Ross - 2012
    In Heather Ross Prints, a book-and-DVD package, Ross shares reproducible artwork for more than 50 of her most popular prints. She provides step-by-step instructions for 20 craft projects using the prints on the DVD—everything from sea turtle stationery to a shower curtain covered with swirling mermaids. Crafters can use the artwork on the DVD as they wish, printing on fabric, paper, or whatever surface they choose. Plus, Ross teaches her process for designing fabric using Photoshop—a boon to anyone who has ever dreamed of following in her footsteps.

Faemaker: Making Fantasy Characters in Polymer Clay


Dawn M. Schiller - 2012
    Dawn Schiller's "oddfae" are gnarly little folk who are often mischievous and always fun to sculpt. In this book, you'll learn Dawn's secrets for shaping incredibly detailed and friendly (for the most part) little faces, hands and feet, poseable bodies, and true-to-life costumes.Learn about tools, special precautions and quick, simple techniques for working with polymer clay.Follow along to create 9 characters step by step - Chrainn the elf, Ithe the ogre, Zylphia the witch and other fairy tale fugitives.Pick up useful and fun fae facts (such as Fetch the troll's great weakness for sesame seeds).Crank up your imagination, grab your sculpting tools and some clay, and find out who's waiting for you inside. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be ready to bring to life original fae friends of your very own!

Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting: 50+ Visual Tutorials to Get You Started Professional-Quality Results on Your Home Machine


Natalia Bonner - 2012
    Learn how to quilt all-over, as filler, on borders, and on individual blocks…using loops and swirls, feathers and flames, flowers and vines, pebbles and more! Includes tips for choosing batting and thread, layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine are included. After you've practiced, show off your new skills with six geometric quilt projects.

Polymer clay: All the basic and advanced techniques you need to create with polymer clay


Yonat Dascalu - 2012
    It is made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) particles and pigments which are bound together by a plasticizer. It is available in a wide variety of colors, which can be mixed together to create more beautiful shades. Polymer clay is non toxic, and can be baked and hardened in a home oven. The possibilities of creating with polymer clay are practically endless! This book will guide you through the very basic stages of working with polymer clay, up to the more advanced methods and techniques. Each technique will be demonstrated with a step by step unique project. You will learn how to create designed clay sheets, a "skinner" blend, and how to make polymer clay canes: a technique called "Millefiori". "Millefiori" means, one thousand flowers", this technique is used in Venetian glass work, and can be applied to polymer clay. It is a magical process of creating a two dimensional image in polymer clay, this image is kept throughout the cane, even after reducing it. When slicing the cane, each slice will still have the same image. In this book you will learn how to use your cane slices and designed clay sheets to make beautiful beaded jewelry, cover glass objects, and create a variety of home decorations.

Animal Hats: 15 patterns to knit and show off


Vanessa Mooncie - 2012
    The book features detailed knitting patterns, schematics, and basic animal hat-making techniques—plus how-to instruction for adding a fleecy hat-lining for extra coziness. There are patterns for every animal-lover. Animals included are cat, dog, chicken, rabbit, pig, frog, penguin, cow, elephant, fox, koala, monkey, panda, lion, and mouse. Patterns offer both child and adult sizes, so family members can each have their own hat.

The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired


Randel Plowman - 2012
    Offering step-by-step instruction, visual inspiration, and even a library of copyright-free images, this hands-on guide covers all the necessary materials, tools, and know-how, from adding color and transferring images, to décollage (tearing away layers). And to spark the reader's imagination, there are 52 creativity prompts, such as a collage using the letters of a single word.

Star Wars Folded Flyers: Make 30 Paper Starfighters


Ben Harper - 2012
    Star Wars® Folded Flyers will speed through the living room as well as they do in outer space. That’s because each of the six-starfighter designs has been rigorously tested by the Klutz Aerodynamics Team. And they look as great as they fly, because they’re made from full-color, custom-designed papers – representing galactic vehicle exteriors, authentic to the last bolt. With five copies of each design, kids can have a fleet of Y-wings and X-wings at their command.Comes With: Have fun

The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders


Kristin Omdahl - 2012
    You will learn how edging patterns can be used to create entire fabrics, reformatted to make individual decorative motifs, reverse-engineered from existing fabrics, and even used to create three-dimensional designs. Focusing on construction techniques for edgings, The Finer Edge is divided into separate sections based on top-down, sideways, and bottom-up methods to help guide the reader.Though there are 12 project patterns that highlight the edgings, you'll be inspired to creatively mix and match within each edging’s section. Also included in this gorgeous book are charts, illustrations, and photographs of crochet swatches and a pattern collection that includes multiple sizes, including plus sizes.Discover innovation at its finest with The Finer Edge.

Making Mini Books: Big Ideas for 30+ Little Projects


Kathleen McCafferty - 2012
    This charming collection includes beautiful leather-clad journals, block print notepads, accordion-fold mini-zines, and others that feature interior pockets, unique closures, colorful stitching, and eye-catching bindings. An invaluable illustrated stitch guide provides the essential info for every binding.

Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making


Kate Ferrant Richbourg - 2012
    Fortunately, Simple Soldering proves that does not need to be the case. This handy how-to guide is complete in its exploration of the craft of creating soldered metal jewelry, including tools, techniques, and 20 beautiful projects that beginners and enthusiasts can make at home.Author and teacher Kate Richbourg demystifies basic soldering for any home crafter, showing how to create sophisticated, polished, and professional-looking jewelry pieces through simple soldering techniques. First, she instructs how to set up a jewelry workspace that fits the confines of your budget and living space. Detailed step-by-step instructions walk you through the basic tools and materials you need, plus how to use them. A sample chapter gives a host of introductory exercises that teach solid skills, allowing you to test these techniques on a small scale. Finally, you'll discover 20 finished projects that include earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, and clasps that may also include bead or wire embellishment.Kate also demonstrates how to combine and layer techniques to gorgeous effect. She also examines common mistakes, shows how to correct or adapt them, and gives advice on when it’s time to start over. Most of all, having taught thousands of classes on soldering, Kate has a "you can do it!" attitude that shines through to help even the most reluctant jewelry maker fire up the torch with ease.Paired with an instructional DVD, Kate’s expert teaching skills will help projects come alive, right in your own studio.With Simple Soldering, the art of metal working one-of-a-kind jewelry is now at your fingertips.

Unofficial Recipes of the Hunger Games: 187 Recipes Inspired by the Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay


Rockridge Press - 2012
    Food is both a weapon and an act of love, and -- as in today's world -- it is essential to survival. Fortunately, most of us inhabit a more prosperous world than the tributes, one where food can appear with the press of a button or two. THE UNOFFICIAL RECIPES OF THE HUNGER GAMES Savor the post-apocalyptic world of Panem one dish at a time with The Unofficial Recipes of The Hunger Games. Offering 187 recipes, this cookbook serves fans an authentic taste of the Hunger Games trilogy, whether foraged for in the impoverished District 12 or devoured at the lavish banquets of the Capitol. Satisfy your appetite with the recipes savored by the tributes: * Peeta's Burnt Raisin Nut Bread * Orange Chicken in Cream Sauce * Beloved Lamb Stew With Dried Plums Consume the dishes inspired by the trilogy's heroic characters: * Creamy Roasted Katniss Soup * Prim's Birthday Venison Steaks * Gale's Venison Pot Roast Hunt like Katniss and Gale for adventurous ingredients and create daring dishes: * Greasy Sae's Holiday Stuffed Possum * Hazelle's Authentic Beaver Stew Transport your senses into the world of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, and relish the delicious adventures of the trilogy over and over again.

Metal Clay Fusion: Diverse Clays, Detailed Techniques, Artful Projects


Gordon K. Uyehara - 2012
    Gordon K. Uyehara will inspire jewelry makers everywhere with his working methods, expertise, and designs. He offers detailed instructions for 22 original projects using several types of metal clay, including silver, bronze, and copper. A handsome gallery of work demonstrates Uyehara's skill and the extraordinary possibilities of the material.

The Art of Silliness: Draw, Doodle, and Play for 10 Minutes a Day


Carla Sonheim - 2012
    Popular art instructor Carla Sonheim offers fun, engaging ideas on every page, from drawing upside down to imagining new worlds (down to their silly hats and strange animal species). All you need is a pencil or pen and your imagination.

Exploring Resin Jewelry: Simple Techniques for 25 Projects


Heidi Boyd - 2012
    Exquisite clarity. Stunning shape. Diamonds? No, resin! In 25 fun and fabulous ready-to-wear projects, best-selling author Heidi Boyd reveals the many looks of resin and how easy it is to mix, tint, pour and manipulate it to create your own gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings.With Exploring Resin Jewelry, you will:- Embed, protect and show off precious treasures, delicate seashells, even colorful candy - Fill molds and bezels of all shapes and sizes for perfectly customized jewelry - Design unique resin creations that match your personal style - Learn Heidi's best tips and tricks for fast, fantastic results every time Turn liquid plastic into spectacular jewelry you can wear every day and cherish forever!

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples


CRK Design - 2012
    While there are a bevy of stitch dictionaries currently available, Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples goes beyond basic and traditional embroidery stitches to incorporate beads, allowing readers to create delicate and striking trims and embellishments.Stitch patterns range from elegantly simple single motifs, to complex all over patterns to three-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions are numerous examples of how to use and place the motifs on hems, pockets, cuffs, collars and handbags; or as home décor trim on pillows, curtains, or lampshades. Patterns emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books.Using nothing more than embroidery threads and simple beads, Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples offers beginner and advanced embroidery enthusiasts alike new ways to set their work apart.

Hand Spun: New Spins on Traditional Techniques


Lexi Boeger - 2012
    This well-rounded book also covers a handful of traditional styles for the spinner to master and then turn on their ear. The many uses of these beautiful one-of-a-kind yarns are demonstrated in Boeger's trademark, surprising, and inventive projects.Learn the basics of fiber prep, from washing raw fleece to carding techniques.Find out how to adapt basic spinning styles to create cutting-edge forms.Be inspired by a stunning gallery of hand-spun yarns that combine various techniques shown in the book.Get complete instructions for 20 fashion-forward, yet accessible, projects including chunky scarves, fabulous hats, a belt, a rug, boas, and more.

We Make Dolls!: Top Dollmakers Share Their Secrets Patterns


Jenny Doh - 2012
    Along with the book's 23 projects--which feature full-size templates and include trendy plush creatures as well as sweet-faced human and animal forms--are profiles of the artists, including colorful pictures of their studios and explanations of their signature techniques. The international roster represents nations from the US and Mexico to Germany, Portugal, and Russia.

Extreme Origami: Transforming Dollar Bills into Priceless Works of Art


Won Park - 2012
    Using American currency, Park transforms dollar bills into creative works of art. He relies on the fibrous quality of the paper to fold, bend and twist hundreds of times per model without tearing. With no cutting and no pasting, Park is able to incorporate the details on the bills into his model designs. His signature koi fish is folded in such a way that the patterns on the dollar bill become the scales on the fish, and even the facial features fall in exactly the right place. His designs include a wide array of vehicles, animals, and mythical creatures. In this book, step-by-step instructions are provided for 20 distinct models that are bound to challenge even the most proficient folders. The challenge includes a Formula 1 race car, a toilet, a butterfly, a koi fish, a scorpion, a sea turtle, a fox, an ox, a marlin, a car, a praying mantis, a dragon, a spider, a stag beetle, a stegosaurus, a bat, Pegasus, a fighter jet, a battle tank, and a pig. All models can be made with either one or two dollar bills. Why worry about the declining value of the U.S. dollar? Follow the instructions in this book, and you can transform your dollars into works of art!

Pop Knitting: Bold Motifs Using Color & Stitch


Britt-Marie Christoffersson - 2012
    Pop Knitting showcases her intensive work, demonstrating how minimal ingredients can be combined in seemingly endless ways to create striking, graphic knitted fabrics. Using a variety of innovative stitch manipulation techniques, this book explores how to construct highly textured fabrics and gorgeous knitted strandwork. You’ll also learn how to create knitted fabrics with holes, pleats, double-fabrics, and more.Knitters of all skill levels will love the projects and inspiration Christofferson presents and the aesthetic masterpiece of Pop Knitting will have the most advanced knitters eager to experiment.Bright color dominates throughout this exuberant book, making simple patterns boldly stand out. Discover vibrant color, in-depth instruction, and artful inspiration that have ruled Christoffersson’s work and life. Pop Knitting promises revolutionary knitting results.

Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry: Photographs of Beautiful Contemporary Beadwork


Ray Hemachandra - 2012
    This gorgeous book showcases 500 images of the world's best contemporary beaded jewelry, produced by 275 artists whose work is notable for exceptional technical expertise, innovative combinations, and sheer beauty. Beaders of all levels will find much to admire--and inspire--in these pages. The extraordinary international roster of accomplished designers includes:Diane Fitzgerald  *  Ingeborg Vandamme *  Helena Tang-Lim  *  Felieke van der Leest  * Marcia DeCoster  *   Paulette Baron  *  Kira Seiden  *  Sherry Serafini  *  Melanie Potter  * Jamie Cloud Eakin  *  Sabine Lippert  *  Wayne Robbins  *  Kyunghee Kim  *  Katharina Eder  * Tamuna Lezhava  *  Veronica Jonsson  *  Margie Deeb  *  Jean Power  *  Amy Katz  *  Jean Campbell  *  Ann Tevepaugh Mitchell  *  Nancy Cain  *  Laura McCabe  *  Rachel Nelson-Smith *  Eva Dobos  *  Huib Petersen  *  Carol Wilcox Wells  * as well as many talented but lesser-known artists!

Classic Chain Mail Jewelry with a Twist


Sue Ripsch - 2012
    This book features 30+ weaves for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and more, all conveniently arranged by skill level. And here’s the twist: Jewelry makers will learn how to break up links, turn them 90 degrees, or use multiple weaves in the same piece, ensuring their approach to chain mail will never be the same.

Anna Maria's Needleworks Notebook


Anna Maria Horner - 2012
    Now, her legion of fans will thrill to the publication of a brand-new addition to her growing library.Anna Maria's Needleworks Notebook gives readers 24 original motifs in a variety of embroidery types, from gridwork to crewel and fine detailed handwork. Readers will long to make projects to embellish their homes and wardrobes.Anna Maria presents each motif in a warm personal notebook-style with inspiration adn advice to turn each motif into a treasured finished pieceOffers practical instruction in gridwork, traditional embroidery and crewel, and precise instruction to complete fine detail workVivid full-color photographs invite you into the creative processWhether you're a beginner or a veteran, the 24 needlework motifs in this beautiful book will transform your home and wardrobe into a collection of unique treasures.

60 More Quick Baby Knits: Adorable Projects for Newborns to Tots in 220 Superwash® Sport from Cascade Yarns


Sixth & Spring Books - 2012
    Fans of the wildly popular “60 Knits” series are already into the lighter sportweight wool, exclusively from Cascade Yarns-and new readers will welcome its many advantages. Projects include the Paris Cardigan and Birdhouse Sweater from Pat Olski, Amy Barht's Bunny Blanket, and Veronica Manno's Smart Striped Vest.

Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques


Robyn Chachula - 2012
    From best-selling author Robyn Chachula comes an in-depth look into crocheting traditional afghans using contemporary techniques, colors and patterns.Expert designers including Kristin Omdahl, Kathy Merrick, Kimberly McAlindin, and many more, provide an abundance of fresh patterns and projects that are perfect for new and advanced crocheters as they start out beginner-friendly and become more complex, allowing a crocheter to build skills and confidence. Designers at any level will enjoy:*A detailed technique’s workshop in every chapter including cables, motifs, color, lace, and Tunisian crochet.*Helpful tips from designers for working through each afghan project.*Easy-to-follow charts and diagrams.Along with tons of beautiful afghan projects for all skill levels, you’ll find many of your favorite designer’s biographies—giving you an exploration into their inspiration.

Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece: 29 Stitched Projects from Yoko Saito


Yoko Saito - 2012
    Inside, you'll learn traditional patchwork techniques, such as log cabin, hexagons, baskets, and stars, sewn in soft sepia and taupe fabrics. Featuring piecework, appliqué, machine stitching, handstitching, and embroidery, these projects are a delight for anyone who loves doing needlework. You'll also discover large wall quilts as well as smaller projects, from fabric baskets and handbags to an apron and fabric cushions--all with enclosed paper patterns.In her masterful style, Yoko Saito uses beautiful and meticulous stitching while still embracing the wabi sabi concept of imperfection, using odd-shaped pieces and quilting with a free mind. Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece invites all quilt artists to stray from conventional designs and create one-of-a-kind quilts and quilted projects.

A Bag for All Reasons Sew Your Own Fabric Bags, Purses and Accessories for Every Occasion


Lisa Lam - 2012
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Knit Your Own Dog: The Second Litter: 25 More Pedigree Pooches


Sally Muir - 2012
    It's an irresistible guide to knitting the dog you've always wanted.The knitted dog is an ideal pet—there's no feeding, barking, walking, or vet bills, and he'll live forever! Since the publication of Knit Your Own Dog, dog lovers have been howling for even more breeds to knit. This second volume includes easy-to-follow patterns for 25 all-new breeds, including a Beagle, Golden Retriever, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier and 21 others.The dogs are surprisingly easy to make—with a few evenings of work you can have a covetable companion for life. Scores of photographs show the finished dogs, as well as close-up shots of their detailed and adorable features. Authors Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne also include brief accounts of the characteristics of each breed and offer tips and advice on sewing up the dogs.

75 Floral Blocks to Crochet: Beautiful Patterns to Mix and Match for Afghans, Throws, Baby Blankets, and More


Betty Barnden - 2012
    Great for crafters "on the go" it’s easy to work a few blocks while traveling or commuting. Then when all the blocks are complete you can assemble a whole project at your leisure.The book includes: "Useful Techniques" offering directions on construction—in straight rows, in the round, or corner-to-corner—plus how to join blocks and create edgings. The "Block Directory," categorized by shape, showcases the designs which are cross-referenced to the row-by-row (or round-by-round) written instructions, as well as easy-to-follow charts. Additional information indicating the direction of working, skill level, and the number of colors needed is also included. Lastly, "Creative Projects" helps you make your own choice of blocks to create stunning projects including throws, afghans, shawls, and more!

Island: A Collection


Jane Richmond - 2012
    This book was a special artistic journey to bring Jane's patterns to life with photography by Nicholas Kupiak, modeling by Kylee Shaw, and graphic design/layout & conception by Shannon Cook & Jane Richmond. More than just a knitting book, ISLAND is a visual and creative experience showcasing the majestic beauty of Vancouver Island. Filled with designs & fibers that are true to Jane's classic and modern aesthetic, ISLAND not only makes you want to knit, it also inspires you to lose yourself in an adventure of your own. Be inspired, get lost in the journey, set your imagination free, and ESCAPE to the ISLAND.

Elizabethan Stitches: A Guide to Historic English Needlework


Jacqui Carey - 2012
    Lovely color photographs and diagrams throughout.Jacqui Carey is brilliant, a master of both embroidery and Japanese braiding and knotwork, bringing historical techniques to life for the modern stitcher.

Breaking the Rules of Watercolour


Shirley Trevena - 2012
    Shirley's compositions, strange perspectives, fascinating textures, and vibrant color combinations have shattered the boundaries of the medium. Now this gifted artist guides readers through ten of her own paintings, sharing professional tips and secrets, and explaining her decisions and techniques. She not only reveals how she achieves her stunning results but inspires watercolorists of every level to produce their own challenging work.

How Tea Cosies Changed the World


Loani Prior - 2012
    It's not just about tea cosies, though: try your hand at Loani's knitted purse, or expand your skills with the double-knitted scarf.

English Paper Piecing: Fresh New Quilts from Bloom Creek


Vicki Bellino - 2012
    It presents a selection of English paper-piecing quilt patterns.

Knitting Know-How: Techniques, Lessons and Projects for Every Knitter's Library


Dorothy T. Ratigan - 2012
    If you have ever wondered which cast-ons are suitable for socks, why you should always (always!) knit a gauge swatch, or how to fix a mis-crossed cable, this book is for you!- Discover hundreds of essential techniques, demonstrated with clear step-by-step photos and no-nonsense instructions. - Learn how your choices in technique and knitting method can make all the difference in your finished pieces. - Design your own garments--or adjust existing patterns--with clear examples and lessons that demystify the math. - Put your knowledge to work with 8 project lessons, including double-knit mittens, stranded colorwork socks and an intricately cabled Aran sweater.Are you ready to become a master knitter? Gather your yarn and needles and open this book--your knitting will thank you!

Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design


Laurie Wisbrun - 2012
    There’s nothing like it on the market! Collected within are step-by-step tutorials for designing patterns (both digitally and by hand), a comprehensive section on printing techniques—including digital printing, screen printing, stenciling, block printing, and resist dyeing—and even insider tips for developing a collection and bringing it to the marketplace. Beautifully illustrated with swatches of exquisite fabrics and hundreds of photos, and featuring interviews with established designers such as Skinny laMinx, Ink & Spindle, and Julia Rothman, Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design is a key resource for anyone looking to learn the basics, expand their skill set, or find design inspiration.

The Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle Knitting: Step-by-Step Techniques, Easy-to-Follow Stitch Patterns, and Projects to Get You Started


Lynne Watterson - 2012
    She starts with an overview that covers everything from the best types of yarn suitable for Fair Isle patterns to beginner knitting techniques. Also included is a primer on how to read Fair Isle charts, plus an illustrated step-by-step guide to Fair Isle knitting showing complete beginners how to hold the yarns, strand across the back of knitting, link colors in, and how to weave in ends.The main chapters feature a selection of beautiful Fair Isle stitch patterns. Each pattern contains clear instructions in both written and chart form, and these are cross-referenced to a comprehensive guide to abbreviations. A variety of simple, stylish projects included in each chapter demonstrates ways to use the beautifully shaded Fair Isle patterns—from chic accessories and the latest fashion looks to colorful cushion covers and cozy blankets. Bonus material offers a variety of stunning finishing touches that can be used to enhance your knitting—including beads, buttons, tassels, cords, fringe, and more.

Thread Magic Garden: Create Enchanted Quilts with Thread Painting & Intuitive Applique


Ellen Anne Eddy - 2012
    Also included are more than 20 floral studies to help you get to grips with nature's wonderful shapes.

Knit Red: Stitching for Women's Heart Health


Laura Zander - 2012
    These 30 beautiful red-themed projects help raise awareness of the number-one killer of women today: heart disease. The patterns are all donated by top designers, including Debbie Stoller, Nicky Epstein, Debbie Bliss, Norah Gaughan, Deborah Newton, Melissa Morgan-Oakes, Iris Schreier, Jared Flood, and Ysolda Teague. In addition, the book offers important medical information, a Heart Healthy Resources and Action Plan, and powerful stories from survivors of this deadly ailment.

Nicky Epstein's Ultimate Edgings Collection: 500 Decorative Knitted and Crocheted Borders and Finishes


Nicky Epstein - 2012
    Now comes "Nicky Epstein The Essential Edgings Collection," a beautifully photographed compilation of 500 designs from her popular books "Knitting on the Edge," "Knitting Over the Edge," and "Knitting Beyond the Edge," presenting an amazing variety of unique borders, trims, ribs, ruffles, cords, twists, appliques, and other distinctive elements for necklines, cuffs, closures, and corners. It's a "greatest knits" anthology every crafter will want to own

Women's Work: Embroidery in Colonial Boston


Pamela Parmal - 2012
    A single work could take years to make, its materials could come from the other side of the world and its imagery could reflect its maker's deepest beliefs and her family's highest aspirations. Colonial women kept these accomplished works with them throughout their lives, proudly displayed them in their homes, and passed them down as family heirlooms. Embroidery in Colonial Boston tells the stories of six women and how needlework shaped their lives in the colonies' most important port city. From decidedly domestic origins, their embroideries soon became an economic force that promoted the silk trade and allowed entrepreneurial women and men to profit from selling supplies, drawing patterns and teaching young girls interested in this mode of expression. At once a historical overview, group biography and richly illustrated art book, this publication gives long deserved attention to a unique facet of American visual culture and women's history.

Storybook Toys: Sew 16 Projects from Once Upon a Time Dolls, Puppets, Softies & More


Jill Hamor - 2012
    Learn toy-making tips to give your creation personal style and a sweet disposition. Author Jill Hamor gives ideas for involving children in the process to teach them basic sewing skills. Customize any project to fit your skill level and time commitment, and have fun making outfits for your dolly from your favorite fabrics, scraps, or even upcycled bits from old clothes. Share the love of handmade with your whole family?the young and the young at heart!

Zentangle 7: Inspiring Circles, Zendalas & Shapes


Suzanne McNeill - 2012
    Talented Certified Zentangle Teachers share their tips and designs for using watercolors and circular stencils, making mini Zendalas on metal rim tags, creating a Zendala spinner, or using the pre-strung tiles from zentangle.com.  Following the step-by-step instructions, you'll find the process of Zentangle to be simple and truely relaxing.

Betsy Beads: Creative Approaches for Knitters


Betsy Hershberg - 2012
    Betsy frames the issues to consider when choosing fibers, beads, knitting needles, and closure options. Betsy Beads introduces basic bead knitting techniques, then shows how to use them to make Betsy's beaded components: chains, beads, flat straps, fabrics.5 construction-technique-based sections feature over 30 projects: necklaces, bracelets, earrings, evening bags, belts, suspenders, scarves, headbands, Christmas and Easter ornaments, and a yarmulke! Each section begins with easy Tech Trial pieces so knitters can learn the techniques with stash yarn and beads before trying one of Betsy's designs or building one of their own.Jewelry often has no wrong side and Betsy's Tech Tips reveals how to keep beaded knitting 360-visible.

Goldwork


Helen McCook - 2012
    Helen McCook includes the major stitches, with expert advice on padding, couching, using colour and mixing techniques. While covering the traditions of goldwork, she develops techniques offering innovative design, new ideas and inspiration.

Making Soap From Scratch: How to Make Handmade Soap - A Beginners Guide and Beyond


Gregory Lee White - 2012
    White takes the reader step by step through the process of making natural soaps for family, friends, and for profit. Easy to understand and master. This second edition includes extended directions for first time soap makers, new recipes, how to make soap in small and large batches and a guide to using essential oils. Includes tips and advice for how to cut and cure soap, how to sell your soaps, packaging and labeling, and how to set up at a craft fair or market. Over 45 soap recipes from luxurious to economical.

Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts: 12 Modern Quilt Patterns from Vintage Patchwork Quilt Designs


Pam Lintott - 2012
    Bestselling quilt making authors Pam and Nicky Lintott take inspiration from their collection of antique English and American heirloom quilt designs - some of which are over 100 years old - and recreate them using pre-cut Jelly Roll fabrics. Each of the 12 quilt patterns comes with full colour styled photographs, comprehensive making instructions and quilting diagrams, and requires just one Jelly Roll to make. Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts also includes all the basic quilting techniques you will need to know to teach you how to make jelly roll quilts, from using quilting tools and quilt rulers, to pressing and pinning your finished quilt top. You will also learn how to add straight borders and mitred borders to your quilt designs, and how to bind a quilt.

Amigurumi on the Go: 30 Patterns for Crocheting Kids' Bags, Backpacks, and More


Ana Paula Rimoli - 2012
    Kids around the world love Ana Paula RAmoli's Amigurumi toys, and now she presents a fun-filled collection of cool accessories with the same irresistible look.Bring a wide range of practical projects to life with funny faces and goofy grinsChoose from clever crochet patterns such as an owl book bag, octopus bag, assorted backpacks, a mushroom purse, pencil cases, and moreStitch unique projects that kids will want to take to school, Grandma's house, play dates, and shopping"

Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World: Profiles of Major Artists, Galleries of Inspiring Works


Martha Sielman - 2012
    Written by Martha Sielman, the executive director of the world's largest art quilt organization, each entry celebrates one of the themes that quilters love best. Every book will feature profiles of the top artists who specialize in that subject, along with nearly 90 amazing gallery images.  With the explosion of art quilt exhibits, the blockbuster success of previous books on the subject, and the author's growing renown, quilters will find this inspirational compilation a must-have.

Easy Crystal Stitching, Sophisticated Jewelry


Nikia Angel - 2012
    Beaders stitch individual elements, such as circles, squares, or triangles that are not hard to make or require much time, and use them as building blocks to construct intricate and sophisticated-looking finished jewelry. Beaders will also learn how to stitch a bezel for a rivoli, create a bail for pendants, make a spiral rope, and stitch a toggle clasp. Stitching these circles, squares, and triangles together into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings transforms small components into stunning showstoppers!

One Artist Journal


Orly Avineri - 2012
    In it she attempts to unify the self by expressing the intricacies of the nature within and around her, through the seamless blending of fine art, graphic design, and written language. Through her weekly posts, and her unique and transformative art journaling classes held both in the United States and abroad, and now through the culmination of the four year online collection, comes ‘One Artist Journal’ the book. She invites the viewer to derive simple enjoyment with the gentle turn of each page, while enticing them to dive deep into the processes of finding new and profound ways of becoming fearlessly creative.

Crochet Garden: Bunches of Flowers, Leaves, and Other Delights


Suzann Thompson - 2012
    After briefly reviewing the basics, Suzann arranges her designs in four distinct sections: Botanical Gardens, featuring well-known varieties; Inspired Gardens, based on decorative motifs; International Gardens, incorporating flowers from throughout the world; and Fun and Fantastic Gardens, with imaginative takes on traditional favorites. Simple and fun, they all use widely available yarns. Inspirational projects show how to use the motifs to decorate garments, accessories, and home décor items.

Rustic Wrappings: Exploring Patina in Wire, Metal, and Glass Jewelry


Kerry Bogert - 2012
    Rustic Wrappings is packed with over 24 wire and art bead jewelry projects and reveals the surprisingly artistic effects of applying items such as salt, vinegar, bleach, sawdust, potato chips, or baking soda to your copper, silver, brass and steel wire projects—high-end effects with low-tech techniques. Achieving these innovative effects using household products will not only inspire jewelry makers but mixed-media artists as well.Advance your technique skills when you learn how to use patinas to add rustic, weathered effects, create unique and natural-looking color combinations, and use metal wire to embroider designs on metal jewelry pieces. Beginners will benefit from detailed technique instruction, while skilled designers will enjoy the introduction to more advanced techniques.With tons of information on customizing effects for unique metal finishes, Rustic Wrappings will teach you to re-imagine your wirework jewelry projects and create fresh designs that showcase your new skill sets.

Yarn Works: How to Spin, Dye, and Knit Your Own Yarn


Wendy J. Johnson - 2012
    Have you ever wondered what the best spin method is for a chunky yarn? Or how to dye fiber to the color you want? Or perhaps your yarn isn't holding its shape when you knit... This how-to book answers all of those questions and more in a detailed, behind-the-science manner. The better you understand the science behind the subject, the better you'll be at applying your creative inspiration to spinning, dyeing, and knitting your own yarn. This book is divided into four main sections - Fiber Workshop, Spin Workshop, Dye Workshop, and Knit Workshop - and includes a brief history on each subject. Each short, informational workshop takes you through the essential learning activities for spinning, dyeing, and knitting, giving you the hands-on experience you'll need to master the subject. Follow yarn from its fiber beginnings, through the process of spinning, to dyeing the spun yarn with natural and synthetic dyes, and finally finish off by using your new yarn in fun projects. Whether you're a knitter interested in learning to spin and dye your own yarn; or a current spinner or dyer looking for inspiration, you'll find everything you need to know about the subject of yarn in this book, along with some great exercises to get your creative juices flowing.

Sewing Made Simple: The Definitive Guide to Hand and Machine Sewing


Tessa Evelegh - 2012
    More than 500 color images inspire while a detailed visual glossary outlines fabric types, sewing notions, and finishing stitches. Crafters will learn how to master the machine, hand stitch, and work with patterns in no time! Best of all, the book includes instructions for 20 gorgeous projects—pillows, totes, aprons, and more. Accessible and visually stunning, Sewing Made Simple is the ultimate resource that sewers—beginners and experts alike—will want on their bookshelf for years to come.

Visual Guide To The Complete Work Of Antoni Gaudi


Ricard Regas - 2012
    

Crochet Workshop: Learn to Crochet with 20 Inspiring Projects


Erika Knight - 2012
    

Knitbot Essentials: Nine Classic Designs for the Modern Knitter


Hannah Fettig - 2012
    The book features knitting patterns for five easy-going swingy cardigans, a live-in-it cozy pullover, and three must-have accessories. The book includes a primer on creating drape in knitwear along with some of Hannah’s favorite knitting techniques.

Shape Shape: Sewing Clothing Patterns to Wear Multiple Ways


Natsuno Hiraiwa - 2012
    Designs feature draping and fastening fabric cut from single flat cloth, artfully twisting fabric, and folding fabric in origami-like fashion.You’ll find unique construction guidance, one-of-a-kind garments that are fit for all ages, as well as a pattern insert. Shape Shape offers everything you need to sew minimally constructed designs with maximum visual impact.