Best of
Crafts

2013

Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks


Tula Pink - 2013
    Make a beautiful, modern quilt of your own design with the 100 original quilt blocks or try one of the 5 city-themed sampler quilts designed by Tula.

The Field Guide to Fleece


Deborah Robson - 2013
    Each breed profile includes a photograph of the animal and information about its origin and conservation status, as well as the weight, staple length, fiber diameter, and natural colors of its fleece. This is a great primer for beginners, and a handy guide for anyone who loves working with fleece.

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity--Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8


Jean Van't Hul - 2013
    You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids' art activities to soften everyday transitions.  The more than sixty engaging kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.

Amish Friends Knitting Circle


Karen Anna Vogel - 2013
    Montgomery), Amish Friends Knitting Circle is a continuing story, broken down into 8 parts. If you liked the best-selling, Amish Knitting Circle, the prequel to this series, then join Granny Weaver as she invites her friends from the Smicksburg Baptist Church to a summer circle to knit for charity. Granny Weaver believes women are stronger spun together, just like the wool she spins. But will her Amish knitting circle snap if spun with women from the Smicksburg Baptist Church? Granny's believes they can be knit together for a worthy cause: knitting hats, gloves and scarves to the growing homeless population across the USA. So Granny invites: ~Colleen, a young woman living at Forget-Me-Not Manor, a refuge for homeless mothers. ~Janice, a burnt out pastor's wife...or a women going through the change of life. ~Marge, a new neighbor learning to live off-the-grid, whose husband fears her new-found faith. ~Suzy, who will teach knitting with needles, but is distressed over her aging dog's health. Granny does many "casting off" prayers that her English friends will bond with Ella, Ruth, Lizzie, Lavina, Maryann, and Fannie, and not unravel the knitting circle she holds so dear.

Crochet Stitch Dictionary: 200 Essential Stitches with Step-By-Step Photos


Sarah Hazell - 2013
    This essential book presents 10 color-coded stitch sections: Basic stitches, Fans & Shells, Bobbles & Clusters, Spike stitches, Post stitches, Mesh & Filet, Cable stitches, Tunisian stitches, and more!Learn each stitch with written, charted, and step-by-step photo instructions that clearly explain where the yarn goes each step of the way. In addition, each stitch pattern shows a large finished swatch in actual size.You'll enjoy the colorful and eye-catching "candy-box" sampler pages that start every section. Crochet Stitch Dictionary offers excellent useful instruction and inspiration for all crocheters.

AmiguruME: Make Cute Crochet People


Allison Hoffman - 2013
    Media favorite Allison Hoffman—whose delightful creations have graced the sets of Conan, Martha Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and more—explains how to craft and customize these Japanese dolls at every stage. Youll learn everything from depicting the face of the person youre designing to getting the clothing, hair, and accessories just right. The possibilities are infinite . . . and infinitely fun!

Knit to Flatter: The Only Instructions You'll Ever Need to Knit Sweaters That Make You Look Good and Feel Great!


Amy Herzog - 2013
    Part instruction manual and part pattern collection, Knit to Flatter teaches you how to assess your shape—top-heavy, bottom-heavy, or proportional— and then knit accordingly. With a great sense of fun and acceptance, Amy Herzog presents silhouettes and styles that work with each body shape, along with four ideal sweater patterns per category. She then provides patterns for 10 more sweaters with guidelines for customizing, so they can be tailored to flatter. Each pattern is written in up to 10 sizes, and the garments are photographed on models with genuine curves. No smoke and mirrors here. Just real beauty!

Soap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps


Anne-Marie Faiola - 2013
    You'll find chapters on colors (neon, oxides, mica), molds (milk jugs, yogurt containers, pipes), food (pumpkin, coffee, beer, avocado, oatmeal), and building (embedding soap in soap, funnel pour, swirling). Faiola offers everything you need to make your own soap, safely and enjoyably.

Lace One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects Celebrating the Possibilities of Lace


Judith Durant - 2013
    

Simon Leach's Pottery Handbook


Simon Leach - 2013
    Whether struggling to center the clay or attach a handle with precision, potters of all levels crave advice and answers, and world-renowned ceramicist and YouTube sensation Simon Leach has plenty to give. In Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook—a book-and-DVD package—he presents clear tutorials and loads of original instruction on all of the core techniques, from studio setup to basic throwing, to applying appendages, trimming, glazing, and firing. For each technique, detailed step-by-step photography captures the subtle, intricate movements that typically fly by too fast to be learned when watching a video lesson; callouts then lead readers to the relevant video on the DVD so they can see the technique demonstrated in real time—an ideal combination that makes learning from the master easy. Praise for Simon Leach's Pottery Handbook: “A definitive guide for every step of pottery making.” —Publishers Weekly “Third-generation potter Leach, with technical and photographic assistance from Bruce Dehnert and Jared Flood, capitalizes on his celebrity with an amazingly detailed, step-by-step text for all major processes in ceramics. The in-depth perspective starts with his directions for making simple tools (a wire tool and a sponge stick) and is bolstered by charts and information-packed sidebars (e.g., for removing air bubbles and troubleshooting your first pull). Every topic that novices must master is covered, such as working basic shapes (cylinder and variations dishes) trimming, decorating and glazing, and firing.” —Booklist  “This book has some of the most gorgeous photography I've seen…” —Susan B. Anderson blog “Among how-to books, this volume stands out. This gem is as carefully honed as the skills it seeks to share.” —American Craft “For those of us who learn best with a combo of text and demonstrations, Simon Leach’s new book is the perfect fit.” —Ceramics Monthly

Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color & Composition


Dina Wakley - 2013
    But how can you effectively and artistically capture those eye-catching compositions in your art journal?It's true, art journaling has no \rules\" and is a safe place for free expression of your one-of-a-kind life. But knowledge is power and knowing the \"rules\" of color and composition gives you the freedom to use and break them willfully to create the effects you want. Dina shares these principles in a fun and approachable way with dozens upon dozens of unique journal pages to show you just some of the many possibilities.Inside You Will Find: Lessons and tips about composition and color including dominance and repetition, symmetry, contrast and the power of black and white.10 step-by-step technique demonstrations.Dozens of color and design tips and page challenges."

The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook: An Essential Collection of 300 Designer Stitches and Techniques


Melissa Leapman - 2013
    Melissa Leapman, known for her knitting references, shares 300 of her favorite stitch patterns developed over her long career. With basic step-by-step knitting instruction, information on how to most effectively use a stitch dictionary, and a wealth of original stitch patterns, this book will appeal to all levels of knitters looking for a comprehensive, yet portable volume. The book includes stitch patterns in five categories from imaginative novelty stitch patterns to traditional knit designs. Each stitch pattern includes a gorgeous photograph as well as written and charted instructions.

Woodland Knits: 20 enchanting projects to make and share


Stephanie Dosen - 2013
      Today's avid, busy knitters love small patterns that knit up in a day or a weekend—and Stephanie Dosen’s clever knits fill the bill. Right now, knitters also love animal-themed knits, and they can’t seem to get enough of Stephanie’s delicately beautiful patterns that incorporate deer, fox, owl, and other woodland themes (plus pretty flowers and vines) and look like nothing else on the market.   Here are 20 cute, contemporary projects to knit—including all the quick-to-make favorites—hats, scarves, wristlets, bags, wraps, and mitts. Traditional, straightforward stitches combine with wonderful yarns and clever patterns to produce accessories with an expensive boutique look.

Paracord Fusion Ties - Volume 2: Survival Ties, Pouches, Bars, Snake Knots, and Sinnets


J.D. Lenzen - 2013
    Lenzen. Like Paracord Fusion Ties - Volume 1, PFT-V2 reveals innovative and stylish ways of storing paracord for later use. So once again you'll find crisp, clear, full-color photographs (over 1,000 in all!), coupled with succinctly written, easy to follow step-by-step instructions for bracelets, straps, and key fobs, as well as medallions and other storage ties that will keep your paracord on-hand and ready for deployment. Still PFT-V2 doesn't stop there! It also provides directions for ties and techniques that represent the next level in paracording knowledge—the making of practical paracord objects.Primarily designed to provide survival and/or tactical advantages, practical paracord objects are in themselves useful. That is, they provide benefits to those who tie them, in real time; as opposed to when they’re unraveled and the cord within them used. Examples of the practical paracord objects in PFT-V2 include: Bush Sandals, Emergency Snow Goggles, No-Slip Machete Grip, Single-Cord Rock Sling, and more; including pouches, baskets, secret compartment fobs, and tactical ties.Featuring instructions for 36 awe-inspiring paracord designs (35 book ties plus an eBook Bonus Tie!), PFT-V2 is an epic step forward in the craft of fusion knotting and a must have book for anyone serious about learning paracord ties!

My Crochet Doll: A Fabulous Crochet Doll Pattern with Over 50 Cute Crochet Doll's Clothes and Accessories


Isabelle Kessdjian - 2013
    Instagram sensation Isabelle Kessedjian has created this adorable doll with her own very stylish wardrobe in crochet! Using Isabelle's easy patterns discover how to crochet your doll and then personalize her with your choice of hair, clothing and accessories for home and abroad.Each project is presented as a mini story to bring your crochet doll to life with a whole heap of extras to complete each scene, including: At the Beach with a bucket, paddling pool and air bed, Good Night! with bed linen, a pillow and cuddly teddy for sweet dreams! At the North Pole with a camera, penguin and a fish!The cute mini suitcase pattern is perfect for storing all your doll's belongings and doubles up as a bed too!Create the doll of your dreams for a little girl you love or the little girl inside!

Op-Art Socks: Creative Effects in Sock Knitting


Stephanie van der Linden - 2013
    A collector of op-art ceramics, she was inspired to translate graphic optical illusions into knitted patterns for socks, replicating their eye-popping effects.Op-Art Socks contains 19 projects. Explore graphic colorwork, textured knitting (knit and purl), shadow knitting, and shifting ribbing to create optical illusions. The book includes black and white swatches of all patterns so that you can readily perceive the op-art illusions in each piece.Op-Art Socks is truly unique in theme and designs. Go beyond ordinary sock knitting into new territory!

Zenspirations Dangle Designs


Joanne Fink - 2013
    Zenspirations dangles are a unique form of patterning...and although they look complicated, they are actually easy to create. If you enjoyed Joanne's first book, Zenspirations Paterns & Lettering then you'll love Zenspiration Dangle Designs.

Carve Stamp Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps


Julie Fei-Fan Balzer - 2013
    Find your "authentic" design voice and get carving today!

The Art of Zentangle: 50 inspiring drawings, designs & ideas for the meditative artist


Margaret Bremner - 2013
    The focus of Zentangle is on the process of creation, rather than the end result. The beauty of Zentangle is that there is no right way or wrong way. If you can draw a line and a circle (perfectly or not), you can Zentangle. Zentangle is an art concept that is engaging, approachable, and fun enough for someone who has never picked up any art tools or created a piece of art, yet is still meditative, productive, and creative enough for an advanced artist to enjoy. While many popular Zentangle books share tips, inspiration, and final artwork, there are few that break down Zentangle into a step-by-step process. Structured to be part instruction, part inspiration, and part doodling, The Art of Zentangle will first demonstrate how to create Zentangle art by showing intricate patterns broken out into several steps. After artists have warmed up and are ready to give it a try on their own, they’ll be invited to practice creating their own Zentangle designs on the beautifully designed blank pages of this inspirational sketch journal. A short gallery of final artwork and several inspirational prompts are included in this comprehensive introduction to the new, inspirational world of Zentangle.

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 3: Build Siege Weapons of the Dark Ages


John Austin - 2013
    Novice combatants will learn to build 35 defense weapons, including a marshmallow catapult, a chopstick bow, a bottle cap crossbow, and a clothespin ballista. In addition to beefing up their Dark Age arsenal, would-be warriors are provided with a number of targets on which to practice their shooting skills. Clear diagrams, instructions, and safety tips for each project are included, making construction of each of these weapons simple, safe, and fun.

The Missing Link: From Basic to Beautiful Wirework Jewelry


Cindy Wimmer - 2013
    Join a variety of contributors that have created 15 jewelry projects, each incorporating one or more of author Cindy Wimmer's links. You'll see how any single link holds limitless design and functional possibilities.In addition to creating different links, Cindy will show you how to create different effects with the same link design by using or combining different colored wire, changing wire gauge, or changing the size of the link itself.

Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear


Sally Melville - 2013
    Pattern drafting has never been easier to understand as Sally breaks down each skill, including how to • calculate your personal measurements, ease, and stitch patterns• create a pattern for an existing garment that you love• shape a variety of necklines, shoulders, sides, sleeves, and hemlines• combine garment elements for an endless array of design possibilities• rescue a project when it doesn’t turn out as expected• finish your projects with a professional look• knit 10 original projects that showcase the elements covered in the book With Sally’s knitting expertise at your fingertips, you have all the tools you need to adjust patterns to fit you better than ever and create patterns that finally make your dream designs a reality.

Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction


Abigail Patner Glassenberg - 2013
    Each of the 16 projects contain lessons that teach such skills as needle sculpting, designing “cupped” ears, and making muzzles, snouts, and beaks. Make one of Abby's animals and learn something new, or take a new technique and apply it to your own design!

Welcome to Your Awesome Robot


Viviane Schwarz - 2013
    Viviane Schwarz has illustrated hilarious comics throughout the book to explain the blueprint instruction pages, so this is just as much a story as it is a workbook.A fantastic educational tool for children that is colorful and beautifully designed and illustrated.A fun activity book for parents, caregivers, and kids to enjoy together.Develops practical and creative skills.Produced to the very best production standards and manufactured in a 100 percent eco-friendly manner on the highest quality FSC assured paper, printed with vegetable based inks.Viviane Schwarz was born in Germany and as a child she loved books so much she mostly ate them. Once she realized there were people out there making them, she decided to make her own. She studied illustration in Falmouth, England, and shortly after moved to London, where she lives now. She has been nominated for many awards and even won some too, most recently winning the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrator Award. Her book There are Cats in this Book was shortlisted for the 2010 Cilip Greenaway award for Best Illustrated Book and her latest book There are No Cats in this Book is on the 2012 shortlist for the same award.

Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing Projects You Can Take Anywhere


Jessica Alexandrakis - 2013
    Jessica Alexandrakis has traveled the world with her on-to-go sewing kit and small stash of fabric, creating strikingly modern patchwork along the way. Now she shares everything she's learned about this addictive, beginner-friendly technique. • Sewing kit essentials that you can slip in your bag so you'll always be ready to stitch • Color theory and stash organization tips for dramatic effects or scrap-happy results • Creative patterns to combine hexagons, half-hexagons, diamonds, stars, squares, and triangles • 10 step-by-step projects, including the hand-pieced Laptop Bag, Tanuki Stripe Throw, Falling Stars Baby Quilt, and Jessica's signature Travel Quilt • 10 customizable quilt patterns with 40 vibrant color palette suggestions Whether your style is classic or modern, Jessica offers a range of stunning projects, from small home accessories to full-size quilts, for all skill levels. So leave the sewing machine at home. Take your quilt to go.

Macrame Pattern Book: Includes Over 70 Knots and Small Repeat Patterns Plus Projects


Marchen Art - 2013
    Each knot is shown in a close-up photograph with clear step-by-step diagrams showing how they are tied. Starting with the basics, the knots progress on to more complicated and complex designs, but the clear diagrams make it a cinch to follow along. This invaluable guidebook covers the different types of threads or cords available, and shows a range of clasps and other findings and beads to use in your knotwork. It also includes tons of expert tips like how to set up your work board or how to keep track of the cord ends for less confusion. Thirty-three projects featured in the book range from simple jewelry like a classic friendship bracelet and watch straps to more complex ones like bags and baskets.

Fantasy Creatures in Clay: Techniques for Sculpting Dragons, Griffins and More


Emily Coleman - 2013
    Ranging from ferocious dragons to regal griffins to magnificent underwater beasts--they're all here!Inside you will learn simple techniques for creating realistic individual parts of fantasy creatures. Wings, horns and bodies--everything is covered here. Then you will discover innovative ways for assembling those parts to form characters straight from your imagination! From start to finish, you'll learn everything from brainstorming creature ideas to making the armature and building the body with clay to baking and mounting the creature onto a base. Everything you need to know to build your very own mythological menagerie!So immerse yourself in these easy-to-learn demonstrations and practice the skills necessary to create realistic wings, paws, scales, fur, facial expressions, poses and so much more! 65 step-by-step demonstrations Create a sculpture from start to finish Stunning galleries of finished sculptures, including dragons, a steampunk bird, a fiery dog and more

The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop


Tom Fidgen - 2013
    In his second book, Fidgen presents more hand-tool woodworking projects for the home and workshop. The projects have a distinctive retro look, recycling designs from our not-so-distant past. He has reconceived the classic library card catalog (converted to use for kitchen storage); a clever medicine chest does double duty as a four-bottle wine tote; and his gentleman’s valet is an elegant clothing stand with a profile that harks back in time. In the opening chapters, Fidgen discusses the benefits of working in an unplugged woodshop, considers the sources of design inspiration, offers advice on the critical importance of sharpening, and even explains how to make hand tools using only hand tools.

Huge & Huggable Mochimochi: 20 Supersized Patterns for Big Knitted Friends


Anna Hrachovec - 2013
    In Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Anna Hrachovec charmed knitters with her adorable miniature Mochimochi Land creatures. In Huge + Huggable Mochimochi she gives us knitted toys with even more to love. With 20 large-scale projects, from a massive monster truck to a pirate pillow pal and a super-cute bag buddy that converts from knapsack to shoulder bag, these playful knits make wonderful gifts and whimsical decorations. Anna also explains how to size the projects up or down so the knitter can customize each piece as desired.

Kumihimo Basics and Beyond: 24 Braided and Beaded Jewelry Projects on the Kumihimo Disk


Rebecca Combs - 2013
    Short demonstrations of the key techniques needed for each project are presented in easy-to-grasp portions, allowing beaders to learn and practice as they go. Rebecca Combs demystifies tricky “kumihimo math” by providing detailed supply lists for each project in the book, plus teaches beaders how to calculate the amount of fiber and how many beads they’ll need for their future kumihimo projects.

Granny Squares: 20 Crochet Projects with a Vintage Vibe


Susan Pinner - 2013
    These small, crocheted squares can be made in a huge variety of patterns and colorways that become the building blocks for an array of different projects. Large, small, tight, loose, multi-colored or monochrome – the design potential of a granny square is endless. Small and portable, you can take them anywhere with you, but, be warned – making them is highly addictive! Eight basic granny square designs are presented and then fashioned into 20 stunning projects for the home. The projects have an appealing retro vibe, taking you back to hazy bygone times and the feel-good comfort of home-made furnishings. From storage baskets to traditional throws, these colorful and cheerful creations are sure to bring a smile to your face. Beginners to crochet need not worry. Granny squares are a perfect way to get started with crochet as they are quick, easy and versatile. All the basic instructions you will need are given in a clear and easy-to-follow style.

100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet: Dozens of Mix and Match Combos and Fabulous Projects


Leonie Morgan - 2013
    In this latest addition to our popular Knit & Crochet series, we feature a treasury of squares that are quick to make and sure to stand out—from tried-and-true vintage favorites to contemporary designs. Author Leonie Morgan uses her amazing eye for color to add a new and appealing twist to the perennially-popular granny square, presenting us with a fabulous collection of squares featuring delightful and vivid color combinations that are perfect for a new era of crocheters.The book teaches you everything you need to crochet beautiful granny squares—from the basics to embellishment techniques that will really make your work pop. The possibilities for square designs are endless, with an in-depth overview for how to successfully mix and match colors, plus step-by-step instructions for a variety of embellishments including tapestry and surface crochet, cross-stitch, and appliqué. With all this technical and professional know-how, crocheters will be inspired to get adventurous with their colorways and decorations for an array of projects from heirloom afghans, to quick cushions, to baby blankets, and more!Now you, too, can create a granny square showpiece that can transcend the ages and add a fantastic burst of color to any household.'

Paint Lab: 52 Exercises inspired by Artists, Materials, Time, Place, and Method


Deborah Forman - 2013
    This hands-on book is organized into 52 units, which may, but don't need to be explored on a weekly basis. The labs can be worked on in any order, so that you can flip around to learn a new mixed-media technique or be inspired by a particular painting theme or application. The underlying message of this book is that, as an artist, you should learn and gain expertise through experimentation and play. There is no right or wrong result, rather you will find new forms of expression in your work and gain confidence in your skills. Designed to inform and inspire new artists and rekindle passion for painting in experienced artists, this book offers a range of exercises broken down by theme: Who (artist-inspired), What (tools and materials), When (a time-based concept), Where (a sense of place), and How (inspired by a technique or method).   Paint Lab is illustrated with brilliant full-color images and multiple examples of each exercise. This book offers you a visual, non-linear approach to learning painting techniques, and reinforces a fun and fearless approach to creating art.

Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks


Camille Roskelley - 2013
    By exploring modern print combinations and employing innovative techniques such as supersizing blocks, Roskelley offers a fresh interpretation of classic blocks in 12 achievable projects. Simple enough for beginners, all of the projects are easy to piece using precuts, yardage, and scrap fabrics. And, as always, Roskelley s fail-proof instructions and expert knowledge will guide and inspire every step of the way. Master a variety of simple techniques such as half-square triangles and easy Flying Geese for a bold, sophisticated style Classic-block quilting gets a modern makeover with jumbo sizes, fresh prints and colors, and secondary patterns created with color placement Bridge the traditional and modern with quilts that have timeless appeal"

75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet: For Edgings, Corners, Crescents & More


Caitlin Sainio - 2013
    This collection of delicate edgings and trims has both written directions and easy-to-follow charts, plus gorgeous full-color photographs. Detailed information is provided for the finished dimensions, thread required, and the number of colors needed for each trim. For beginners there is a comprehensive review of crochet basics and for experts a wide variety of edgings, some more complicated, and an easy-to-use cross-reference format. All the designs are organized by theme and once you find the perfect trim for a project, you can easily locate the pattern and start crocheting. 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet also offers plenty of ideas for using your edgings to customize your projects or embellish store-bought items. From adding elegant trims to cardigans, lacy fringe to table runners and curtains, or embellishing adorable gifts and accessories like pincushions, you can be sure you will find the perfect trim in this delightful reference.

Handsewn: The Essential Techniques for Tailoring and Embellishment


Margaret Rowan - 2013
    Small handfinished details can quickly become a testament to the style, creativity, and skill of the sewist.Handsewn offers step-by-step instructions for a comprehensive collection of hand-finishing and embellishing techniques, including hems, edges, buttonholes, cuffs, tacking layers and linings, attaching or inserting fabric and trims, embroidery, quilting, applique, and cutwork, among others.In addition to the stitch technique directory, a section at the beginning covers supplies, tips and tricks, and how to troubleshoot mistakes. The book also includes illustrations and templates of sample decorative motifs with advice for using, transferring, and combining motifs, as well as creating one's own.Handsewn is an encyclopedic reference guide to all the hand-finishing techniques that elevate a good sewing project into something outstanding.

Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects


Jackie Huang - 2013
    You're not going to believe how easy it is to make them! Tired of searching for special toys that weren't mass-produced, former Lucasfilm animator Jackie Huang created the beloved Woolbuddy, a collection of all-natural stuffed animals that reflect his unique imaginative vision. He went on to capture fans at craft fairs, Comic-Con, and specialty boutiques. Here Huang teaches readers, using just some wool and a needle, how to needle felt a wide-eyed owl, a toothy shark, a fuzzy sheep, a towering giraffe, and more. With step-by-step instructions and helpful how-to photographs, crafters can create clutchable keepsakes to be instantly enjoyed and forever cherished.

Botanical Knits


Alana Dakos - 2013
    Included in the twelve are four sweaters for every occasion, a stylish cloche, a matching pair of textured socks and mittens, and an elegant leaf-bordered wrap. Each botanically inspired piece offers both charted and written pattern instructions that are easy to follow and fun to knit.

Fabric Manipulation


Ruth Singer - 2013
    Discover and explore 150 creative sewing techniques including pleating, folding, gathering, smocking, quilting, trapunto and applique. Ruth explains her innovative variations of these traditional fabric manipulation techniques and offers inspirational project ideas demonstrating practical applications to create accessories and home decor. Photographs and illustrations are included to support the step-by-step instruction for each technique and all of the techniques can be done by hand or with a domestic sewing machine without the need for specialist equipment.

Beginners Handbook of Knitting Stitches


Chloe Thompson - 2013
    With this book you will learn:Basic stitches like the Purl StitchKnit stitches, such as Diamond Brocade and Seeded TrianglesRib Stitches like the Mock Cable Rib and Fishbone RibLace Stitches, such as the Fishtail and Cubic LaceCable Stitches like the Woven Cable and Waving CablesBONUS: As an added bonus this book includes a knitting glossary at the end, for you to use to help understand knitting jargon!

Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs: Easy as 1, 2, 3


Barbara Groves - 2013
     Select from 12 strikingly simple quilts and recharge your creative batteries Discover skill-building projects that move from squares and strips to designs featuring stitch-and-flip corners, half-square triangles, pinwheels, a Rail Fence layout, and more Enjoy patterns that are just right for quilt retreats and make-in-a weekend gifts

Fabric Surface Design: Painting, Stamping, Rubbing, Stenciling, Silk Screening, Resists, Image Transfer, Marbling, Crayons Colored Pencils, Batik, Nature Prints, Monotype Printing


Cheryl Rezendes - 2013
    She covers a wide variety of techniques: stamping, ancient Japanese Shibori, silkscreen, soy wax and flour resist, image transfer, marbling, nature printing, foils and metal leaf, and more. Step-by-step photographs illustrate every technique, and Rezendes includes innovative suggestions on how to combine and layer techniques for stunningly original results.

Idiot's Guide Knitting


Megan Goodacre - 2013
    Pub Date :2013-09-03 Pages: 272 Language: English Publisher: ALPHA Knitting is one of the most popular crafts among people all ages. but if youve never picked up a set of needles before. its hard to know where to begin.Geared toward the absolute beginner. Idiots Guides: Knitting teaches the basics of knitting in a series of lessons using full-color. step-by-step photo-rich instructions that enable you to clearly see how each stitch. finger movement. and yarn movement is executed.Lessons are accompanied by practice projects. allowing you to try out your newly learned skill.As the lessons become more advanced. so do the projects. so youll not only get instant gratification by knitting a project right away. youll also become more proficient as you learn and have the motivation to keep going.In addition. the book includes over 20 fun and fresh projects along with gall...

Paper Blooms


Jeffery Rudell - 2013
    to Good Housekeeping magazine. Just follow the gorgeous step-by-step photos and simply cut, fold, and crumple to create extraordinary blossoms, which feature a variety of papers. Pretty and modern, these easy-to-do projects make great centerpieces, garlands, card decorations, and more.

Crochet Stitch Gallery: 20 Fun Stitch Combinations to Inspire Your Next Project (Cute Kids Crochet)


Tara Cousins - 2013
    You should already be familiar with the basic stitches: slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, and double treble crochet. For additional help, the ebook also contains a link to my website with free how-to-crochet videos.In this ebook, you will learn the following stitches:1. Wheels2. Arched Windows3. Bow Ties4. Textured Clusters5. Slanted Shell Stitch6. Floating Rectangles Insertion7. Long Double Crochet8. Basketweave Stitch9. Wavy Stitch in 2 Colors10. Loop de Loops11. Fan & V Stitch12. Checkerboard13. Staggered Crosses14. Granny Inspired Rows15. Spiked Drop Down Stitch16. Fur Stitch17. Seed Stitch in 3 Colors18. Polka Dots19. Crumpled Stitch20. Chevron Variation

Animal Amigurumi to Crochet (Annie's Crochet)


Teri Crews - 2013
    Instructions on crocheting a bear, bunny, cat, dog, elephant, giraffe, hippo, and monkey delve into how to assemble the animals, and notes and tips on the crochet techniques used are included. These fun, intermediate-level projects are created with worsted-weight yarn and stuffed with fiberfill. The book details how to add finishing touches, such as 12- or 15-millimeter safety eyes, and the finished dolls range in size from 12 to 18 inches tall.

Zoomigurumi 2: 15 Cute Amigurumi Patterns by 12 Great Designers


Joke Vermeiren - 2013
    With stunning full-color photography, clear and easy-to-follow instructions, you'll make all these amazing designs in a jiffy. If you're not familiar with the techniques featured, don’t worry, Zoomigurumi 2 explains everything you need to know.

Making Quilts with Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession


Kathy Doughty - 2013
    21 Authentic Projects

Artisan Filigree: Wire-Wrapping Jewelry Techniques and Projects


Jodi Bombardier - 2013
    She teaches how to create airy pieces that are still strong and stable enough to withstand daily wear. The projects increase in complexity as the book progresses and the reader builds confidence in filigree.In addition to providing project instructions, Jodi demonstrates how scrolled designs can be manipulated, joined, or rearranged to create endless variations hampered only by the imagination.

Resin Alchemy: Innovative Techniques for Mixed-Media and Jewelry Artists


Susan Lenart Kazmer - 2013
    She explores creating artistic effects with:ColorFound objectsTextureCastingCollageAnd, more!It doesn't stop there! Learn how to incorporate stories, words, meaningful images, and more in the layers of your resin jewelry. Susan shares her wealth of tips for collecting great found objects and for layering and encasing stories-in short, how to bring both great technique and great imagination to bear on jewelry making. Throughout the book, you'll enjoy easy step-by-step projects and finished pieces.

500 Crochet Blocks: The Only Compendium of Crochet Blocks You'll Ever Need


Hannah Elgie - 2013
    With a wide variety of styles ranging from the traditional to completely new designs, '500 Crochet Blocks' is a remarkable reference for any crocheter.

Made in the Shade: A Zentangle Workbook


Cris Letourneau - 2013
    Learn to shade your Zentangle art with confidence and creativity. This workbook is for the intermediate to advanced tangler who wants to learn more about shading. It includes step-by-step instruction with exercises on shading techniques, dozens of ideas for shading 20 official tangles, plus 4 step-by-step shading projects to teach the reader to analyze a tile and use shading to create a focal point, improve contrast, add dimension, and enhance the overall design. Plus, there are instructions for drawing 12 new tangles. Finally, there are 36 tiles, 6 artist trading cards, 3 Zendalas, and 4 pieces of Zentangle-Inspired Art from artists around the world for inspiration and practice.

Playing with Image Transfers: Exploring Creative Imagery for Use in Art, Mixed Media, and Design


Courtney Cerruti - 2013
    These valuable techniques allow you to reproduce a unique image from any source and apply it to a myriad of surfaces. The options are endless! Playing with Image Transfers is a beautiful and helpful resource that will teach you the four image transfer methods: Packing Tape, Solvent, Medium, and Acrylic transfers, while highlighting basic methods and offering projects across a range of interests and applications. You’ll learn how to make beautiful items, including gift boxes, albums, sketchbook covers, wall art, accordion books, and much more. Once you’ve mastered the techniques, you’ll also explore multiple surfaces as a base for transferring – wood, fabric, paper, canvas, and book forms. A beautiful gallery will show the use of image transfers in a wide variety of high-end artistic works to get your creative juices flowing. The “Considerations” in each chapter offer suggestions on how a single project can be expanded or further adapted if you’re looking to challenge yourself past the basics. By the time you finish this informative book, you’ll be well-equipped to use your own images in your creative work.

Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting


John Lohman - 2013
    If you're looking for ideas for putting your favorite character on a tote bag or pillow; or perhaps hanging a lovely framed "Qo'noS Sweet Qo'noS" in the entryway to let everyone know that a Klingon-speaker lives here; then look no farther. Whether you're a lifelong Trekkie or just a Starfleet cadet, you can show your Star Trek pride by decorating your home, your clothes, and your children with cross-stitched Star Trek quotes and iconic images.

Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques for Inspirational Results


Jinks McGrath - 2013
    Now, with a little patience and the right instruction, anyone can learn to create beautiful metal jewelry with metalsmithing techniques.Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers is the ultimate reference for anyone interested in creating metal jewelry. Using clear, step-by-step instructions, interviews from experts in the craft, and hundreds of photos showcasing contemporary work, the author provides one of the most comprehensive volumes on metal jewelry making available. Home crafters, students, serious amateurs, and professional jewelry designers alike will find:Essential information on the tools and materials needed for success Detailed properties for a large variety of metals--from aluminum and tin to gold and platinumAn extensive range of metalwork techniques suitable for beginners, amateurs, and specialistsStep-by-step tutorials and comprehensive sidebars detailing each process for a variety of metalsThis authoritative textbook is certain to become the go-to guide for those new to creating jewelry as well as those looking to make the move from amateur to professional jeweler. Includes a stunning array of 700 instructional and inspirational photos.

Shots and Stripes: 24 New Projects Made with Shot Cottons and Striped Fabrics


Kaffe Fassett - 2013
    Inspired by worldwide travels and a plethora of ethnic textiles, including Amish quilts in America, Japanese indigo patched work clothes, and African weavings, the projects featured include full-size bed quilts as well as smaller pieces that can be completed more quickly, such as throws, wall hangings, table runners, and pillows. With Shots and Stripes, Fassett answers the current call for quilts that make bold graphic statements but are not necessarily as time-consuming as some of the work for which he has been previously celebrated.

Sewing School ® 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing; 20 Projects Kids Will Love to Make


Amie Petronis Plumley - 2013
    Illustrated step-by-step instructions show kids how to thread a sewing machine, select an appropriate stitch, and choose fabrics and patterns that evoke their own unique style. Suggestions for creative variations open up endless possibilities for kids to imaginatively personalize their fabric creations.  Also available in this series: Sewing School ®,Sewing School ® Fashion Design, Sewing School ® Quilts, and Sewing School ® Box Set.

50 Yards of Fun: Knitting Toys from Scrap Yarn


Rebecca Danger - 2013
    And each project uses only about 50 yards of yarn! Stitch five basic body shapes, each shown in several variations, to create knitted animals, robots, monsters, and characters of every description Knit small projects that make great use of yarn scraps and are wonderful for ornaments, gifts, mobiles, and baby toys Find knitted toy patterns for all skill levels, any type and any weight of yarn, and any needle sizeWinner in the 2014 PubWest Book Design Awards!

Embroidered & Embellished: 85 Stitches Using Thread, Floss, Ribbon, Beads & More • Step-by-Step Visual Guide


Christen Brown - 2013
    Learn to sew traditional and silk ribbon embroidery, make raised stitches, and embellish with beads, charms, buttons, and mirrors. Step-by-step photo instructions show exactly how to sew 85 different stitches. Learn how to combine and place stitches to enhance a finished piece and how to work with embroidery threads, ribbons, fabrics, laces, beads, buttons, and other embellishments.Includes 8 complete embroidery projects to stitch and embellish. An essential embroidery reference for everyone from beginners to experts.

Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction


Norma Loehr - 2013
    This book breaks the mold and tells you what you have always wanted to know about fitting and sewing your own bras.If you want to make your own bras "Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction" is for you!

Growing Up Modern - Print-On-Demand Edition: 16 Quilt Projects for Babies & Kids


Allison Harris - 2013
    Beginner and expert sewists alike will find inspiring ideas and plenty of guidance in these 16 versatile keepsake projects. Most of the patterns can be sized for baby quilts, and seven of the patterns easily adapt to make crib- and twin-sized quilts.

Feltlicious: Needle-Felted Treats to Make Give


Kari Chapin - 2013
    The menu features such fare as Good Morning breakfast dishes; Diner Delights; Farmer's Market fruits and vegetables; Sweet Tooth desserts; and Holiday Treats—like heart-shaped lollipops for Valentine's Day. Also included: detailed instructions for turning these tasty-looking projects into snack-size jewelry, magnets, ornaments, hairclips, and paperweights.

Art Lab for Little Kids: 52 Playful Projects for Preschoolers


Susan Schwake - 2013
    Activities are organized by medium and designed to encourage self-expression. Each Lab also features the work of a prominent artist for inspiration. Gorgeous photography shows different results from different people using the same lesson, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist’s personal style. Have fun:drawing with food coloring–tinted ice cubes.painting using a sponge bottle washer and tempera paints.printmaking using balloons, lace, and potatoes to place ink.sculpting with tinfoil, paper mache, and paper tubes.creating mixed media art with fabric, wallpaper samples, and items from nature.Targeting one of the most critical developmental periods for children, Art Lab for Little Kids is the perfect book for both parents and teachers who are seeking enriching and unique experiences to offer this age group. This inspirational book stands out as a unique reference for creating fine art with children through finding the student’s own voice, marks, and style and with playful lessons that result in significant skill building. 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.

Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds


Margaret A. Barker - 2013
      A visit to almost any home or garden center presents birders with numerous cute and colorful contraptions that are sold as bird homes. But the fact is, many of these products provide anything but a safe refuge for your feathered friends.   Each of the easy-to-build boxes and shelves within is accompanied by cut lists, specially created line diagrams, and step-by-step photography, making the projects accessible to those with even the most rudimentary woodworking skills.   In addition, this practical and beautifully presented guide is packed with color photography and profiles and range maps for the bird species covered—including titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, phoebes, swallows, waterfowl, and even kestrels and owls—to help the reader properly place and maintain the homes to attract birds.   And because these projects are the product of years of experience and field-testing, you can be sure you’re getting the best advice regarding proper design, safe construction materials, and correct home placement to mitigate exposure to elements, pests, and predators.   Finally, beyond the birdhouses, you’ll find out how you can contribute to the larger birding community and even enhance your birding experience with the aid of new technologies.  Build an Audubon-approved home for these species: Bewick’s, Carolina, or House Wren; Prothonotary Warbler; Eastern, Western, or Mountain Bluebird; Ash-throated or Great Crested Flycatcher; Tree Swallow or Violet-green Swallow; Juniper, Oak, Black-crested, or Tufted Titmouse; Barred Owl; Eastern or Western Screech-owl; Barn Owl; Northern Flicker; American Kestrel; Black-capped, Carolina, or Mountain Chickadee; Wood Duck; Hooded Merganser; Purple Martin; Mourning Dove; Barn Swallow; American Robin; House Finch; and Eastern or Say’s Phoebe.

The Blue and the Gray: Quilt Patterns Using Civil War Fabrics


Mary Etherington - 2013
    Choose from 18 traditional quilt patterns, including wall hangings, table toppers, and two beautiful doll quilts Make excellent use of scraps, fat quarters, and even fat eighths Enjoy striking projects with names that conjure images of the era, such as "Gettysburg," "Civil War Journal," and "Troops in Formation"

Hooked on Aromatherapy Homemade Recipes for Beauty & Home


Debbie Kameka - 2013
    Made with all natural ingredients and aromatherapy pure essential oils. All-Natural Homemade Recipes Include:Laundry SoapGranite CleanerTub & Shower CleanerEye CreamCarpet FreshDishwasher SoapOven CleanerWindow CleanerBody LotionDrain CleanerHand SanitizerMold SprayRoom SprayWood PolishLeather ConditionerFabric SoftenerShoe DeodorizerSink CleanerGel Air FreshenerMouthwashToothpasteNatural DeodorantFace MaskSkin LightenerPerfumeHair ConditionerFoot Powderacne creamand more!Available on Ebay, Amazon.com & Kindle

Natural Soap Making


Elizabeth Letcavage - 2013
    How to make cold-process soap (soap from scratch) using only natural fragrances, colorants, and texture additivesInformation on different kinds of oils and botanical additives and the special properties they give to the soapHow to make soap with layers, swirls, soap nuggets, and confettiIncludes 12 special soap recipes--oatmeal, milk, and honey soap; gardener's hand soap; all-natural shampoo bar; and more--along with tips for creating your own natural recipes

Tilda's Fairytale Wonderland: Over 25 Beautiful Sewing and Papercraft Projects


Tone Finnanger - 2013
    Each chapter is themed on a classic children's story, such as Pinocchio, Bambi, The Nutcracker and The Princess and the Pea. Projects include new doll designs (ballerinas, princesses, soldiers and various animals), as well as gifts and decorations using the latest range of Tilda fabrics and products.

The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide: A Directory of Mixes, Colors, Textures, Faux Finishes, and Surface Effects


Marie Segal - 2013
     This resource provides polymer clay artists with a library of 100 finishes and techniques suitable to a wide variety of applications. Illustrations demonstrate various combinations of the finishes, with detailed instructions on how to recreate the effect. An inspiring gallery of work by professional artists puts it all in context and provides endless inspiration. The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide contains three sections. The first covers the types of clay and other materials, tools and equipment, and setting up a workspace.The second section uses step-by-step color photographs to demonstrate the core techniques for working with polymer clay, including health and safety, baking, mixing, cutting and sanding.The Directory of Effects comprises the bulk of the book. Organized by color and then by technique, there are 100 polymer clay swatches with detailed captions identifying the technique used and cross-referencing to the page showing how to recreate it. As well, the captions give ideas for how the effect might be used in jewelry and other applications.The Directory has three major categories. Each contains a Tile Library of effects created by the world's best polymer clay artists.Inclusion and Additions -- Cloisonne, using leaf, powders, brushes Surface Effects -- Glazes, enameling, resins, tints, gels Texturing -- Stamps, sheets, masks, stencils, frisket, creating textures Screen Printing -- Making screens and tools, silk-screens, paints Embossing -- Relief plates, embossing, bas relief, stamps Carving -- Tools, sgraffito, carving through layers, incising Encaustic Effects -- Working with wax, covering, embedding Decorative Embellishments -- Securing objects of metal, wood, chain and found items Pave Effects -- Combining clay and beads, rhinestones, huichol beads Pre-Made Clay Finishes -- Application methods and drying, liquid clays, lacquers, glazes. The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide shows how easy it is to use traditional and innovative techniques on the simple medium of clay to produce stunning results.

The Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating


Autumn Carpenter - 2013
    In just a few minutes, a cookie can be transformed from a simple shape into a colorful, edible work of art. With some basic skills and a little practice, everyone from kids to adults can enjoy this fun craft. Expert sugar artist and author of The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating, Autumn Carpenter, helps you learn these skills and become a confident cookie decorator through step-by-step directions, 400 full-color photos, and invaluable decorating tips and tricks. The clear organization provides easy access to information, simple projects provide fun opportunities for trying the techniques, and a gallery of beautifully decorated cookies offers examples and inspiration. You’ll find:Recipes and helpful tips for rolling, cutting, and baking perfect cookiesRecipes for various icings–buttercream, chocolate, run sugar, egg wash, and rolled fondantDetailed instructions for piping, painting, marbling, and coating plus ways to add shimmer, sparkle, and special accentsGreat ideas for packaging, storing, and presenting your decorated cookiesFor those who might be a bit intimidated by the idea of decorating cookies, fear not! With this guide and some experimentation, anyone, from knowledgeable baker to amateur home cooks, can create this edible art. The Complete Photo Guide series includes all the instruction you need to pursue your creative passion. With hundreds of clear photos, detailed step-by-step directions, handy tips, and inspirational ideas, it’s easy and fun to try new projects and techniques and take your skills to the next level.

Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff: Projects You Can Build for (and With) Your Kids!


Scott Bedford - 2013
    The Customizable "Keep Out" Sign to deter meddlesome siblings and parents. A Bunk Bed Communicator made from cardboard tubes ("Psst! Can you keep the snoring down?"). Clever, whimsical, and kind of genius, here are 67 unique projects that will turn any dad with DIY leanings into a mad scientist hero that his kid(s) will adore.No screens, no hi-tech gadgetry. Made by Dad combines the rough-edged, handmade ethos of a Boy Scout manual or The Dangerous Book for Boys with a sly sense of humor that kids love. Scott Bedford, a creative director by day and Webby Award-winning blogger by nights and weekends, wields an X-ACTO knife, magic marker, and prodigious imagination to create endlessly delightful projects for his two sons. He knows that kids like contraptions and gadgets, things that are surprising--a chair that appears to be balanced on eggshells. Things that are complex--a multilevel city, with buildings, tunnels, and roads, built from old boxes around the legs of a table. And especially things with humor--the Snappy Toast Rack, made to resemble a crocodile's gaping mouth.The projects are shown in full-color photographs, and the instructions are illustrated in detailed line drawings that exude personality. Some are quick and simple enough to be done in a coffee shop; others are more of an afternoon project-- yielding hours and hours of rich, imaginative playtime.

Just Like Me Knits: Matching Patterns for Kids and Their Favorite Dolls


Brandy Fortune - 2013
    In Just Like Me Knits, Brandy Fortune shows you how to create nineteen modern projects for children, with nineteen matching projects for 15-to-18-inch toy figures, perfect for Bamboletta and other popular dolls. Knit everyday favorites such as a striped raglan sweater for an adventurous boy to run around in; fancy dress-up clothes, including a princess ballerina wrap; and accessories like the irresistible lace socks that can be made to fit mom, child, or doll. As the parent of two young, energetic girls and cofounder of the popular children’s magazine Petit Purls, Brandy Fortune is a practical knitter. She keeps the projects in this book simple and fast, making them accessible for busy beginners yet interesting enough for more experienced knitters. You’ll find everything you need to start knitting right away, including: •      sizing, measuring, and customization help for creating children’s clothes•      nineteen easy-to-follow patterns for garments and accessories for girls and boys age 3 through 10•      a short guide to hand-sewing basic doll clothes, with five original patterns to create complete outfits for any doll or toy•      a quick primer on knitting techniques and resources            The only thing that can make a handknit garment for a child even more special is a matching one for his or her huggable friend. You’ll love making these adorable projects for the children in your life, and they’ll love to help choose what they and their favorite dolls will wear.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Big Foot Knits


Andi Smith - 2013
    But anyone who has larger feet and legs knows better.In this ingenious book, designer Andi Smith walks the bigger-footed among us through the steps of properly measuring our feet and legs, assessing the toe and heel shapes that fit us best, and adapting patterns to suit our shape. All this, plus 12 gorgeous sock patterns, each with instructions for modifying to your foot and for knitting top-down or toe-up.

Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide


Kim Guzmán - 2013
    Includes a wide variety of interesting stitches for all skill levels from beginner to advanced Helpful diagrams and easy-to-follow, excellent instructions and a clear photograph of each stitch.

The Sewing Machine Master Guide: From Basic to Expert


Clifford L. Blodget - 2013
    From basics to expert, it's two books in one, an efficient sewing machine guide and in-depth reference book that can stay with you for years to come. Starting with introductory chapters on how to use a sewing machine, the book quickly progresses to in-depth coverage of advanced subjects. Both home machines and industrial machines are covered with sections dedicated to modern machines and vintage machines. Chapters on fabric, thread, stitches, needles, feet and setting up a sewing room will help unlock your creativity. From straight stitch machines to electronic machines over 100 of the most popular home and industrial machines are featured with insights on capabilities for each type of machine. Older machines can have a service life of 80 years or more and are better suited for some types of work. For other applications a modern electronic machine with the latest features may be needed. The chapter on buying recommendations will help you figure out what type of machine and features are best suited for your type of sewing. Most people have a love/hate relationship with their sewing machines. They love them when the machine is working good, but hate them when frustrating problems arise. This book will empower you to eliminate the hate part of the relationship and put you in control of your machine. In-depth chapters on adjusting tension, troubleshooting and maintenance will help you handle most problems with ease and to know which problems not to tackle. The Sewing Machine Master Guide was written as both an eBook and print book using optimized re-flowable formatting for a perfect presentation on small or large devices. Everything from a basic eBook reader or Kindle to a large screen PC or Mac is supported. Why the low price? Electronic publishing and print-on-demand is used with distribution to many countries worldwide. The pricing reflects this new technology and distribution model.

Simplifying Design & Color for Artists: Positive Results Using Negative Painting Techniques


Linda Kemp - 2013
     Painting doesn't have to be complicated to be good. In fact, it shouldn't be. Artist and best-selling author Linda Kemp (Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines) bypasses all the complexities of design and color to focus on a fresh, simplified strategy for success that features negative painting--a method that uses the space around your subject to help define it. Improve your painting step by step with projects and exercises that will help your work stand out from the crowd. With Simplifying Design & Color for Artists, you'll learn: Strategies for creating simple yet effective compositions, focusing on the relationship between shape, space, and color. Useful tips on color--how to simplify it, mix your own, and work with value, hue and intensity. Techniques for designing with shape: size and edge, layering, and building dimension and movement. 18 step-by-step projects in watercolor and acrylic. The approach may be simple, but your art will be spectacular!

Crochet a Zoo: Fun Toys for Baby and You


Megan Kreiner - 2013
    Featuring organic materials, these imaginative toys are perfect for children of all ages. You can even create felt bananas, leaves, and other zoo food, plus zany zookeepers all dressed for the part. Choose from more than 16 playful patterns for crochet; stitch one or two animals or construct an entire zoo set for a special gift Bring your zoo animals to life with clever details and ideas for customizing, such as shaggy manes, felt stripes, and embroidered paws Complete each beautifully illustrated design in just a few hours using basic crochet skillsYou can trace your felt templates from the book, or feel free to download a printable version here.

Big-City Bags: Sew Handbags with Style, Sass, and Sophistication


Sara Lawson - 2013
    Learn a variety of intermediate to advanced techniques--from installing zippers and magnetic snaps to creating adjustable straps--and find detailed info on selecting the right interfacing, stabilizer, or batting for any project. Choose from 12 new designer-style bags and purses--alternate colorways provide additional inspiration Make use of clearly illustrated, well-tested patterns for sewing attractive bags Add stylish design elements that make your bags stand out: piping, three-dimensional pockets, fabric pleats, and moreWinner in the 2014 PubWest Book Design Awards!Video

Urban Views: 12 Quilts Inspired by City Living


Cherri House - 2013
    In this collection of 12 all-new projects, you ll learn how to quilt with triangles as well as master a variety of innovative techniques. In the City Challenge, the author explores 4 more U.S. cities with new quilt designs. All of the projects are rendered in House s beloved signature style and will surely inspire sewists of every skill level."

60 Quick Baby Blankets: Cute Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash® and 128 Superwash® from Cascade Yarns


The Editors of Sixth&Spring Books - 2013
    Created by 30 up-and-coming knitwear designers, these all-new patterns are made with affordable, colorful, versatile, and washable Cascade 220 Superwash® and 128 Superwash® yarns. Whatever your skill level, there's a project here for you!

Mug Rugs


Christa Rolf - 2013
    The 64 page handy square format gives us room for at least twenty projects, each with simple step-by-step instructions, beautiful photographs, as well as a basic techniques and materials section at the front of the book. Practical yet pretty, a mug rug is one of the latest trends on the sewing and patchwork scene. Basically it is a large coaster with room for your favourite mug and a biscuit or two. Small enough to complete in a few hours, but large enough to give space to your creativity, a mug rug is an ideal project for trying out some new techniques or even for getting to grips with patchwork, quilting or appliqué for the first time. This book contains a selection of mug rugs designed by renowned international patchwork artists. Revel in the many different designs that can be achieved with various fabrics and techniques and, above all, have fun making your own mug rug.

150 Scandinavian Knitting Designs: Authentic Designs with Actual Size Swatches, Charts and Alternative Colourways (Knitters Directory)


Mary Jane Mucklestone - 2013
    150 Scandinavian Knitting Designs

Stitched Blooms: 300 Floral, Leaf & Border Motifs to Embroider


Carina Envoldsen-Harris - 2013
    Its 300 designs run the gamut from classic flowers to folk-art leaves and borders, and the accompanying CD offers yet more possibilities! Use them on the 20 featured projects, including a blouse, Swedish stuffed horse toy, cute girl's skirt, and more. Beginners and experienced embroiderers alike will appreciate the basics section, as well as in-depth instructions for each stitch, and the useful motif reference.

Sew Electric


Leah Buechley - 2013
    The book walks you through the process of designing and making a series of quirky customizable projects including a sparkling bracelet, a glow in the dark bookmark, a fabric piano, and a monster that sings when you hold its hands. Play with cutting-edge technologies and learn sewing, programming, and circuit design along the way. It's a book for all ages. Explore the projects with your friends, your parents, your kids, or your students!

The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina's Fashion Jewelry and Accessories


Tarina Tarantino - 2013
    Eventually, Tarina grew up and moved to Paris to pursue modeling, but never stopped making jewelry on the side. Pretty soon she was selling her pieces to stylists and photographers, leading to her now famous jewelry and accessories brand, The Sparkle Factory. In this inspirational and beautiful book, jewelry- and DIY lovers will learn how to make 20 of Tarina’s most essential pieces, including stretch bracelets, cocktail rings, hair clips, bag candy, and more. Fans of Tarina will also learn all about her brand and how it got started as well as information on finding your own style, tools and techniques, using materials and color schemes, and more. The text is complemented by tips, advice, and 100-150 full-color photos throughout.

Market Farming Success: The Business of Growing and Selling Local Food


Lynn Byczynski - 2013
    Market Farming Success identifies the key areas that usually trip up beginners--and shows how to avoid those obstacles. This book will help the aspiring or beginning farmer advance quickly and confidently through the inevitable learning curve of starting a new business. Written by the editor of Growing for Market, a respected trade journal for market farmers, Market Farming Success condenses decades of growing experience from every part of the United States and Canada. It focuses on the factors that are common to market gardeners everywhere and offers professional advice that includes: - How much you'll need to spend to start a market farming business; - How much you can expect to earn; - Which crops bring in the most money--and whether you should grow them; - The essential tools and equipment you will need; - The best places to sell your products; - How to keep records to maximize profits and minimize taxes; - Tricks of the trade that will make you more efficient in the greenhouse, field, and market. This new Chelsea Green edition of a 2006 classic is greatly updated and expanded, and includes full-color photos, charts, and graphs, plus many inspiring and instructive profiles of successful market-farming pioneers.

Knitting by faith


Julie LeeSong Norman - 2013
    - publisher's book description.

Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie: and flea market treasures


Rachel Ashwell - 2013
    This is a journey in pictures and words, following Rachel through the fields of a little town called Round Top, home to one of the largest, most eclectic and vibrant antiques and flea markets in the world, and then back to Rachel’s newly acquired bed-and-breakfast in Texas. Here Rachel’s inspired finds, her creative imagination, eye for detail, and her commitment to beauty, comfort, and function have finally come together in one location: The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell—an irresistible destination. This book takes Rachel in a new direction, bringing her eye for cherished patinas and pastel prettiness into the endless landscapes and diverse architectural styles of Texas. Here you will see how her style adapts to corrugated metal sheeting and weathered timbers, and how it brings new life to elegant period mansions. Chapter by chapter, the book leads you through Rachel’s little houses on the prairie, from the Ranger’s Lounge where hearty breakfasts are served, to the Pearl Barn, scene of wedding parties and celebrations, stopping off at the evocatively named guest accommodation: Blue Bonnet Barn, Cornflower Cottage, Meadow Manor, Faith Cottage, and Liliput Lodge.

The Great British Sewing Bee


Tessa Evelegh - 2013
    The TV series looks for the nation's best amateur sewer, watched over by judges Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant and doyenne of the WI May Martin while host Claudia Winkleman offers encouragement.Capturing the creative energy of the series, the book provides an irresistible collection of over 25 projects covering garments and homewares that will delight sewing enthusiasts everywhere. As in the series, the projects offer something for both sexes and all ages. Garments include a flattering tea dress, pencil skirt, unisex pyjama bottoms and a waistcoat. The homewares and accessories include aprons, a stylist tote bag, laundry bag, a selection of cushion designs and three different window dressings. All are complete with instructinos and patterns for sizes 8 to 16 - the patterns are also available as a PDF download free with purchase.Including a number of designs from the TV series, technical know-how and insider sewing tips from the judges, this book will help the beginner achieve professional results.

The Jewelry Maker's Field Guide: Tools and Essential Techniques


Helen Driggs - 2013
    Helen I. Driggs, senior editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist , brings her down-to-earth approach and strong metalworking knowledge base to this overview of basic and not-so-basic metalworking techniques. The Jewelry Maker's Field Guide walks you through the variety of metalworking tools available and offers guidance on setting up a studio, buying and organizing supplies, and determining what tools to buy and when. Organizing tools by basic functions, Helen offers a solid and logical overview of metalworking techniques and teaches sets of related skills, showing how different tools can sometimes achieve the same end. Each chapter includes stepped demos and applied techniques for using particular tools. The book culminates in projects that combine a variety of techniques and allow the reader to further apply and practice their metalworking skills. Get a solid foundation for understanding the basic (and not so basic) processes of metalwork!

Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners


Katie Lewis - 2013
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75 Floral Blocks to Knit


Lesley Stanfield - 2013
    The creative projects section will guide and inspire you to mix and match the wide range of designs into endless combinations to assemble a flourishing garden of projects featuring daisies, sunflowers, pansies, lilies, rosebuds, and more!

Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations


Lucie Summers - 2013
    Create original quilts from each block design and adapt them to your own style. Learn how to interpret print, pattern and shapes into unique quilting ideas and experiment with a range of innovative techniques for impressive, professional results. Covers techniques such as square piecing, basket weave, half-square triangles, chevrons, quarter circles and portholes.

Sweet Dress Book: 23 Dresses of Pattern Arrangement


Yoshiko Tsukiori - 2013
    Sweet Dress Book comes with six patterns you can use to make 23 different stylish outfits. An entire wardrobe in one little book!From these simple patterns, Yoshiko Tsukiori has created a collection of beautiful garments that you can easily make yourself, including blouses, camisoles, shifts, kimonos, coats, dresses, pants, and playsuits.These easy-to-follow patterns present a variety of designs and techniques that you can choose to incorporate, such as French sleeves, darts, straight-cut designs, and raglan sleeves, along with stylish detailing such as shirring and ruffles.

Granny Square Flowers: 50 Botanical Crochet Motifs and 15 Original Projects


Margaret Hubert - 2013
    With The Granny Square Book, Margaret Hubert showed how the humble granny makes the transition from tried-and-true blankets to all kinds of fashionable garments and accessories. Now, in Granny Square Flowers, Margaret presents 50 all-new granny squares with a botanical theme, then, using beautiful yarns and her keen design sense, she broadens their usefulness to making 15 new projects that will have you saying, “Wow, I didn’t know I could make that with granny squares!” Each granny square is presented in a large, full-color photo accompanied by both written and diagrammed instructions. All sample squares are crocheted in bright colors of smooth cotton yarn to clearly show the stitch patterns. Projects using the floral granny squares include clothing for babies, children, and adults; fashion accessories, home décor items, and gifts. These projects use a wide variety of yarn types, fiber content, and weights--both LYS brands and big box brands—to demonstrate the versatility of granny squares. All yarn descriptions are included in generic terms with gauge and hook size information so you can easily substitute other choices.

Crocheted Wild Animals


Vanessa Mooncie - 2013
    

A Passion for Colour: Exploring Colour Through Paper, Print, Fabric, Thread and Stitch


Ruth Issett - 2013
    The clear and informative text coupled with numerous examples of Ruth's work make this not only a comprehensive guide for artists, designers and students with an interest in the use of colour in textile work, but also a beautiful 'must-have' book for anyone who simply loves colour. Throughout the book the reader is encouraged to experiment with and, above all, enjoy colour and the challenges it offers. It begins with detailed coverage of the range of colouring media and surfaces available to the contemporary textile artist and how these can be used with print and stitch. There follows an inspirational journey through all aspects of colour, including colour mixing; adding tiny touches of colour; achieving intensity, vibrancy and depth; working with opacity, transparency and translucency; colour selection and combination; and working with a limited palette.

Cozy Knits: 50 Fast & Easy Projects from Top Designers


Tanis Gray - 2013
    Join editor Tanis Gray as she brings together an all-star cast of today's top knitting designers to create dozens of delightful projects.All of the designs in Cozy Knits are knit with Cascade Pacific and Cascade Pacific Chunky yarns. These affordable yarns come in an endless array of colors and are a blend of superwash merino wool and acrylic, making them ideal for creating projects for babies and kids, gifts, home decor items, and everyday accessories and garments.Cozy Knits has techniques for knitters of all skill levels, including cables, lace, brioche knitting, intarsia, Fair Isle, and slip stitch, as well as tried-and true stockinette stitch and garter stitch. This collection offers projects that every member of the family will love, including sweaters, shawls, shrugs, mittens, hats, afghans, and baby blankets.

Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed: The Secrets of Handbuilding Shown in Unique Cutaway Photography


Jacqui Atkin - 2013
    It has gone up in page count from the first edition to accommodate additional projects with instructions for making them, and also features an expanded gallery of handsome color photos showing examples of finished pieces. Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed focuses on projects that produce good-looking and useful finished objects but don't require use of a potter's wheel. Author and expert potter Jacqui Atkin instructs in coil, slab, mold, and pinch techniques to produce pots, bowls, vases, tiles, and other decorative pieces. She also lists basic tools the potter will need, instructs on mixing and preparing clay, and advises on use of coloring agents. Step-by-step color photos with detailed captions guide handcrafters through each project from start to finish. Many photos are of the cutaway type to show correct hand positions for controlling the clay, both inside and outside the form. Here's the book that takes the mystery out of hand-building in clay, demonstrating each step in the pottery-making process. Hundreds of color photos.

50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt: Patterns and Projects Packed with Lush and Vibrant Colors That You Will Love to Make


Kristin Nicholas - 2013
    Master knitter and designer Kristin Nicholas grows her own field of colorful sunflowers and now brings the iconic sunflower to fiber life using knitting, crochet, felting, and embroidery. Included are designs for over thirty different sunflower blooms and buds in a variety of sizes, plus eight different leaf and vine designs, and a host of critters who live in a sunflower field—from birds and honeybees, to butterflies and caterpillars—a total of fifty items.Laid out like the previous books in the series, the book includes all the useful information you need for making the flowers—which needles, crochet hooks, embroidery needles, and types of yarns to use, plus a special explanation of how to choose yarn that felts well. In the "How to Work with Color" section, photographs of actual sunflowers are translated into stitched samples that give the reader visual cues on how to combine colors in their crafting. Organized into knitted and crocheted items, with additional instructions incorporated for felting, the "How-To" section includes full step-by-step pattern instructions and charts where appropriate. The last part of the book features over fifteen projects for using the sunflowers in many and varied ways, from embellishing mittens, to decorating a grapevine wreath to a felted potholder, to making a child’s toy, and more!