Best of
Crafts

2018

Vogue® Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book: Completely Revised Updated


Vogue Knitting - 2018
    The second edition, released in 2002, further cemented its place as the most trusted knitting resource. The past 15 years have seen many exciting advances in knitting, and this update encompasses them all. It features an expanded library of cast-ons, increases, decreases, and bind-offs; in-depth sections on newly favorite techniques such as brioche, entrelac, double knitting, and mosaic knitting; and design and construction chapters that go beyond just sweaters to encompass dozens of options for hats, mittens, socks, gloves, and more than 25 shawl shapes. Comprehensive chapters cover lace and cabling, and provide even more Information than before on knitters' tools, correcting errors, finishing, embellishing, and garment care to give you a masterly understanding of every stage of knitting. With updated, revised, and fresh material throughout, 65 additional pages, and more than 1,600 photos and hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations, Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book is surprisingly easy to navigate with thorough indexing and footnote cross-referencing. From beginners needing to learn the very basics to seasoned knitters wanting a refresher on a complex technique, every knitter will cherish this guide for years to come.

Make Ink: A Forager's Guide to Natural Inkmaking


Jason Logan - 2018
    In Make Ink, Logan delves into the history of inkmaking and the science of distilling pigment from the natural world. Readers will learn how to forage for materials such as soot, rust, cigarette butts, peach pits, and black walnut, then how to mix, test, and transform these ingredients into rich, vibrant inks that are sensitive to both place and environment. Organized by color, and featuring lovely minimalist photography throughout, Make Ink combines science, art, and craft to instill the basics of ink making and demonstrate the beauty and necessity of engaging with one of mankind’s oldest tools of communication.

The Knitter's Dictionary: Knitting Know-How from A to Z


Kate Atherley - 2018
    The Knitter's Dictionary is your comprehensive resource for understanding the language of knitting in a quick-reference guide that no knitting bag should be without. For beginner and skilled knitters alike, there's always something new to discover in your next handknit project. The Knitter's Dictionary puts an expert knitting instructor in the palm of your hands to help you navigate any pattern. Within this knitting bag necessity, you'll also find Over 150 illustrations showing you everything from the difference between a toque and a beret to how-to information to increase and decrease stitches. Handy cross-references quickly lead you to exactly the information you need whether you've come across a new abbreviation in a knitting pattern or you've forgotten the steps to a long-tail cast on. Extended information on more challenging topics like taking measurements, understanding gauge, and fibre care instructions make this more than a dictionary--it's important information no knitter should be without. Packed with bonus tips and tricks, learn the do's and don'ts of pattern knitting making patterns easier and more enjoyable to knit! The Knitter's Dictionary gives knitters the answers they need when and where they need them in a precise and helpful way. Give yourself or another knitter the gift of knowledge with this must-have resource.A Note From the PublisherKATE ATHERLEY is the Managing Technical Editor at Knitty.com and is the knitting community's go-to guru for reliable how-to information. She's the author of Custom Socks, Beginner's Guide to Knitting Patterns, and Knit Mitts. Known for her attention to detail in her patterns and classes, Kate regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Interweave, KnitLab, Yarn Fest, and Vogue Knitting Live.

Make Yourself Comfortable: Sewing clothes from stretch knit fabrics


Tilly Walnes - 2018
    Even experienced stitchers are often wary of working with stretch knit fabrics, but in this book Tilly demystifies the techniques needed and shows how to sew stretchy makes on a regular sewing machine – no need for a fancy overlocker. Aimed at dressmakers who have grasped the basics and want to expand their sewing horizons, Tilly's tried-and-tested, learn-as-you-make approach is structured around six made-to-measure, speedy-to-sew garments. Tilly's friendly instructions and the clear step-by-step photographs are accompanied by lots of tips and tricks to make your sewing a breeze, and the multiple variations and ideas will help you customize your garment to suit your own style.

Crochet Animal Rugs: Over 20 Crochet Patterns for Fun Floor Mats and Matching Accessories


Ira Rott - 2018
    You will love making these unique and quirky designs that kids will simply adore. Choose from an amazing elephant, a sweet giraffe, a cuddly cat, a cheeky monkey, a sneaky crab, a friendly dinosaur and a snuggly bear, each with a coordinating pillow and accessory to crochet to continue the theme. With accessories ranging from security blankets to stool covers, bed book tidies, placemats and toy bags, this collection features over 20 animal-themed designs to crochet.

Unicorns, Dragons and More Fantasy Amigurumi: Bring 14 Magical Characters to Life!


Amigurumipatterns.net - 2018
    Go for a swim with the mermaids and nymphs, go Nessie-spotting and dragon hunting and follow the fairies and unicorns on a walk through the forest. And there’s much more waiting for you at the end of the rainbow! Beginners as well as advanced crocheters can conjure up these adorable fantasy creatures with a flick of their hooks. All patterns are accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions as well as explanations of all stitches used, and are easily customizable, so it’s a small step to imagine your very own fantasy amigurumi!

Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs


Sandra Eng - 2018
    From the traditional granny square to more complex forms, these faceted motifs are the building blocks to creating unique and stunning designs. Crochet Kaleidoscope will help make your projects pop with the perfect mix of color in every stitch.Along with a collection of 100 fresh motifs, this book includes a complete guide to choosing yarn colors, what order to put them in, and how many to include. Plus, get five home decor and accessory patterns including a table runner, pillow, and rug from crochet designer and author Sandra Eng. You can shift shapes and shades to make the perfect piece for your home.Every turn of the crochet kaleidoscope allows you to get creative with color and apply your own unique personality to your crochet motifs.

Corner to Corner Crochet: 15 Contemporary C2C Projects


Jess Coppom - 2018
    Using basic crochet stitches you can create stunning, contemporary designs for home decor items and accessories. C2C projects also stitch up super-fast so if you've been put off tackling a crochet blanket because it would take too long, this is the technique for you! Author Jess Coppom has brought a really fresh take to this style of crochet with a collection of 15 modern projects all made using the C2C technique. Choose from patterns for six different afghans or blankets including a monochrome chunky throw and a beautiful Mexican style blanket. Other projects include pillows, a bathroom rug and some stunning items to wear such as a poncho, shawl and cowl. Why not make some C2C projects for yourself and then stitch up some treats for friends and family?

The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery: A Guide To Essential Stitches, Techniques And Projects (Royal School of Needlework Guides)


Various - 2018
    

Make and Mend: Sashiko-Inspired Embroidery Projects to Customize and Repair Textiles and Decorate Your Home


Jessica Marquez - 2018
    Sashiko is traditionally used to mend and repair clothing and textiles, but it can just as easily be used to create beautiful, decorative projects for the home. With fifteen projects applying a modern, on-trend aesthetic to this ancient craft, Make and Mend shows readers how to apply sashiko stitching to a variety of craft projects, such as repairing torn jeans, mending a ripped hem, and making decorative pillows, napkins, a tablecloth, and a totebag. Touching on the concepts of beauty in minimalism and resourceful simplicity, as well as a fascination with Japan and Japanese design, this easy and accessible book appeals to both the seasoned maker and total beginner.

En Plein Air: Watercolor:Expert techniques and simple step-by-step projects for creating dynamic landscapes in the open air with watercolor


Ron Stocke - 2018
    This guide will have you fully prepared for a day of painting outdoors. Inside, you'll find a comprehensive list of what to pack to maximize your time, learn how to choose a subject and interpret it for a composition, discover how to deal with the challenges of shadows and shifting natural light, and hone your watercolor techniques. The collection of step-by-step projects will help you gain new artistic skills as you create unique, dynamic artwork outside the studio. Perfect for artists looking to break outside the norm, En Plein Air: Watercolor is your complete guide to experiencing the unique rewards of painting on location with the invigorating medium of watercolor.

Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing: Exploring the Fussy-Cut World of Precision Patchwork


Florence Knapp - 2018
    Drawing together many disparate strands, this comprehensive guide offers up a deeper exploration of this precision patchwork craft, providing everything quilters need to know on a practical level to begin navigating fussy cutting and English paper-piecing (EPP).- The most comprehensive guide to English paper piecing on the market today, including history of the craft, artist profiles, and more! - Patterns for original rosettes on which to learn the practicalities of EPP are shown step-by-step, covering everything from templates, paper choice, magic mirrors, how to mock up layouts, glue/thread basting, and more. - Finished examples exemplifying mastery of the skills learned in the book & unique secondary designs within the quilts that demonstrate the fussy cut and rosette piecing techniques.Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing is not just a how-to text on English paper piecing. While any book on English paper piecing must cover the instructional aspects, Flossie Teacakes offers a softer, warmer approach, exploring the craft on a more tactile paper-and-fabric level and including stories and inspirations this wonderful craft.Author Florence Knapp explores of the craft over a series of interviews and a journey back in time. She captures the elements that make it so much more than a simple technique guide, giving meaning to the act of English paper piecing for those who are intrigued as well as to quilters who are already hooked.As if that isn't enough, there's icing on the teacakes in the form of original paper-pieced rosettes and show stopping quilt patterns included to practice and show off your EPP skills.

Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book: 59 Outline Designs to Fill with Free-Motion Quilting, Tips for Longarm and Domestic Machines


Amanda Murphy - 2018
    Finish up by following Amanda's suggestions for filling in background space with free-motion quilting.

A Year of Embroidery: A Month-To-Month Collection of Motifs for Seasonal Stitching


Yumiko Higuchi - 2018
    In the style of Scandinavian design by way of Japan, these colorful and detailed designs follow the course of a year, with imagery inspired by each month. From snow flowers and skiing bears in January to lily of the valley in May, a collection of seed pods in October, and trumpeting angels in December. Each of the embroidery projects here are fairly large and detailed, making them more appropriate as hanging art than for other projects. And while no craft projects are offered here, some of the embroidery is photographed in scenes that hint toward how the designs can be used in other projects (such as on napkins, hats, bags, and aprons).

Mastering Hand Building: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Slabs, Coils, and More


Sunshine Cobb - 2018
    In this book, Sunshine Cobb covers all the foundational skills, with lessons for constructing both simple and complex forms from clay. Ceramic artists will also find a variety of next-level techniques and tips: designing templates and replicating pieces, lidded vessels, using molds, a variety of decorative techniques, and other avenues of exploration are all inside.Artist features and inspirational galleries include work from today's top working artists, such as Bryan Hopkins, Lindsay Oesterritter, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Bandana Pottery, Shoko Teruyama, Courtney Martin, Sam Chung, Deborah Schwartzkopf, and many more.  Take your hand building skills—and your artwork—to the next level with Mastering Hand Building. The Mastering Ceramics series is for artists who never stop learning. With compelling projects, expert insight, step-by-step photos, and galleries of work from today’s top artists, these books are the perfect studio companions. Also available from the series: Mastering the Potter's Wheel and Mastering Kilns and Firing.

Oh, Scrap!: Fabulous Quilts That Make the Most of Your Stash


Lissa Alexander - 2018
    Learn how to make insightful decisions about which fabric combinations work (and understand why others don't). Best of all, discover how to (finally!) use your unique stash to make scrap quilts that sing. Includes a preface by renowned quilt historian Barbara Brackman.

Fizz Boom Bath!: Learn to Make Your Own Bath Bombs, Body Scrubs, and More!


Isabel Bercaw - 2018
    Have you ever found yourself staring longingly at a table full of scrumptious-looking bath bombs, shower melts, or lotion bars for sale and thought, “Gee, it would be fun to make these at home, but where the heck would I begin?!” Teenage "sisterpreneurs" and creators of Da Bomb Bath Fizzers are here to take the mystery out of bath and body recipes and give you all the tools you need to crown yourself Archbishop of Bathtopia. Isabel and Caroline will hold your hand every step of the way—and then exfoliate it with some sugar scrub when they're finished! This book will teach you how to create all kinds of delightful, natural, homemade bath treats. Fizzers, scrubs, masks, soaps, bubble bars—Fizz Boom Bath! has you covered.

The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures (Learn paper craft bookbinding from influential bookmaker artist Hedi Kyle)


Hedi Kyle - 2018
    From creating flag books and fishbones, to blizzards and nesting boxes, you'll gain an invaluable insight into the work of two skilled artists with this fun read! With the help of their thorough instructions and simple illustrations, you'll be on your way to becoming a pro paper crafter in no time at all" – Sew magazine"A wonderful insight into the work of a truly skilled artist" – PaperCrafterThe renowned and influential book artist Hedi Kyle shows you step–by–step how to create her unique designs using folding techniques in The Art of the Fold. Bookbinding and paper craft projects include flag books, blizzard books, the fishbone fold, and nesting boxes.Written by the doyenne of artists' books, Hedi Kyle, The Art of the Fold is a wonderful insight into the work of a truly skilled artist. Hedi will show you how to bind a book and fold paper to create over 35 of her cut–fold book designs. The book is beautifully illustrated with Hedi's finished works of art.An excerpt from the book:'I can still remember the thrill I experienced when my first folded book structure emerged from my fingers – how eager I was to explore its possibilities and to share it with whoever was interested. The Flag Book, as I now call it, is a simple accordion and has interlocking pages oriented in opposite directions. Little did I know that this simple structure would have legs and be the catalyst for the next forty–plus years of thinking about and making books.The common perception of the book today is fairly straightforward: a series of pages organized around a spine and protected on either side by two covers. This format allows for easy access, storage and retrieval of information. Yet what happens when the book is stripped away of centuries of preconceptions and is allowed to reveal something else: playfulness, utility, invention? Expanding the notion of the book is what the structures in the following chapters of The Art of the Fold attempt to do. Exploring its tactile, sculptural form, primarily through folding methods, the book as a structural object is celebrated while content is considered in a new and unconventional way.My range in this medium has always been broad. In part this is due to my introduction to the world of bookbinding and some chance encounters. In the 1970s in New York City, the art and craft of hand bookbinding and papermaking were experiencing an unprecedented revival. I was fortunate to arrive in the city at just this moment. With an art–school background and an impulse to make things, I was naturally drawn to pursue this new opportunity. The Center for Book Arts, the famous forerunner of so many centers yet to come, was located in a small storefront just down the street from where I lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Under the direction of founder Richard Minsky, it had a radical mission: to push concept, materials, printing and making of artist books in a new direction. When Richard dared me to teach at the Center one evening a week, I was hooked.My career as a book conservator and a book artist has now spanned over 45 years. As head conservator at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, I've had the opportunity to handle some of the rarest volumes and manuscripts in the world. I have also dealt with decrepit books, torn maps and countless curiosities discovered in stacks and archives. All were endless sources for ideas and provided a springboard for a departure from tradition. Leading book–arts workshops around the world and a 25 year tenure teaching in the graduate program for Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia have shown me, in retrospect, that the more I taught, the more it propelled me to experiment and develop my ideas. The many students I have had over the years were always my biggest inspiration, and they continue to be so.' – Hedi Kyle, Pine Hill, NY Sept 2017

Amy Herzog's Ultimate Sweater Book: The Essential Guide for Adventurous Knitters


Amy Herzog - 2018
    This essential guide details every aspect of sweater knitting, starting with instructions for four basic sweater types: yoke, raglan, drop shoulder, and set-in sleeve. Patterns are offered in multiple sizes and yarn gauges for broad appeal. Following the basics for each of the four sweater types are a diverse range of customizing options, including how to add a hood, cowl neck, turtleneck, pockets, and zip or cardigan front, just to name a few. Amy's clear instruction and expert tips expand the many knitting possibilities, creating the essential knitting resource for knitters everywhere"--

Glamourie


Alice Starmore - 2018
    In this unique book, Alice Starmore leads us into the realm of glamourie and —like the witches of Gaelic folklore —casts spells with needles and a single thread. Taking her daughter Jade's supernatural stories as inspiration, she uses the art of hand knitting to bewitch and bedazzle, and illustrates the tales with elaborate costumes and accessories that portray fanciful and extraordinary ideas. In creating these costumes, she has powerfully demonstrated the glamourie that can flow from the twin wands of a master magician.While the first half of this book is an unrestrained flight of fancy, the second half contains full instructions for knitting beautiful garments based upon each costume, all written with Alice Starmore's trademark accuracy and precision.  By developing each of these patterns from its associated costume, she has revealed how her mind works and how her imagination led her from the initial inspiration through to the final design.Alice and Jade Starmore are from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, and its moody Celtic landscape is the backdrop to the stories, costumes and designs they have created. The final stage of Glamourie was to take their creations back out into that landscape to be photographed. They trekked to special locations, far off the beaten track, and Jade's spectacular photographs depict both the sweeping panorama and the minute detail of their beloved native isle. Three years in the making, this combination of photography and fable, of highly conceptual design and practical instruction, will enchant not only knitters but also those in the fashion and costume world and readers fascinated by Scottish and Gaelic legends.

A People's Guide to Publishing: Build a Successful, Sustainable, Meaningful Book Business


Joe Biel - 2018
    You'll learn all the skills of the trade, including how to:Develop your individual books to connect with readers on a practical and emotional levelChoose between offset printed, digitally printed, and eBook formats and work effectively with printersBuild an authentic niche so you can reach your audience and sell books directlyUnderstand if and when you're ready to work with a distributor or large online retailerCreate a budget and predict the cost and income of each book so your company stays in the blackDecide what work you need to do yourself and what can be done by othersPlan for sustainable growthFeaturing interviews with other upstart independent publishers and funny anecdotes from publishing's long history as well as detailed charts and visuals, this book is intended both beginners looking for a realistic overview of the publishing or self-publishing process and for experienced publishers seeking a deeper understanding of accounting principles, ways to bring their books to new audiences, and how to advance their mission in a changing industry. All readers will come away with the confidence to move forward wisely and a strong sense of why publishing matters today more than ever.

Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles: Mix-and-Match Triangles + 212 Stitch Patterns = Unlimited Design Options


Melissa Leapman - 2018
    Noted designer Melissa Leapman has developed an innovative technique that promises hundreds of beautiful shawl design options in Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles! Beginning with a simple triangular wedge, Leapman shows how multiple knit triangles can be joined together to create square, rectangular, trapezoidal, and semicircular shapes. Her easy and customizable technique offers knitters of all levels endless flexibility in design and yarn choices. Charted patterns for 212 different stitches allow readers to select their favorite embellishment for the main fabric of their shawl. Colorful photographs of 20 of Leapman’s original designs illustrate the creative potential of this technique.

Cat Lady Embroidery: 380 Ways to Stitch a Cat


Applemints - 2018
    Each set of patterns offers a range of ideas in different styles, shapes, genres from simple to more complex. A purrfect book for embroidery beginners or those looking for fun and simple patterns. Original designs and clear instructions make this book a must have for any embroidery enthusiasts library.

Fables & Fairy Tales to Cross Stitch: French Charm for Your Stitchwork


Véronique Enginger - 2018
    The designs are eye-catchingly lovely with their subtle colors, gentle humor, and delicate lines. They're all here: wily foxes, big bad wolves, city mice and country mice . . . not to mention princesses, enchanted worlds, and fun rhymes. Many include multiple scenes and motifs, offering you dozens more components to use in a myriad of ways. Along with the patterns, enjoy instructions for 22 projects to show off your stitchwork: luggage tags, mobiles, cookie tins, quilts, a cuddly toy with its own sleeping bag, and more.

Hand Sewing Magic: Essential Know-How for Hand Stitching--Master Tension and Other Techniques * With Pro Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting * 10 Easy, Creative Projects


Lynn Krawczyk - 2018
    In this unique guide book you will:Get an in-depth overview of essential tools and materials, including thread, needles, fabric, and other key supplies.Explore a comprehensive visual dictionary of 35 stitches plus dozens of variations, from basic mending to stylish decorative embellishment to unique art stitching.Discover key techniques, from starting and ending threads to the right way to use an embroidery hoop, from stitching curved shapes to color shading, and more.Learn essential tips and tricks from influential and innovative stitchers, including Joanne Sharpe, Allison Aller, and Catherine Redford.10 simple and stunning projects show unique ways to use stitches and techniques. With Hand Sewing Magic, you’ll make the most of your hand stitching and give all your projects a beautiful handmade look.

The Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making


David Fisher - 2018
    Soap making is a fun and creative hobby that you can do right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Want to learn how? Look no further. The Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making is an A-Z primer on all things soap making.Written by About.com soap making expert David Fisher, this easy-to-use book will guide you through everything you need to know from necessary ingredients, tools, and safety requirements to soap making methods, including: melt and pour, hand milling, cold process, and hot process. You'll be a pro in no time!Each of the chapters focuses on a specific method, demonstrating basic process, decorative techniques, recipes, and related products such as scrubs, bath bombs, and liquid soaps. You'll also find a section on how to formulate original recipes, plus guidance on storage and ideas for packaging to impress your friends, family, and maybe even customers! So grab your creativity and some great ingredients and let's get started.

The Crochet Stitch Handbook: The Essential Illustrated Reference: Over 200 Traditional and Contemporary Stitches with Easy-to-Follow Charts


Betty Barnden - 2018
    A perfect starter guide for beginners, with advanced projects and details for experts, this book is a wonderful addition to the library of any crafter, crocheter, or knitter. The handbook includes step-by-step instructions for basic stitches, textured stitches, fans and shells stitches, mesh and filet stitches, openwork and lace stitches, trims and edgings, clusters, puffs, bobbles, spike, relief, Tunisian, multi-color, squares, and special stitches. Crochet is the technique of making a looped fabric from a continuous length of yarn, using a single hook. The word crochet itself derives from the French croc, meaning a hook (or crook); an old Scottish name for crochet is "shepherd's knitting." It is one of themost portable and flexible of crafts, requiring only a hook and some yarn.  Master the basic techniques of crochet, and more, to create a fascinating variety of effects with The Crochet Stitch Handbook.

Breaking the Pattern: A Modern Way to Sew


Saara Huhta - 2018
    Breaking the Pattern is the first authentic dressmaking book that showcases the beauty and uniqueness of Scandinavian style. Complete with stunning photography, clear illustrations and instructions this book will show you how to create a coherent capsule wardrobe – complete with a collection of 10 garments that are easy to make, wear, and combine with each other.From the Finnish sewing duo behind the dressmaking fashion label Named, Laura and Saara offer up an enticing selection of tops, dresses, skirt and trousers for the modern seamstress. You will build your skills as you work through the book and with plenty of variations suggested for each garment, there's lots of room for you to add your own personal touches and quirks to each design.Taking you beyond the patterns featured in this book, Breaking the Pattern will inspire you to not only build on your sewing repertoire but to grow in confidence with your own sewing. Patterns come in a range of sizes from US sizes 4 to 16, with concise information of measuring yourself and finding the perfect fit. Full size pattern sheets are included in this neat package, perfect for the contemporary dressmaker.

The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide: A Complete Step-By-Step Creative Workbook to Jump-Start Modern Calligraphy Skills


Peggy Dean - 2018
    From choosing the best pens and paper and knowing the different styles of lettering, to adding color to your finished pieces--this book covers it all. The book includes templates for labels, cards, handmade bunting, and word collages. It even includes a how to guide for posting your best work on social media. Each lesson builds on itself, unlocking endless opportunities inside the playful art of brush lettering. As a self-taught artist who left her day job to pursue a creative life, Peggy Dean is the ideal teacher for artists and non-artists alike.

Tilda Hot Chocolate Sewing: Cozy Autumn and Winter Sewing Projects


Tone Finnanger - 2018
    In Tilda Hot Chocolate Sewing, bestselling author Tone Finnanger returns with a stunning new collection featuring the Tilda BirdPond fabric range. Featuring over 20 projects, you can choose from quilts and softies, bags and dolls, pillows and purses. Autumnal motifs include reindeer, mice, apples, butternut squash, ducks, birds, houses and more. This heartwarming collection will bring warmth and magic to your sewing, with beautiful lifestyle photography and step-by-step instructions and diagrams to ensure success.

Quilt Big: Bigger Blocks for Faster Finishes


Jemima Flendt - 2018
    Whether you're simply short on time or intimidated by complex quilts, Quilt Big will show you how super-sizing your blocks make for faster finishes and so much more. In this block book and design resource, you'll find:- 22 BIG blocks to show off your favorite fabrics in fantastic ways. - Step-by-step guide to scaling traditional blocks to oversized designs. - 17 quilt designs featuring bold, super-sized blocks. Plus, these 15", 18", and 24" blocks are interchangeable for one-of-a-kind finished projects! - No CD required! Block patterns have been designed in a way that no specially sized templates are needed.If you're new to quilting, there's no better way to learn than on a grand scale. And, for the experienced quilter, large block pieces are a fabric-friendly way to feature your favorite designer collections. Super-size your love of quilting with Quilt Big!

Stephanie Tourles's 25 Essential Oils for Health Well-Being: A Beginner's Guide, with 100 Safe and Easy Recipes to Remedy the Most Common Ailments and Conditions


Stephanie L. Tourles - 2018
    Stephanie Tourles, best-selling author of Organic Body Care Recipes, brings her expertise to the topic with this friendly beginner’s guide. Focused on the 25 most versatile oils, Tourles provides a basic profile of the benefits and properties of each. Recipes show how to use the oils to make remedies to treat common ailments such as anxiety, bruises, burns, headaches, and more.

Cut Paper Pictures: Turn Your Art and Photos into Personalized Collages


Clover Robin - 2018
    Cut Paper Pictures is both an inspiration and a guide to using paper as your paint in creating personalized art with amazing depth and texture. Collaging is a fun and easy craft to make no matter what your skill level, and this is an excellent book to assist creative minds through whatever making process they favor.  Collaging can be done with a variety of different materials. Cut Paper Pictures shows how you can incorporate paint and other materials into your collages to really bring your art to life. Teaching through demonstration and deconstructed projects, visual artist Clover Robin guides you through the process without pushing you into specific projects. Offering step-by-step instructions, visual inspirations, and even a library of unique colors and textures, the author covers all the necessary materials, tools, and know-how, from adding color and using existing photos to create unique personal art.  Additional uses include:Scrap books,Vision boardsArt journalsCreative PlannersDecoupageOr any other mixed media art project! Whether you're looking to create floral lettering, patterns for prints, nature scenes from landscapes, photo recreation for homemade gifts, personalized maps, or unique and colorful personal cook book entries, this book is for you.   The book also includes 31 perforated pages that you can pull out and use for your own collage creation. Simple, approachable, and endlessly rewarding, this book allows you to create unique and charming keepsake that you'll cherish forever.

Handmade Houseplants: Remarkably Realistic Plants You Can Make with Paper


Corrie Beth Hogg - 2018
    Additional projects show how to use paper plants for home décor, wall art, holiday decorations, gift giving, and more. The projects are simple enough to be made in few hours and the materials are affordable and easy to find. Packed with colorful photos and filled with inspiration, Handmade Houseplants shows how paper plants can provide a modern, light-hearted touch to a well-designed home.

Painting with Bob Ross: Learn to paint in oil step by step!


Bob Ross Inc - 2018
    Everyone will enjoy Painting with Bob Ross, as his “happy accidents” approach makes this challenging subject matter enjoyable for all ages, regardless of skill level and materials used. “All you need is the desire to make beautiful things happen on canvas…” —Bob Ross In 1982, The Joy of Painting  made its debut on public television. The unrehearsed, unedited show soon became a favorite among aspiring artists and painters. Almost 40 years and 403 episodes after his on-air debut, and decades after his untimely passing, Bob Ross still has enormous global popularity as a beloved painter, affable TV personality, and cultural icon. With this guide, you can learn to paint a happy tree in seconds, just like Bob Ross! Painting with Bob Ross introduces you to the tools and materials you need to paint beautiful landscapes, as well as basic painting techniques, such as how to load your brush and how to paint with a knife. Following the introduction are 16 painting projects, each with a complete list of tools and materials needed and instructions for preparing the canvas. Jump into painting with step one, then follow the full-color painting progressions and clearly written instructions until you’ve reached the final step—and your new, joyful work of art! This is the only Bob Ross book with all-color images. Even if you’re brand new to painting, remember that Bob said, “Talent is nothing more than a pursued interest. All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” Throughout this book, Bob’s quotes encourage you to keep going. So grab your copy of Painting with Bob Ross, relax and unwind, and paint a Bob Ross-inspired landscape! You can paint graceful mountains, ocean waves crashing onto rocks, a winter cabin, a lakeside path, a deep forest river, and many more breathtaking views. And don’t forget to sign each of your masterpieces once you’ve completed the last step!

Illustration Studio: Inking Animals: A modern, interactive drawing guide to traditional illustration techniques


Sova Huova - 2018
    This dynamic guide is ideal for beginners, as well as traditional artists who want to explore pen and ink on a more playful level. Talented artist Sova Huova instructs art enthusiasts in drawing, inking, and coloring techniques; explores abstraction for expressive artwork; and gives tips for digital touches—all with easy-to-follow instruction. Beginning with an introduction to tools and materials, artists will find helpful tips for working with inks, pens, and watercolor. Inking Animals features a wide range of creative and fun inking techniques and unique projects that are simple and engaging. Huova’s valuable tips and tricks, creative prompts, and exercises will encourage artists to experiment and play as they learn. Huova will teach you to illustrate a vast menagerie of animals from the woodland, home, farm, wilderness, and imagination. Among them are a bear, fox, hedgehog, dog, guinea pig, donkey, owl, raven, and even a unicorn.  Featuring a variety of creative tips, techniques, exercises, and step-by-step projects, Inking Animals is the perfect resource for pen and ink illustrators of all levels.

Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More


Katrina Rodabaugh - 2018
    It does all this through just four very simple mending techniques: exterior patches, interior patches, slow stitches, darning, and weaving. In addition, the book addresses the way mending leads to a more mindful relationship to fashion and to overall well-being. In essays that accompany each how-to chapter, Katrina Rodabaugh explores mending as a metaphor for appreciating our own naturally flawed selves, and she examines the ways in which mending teaches us new skills, self-reliance, and confidence, all gained from making things with our own hands.

Tiny Stitches: Buttons, Badges, Patches, and Pins to Embroider


Irem Yazici - 2018
    Flowers, moons, and UFOs are just a few of the 50 motifs presented in Tiny Stitches. Wear your heart on your sleeve, literally, through small-scale projects for embroidered pins, buttons, patches, and more. Embellish your outfits, decorate your walls, and make unique gifts for your loved ones with these 20 colorful and stylish projects.From celestial to nautical, botanical to fruit motifs, and many more, in this book you’ll find 50 modern motifs along with 20 beginner-friendly, fun project ideas featuring easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions with full-size photographs and helpful tips. Besides stitching, you’ll learn how to make your own buttons, pins, and patches that will take your creativity to the next level.IREM YAZICI is a hand embroiderer, designer, and the owner of the Baobap shop on Etsy. Irem loves to stitch tiny things and has gathered a worldwide following on social media for her miniature embroidered pins and patches. She lives in Turkey.

The Art of Doodle Words: Turn Your Everyday Doodles into Cute Hand Lettering!


Sarah Alberto - 2018
    If you love the look of hand lettering and calligraphy, but find it too intimidating or perhaps too ornate, then The Art of Doodle Words is the book for you. Now you can learn the basics of lettering just by doodling. Sarah Alberto, the artist behind the popular YouTube channel Doodles by Sarah, likes to start her doodle words with a simple letter or word. Whether you're drawing a word like cold or love or idea, Sarah will show you how to transform it into doodles using super-cute sketches and simple lines. A basic word becomes an adorable illustration. Sarah will also teach you how to work in reverse, starting with a doodle and turning it into a cute illustration of letters and words. Pick up The Art of Doodle Words and begin learning stress-free, laid-back lettering styles now!

250 Japanese Knitting Stitches: The Original Pattern Bible from Japan's Most Famous Knitting Guru


Hitomi Shida - 2018
    Copies of the original Japanese edition have been jealously coveted by knitters around the world—and now the book is now being made available in English for the first time! Hitomi Shida's previous work, the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible was released by Tuttle in October 2017 and has already been purchased by thousands of avid knitters who are thrilled to discover a treasure trove of elegant and intricate new patterns. This book was Hitomi Shida's first effort and, like its successor is filled with her highly original and beautiful designs and variations on knitting classics. Shida's stitch patterns have become a driving inspiration behind many modern Western knitting designs, and experienced knitters know this. They will purchase this book for the images alone. In this beautifully presented stitch dictionary you'll find:Stitches that are perfect for borders and edgingsBeautiful and intricate cable stitchesElegant popcorn stitches, from refined to boldMultiple variations on individual patternsVeteran knitting instructor Gayle Roehm guides knitters through the particulars of the patterns and explains how to execute the stitches. Images of completed garments here and there help show the potential of these striking stitch designs.

Arne & Carlos' Favorite Designs: Greatest Hits and New Inspirations


Arne Nerjordet - 2018
    Now they've gathered the "best of the best"--70 of their favorite techniques and patterns, including balls, dolls, birds, slippers, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and more--in a sourcebook that has something for everyone. Arne & Carlos not only share their greatest hits in fresh and exciting ways, they also provide 15 brand-new projects, for 85 masterful designs in total.

Retro Cross Stitch: 500 Patterns, French Charm for Your Stitchwork


Véronique Enginger - 2018
    Re-create designs from 1800s and 1900s fashion houses and milliners' catalogs. Take your cross stitch on a bon voyage into the past with traveling motifs like trunk labels of exotic destinations and railroad advertising posters. Other sections of patterns feature tea and coffee motifs, and daily life in vintage terms. Many of the designs include multiple scenes and motifs, offering you hundreds of components to use in a myriad of ways. Throughout, be inspired by "mood boards" of completed motifs, along with photos of projects that will show off your creations in daily life.

Craft Circle Cozy Mystery Boxed Set: Books 1 - 9


Stacey Alabaster - 2018
     George is the owner of a craft store in Pottsville. From her first days in town, she has found herself in the middle of trouble. And now that she has expanded her horizons into volunteering at the animal shelter, wedding planning, and blogging, she is faced with even more intrigue. She will have to be at her mystery-solving best if she’s gonna keep six killers from getting away? This collection of cozy mysteries includes all nine books in the Craft Circle Cozy Mystery series. If you like cozy mysteries with interesting characters, the Craft Circle Cozy Mystery series is for you. Buy the Craft Circle Cozy Mystery Boxed Set and start solving your next mystery (or six) today! Steps from Death - When you’re the new girl in a small town, you have to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. But sometimes that can leave you only Steps from Death. Arts, Crafts and Murder – Crafts are big deal in Pottsville. But is it big enough to murder for? A Finely Crafted Murder – When someone is murdered in a rival craft store, her suspicions intensify. Was her ex-husband capable of murder? Crafts, Cat Burglars, and Murder - Georgina starts volunteering at the local animal shelter in an effort to find balance in her life. When cats start disappearing, she takes it upon herself to find out what’s going on. When she tracks down the cat burglar, events take a deadly turn. Can Georgina find the killer before he lands on his feet and gets away? Weddings, Receptions, and Murders – Life is getting crazy for craft store owner turned super sleuth, Georgina Holt. When she signs on to help with a DIY wedding, things take a deadly turn. Can Georgina solve the murder and save the wedding? Beaches, Blogging, and Bodies – Georgina’s craft store has become established and a mainstay in the Pottsville community. When she decides to expand into the online blogosphere, things start to get weird. After a new online friend seems to disappear, Georgina sets out to find her missing friend. Her search leads her to a beach home…and a murder mystery? Death at the Dog Wedding - Georgina’s dog Jasper is finally tying the knot with his doggie girlfriend. When the bride-to-be bolts, things go from bad to worse. After a wedding guest is found shot to death, Georgina is thrown into another murder mystery. Can she help Jasper get over the heartbreak of being left at the doggie altar and catch a murderer at the same time? Crafts, Crimes, and Country Clubs – George is moving forward with police officer boyfriend Ryan. When an unpopular colleague is murdered, the detectives who should be solving the case become suspects. Can George and Ryan’s relationship handle an investigation into the detectives who should be solving the case? Murder, Money, and Moving On – George's craft store has become known as a hotbed for crafts and crimes. When a man is murdered in her store, it becomes apparent that things have become personal. George must solve the murder and save her best friend, Jasper, if she is going to find closure before moving on with her life. Can George solve one more murder to save everything she cares about? Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Bound: 15 beautiful bookbinding projects


Rachel Hazell - 2018
    After explaining the tools and materials needed, Rachel takes you through each project with step-by-step instructions.Different techniques for cutting and folding are demonstrated, and, once you are happy with the various techniques, you will then begin to bind your own books with stitches such as ladder, dash and chain. Projects include The Slit Book, A Concertina with Pockets and The Three-Hole Pamphlet Stitch, which can then be developed further to create unique and personal handmade notebooks, books and keepsakes that are not only fun and satisfying to make, but also make wonderful gifts.So whether you have already tried your hand at bookbinding or are a complete beginner, Rachel's knowledge and passion will inspire you to explore the many possibilities of bookart.

Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy: 20 Braided Jewelry Designs Step-by-Step


Christina Larsen - 2018
    Author Christina Larsen will show you how easy it can be to transition from traditional kumihimo materials to wirework with her expert guidance, comprehensive instruction, and inspiring designs. In this must-have resource, you'll find: A complete guide to understanding wireworking tools and materials specific to kumihimo wirework. Full step-by-step tutorials for 3 basic kumihimo braid structures perfect for wirework jewelry designs. Project instructions for 20 inspiring kumihimo wirework designs including earrings, bracelets, and pendants. Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy has everything you need to bring the ancient art of traditional Japanese braiding to your modern jewelry designs.

Crepe Paper Flowers: The Beginner's Guide to Making and Arranging Beautiful Blooms


Lia Griffith - 2018
    It's forgiving and malleable--easy to cut, bend, curl, and shape into peony petals, daffodil trumpets, chrysanthemum blooms, and more. And if you have a Cricut Maker, you can easily cut out the shapes from templates you download for free on Lia Griffith's website using a code. Then, follow instructions for crafting the flowers to arrange and display in vases and pots and as bouquets and wreaths.

Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in America: Designs Inspired by Vintage Quilts from the American Museum in Britain


Kaffe Fassett - 2018
    

One-Piece Knits: Essential Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges for Sweaters Knit Top Down, Side Over, and Back to Front


Margaret Hubert - 2018
    Additional patterns for each style feature alternate stitches, simple colorwork, and neckline and sleeve variations. A helpful resources section offers guidance on basic techniques.

Botanical Inks: Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects


Babs Behan - 2018
    The book shows you how to extract environmentally sustainable color from the landscape and use it to create natural dyes for textiles, clothing, paper, and other materials. Botanical Inks covers dyeing and surface application techniques, including bundle dyeing, Shibori tie-dyeing, hapazome, indigo sugar vat dyeing, wood-block printing, screen printing, and more. Itt also shows you how to turn your new inks, dyes, and technique knowledge into wonderful projects, from a simple bundle-dyed a scarf to a block-printed tote bag.The process of turning plants into print can help you reconnect with nature, find a creative outlet and develop a mindful sense of presence. It also promotes an awareness of sustainable practices and how to reduce our impact on the planet.

The Festive House (The Seasonal House Series Book 5)


Alison May - 2018
     This pocket-sized book is a cornucopia of Festive homemaking inspiration, with ideas for preparing for Christmas, a tiny collection of festive puttery treats, cleaning recipes, decorative touches, journal prompts, a book list and an essay on living well at Christmas, written with all the same charm Alison May has been bringing to the world of vintage housekeeping for over twelve years now...

Draw, Paint, Sparkle: Creative Projects from an Elementary Art Teacher


Patty Palmer - 2018
    Perfect for children ages 5 to 10.Encourage and empower kids to make art. The 25 art lessons in this book present detailed drawing instructions paired with a range of painting techniques and styles for endless creative exploration. Especially helpful for those overwhelmed by the blank page or unsure of where to begin, each lesson provides concrete methods for getting started using clear steps for drawing, and then invites kids to unleash their creativity through color and paint. Along the way, learn tips on using different art materials and discover art techniques to add variety and ease to the projects. More than just a simple how-to draw and paint book, Draw, Paint, and Sparkle guides parents in feeling confident in their ability to have a role in their child's artistic development. Developed by an experienced art teacher, Palmer holds your hand from the beginning all the way to displaying your child's finished artwork.

Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors from Roots, Leaves & Flowers


Franziska Ebner - 2018
    Necessary materials, pickling, the preparation of fibers or substances, and different dyeing methods are described in detail. This richly illustrated book also shows how the dyed materials can be felted or turned into woolen pictures. The traditional coloring of Easter eggs with natural colors or the coloring of the sun is also explained. Last but not least, the authors deal with trend-setting ecoprinting.

Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers: 75 Blooms, Blossoms, and Bouquets to Draw in 10 Easy Steps


Mary Woodin - 2018
    Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers is sure to encourage even the most reluctant amateur artist to break out a pen and paper and doodle to their heart’s content!

Knit Like a Latvian: 50 Knitting Patterns for a Fresh Take on Traditional Latvian Mittens


Ieva Ozolina - 2018
    There are 50 different styles to choose from including simpler variations of the mittens such as fingerless gloves and wrist warmers. So, even if you are an inexperienced knitter you can create a beautiful traditional design. Knitted mittens have always played an important role in traditional Latvian culture: girls are taught to knit at a young age and it is traditional for brides to give mittens as a gift to guests on their wedding day. This collection captures the essence of these stunning folk patterns and shows how you can mix these traditional designs with your contemporary wardrobe.

Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colors


V. - 2018
    Here, in this highly original and digestible book, color palettes from the fifteenth century onward are analyzed and explained by interior design specialist Ros Byam Shaw. The colors used in each wallpaper and fabric are presented in proportional grids, giving a clear understanding of the hues that have become emblematic of their era.Each wallpaper and fabric, carefully selected by Here Design from the V’s collection, is arranged chronologically with its own double-page spread with extended captions that explain the significance of the palette. A color grid is shown beside each pattern, in which the colors in the original piece are shown in proportion to their use, and with their CMYK references to enable designers to replicate these colors in their own work. The result is a book that offers fascinating insights into color that will be of interest and use to designers working today, whether specialists in interiors, products, or graphics. It will also appeal to a more general audience as a beautifully designed book that offers inspiration to those interested in interior design.

Fashion Embroidery: Embroidery Techniques and Inspiration for Haute-Couture Clothing


Jessica Pile - 2018
    Whether you’re interested in adding monogrammed initials to your snuggly bathrobe, stitching a flower on your favorite jacket, or adding sparkling beads to a new dress, this beautifully illustrated book shows you how. It features hand-drawn designs, catwalk photographs, and step-by-step guides, so it’s perfect for beginners looking to personalize their own clothes, as well as more experienced embroiderers who want to apply new techniques to different fabrics.   Jessica Pile offers an inspirational overview of the fashion industry, presenting examples of embroideries and embellishments by couturiers that include Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hardy Amies, and Burberry. She demonstrates the basics of three main techniques—goldwork, tambour beading, and embroidery stitching—and provides do-it-yourself projects with advice on fabric, tools, and terminology.

Disney Ideas Book: More Than 100 Disney Crafts, Activities, and Games


D.K. Publishing - 2018
    Let their imaginations run wild with more than 100 enchanting Disney inspired arts and crafts, party games, puzzles, papercraft and many more fun and practical activities. With stunning photography and clear step-by-step instructions, the Disney Ideas Book guides you through each exciting project, from growing grass hair on Frozen trolls and creating The Lion King animal masks to crafting festive Mickey Mouse hanging decorations and Winnie the Pooh party hats. There are top tips on every page to help make your creations a success, with handy templates provided at the back of the book. Featuring family favourite characters from animation and live-action movies and TV, including Frozen, Toy Story, Moana, Inside Out and Cinderella.

The Craft of Veneering


Craig Thibodeau - 2018
    Everything about using veneer--from how it's made, why to use it, how to use it, and how to combine various techniques to create exciting new work--is expained and lavishly illustrated.The Craft of Veneering starts with a simple panel made from a single piece of veneer and progresses through more complex veneer assemblies like bookmatching, bent laminations, and veneering curved panels, edging, and crossbanding. At each step, all the information needed to complete the included sample projects using each of the difference methods is provided.Introduces the novice or professional woodworker to a range of veneering techniques from simple to complex that can be used to produce stunning patterns that would be impossible to achieve with solid wood. Outlines all the tools and techniques you'll need to work with veneer (including vacuum bagging and using clamps and cauls). Includes chapters on the fascinating arts of marquetry and parquetry. An illustrated appendix presents enlarged photos of 37 species of wood veneer.

Weaving on a Little Loom


Fiona Daly - 2018
    From setting up the loom to finishing a project, this book covers both basic and more advanced techniques, with an introduction to creating patterns such as basket and bird's eye weaves, rib, twill, and herringbone. With clear instruction and beautiful illustrative photographs, step-by-step tutorials guide you through designing and creating five contemporary woven projects—including table placemats, wall hangings, and a tote bag—all made with natural, environmentally friendly materials.

Joyful Daily Stitching, Seam by Seam: Complete Guide to 500 Embroidery-Stitch Combinations, Perfect for Crazy Quilting


Valerie Bothell - 2018
    If you can stitch one seam 5 days a week, over the course of a year readers will complete 250 seams! The book includes instructions for 61 basic embroidery stitches and over 500 seam-treatment stitch combinations, as well as crazy-quilt-block piecing instructions and information about tools and supplies.

200 Embroidered Flowers: Hand Embroidery Stitches and Projects for Flowers, Leaves and Foliage


Kristen Gula - 2018
    Discover how to stitch beautiful blooms including roses, daisies, daffodils, pansies and buttercups as well as more exotic blooms. Modern hand embroidery expert, Kristen Gula, shows you how to create all the floral motifs from a stitch library of less than 10 embroidery stitches. As well as the step tutorials for the flowers and leaves, there are 10 projects for home decor items and accessories that showcase the embroidery so you can show off your makes and create beautiful gifts for family and friends. Choose from a collar motif, pillow cover, table decoration, shoe embellishments and many more!

Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit: The Ultimate Guide to Fit, Style, and Construction from Collared and Cuffed to Blouses and Tunics


David Page Coffin - 2018
    Learn about shirts' unique fitting challenges, how to measure for each silhouette, and how to solve fit issues for all sorts of body shapes, including plus-size and athletic figures. Using his couture-inspired draping methods on both standard and custom-shaped body forms (which he also shows you how to make), David demonstrates how to adjust seams and armholes and add darts to achieve the right fit for each silhouette. Get inspired by the four distinctive, original step-by-step shirt design and construction projects that show a variety of classic and contemporary shirt and shirtdress styles you can make with the included patterns. Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit will give you the skills you need to get the right fit every time!

Beginner's Garden: A Practical Guide to Growing Vegetables & Fruit Without Getting Your Hands Too Dirty


Alex Mitchell - 2018
    Aimed at complete beginners, it de-mystifies the gardening process with sound practical and seasonal advice, lots of hints and tips for successful growing, delicious recipes, and fun weekend projects to help you make the most of your outdoor area, however small. This completely new kind of gardening book is ideal for first-timers who have busy working lives but still want to grow their own produce--without spending all weekend digging.

Crochet Loom Blooms: 30 Fabulous Crochet Flowers & Projects


Haafner Linssen - 2018
    In Crochet Loom Blooms, you'll find everything you need to get you started including:- Step-by-step guide to using a flower loom, plus detailed illustrations on crochet stitches that bring your flowers to life. - 30 unique flower motifs in a variety of shapes and styles--from simple and lacy to dense, multi-layers foliage, Crochet Loom Blooms has it all. - 5 fabulous projects and valuable tips and tricks from best-selling author Haafner Linssen that will have your home bursting with crochet loom blooms in no time!A garden of delight, you'll find yourself referencing Crochet Loom Blooms time again whether looking for specific instruction or a dose of inspiration.

The Complete Photo Guide to Hand Lettering and Calligraphy: The Essential Reference for Novice and Expert Letterers and Calligraphers


Abbey Sy - 2018
    There’s also an introduction to modifying and creating letterforms digitally, as well as practice sheets for the featured alphabets.   So whether you’ve never tried lettering before or you’d like to develop your skills and consider all your creative options, The Complete Photo Guide to Hand Lettering and Calligraphy will guide and inspire you on your lettering journey.

Wabi-Sabi Sewing: 20 Sewing Patterns for Perfectly Imperfect Projects


Karen Lewis - 2018
    This collection of 20 sewing projects for home decor and accessories is based on the popular Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi which celebrates the beauty in the ordinary and imperfect. The projects are grouped according to how we live, for example: living; sleeping; eating and exploring. Sewing and quilting expert and fabric designer, Karen Lewis, has used a limited palette of earthy tones and the best quality natural fabrics including linen, cotton, denim and wool to create a stunning collection of simple, sewn projects. Try out some simple wabi-sabi style sewing techniques such as hand hand piecing, sashiko embroidery, big stitch quilting, and visible mending to create unique items for your home whether it's a full sized bed quilt, simple coasters for your favourite mug or a stunning scarf to wrap up in.

Folk Art Fusion: Americana: Learn to draw and paint charming American folk art with a colorful, modern twist


Joy Laforme - 2018
    Rounding out the book is a gallery of folk-art pieces sure to inspire lovers of all things Americana. Simultaneously fresh and nostalgic, Folk Art Fusion: Americana draws on America’s rich artistic tradition and heritage and provides a fun, accessible take on creating beloved scenes from the heartland.

The Magic of Christmas to Cross Stitch: French Charm for Your Stitchwork


Véronique Enginger - 2018
    Many of the designs include multiple scenes and motifs, offering you hundreds of components to use in a myriad of ways. The elements of a cross-stitched Christmas are all here: wintry scenes, Father Christmas, toys, sparkling decorations, and children enjoying the anticipation! Along with the patterns, enjoy instructions for projects to show off your stitchwork, like a Christmas stocking, a gorgeous Advent calendar, gift cards, and a holiday ABC sampler. Scattered throughout are spirit-inspiring activities and holiday lore, like what the real Santa Claus Village in Finland is like, how the department store window display tradition began, and a recipe for German Christmas cookies.

I Love My Dog Embroidery: 380 Stitch Motifs for Dog Moms and Dads


Oksana Kokovkina - 2018
    Created by embroidery artist MakikoArt and six other amazing embroidery artists, this fanciful collection of stitch motifs celebrates all things canine, with a wide variety of breeds represented. With this lovely embroidery guide, you can create all manner of pups in embroidery and cross stitch, including:Dogs in costumes to celebrate holidays throughout the year: Halloween, Easter, and Christmas.Sporty pups skateboarding, parachuting, and ice skating, and dogs who are getting stuff done, like fetching the newspaper, carrying groceries, and holding a bone.Dogs doing what they do best—classic poses, postures, and tricks—including “roll over,” “give me your paw,” and the ever-popular “rub my tummy”Pooches disguised as people—the farmer, the artist, the businessman—and the sneaky but lovable mailman!Mutts stitched with unique accents, such as borders, frames, and alphabetsYou’ll also find guidance on how to customize a motif to fit your favorite Fido, plus a gallery of project ideas for showcasing your stitches. Grab a needle and some floss and transform your home and wardrobe from drab to double-dog fabulous!I Love My Dog Embroidery includes designs contributed by Chloe Redfern of Chloe Redfern Embroidery, Mia Alexi of How Could You? Clothing, Valentina Castillo Mora of Insanitynice, Miho Starling of mipomipo handmade, Anja Lehmann of Solipandi, and Elizabeth Dabczynski of Stitch People.

Draw Your Day Sketchbook: Making Ordinary Days Come to Life on Paper


Samantha Dion Baker - 2018
    The sketchbook paper is suitable for pencil, ink, watercolor, collage, and more, and the blank cover is fully customizable--make it your own! Created by artist Samantha Dion Baker, the Draw Your Day Sketchbook is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Visible Mending: Artful Stitchery to Repair and Refresh Your Favorite Things


Jenny Wilding Cardon - 2018
    Then rev up the sewing machine for fast mends that put the pedal to the metal. Even with a limited budget and not much time to spare, you can create eye-catching repairs with visible mending--35 examples and more than 150 photos make it easy to put your unique mark on everything you mend!

STEAM Play Learn: 20 fun step-by-step preschool projects about science, technology, engineering, art, and math!


Walter Foster Creative Team - 2018
      The acronym STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. At the preschool level, this doesn’t mean trying to teach your kids robotics and engineering, but rather presenting them with open-ended projects that allow them to problem-solve, make mistakes, get creative, and most of all, have fun.   While most preschool-age children are not yet reading, STEAM Play & Learn is meant to be child-driven. The images, illustrations, and projects are meant to appeal to kids of their age and abilities. Let them be the guide as you explore the projects in this book. Topics include symmetry and how light bounces to create reflections with mirror mandalas, diffusion and capillary action with tie dye towels, structural framing and bracing with marshmallow structures, and electrical currents with salty circuits. Other projects include:Color Mixing LabFrozen GoopSound TubesCitrus VolcanoesPaper Bag BlocksEgg Carton GeoboardsPool Noodle Marble RunPotions LabBalance ScaleSpin Art TopsMarble MazesTinkering SetPattern ProjectorsNewton’s CradleArt MachineLime LightThe projects in this book fall into three difficulty levels: Easy projects require parents and teachers to do nothing more than set out the materials and offer a challenge to children. A few of the easy projects will need parents to assemble components in advance of presenting them to kids. Medium projects will require some adult assistance while the project is underway. Children should be able to complete some of the tasks while stopping periodically for an adult to assist in a step. Difficult projects are meant to be adult-led. This is an opportunity for parents to encourage their child to offer problem-solving ideas along the way, giving children a chance to help and make suggestions. The cross-subject approach to learning in STEAM Play & Learn will prepare young children for the subjects they will soon learn in elementary school and beyond. These 20 projects will provide hours of fun education for both kids and parents!

Make It Easy, Cupcake: Fabulously Fun Creations in 4 Simple Steps


Karen Tack - 2018
    The 100+ recipes in Make it Easy, Cupcake will allow you to transform marshmallows into blooming daffodils and wafer cookies into airplane wings, use jelly beans for dragonflies and chocolate cookies as bat wings, and countless other ideas for creative cupcake confections...all in four easy steps.Start with a batch of plain cupcakes (made from scratch or store-bought) and follow the authors' illustrated instructions for decoration. Each recipe includes a complete list of ingredients and simple HOW-TOs for each step. From baby buggies to hot-air balloons, gingerbread men to the Loch Ness Monster, this is the go-to resource for the most creative, crowd-pleasing cupcakes ideas of all time. Enjoy!

Stardew Valley Cross Stitch


Gina Coleman - 2018
    Full-color, easy-to-read cross stitch patterns for over 300 items: includes farming, foraging, fishing, mining and combat essentials, as well as portraits and sprites of every bachelor and bachelorette.A beginner's cross stitching tutorial taught by Junimos!Glossary of handy cross stitching and crafting terms.Instructions for swapping colors to make your own unique designs.Tips & tricks for turning your finished stitch works into charms, pendants and other cute accessories and gifts.

The Art of Crochet Blankets: 18 Projects Inspired by Modern Makers


Rachele Carmona - 2018
    The Art of Crochet Blankets will help you create your own colorful crochet blankets as unique works of art for your home! Inside this one-of-a-kind crochet blanket guide you'll find:Details on how to translate art to hook with 18 bold and unique crochet afghan patterns influenced by the works of their feature artist.Modern quilts, fabric designs, tapestry weaving, digital art, and more become the source of one-of-a-kind projects for a more artful home.Biographies and beautiful photos profiling 6 inspiring modern makers--Tula Pink, April Rhodes, Maryanne Moodie, Fransisco Valle, Maud Vantours, and Caitline Dowe-Sandes. Discover the inspiration that lies beyond the world of crochet with The Art of Crochet Blankets.

How to Draw Almost Everything for Kids


Naoko Sakamoto - 2018
    From soccer balls to panda bears and rainbows to racing cars, this book not only makes kids feel successful at drawing, but is fun for all ages. With space to trace then try it freehand right in the pages, learn to draw all types of sweet:People, including faces, bodies, and with instructions to make a flip bookAnimals, including pets and wild animalsPlants, including flowers, leaves, trees, and even insectsFood, from fruits and vegetables to sweetsEveryday objects, from kitchen tools to toys and gamesIcons, for special days, special places, and even astrological signsHolidays and special occasionsAll kids, both young and grown, will enjoy improving their drawing skills with this step-by-step approach. Each book in the Almost Everything series offers readers a fun, comprehensive, and charmingly illustrated visual directory of ideas to inspire skill building in their creative endeavors.

Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs


Mary W. Kerr - 2018
    Quilt expert Mary W. Kerr joins 13 other textile historians to show why southern quilts have a distinctiveness setting them apart, including factors like their patterns, use of tiny pieces, and specific color choices. Learn how the South's quilting traditions developed among all socioeconomic levels, and in communities such as African American, Scots Irish, and German. The use of cotton, the prominence of making-do aesthetics, and other characteristics are discussed, with in-depth looks at topics like feed sack use and tricolor quilts. Explore the classic patterns of Crown of Thorns, Whigs' Defeat, and Double Wedding Ring. Enjoy regional treasures like Texas Rattlesnake, the Shenandoah Valley Farmers Fancy, and many more. This compilation includes quilts from every Deep South state, offering commentary, examples, and insights.

Winter Knits from Scandinavia: 24 Patterns for Hats, Mittens and Socks


Jenny Alderbrant - 2018
    There's nothing quite as cozy as multicolor stranded knitting--and with quick, fun projects, clear instructions, and easy-to-follow charts, it's never been simpler! Knit designer Jenny Alderbrant has collected 24 of her best-loved patterns for mittens, hats, and socks, with dozens of colors and delightful motifs that'll keep you warm all winter long. Try out time-tested classics like flowers and starry snowflakes, or get creative with cats, butterflies, and more, with these wild and wonderful winter knits!Easy-to-adjust sizes, for children and adults! Eye-catching designs to suit every taste, from traditional Scandinavian and Christmas patterns to unique renditions of adorable snails, charming foxes, and happy tulips. All kinds of decorative options: use your own favorite colors, add pompoms, or swap between faux-cabled brims, ribbed and unribbed cuffs, and picot edgings.

The Victorian Dressmaker: Making Victorian Clothes for Women


Izabela Pitcher - 2018
    A book of Victorian dress patterns and sewing techniques.

Pure Skin Care: Nourishing Recipes for Vibrant Skin Natural Beauty


Stephanie L. Tourles - 2018
    Now they can make their own at home, less expensively and with fewer additives.                           In Pure Skin Care, best-selling author and long-time formulator of natural products Stephanie L. Tourles shares her 78 all-time favorite recipes for facial cleansers and scrubs, masks, moisturizers, and steams, along with creams, balms, and exfoliants for the entire body, all formulated to meet the most up-to-date green beauty standards. Readers will find specialized formulas for feet, hands, and sun protection, along with instructions for customizing recipes for particular skin types and easy-to-make treatments for common skin conditions like rosacea, acne, and wrinkles. This book features soothing, pampering, healing, and restorative formulas for all ages and needs.

Beginning Color Mixing


Kimberly Adams - 2018
    Loaded with techniques on how to use and create color for vivid artwork, Beginning Color Mixing explains every key aspect of color mixing. You’ll see basic color theory, hue and saturation, value, temperature, and color relationships and learn to wield color to create mood and atmosphere. Each key concept is clearly explained, allowing you to master the core techniques and put them into practice immediately whether you’re working in oil, acrylic, or watercolor. Featuring plenty of step-by-step exercises and expert instruction,this is a resource no painter’s library should be without.

Garden Stitch Life: Embroidery Motifs and Projects to Grow Your Inspiration


Kazuko Aoki - 2018
    

Mandalas to Emboider: Kaleidoscope Stitching in a Hhoop


Carina Envoldsen-Harris - 2018
    By following the delicate, repeating patterns in these stunning motifs, you can soothe your mind, slow down and treat yourself to much-needed me-time and tranquillity.Each beautiful mandala is accompanied by simple stitch diagrams and keys, and a corresponding transfer sheet at the back for easy stitching. Smaller mandalas fit in the gorgeous mini Dandelyne(TM) hoops, and can be transformed into gorgeous necklaces, badges and brooches. The book includes an inspiring gallery of items you can embellish with your mandalas

Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design: A Quilter's Guide with Design Exercises, Step-By-Step Instructions & Patterns to Get You Sewing


Sarah Elizabeth Sharp - 2018
    With an annotated overview of the best FPP methods, countless tips, and 30+ paper-pieced quilt blocks plus 7 design exercises to put your skills to the test, you'll have the tools you need to thrive when confronted with any paper-piecing challenge!

Inspired Shawls: 15 Creative Patterns for Year-Round Knitting


Laura Zukaite - 2018
    These stylish, versatile designs will complement any outfit, formal or casual, while offering the warmth and comfort of a cloak. Perfect for any season, the patterns include varying yarn weights and textures that provide the pleasures of year-round knitting. Their unique designs, rendered in bold colors as well as in neutral shades, offer a rich assortment of knitting choices. Author Laura Zukaite was inspired in the creation of these shawls by the vibrant handicraft traditions she observed during her South American travels. Beautiful full-color photographs illustrate the patterns, which feature herringbone and cable stitches, ruffles, stripes, geometrics, and other eye-catching motifs in an array of gorgeous, hand-dyed yarns. The diversity and abundance of designs guarantee that this book is one that knitters will turn to time and time again for an inspiring range of patterns. "Great book with lots of beautiful shawl patterns! 5 stars!" — Wall-to-Wall Books

Mini Hoop Embroideries


Sonia Lyne - 2018
    Then, proudly frame your stitch art and turn it into wearable jewellery, necklaces, brooches and more.Beginner embroiderers and experienced stitchers short on time will love the small size of these hoops, as almost all the designs can be made in a weekend. Throughout, Sonia also gives you tips on colour variations as well as alternative hoop shapes you could use from her mini hoop kit, inspiring you to make these little designs truly your own!Whatever your style, there's something for everyone inside, making these teeny trinkets perfect little treats for loved ones (as well as yours truly)!

Low-Mess Crafts for Kids: 72 Projects to Create Your Own Magical Worlds


Debbie Chapman - 2018
    Glue, glitter, globs of paint—it all adds up to Mom and Dad assisting (let’s be honest, doing everything) with cleanup. But Debbie Chapman—the supermom behind One Little Project —keeps that freshly cleaned kitchen table in mind with tips to keep these tutorials as mess-free as possible. With tricks like twisting pipe cleaners into fun shapes to avoid glue and using brightly colored cups and patterned paper to avoid paint, Debbie shows that keeping it simple doesn’t mean play time has to be less fun. Low-Mess Crafts for Kids brings parents and caretakers solutions to the craft time conundrum. As well as being low-mess, all 72 of these awesome projects feature everyday items like pipe cleaners, pom poms and clothespins, which make playtime a cinch. And with step-by-step pictures, kids of any age can create something they can be proud of. Watch as little ones create their own enchanting worlds—whether they want to explore outer space with a Paper Plate Flying Saucer, race cars on a Poster Board Road Track, or create a whimsical fairy city with Paper Roll Fairy Houses, each craft promises to spark your child’s imagination while leaving you stress free and ready to play along.

Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods: 30 Engaging Designs for Beanies, Tams, Slouches, and More


Diane Serviss - 2018
    In this new collection, she includes hoods, beanies, slouches, and tams incorporating a variety of colorwork, texture, pom-poms, and cables. Each of the 30 patterns in this book offers something special to the knitter, and they are all knockouts!

51 Yarns To Spin Before You Cast Off


Jacey Boggs Faulkner - 2018
    Dial 'em in, crank 'em out, and check 'em off to join the spinning world's rank of joyful overachievers!

Dumpling Pups: Crochet and Collect Them All!


Sarah Sloyer - 2018
    These cute crochet pups include a splendid assortment of breeds — a corgi, dachshund, chihuahua, bulldog, Labrador retriever, and many other varieties. From Boris the Husky to Wendy the Boston Terrier, each collectible little dumpling comes with its own charming personal profile. You don't have to be an expert to crochet and collect these adorable doggies; the easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by full-color photos. The directions explain every stage of crocheting and assembly, from ears to tail, and bonus patterns include accessories such as a dog bed, food bowls, and more.

Print, Pattern, Sew: Block-Printing Basics + Simple Sewing Projects for an Inspired Wardrobe


Jen Hewett - 2018
    Printmaker and textile designer Jen Hewett presents her distinctive process for block-printing yards of fabric with garment sewing in mind. Explore the process of designing and printing fabric through step-by-step instruction on carving blocks and printing pattern repeats. Hewett makes creating custom, hand-printed fabric approachable and doable. Inspired by her California home, Hewett's designs reference the plants and landscape around her through botanical motifs, organic shapes, and a bold graphic quality. Paired with a playful use of color, the pattern designs here offer the perfect place to start with block-printing. Once you've printed your fabric, it's time to sew. With sewing patterns for simple garments and accessories, you'll discover the play between the fabric and finished project and work toward building a highly customizable wardrobe. With step-by-step photos, clear instructions, and full-size sewing patterns this is a complete guide to sewing clothes that truly reflect your style and personality.

Weaving Within Reach: Beautiful Woven Projects by Hand or by Loom


Anne Weil - 2018
    Weaving is a satisfying hobby for making home or clothing accessories that look plucked from your favorite stores. Here are Pinterest-worthy projects for creating earrings, clutches, pillows, wall hangings, and more, all organized by skill level. From complete beginner to intermediate, Weaving Within Reach allows you to craft at your comfort level, even if you don't yet know the difference between the warp and the weft.Lacking a loom? Most of the materials can be woven on found objects--such as an embroidery hoop or cardboard box--or achieved with a simple over-under pattern using no loom at all. As you progress, there are plenty of exciting designs for a frame loom to keep you inspired. With a detailed introduction, stunning lifestyle and step-by-step photographs, and a helpful resource section, Weaving Within Reach unravels the possibilities of the beautiful things you can make with your hands.

Collage Workshop for Kids: Rip, Snip, Cut, and Create with Inspiration from The Eric Carle Museum


Shannon Merenstein - 2018
    Within each chapter, Reggio-inspired author and teacher Shannon Merenstein will explore each technique with original ideas. Members of the museum's education staff offer expert advice on creating art with children. Everything you need to know about collage is in this book, making it a great reference for teachers, librarians, and parents.

Modern Patchwork Home: Dynamic Quilts and Projects for Every Room


Vivika Hansen DeNegre - 2018
    From quilts and runners to pillows and whimsical accessories, customizable carryalls to a cool yoga mat, you can create custom looks that showcase your favorite fabrics. Inside this must-have resource, you'll find:- Project instructions for 20+ inspiring modern quilting projects, including bed-size quilts, throw pillows, wall-hangings, and fun accessories that will add a little whimsy to any space. - Illustrated step-by-step tutorials explaining essentials skills and timesaving techniques. - Tips and tutorials on choosing fabrics, sewing better quilts, and more! Modern Patchwork Home includes everything you need to create custom modern home decor that showcases your one-of-a-kind style.

Japanese Stitches Unraveled: 160+ Stitch Patterns to Knit Top Down, Bottom Up, Back and Forth, and In the Round


Wendy Bernard - 2018
    Japanese Stitches Unraveled offers 150 rare patterns inspired by these elusive and intricate Japanese stitch designs, along with fully illustrated charts, familiar symbols, and clear instructions for every single stitch. Each stitch pattern receives Bernard’s unique four-direction makeover—topdown, bottom-up, back-and-forth, and in-the-round. To showcase the knitting in action, Bernard also includes instructions for six garments as well as her famous formulas for knitting without a pattern.

The Beer Option: Brewing a Catholic Culture, Yesterday & Today


R. Jared Staudt - 2018
    It offers a tour through Catholic history and Benedictine spirituality, illustrating how beer fits within a robustly Catholic culture.

Extraordinary Origami: 20 Projects from Contemporary North American Masters


Marc Kirschenbaum - 2018
    This book features 20 outstanding showpieces from contemporary American Grand Masters, including Neal Elias, Peter Engel, Michael LaFosse, Robert J. Lang, Jeremy Shafer, and more. Intermediate and advanced origami practitioners will discover how to create impressive paper folding sculptures ranging from frogs, bees, butterflies, and blackbirds to a giant panda, a classic harlequin, and a Santa Claus scene. Step-by-step folding sequences, specific instructions, and vivid color photographs are provided for each project. Illustrating a wide variety of artistic approaches, each masterpiece includes a QR code linking to a video tutorial with the artist.

By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering


Nicole Miyuki Santo - 2018
    In a world of screens and social media, people are constantly searching for ways to reconnect to the handmade and the authentic-to add a personal spark and a beautiful look to everyday objects and occasions. The art of modern lettering is a point of connection, a way of crafting letters and words into something that delights the eyes and feeds the soul. With unique projects, a gorgeous exposed spine and lay-flat binding, and an Instagram-worthy aesthetic, By Hand provides an inspirational jumping-off point for readers who want to incorporate lettering into a slower, more intentional lifestyle. Blending the aspirational and the instructional, By Hand brings the beauty of lettering beyond the page, through 30 distinct projects, from watercolor placecards to cozy pillows. Relatable lessons introduce readers to the essentials of lettering, including tools (brush pens, brushes, and paint pens), essential lessons, and developing a personal style, with the warm and welcoming approach of popular Instagram letterer Nicole Miyuki Santo. Encouraging lessons sprinkled throughout the book add a touch of mindfulness, while bright, airy photography and step-by-step lettered samples make this lovely volume a stunning approach to an on-trend pastime.

The Lego Christmas Ornaments Book, Volume 2: 16 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer!


Chris McVeigh - 2018
    These small and uncomplicated ornaments are quick to build and a joy to display.Readers can build 16 classic Christmas designs including a gingerbread house, Santa, reindeer, a snowman, a wreath, a poinsettia, and traditional shapes like baubles and modern geometric swirls. With easy-to-follow instructions and stunning full color photography, The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book, Volume 2 will help you spread some holiday cheer with LEGO in no time!

Watercolor Workshop: Learn to Paint in 100 Experiments


Sasha Prood - 2018
    Through 100 different experiments, artist Sasha Prood teaches you traditional techniques like wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, and flat washes, and also encourages you to play with the paint through colorful ombrés, unique bloom textures, and added elements like salt and sponging. Each experiment is accompanied by Sasha’s beautifully painted examples and space to practice your skills on the thick pages of the sketchbook. Sasha makes watercolors accessible by setting you up to paint a series of practice swatches before attempting to make final art and she emphasizes experimentation with color and technique so that you can learn to enjoy and embrace all the unique qualities of watercolor.