Garden Flowers Iron-On Transfer Patterns - (Dover Iron-On Transfer Patterns) by Claire Bryant (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 48Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkSeries Title: Dover Iron-On Transfer PatternsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Claire BryantLanguage: English About the Book Royalty-free floral transfer patterns in many sizes and styles -- 49 in all -- ready to press onto fabric and other media to provide the starting point for needlework and other projects. Book Synopsis Here is an outstanding collection of forty-nine beautiful copyright-free floral patterns ready to provide the all-important starting point for your next needlework or craft project, whether you plan to embroider designs on a tablecloth, applique a cushion or decorate a chair back. Simply remove the specially treated transfer pattern from the book, place it exactly where you wish it to appear on you fabric or other medium, press it with a warm iron, and the design will appear neatly in place, ready for you to begin work!Varying in size from big, bold hollyhocks and tiger lilies to smaller, more delicate sprigs of spring snowflakes and periwinkles, and including such specialties as a spray of daffodils and a basket of mixed flowers, the designs may be applied to fabrics, wood and most flat surfaces that absorb ink. Step-by-step instructions show you how to transfer a design (which may be reused several times) quickly and easily onto linens, clothing, wall hangings, cushions, furniture and much more. From the Back Cover Here is an outstanding collection of 49 beautiful royalty-free floral patterns ready to provide the all-important starting point for your next needlework or craft project, whether you plan to embroider designs on a tablecloth, applique a cushion, or decorate a chair back. Simply remove the specially treated transfer pattern from the book, place it exactly where you wish it to appear on your fabric or other medium, press it with a warm iron, and the design will appear neatly in place, ready for you to begin work!Varying in size from big, bold hollyhocks and tiger lilies to smaller, more delicate sprigs of spring snowflakes and periwinkles, and including such specialties as a spray of daffodils and a basket of mixed flowers, the designs may be applied to fabrics, wood, and most flat surfaces that absorb ink. Step-by-step instructions show you how to transfer a design (which may be reused several times) quickly and easily onto linens, clothing, wall hangings, cushions, furniture, and much more.
Homemade Holiday : Craft Your Way Through More Than 40 Festive Projects - by Sophie Pester & Catharina Bruns (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 143Genre: Crafts + HobbiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dk PubAuthor: Sophie Pester & Catharina BrunsAge Range: AdultLanguage: English
Decorative Birds Stained Glass Pattern Book - (Dover Stained Glass Instruction) by Linda Daniels (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 72Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Glass & GlasswareSeries Title: Dover Stained Glass InstructionFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Linda DanielsLanguage: English About the Book Stylized renderings of seventy-four royalty-free designs: snowy owl, canary, pheasant, peach-faced lovebird, ring-necked parakeet, parrot, masked lovebird, raven, more. A versatile sourcebook for other craft and graphic projects as well. Book Synopsis This volume offers the stained-glass worker 74 striking patterns for creating a variety of familiar and exotic birds. The subjects include such exotic avian specimens as the peach-faced lovebird, white-bellied caique, and Sulphur-crested cockatoo. Among the other birds depicted in easily workable patterns are the snowy owl, pheasant, raven, Gouldian finch, eagle, cockatiel, Mandarin duck, ring-necked parakeet, hummingbird, crane, quail, peacock, parrot, mynah bird, macaw, racquet-tailed kingfisher, and many other varieties.The clearly outlined and royalty-free patterns -- complete with identifying captions -- come in a host of shapes and configurations that make them a versatile resource not only for stained-glass work (panels, windows, lampshades, etc.) but for other crafts and graphic projects as well.
Introduction to Bookbinding & Custom Cases - by Tom Hollander & Cindy Hollander (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 208Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Book Printing & BindingFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Schiffer PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Tom Hollander & Cindy HollanderLanguage: English About the Book "The high quality of traditional bookbinding is renowned, and while apprenticeships are difficult to come by today, this step-by-step guide by expert hand-binders is the next best thing. Teaching you valuable beginning and intermediate level skills, the Hollanders explain the basics of the craft, then guide you through five projects: you'll master the pamphlet book style, the flat-back book, the round-back book, and the construction of slipcases and clamshell boxes for decorative book protection"--Adapted from dust jacket flap. Book Synopsis The high quality of traditional bookbinding is renowned, and while apprenticeships are difficult to come by today, this step-by-step guide by expert hand-binders is the next best thing. Teaching you valuable beginning- and intermediate-level skills, using their trademark hands-on approach, the Hollanders explain the basics of the craft, then guide you through five projects. Detailed instructions and photos help you to success. You'll master the pamphlet book style, the flat-back book, the round-back book, and the construction of slipcases and clamshell boxes for decorative book protection. Along with formulas to help you navigate making your own custom-size books, an extensive glossary of bookbinding terms and a list of resources offer ongoing support. A gallery of the authors' handmade books and boxes provides inspiration. About the Author Tom Hollander and Cindy Hollander are the owners of Hollander's School of Book & Paper Arts in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have taught book arts and supplied high-quality bookbinding supplies for more than twenty-five years.
Dorodango - by Bruce Gardner (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: FolkcraftsFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Laurence KingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Bruce GardnerLanguage: English About the Book "The exquisite Japanese hikaru dorodango, or shiny mud ball, is created by rolling earth by hand into a perfect sphere and polishing it until it gleams. Not only are the results truly impressive, but this calm and meditative practice, once a playground game, has been rediscovered as a peaceful pastime. Known for inducing flow, the ultimate state of happiness, this simple art is being adopted by people of all ages. Alongside beautiful photographs of the process, master dorodango maker Bruce Gardner covers every aspect of making and finishing your dorodango, accompanied by inspiring words on the mindful qualities of this earthy activity." --supplied by publisher. Book Synopsis The coolest thing you didn't know you needed to see. - Buzzfeed Artist Bruce Gardner is a master of [this] curious Japanese artform. - This is Colossal As featured on BoingBoing, National Geographic, and more! Explore the craft and technique of dorodango in master crafter Bruce Gardner's new book, Dorodango: The Japanese Art of Making Mud Balls. The Japanese hikaru dorodango, or shiny mud ball, is created by rolling earth by hand into a perfect sphere and polishing it until it gleams. Not only are the results truly impressive, but this calm and meditative practice, a traditional Japanese playground activity for children, has been rediscovered as a peaceful pastime for people of all ages. Known for inducing flow, the ultimate state of happiness, this simple art is perfect for those who enjoy practicing mindfulness, spending time in nature, and working with their hands. It's also a lovely way to preserve soil that is special to you, whether it reminds you of home or a place you've traveled. As your collection of dorodango grows, you'll find that earth from different locations each have their own unique properties and finishes. With beautiful photography and straight forward instructions, this handy guide will teach you everything you need to know to make your own mud balls at home with easily sourced materials. In addition to dirt and a copy of the book, you will need the following materials to make your own dorodango: - Shovel - Bucket - Sandbags for storing soil - Screens (a regular window screen will work) - Paint Straining Nets - Mixing Tub - Flat knife - Containers (shoe boxes, etc.) - Plastic bags - Clips or clothespins - Dust Masks - Mason Jar lid - A smooth piece of wood - Scale - Mortar and Pestle A wonderful gift book for fans of pottery and ceramic arts. About the Author Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bruce Gardner has not only mastered the art of making dorodango, but also added his own changes to the technique. He runs workshops on the process and has featured his work in a film with National Geographic.
Indigo - by Douglas Luhanko & Kerstin Neumuller (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 144Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: DyeFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Pavilion BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Douglas Luhanko & Kerstin NeumullerLanguage: English About the Book Explore the gorgeous possibilities of dyeing with indigo! This stunning and practical handbook takes you through it all: growing the plant; mastering warm or cold dyeing; making multicolored projects; and troubleshooting potential problems. Create intricate moyo-sashi and hitome-sashi embroidery, patchwork quilts, resist-dyed patterns, and more. Both beginners and experienced dyers will feel inspired to work with these innovative recipes and unique projects. Book Synopsis Discover indigo, one of the world's most popular plant-based dyes--and use it to enliven your own garments and crafts! Explore the gorgeous possibilities of dyeing with indigo! This stunning and practical handbook takes you through it all: growing the plant; mastering warm or cold dyeing with indigo, fructose, hydrosulfite, and fermented vats; making multicolored projects; and troubleshooting potential problems. Create intricate moyo-sashi and hitome-sashi embroidery, patchwork quilts, resist-dyed patterns, and more. Both beginners and experienced dyers will feel inspired to work with this wide range of innovative recipes and unique projects. About the Author Douglas Luhanko and Kerstin Neumüller run Second Sunrise, a raw denim menswear boutique in Stockholm. He also manufactures jeans at his own company, Blue Highway. Kerstin Neumüller is a men's tailor. She and Douglas Luhanko run the shop Second Sunrise in Stockholm.
Making Metal Jewelry - by Jen Cushman (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: JewelryFormat: PaperbackPublisher: North Light BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Jen CushmanLanguage: English About the Book Stamp, forge, form and fold your way to stunning metal jewelry! Discover the stunning beauty inherent in asymmetry, raw edges, rust and an intimate story as you explore the manipulation of metal your way. Jen Cushman will lead you step-by-step through 21 projects that unleash metal's wonderful potential for a style that is delightfully imperfec.. Book Synopsis Stamp, forge, form and fold your way to stunning metal jewelry!Discover the stunning beauty inherent in asymmetry, raw edges, rust and an intimate story as you explore the manipulation of metal your way. Jen Cushman will lead you step-by-step through 21 projects that unleash metal's wonderful potential for a style that is delightfully imperfect and organic. Even if you've never wielded a hammer before, Making Metal Jewelry will have you creating jewelry pieces you'll be proud to wear this weekend! Everything you need to know to get started right away awaits you inside.Explanations of different types of metal, wire, patinas, metalworking tools, soldering basics and more.Complete step-by-step instruction for a variety of jewelry pieces including earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants.Inspiring variations on several of the projects, and online links to additional project ideas.Begin your new relationship with metal today. Let Making Metal Jewelry unleash your metalworking potential and start creating jewelry that's authentically you. About the Author Artist, designer, and instructor at national mixed-media retreats, Jen's self-published book Explore, Create, Resinate: Mixed Media Techniques with ICE Resin won a Bronze medal in the 2011 Independent Book Publishers national book awards. Her art has been published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors Gifts Issue, WireWork magazine and the Crafts Channel of Lifetime Television's website. She writes for Belle Armoire Jewelry and CreateMixedMedia.com and is the Director of Education and Marketing for Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin. Website: http: //jencushman.com; Facebook: https: //www.facebook.com/pages/Jen-Cushman-Artist; Twitter: @JenCushman
Japanese Bookbinding - by Kojiro Ikegami (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 148Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Book Printing & BindingFormat: HardcoverPublisher: WeatherhillAge Range: AdultAuthor: Kojiro IkegamiLanguage: English Book Synopsis A third-generation traditional bookbinder gives easy-to-follow instructions for making all the major, historically important styles of Japanese bindings as well as traditional book cases--the custom-made folding boxes that afford handsome protection for Japan's exquisite books. The authoritative text, written by one of Japan's leading professional bookbinders, has been fully adapted for Western readers. Both American and Japanese suppliers of traditional tools and materials are provided and substitutes are recommended for items not readily available. For centuries the West has admired Japanese books, but only now can we make them ourselves and take full advantage of their creative possibilities. Stunning and practical, these bindings are ideal for preserving calligraphy, letters, artwork, and poems, for adding a distinctive touch to limited-edition books, and for use as diaries or gifts. About the Author Kojiro Ikegami, third generation in a line of professional bookbinders, is one of the few full-time practitioners of the craft in Japan. He has repaired innumerable antiquarian books, many designated as national treasures or important cultural properties, at his workshop in the Tokyo National Museum. In 1979 he received a distinguished government award--the Sixth Class Order of the Rising Sun--for his contribution to the conservation of significant books in Japan's history. Recently retired, he is succeeded by his son Yukio, who continues the family profession at the museum workshop and at their home studio in Tokyo.
'tis the Season Christmas Crochet - (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 64Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Annie'sAge Range: AdultBook theme: CrochetingLanguage: English About the Book "Decorate your home this Christmas with  festive designs. Ornaments, garlands, afghans, pillows, angels, snowmen, gift-card holders, and more are included in this book. Designs are made using mostly worsted-weight yarn, plus size 10 crochet cotton and bulky-weight yarn"--Publisher marketing. Book Synopsis Decorate your home this Christmas with 33 festive designs. Ornaments, garlands, afghans, pillows, angels, snowmen, gift-card holders and more are included in this book. Designs are made using mostly worsted-weight yarn, plus size 10 crochet cotton and bulky-weight yarn. About the Author Annie's is part of the third-generation Muselman family business, founded in 1925 and long known for original craft designs including crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting and needlework. Annie's books are sold through independent retailers and major chain stores worldwide. They are headquartered in Berne, Indiana.
210 Traditional Quilt Blocks - by Tuva Publishing (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 218Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Quilts & QuiltingFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Tuva PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Tuva PublishingLanguage: English Book Synopsis You will find blocks that range from innovative to traditional, whimsical to sophisticated, classic to unique! Combine the blocks to make any of the projects, from full-sized quilts to table toppers and baby quilts. With so many blocks to choose from, you're sure to find inspiration in this book. About the Author Tuva Publishing is an independent, international publisher of a wide selection of needlecraft books, all highly illustrated in full color since 2004. The books cover a range of subjects, including cross-stitch, embroidery, sewing, crochet, and knitting. They work with expert authors in their interest fields from around the world to offer the best quality titles to readers.
Easy Stained Glass Panel Lampshades - (Dover Stained Glass Instruction) by Anna Croyle (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 59Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Glass & GlasswareSeries Title: Dover Stained Glass InstructionFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Anna CroyleLanguage: English About the Book Original patterns for panel-style lampshades feature butterflies, dogwood blossoms, and other easy-to-replicate continuous designs. Some patterns include foil overlays; all offer beautiful but not overly detailed designs that ensure successful completion. Book Synopsis From delicate dogwood blossoms to hardy oak and maple leaves, this collection of stained glass lampshade patterns offers a glorious assortment of original designs. Beautiful but not overly detailed, the easy-to-replicate designs ensure a successful finished product for stained glass artists and hobbyists. The four-sided panel-construction shades, most of them four-sided, feature motifs that flow in a continuous fashion to form an overall pattern. Less rigid than the prairie style commonly associated with panel shades, the designs are much easier to re-create than the complicated Tiffany styles. Simple yet elegant patterns include foil overlays that add a special flair to the designs, which use standard-size vase caps that can be resized for a variety of bases.
Ombré Quilts - by Jennifer Sampou (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 72Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Quilts & QuiltingFormat: PaperbackPublisher: C & T PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Jennifer SampouLanguage: English About the Book Sew modern quilts that illuminate your life with the help of ombré fabrics. Easy large-scale piecing shows the entire ombré gradation, while smaller-pieced quilts let colors dance and glow in hundreds of hues, tints, and tones! With a single fabric containing subtle shifts from pale to dark, color feels exciting and new again. Jennifer Sampou shows you how to make the fabric work for you, with six brilliant quilt projects featuring her Sky Collection fabric. Book Synopsis Sew modern quilts that illuminate your life with the help of ombré fabrics. Easy large-scale piecing shows the entire ombré gradation, while smaller-pieced quilts let colors dance and glow in hundreds of hues, tints, and tones! With a single fabric containing subtle shifts from pale to dark, color feels exciting and new again. Jennifer Sampou shows you how to make the fabric work for you, with eight brilliant quilt projects featuring her Sky Collection fabric. About the Author Jennifer Sampou has designed more than 4,000 prints and sold millions of yards of fabric. She studied both design and textiles, working as a creative director for P & B Textiles before designing fabrics for Robert Kaufman. She lives in Orinda, California. Jennifersampou.com
The Little Book of Rock Painting - (Little Book of ...) by F Sehnaz Bac & Marisa Redondo & Margaret Vance (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: PaintingSeries Title: Little Book of ...Format: PaperbackPublisher: Walter Foster PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: F Sehnaz Bac & Marisa Redondo & Margaret VanceLanguage: English About the Book "Filled with creative prompts, practical exercises, and step-by-step projects, The Little Book of Rock Painting provides an interactive, creative approach to learning the art of painting on rocks and stones of all shapes and sizes. From choosing the right tools and materials to understanding the basics of using acrylic, paint pens, inks, and more, beginning artists will delight in the variety of techniques and designs at their fingertips."--Back cover. Book Synopsis Filled with creative exercises, art prompts, templates, and step-by-step projects, The Little Book of Rock Painting encourages interactivity for immediate results, while teaching beginners the fundamentals of the medium in an engaging and fun way. In The Little Book of Rock Painting, aspiring artists will discover how to gather and prepare their rocks to create masterpieces that are truly one with nature. Written and illustrated by three talented rock-painting artists, the book features a range of contemporary designs to experiment with, from patterns and animals to mandalas and dots. The instructions are easy to follow and invite creativity and originality. Grab your colors, head outside, and start painting beautiful works of art on stones! The Little Book of ... series focuses on delivering fun, approachable, and interesting art instruction in a fresh, portable format. With its contemporary design, open practice pages, creative exercises, and prompts that encourage interactivity, beginning artists learn the fundamentals of their craft, often with immediate results. Also available from the series: The Little Book of Sketching, The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design, The Little Book of Manga Drawing, The Little Book of Cartooning & Illustration, and The Little Book of Drawing Dragons & Fantasy Characters. About the Author Artist F. Sehnaz Bac is celebrated for her radiantly colorful and charming painted stones, which she sells on Etsy as I Sassi Dell'Adriatico (The Adriatic Stones). She is also the artist for three Brilliantly Vivid Color-by-Number books: Animal Friends, Flowers and Mandalas, and Birds and Butterflies. Sehnaz has more than 550,000 Facebook followers. She lives in Alba Adriatica, Italy, a small town on the Adriatic Sea.Artist and illustrator Marisa Redondo uses primarily watercolors and oils to create artwork inspired by nature. Growing up in the heart of San Diego, drawing was how she found a calm balance in the busy city. Currently based in Northern California, Marisa is fascinated by nature's creations and the little pieces of life that often go unnoticed, from the fine lines of feathers to the spores of a dandelion. Through watercolor, she explores the organic patterns and intricate details impressed on everything from the earth. Her paintings are a mix of the modern city she came from and the natural land where she now live. Learn more at www.riverlunaart.com.Artist Margaret Vance paints beautifully vibrant and colorful rock art full of intricate detail and pattern. As in nature, no two painted stones are alike. Each stone and its design is unique. Margaret works with each stone's shape, size, and texture to create a singular mix of art and nature. Learn more at www.etherealandearth.com.
The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting - by Sarah Veblen (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: SewingSeries Title: Complete Photo GuideFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Quarry BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Sarah VeblenLanguage: English About the Book ""Reference for sewers with step-by-step instructions for fitting test garments on the body, then transferring adjustments to paper patterns before cutting out and sewing the final garment"--Provided by publisher"-- Book Synopsis The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting is the ultimate reference for fitting test garments and transferring accurate adjustments to patterns. No matter what size or shape you are, wearing garments that fit perfectly makes you look and feel better. Rather than making commonly accepted changes to a commercial pattern, the method presented in this guide focuses on the way a test garment fits the body. The fabric is manipulated to improve the fit, and then those specific changes are made to the pattern. The result: patterns that fit perfectly!With The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting, you'll learn: The importance of a fitting axis and how to use it during a fittingHow to recognize fitting issues, such as drag lines and foldsHow to manipulate fabric to solve common and unusual fitting problemsHow to transfer the fitting changes to your pattern easilyBasic pattern-making skills to ensure accurate alterationsSee the fitting process from start to finish on basic garments, fitted on real people. Then follow fitting solutions on different body types. Hundreds of large color photos illustrate the techniques and concepts in simple step-by-step instructions. With these lessons, you will get the perfect fit for any body. About the Author Sarah Veblen is a custom fashion designer who focuses on creating clothing for her clientele and on teaching and writing to promote the craft of garment-making. For more than 25 years, Sarah has been designing and making clothing for her private clientele, specializing in fit, innovative pattern design, and quality construction. Her focus is on helping women create a wardrobe that is comfortable and compatible with their lifestyle. Dedicated to promoting sewing at all levels, Sarah enjoys immersing herself into her students' learning process. She teaches in her studio and other classroom venues, as well as online through PatternReview.com. She is also a frequent guest lecturer and regularly holds workshops for sewing groups and organizations across the country. Sarah has authored many articles and publications on sewing and design, including her books First Time Garment Fitting and The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting and writes her own blog. She has also made a series of instructional fitting DVDs, produced by Threads magazine, on skirt and bodice fitting and on making stylistic changes to a pattern. Sarah has a Certificate in Fashion Design from Baltimore City Community College and a BA from Stanford University. She is an active member of both the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (ASDP) and the American Sewing Guild (ASG). She lives in Phoenix, Maryland. See more of her work at sarahveblen.com.
Respect the Spindle - by Abby Franquemont (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 135Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Interweave PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: KnittingAuthor: Abby FranquemontLanguage: English About the Book With step-by-step instructions, this essential manual details the basic steps of using a hand spindle. Combining fascinating historical narratives with vivid photography, this all-encompassing tour of the spindle affirms the tool's enduring legacy. Book Synopsis Enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to the current trend of DIY crafts, the hand spindle remains one of the most productive, versatile, and convenient tools for creating stunning fiber arts from home, as this beautifully illustrated guide from a veteran spinner and spindle aficionado demonstrates. With step-by-step instructions, this essential manual details the basic steps of spinning and then advances to the more complicated spinning wheel, showing how to use the spindle to make specific types of yarn, explaining traditional spindle spinning techniques, and detailing five simple projects designed to instill confidence in creating a variety of yarns with this simple tool. Combining fascinating historical narratives, traditions, and cultures from around the globe with vivid photography, this all-encompassing tour of the spindle also boasts easy-to-follow, contemporary techniques and styles that affirm the tool's enduring legacy. Review Quotes A good introduction for those beginning to explore spinning, and a comprehensive guide to technique for experienced spindlers. - Library Journal I have a decent assortment of spinning books, including some excellent ones that focus on spindles, but this book blows them away. - KnittingScholar.com A great choice for those new to spinning and those who might feel cheated because their budget--or their living arrangements--make a wheel an impossibility. - About.com Guide to Knitting Be prepared to have cliched thoughts about spindles and spinning on spindles blasted out of the water. Abby Franquemont has given spinners a encyclopedic gift on the topic of spindles. In a single volume, she will change the way you look at, think about and use...spindles. - Knitty.com The instructions are very well done, nothing is rushed and there are good photos of everything you need. I'd happily recommend this to a beginner. - YarnMaker Respect the Spindle is really lovely. It's perfect if you've always wanted to spin but were intimidated by spinning wheels because it makes the whole process a lot more elemental. Perfect for even the novice spinner! - The Purl Bee Abby Franquemont says spinning with a spindle can get you any kind of yarn you want; a spinning wheel never needs to be in your house if you don't want it. She makes this argument--and proves the point nicely--in her book Respect the Spindle. - About.com It's a comprehensive guide to using a drop spindle and it starts at the very beginning, which is perfect for a total novice like me. - Canadian Living craft blog About the Author Abby Franquemont was raised in the United States and the Andes, where she was taught to spin on a spindle at the age of five. She has been spinning, knitting, weaving, and crocheting for more than thirty years. She is a fiber artist, teacher, technical editor, and writer whose work has appeared in Spin-Off, Spindlicity, and Twist Collective. She lives in Lebanon, Ohio.
Colorful Toys That Stack, Rock, and Roll - by Dmitry Bogomazov (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 28Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Wood ToysFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Fox Chapel PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Dmitry BogomazovLanguage: English About the Book From scroll saw artist Dmitry Bogomazov comes this exciting guide to making Colorful Toys that Stack, Rock, and Roll! Ranging from beginner to intermediate, each project is whimsical, stackable, and fun, from a rainbow house to a rolling hippo toy! Featuring plans and instructions for seven scroll saw projects to make durable and interactive wooden toys, also included in this booklet is guidance on preparation, cutting, and finishing. Book Synopsis Make simple and super fun wooden toys for kids! From talented scroll saw artist Dmitry Bogomazov comes this exciting guide to making Colorful Toys that Stack, Rock, and Roll! Ranging from beginner to intermediate, each project is whimsical, stackable, and fun, from a rainbow house to a rolling hippo toy. Featuring plans and instructions for seven different scroll saw projects to make durable and interactive wooden toys, also included in this booklet is helpful guidance on how to prepare the materials, cut the projects, and apply the colors and finishes.
Hand Quilting with Alex Anderson - (Quilting Basics S) (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 40Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Quilts & QuiltingSeries Title: Quilting Basics SFormat: PaperbackPublisher: C & T PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Alex AndersonLanguage: English About the Book Anderson, host of HGTV's "Simply Quilts", offers quick and easy projects that will appeal to beginning stitchers and seasoned quilters alike. 73 color illustrations & 11 patterns. Book Synopsis Learn traditional hand quilting on your choice of 6 small projects. Detailed photos show how to quilt in all directions and customize your quilting stitch. Instructions for left-handed and right-handed quilters. Important Note about PRINT ON DEMAND Editions: You are purchasing a print on demand edition of this book. This book is printed individually on uncoated (non-glossy) paper with the best quality printers available. The printing quality of this copy will vary from the original offset printing edition and may look more saturated. The information presented in this version is the same as the latest edition. The original version of this book came with a CD. You can access the full content of this CD online at C & T's website.
Crochet Patterns for Dummies - (For Dummies) by Susan Brittain (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 296Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkSeries Title: For DummiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: For DummiesAge Range: AdultBook theme: CrochetingAuthor: Susan BrittainLanguage: English Book Synopsis This hands-on workbook gets you crocheting fashionable, fun designs in a focused, step-by-step mannerWould you like to learn to crochet? Already know the basics, but would like to stretch your crocheting skills? From scarves and sweaters to hats and handbags, you can create beautiful, useful designs with ease using Crochet Patterns For Dummies. From choosing the right hooks and yarn and crocheting basic stitches to joining pieces together, this easy-to-follow guide will have you hooked in no time. You get a review of the basic stitches and stitch combinations, along with a concise appendix containing easy-to-follow instructions for working these stitches. You'll find plenty of tips on changing colors and adding shape to your projects. Plus, you get full-color photos of every project--from potholders to afghans, belts to table runners, skirts to vests, and much more. You'll also discover how to: Decipher crochet lingo Make a gauge swatch, read a pattern, and understand garment sizing Work with the most common stitches and stitch patterns Crochet in the round or with color Shape a design through increasing or decreasing stitches Use new techniques like felting and working with wire Crochet pictures and words using the filet crochet technique There are also quick-and-easy designs that are great for kids to make, as well as handy hints on caring for your finished items. Featuring more than 50 fantastic patterns perfect for beginners or those wanting to take their skills to the next level, Crochet Patterns For Dummies is your one-stop guide to crocheting success! From the Back Cover Get kids involved with quick and easy designs From scarves and sweaters to hats and handbags -- create beautiful crochet designs with ease Want to get a handle on crocheting? Know the basics, but don't know where to go from there? No problem! This hands-on workbook gets you crocheting useful, fashionable designs in a focused, step-by-step manner. From choosing the right hooks and yarn and crocheting basic stitches to changing color, shaping, and joining pieces together, this easy-to-follow guide will have you hooked in no time. Plus this friendly guide features full-color photos of every project and over 50 fantastic patterns perfect for beginners or those wanting to stretch their crocheting skills! Discover how to: Make a gauge swatch, read a pattern, and understand garment sizing Work with the most common stitches and stitch patterns Crochet in the round or with color Use new techniques like felting and working with wire Crochet pictures and words using the filet crochet technique About the Author Susan Brittain is a pattern designer and former assistant editor of Crochet Fantasy magazine.
Create with Cork Fabric - by Jessica Sallie Kapitanski (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: SewingFormat: PaperbackPublisher: C & T PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Jessica Sallie KapitanskiLanguage: English About the Book Sew seventeen projects, from bags and accessories to home decor. Learn how easy it is to work with cork fabric from the designer behind Sallie Tomato, Jessica Kapitanski. Book Synopsis Elevate your sewing with a bagmaker's secret--cork fabric! Learn how easy it is to work with cork from the innovative designer behind Sallie Tomato patterns. Sew seventeen projects from purses and pouches to gorgeous accessories and home decor. Using only regular sewing tools, you'll love adding cork fabric accents to everything. Cork comes in a rainbow of colors, and it's eco-friendly, maintenance-free, pliable, and hypoallergenic--making it the irresistible choice for all sorts of handmade gifts. About the Author Jessica Sallie Kapitanski founded her sewing business, Sallie Tomato, while pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship. Her innovative designs and products aim to attract the next generation of sewing enthusiasts. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. sallietomato.com
Concrete Crafts - by Susanna Zacke & Sania Hedengren (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Pottery & CeramicsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Skyhorse PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Susanna Zacke & Sania HedengrenLanguage: English About the Book Decorate your home with concrete poured, mixed, and molded by your own two hands! Book Synopsis Pouring concrete doesn't have to be left to the professionals. Versatile, inexpensive, and easily casted, concrete is the perfect medium for crafters, tinkerers, and home improvers. Now, lifelong crafters and interior designers Susanna Zacke and Sania Hedengren reveal more than thirty of their favorite, no-fuss casting projects. Decorate your kitchen table or outdoor patio with: Rhubarb leaf fruit bowlsClustered candleholders Birdbaths Patterned pots Flower vases And much more!Once you get started, you won't want to stop making trinkets and ornate arrangements for friends, family, and each room in your house. Plus, crafting with concrete is a great way to get outside and enjoy a beautiful, sunny day. Featuring step-by-step photos, easy-to-follow directions, and Susanna and Sania's expert tips, Concrete Crafts is the ultimate guide to outdoor crafting. Pour out your creativity and discover the beautiful, practical items you can cast! Review Quotes Although the word concrete doesn't generally conjure images of whimsy, the projects in Concrete Crafts are just that: delightful, creative additions to a house or garden, and best of all, surprisingly easy. Authors Zacke and Hendengren introduce the reader to the concepts of casting concrete: mixing, molding, reinforcing, insetting decorations, and treating. Thirty-two step-by-step projects follow, including a precious brood of tiny duckies molded from an ice cube tray and a stunning set of modern kitchen shelves. The beauty of this book is that after the short introduction, the reader is well-equipped and encouraged to create concrete projects of their own design.--Katie Jackson, author of Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture: 20 Step-By-Step Projects Anyone Can Build About the Author Susanna Zacke is a stylist and journalist specializing in handicraft and interior decoration. She is the co-author of sixteen books on interior decoration, including The Whimsical Home, all of which aim to stimulate the decorator's imagination. Her books have been translated into seven languages worldwide. Zacke resides near Stockholm, Sweden.Sania Hedengren is a stylist and journalist specializing in handicraft and interior decoration. She is the co-author of sixteen books on interior decoration, including The Whimsical Home, all of which aim to stimulate the decorator's imagination. Her books have been translated into seven languages worldwide. Hedengren lives near Stockholm, Sweden.
Aran Knitting - (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) by Alice Starmore (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 214Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkSeries Title: Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, LaceFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultBook theme: KnittingAuthor: Alice StarmoreLanguage: English About the Book Revised, expanded edition of expert guide encompasses a history of Aran knitting; complete workshop in technique and design; 60 charted patterns for the original 14 designs, many reknit in contemporary yarns; including a new design. Color photographs. Book Synopsis The definitive guide to designing and knitting in the Irish Aran tradition, this highly sought after book returns to print after a decade's absence in a revised and expanded version. The author of many knitting classics, Alice Starmore is internationally renowned as a knitwear designer and an expert on knitting technique. In this guide, she presents a fascinating history of Aran knitting and an analysis of the traditional style, in addition to a complete workshop in technique, pattern, and design. Highly recommended by Library Journal, this volume offers step-by-step instructions, photographs, and drawings. It provides complete directions and charted patterns for the original edition's fourteen designs -- many of them reknit in contemporary yarns -- plus a new design. Patterns include the St. Brigid, one of the author's most popular hand-knitted designs, which represents a step forward from Aran knitting into the realm of Celtic design. Brilliant color photographs depict all of the finished caps, sweaters, and shawls. Sixty easy-to-read charted patterns guide readers through the design process and encourage the development of unique patterns. Beginners and experienced knitters alike will cherish this comprehensive guide to a beloved craft. About the Author An acclaimed textile designer, author, artist, and photographer, Alice Starmore is a native of Scotland's Isle of Lewis. Starmore has taught and lectured extensively throughout Britain, Europe, and the United States. She has written 16 books and countless magazine articles, and her classic Book of Fair Isle Knitting is the work that introduced Americans to the popular traditional technique. 4 Questions with Alice Starmore: An Exclusive Dover Interview Alice Starmore has a fascinating tale to tell. We spoke to the author of the #1 crafts bestseller Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting about her knitting background, professional start, and more. Clearly, knitting is a deeply ingrained facet of the culture of Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Did your mother teach you to knit? My mother taught me to knit when I was very young. She was a dressmaker as well as a knitter and our house was a place of constant creativity. I was also born at a time when most women knitted as a matter of course, and I had three aunts who had been fisher girls in their youth and were experts at making traditional fishermen's gansies. I understand that your first language is Gaelic -- do you still speak it?Yes I still speak Gaelic. The Isle of Lewis, where I live, is in the Outer Hebrides -- the heartland of Gaelic and the only place where you will hear the language in everyday use. How did you get your start professionally?I designed a small collection of knitwear in 1975 and successfully sold it in London boutiques. It was featured in a national newspaper and from that small beginning my knitting career evolved in ways that were quite unimaginable to me when I began. Your books are known and loved around the world, and you've adapted design elements from the textile arts of many countries into your repertoire. Are you still discovering new aspects of knitting and fabric arts from other cultures?I am interested in everything. I find inspiration in all aspects of the world around me. There is enough inspiration in the natural world on my doorstep to last many lifetimes. I am also inspired by art, culture, history, science and music. My own culture features widely in my design work but I have always been interested in other cultures and in other places. My main problem is that I cannot possibly live long enough to produce work from the amount of ideas that come into my head.
Papercutting - by Patricia Moffett (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: PapercraftsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Schiffer PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Patricia MoffettLanguage: English About the Book "Clear, paper-art-focused explanations teach you the principles of mathematics we see in nature, including the Golden Angle and Golden Spiral, Fibonacci numbers, and symmetry. Learn about using flaps and piercings with various projects, including 'A murmuration of starlings.' Benefit from lessons in the Japanese art of kirigami and geometric principles with projects such as 'Falling Water' and Sunflower.' Tesselations and 2-D weaving, 3-D form assembly, woven 3-D forms, and stacked layers come into play for 'Radiolarian' and 'Sea urchin'--Back cover. Book Synopsis These 25 projects show how ammonites, lichen rosettes, honeycomb, and other natural forms can help you apply the rules of mathematics to create complexly beautiful works. Clear, paper-art-focused explanations teach you the principles of mathematics we see in nature, including the Golden Angle and Golden Spiral, Fibonacci numbers, and symmetry. Learn about using flaps and piercings with various projects, including "A Murmuration of Starlings." Benefit from lessons in the Japanese art of kirigami and geometric principles, with projects such as "Falling Water" and "Sunflower." Tesselations and 2-D weaving, 3-D form assembly, woven 3-D forms, and stacked layers come into play for "Radiolarian" and "Sea Urchin." The role that display plays in your work is covered too, including flexagons in the "Undersea Frieze," black light in "UV Jellyfish," and lightbox effects in "Diatoms."Art really does mirror nature, as these fascinating cut-paper sculptures show. About the Author Patricia Moffett is a designer and illustrator focusing on technological and time-based media. Her work ranges from prize-winning surface pattern design to work on the West End musical adaptation of Bend It Like Beckham. She is the author of Enchanted Kirigami.
Cards That Pop-Up, Flip & Slide - by Michael Jacobs (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 95Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: PapercraftsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: North Light BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Michael JacobsLanguage: English About the Book Dynamic new ideas for your handmade cards Dazzle your friends and loved ones with the one-of-a-kind projects in Cards that Pop Up, Flip & Slide. A few simple cuts and folds are all it takes to create over twenty cards and envelopes with moveable parts. From pop-up trees to flipping leaves and sliding message panels, the mechanism that make thes... Book Synopsis Dynamic new ideas for your handmade cardsDazzle your friends and loved ones with the one-of-a-kind projects in Cards that Pop Up, Flip & Slide. A few simple cuts and folds are all it takes to create over twenty cards and envelopes with moveable parts. From pop-up trees to flipping leaves and sliding message panels, the mechanism that make these cards spectacular are easy to re-create or adapt to whatever suits your fancy!Everything you need to get started is inside, including clear instruction, easy-to-follow patterns and introductory information on tools, materials and techniques. And every card featured is designed to fit inside a standard A-2 or #10 envelope, so mailing is as easy as sealing, stamping and addressing. Tips, tricks and ideas for personalization help you create unique cards that their recipients will remember for a long time to come.
Cast On, Bind Off - by Leslie Ann Bestor (Spiral Bound)
Number of Pages: 215Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkFormat: Spiral BoundPublisher: Storey PublishingAge Range: AdultBook theme: KnittingAuthor: Leslie Ann BestorLanguage: English About the Book This one-of-a-kind reference guide presents more than 50 techniques for creating the perfect edge for any knitting project. Book Synopsis Discover the perfect beginning and ending for every knitting project! Detailed instructions for each technique are combined with step-by-step photography to help you create edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, or lacier. No matter what you're knitting, Leslie Ann Bestor has the cast on and bind off that will give your project the perfect edge. From the Back Cover Elegant Edges for All Your Knitting Projects If you're still using the cast-on and bind-off methods you learned when you began knitting, it's time to explore new possibilities! Leslie Ann Bestor's creative edges are just what you need to begin and end every project with flair. Choose from among 33 cast ons and 21 bind offs to give your next project the perfect edge. Review Quotes "Step-by-step instructions and accompanying close-up photographs are the perfect format for this go-to guide. You'll be amazed at what you've been missing!" "In the era of YouTube, how useful is a print guide to knitting cast-ons and bind-offs? Very, especially if you're designing your own knits, looking for alternate cast-ons or bind-offs to change an existing pattern, or trying to choose among a variety of options in a pattern. [Leslie Ann Bestor's] collection is comprehensive and well organized, and the directions are easy to follow."-- "The Oregonian""Knitting teacher and fiber artist Bestor turns this deceptively simple topic into a fascinating read... This is a great reference for the knitter looking to customize her own projects, and is an ideal companion for anyone who dares to try her own hand at design."-- "The Oregonian""The very best knitting books are the ones that educate, inspire and open up new knitting worlds. As so it is with Cast On, Bind Off, a terrific new reference book that walks knitters through more than 50 -- I'll repeat that, because it merits it -- more than 50 ways to start and end your projects. ... And that, folks, is why every blessed one of us needs this book. Like, now. ... I've seen a number of these techniques elsewhere, but never all of them together, and absolutely never in such a clear, easy-to-use format. This is a must for any knitter's library. You'll go back to it time and again, and you'll never again have a glorious project wrecked by the wrong technique. (Anyone who's ended up with a too-tight bind off on a sweater neck knows what I'm talking about.) Buy the book. Your knitting will thank you, and you'll thank Leslie Ann Bestor for writing Cast On, Bind Off." --The Oregonian's knitting blog, OregonLive.com -- "Margaret Radcliffe, knitting designer, teacher, and author of Circular Knitting Workshop""This spiral-bound book is a gem, chock-full of techniques to improve your knitting projects from start to finish. I love the organization of the book ...In addition to the handy spiral binding - so great when you're trying to follow along - there are photos of every step of the techniques, plus photos of projects using the techniques. Paws up! -- Austin American Statesman's knitting blog, Knittin' Kitten -- "Judy Becker, Author of Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy's Magic Cast-On"
Peanuts Cross-Stitch - (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 80Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Running Press AdultAge Range: AdultBook theme: Cross-StitchLanguage: English About the Book "Inspired by the comic strip PEANUTS by Charles M. Schulz." Book Synopsis Peanuts Cross-Stitch brings Charles M. Schulz's best-loved comics and characters -- from Charlie Brown to Snoopy -- to the crafting space, with easy-to-stitch designs, classic quotes, and enchanting art. This charming craft title pairs the simple pleasure of cross-stitch with the enduring appeal of the Peanuts gang. With some of the most beloved characters of all time, Peanuts is a consistent source of joy and inspiration for readers of all ages. Peanuts Cross-Stitch brings this treasured brand to the world of crafts, with more than 15 stitchable designs -- including playful portraits of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and Woodstock, as well as classic quotes from Charles M. Schulz's iconic comic strips. This timeless pastime -- both traditional and trending -- can be done by crafters of every skill level, and is uniquely suited to the strong, graphic images associated with the Peanuts characters. With full-color patterns and spot illustrations, Peanuts Cross-Stitch is as attractive as it is practical. And with an introduction to the characters, as well as an overview of the basics of cross-stitch embroidery, this title is both a treasure for the Peanuts fan and a source of calming, easy-to-complete activities. About the Author Charles M. Schulz's (1922-2000) Peanuts comic strip debuted in 1950 and went on to become the most widely read comic strip in the world, with an audience of 355 million people in seventy-five countries. It ran in 2,600 newspapers and was published in twenty-one languages. Anna Fleiss is a digital media specialist living in LA. She has a BA in Visual Media Studies from Emerson College, and has been nominated for an Emmy award for her reality television work.
Weaving Within Reach - by Anne Weil (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 192Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Weaving & SpinningFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Clarkson Potter PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Anne WeilLanguage: English Book Synopsis Modern weaving projects like you've never seen--within easy reach of anyone. 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. Review Quotes Expanding her crafting knowledge, [Anne's] new book focuses on weaving with 30 various projects where beginners and more seasoned weavers can make anything from soft baskets to plush blankets and more cozy crafts. --Martha Stewart Living Anne Weil's new book is the exact dose of creative inspiration we've been needing. Weaving Within Reach is a weaving book for stylish and modern makers, bursting with functional, earthy projects we want to fill our homes with. Forget the big box retailers, next time you want to add something woven to your decor, try making it yourself! With this book, it's easier than you think.--Camille Styles This book covers a wide variety of techniques and materials, and patiently explains every step. Anne Weil does an amazing job of making each project seem totally doable and approachable--even if you're a beginner!--Gabrielle Blair, DesignMom Weaving Within Reach not only includes gorgeous styling, but it also has a wider range of woven projects for your home and wardrobe--something that was still missing from the market.--Rachel Denbow, author of DIY Woven Art: Inspiration and Instruction for Handmade Wall Hangings, Rugs, Pillows and More! This is all beginner-level weaving . . . but with lots of interesting and polished results. It's beautifully photographed and quite inspiring. So you may see me dabbling soon! --Karen Templer, Fringe Association If you've always wanted to weave, but were intimidated by the complexity of floor or table looms, this is the perfect introduction!--Sonya Philip, 100ActsofSewing.com Anne cleverly teaches weaving techniques in the most surprising ways. You'll turn each page and gasp! Seriously. Like this little bunny that is literally made from a square of woven yarn. Simple, playful, modern--you'll want to make everything!--Amanda Kingloff, author of Project Kid: Crafts That Go! We cannot get over how gorgeous this book is! We love that Anne has taken the weaving trend and brought new projects to the scene, not just the typical wall hangings (though we love those too!). Weaving Within Reach is filled with beautiful projects that anyone can learn to make . . . no matter what level you're at, there are great projects to inspire you to get creating!--The Merrythought Weaving Within Reach is simply stunning . . . the projects are amazing. I want to make everything in the book. --Lisa Solomon, artist and author of Knot Thread Stitch: Exploring Creativity through Embroidery and Mixed Media About the Author ANNE WEIL is the creator of the blog Flax & Twine and a designer of patterns that have been published by Martha Stewart, Design*Sponge, Sweet Paul, Mollie Makes, Apartment Therapy, and the Huffington Post. The author of Knitting Without Needles, Anne teaches knitting classes nationwide at art retreats and local yarn stores and online at Creativebug.com and Craftsy.com. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her family.
Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom - by Syne Mitchell (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 296Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Weaving & SpinningFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Storey PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Syne MitchellLanguage: English About the Book The craft of weaving is more accessible and affordable than ever with the rigid-heddle loom. This essential handbook unlocks the little tabletop loom's full potential with step-by-step photographs, innovative techniques, and contemporary projects. Book Synopsis Rigid-heddle weaving is simple to learn, is easy to master, and offers a lifetime of possibilities to discover! Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom covers everything rigid-heddle weavers need to know about the craft, from the basics -- how to select a loom, set it up, and get started -- to a wide variety of fun techniques that yield beautiful results. Begin by exploring a variety of weave structures, including finger-manipulated laces, tapestry, and color play with stripes, plaids, and multicolor yarns. Then move on to more complex designs and irresistible projects, from pillows and curtains to bags, shawls, and even jewelry. Explore warp-face patterning, weft-pile weaving, weaving with fine threads, woven shibori, shadow weave, and the textural effects you can create with different yarns and with wire and conductive thread. Everything you need to know is here, with fully illustrated step-by-step instructions to ensure success. From the Back Cover Versatile, Portable, Affordable Rigid-heddle looms extend a friendly invitation to all weavers, novice and expert alike. Crafters will be thrilled by the possibilities: satisfying tapestry and transparency projects, bead weaving and e-textiles, and dramatic effects using simple finger-manipulated techniques. Adding a second or third heddle allows for more complex weaving, such as overshot, shadow weave, and very fine threads. Syne Mitchell's essential guide explores the full capabilities of these tabletop looms, covering all the basics and offering an amazing array of projects. Review Quotes "Knitters, beware: Syne's book will make you a weaver. " -- Cat Bordhi, author Versatildes "Inspiring, fresh ideas with excellent step-by-step photos." -- Betty Linn Davenport, author Textures and Patterns for the Rigid Heddle Loom "I've been wanting this book and I didn't even know it! It makes me want to drop everything and weave -- NOW." -- Sarah Anderson, author The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs "Concrete information that all levels of weavers need to know now or in their future weaving lives." -- Peggy Osterkamp, author Weaving for Beginners "Here is the go-to handbook for every rigid-heddle weaver. Especially groundbreaking is Syne's easy-to-follow method for translating 4-shaft weaves to the rigid-heddle loom, including twill, shadow weave, overshot, and more." -- Madelyn van der Hoogt, founder The Weavers' School; former editor Weaver's and Handwoven magazines "An inspiring and comprehensive resource that holds the hands of beginners and challenges advanced rigid-heddle weavers with a broad range of techniques." -- Jane Patrick, creative director Schacht Spindle Company; author The Weaver's Idea Book
Upcycling Books - by Julia Rubio (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 144Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Upcycling & RepurposingFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Schiffer PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Julia RubioLanguage: English About the Book "Bookworms derive great pleasure from the simple act of reading. But what happens when a book is old or damaged and no longer in a fit state to be read? Through 20 do-it-yourself projects, Upcycling Books: Decorative Objects gives your tattered friends a new lease on life. With simple techniques and common household materials, you can upcycle an old atlas, dog-eared comics, or an obsolete set of encyclopedias. Projects include party decorations, a woven basket, a smartphone charger, a mail organizer, a secret storage box, and an origami lampshade. Links to videos show a process or technique in detail, while templates can be printed for use. More than 30 variations and suggestions will further inspire you. Don't let old books gather dust; give them a new purpose with Upcycling Books." -- Book Synopsis Bookworms derive great pleasure from the simple act of reading. But what happens when a book is old or damaged and no longer in a fit state to be read? Through 20 do-it-yourself projects, Upcycling Books: Decorative Objects gives your tattered friends a new lease on life. With simple techniques and common household materials, you can upcycle an old atlas, dog-eared comics, or an obsolete set of encyclopedias. Projects include party decorations, a woven basket, a smartphone charger, a mail organizer, a secret storage box, and an origami lampshade. Links to videos show a process or technique in detail, while templates can be printed for use. More than 30 variations and suggestions will further inspire you. Don't let old books gather dust; give them a new purpose with Upcycling Books.
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Rag Rugs, Pillows, and More - by Elspeth Jackson (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: RugsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: CicoAge Range: AdultAuthor: Elspeth JacksonLanguage: English Book Synopsis In this stunning new book, young crafter Elspeth Jackson reinvents the old (and somewhat forgotten) technique of rag rugging to create contemporary and sustainable homeware items from leftover fabrics. In this stunning new book, young crafter Elspeth Jackson reinvents the old (and somewhat forgotten) technique of rag rugging to create contemporary and sustainable homeware items from leftover fabrics. You'll be amazed at how simple and enjoyable it is to upcycle old and well-loved garments into beautiful rugs, pillows, artworks, bags, and other gifts, using just a few basic tools and some simple techniques. The book is arranged into three chapters: Home includes a selection of projects for fun and easy rugs in a range of colors and styles, as well as a shaggy pillow, draft excluder, wall hanging, and chalkboard frame. Gifts has wonderful ideas for unique items that you can make for friends and family, from a clutch bag to flower hair clips and even a brooch. Finally, Seasonal will inspire you to turn your strips of fabric into decorations and gifts to use at certain times of the year, from a rag-rugged heart for Valentine's Day, to an unusual spring wreath, and some gorgeous Christmas baubles. With lavish color photographs and clear, step-by-step instructions and artworks, crafters of all ages will enjoy making these projects. A comprehensive section at the start of the book covers everything you need to know about which fabrics to choose, what tools you will need, and what the essential techniques are, allowing you to discover how to update this traditional craft with endless possibilities of color and fabric combinations. About the Author Elspeth Jackson has been a lover of crafts all her life but knew she'd stumbled upon something truly special when her mother taught her how to rag rug at the age of 14. In 2014, Elspeth left her job in marketing and founded her company Ragged Life (www.ragged-life.com) to sell rag rug homeware, fashion, and art full time. She now sells rag rug kits, takes rag rug commissions, and runs rag rug workshops across the UK. She prides herself on making rag rugging accessible to everyone and bringing this age-old British craft into the twenty-first century with manageable, contemporary designs. She has established herself as one of the leading rag ruggers in the UK and is now regularly featured in craft and lifestyle magazines at home and abroad.
101 Patchwork Patterns - (Dover Quilting) 2nd Edition by Ruby S McKim (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Quilts & QuiltingSeries Title: Dover QuiltingFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Ruby S McKimLanguage: English About the Book Patchwork patterns with complete instructions for cutting and sewing quilts. Various designs diagrammed and described include flower designs; rainbow designs; Irish chains; fish, bird, and leaf designs; and more. Book Synopsis This is one of the finest of all the available books on the making of patchwork quilts. The author is recognized as having been one of our country's leading authorities on this venerable art, and in this book she divulges many a secret that will assist you in making quilts of the highest quality.The book contains over 100 patchwork patterns, with complete instructions for cutting and sewing. All conceivable sorts of designs are diagrammed and carefully described: flower designs, rainbows designs, Irish chains, fish and bird and leaf designs. The book shows you, step by step, all the details of making each kind of quilt: it covers choice of pattern, piece vs. patch quilting, simple and complex quilts, choice of quilt materials, interlining materials, lining and thread materials, cutting and piecing, the applique process, various methods of setting together, quilt sizes, borders, scallops, flounces, valances, straight line and close shell quilting, methods of stamping, perforated quilting patterns, quilting the quilt, putting into frames, quilting in a small space, embroidery quilts, and many other topics.The book is written in an entertaining manner. The author weaves a great deal of rosy humor into the lining of her instructions, as well as some interesting facts about the history of quilting, quilt materials, patterns, and some really choice folklore about the origin of the highly ingenious names of the patterns: Monkey Wrench, Road to California, Lafayette Orange Peel, Drunkard's Path, and Crossed Canoes, to name a few.The book is not technical in any sense of the word. You can use it to make beautiful quilts provided only that you know the fundamentals of sewing.
Patchwork Animals - by Sheila Leslie (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 32Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkFormat: PaperbackPublisher: AnniesAge Range: AdultBook theme: CrochetingAuthor: Sheila LeslieLanguage: English Book Synopsis Everyone loves a cute and cuddly stuffed animal, and this pattern includes 12 of them! A great way to use up your scrap worsted-weight yarn. Designs include a frog, giraffe, lion, sheep, pony, monkey, cow, teddy bear, pig, kitty, puppy, and an elephant. Finished Size: range from 12"T to 21"T. Page Count: 52 Skill Level: Easy to intermediate About the Author Sheila Leslie is the author and designer of Itty Bitty Animals. She lives in Oshawa Ontario, Canada.
The Farmer's Wife Homestead Medallion Quilt - by Laurie Aaron Hird (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Quilts & QuiltingFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Interweave PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Laurie Aaron HirdLanguage: English About the Book The bestselling author of The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt shares the next installment of this beloved series. Full instructions for sewing this queen-sized sampler quilt, featuring 64 six-inch and 56 eight-inch blocks, are included. Book Synopsis Best-selling author Laurie Aaron Hird of The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt shares the next installment of this beloved series. A few years before Ada Melville Shaw's death in 1937, she wrote--and The Farmer's Wife magazine published--a seven-part series of articles about her homesteading adventures. It is this series of articles that come to life in The Farmer's Wife Homestead Medallion Quilt. Master of traditional quilting, Laurie Aaron Hird has used Ada's writings to inspire the 120 classic quilt blocks that surround a stunning center medallion. Full instructions for sewing this queen-sized sampler quilt, featuring 64 six-inch and 56 eight-inch blocks, are included. The Farmer's Wife Homestead Medallion Quilt templates for paper-piecing and rotary cutting are provided in a ready-to-print, easy-to-download PDF, available through url provided. Travel back with Laurie and Ada to 1910s Montana where a homesteading pioneer woman inspired a contemporary quilt for the modern age. About the Author LAURIE AARON HIRD is passionate about quilting, hand embroidery and her porch view of the beautiful Wisconsin countryside. She is the author of the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt series and The Bible Sampler Quilt.
Knitting Without Tears - (Knitting Without Tears SL 466) by Elizabeth Zimmerman (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkSeries Title: Knitting Without Tears SL 466Format: PaperbackPublisher: Simon & SchusterAge Range: AdultBook theme: KnittingAuthor: Elizabeth ZimmermanLanguage: English Book Synopsis From Elizabeth Zimmermann, who "revolutionized the art of knitting" (New York Times), the classic knitting bible that removes the frustration and puts the fun back into knitting with easy-to-follow instructions and timeless designs. Do you love to knit--and hate to purl? Have you ever started a sweater without enough yarn from the same dye lot to finish it? When you cast on, do you end up with a tail of yarn that's maddeningly too long or too short? Elizabeth Zimmermann comes to the rescue with clever solutions to frustrating problems and step-by-step instructions for brilliant, timeless designs. In Knitting Without Tears, you'll find elegant designs for: Color-pattern Norwegian ski sweaters Seamless patterned-yoke sweaters Hooded garter-stitch jackets for babies Watch caps, socks, slippers, mittens, and more! This classic and influential book is poised to inspire a whole new generation of knitters who have yet to discover the joys and comforts of knitting. As the lady herself once put it, "properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." Review Quotes The New York Times [Elizabeth Zimmermann] brought a penetrating intellect and a sculptor's sensitivity to revolutionizing the ancient art of knitting.Vogue Knitting Elizabeth taught us to trust our instincts, revel in our creativity and above all, find joy in the simple act of knitting. About the Author Elizabeth Zimmermann (1910-1999) was born near London, England, and attended art school in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Munich, Germany, before immigrating to the U.S. in 1937. Frustrated by magazine editors who translated her conversational knitting instructions into abbreviated code, she started her own knitting newsletter and launched Schoolhouse Press, a mail-order business that still sells knitting supplies, books, and videos under her daughter Meg Swansen's guiding hand. In the mid-1960s she hosted The Busy Knitter, a nationally syndicated public television show, and by the early 1970s had become an icon of the knitting world. This and her three lively instructional books -- Knitting Around, Knitter's Almanac, and Knitting Workshop -- are treasured by knitters around the worl
So. Many. Stickers. - (Pipsticks+workman) (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 50Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: ScrapbookingSeries Title: Pipsticks+workmanFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Workman PublishingAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book Packed with 2,500 tiny, bright, colorful stickers, here is the book every sticker lover needs in their collection. Trendy subjects (high-top sneakers, retro cameras, flowers) and the pure pleasure of number and size make this sticker book totally irresistible. Book Synopsis 50 pages x 50 stickers per page = 2,500 bright, beautiful stickers for any occasion! There's no such thing as too many stickers, and this GIANT collection ticks alllllll the boxes. Add them to your stash, use them in your planner, decorate snail mail, or share with your besties!
Creative Paper Cutting - by Cheong-Ah Hwang (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 191Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: PapercraftsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: GMC PublicationsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Cheong-Ah HwangLanguage: English Book Synopsis An ancient art with a contemporary edge. Treat yourself to an inspiring adventure that begins the moment you open Creative Paper Cutting by artist Cheong-ah Hwang. You'll find yourself immersed in the fantastical world of paper cutting: the delicate craft of creating original, intricate artworks by folding, layering, and snipping beautifully textured papers into amazing designs. 15 projects to capture your imagination. This exquisite book offers everything you need to become thoroughly inspired and utterly proficient in this popular craft. It will tempt you with 15 irresistible projects created by one of today's outstanding paper sculptors. Here's your chance to create intricate art that can adorn walls, serve as greeting cards, or be showcased in a number of innovative ways. Advice from a self-taught paper sculptor. Drawing on her considerable experience, Cheong-ah guides you through each project with her straightforward, friendly approach, aided by step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow photographs. Comprehensive in scope, Creative Paper Cutting includes full details on all the essentials: tools, materials, and techniques for cutting and sculpting along with methods for displaying your paper-cutting art. Cut loose and enjoy the delightful art of paper cutting! With simple tools, a few sheets of beautiful paper, and this how-to book you can learn this beautiful art form that dates back centuries, but fits beautifully into contemporary life. About the Author Korean-born, Ohio-based artist Cheong-ah Hwang has been working in paper since 2000, producing beautiful sculptures by folding and layering. Entirely self-taught, Cheong-ah's intricate paper sculptures are gaining international recognition. This is her first book.
Korean Metal Art - by Komelia Hongja Okim (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 256Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Metal WorkFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Schiffer PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Komelia Hongja OkimLanguage: English Book Synopsis The first book to offer not only detailed examples and history, but step-by-step instruction on the legendary metalworking traditions of Korea. These techniques, with beginnings in the 3rd century, are legendary in the art world, but information on how the breathtaking effects are created in the studio has been difficult to find until now. Crafted gold, silver, jade, and other materials are brought to life in 400+ photos, including Korean pieces (now in museums) that have through the centuries expressed the pinnacle of each method. Each chapter also focuses on works produced from 1980 through 2017 by modern metalwork experts, including artists from North America, showing how they incorporate traditional methods with modern working methods. Includes instructions for 15 techniques, including 24K gold overlay on silver (keum-boo or geumbu), line inlay on iron and copper works (kkium ipsa), chasing and repousse (tachul), enameling (chilbo), jade nephrite carving and inlay (oak ipsa), and many more. About the Author Komelia Hongja Okim has presented more than 130 lectures and workshops on Korean metal techniques internationally and has taught for over 40 years. She received three Fulbright grants. Her works are in collections at several museums, including the Museum of Arts & Design, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Renwick Gallery.
Seasonal Slow Knitting - by Hannah Thiessen (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 192Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkFormat: HardcoverPublisher: ABRAMSAge Range: AdultBook theme: KnittingAuthor: Hannah ThiessenLanguage: English About the Book "Slow Knitting introduced crafters to a process of more mindful making through ﬁve basic tenets: source carefully, make thoughtfully, think seasonally, experiment fearlessly, and explore openly. Now, this seasonal approach encourages knitters to delve deeper into those concepts, applying them to everyday making through a series of essays, projects, and patterns that explore the life of a knitter throughout the year. Organized similarly to a seasonal planting guide or farmer's almanac, each chapter and section is designed to identify and encourage small ways that knitters may begin to employ noticeable change: organizing your yarn stash, carving out time for knitting, and starting on that baby blanket in a timely manner. The ideas explored here add up to a fuller, more mindful year, all through the joyful experience that is knitting."--Provided by publisher. Book Synopsis A guide to knitting, making, and living a slow and thoughtful lifestyle all year long Slow Knitting introduced crafters to a process of more mindful making through ﬁve basic tenets: source carefully, make thoughtfully, think seasonally, experiment fearlessly, and explore openly. Now, this seasonal approach encourages knitters to delve deeper into those concepts, applying them to everyday making through a series of essays, projects, and patterns that explore the life of a knitter throughout the year. Organized similarly to a seasonal planting guide or farmer's almanac, each chapter and section is designed to identify and encourage small ways that knitters may begin to employ noticeable change: organizing your yarn stash, carving out time for knitting, and starting on that baby blanket in a timely manner. The ideas explored here add up to a fuller, more mindful year, all through the joyful experience that is knitting. About the Author Hannah Thiessen is an experienced knitter, knitwear designer, teacher, and author of Slow Knitting. She lives in Nashville.
Fantasy Designs Stained Glass Pattern Book - (Dover Pictorial Archives) by Carolyn Relei (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 60Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Glass & GlasswareSeries Title: Dover Pictorial ArchivesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Carolyn ReleiLanguage: English About the Book Here are 69 striking images of fairies, fire-breathing dragons, half-human figures, phoenix, and more. Ideal for a variety of art and craft projects. Book Synopsis This practical treasury of imaginative stained glass designs incorporates a host of fantasy figures. Attractively displayed in circular, oval, and rectangular configurations are 69 striking black-and-white images of delicate fairies, fire-breathing dragons, half-human figures, a unicorn, phoenix, and other fanciful creatures.Enhanced with flowers, clouds, and detailed backgrounds, the easy-to-use patterns are not only ideal for window panels, mobiles, and lampshades but also will also work well in wall hangings, needlework projects, and as dramatic graphics for a variety of print assignments. Fantasy buffs and hobbyists alike will delight in the choices.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Beading & Making Jewellery - by Ann Kay & Lucinda Ganderton (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 215Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: JewelryFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Lorenz BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Ann Kay & Lucinda GandertonLanguage: English About the Book Creative projects from beadwork and feltmaking to mosaics and glasswork, with 1700 step-by-step photographs.
The Jeweler's Studio Handbook - by Brandon Holschuh (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 176Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: JewelrySeries Title: Studio HandbookFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Quarry BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Brandon HolschuhLanguage: English Book Synopsis Master the art and craft of metal jewelry making in your own home studio! Great jewelry is original, well-designed, and -- with the right tools -- can be created at home by the aspiring artist. The Jeweler's Studio Handbook guides you through the process of equipping your own jewelry studio and teaches you the techniques that will have you crafting one-of-a-kind metal jewelry in no time. Artist Brandon Holschuh walks you through planning your work space, selecting tools and materials, mastering basic metalwork techniques, and applying your new skills to twenty original pieces. In addition, The Jeweler's Studio Handbook encourages novel design, good organization and fearless experimentation, ensuring it will remain an invaluable resource for jewelry artists for years to come. Invites you into the world of the home jewelry artist, from workbench to galleryTeaches fundamental jewelry-making techniques -- hammering, soldering, riveting, and more -- in full-color photographsIllustrates the steps for crafting twenty beautiful pieces of metalwork jewelry, including rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendantsFeatures gallery-quality jewelry from dozens of contributing artists About the Author Brandon Holschuh has been a jeweler for nearly 20 years and maintains an active jeweler's studio in Concord Township, Ohio. He is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, The American Craft Council and the Society of Arts and Crafts. An accomplished exhibitor, winning numerous awards and merits, he maintains a demanding, year-round show schedule. In between shows, he teaches the fundamentals of jewelry fabrication to students in small class groups in his studio and holds workshops at nearby art centers. Visit www.brandonholschuh.com for more information.
Why French Women Wear Vintage - by Alois Guinut (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: FashionFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Mitchell BeazleyAge Range: AdultAuthor: Alois GuinutLanguage: English Book Synopsis The French way to an eco-conscious, super-stylish wardrobe from Paris-based style coach Aloïs Guinut.Stylish women everywhere are realizing the environmental damage of fast fashion on the planet and looking for new ways to dress that don't involve cramming the wardrobe with clothes that may never get worn. As Paris-based style-coach Aloïs Guinut explores in this invaulable book, French women have a lot to teach us about how to cherish the planet without sacrificing your style: - Know what works for you.- Buy less and buy better.- Mix vintage items with a few wisely chosen modern pieces.- Look after what you have and make it last.- Seek out quality fabrics that don't poison the environment. About the Author Aloïs Guinut studied fashion at the prestigious Institut Français de la Mode (French Institute of Fashion), founded by former business partner of Yves St. Laurent, Pierre Bergé. She has previously worked as a fashion trend forecaster and now runs her own personal shopping and style coaching service, giving advice to women from outside of France on Parisian style and designers. Aloïs has been featured in Le Figaro and the Observer and interviewed by BBC Radio 4. Her first book, Dress Like a Parisian, was published by Mitchell Beazley in 2018.
Ceramics - by Duncan Hooson & Anthony Quinn (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Pottery & CeramicsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Firefly BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Duncan Hooson & Anthony QuinnLanguage: English About the Book "A comprehensive guide and reference, covering all you need to know about creating ceramic work: materials and tools, design, forming techniques, firing and glazing, and professional practice."-- Book Synopsis A comprehensive and ambitious workshop reference for amateur, student and professional ceramicists. Illustrated with more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, this comprehensive workshop reference brings together a vast range of skills, techniques and technical data in one volume to provide an essential look-it-up resource. The book is organized into eight parts with 63 topic chapters on creating ceramic work and running a professional workshop. The book includes: 1. Materials, Tools, and Process -- The raw material clay, varieties available and uses; directory of equipment and tools with skill level ratings; making a "beginner's kit"; setting up a workshop; health and safety; overview of the ceramic process. 2. Forming Techniques -- Forming techniques, from hand-building to wheel-throwing, lathe and whirler turning; computer-aided design; order of work. 3. Prefiring Surface Decoration -- Color and texture, including slip, direct screen printing, burnishing. 4. Firing -- Choosing a kiln; options from electric kilns to experimental processes; kiln diagrams. 5. Glazing -- Protecting ceramic surfaces, glaze recipes and application methods. 6. Post-glaze Surface Decoration -- Screen and digital printing, enamels, lusters, and more. 7. Design -- Finding inspiration and recording it in a technical drawing which others can use. 8. Professional Practice -- Setting up a studio, pricing, photography, promotion, exhibiting, commissions. Ceramics: The Indispensable Guide is a comprehensive and valuable resource for ceramicists at all levels. About the Author Duncan Hooson is a professional ceramicist who has worked extensively as an artist-in-residence in schools, hospitals and on community projects. Anthony Quinn is a design consultant working in ceramics, glass, wood and metal. He is the author of The Ceramics Design Course.
60 Machine Quilting Patterns - by Pat Holly & Sue Nickels (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Quilts & QuiltingSeries Title: QuiltingFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Pat Holly & Sue NickelsLanguage: English About the Book Here are 60 patterns specifically designed to make machine quilting quick and easy. Included are traditional feather designs, florals, geometrics, corners and borders, and many more. 162 b & w illustrations. Book Synopsis In recent years, the case and convenience of machine quilting has made it increasingly popular with needleworkers. Now you can choose from this convenient collection of 60 patterns, specifically designed to make machine quilting quick and easy. Included are traditional feather designs, florals, geometrics, corners and borders, and many more. The patterns are accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams on machine stitching and other essentials. The result is a handy, highly useful archive of patterns and instructions for quilters at all levels of expertise who enjoy the speed and practicality of machine quilting. From the Back Cover In recent years, the case and convenience of machine quilting has made it increasingly popular with needleworkers. Now you can choose from this convenient collection of 60 patterns, specifically designed to make machine quilting quick and easy. Included are traditional feather designs, florals, geometrics, corners and borders, and many more. The patterns are accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams on machine stitching and other essentials. The result is a handy, highly useful archive of patterns and instructions for quilters at all levels of expertise who enjoy the speed and practicality of machine quilting.
New Lace Knitting - by Rosemary Hill (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Interweave PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: KnittingAuthor: Rosemary HillLanguage: English Book Synopsis A fresh, modern take on classic lace knitting! When it comes to stunning lace knitting, there are few names more synonymous with the craft than Romi Hill. Her designs have made by thousands of knitters and her latest creations in New Lace Knitting will have you racing for your needles and skeins of yarn to cast on beautiful, artful, sophisticated pieces. These 19 garment and accessory designs will reawaken your love of traditional lace knitting by using classic stitch patterns in fresh ways--whether you're creating shawls, cardigans, pullovers, or wraps. Through these pieces, you'll be treated to the incredible versatility of lace: how stitch patterns change in different weights of yarn, how you can use that stitch pattern sparingly or for your whole project, and how little knitterly details make a lace project truly elegant, whether it is for every day or special occasion. You may be familiar with knitting lace, but this is New Lace Knitting! Review Quotes "New Lace Knitting is a beautiful collection of garments and accessories presented in a unique way. Each chapter focuses on a classic lace stitch or motif. This stitch is then used in all the pieces (usually 3) within that section. It's stunning and beautiful and inventive." --Heather Zoppetti Designs "New Lace Knitting is a fresh, modern take on classic lace knitting!... New Lace Knitting also features lovely and bright, clear photography. The patterns are well written and easy to follow and have charts and written instructions...knitters of all generations and skill level would enjoy this lovely collection of lace patterns!" --Very Shannon "Rosemary has created a book of cohesive lace designs that incorporate some common lace motifs, but use them in new and unexpected ways." --Knit and Travel and Such "There are two words in the knitting world that mean magic, Romi and Lace... New Lace Knitting is exactly what you would expect from Romi. She challenges you to not just knit well but to love what you are making, to craft something you are proud of, and to take a deep breath and enjoy the whole process... This book will delight you and inspire you." --Yarn Yenta "Romi Hill is one of my favorite designers, especially for lace. She has a way of making yarn disappear into a cohesive sheet of etched beauty." --Clara Parkes, Knitter's Review "Her designs are beautiful; the lace is integrated, matched perfectly to each piece and looks effortless... All of her lace is beautiful, but never too precious or hard to knit that you wouldn't wear it. Her patterns are so well planned and executed that they are a joy to knit." --knitty.com "Romi has created beautiful projects, each of which looks carefully at the lace stitch used, the yarn, the color, the drape of the fabric and of course, the fit of the finished garment. Romi gets these elements right every time." --Nancy Marchant "Full of beautifully conceived garments with unusual and very flattering shapes, they give Rosemary an opportunity to translate her aesthetic into the third dimension. We are treated to a host of feminine, wearable designs for work, relaxation, and after hours." --Anne Hanson, Knitspot "...she has a way of knitting lace that makes you wonder, how does she do that?" --Tanis Knits "Lace is perfect this time of year because ... instant ventilation! We love, love, love the Williwaw cardigan with its asymmetric closure ... and the Manzanita tee, with its lace yoke and picot hem, which can go from the mountains to the Met, depending on how you style it. There are nineteen patterns here-garments, shawls, scarves, hats-all making us ache to doff our fishermen's knits in favor of those that let the sun shine in." --Vogue Knitting About the Author Rosemary (Romi) Hill learned to knit lace in 2005, and that kindled her true passion for fiber and needles! Romi is the author of Elements of Style: Knit & Crochet Jewelry with Wire, Fiber, Felt & Beads, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, among them Knitty, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, and Twist Collective. Find out more at designsbyromi.com.
The Double Dangerous Book for Boys - by Conn Iggulden (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9.8 Inches (H) x 7.4 Inch (W) x 1 Inch (D)Weight: 1.8 PoundsNumber of Pages: 304Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Nature CraftsFormat: HardcoverPublisher: William Morrow & CompanyAuthor: Conn IgguldenAge Range: AdultBook theme: FatherhoodLanguage: English About the Book The Dangerous Book for Boys took readers by storm and became an instant classic, selling nearly two million copies. Iggulden has at last put together a second wonderful collection that is the essence of boyhood. Book Synopsis From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dangerous Book for Boys comes the long-awaited sequel - another action-packed adventure guide featuring full-color illustrations, perfect for dads, grads, and boys of all ages.The Double Dangerous Book for Boys is a treasure trove of the essential activities and skills that have defined generations of boyhoods, from building a treehouse to fishing to finding true north.Designed with the same nostalgic look and feel as the first book, this companion volume includes more than 70 new chapters and important skills, fascinating historical information, and captivating stories, including: How to pick a padlockMaking a Flying MachineTying a Windsor KnotAdvice from Fighting MenQuestions About the LawChess OpeningsMaking PerfumeMaps of Historic Empires: British, Ottoman, Genghis, Persian, Medes, Babylonian, AlexanderGreat SpeechesForgotten ExplorersHow to Wire a Plug and Make a lampWriting a Thank You LetterPolishing ShoesParents looking to reduce screen time and rediscover the great outdoors can use this book to fill weekend afternoons and summer days with wonder, excitement, adventure, and fun--learn to build go-carts and electromagnets, identify insects and spiders, and fly the world's best paper airplanes.This charming and practical guide, packed with hundreds of full-color charts, maps, diagrams, and illustrations, will ignite the imagination and stimulate curiosity, and provide grandfathers, fathers, sons, and brothers the opportunity to deepen their bonds. Conn Iggulden has at last put together a second wonderful collection that is the essence of boyhood.
Successful Serging - by Beth Ann Baumgartel (Spiral Bound)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: SewingFormat: Spiral BoundPublisher: Quarry BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Beth Ann BaumgartelLanguage: English Book Synopsis This "at your fingertips" reference contains hundreds of techniques and tips for making the most of the serger, or overlock, machine--a versatile and speedy tool for stitching garments and home decor.Readers will learn how the serger works, the many styles available, and the variety of functional and decorative stitches possible. There are also easy-to-find-and-follow charts--of thread choices, must-have accessories, and best stitches for a range of fabric types. This book is an easy-reference collection of basic techniques, tips, and helpful information for anyone who is learning about or already owns a serger. About the Author Beth Baumgartel has written and edited sewing technique and project books for Vogue Patterns, Butterick, Taunton, Home Sewing Association, Family CircleCrafts, and many other crafts publishers. She is also the author of Successful Serging (CPi). She lives in Madison, Connecticut.
Woodcarving Magic - by Bjarne Jespersen (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: WoodworkFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Fox Chapel PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Bjarne JespersenLanguage: English About the Book Caution: Mind boggling woodcarving projects! If you thought carving the linked chain or the ball-in-cage was a challenge, get ready for Bjarne Jespersen and his mind-altering woodcarving projects! Bjarne is a master woodcarver from Denmark and has spent his life studying geometric form. In this book, he shares over 25 amazing designs and projects for woodcarving. From flat rings, to linked cages, to magic spheres and beyond--this is a book that will keep woodcarvers challenged for a long time! Each projects includes detailed diagrams illustrating the carving process along with notes from the author about the composition and design. The book includes information about this tradition of woodcarving and a detailed appendix. Book Synopsis Caution: Mind boggling woodcarving projects! If you thought carving the linked chain or the ball-in-cage was a challenge, get ready for Bjarne Jespersen and his mind-altering woodcarving projects! Bjarne is a master woodcarver from Denmark and has spent his life studying geometric form. In this book, he shares 29 amazing designs and projects for woodcarving. From flat rings, to linked cages, to magic spheres and beyond-this is a book that will keep woodcarvers challenged for a long time! Each project includes detailed diagrams illustrating the carving process along with notes from the author about the composition and design. The book includes information about this tradition of woodcarving and a detailed appendix. From the Back Cover There is a school of mathematical art that explores the frontiers of what is possible in a given space, and author Bjarne Jespersen is a master of this art. In Woodcarving Magic, he will show you how to uncover the structure of space by looking inside pieces of wood and carving away anything that doesn't match your vision. With more than 25 designs for carving "tricky objects" with connected parts that are loose, yet cannot be taken apart, you'll learn to craft astonishing linked cages, knotted rings, and more. You'll learn how to get started with advice on choosing wood, selecting tools, and preparing blanks. Woodcarving Magic has projects for both the beginner and the experienced carver, featuring step-by-step diagrams and detailed instructions that break down the process into achievable steps. Those with engineering minds will enjoy the author's explanations of his creative geometric methods. Those with mathematical minds will marvel at how beautifully art and math come together. And those who enjoy woodcarving will find challenges to strengthen their skills and will appreciate the novel forms presented. Review Quotes Woodcarving Magic by Bjarne Jespersen is subtitled "How to Transform a Single Block of Wood Into Impossible Shapes" and includes instructions pocket-sized "gizmos" such as puzzles, cages, spheres, chain-links and more -- with geometric explanations of how they work.One of this reviewer's earliest memories is of two wood carvings that sat on a cabinet in grandma's bedroom. Shaped like little towers, they had wooden balls held captive inside cavities along their length. Everyone marvelled at them, trying to see a crack, a mark, anything that would prove that the balls were introduced to their cages, for surely, surely, they could not have been carved there. How much more would they have marvelled, had they been able to see the work of Bjarne Jespersen. Where those old carvings might have seemed unlikely, the convoluted shapes of Jespersen's carvings seem absolutely incredible. The piece shown on the cover of his book is representative of the projects for which Jespersen gives instruction, but it is by no means the most complicated. Despite the title of the book, there is nothing magical about the work, though it seems so, for all these wondrous pieces are carved from a single block of wood. Early in the book, there are clues as to how these remarkable pieces were developed, The author confesses to an adolescent interest in solid geometry and a life long interest in what he terms 'recreational mathematics'. These are unquestionably important attributes for anyone wishing to design something like the Inverted Great Tetraknot. Fortunately, the same background is not required of the reader. At the beginning of Chapter 4, the author writes: 'Plenty of the projects in this book can be carved by following the drawings and instructions.' One might imagine that this will be enough for many readers, but Jespersen appears keen to recruit others to his level of the discipline, providing guidance in building mock-ups and prototypes for use in the development of new projects. The author carefully explains his tools and methods, discusses the preparation of a blank a'nd drawing the necessary lines to guide the carving. If you don't know what a Cubotetrahedron or a Dodecahedron is, it doesn't matter, since the diagrams and descriptions are quite explicit. The chapter on Getting Started begins very simply with the carving of a couple of rings. Despite the simplicity of the techniques learned here, they can be put to immediate use making a charming alternative - entwined Lover's Hearts. The natural progression from these exercises is the carving of a chain and from there, to the carvi ng of flat ri ngs, By Chapter 8, the discussion has turned to Cages and it no longer seems so very far to the intricate, intertwined rings that earn titles such Hosohedral Hexalink. Despite the long names and the strong mathematical basis for the pieces, this is a practical book aimed at helping students to do their own woodcarving magic.http: //www.shortcuts.ns.ca/column/column743/ There is a Danish gentleman that can see more into a small block of wood than anyone that I know of. Even Ernö Rubik is in awe of his work. His name is Bjarne Jespersen and his carvings are amazing. The sub-title of this amazing book is "HOW TO TRANSFORM A SINGLE BLOCK OF WOOD INTO IMPOSSIBLE SHAPES." And judging from the contents the author has seemingly done the impossible. The first 55 pages are very important as Jespersen details his methods and tools. He then goes on to detail the 29 "impossible" shapes. There is the Hopf Link, the Lovers' Hearts and the Borromean Rings just for starters. Then, things start to get a little more complex but the author takes the carving to the nth degree. He carves a (are you ready for this?) Rhombicosidodecahedron and shows us how. And, it all starts with a wooden cube. Wow!
Fabulous Modular Origami - by Tomoko Fuse (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: OrigamiFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Tomoko FuseLanguage: English About the Book This full-color guide by a modular origami expert presents extraordinary models for folders of all skill levels. Figures include a crown, star, flower, bird, cube, and other models. Book Synopsis From the queen of modular origami comes this collection of extraordinary models for folders of all skill levels. Tomoko Fuse's full-color guide shows how to join separately folded modules to create masterpieces of the paperfolding art. The 20 projects range from the simplest, consisting only of two parts, to the most demanding, some of which feature 30 modules. Illustrated directions accompany each of the figures, which are graded according to difficulty. The selections begin with easier models -- including a square coaster, ninja star, and crown -- and advance to slightly more complex projects -- a flower with a stand, pleated and curled decorations, a crane, cubes, and a morning glory. The most sophisticated challenges include a pumpkin, a mosaic podium, a three-part triangular model, and the tetrahedron-and-octahedron combination called The Barber. Paperfolders' personal choices and combinations of colors will add individual flair to this stunning variety of models. About the Author Tomoko Fuse is a master of Japanese origami. Her many origami books include guides to folding modular polyhedra, tessellations, boxes, and paper toys.
Easy Wire Art - by Susanne Schaadt (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 80Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: WireworkFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Fox Chapel PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Susanne SchaadtLanguage: English About the Book Delicate yet robust, wire art is the perfect way to add handmade charm to any room. With easy-to-follow diagrams and clear instructions, learn the techniques to start an eye-catching and inexpensive hobby by creating 21 decorative wire art projects for your home or office, from free-standing flamingos to delicate flowers for vases. Book Synopsis Light and decorative yet strong and robust, wire art is the perfect way to add handmade charm to any room. Finally, you'll be able to learn the craft of wire art using inexpensive floral wire to create 21 eye-catching projects, all with easy-to-follow diagrams and clear instructions. Once you know the basic techniques, you'll be able to make personalized wire art sculptures to decorate your home or office, or gift to someone you love! From free-standing flamingos to delicate flowers for vases, start a new, inexpensive hobby that's tailored to you! Review Quotes Here are basic techniques that can personalize any project to artist's own taste, using inexpensive materials that are easily accessible at craft stores or online.--Midwest Book Review
Kackende Zootiere - Das Malbuch - by Massimo Wolke (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 56Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Books on DemandAge Range: AdultAuthor: Massimo WolkeLanguage: German Book Synopsis Tiere furzen nicht nur gerne, sondern sie kacken auch mit Freude ungeniert durch die Gegend. Massimo Wolke zeigt hier die Zootiere hinter den Kulissen fröhlich beim Kacken. Das Malbuch zeigt die beliebtesten Zootiere beim Verrichten ihres großen Geschäftes und du kannst diese glücklichen Momente mit Farbe zum Leben erwecken. About the Author Massimo Wolke ist ein facettenreicher Mann: Männer- und Frauenversteher, Filou, Geheimagent, Lebensmensch, Künstler, Philosoph. Sein Ziel ist es für wichtige Belangen den richtigen Helfer im Dienste der Menschheit zu entwickeln.
Potter's Bible - (Artist/Craft Bible) by Marylin Scott (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 192Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Pottery & CeramicsSeries Title: Artist/Craft BibleFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Chartwell BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Marylin ScottLanguage: English About the Book "Step-by-step photographic sequences guide you through a comprehensive range of shaping, firing, and decorating techniques"--Back cover. Book Synopsis An essential illustrated reference for both beginner and advanced potters, these step-by-step photographic sequences guide you through a comprehensive range of shaping, firing and decorating techniques, so you can begin making wonderful ceramics even if you've never attempted pottery before. Learn about essential tools and equipment, different types and constituencies of clay, methods of production and much more. Includes dozens of ideas for creating textured surface effects and decorations. Over 45,000 copies sold worldwide. This hardcover book with internal wire-o binding is 6.5in x 8in, a perfect size for readers to keep handy and reference often. The stylish design of this book, along with the interior photographs, illustrations and diagrams, make the learning process simple and fun for beginners and provides useful tips for more advanced readers. This book will walk you through the essential tools and equipment and different types and constituencies of clay; study methods of building pots using slabbing, coiling, throwing, and molding, and find out how to create a range of different shapes and forms. About the Author Marilyn Scott is a professional artist who works across a wide range of media. She studied painting at the Guildford School of Art and the Royal Academy of Painting in London. She is a respected practical art author.
The Colorwork Bible - by Jessica Ostermiller (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Interweave PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: KnittingAuthor: Jessica OstermillerLanguage: English About the Book Master beginner and advance colorwork knitting techniques in Interweave's most comprehensive colorwork guide to-date. With chapters outlining more than a half dozen colorwork knitting techniques, The Colorwork Bible is your updated exploration of both beginner- and advanced-level skills with a vibrant, modern palette and inspired projects. Join knitwear designer Jesie Ostermiller as you learn. A variety of small-scale swatch lessons that help you master a technique before diving into a full size project. Stripes, stranding, Fair Isle, brioche, slip-stitch, mosaic, intarsia, and more! Each technique is featured must-make projects you'll want to cast-on today. Valuable tips and tricks, plus essential information on successfully combining colors for the best possible results. Dig deep into the most colorful technique in knitting with The Colorwork Bible! Book Synopsis Master beginner and advance colorwork knitting techniques in Interweave's most comprehensive colorwork guide to-date! With chapters outlining more than a half dozen colorwork knitting techniques, The Colorwork Bible is your updated exploration of both beginner- and advanced-level skills with a vibrant, modern palette and inspired projects. Join knitwear designer Jesie Ostermiller as you learn: - A variety of small-scale swatch lessons that help you master a technique before diving into a full size project. - Stripes, stranding, Fair Isle, brioche, slip-stitch, mosaic, intarsia, and more! Each technique is featured must-make projects you'll want to cast-on today. - Valuable tips and tricks, plus essential information on successfully combining colors for the best possible results. Dig deep into the most colorful technique in knitting with The Colorwork Bible! About the Author Jessica Ostermiller is an avid self-taught knitter and designer with a passion for colorwork. Her designs have been featured in various Interweave publications and can be found on Ravelry. She was born and raised in Alaska, and it was there that she fell in love with knitting cold-weather necessities such as sweaters, hats, mittens, and scarves. She now lives in northern Utah with her husband and two boys, which thankfully still affords her plenty of winter weather in which to wear her knitted creations.
Needle Weaving Techniques for Hand Embroidery - by Blomkamp (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 112Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Search PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: EmbroideryAuthor: BlomkampLanguage: English Book Synopsis Working from loom weaving graphs and patterns, Hazel Blomkamp has modified and documented 42 different needle weaving techniques and patterns in this handy stitch book. The book begins with basic guidance on needle weaving techniques, based on a single weaving method which Hazel has broken down into easy steps. 42 needle weaving patterns are then described, each with a clear diagram and step-by-step instructions, and a photograph of one of hazel's beautiful piece to provide inspiration. All the stitches have been detailed on one side of the page only, allowing you to place your magnetic cross-stitch board underneath. You can then use the magnetic rulers that come with the board to mark the row that you are working on, making the instructions easier to follow. The book is wire-bound, allowing the pages to lie flat while you work, and the book's notebook-size fits perfectly in a workbag for easy transportation while stitching on the go. With all the stitches needed for needle weaving embroidery at their fingertips, both new and experienced embroiderers will find inspiration from this invaluable resource. From the Back Cover Working from loom weaving graphs and patterns, Hazel Blomkamp has modified and documented 42 different embroidery techniques and patterns into one handy stitch book. Each needle weaving technique has been described with a clear diagram and step-by-step instructions detailed on one side of a page, allowing you to place your magnetic cross-stitch board underneath and make the directions inside easier to follow. With all the stitches needed for needle weaving embroidery at their fingertips, learning and experienced hand-embroiderers can jump straight into their projects with this nifty little guidebook. All of the key techniques inside needed for needle weaving hand embroidery Instructions on one side of the page, allowing you to slide your magnetic board underneath Wire-O notebook-size format, perfect for easy page turning and carrying around About the Author Hazel Blomkamp has dabbled with all the needlecrafts since childhood. When her children were babies she developed a passion for embroidery to break the tedium of life with toddlers, using it as her evening reward for having got though the day with her sanity intact. her children are now young adults and she still embroiders in front of the television every night. She has been designing for the past 18 years. Peferring to design projects which appear to be traditional, she pushes the boundaries by introducing other forms of needlecraft into traditional techniques, exploring further in everything that she does. Along with designing, she runs a busy website from home. She teaches at her home studio, in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, and travels throughout South Africa and to Australia teaching embroidery and fine beadwork. She is a regular contributor to South African and Australian embroidery magazines and is a columnist for south African Stitches Magazine.
Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker - (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Mixed MediaFormat: PaperbackPublisher: North Light BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Pam CarrikerLanguage: English About the Book "Set your portraits apart from the rest! Portraits can be an intimidating subject. But not with Art At the Speed of Life author and workshop instructor Pam Carriker as your teacher. She helps you take on faces one quick sketch at a time for faster, easier, more enjoyable drawing and painting. Mixed Media Portraits shows easy ways to draw more realistic faces in your own signature style. The goal is not an immaculate finished portrait, but a continually growing collection of personal, expressive sketches that you can use and reuse in your mixed-media work."--provided from Amazon.com Book Synopsis Set your portraits apart from the rest! Portraits can be an intimidating subject. But not with Art At the Speed of Life author and workshop instructor Pam Carriker as your teacher. She helps you take on faces one quick sketch at a time for faster, easier, more enjoyable drawing and painting. Not your average book on drawing the face, Mixed Media Portraits With Pam Carriker shows easy ways to draw more realistic faces in your own signature style. The goal is not an immaculate finished portrait, but a continually growing collection of personal, expressive sketches that you can use and reuse in your mixed-media work. Inside you'll find: - An easy-to-learn face-mapping technique that allows you to draw faces from your imagination, without a model or photo in front of you - Mini-demonstrations breaking down each facial feature - Simple color combinations for mixing both realistic and out-of-the-ordinary skin tones - 15 step-by-step projects featuring original ways to use your portraits as starting points for mixed-media masterpieces - Tons of expert tips, from selecting the right pencil for the job to creating self-portraits, working with reference photos and using transfer techniques In the true spirit of mixed media, this book is all about combining, layering and experimenting in your pursuit of portrait nirvana. It will get you out of your comfort zone and into the habit of making faces that are truly and uniquely your own. About the Author Pam Carriker is a mixed-media artist, instructor, columnist, and the author of Art at the Speed of Life and Creating Art at the Speed of Life (Interweave). Her articles and artwork can be found in over forty publications, and she has developed a signature line of mixed-media art products with Derivan Matisse. pamcarriker.com
Baby's First Knits - by Debbie Bliss (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: NeedleworkFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultBook theme: KnittingAuthor: Debbie BlissLanguage: English About the Book Suitable for novices and experienced knitters alike, 20 practical yet beautiful projects include garments, toys, and nursery accessories. Full-color photos and step-by-step directions explain basics plus cabling, Fair Isle, and other techniques. Book Synopsis Whether you're an experienced knitter or an absolute beginner, you can make beautiful, practical gifts for the babies in your life with the help of this expert guide. Bestselling author and children's knitwear designer Debbie Bliss will show you how to create heirloom-quality garments, toys, and nursery accessories. Small and quick to knit, these 20 projects are perfect for novices who need to build their confidence as well as for those who want to brush up on their skills or learn a new technique. Illustrated step-by-step instructions for each project ease knitters into the craft, from the basics of casting on and making slipknots to more advanced methods such as cabling and Fair Isle. Debbie offers advice on the essential equipment and on yarns that will be gentle against a baby's skin--cashmere blends, merinos, and organic cotton. Start with the cozy blanket or cute beanie hat and advance to the playful rompers and classic cardigan. All projects are relaxing in their simplicity, and the pleasure of making them will be exceeded only by the joy of sharing them with your little ones. About the Author Debbie Bliss studied fashion and textiles at art college in London and after graduation gained renown for her knitted plants, which were sold in such shops as Liberty of London. She has designed fashion knitwear for magazines in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States; taught at such events as Vogue Knitting Live and on Vogue Knitting Tours; and lectured at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. Debbie has published over forty books of knitting designs for adults, children, and the home. In 2000, she launched a highly successful brand of hand-knitting yarns that are sold worldwide. She was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for her services to hand knitting and the craft industry in 2015.
Miró Lithographs - (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) by Joan Miro (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 48Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Printmaking & StampingSeries Title: Dover Fine Art, History of ArtFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dover PublicationsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Joan MiroLanguage: English About the Book Forty important lithographic prints with line and composition comparable to the works of Miro's friend Picasso. Eerie, droll, technically brilliant, and aggressive. Book Synopsis "As regards my means of expression, I try my hardest to achieve the maximum of clarity, power, and plastic aggressiveness; a physical sensation to begin with, followed up by an impact on the psyche." -- MiróMiró's line recalls Picasso's in clarity and power; the Catalan's "plastic aggressiveness" led him, as it did his Andalusian friend, to bold, successful experiment and innovation in ceramics, sculpture and printmaking, especially lithography. The lithographic print medium suited and encouraged the artist's lifelong, often radical, obsession with stripping art to the marrow. The 40 plates reproduced here sample the pith of his lithographic production -- a series produced in 1944, full of the eerie images and droll distortion he had sought on canvas for decades."It's never easy for me to talk about my painting," wrote Miró, "since it is always born in a state of hallucination induced by some kind of shock, objective or subjective, for which I am not personally responsible in the least." Miró hallucinates on stone for these prints, filling them with monstrous beasts and one-eyed aliens adrift in a heaven of moons and stars and black nebulae, floating breasts and generative organs. These lithographs were executed shortly after finishing the famous "constellation" series of paintings (called by one critic "the most intricate, most elaborately developed of all Miró's compositions"), right around the time his mother died and he fired his first ceramics in collaboration with Artigas. Falling in a period of intense creative mingling of whimsy with the grotesque, these prints characterize an important juncture in Miró's career. They also enlarge the boundaries of lithographic technique as they simultaneously show Miró, now "stripped" of his brilliant colors, to be an equal master of black-and-white. From the Back Cover "As regards my means of expression, I try my hardest to achieve the maximum of clarity, power, and plastic aggressiveness; a physical sensation to begin with, followed up by an impact on the psyche."--MiróMiró's line recalls Picasso's in clarity and power; the Catalan's "plastic aggressiveness" led him, as it did his Andalusian friend, to bold, successful experiment and innovation in ceramics, sculpture and printmaking, especially lithography. The lithographic print medium suited and encouraged the artist's lifelong, often radical, obsession with stripping art to the marrow. The 40 plates reproduced here sample the pith of his lithographic production--a series produced in 1944, full of the eerie images and droll distortion he had sought on canvas for decades."It's never easy for me to talk about my painting," wrote Miró, "since it is always born in a state of hallucination induced by some kind of shock, objective or subjective, for which I am not personally responsible in the least." Miró hallucinates on stone for these prints, filling them with monstrous beasts and one-eyed aliens adrift in a heaven of moons and stars and black nebulae, floating breasts and generative organs. These lithographs were executed shortly after finishing the famous "constellation" series of paintings (called by one critic "the most intricate, most elaborately developed of all Miró's compositions"), right around the time his mother died and he fired his first ceramics in collaboration with Artigas. Falling in a period of intense creative mingling of whimsy with the grotesque, these prints characterize an important juncture in Miró's career. They also enlarge the boundaries of lithographic technique as they simultaneously show Miró, now "stripped" of his brilliant colors, to be an equal master of black-and-white.
Four Centuries of Quilts - (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation) by Linda Baumgarten & Kimberly Smith Ivey (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 356Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Quilts & QuiltingSeries Title: Colonial Williamsburg FoundationFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Yale University PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Linda Baumgarten & Kimberly Smith IveyLanguage: English About the Book An exquisite and authoritative look at four centuries of quilts and quilting from around the world Book Synopsis An exquisite and authoritative look at four centuries of quilts and quilting from around the world Quilts are among the most utilitarian of art objects, yet the best among them possess a formal beauty that rivals anything made on canvas. This landmark book, drawn from the world-renowned collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, highlights the splendor and craft of quilts with more than 300 superb color images and details. Fascinating essays by two noted scholars trace the evolution of quilting styles and trends as they relate to the social, political, and economic issues of their time. The collection includes quilts made by diverse religious and cultural groups over 400 years and across continents, from the Mediterranean, England, France, America, and Polynesia. The earliest quilts were made in India and the Mediterranean for export to the west and date to the late 16th century. Examples from 18th- to 20th-century America, many made by Amish and African-American quilters, reflect the multicultural nature of American society and include boldly colored and patterned worsteds and brilliant pieced and appliquéd works of art. Grand in scope and handsomely produced, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection is sure to be one of the most useful and beloved references on quilts and quilting for years to come. Review Quotes "A wonderful book, an enormous, fabulous overview devoted to the world-famous collection of Colonial Williamsburg. . . . The two textile conservators responsible for the collection offer us in this book a fabulous journey to a land of richly documented quilts and hundreds of photos of extraordinary pieces. Obviously, this is one to collect!"--Quiltmania "[A] landmark book . . . The book is a trove of information and inspiration, and one that any lover of antique quilts or quilt history must own."--Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting "Grand in scope and handsomely produced, Four Centuries of Quilts is sure to be one of the most useful and beloved references on quilts and quilting for years to come."--Quilt Scene Magazine, Winter 2015-16 issue "The book Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, by the curators Linda Baumgarten and Kimberly Smith Ivey, . . . delves into the genealogies of craftswomen, including a Maine blueberry farmer, a Brooklyn philanthropist and an Alabama housekeeper."--Eve M. Kahn, New York Times "Quilts aren't just for warmth. As historical documents, for example, they show the ways women reacted to the Civil War and how far-flung countries traded with each other at an early date. . . . The book catalogs nearly 180 quilts from the museum's collection, dating back more than 400 years, and tells the stories of the quilt-makers . . . often left out of the historical record."--Alexandra Wolfe, Wall Street Journal "An important addition to any decorative arts library, for it contains the most recent quilt scholarship, carefully footnoted."--Lita Solis-Cohen, Maine Antiques Digest "[Four Centuries of Quilts] is a joint publication by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Yale University Press. With those credentials you know that this big, attractive book is the word on quilt making in America."--Danielle Arnet, syndicated columnist, "The Smart Collector," Chicago Tribune "Each quilt in the book is both a work of art as well as a historic document offering revealing clues to the past."--Antiques & Auction News "[Four Centuries of Quilts] has got to be the most important work on the topic of quilts ever published. This volume highlights scads of exquisite eye candy, but it's those lovely 'Baltimore album quilts' that made me gasp. And it's obvious from the text that a tremendous amount of scholarly research went into this masterwork."--Steven Wayne Yvaska, San Jose Mercury News "A landmark book. . . . Grand in scope and handsomely produced, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection is sure to be one of the most useful and beloved references on quilts and quilting for years to come."--San Francisco Book Review "A collector's dream of a book."--Rose B. Gilbert, syndicated columnist, Creators Syndicate "Does quilting count as art? In Four Centuries of Quilts, an expansive new survey published by Yale University Press, authors Linda Baumgarten and Kimberly Smith Ivey say yes. . . . The book presents a powerful case. . . . These richly informative textiles connect us to the past, other cultures, each other. Sounds like art to me."--Laura C. Mallonee, Hyperallergic "The substance and breadth of this lavishly illustrated museum collection catalog make it a worthy addition to the well-established scholarly literature on the history and significance of quilts and quilt making in American culture. . . . Endnotes for each chapter are excellent, lending depth and texture. . . . Book design is first-rate, with period photographs, portraits, related artifacts, detail close-ups, and black-and-white diagrams providing context for 130-plus full-page color plates."--Choice "Revel in 400 years of quilt history through the pages of Four Centuries of Quilts. . . . The book's historical references are supplemented with spectacular full-page photos as well as close-up detail photograph."--AllPeopleQuilt.com (March 2015) About the Author Linda Baumgarten is curator of textiles and costumes, Kimberly Smith Ivey is curator of textiles and historic interiors, and Ronald Hurst is the Carlisle H. Humelsine Chief Curator and vice president of collections, conservation, and museums, all at Colonial Williamsburg.
Modelling and Painting WWII Us Figures and Vehicles - (Crowood Wargaming Guides) by Ray Haskins (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: ModelsSeries Title: Crowood Wargaming GuidesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Crowood Press (UK)Age Range: AdultAuthor: Ray HaskinsLanguage: English Book Synopsis Modelling and Painting WWII US Figures and Vehicles covers the modelling and painting of US armed forces in the Pacific, on D-Day and during the liberation of Europe in 1/35, 1/56, 1/72 and 1/76 scales. Historical overviews set the scene, followed by detailed step-by-step modelling and painting guides for the creation of accurate and realistic models, whether for display or wargaming. With over 250 colour photographs, this book includes the following models for personnel: infantryman, paratrooper, Ranger, Marine, airmen, combat engineers, tank crew and General George S. Patton. It also includes models for small arms and artillery and for the following vehicles: tanks, half-tracks, tank destroyers, jeeps, armoured cars and many more. About the Author Ray Haskins received his first model Airfix kit when he was five years old and this sparked not only a life-long hobby, but also his career, in modelling and painting figures and vehicles. His company is Ray Haskins Figure Painting.
Carol Doak's Creative Combinations - (Mixed Media Product)
Number of Pages: 111Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Quilts & QuiltingFormat: Mixed Media ProductPublisher: C & T PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Carol DoakLanguage: English About the Book Carol Doak is back with something new for paper piecers! Learn how the same rectangular unit can work in dramatically different ways in the blocks and borders of your quilt. If you haven't tried paper-piecing yet, you'll discover how quickly and easily your quilt comes together with Carol's foundation piecing technique. She provides tips for tools and fabrics, plus plenty of inspiration. Try Carol's inspiring quilt projects to learn about unit placement, how to paper-piece, and how to choose your fabrics. Patterns on CD give you flexibility to change the size of your quilt, or design your own pattern. Book Synopsis Learn how the same rectangular unit can work in dramatically different ways in the blocks and borders of your quilt. If you haven't tried paper-piecing yet, this book is for you, too. You'll discover how quickly and easily your quilt comes together with Carol's foundation piecing technique. Here she provides tips for tools and fabrics, plus plenty of inspiration. Review Quotes Doak is the doyenne of foundation paper piecing--a quilt-piecing technique that uses a paper foundation for precision stitching of quilt blocks. Her latest collection focuses on quilt blocks and border units that can be combined in a variety of ways, each with a unique look. Printable and resizable foundation patterns, cutting charts, and setting ideas for 24 blocks and eight corner units are presented, as well as eight quilt projects incorporating the blocks from the collection. Most of the blocks are beginner friendly, and Doak's expert guidance helps quilters new to the technique get started. VERDICT Doak's books are popular with quilters who enjoy foundation paper piecing. This collection will appeal to quilters of all skill levels.--Library Journal, 3/1/13Here is an opportunity to try Carol's inspirational quilts projects by learning how to work with unit placement, how to paper piece and how to choose your fabrics. I found it amazing to discover how just one rectangle unit works equally well in both blocks and borders and using the full-size paper piecing patterns make it almost foolproof. There are 32 paper-pieced units to choose from, 8 illustrative quilts, showing the foundation patterns in use, how change of colour alters the look of the block dramatically, and a bonus CD which enables you to do re-sizing of the foundations should you wish.--Fabrications Quilting For You, June/July 2013Instead of giving designs for square quilt blocks, Carol Doak's clever concept is to design rectangular paper-pieced units which can then be combined in different ways to make unique blocks or borders. Each unit is presented with multiple design possibilities, reinforcing their versatility. As a bonus, resizable foundation patterns are on a CD included with the book.--Quilters Newsletter, August/September 2013Speaking of technology, you have to love it when a great book not only comes with some wonderful quilt designs and a multitude of variations on each but also includes a CD that allows you to change the size of your quilt or design your own patterns or print your foundations from your computer. Carol Doak's designs are paper pieced and patterns are included for copying or you can print (and resize if you wish) from your computer using the CD. What I particularly like is that Carol includes a gallery of blocks used in the book. While the book gives you many ideas and variations for these blocks, Carol also encourages you to play with them using your own fabric choices and layouts, thereby creating a quilt that is your own.--The Canadian Quilter Magazine, Autumn 2013 About the Author Carol Doak, best-selling author of numerous books and DVDs, has taught over a million people around the world to quilt. With her trademark technique, she has created over a thousand paper-pieced designs. Carol lives in New Hampshire.
Generation T - by Megan Nicolay (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 260Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: FashionFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Workman PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Megan NicolayLanguage: English About the Book More than half of these projects for customizing and reinventing T-shirts require no sewing. Patterns are provided for 30 T-shirt projects, 30 tank top projects, 30 tube top projects, as well as a two-tiered skirt, pillows, leg-warmers, tablecloths, and braided rugs. Book Synopsis Make it yours. This inspirational guide with DIY attitude has everything you need to know about the world's great T-shirt: how to cut it, sew it, deconstruct it, reconstruct it, and best of all, transform it. - Features more than 100 projects (plus 200 variations) for customized tees, tank tops, tube tops, T-skirts--even handbags, a patchwork blanket, iPod cozies, leg warmers, and more. - Not a DIY expert? Not to worry. More than one third of the projects are no sew, meaning anyone who can wield a pair of scissors can put a personal stamp on her wardrobe. But the sewing basics are here too: backstitch and whipstitch, gather and ruche, appliqué and drawstrings. - And the mission statement for Generation T: Ask not what your T-shirt can do for you; ask what you can do for your T-shirt. And then Do-It-Yourself! From the Back Cover Make it yours. This inspirational guide with DIY attitude has everything you need to know about the world's great T-shirt: how to cut it, sew it, deconstruct it, reconstruct it, and best of all, transform it. - Features more than 100 projects (plus 200 variations) for customized tees, tank tops, tube tops, T-skirts--even handbags, a patchwork blanket, iPod cozies, leg warmers, and more. - Not a DIY expert? Not to worry. More than one third of the projects are no sew, meaning anyone who can wield a pair of scissors can put a personal stamp on her wardrobe. But the sewing basics are here too: backstitch and whipstitch, gather and ruche, applique and drawstrings. - And the mission statement for "Generation T": Ask not what your T-shirt can do for you; ask what you can do for your T-shirt. And then Do-It-Yourself!