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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Dana Willard
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (2012, Apr 1st).
Fabrics A to Z is the essential guide for sewists and fabric enthusiasts of all levels. This thorough resource explains the unique characteristics, strengths, and limitations of more than 100 fabrics in easy-to-understand terms, so any sewist can enter a fabric shop with confidence. From dotted swiss to silk charmeuse to faux fur, each entry includes a close-up photo of the fabric as well as an overview of its characteristics, ideal uses, and special considerations when sewing. As a bonus, the book concludes with a section on the best tools and notions to use when working with particular fibers, as well as tips on how to read patterns. The small size and flexibind format of Fabrics A to Z make it perfect for tossing into a bag when headed to the fabric store. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Sally Muir
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (2012, Feb 8th).
Cat lovers, rejoice! It's the highly anticipated follow-up book to Knit Your Own Dog. With easy-to-follow instructions for 16 distinct felines, Knit Your Own Cat is the irresistible guide to knitting the pet you've always wanted. Cats and knitters are perfect companions. What's better together than a kitten curled up in a basket of wool or a frisky feline chasing a skein of yarn down a hallway? Since the instant success of Knit Your Own Dog, cat lovers have been clamoring for a book of their own. That time has come. Knit Your Own Cat is packed with knitting patterns for 16 different fanciful felines, from a pretty Persian to a sleek Siamese, from a cuddly kitten to a traditional tabby. The cats are surprisingly easy to make: With a few evenings of work, you can have a covetable companion for life. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Elizabeth Bone
Publisher: Interweave Press (2012, Jan 3rd).
Your expert techniques with a silver liningA comprehensive guide, Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers details techniques, surface treatments, and innovations specifically designed for all jewelry makers working in silver, and especially focuses on the needs and interests relevant to metal-jewelry artisans. Explore basic skills as well as specialist techniques, including filigree, chasing, annealing, engraving, etching, casting, and much more.Plus, profiles of contemporary practitioners are included in every section, along with galleries illustrating a range of beautifully crafted finished works. The handy resource section also features a how-to for selling jewelry in the contemporary accessories market. Experienced jewelry makers interested in either exploring silver for the first time or taking their silver jewelry to the next level will love this harmonious marriage between expert silversmithing advice and a jewelry artisan sensibility. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Robyn Chachula
Publisher: Interweave Press (2012, Jan 17th).
Your invitation to pretty crochet!Elegance can be affordable. Simply Crochet is packed with valuable designer advice and practical, yet stylish projects for crocheters who want to make the most of their yarn stash.Inside this helpful resource, you'll find:22 cleverly designed one, three, and five skein projects, including delightful patterns for scarves, a bag, shawls, vests, cardigans, home accessories, and children's items. These patterns--from top designers including Kristin Omdahl, Carol Ventura, and Doris Chan--will help you learn how to maximize the value of your yarn without compromising on style.Designer tips on saving money, stash busting and organization, and making your yarn go the furthest in a pattern with different stitch choices and stitch patterns. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Deborah Newton
Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (2011, Oct 4th).
The word finishing” fills many knitters with dread. Some even abandon projects rather than complete the necessary steps to achieve beautiful, wearable garments. Now, notable knitter and designer Deborah Newton shares her expertise and love of finishing techniques in an on-the-page master class. Deborah patiently takes her student-readers step by step through the ins and outs of blocking, seaming, edging, and embellishments, giving them the confidence and skills to create professional-looking knitwear. In addition to Deborah's expert instructions, the book includes patterns for 12 sweaters, jackets, and scarves, many with variations. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Robert Jubb
Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman (2011, Nov 1st).
Bob Jubb started carving as a hobby whilst working as an international engineering consultant. Regularly posted abroad, he would carve wherever and whenever he could, often in hotel rooms! Now retired and living in West Sussex, Bob is free to dedicate more time to his love of carving. He was a founder member of the Sussex Woodcraft Society (SWS), which has grown from two to about 180 members. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kate Shoup
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (2011, Sep 13th).
The easy way to build an online craft business from scratchStarting an Etsy Business For Dummies offers expert advice for artists and entrepreneurs looking to build an online craft business from scratch. You'll get invaluable information on setting up your online shop, writing compelling item descriptions, photographing your work, engaging the Etsy community, understanding fees, and finding your muse when it takes a holiday. In the last couple of years, the DIY movement has transcended the big-box hardware stores, and has taken on a new format in the savvy crafting arena. Etsy.com boasts an astonishing 1.9 million members, and there are tens of thousands of craft and hobby bazaars held each year across the United States. Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies shows you how to create, manage, and successfully sell handmade wares, vintage goods, and DIY supplies using the world's largest online handmade marketplace. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability