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  • Chic Sweats: 22 Ways to Transform and Restyle Your Sweatshirts

    Chic Sweats: 22 Ways to Transform and Restyle Your Sweatshirts

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Carmia Marshall
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (2009, Sep 1st).
    Pages:   160

    Sistahs of Harlem are back to give another essential wardrobe item a complete new makeover. This time, they’re reinventing sweatshirts, both vintage and new. Everyone has an old favorite college sweatshirt or comfortable hoodie, now it’s time to pull them out of the closet and give them a fabulous Sistahs of Harlem twist. In Chic Sweats Carmen and Carmia show you how to make twenty-two fabulous designer looks out of an array of sweatshirts, sweatpants, or hoodies—new or from your closet. Complete with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, full-color photos, and detailed illustrations, the projects showcase their signature style blend of vintage and urban. In Chic Sweats you can learn how to: • Turn your favorite hoodie into a poncho • Transform an old pullover into a babydoll dress • Reinvent your favorite team’s sweatshirt into a sleek triangle skirt • Plus much more! Also included in the book are interesting sweatshirt facts, dos and don’ts for every body type, and visual glossaries of skirts and sleeves to help create the perfect look for you. more

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  • Natural Nursery Knits: Twenty Handknit Projects for the New Baby

    Natural Nursery Knits: Twenty Handknit Projects for the New Baby

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Erika Knight
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   St. Martin’s Griffin (2009, Nov 10th).
    Pages:   144

    In Natural Nursery Knits Erika Knight has combined the purest yarns with irresistible designs to create a beautiful collection of 20 handknits for the newborn baby including all the necessary basics needed in baby’s first months. Ranging from practical first garments, washcloths, cozy blankets, and delightful toys to heirloom pieces, all the designs are made from organic or sustainable fibers. Chosen for their softness, animal fibers such as baby alpaca, cashmere, and extra-fine merino are complemented by organically grown cotton, bamboo, and milk fibers, that are breathable and comfortable for baby to wear. The result is a beautiful palette of natural ecru, muted pastels, chocolates, and charcoals. With Natural Nursery Knits you can make your own keepsake handknits to be treasured in baby’s room for years to come. more

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  • How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew

    How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Erin Bried
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Ballantine Books (2009, Dec 15th).
    Pages:   304

    "Waste not, want not" with this guide to saving money, taking heart, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.Nowadays, many of us "outsource" basic tasks. Food is instant, ready-made, and processed with unhealthy additives. Dry cleaners press shirts, delivery guys bring pizza, gardeners tend flowers, and, yes, tailors sew on those pesky buttons. But life can be much simpler, sweeter, and richer-and a lot more fun, too! As your grandmother might say, now is not the time to be careless with your money, and it actually pays to learn how to do things yourself!Practical and empowering, How to Sew a Button collects the treasured wisdom of nanas, bubbies, and grandmas from all across the country-as well as modern-day experts-and shares more than one hundred step-by-step essential tips for cooking, cleaning, gardening, and entertaining, including how to. polish your image by shining your own shoes. grow your own vegetables (and stash your bounty for the winter). sweeten your day by making your own jam. use baking soda and vinegar to clean your house without toxic chemicals. feel beautiful by perfecting your posture. roll your own piecrust and find a slice of heaven. fold a fitted sheet to crisp perfection. waltz without stepping on any toesComplete with helpful illustrations and brimming with nostalgic charm, How to Sew a Button provides calm and comfort in uncertain times. more

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  • Vogue® Knitting Shawls & Wraps

    Vogue® Knitting Shawls & Wraps

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Vogue Knitting Magazine ...
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Sixth&Spring Books (2009, Nov 3rd).
    Pages:   144

    A shawl can keep you warm in the winter, top off an elegant evening dress, or chase away the chill on a summer evening. It’s the perfect addition to any wardrobe-and the perfect project for any knitter who’s tired of working on scarf after scarf and wants to move on to something new. Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps presents 25 of the magazine’s most gorgeous wraps, all created by today’s top knitwear designers.  The patterns include a chic beaded shawl or one with delicate open lacework; a cozy cabled cape, a stylish fringed wrap, and many other exquisite designs.    more

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  • Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration

    Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Martha Stewart Living Magazine
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Potter Craft (2009, Mar 31st).
    Pages:   416

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  • Carry Me

    Carry Me

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Yuka Koshizen
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Interweave Press (2009, Nov 1st).
    Pages:   112

    Highlighting the extraordinary influence Japanese craft has imparted on the world of fiber arts, this brilliantly illustrated manual showcases the stylish sensibilities of eastern expertise in creating gorgeously sophisticated handbags. Revealing a balanced selection of cleverly constructed handbags, exclusive pull-out pattern templates, intricate details and instructions, and simple sewing techniques, sewers are shown how to create distinct and fashionable works of functional art, such as a wool tweed travel bag, a stylish denim bag with grommet and zipper details, a roomy tote with contrast lining and inside pockets, a handy laptop bag, a wool messenger bag with flower detail, and a soft luggage tote. With several concepts offering matching companion projects-such as change purses, drawstring bags, and wristlets-and accessible advice and information, this lively guide will inspire sewers of all experience levels. more

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  • All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn

    All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Amy Clarke Moore
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Interweave Press (2009, Sep 1st).
    Pages:   144

    A follow-up to the original Homespun Handknit—a perennial bestseller for two decades—this collection revitalizes the craft of handspun yarn for a whole new generation of spinners and knitters. Packed with modern and traditional spinning know-how and 25 sophisticated, easy-to-learn projects, the guide helps crafters create unique gifts and wearable fashion while refining their skills and enhancing their understanding of this popular art form. With designs from some of the most influential knitters and spinners working today—including Kathryn Alexander, Jeanine Bakridges, and Abby Franquemont—this inspiring resource features hats, mittens, scarves, socks, bags, children’s items, wraps, and home décor options to challenge fiber artists of all skill levels. more

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  • The Woodworker's Technique Bible: The Essential Illustrated Reference

    The Woodworker's Technique Bible: The Essential Illustrated Reference

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Paul Forrester
    Format:   Spiral-bound
    Publisher:   Firefly Books (2009, Sep 1st).
    Pages:   256

    A complete step-by-step guide to essential woodworking tools and techniques. This comprehensive reference covers everything from how to choose and cut lumber to how to plan, measure, mark, cut, shape and join. The Woodworker's Technique Bible is the handyman's complete guide to working with wood. Packed with practical information and 600 full-color photographs, The Woodworker's Technique Bible includes: Essential troubleshooting tips How to control power tools with accuracy Selecting and using the 10 essential hand tools that give any woodwork a beautiful hand-finished quality Great original projects for children's toys, simple furniture and bird boxes, which include cutting lists and easy-to-follow instructions so any woodworker can be successful. more

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  • Artistic Photo Quilts: Create Stunning Quilts with Your Camera, Computer & Cloth

    Artistic Photo Quilts: Create Stunning Quilts with Your Camera, Computer & Cloth

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Charlotte Ziebarth
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   C&T Publishing (2009, Aug 25th).
    Pages:   96

    Help quilters take photos-on-fabric beyond plop-and-drop and learn to create luminous art quilts with camera, computer, and sewing machine. 11 lessons. more

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  • Super Simple Quilts: 9 Pieced Projects from Strips, Squares & Triangles

    Super Simple Quilts: 9 Pieced Projects from Strips, Squares & Triangles

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Liz Aneloski
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   C&T Publishing; Original edition (2009, May 1st).
    Pages:   27

    Discover 3 new super-easy quilt designs, each in 3 sizes & 3 vibrant fabric styles. Three is definitely the magic number for master quilters Alex Anderson and Liz Aneloski. "Super Simple Quilts 3" features 3 brand new, easy-to-quilt designs, in 3 sizes - wall-hanging, twin, and queen - with 3 colorful fabric styles - New Retro, Floral, and Graphic. With its clear instructions and illustrative photos, and simple patterns that can be put together in a flash, this is perfect for first-time and experienced quilters alike. more

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