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  • BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects

    BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jessica Pigza
    Format:   
    Publisher:   STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (2014, Mar 18th).
    Pages:   

    There is untold wealth in library collections, and, like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share. In BiblioCraft, Pigza hones her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources. In Part I, she explains how to take advantage of the riches libraries have to offer—both in person and online. In Part II, she presents 20+ projects inspired by library resources from a stellar designer cast, including STC Craft authors Natalie Chanin, Heather Ross, Liesl Gibson, and Gretchen Hirsch, and Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney. Whatever the quest—historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, or historic millinery instructions worked into floral fascinators—anyone can utilize library resources to bring their creative visions to life. more

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  • Handmade Gifts

    Handmade Gifts

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   DK Publishing
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   DK ADULT (2013, Sep 16th).
    Pages:   256

    Containing more than 70 projects, from candle making and crocheting to paper-crafts and baking, Handmade Gifts is the perfect guide to making handcrafted items that people will love. Each project is clearly explained using simple step-by-step images along with photographs of the finished item and variations on how to make each piece unique. There are even ideas for green and up-cycled gifts. more

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  • Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

    Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Judith Durant
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Storey Publishing, LLC (2013, Mar 26th).
    Pages:   288

    Finally, a One-Skein Wonders book just for crocheters! Edie Eckman and Judith Durant offer 101 great crochet projects -- from jewelry and scarves to bags, hats, dresses, and home dec items -- that each use just one skein of yarn. Whatever your experience level, you'll find something here to delight you! more

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  • Fabrigami: The Origami Art of Folding Cloth to Create Decorative and Useful Objects

    Fabrigami: The Origami Art of Folding Cloth to Create Decorative and Useful Objects

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jill Stovall
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Tuttle Publishing; Original edition (2013, Sep 3rd).
    Pages:   96

    Fabrigami is the art of folding fabrics to create three-dimensional objects ranging from the practical to the whimsical. Like paper, there are countless beautiful fabric designs to choose from, only fabric has the virtue of being extremely durable.Fabrigami began as origami legend Florence Temko's final project. Everyone knows that origami is the art of paper folding, but Temko had begun experimenting with folding fabric to make objects that are just as beautiful but more lasting than paper. Sadly, Temko passed away before the book was completed, but her collaborator, Jill Stovall, continued their work. Now, Stovall—with the help of Scott Stern, a rising young star of origami—brings Fabrigami to print for everyone to use and enjoy.This book begins by presenting instructions on how to treat fabric so it holds a shape when folded. more

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  • How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home

    How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jay Sacher
    Format:   
    Publisher:   St. Martin's Griffin (2013, Nov 12th).
    Pages:   

    Like tying a Windsor knot or brewing a perfect cup of coffee, knowing how to hang art on your wall is a hallmark of everyday style and nuts-and-bolts know-how. The where, what, and whys of hanging art are an overlooked, under-appreciated line of inquiry. Most of us simply wing it with a quick eyeball and a swing of the hammer. How hard can it be? we think. What can go wrong? The answer, of course, is plenty: crumbling plaster, ruined antique laths, mismatched art hung too-close together, or a poorly-mounted photograph warping in its frame. But beyond the technical mishaps, there is a more essential lesson to be learned: The skill and consideration with which you decorate your home makes an aesthetic statement about the world you inhabit—and more importantly, when it’s done right, it very clearly looks a whole lot better. more

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  • Christmas with Southern Living 2013: The ultimate guide to holiday cooking & decorating

    Christmas with Southern Living 2013: The ultimate guide to holiday cooking & decorating

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Editors of Southern Living Magazine ...
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Oxmoor House (2013, Sep 3rd).
    Pages:   

    Christmas with Southern Living is ALL NEW for 2013. Included are special holiday menus and over 100 recipes especially designed for holiday cooking, baking, entertaining, and gift-giving. Dozens of photos, kitchen tips, and entertaining ideas add extra value to the recipe pages, which make up more than half of the book. The balance of the book shows big, beautiful, idea-packed photos of homes that are decorated for the season in styles that are creative, not costly; also included are lots of simple decorations and gifts to make. Holiday table setting and centerpiece ideas, mantels, wreaths, and natural decorations are prominently featured. Over 200 full-color photos delight and inspire. more

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  • Pinch Pottery: Functional, Modern Handbuilding

    Pinch Pottery: Functional, Modern Handbuilding

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Susan Halls
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Lark Crafts (2014, Jan 7th).
    Pages:   

    The technique is simple; the results are gorgeous! Susan Halls has created an array of refined, sophisticated and incredibly modern-looking projects that are perfect for beginners, yet enticing for more seasoned ceramicists. The pieces range from a mug, vase, and jug to a bowl, teapot, and triple herb planter, and they start with a basic pinch pot before moving on to wider, taller, and more composite forms, all with stunning options for color and surface decoration. And, since many of the items can be made with easily found air-drying clay, no kiln's required!  more

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

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

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Anne-Marie Faiola
    Format:   Spiral-bound
    Publisher:   Storey Publishing, LLC (2013, Aug 13th).
    Pages:   240

    The Soap Queen, Anne-Marie Faiola, shows you how to make perfect cold-process soap that is better than what you can buy at the store! Simple instructions and great photography walk you through every step of 31 exciting recipes, making it easy to master the techniques you need and produce the soaps you want. You'll find chapters on colors (neon, oxides, mica), molds (milk jugs, yogurt containers, pipes), food (pumpkin, coffee, beer, avocado, oatmeal), and building (embedding soap in soap, funnel pour, swirling). Faiola offers everything you need to make your own soap, safely and enjoyably. more

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  • Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community

    Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Rachel May
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Storey Publishing, LLC (2014, Jan 28th).
    Pages:   

    Modern quilting allows artists the freedom to play with traditions and take liberties with fabrics, patterns, colors, stitching, and the ways in which they all connect. In Quilting with a Modern Slant, Rachel May introduces you to more than 70 modern quilters who have developed their own styles, methods, and aesthetics. Their ideas, their quilts, and their tips, tutorials, and techniques will inspire you to try something new and follow your own creativity wherever it leads. more

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  • Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects: Design and Construction, Ideas and Inspiration

    Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects: Design and Construction, Ideas and Inspiration

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jamie Cloud Eakin
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Lark Crafts (2013, Oct 1st).
    Pages:   160

    “Friends don't let friends wear ordinary jewelry.” —Jamie Cloud EakinJamie Cloud Eakin is a beading superstar—and in this follow-up to her bestselling Dimensional Bead Embroidery she explains the fundamentals of beautiful design, from picking the beads to choosing a palette. Through 30 gorgeous step-by-step projects especially chosen to show principles of construction, Eakin lays out the secrets of creating fringe, multistrand, shaped, and other forms of beadwork. Her goal is to help beaders create their own jewelry built around unique focal pieces, and whether it's the sequence of the steps or the use of a particular technique, you'll find her lessons valuable as you embark on your own design journey. more

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