For every lonely skein there is a perfect small pattern. In this compilation by Judith Durant, knitwear designers from across the United States offer their favorite little projects — each designed to use just one ball of yarn. Hats, scarves, bags, shawls, mittens, pillows, and other One-Skein Wonders® make fun and portable weekend projects. All 101 designs are pictured in a full-color project gallery, while clear instructions make it easy for knitters of every skill level to tie up some loose ends.
Knitting one sock is fun and rewarding, but finishing its partner can become a chore that leaves well-intentioned knitters suffering from “second sock syndrome.” With this two-at-a-time technique you can easily finish a full pair of socks on the same day. Step-by-step photographs illustrate how to cast on and knit two socks together on one long circular needle, whatever the pattern or shape. Lonely, abandoned single socks are now a thing of the past!
The key to perfect patchwork is getting all of the points to match up — which is no easy feat! Set yourself up for success with the rediscovered technique of English paper piecing. Using paper templates to guide your pattern, you can expertly fit your quilting shapes together before you even start sewing. All Points Patchwork takes you far beyond traditional hexagons and accommodates triangles, diamonds, octagons, and even curved shapes. Simple instructions for decorating clothing, bedding, and home decor open up astounding possibilities for quilters of all levels.
A crochet border is the perfect finishing touch on the edges of any fiber project, but creating one often means shaping the edging around an unforgiving 90-degree angle. It’s no easy task, but Edie Eckman guides you through it with style and poise. This collection includes 150 vibrant crochet frames to suit every fiber need, with color photographs by John Polak that showcase the beautiful details of each technique. Now painless, marvelous crochet borders are just around the corner!
The tangled life of the knitter is the subject of inspired nuttiness in 300 tongue-in-cheek meditations from the Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. At Knit’s End captures the wickedly funny musings of someone who doesn’t believe it’s possible to knit too much and who willingly sacrifices sleep, family, work, and sanity in order to keep doing it. Covering everything from the deadly “second sock syndrome” to a pile of yarn so big it can hide a washing machine, this hilarious collection will have knitters in stitches!
Get all knotted up! This fun guide has all the information you need to make your own jewelry using knotting techniques. You’ll learn how to evaluate, select, and care for pearls and gemstones; how to select findings and tools; the pros and cons of different stringing materials; and much more. Clear step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions show you exactly how to knot between beads and attach various types of clasps and finishes. You’ll soon be crafting beautiful, ready-to-wear pieces.
Create beaded necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry with a professional look and finish. This delightful beginner’s guide presents step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations that walk you through the basics of making beaded jewelry. You’ll learn how to use various pliers, crimpers, and wire cutters, and choose the perfect beads and string for your projects. In no time at all, you’ll be stringing together your own pieces, complete with clasps, rings, and cones.
Show your style with handcrafted jewelry. Beaded Jewelry: Wirework Techniques has all the tips and tricks you need to make your own professional-looking jewelry using wirework techniques. Step-by-step instructions teach you how to select the best wire and tools for your project, while clear illustrations show you exactly how to bend, twist, and shape your way to beautiful loops, hoops, and head pins. You’ll soon be designing and creating unique and personal earrings, bracelets, and pendants.
Whether you’re mastering crocheting with beads or choosing supplies for your very first necklace, Karen Morris has the answers to all your questions. Concise, straightforward, and packed with illustrations, this handy little book is full of tips and techniques that will take your craft to the next level. With insightful advice on everything from thread storage to fragile glass beads, The Beading Answer Book will help you solve your most vexing beading dilemmas.
Move beyond granny squares and get ready for crocheted circles, triangles, hexagons, and stars. Edie Eckman opens up the door to crocheting creativity with more than 140 motifs of every shape and size. Embellish your clothing, linens, housewares, and bags with colorful patterns as you put odd yarn leftovers to good use. Step-by-step instructions and color photographs provide the building blocks to limitless possibilities. Open up your imagination and let your crochet follow.
Braided rugs are easy to make, and you can create them out of your own old clothes and blankets, ending up with a beautiful rug that is full of meaning and memories. Nancy Bubel covers every step of the simple process, from planning the perfect size, shape, and color scheme to cutting your cloth strips, braiding them, and finishing off your rug.
Show off your style with eye-catching homemade dresses. In this fun, easy-to-follow guide, Project Runway contestant Buffi Jashanmal shows you how to create your own custom-fitted dresses or revamp a piece that’s already hanging in your closet. Learn to design personalized patterns for three basic dress shapes — the shift, the sheath, and the princess seam — and make them rock by exploring variations with measurements and fabric types. Your dresses will fit your body, suit your taste, and express your individuality.
Enjoy some homemade glow. From wax to wick to wrapping, The Candlemaker’s Companion is a definitive guide to modern candle making. Learn how to create rolled, poured, molded, and dipped candles; play with your favorite scents and colors; and use specialty techniques to design glowing luminaria, candle holders, and other gorgeous accessories. With illustrated directions, complete source lists, and plenty of practical advice, Betty Oppenheimer invites even the beginner candlemaker to get in on the action. Fill your house with the warm light and enticing fragrances that only candles can bring.
Build a candy fantasy! Use ordinary store-bought candy and cookies as the raw material for a brand-new kind of crafting, where castles are made with wafer-cookie walls and race cars have Oreos for wheels. Sharon Bowers provides step-by-step instructions for dozens of whimsical and fun projects that will have you seeing candy in a whole new way. From licorice pirates and centipedes made from Life Savers to marshmallow aliens and candy bento boxes, the sweet possibilities are endless.
Discover the perfect beginning and ending for every knitting project! This one-of-a-kind reference guide presents more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off, creating edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, or lacier — whatever your project needs. Detailed instructions for each technique are combined with step-by-step photography so that you’ll be sure not to miss a stitch. No matter what you’re knitting, Leslie Ann Bestor has the cast on and bind off that will give your project the perfect edge.
Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins feature 32 pages of practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.
Create a festive holiday with handmade Christmas stockings, ornaments, and more. With 20 projects geared toward a variety of skill levels, including a useful tutorial on techniques for beginners, crocheters of all types can join in on the fun. Edie Eckman’s passion for crafting is evident in these inspired designs that cover not only traditional stockings and tree skirts, but delightful twists on other Christmas traditions, like a sock-and-mitten advent calendar. Crochet a holiday full of joy for the whole family.
Discover the pleasures of knitting in the round! Margaret Radcliffe presents classic circular knitting techniques — including Fair Isle, helix, and tubular — in detailed step-by-step photographic sequences. This comprehensive guide provides directions for 35 demonstration projects, so you can practice each technique on a miniature hat, mitten, or sweater before applying it to a larger project. With tips on how to adapt any straight-needle pattern for use with circular needles, Circular Knitting Workshop opens up endless possibilities.
Connecting beautiful motifs can be just as enjoyable as crocheting them. Edie Eckman’s creative joining techniques allow you to easily combine multiples to form a whole new pattern, from lacy links, swirls, radiants, and wheels to three-dimensional effects. Step-by-step instructions, detailed photography, and innovative stitching charts ensure success. With 100 brand-new motif designs at your fingertips, you’ll be free to explore limitless variations and capture your own personal style.
Recipes for scented potpourri blends, fairy and herbal lore, poetry, seasonal stories, and gift ideas come together in this delightful book.
Edie Eckman’s classic Q&A reference book has been updated with helpful answers to even more of your burning crochet questions. From beginning basics like yarn styles, stitch types, and necessary tools to detailed outlines of more advanced techniques, you can trust Eckman to deliver straightforward guidance and plenty of encouragement. With illustrations for left-handed crocheters and tips for broomstick lace, linked stitches, crochet cables, and more, The Crochet Answer Book is full of expert advice on every page.
Finally, a One-Skein Wonders® book just for crocheters! Edie Eckman and Judith Durant offer 101 exciting crochet projects — including jewelry, scarves, bags, hats, dresses, and home decor items — that each use just one skein of yarn. With projects organized by yarn type and weight, you’ll be crocheting lacy shrugs for the springtime and heavy-duty beanies for the snowy winter months. Whatever your experience level, you’re sure to find a delightfully portable project that suits your individual style.
From choosing yarns, shapes, and styles to finishing off your project with flair, Dora Ohrenstein shows you how take your crocheted creations to the next level. This fun guide includes more than 70 stitch-along swatches that teach specific crochet techniques and five projects — a hat, shawl, neck warmer, bag, and scarf — that put your new skills to use. With a variety of stitch patterns and shaping types explained, you’ll be inspired to build upon Ohrenstein’s creations and develop your own sophisticated designs.
Now in paperback! Imagine a softly striped crib blanket knit in the comforting colors of the nursery. Or a sophisticated cashmere wrap featuring rich jewel tones that set off a favorite black dress. Knitting teacher and author Margaret Radcliffe presents a world of color techniques in a single comprehensive reference that you’ll consult every time two or more yarn colors are in play. Stitchers of every ability level will love the color-combining methods and professional secrets revealed in The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques. Multicolor knitting techniques are explained with step-by-step illustrations and photographs accompanied by instructive text. Complete chapters on stripes, stitch effects, succeeding with multicolor yarns, stranded knitting, and intarsia cover the theory and how-to behind each method and offer creative solutions for handling tangled yarn, estimating yarn quantities of each color, holding on to all those ends, and employing stunning finishing techniques. A final chapter describes more unusual techniques, such as helix, shadow, mosaic, and modular knitting.
Sensational sewing projects demand fabulous fabrics! Fiber artist Cheryl Rezendes shows you how to create an astonishing array of surface designs, simply and safely, using textile paints and printing ink. She covers a wide variety of techniques: stamping, ancient Japanese Shibori, silkscreen, soy wax and flour resist, image transfer, marbling, nature printing, foils and metal leaf, and more. Step-by-step photographs illustrate every technique, and Rezendes includes innovative suggestions on how to combine and layer techniques for stunningly original results.
This One-Yard Wonders collection organizes projects by fabric type so that you can make the most of each cloth’s unique characteristics. Find the best uses for all your different fabrics as you learn to use stretchy jersey knits for a ruffle scarf, lightweight cotton voile for a girl’s sundress, and sturdy corduroy for a tote. Easy-to-follow illustrated instructions are provided for 101 projects, each requiring just a single yard of fabric. Get inspired and show off your individual style, one yard at a time!
Crafter Maggie Pace converts avid knitters of all kinds into industrious, smiling felters in this fun, easygoing guide to the simplest of fiber crafts. Pace guides you through 20 fabulous knittable accessory projects and shows you how to transform them with a quick trip through the washing machine. From hats and bags to scarves and sew-on embellishments, this simple method produces soft felt every time, and is versatile enough to work with any knit-worthy piece you can dream up.
With this compact portable reference in hand, crafters can quickly and easily look up any of 100 different sheep breeds, the characteristics of their fleece, and the kinds of projects for which their fleece is best suited. Each breed profile includes a photograph of the animal and information about its origin and conservation status, as well as the weight, staple length, fiber diameter, and natural colors of its fleece. This is a great primer for beginners, and a handy guide for anyone who loves working with fleece.
Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Kari Chapin will help by applying her trademark you-can-do-it coaching style to the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship and covering all the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business. Learn how to map out a financial plan, expand production, automate distribution, address legal matters, and much more. Start growing your business beyond the dining room table and leave your day job behind.
Discover the colorful joys of hand dyeing your own yarn and fleece. It’s easy, fun, and can be done right in your own kitchen! Self-taught dyer Gail Callahan shows you a variety of simple techniques to turn plain, outdated, or leftover yarn into vibrant “new” fibers using ovens, crockpots, frying pans, and other standard kitchen equipment. Detailed advice on color theory, self-striping, “grocery store” dyes, and handmade multicolor skeins make successful dyeing a cinch, even for complete beginners.
Discover how to use found natural materials – such as leaves, flowers, feathers, vegetables, fruits, shells, weeds, and wood grain – to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. Simple step-by-step instructions coupled with beautiful photos make it easy and fun to learn the basic techniques. In no time at all, crafters of any experience level will be creating original nature prints on everything from headboards to stationery to jewelry. Imagine shower invitations featuring delicate herbal prints – or a huge room divider screen printed with tall, billowy marsh grasses, flowing water patterns, and fish. Try making one-of-a-kind home furnishings, such as a clothes hamper printed with scallop shells, a footstool printed with cinnamon sticks, or a lampshade printed with willow leaves on bark paper. Or make one-of-a-kind wearables, like an apron printed with sage or a shirt printed with striking geometric shapes cut from maple leaves. There’s something here for every inventive crafter.
Make money doing what you love. Kari Chapin’s insightful and inspiring guide to turning your crafting skills into earned income has been completely revised and updated. The Handmade Marketplace is filled with proven techniques that can help you brand your business, establish a client base, sell your products, and effectively employ all aspects of social media. Learn how easy it is to enjoy a lucrative career while leading the creative life you’ve always craved.
Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins feature 32 pages of practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.
Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins feature 32 pages of practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.
Craft stylish and unique fabric masterpieces. Whether you’re new to crocheting or just need a refresher course, Hooked on Crochet makes it a snap to learn basic techniques and then move on to more challenging patterns. Candi Jenson provides illustrated step-by-step instructions for 20 sweet and sassy projects that include hats, bags, clothing, and accessories for the home. You’ll learn how to use novelty yarns to make one-of-a-kind scarves, create cloche-style hats, and fashion lacey tank tops with this high-style guide to the world of crochet.
Get hooked on crochet and bring handcrafted charm to your home and wardrobe. This fun introduction to crocheting presents all the basic techniques you’ll need to get started. Sara Delaney provides easy-to-follow illustrated instructions for joining, fastening off, selecting color schemes, and much more. Learn how to read crochet patterns and work a basic chain with single or double stitches. You’ll quickly be on your way to crafting your own pretty potholders and delicate scarves.
Leslie Ann Bestor makes learning to knit fun and easy. Bestor’s simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern. You’ll quickly learn techniques for expertly casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off, blocking finished projects, and much more. Even if you’ve never held a pair of knitting needles before, this easy-to-follow guide will have you knitting in no time!
Whether you’re working socks from the toe up or from the cuff down, designer Donna Druchunas’s complete, step-by-step instructions make sock knitting easy, enjoyable, and successful. You’ll learn several different approaches for getting started, and you’ll also discover how to shape comfortable toes, create heels that fit, and knit stretchy cuffs that can be counted on to keep your socks up. Druchunas’s useful tips and tricks include working confidently with double-pointed needles, knitting socks on one or two circular needles, and even knitting two socks at the same time. Once you’ve mastered these basic techniques, you can adapt them to create your own custom sock designs.
With simple step-by-step instructions that require only basic sewing skills, Barbara Weiland Talbert shows you how to make your own beautiful and durable quilts. Taking you through the complete quilting process in an easy-to-follow sequence, Talbert shows you how to select a suitable design, choose the best fabric, cut shapes, piece together blocks, assemble the quilt top, and finish your project. You’ll quickly acquire the know-how and inspiration to create unique high-quality quilts that add a charming touch to your home.
Rebecca Yaker, co-author of the best-selling One-Yard Wonders, offers this complete introduction to making your own curtains, covering everything from measuring to calculating yardage, choosing the best fabrics, sewing your curtains, adding linings, and selecting the right fixtures and hardware for hanging. She includes step-by-step instructions for making five different curtain styles: pleats, eyelets, tab tops, tie tops, and rod pockets.
Give your favorite furniture a new look! Patricia Hoskins, co-author of the best-selling One-Yard Wonders, offers simple, step-by-step, illustrated instructions for making your own slipcovers for dining chairs, easy chairs, ottomans, and sofas with either loose back pillows or fixed cushions. She explains exactly how to complete every step of the process, from choosing the best fabrics to calculating yardage, sewing curved seams, creating mitered corners, applying trims, and finishing with zippers, envelope backs, or ties.
Add charm and personal style to your crafting. Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut offer 101 fun project ideas that will have you incorporating decorative touches and texturally interesting patterns into your sewing repertoire. Each project is designed to take less than a day, meaning that before you know it you’ll be whipping out dozens of dazzlingly high-style creations that showcase techniques like pattern-making, appliqué, doodle-stitching, and more. Get inspired and turn old T-shirts into fashion statements and forgotten pillowcases into works of art.
The secret to knitting great-fitting hats and shaping elegant sleeves lies in using the right increase or decrease techniques. Offering 99 different methods for widening or narrowing your fabric, Judith Durant shows you how to shape all of your knitting projects to perfection. Approachable and insightful, Durant provides clear instructions and step-by-step photographs that showcase swatches for each technique. From working shaped lace to adjusting necklines, you’ll soon have a go-to strategy for successfully tackling knitting challenges of all shapes and sizes.
Rigid-heddle weaving is simple to learn, is easy to master, and offers a lifetime of possibilities to discover! Weaving Large on a Little Loom covers everything rigid-heddle weavers need to know about the craft, from the basics -- how to select a loom, how to set it up, and how to 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.
Make this holiday one your family will remember forever! With these 19 simple and fun patterns, even first-time knitters can create beautiful Christmas stockings for everyone on Santa’s list. Gwen W. Steege offers innovative ideas for crafting unique stockings full of personality, regardless of whether you’re looking for wacky or whimsical, classically beautiful or daintily darling. Transform smaller skeins and project leftovers into ministockings for pets or tree ornaments. Clear some room on the mantle and knit yourself a merry little Christmas.
Give your knitting a touch of sparkle! Judith Durant shows you how to add beads to any knitting pattern using five easy-to-learn techniques. It’s simple, fun, and can be done right on your knitting needles. With step-by-step instructions for each technique, as well as 16 original patterns, you’ll be turning simple bags and wearables into stunning special-occasion creations in no time. From eye-catching knit caps to surprisingly intricate socks, you’ll be inspired to explore the endless possibilities of beaded knitting.
Easy enough for beginners and exciting enough to inspire experts, felted knitting offers endless possibilities for creative crafting. The method is simple and magical — knit the project large and loose, wash it in hot water, and see it transformed into a soft and cozy garment or accessory. Kathleen Taylor encourages you to explore the possibilities of felted knitting with 25 spectacular projects that include mittens, slippers, hats, bags, stuffed animals, and more. Embellish your life with unique and stylishly comfortable creations.
A staple of the knitting repertoire, scarves are the perfect vehicle to display your unique style and love of color. Renowned needlework designer Candi Jensen offers 16 foolproof patterns that will have even beginners confidently crafting handmade masterpieces, while more experienced knitters will delight in trying new techniques and exploring advanced yarn variations. Full of straightforward advice, simple color-coded instructions, and plenty of encouragement, Knit Scarves will inspire you to pull out your needles and keep your neck fashionably warm.
In this best-selling knitting guide, Betsy Lee McCarthy offers 17 classic sock patterns guaranteed to keep your feet stylishly warm. Choosing the right material for your project is made easy with plenty of helpful advice on the qualities of different yarns, including what feels best, what holds its shape, and what really lasts. You can also take advantage of fiber substitution charts and make your own creative variations on these timeless patterns. Slip your toes into one comfortable and cozy knit masterpiece after another.
Record the beauty, emotions, and experiences of everyday life -- not in your journal but with your knitting needles! Author Lea Redmond offers 32 enchanting projects that will inspire you to create beautiful finished pieces full of personal meaning and memories. Stock up on shades of blue, gray, and white and knit one strip of a scarf every day for a year, using the colors of the sky on that day. When you’re done, you’ll have a unique memento of your year better than anything you can keep in a scrapbook. Or when you’re traveling, knit postcard-size swatches at each place you visit, using the colors you see around you. When the trip is over, piece the swatches together into a throw that will remind you of your journey every time you use it. Or knit a height-chart scarf for a beloved baby, starting with her length at birth and adding inches each year until you have the perfect gift for her 18th birthday. These are knitting projects like no other, resulting in one-of-a-kind heirlooms that tell a story only you can tell. Redmond provides instructions for all the stitches and techniques you need, as well as required patterns.
Put those clunky double-pointed needles down and learn to knit fabulous socks on your straight needles. Sharing her groundbreaking technique for straight-knit socks, Alice Curtis provides step-by-step instructions for 20 original patterns that feature a variety of yarns and an array of motifs ranging from cables to argyle. The possibilities for creative variations are endless, and each pattern can easily be adapted to any size. Get inspired and use your straight needles to knit stylish masterpieces that will keep your feet cozy and warm.
Knit a traditional gansey sweater with indigo yarn. Tour a spinning mill. Discover five ways to cast on for socks. Meet your personal knitting hero. The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated compilation of 1,001 experiences and adventures that devout knitters won’t want to miss. You’ll find classic techniques to master, time-honored patterns to try, unusual yarns to work with, museums to see, books to read, and much more. Get inspired and live the knitting life of your dreams!
With expert answers to scores of new knitting questions, Margaret Radcliffe’s classic guide is better than ever. You’ll find a wide assortment of cast ons and bind offs, techniques for beading and knitting backwards, tips for knitting in the round, and strategies for measuring tricky fabrics. Whether you’re a beginner venturing out into the wide world of yarn crafts or a more experienced knitter struggling through complex needlework challenges, The Knitting Answer Book has a solution for every knitting problem you’ll encounter.
Knit your own fabric rugs! All you need are a cutting wheel and mat, a pair of size 10 knitting needles, fabric, and Karen Tiede’s innovative technique for creating stunning designs quickly and easily. Tiede gives you directions for making 28 different rugs, with designs that use age-old motifs, including stripes and spirals; traditional quilt patterns, such as tessellations and log cabin designs; and freeform inventions. She shows how to create a wide range of color modulations, as well as different shapes, from rectangles to circles. The results are beautiful, one-of-a-kind floor coverings and wall hangings that are perfect for your space and taste.
Soft, shapely knitting meets pretty, crocheted edgings and flowers in this delightfully hybrid collection. Candi Jensen offers clear instructions for 22 fun and easy projects designed to introduce the knitting crowd to the pleasures of crochet. Even seasoned knitters will be amazed and inspired by the stylish flair that touches of crochet can add to sweaters, scarves, placemats, and scores of other projects. Expand your crafting repertoire and embellish your fiber projects in endlessly creative ways.
Both a celebration of the craft and a sourcebook for practical information, Knitting Rules! is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the avid knitter. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of tangled yarn, confusing patterns, and stubbornly unfinished projects. Daring to question long-standing rules and encouraging crafters to knit in the way that works best for them, this illuminating, liberating, and hilarious look at the world of knitting is full of surprises and delightfully inspiring ideas.
This is the definitive reference for any knitter seeking better results, whether the challenge is reading a pattern chart, substituting yarn, modifying a pattern, fixing a mistake, shaping a collar, or adjusting an armhole. Expert Margaret Radcliffe, author of The Knitting Answer Book and Circular Knitting Workshop, demystifies and thoroughly explains the "why" behind every knitting technique, from modifying necklines to fixing dropped stitches and creating sleek edges and seams. In this fascinating and comprehensive guide, she covers everything from how to identify a well-written pattern to evaluating schematics, revising a pattern so it fits perfectly, and making adjustments throughout a project. Whatever your skill level, with this book you'll become a better, happier, more confident knitter!
Kristin Nicholas applies her magical way with color to stunning new designs that bring knitting alive. Concentrating on 27 patterns — five each for hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and sweaters — Nicholas uses her distinctive palette to create knitted art. But she doesn’t stop there. Believing that everyone can have fun with color, Nicholas encourages knitters to develop personally inspiring fiber palettes for every project!
Judith Durant has done it again! This all-new collection of 101 original lace knitting projects, each using just a single skein of yarn, will thrill knitters of all levels. From clothes and accessories to pillows, curtains, and tablecloths, these beautiful projects were contributed by designers and knitters around the world. Try your hand at an heirloom-quality lace shawl, a lacy pair of gloves, or a dainty child’s dress with a perfect lace insert – the possibilities are endless!
This newest addition to the best-selling One-Yard Wonders series features 101 delightful projects for babies and kids, each using just one yard of fabric and many requiring just a few hours to complete. Step-by-step illustrated instructions, beautiful close-up photographs, and pattern pieces included in a bound-in envelope make it easy and fun to create all kinds of adorable items, including the Merry-Go-Round Dress, the Ruffle Romper, the Western Shirt, and the Secret Monster Overalls. From tops and caps to play mats, pillows, and plushies, this book overflows with creative clothes, accessories, toys, and furnishings for little ones from newborn to elementary-school age. Whether you're furnishing your nursery, making new clothes for a growing child, or creating a unique gift for a baby shower, this collection has the perfect project for you.
A little luxury goes a long way! Discover the treasures you can knit from single skeins of the expensive yarns you dream about, including creamy cashmere, lustrous alpaca, seductive silk, exotic soy, and organic linen. More than 100 patterns include elegant wraps and scarves, cuddly baby blankets and sweaters, evening bags, and dozens of other projects destined to become cherished heirlooms.
Making traditional bent willow furniture doesn’t get any easier than this! With a few simple tools and these step-by-step instructions, you can create rustic willow furniture for your home, porch, yard, and garden.
Create a felted menagerie of fleecy, fuzzy animals with simple felting techniques that are fun, tactile, and easy for all ages and levels of crafters. Twenty-five irresistible projects introduce readers to wet and needle-felting techniques and feature many shaped and colorful embellishments. The comical critters in this original felted menagerie are sure to become friends for life.
Summon long-hidden memories and inspire your dreams by tucking a fragrant dream pillow into your pillowcase.
"You'll love his recipes for potent blends to relax you, excite you, and guide your noctural journey."
— Phyllis M.K. Shaudys, author of The Pleasure of Herbs and Herbal Treasures
Create all-natural, inexpensive hand soaps, shampoos, shower gels, bubble baths, and much more using a simple double-boiler technique. Learn to blend oils, additives, color, and scent to develop one-of-a-kind liquid soaps.
With common ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, crafters can produce transparent soaps that are milder, richer, and creamier than any commercial soap on the market.
Cook colorful, whimsical, and eye-catching soaps in the microwave! More than 30 projects using a meltable glycerin soap base and readily available colorants and fragrances enable crafters to custom design their own works of soap art.
Blend moisturizing, skin-nourishing, milk-based soaps using the specialized yet simple techniques Makela has developed during years of soapmaking and running her own soap business.
“The Natural Soap Book will be a welcome guide for anyone taking up the home craft.”
— Debra Warner, Orange County Register
Using materials children can find just about anywhere, Laura C. Martin offers 65 cool, natural art projects. Kids can learn how to make paints from flowers and other plants; how to build elf-sized furniture; and how to dig clay, weave vines, and use plants to stamp T-shirts. Throughout, Martin teaches children to respect nature and to be conscientious stewards of the earth's resources while developing artistic skills.
There are lonely, single skeins of yarn in every knitter's closet — casualties of projects discarded in mid-row, single balls of luscious alpaca or cashmere that was too expensive to buy more than one, the leftovers from long-completed projects. Wherever they came from, those single skeins are a minor source of guilt for knitters everywhere. They really should be used, but for what? Here are 101 original and charming solutions to the perpetual one-skein problem. Contributed by yarn shops across the country, there are hats, mittens, scarves, bags, socks, ponchos, baby sweaters, belts, headbands, a cell phone carrier, and even a tea cozy and a set of coasters for the home. A scrapbook of tastes and styles that celebrates the ingenuity of knitters nationwide, this is a collection with appeal for every type of stitcher.
This irresistible collection offers 101 original knitting projects for babies and toddlers -- each using just a single skein of yarn! From mittens and hats to tees, sweaters, hoodies, pants, dresses, socks, and bootees, you’ll find the perfect wearable for every child and every occasion. You’ll also discover beautiful bibs, blankets, and sleep sacks, plus adorable stuffed toys, blanket buddies, and more. These beautiful projects were contributed by designers and crafters around the world, and each comes with complete step-by-step instructions and a photograph of the finished piece.
Look at all you can make with just one yard of fabric! 101 fun and stylish sewing projects range from clothes and accessories to toys, home decor, baby items, pet beds, bags, and much more. All projects require no more than a single yard of fabric, and most can be completed in just a few hours. Simple step-by-step instructions, plus templates and pattern pieces where needed, make it easy to create something wonderful!
Make colorful papers from recycled junk mail or from harvested plants. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations, Hiebert covers every aspect of creating unique papers and offers helpful tips on using your creations.
With a minimal investment in equipment, a small harvest of backyard weeds or garden plants, and the guidance of papermaking expert Helen Hiebert, anyone can make exquisite papers right in the home kitchen. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions make it easy to blend and shape a variety of organic, unique papers.
PlyDesign presents 73 ideas for sleek, smart home furnishings that you can make from off-the-shelf sheet materials using only basic hand and power tools. With designs contributed by more than 50 creative builders across North America, the projects include tables, stools, workstations, benches, laptop stands, shelves, art panels, organizers, headboards, doghouses, dollhouses, and more. A photo of each finished project is accompanied by a list of needed tools and materials, cutting and assembly diagrams, and clear step-by-step instructions.
For ages 8 to 12, Pop-Out & Paint Farm Animals offers 15 stand-up animal templates that kids can pop out of the book, paint as they please, and customize with paper wings, yarn beards, and other unique touches, creating a one-of-a-kind barnyard that can be played with after it’s finished. The animals include cows, sheep, pigs, goats, ducks, chickens -- even a barn cat and a border collie! Kids will learn about different breeds while enjoying hours of creative fun.
Create a herd of model paper horses! Using basic craft supplies -- acrylic paints, craft glue, embroidery floss, and yarn -- kids ages 8 to 12 will have hours of fun applying authentic paint markings and mane and tail features to ten sturdy, pop-out horse-breed templates. There’s a Quarter Horse, an Arabian, a Shetland pony, a Thoroughbred, a Morgan, a Clydesdale foal, an Appaloosa, a Saddlebred, a Tennessee Walker, and a Friesian. The step-by-step photographic instructions are easy to follow. When complete, each durable model is painted on both sides and can stand up for play or display.
The pure luxury of soaps made with coconut butter, almond oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, or green tea is one of life’s little pleasures. And with the help of author Anne-Marie Faiola, it’s easy to make luscious, all-natural soaps right in your own kitchen. This collection of 32 recipes ranges from simple castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks. Begin with a combination of skin-nourishing oils and then add blueberry puree, dandelion-infused water, almond milk, mango and avocado butters, black tea, or other delicious ingredients -- and then scent your soap with pure essential oils. Step-by-step photography guides you through every stage of cold-process soapmaking.
Perplexed about piecing? Baffled by binding? Curious about cutting? With answers to more than 200 of your quilting questions, this handy little reference will earn a permanent place in your sewing room. Stitchers of all levels will turn to it again and again for sensible solutions to difficult problems and step-by-step instructions for tricky techniques. Barbara Weiland Talbert covers cutting, piecing, applique work, borders, binding, equipment, materials, and much more. From quick-cutting geometric shapes to coaxing the wrinkles out of polyester batting, here is the best quilting advice on the block.
“A beautifully written and comprehensive book containing everything you ever wanted to know about quilting.”
— Judy Murrah, Director of Education for Quilts, Inc.
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.
Don't toss those old sneakers into the garbage! Fill them with potting soil and transform them into clever, eye-catching planters. Your empty plastic yogurt cups have possibilities, too. With bits of fabric, yarn, and ribbon, they can be transformed into beautiful collectible dolls. Old blue jeans, worn out sweaters, plastic bubble wrap, grocery bags, and empty soda bottles all find new life with these creative projects. Each project features step-by-step illustrated instructions, and a full-color photo of the finished artwork. Plus you'll learn fun facts about rubbish throughout history, where our garbage goes, and read stories of artists who make beautiful things from junk.
Sew bags, packs, totes, and handy items for your home and garden — make them your own with fun, contemporary fabrics. These 31 exciting projects are suitable for every skill level, from beginner to master stitcher.
Help the Planet: Say no to plastic bags and yes to colorful, reusable, hand-sewn alternatives! It’s easy to make your own bags, carry-alls, and sacks to hold everything from farmers’ market finds to bag lunches.
Brighten Your Home: Stitch up an apron or a laundry bag to bring style and flair to household tasks. Add panache to your outdoor activities with a hand-sewn bottle sling or a comfy hammock. You can even make a dog bed cover for your loyal pal or a log tote for your favorite lumberjack.
Functional, fabulous, and ecofriendly — these handmade projects are quick and simple with the step-by-step instructions and illustrations in Sew & Stow.
Want to bring a new look to a tired room without spending a fortune? Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to personalize your living space in just a few hours, with 50 fresh, fun, pattern-free sewing projects. Transform a living room with a custom-designed slipcover and coordinated pillows. Redecorate a bedroom in a weekend by sewing up a headboard cover, a lampshade, and matching window treatments. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to change the look of a child’s room as she grows from a baby to a kid to a teenager. With dramatic before-and-after examples, beautifully styled photography, and a fun “you-can-do-it” attitude, Sew Up a Home Makeover is a creative resource that you’ll return to every time you’re ready for a new look.
Your bag, your way! Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to create customized bags using fabrics that you love, pockets where you need them, straps that feel good on your shoulder, and dimensions that work for whatever you want to carry. Barnes's simple instructions make it easy and fun to sew totes, messenger bags, drawstring sacks, handbags, and much more--exactly what you want, exactly the way you want it.
Feeling hemmed in by fragile fabrics and complicated patterns? Versatile, forgiving fleece allows you to skip right past difficult linings, traditional seam finishes, and tedious ironing. So choose a project, add a touch of personal flair, and sew your own style!
Written both for beginners as well as the sewers who are ready to design their own wearables, Sew What! Skirts is the perfect blend of expert instruction and wonderful inspiration. This spiral-bound book lays flat for easy reference and features full-color photographs of sample skirts along with illustrated step-by-step instructions for completing each one. But what's best, with Sew What! Skirts, you're no longer limited by the boundaries of a pattern. Once the techniques in this book have been mastered, simple guidelines for translating body measurements into panel dimensions allow sewers to design their own unique creations.
This friendly, reassuring resource answers your questions and solves your problems with a turn of the page. The question-and-answer format makes it easy to quickly find the information you need for both machine and hand sewing. Perfect for everyone from absolute beginners to experienced sewers seeking tips on specific techniques, The Sewing Answer Book has it all!
Authors Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a children’s sewing camp that delights kids and parents every year. Now, they have put their experience to work in creating this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. Featuring 21 inspired projects,
shows kids how to create fabric masterpieces with minimal supervision. All projects have been kid-tested, and most can be made using simple hand stitches—no sewing machine required. Projects include pillows, dolls, blankets, wallets, totes, coasters, pot holders, sleep masks, mats, and more; each project features step-by-step instructions written at a second-grade comprehension level, a close-up photo of every step, and a photo of the finished project. The book includes full-sized cut-out patterns in a front pocket.
will have your kids in stitches!
For kids who have mastered hand sewing, machine sewing opens up exciting new possibilities! With Sewing School 2, children ages 7 and up can make 20 creative projects as they develop their machine sewing skills. With plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions written in kid-friendly language, young sewists can work independently and at their own pace. While creating projects that range from a secret message pillow and a water bottle holder to wall pockets, a zippy pouch, and even a fabric guitar and microphone, beginners will learn how to thread a sewing machine, how to use different fabrics and patterns, and why and when to use a particular stitch. "Make It Yours" suggestions offer ways for kids to personalize their projects, resulting in unique items that will be loved and treasured for years to come.
Capturing the romance of the beach and a lush eccentricity, Shell Chic features creative works from today's shell artisans and tells you how to bring their decorative flair into your own home. Gorgeous photography, design ideas, and practical instructions for shell art make this book a beautiful memento from a beach vacation and an inspiring book of craft projects.
Children love to make up stories, and these 40 creative projects and activities encourage them to free their storytelling instincts. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, and then will love using them to create stories of their own, while older kids will enjoy word grab bags, story walks, and journaling exercises. For everyone ages 5 to 12, whatever their reading level, this book has everything needed to spark an infinite number of child-created stories.
From small tabletop models to full-sized backyard waterfalls, fountains add serenity and elegance to almost any setting. Dorcas Adkins offers step-by-step instructions for creating 20 fountains using a variety of materials to suit every taste. With advice on everything from using quiet magnet-driven pumps to working bonsai into a fountain design, Simple Fountains will inspire even the non-crafty to choose a project.
Design a skirt for every day of the week! With these 28 irresistible projects, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to custom-design and sew fabulous skirts that fit you perfectly. Smith shows you how to draft a pattern for a custom fit and then alter that pattern into one of four basic silhouettes: wrap, straight, flared, and high-waisted. Each skirt can then be easily redesigned into seven distinct and delicious looks — one for each day of the week. These projects are suitable for everyone, including beginners.
An 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, oatmeal, coffee, beer, avocado), and building (embedding soap in soap, funnel pour, swirling). Faiola offers everything you need to make your own soap, safely and enjoyably!
Learn every step of the soapmaking process from master soapmaker Susan Miller Cavitch. Once you have mastered her basic skills, go on to create personal soaps that suit your own tastes as well as those of your family and friends
Early printings of this book contain a recipe variation in a sidebar note on page 36. As a result of further testing, author Susan Miller Cavitch and Storey Publishing strongly recommend that you do not try this variation. Adding honey when you are combining the sodium hydroxide and water may result in a stronger reaction with more intense heat. The mixture may bubble up quickly and come out of the pot, posing a potential hazard.
Sock yarn isn’t just for socks anymore! Veteran knitter Judith Durant has selected 101 original patterns for items that can be created from just a single skein of sock yarn — adorable baby clothes, warm mittens and hats, beautiful scarves, original jewelry, bags, cozies — even a dog sweater and a lampshade! Contributed by yarn shops and designers throughout North America, the patterns are fetching and fun to knit. Some knit up in less than three hours, others make creative use of sock yarn leftovers, and several make heirloom-worthy gifts.
As spinners, knitters, and weavers know, the characteristics of fleece — its structure, grease content, and fiber diameter — vary widely depending on the breed of sheep the fleece comes from. These factors are crucial when you're deciding how to spin your fleece and use your finished yarn. In this comprehensive reference, Beth Smith presents a thorough overview of 21 sheep breeds, including each breed's characteristics and history, a photo of the animal and its locks, the best methods for washing its fleece, and specific techniques for preparing, spinning, and finishing the fleece. You'll discover how to select the fleece that is best for your project and how to spin exactly the yarn you need.
Discover the fun and satisfaction of spinning your own yarn! This step-by-step guide shows you how to create 80 distinctive yarns, from classics such as mohair boucle to novelty features like supercoils. Lush photographs illustrate the process of turning fleece into yarn, reveal the unique architecture of each yarn, and show exactly how to manipulate and combine fibers to get the results you want. With this must-have reference, you can create any yarn you desire.
This is the only book you’ll need to learn the craft and art of upholstery from start to finish. With clear instructions illustrated by more than 900 step-by-step photographs, the five projects included here are designed to teach all of the techniques and skills you need to reupholster any piece of furniture to suit your own taste and style.
Let knitting carry you away! Cast off with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on the ultimate journey through the knitter’s world. Map out a course to the nearest yarn shop, get first-rate advice on how much yarn to pack, and locate your traveling companions by looking for the telltale needle holes in the purse. With her wry humor and unapologetic, obsessive love for everything about this remarkable place, Pearl-McPhee takes you on a hilarious tour of the land, its people, customs, and culture. This riotous anthropology is the essential “Insiders’ Guide” to the Land of Knitting.
Recycle, re-create, re-enjoy! You don’t even need a sewing machine to turn old sweaters into new wearables, blankets, pillows, and dolls that are fresh, playful, and captivating. It’s as easy as felting the wool, cutting the pieces for your new project, and stitching everything together using simple hand-sewing skills. Noted designer Crispina ffrench shares her techniques and passion as she introduces you to the beautiful possibilities to be found in old sweaters.
“Crispina’s blankets and throws and rugs are piled on and over each other on my beds, chairs, couches and floors. She’s a great artist who understands texture and how it adds individuality and comfort to a home, not to mention a car, or an old refurbished orange truck seat!!” — Carly Simon
“Crispina makes the most beautiful soulful blankets, pillows, and sweaters, out of people’s old sweaters. In this amazing and magical book she shares her secrets so that you can do it too.”
— Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade
Beginning is easy, continuing is hard takes on special meaning for a knitter faced with five projects already on needles, yet struck by the irresistible urge to start something brand new. Share Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s amazement at the resounding, and even astonishing, truths found in everyday clichés and adages. Babies grow is a hard-learned lesson if you’ve stayed up nights making a tiny sweater for a special newborn, only to discover that a baby’s ability to grow far exceeds your ability to knit. You gotta roll with the punches can push an airborne knitter to the extreme of casting on with a couple of coffee stir sticks. After all, as every knitter knows for sure, idle hands are the devil’s workshop.
“Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has become the knitting world’s Erma Bombeck.”
— Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Knitwear designer Melissa Morgan-Oakes revolutionized the world of sock making with 2-at-a-Time Socks, showing delighted knitters how to simultaneously create two socks on a single circular needle. Now, Morgan-Oakes demonstrates how to knit two socks at a time while working from the toe up – allowing you to try on the socks as you work, avoid running out of yarn before the feet are complete, and avoid using the dreaded kitchener stitch to finish off the toes. The technique can be applied to absolutely any sock pattern, but Morgan-Oakes also provides 15 original sock designs for men, women, children, and babies; each pattern includes row-by-row instructions, charts for large and small feet, and four-color photographs of the finished product.
Transform junk mail, newspapers, comic books, wrapping paper, labels from cans and bottles, old phone books, and more into beautiful handmade paper in just minutes! Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking shows you how to create unique sheets in a variety of shapes, colors, textures, and sizes, using just a blender and some water. The book also features dozens of fabulous projects you can make with the newly created paper—such as cards, invitations, little bound books, paper bowls, wreaths, and ornaments. This fun, easy craft is suitable for everyone in the family, even preschoolers!
Suitable for all skill levels, Uniquely Felt is the essential resource on feltmaking — a complete primer on techniques with step-by-step instructions for 46 projects and profiles of professional feltmakers. Feltmaking — the transformation of a loose pile of wool fibers into a durable, nonwoven fabric — produces a flannel-like fabric with a tactile appeal like nothing else. By adding a little soap and water to the wool, the feltmaker can press and shape the fibers together into wonderfully soft fiber arts.
From a lakeside cabin to a hilltop farmhouse, from an urban brownstone to a suburban ranch — any house can be beautified with decorative pieces crafted from found bits of the woodland landscape, such as pine cones, moss, bark, twigs, and river rocks. Artist and author Marlene Hurley Marshall shows you how to use responsibly collected materials to create stylish wreaths, frames, furniture, collages, potpourri, birdhouses, garden pots, and much more. Featuring luscious photography by Sabine Vollmer von Falken, Woodland Style gives you the inspiration and instruction you need to enjoy the peace and beauty of the woods and meadows in your own home.
Do you have questions about woodworking? Spike Carlsen has the answers! Woodworking FAQ has everything you need to know, whether you're a beginner planning your first project or an experienced crafter putting in cabinets or making furniture. This book is like a master carpenter standing at your elbow to answer questions as they arise, including: How do I make base molding fit tightly on the inside corners? How do I prevent splintering on the end of a board when I rout it? How do I taper cut a table leg? Is there any way to take the wobble out of a chair without taking the whole thing apart? With its comprehensive information, friendly question-and-answer format, and convenient lay-flat binding, Woodworking FAQ will be the most important tool in your workshop.