This beginner’s guide teaches you everything you need to know to string beaded necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry with a professional look and finish. Clear, illustrated, step-by-step instructions walk you through the basic techniques, and the book covers bead types, shapes, and sizes; string types; how to choose and use various types of pliers, wire cutters, and crimping tools; and how to select and attached all kinds of clasps, rings, bead tips, cones, and crimps.
This concise guide has all the information you need to successfully make your own jewelry using knotting techniques. Clear, step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions show you exactly how to knot between beads and attach various types of clasps and finishes. The book also explains how to evaluate, select, and care for pearls and gemstones; how to select findings and tools; the pros and cons of silk versus nylon stringing material; and more.
Margaret Radcliffe's classic Q&A guide is better than ever! This thoroughly revised and updated new edition gives expert answers to scores of new questions that knitters have asked since the first edition was published. You'll find more than a dozen new cast ons and bind offs; new techniques for beading and knitting backwards; tips for making smooth stripes when knitting in the round and for measuring gauge on tricky fabrics, such as ribbing and lace; fresh information on interpreting patterns and adjusting patterns to fit; and much more!
Edie Eckman’s classic Q&A reference is better than ever! In the fully revised and updated second edition, you’ll find helpful answers to even more crochet questions, including new questions on broomstick lace, linked stitches, crochet cables, and much more. You’ll also find illustrations for left-handed crocheters; up-to-the-minute information on internet resources; and an expanded section on unusual techniques, like Tunisian crochet. Whatever your level of expertise, you’ll love having Edie Eckman’s expert advice available at the turn of a page!
This fresh, fun guide from expert Dora Ohrenstein covers all of the basic crochet techniques and so much more, from choosing yarns to finishing! It includes more than 70 stitch-along swatches that each teach a particular technique, as well as five projects — a hat, shawl, neck warmer, bag, and scarf — that put those techniques to use. The swatches offer not just a variety of stitch patterns but also a variety of shapes and can serve as the building blocks for creative and sophisticated projects of your own design.
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!
Christmas stockings, ornaments, and more -- this is every crocheter’s must-have holiday project book! Beginners will love Edie Eckman’s useful technique tutorial, and experienced crafters will want to jump right in and start on these 20 exciting projects. The book includes instructions for eight different stockings, festive ornaments for trees and tabletops, a tree skirt, and other decorations for the home. Each pattern includes a symbol chart and is labeled with the skill level required to complete it, so crocheters of all levels can pick the perfect project.
Learning to knit is fun and easy with Leslie Ann Bestor as your teacher. Her simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you step by step through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern, casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off, and blocking finished projects. You'll also learn techniques for increasing, decreasing, and repairing mistakes. Even if you've never held a pair of knitting needles before, this easy-to-follow guide will have you knitting in no time!
The perfect guide for beginners! Sara Delaney shows you her techniques for working a basic chain and creating single and double chain stitches. You'll learn about changing colors, joining, fastening off, reading crochet patterns, and working with different shapes, and Delaney guides you through several small projects, such as a simple potholder and scarf, to give you the practice and experience you need before you move on to crocheting more complex patterns on your own.
With basic sewing skills and these simple step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn to make your first quilt! Barbara Weiland Talbert outlines the complete process in an easy-to-follow sequence, from selecting a design and choosing fabric to cutting pieces, assembling blocks, assembling the quilt top, and finishing your quilt.
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.
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.
Since its original publication in 2010, Kari Chapin's The Handmade Marketplace has inspired thousands of crafters around the world to find the courage and know-how they need to make money -- and even to make a full-time living -- from doing what they love best. Now, this best-selling guide has been completely revised and updated to include solid information on the latest on-line and social media opportunities for sales and marketing, as well as fresh advice and invaluable tips from successful crafters and artists. With Kari Chapin at your side, you can live a more creative life and enjoy a lucrative career at the same time.
This concise guide has all the information you need to make your own professional-looking jewelry using wirework techniques. Clear, step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions show you exactly how to select the best wire and findings; use a variety of pliers and cutters; and make simple loops, wire-wrapped loops, jump rings, ear wires, hoops, head pins, eye pins, and simple clasps.
In this fun, hip, easy-to-follow guide, Project Runway contestant Buffi Jashanmal shows you how to design and make your own custom-fitted dresses from start to finish. You’ll learn how to create custom patterns for three basic dress shapes – the shift, the sheath, and the princess seam – and how to make them rock by exploring nine variations for each basic shape. Buffi also shows you how to revamp secondhand and vintage dresses, for a total of 30 unique and fabulous dress designs. Your dresses will fit your body, suit your taste, and express your individual style like nothing you can buy in a store!
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.
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.
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!
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.
With this compact, portable reference in hand, crafters can quickly and easily look up any of 100 sheep breeds, the characteristics of their fleece, and the kinds of projects for which their fleece is best suited. Each breed profile includes a photo 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!
Make this holiday one your family will remember forever! With these 19 fun, simple patterns, even first-time knitters can create beautiful knitted Christmas stockings, as well as delightful knit and felt ornaments for the Christmas tree.
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!
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.
Now you can knit SOCKS on the straight needles you love! Alice Curtis developed the technique, and in Knit Your Socks on Straight, she explains exactly how to do it. She also includes 20 original patterns featuring a variety of yarns, motifs from cables to argyle, and instructions for a wide range of sizes. You’ll love the beautiful, cozy socks you’ll make, and you’ll love making them without double-pointed needles!
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.
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!
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 photos illustrate every technique, and Rezendes shows you lots of innovative ways to combine and layer techniques for stunning results.
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.
If you’re like many crocheters, you love to stitch motifs but dread the process of joining them. But connecting your motifs can be as exhilarating as stitching them! Edie Eckman’s guide to creative joining techniques shows how easy it is to combine multiples of a motif to form a whole new pattern, from lacy links to three-dimensional effects, swirls, radiants, and wheels. The variations are endless! Eckman also provides 100 brand-new motif designs. Each one, and every joining technique, is accompanied by step-by-step instructions and innovative charts to ensure success. This superb collection is a must-have for any crocheter.
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.
Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Applying her trademark "you-can-do-it" coaching style to the nuts and bolts of business planning, Kari Chapin covers all of the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business--from mapping out a business plan to expanding production and distribution, finding funding, and addressing legal matters. With this definitive guide, you'll discover how to grow your business beyond the dining room table and finally quit your day job.
Discover the perfect beginning and ending for every knitting project! This one-of-a-kind reference presents more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off, creating edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, lacier, longer-lasting, prettier -- whatever your project needs, you’ll find it here. Detailed instructions for each technique are combined with step-by-step photography so that nothing is left to chance. At-a-glance charts identify the right cast on or bind off for various types of knitting, as well as cast on/bind off pairs that work well together. This indispensable guide will ensure that all of your knitting projects are polished and pleasing, from start to finish!
These 101 creative sewing projects can all be completed in less than a day--some in less than an hour! Playful and inventive, the projects include clothing for all ages, accessories, home decor items, and furnishings. Most feature embellishments and decorative effects -- simple touches that personalize a project with charm -- and use interesting textural fabrics, such as jersey knits, linen, and felt...even paper and vinyl! The authors walk readers through the sewing basics, demystify the lost art of simple pattern-making, provide visual guides to stitches, and give easy instructions for techniques such as applique, doodle-stitching, and layering of fabrics.
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.
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.
Discover the pleasures of knitting in the round! Margaret Radcliffe teaches you everything you need to know to master the art of circular knitting, presenting Fair Isle, twined, helix, tubular, double knitting, and other classic techniques in detailed step-by-step photographic sequences. She includes 35 demonstration projects so you can practice each technique on a mini-version of a sock, hat, bag, mitten, sweater, or vest before applying it to a larger project. She also shows you how to convert any straight-needle pattern for use with circular needles. This is a complete course in one book, suitable even for beginners.
The authors of One-Yard Wonders are back with another all-new collection of 101 sewing projects contributed by designers and sewing bloggers across North America. This time, the projects are organized by fabric type -- from home dec to knits, wool to flannels, corduroy to cottons, you’ll learn how to make the most of each fabric’s unique characteristics. And since each project uses just a single yard of fabric, it’s easy and affordable to experiment with something you’ve never tried before. Waterproof coated cottons are perfect for a gym bag, knit jersey whips up quickly into a ruffle scarf or sassy dress, corduroy makes a sturdy tote, and lightweight cotton voile is just right for a little girl’s smocked sundress. Each project comes with step-by-step illustrated instructions and a complete cutting layout, and all required pattern pieces are included. Apartment Therapy says, “This is perfect for us since we’re often so smitten with a fabric that we buy a small amount of it just in case we think of something to use it for.” Library Journal calls Fabric-by-Fabric “A quirky and hip sewing book.”
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.
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.
Knit a traditional gansey sweater with indigo yarn. Tour a spinning mill. Discover five ways to cast on for socks. Use steeking to make a tube into a cardigan. The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated compilation of more than 1000 experiences and adventures that knitters won’t want to miss. You’ll find unusual yarns to work with, classic techniques to master, time-honored patterns to try, innovative designers to know about, museums around the world to see, books to read, festivals and retreats to visit, and much more. Check off each item as you complete it, and move on to the next -- you’ll find more than enough knitting adventures to fill a lifetime!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Build a candy fantasy! Sharon Bowers shows you how to use ordinary store-bought candy and cookies as the raw material for a brand-new kind of crafting. Top a sheet cake with a crushed-cookie racetrack, tiny candy cars, and a candy pit crew—and watch the delight on your birthday boy’s face. Set out fudge-striped cookies and peanut butter cups to keep small family members busy making pilgrim hats on Thanksgiving Day. Spend a rainy afternoon with your kids, making a pirate ship complete with little pirates made of licorice and candy corn. You’ll find simple, step-by-step instructions for making dozens of things children love, including spaceships, butterflies, a fairy-tale castle, a dump truck, planes, Egyptian pyramids, aliens, a steam train, Christmas trees, Easter eggs, and much more — all crafted with candy. The sweet possibilities are endless!
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.
Now in a paperback edition that tucks easily into your knitting bag, Storey’s best-selling sock-knitting book is better than ever. You’ll find 17 classic, cozy, colorful sock patterns plus helpful new advice on choosing sock yarns--what feels best, what holds its shape, and what really lasts. Wondering how to substitute a different yarn for the one that’s specified in a pattern? Betsy McCarthy has added a new chart that provides alternative yarn weights and the corresponding number of stitches needed for each pattern and size. Feed your sock addiction!
offers an endless array of exciting options for keeping feet comfortable, warm, and beautiful.
“ Knit Socks! shows how to produce a pair of lovely socks — even if it’s your first try at a knitting project.”
— The Needlecraft Shelf, Library Bookwatch
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!
A crochet border is the perfect finishing touch on the edges of any fiber project, but creating one often means turning a corner and shaping the edging around a 90-degree angle. This isn’t simple, and most edging patterns don’t include specific instructions for turning the corner. Edie Eckman comes to the rescue with this collection of 150 colorful crochet frames that do supply these instructions. Color photographs by John Polak let you see the details up close. Easy, marvelous crochet borders are just around the corner!
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.
Don’t limit yourself to the colors available in stores — find out how fun and satisfying it is to hand-dye yarn and fleece right in your own kitchen! Self-taught dyer Gail Callahan shows you a variety of simple techniques that turn plain, outdated, or leftover yarns into colorful “new” fibers —exactly the color and quantity you want. Standard kitchen equipment is all you need; you can dye in a microwave oven, a stovetop kettle, a crockpot, a traditional oven, or even an electric frying pan — Callahan covers it all. She also includes instructions for designing self-striping and multicolored yarns with dip-dyeing, tie-dyeing, hand-painting, and other inventive techniques. Detailed advice on color theory and types of dyes, including food colors and other “grocery store” dyes, make successful dyeing easy for complete beginners.
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!
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
Add sparkle to your knitting! Using five easy-to-learn techniques, you can add beads to any knitting pattern, turning simple bags and wearables into stunning special-occasion creations. And it’s all done right on your knitting needles! Judith Durant offers step-by-step instructions for mastering the techniques, as well as sixteen original patterns featuring gorgeous beadwork. The possibilities for beaded knitting are endless!
“An inspiring, in-depth, and accessible guide to knitting with beads. With excellent instructions, Judith not only answers the questions about these tantalizing techniques, she also presents a world of possibilities for knitters of all levels. In this knitter’s opinion, Knit One Bead Too is destined to become a definitive and very welcome addition to the world of knitting.”
--Cheryl Oberle, author of Knitted Jackets, Folk Vests, and Folk Shawls
“Spectacular, highly appealing projects — gloves, pillow, shawl, sweaters, and more — using nearly forgotten bead knitting techniques . . . a fresh twist on the craft, with subtle, understated colors and designs.”
--Diane Fitzgerald, internationally known bead artist and author of several books, including Shaped Beadwork
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.
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.
Imagine a cozy crib blanket knit in the colors of baby's nursery. Or an elegant cashmere wrap in rich jewel tones that set off a favorite black dress. How about a comfy pair of socks knit in school colors for your college-student daughter? Margaret Radcliffe unravels the intricacies of combining two or more yarn colors, clearly explaining the techniques that transform simple knitted items into fabulous masterpieces. With Radcliffe’s clear instructions as a reliable road map, every knitter will discover her inner color designer. There are complete chapters on stripes, stitch effects, knitting with multicolor yarns, stranded knitting, and intarsia, covering both the theory and the how-to behind each method. Additional chapters offer advice on modifying existing one-color patterns and designing new patterns that use two or more colors in a rainbow of designs.
“Embrace color! This book will have you drooling in anticipation of getting out your needles and trying something new with color. Here is something for everyone: Loads of different approaches to using vibrant yarns, texture, and stitches with a solid underpinning of excellent knitting techniques and advice.”
— Lucy Neatby, creator of the Learn with Lucy knitting DVD series and author of Cool Socks, Warm Feet
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.
All the things you love about granny squares are also true of crocheted circles, triangles, hexagons, and stars. Motifs of any shape are fun, creative, addictive, and a perfect way to use up small bits of yarn. Play with colors and shapes. Refine your hooking skills. Sew your tiny masterpieces onto trendy wearables and soft home goods. Piece dozens together to make blankets, wraps, and tote bags. These 144 motifs will go wherever your imagination leads!
“. . . creative inspiration to get one’s imagination soaring — and the crochet hooks flying!”
— Melissa Leapman, author of Cables Untangled and Cool Crochet
Whether you’re a beginner choosing supplies for a simple necklace or an advanced crafter mastering the details of crocheting with beads, this indispensable reference has everything you need to know to bead successfully. Packed with illustrated instructions and insightful advice, this handy little book is ready and waiting to solve your most vexing dilemmas. Don’t bead without it!
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.
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
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.
Say goodbye forever to Second Sock Syndrome! Knitting one sock is fun and rewarding, but finishing the second one can be boring. Now an easy-to-learn new technique enables sock stitchers to work on two socks at one time, finishing both parts of the pair on the same day. Step-by-step photographs illustrate how to cast on and knit two socks together on one long circular needle. Best of all, any sock pattern can be adapted to this innovative 2-at-a-time technique, so the fun doesn’t end with the 15 original patterns in this book. Lonely, abandoned single socks are now a thing of the past!
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!
For every lonely single skein there is a perfectly wonderful small pattern. Knitwear designers from across the United States offer their favorite little projects — each one designed to use just one ball of yarn. Hats, scarves, bags, shawls, mittens, pillows, and other one-skein wonders make fun weekend projects, easy to slip in every knitter’s yarn bag and quick to complete. All 101 designs are pictured in a full-color project gallery.
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.
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!
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.
Knit something big, wash it in hot water, let it dry, and voila! It's so simple, yet the versatility and variety it offers is vast, from shaped felt hats and bags to placemats and napkin rings. Felt It! offers a range of projects, including flower brooches, belts, chokers, and even a Calla Lily Clutch, that are paired with expert advice to help pick the right yarn for the desired effect, prevent overshrinking, find objects around the house to use as molds, and use the right increase stitch to help with shaping.
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.
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.
Soft, shapely knitting meets pretty, crocheted edgings and flowers in a collection of designs guaranteed to convert the knitting-only crowd to the pleasures of crochet. A little crochet can add a lot of fun to knitted sweaters, scarves, hats, placemats — the possibilities are endless. Simple crocheting instructions get every knitter quickly up to speed with projects that will inspire them into the world of crocheted embellishments and trims.
Both a celebration of knitting and a sourcebook for practical information, this book is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the knitter. In chapters on everything from yarn needles, gauge, and knitting bag essentials to hats, socks, shawls and sweaters, Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of what it is that makes knitting click, from the inside out. She dares to question long-standing rules and uncover the true essence of what makes a hat a hat, a sock a sock, and so on. Insights into why certain techniques work encourage knitters to take control and knit in the way that works best for them. As she says "there are no knitting police." The result is an illuminating, liberating (and hilarious!) look at knitting that will comfort the experienced knitter, surprise the mainstream one, and entice the beginner.
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.
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 wicked — and 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. Pearl-McPhee has seen it all, from the deadly “second sock syndrome” to a house so full of yarn that she can't find the washing machine. This hilarious collection will have knitters in stitches!
In the world of knitting, one of the easiest ways to create a masterpiece is to knit a scarf. Now, renowned needlework designer Candi Jensen provides you with 16 foolproof patterns, plus 27 additional yarn variations, that will build a beginner's confidence while teaching experienced knitters exciting new techniques. Whatever your skill level, you'll love Jensen's easy-to-follow, color-coded instructions and straightforward advice.
Crocheting has become a fashion and crafting phenomenon. Now, both veteran and novice crocheters can capitalize on this trend with 20 sassy projects including hats, bags, clothing, and even accessories for the home. Whether you’re new to crocheting or just need a refresher course, Hooked on Crochet makes it a snap to learn the basics and then move on to more challenging patterns. The easy-to-follow instructions — all fully illustrated— virtually guarantee that every project will be a fashion masterpiece.
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.
Knitted felting, a hot trend in today's knitting circles, is a technique that both beginning and experienced knitters are eager to master. The method is simple and magical — knit the project large and loose, wash it in hot water, and see it transformed into a soft, thick, cozy garment or accessory. 25 spectacular projects include mittens, socks, bags, toys, and home accessories.
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.
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.
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.
Expanding on the popularity of papermaking, this unique book offers innovative designs for using handmade paper to make three-dimensional home furnishings, including lamp shades, luminaria, lanterns, room divider screens, sconces, nightlights, and window shades. Full-color photographs illustrate the 15 projects.
With illustrated, step-by-step illustrations and complete source lists, Betty Oppenheimer shows crafters how to easily create rolled, poured, molded, and dipped candles from wax to wick.
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.
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.
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.
Recipes for scented potpourri blends, fairy and herbal lore, poetry, seasonal stories, and gift ideas come together in this delightful book.
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
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.
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.
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.
“The Natural Soap Book will be a welcome guide for anyone taking up the home craft.”
— Debra Warner, Orange County Register
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.
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.
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.