Crafts & Hobbies

  • Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching

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    Adding a touch of comfort and style to a crafter’s home decor, the patterns in this collection can be made from a variety of yarns and colors and by crocheters of all skill levels. With 26 designs, this book features full-color photographs and detailed instructions on stitching and incorporating motifs and patterns such as granny squares, Tunisian lace, pineapples, shells, ripples, and more. Beautiful, whimsical, and practical, these afghans make perfect gifts and home accents.

  • Beginner’s Guide to Crochet: 20 Crochet Projects for Beginners

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    Get hooked on crochet! The author of Supersize Crochet guides you through the basics so you can finish your first project in just one day.   In Beginner’s Guide to Crochet, each new stitch is explained in easy steps with accompanying photographs and diagrams and is followed up with a project showing you how to utilize your newfound skills.   The twenty modern projects range from a super simple French press cozy to a granny square blanket. Plus, there is a section dedicated to “extreme crochet,” using t-shirt yarn to create larger-than-life crocheted creations. In addition, crochet charts are included for each stitch and pattern, with the author explaining, in detail, how to read and follow charts.   The author’s chatty, informal style will take you on your journey from newbie to fully-fledged crocheter, and before you know it, you’ll be crocheting and making fantastic homemade presents for friends and family.   Crochet blogger Sarah Shrimpton of Annaboo’s House is a self-taught crocheter and former teacher who started blogging for fun and now has over fifty-five thousand followers on Instagram.

  • Balloonology

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    Balloonology goes beyond just teaching balloon twisting techniques and how to make the projects in the book. Professional balloon twister Jeremy Telford provides 32 projects-a flamingo, a princess, a jet with pilot, and many more-with easy-to-follow instructions and how-to photos that teach not only the most useful twisting techniques, but also how to design new balloon sculptures. Telford also gives information about twisting balloons professionally, including how to find and book gigs, what supplies are necessary, and how to entertain an audience.

  • Cats in Origami

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    In the origami world, cats were traditionally under-represented, and the few existing models were rather flat and lifeless. But thanks to modern folding techniques, it’s possible to recapture the true charm of our feline companions. This book for origamists of all skill levels offers 20 original designs that range from a grinning Cheshire cat and a snoozing feline to a walking cat, a seated cat, a Halloween cat, and the smug cat that got the cream, as well as cats on an envelope, a bookmark, a greeting card, and other figures.
    Along with step-by-step directions and diagrams, each model features a full-color image of the finished cat. Projects are rated according to difficulty, and a brief introductory chapter explains folding techniques and suggestions for how to choose the most appropriate origami paper. These cute kitties, in addition to being fun to fold, make great little gifts for cat-fanciers.

  • Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections: New Techniques for Wire-Wrapping and Bead-Setting

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    Far from its original utilitarian use—to create armor—the chain-mail technique has been adapted over time to create beautiful, unique jewelry. In Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections, chain-mail expert Scott David Plumlee shows jewelry makers, beaders, and crafters at all skill levels how to incorporate beads into a variety of chain-mail weaves to create showstopping pieces.

    First, Plumlee walks readers through basic skills and provides detailed information on traditional chain designs. He then presents more than 20 wire-wrapping and bead-setting techniques that incorporate beads seamlessly into a variety of designs, from the creative “Chaos” wire-wrapped bead to the sinuous Snake.

    With step-by-step instructions for assembling age-old chain patterns—from simple to complex—and gorgeous designs that can be executed using only simple hand tools, Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections is sure to inspire jewelry artisans at all levels to expand the creative possibilities of their work.

  • 6 Shades of Stitches

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    6 Shades of Stitches is a handy reference guide that invites knitters to experiment with a variety of new stitch combinations. Step-by-step instructions and a full-color photo of a hand-knitted swatch are included for each stitch. 
    With Marina’s knitting expertise at your fingertips, you have all the tools you need to create patterns that finally make your dream designs a reality. This timeless and influential book is poised to inspire a whole new generation of knitters who have yet to discover the joys and comforts of knitting

  • The Art of Whittling: Classic Woodworking Projects for Beginners and Hobbyists

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    The Art of Whittling has provided readers with a wonderful introduction to the enjoyable hobby of whittling for decades. First published in 1930, Walter L. Faurot’s guide was one of the first manuals on the subject. This book contains a wealth of traditional whittling projects that are not found in many other books today.

    Rediscover such classics as:

    • Interlocking wooden puzzles
    • Rings and dumbbells
    • Continuous wooden chains
    • Ships inside bottles

    Perfect for a beginner or someone looking to enhance their whittling skills, this book also contains instructions for making such items as working wooden scissors and pliers, balls in cages, entwined hearts, fans, animal toys, and joint work. Enjoy exploring a new hobby with this unabridged republication of the original edition.

  • 101 DIY Face Masks: Fun, Healthy, All-Natural Sheet Masks for Every Skin Type

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    Homemade matcha sheet masks, DIY charcoal detox masks, and 99 more!

    Make your own Insta-face mask, whether or not you post a pic of yourself wearing one. Masks— especially one- use sheet masks— are the latest craze to sweep the beauty industry and a fun addition to any skin- care routine. But the costs add up and the ingredient lists are often riddled with parabens and preservatives. (Think of the environment, too, with all that packaging!) Here are 101 recipes that are easy to make and often use only a few ingredients. There’s a remedy for any skin woe— from dull, dry skin to large pores. Recipes include:

    Egg White Tight and Bright Sheet Mask
    Coconut Glam Glow Sheet Mask
    Clarifying Matcha Sheet Mask
    Activated Charcoal Deep Cleansing Sheet Mask

    With instructions for re-usable, green-friendly, DIY cloth face sheets.

  • 101 Crochet Stitch Patterns & Edgings

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    Complete with 87 unique stitches and 14 edgings, this all-in-one guide’s crochet patterns include the multiples needed to create the look of the stitch and translate them into new designs. Two sampler afghans are featured and can be made using stitch patterns found in the book, which include bobbles, shells, popcorn, ripple, textured, and open weave. Each design offers a close-up color photograph plus instructions and illustrations when needed, making it an ideal addition to any crafter’s reference library.

  • 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills With 33 Simple Projects

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    Sewing can be as easy as 1-2-3 with this helpful building-block approach—includes thirty-three projects!

    In this creative teaching book, craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker offers a wholly unique approach to sewing: She presents projects in groups of three, each building on the techniques used in the project before. Baker shows, for example, how to sew a glasses case, then build on those skills to create a zippered pouch, and from there, make a more advanced cosmetics bag.

    There are thirty-three delightful projects in all, ranging from clothing to decor and accessories. This very special ebook includes easy-to-follow instructions, how-to illustrations, and instructions for how to print the patterns, making it an essential resource for beginning and intermediate sewers alike.

  • 20 Minute Crafts for Kids

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    Help kids explore and discover the joy of art with these simple to follow crafts that can be completed in 20 minutes or less. Amaze your friends and colleagues with your ideas and artistic talent. Your children or students will love the activities and you will discover just how easy art can be. The activities in this book are best suited for children aged 4-8 years. Make Joy Simple with “20 Minute Crafts for Kids” by My Artful Self ~ Sam Rosinski

  • All-In-One Quilter’s Reference Tool: Easy-To-Follow Charts, Tables & Illustrations

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    The 2nd edition of the essential quilting reference: “this updated version of a beloved favorite includes 20 new pages with current information” (Quilting Arts Magazine).   How big is a twin-size quilt? How many squares can you cut from the amount of fabric you have? What’s the best way to sew a mitered border? The All-in-One Quilter’s Reference Tool gives you fast answers to these and dozens of other common quilting questions.    Now this indispensable guide from top quilters Alex Anderson, Harriet Hargrave, Sharyn Craig, and Liz Aneloski has been updated to include more answers, more techniques, more quilt settings, and more blocks than ever before. “Packed with almost any calculation you might need to create a quilt,” this is the must-have answer book for quilters all around the world (Quilting Arts Magazine).

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    The Fellowship of the Knits

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    Experience the magic of knitting in the first-ever Lord of the Rings knitting guide, featuring more than 25 patterns inspired by the mythical world of Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

    Knit your way across J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, from the Shire’s idyllic countryside to the Elfin palaces of Rivendell, with this first-ever Lord of the Rings knitting guide. With patterns to suit your every otherworldly mood, this book includes cozy knits to languish by the fire in at Bag End, rustic outerwear to enjoy a beer and a warm bowl of stew at The Prancing Pony Inn, and elegant laces suited for the lush, peaceful valley of Rivendell.

    Inspired by the popular books and film adaptations—including beloved characters, locations, and natural elements––this guide features a variety of knitting techniques, like cables, lace, colorwork, brioche, and textured stitches, and it includes patterns for apparel, accessories, and home décor for every skill level. From the Hobbits’ warm, rustic knits and the Dwarves’ rugged armor to the intricate, lacy garments of the Elves of Rivendell, there’s a pattern to suit everyone in your life.

    With detailed instructions and stunning full-color photography, knit yourself an Elf Maiden Cloak, Second Breakfast Socks and Mittens, an Elven Bread Shawl, a Dwarf Battle Helmet, a One Ring to Warm Them All Scarf, a Precioussss Doll, and more with the help of this homage to the beautiful world of The Lord of the Rings.

    FIRST LOTR KNITTING GUIDE: This unofficial guide is the first book made up entirely of Lord of the Rings-inspired knitting projects.

    OVER 25 KNITTING PROJECTS: Knit more than 25 projects for sweaters, scarves, hats, socks, gloves, blankets, and more.

    EVERY SKILL LEVEL: A variety of projects designed for different skill levels makes this guide ideal for beginner to advanced knitters.

    CLOTHING AND COSTUMES: Create classic looks from The Lord of the Rings, from an Elf Maiden Cloak to Dwarf Battle Gauntlets.

    ALL-STAR DESIGNERS: This knitting guide includes patterns created by some of the most popular knitting influencers on Ravelry and Instagram.

    DAZZLING IMAGES: Each pattern is accompanied by detailed instructions and beautiful full-color photography to help ensure success.

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    Geometric Origami Kit

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    Whether you’re an experienced Origami hobbyist or just getting into it, Idiot’s Guides: Geometric Origami Kit makes learning this art as easy as it gets. For the young or young-at-heart, this full-color book offers 20 beautiful geometric Origami projects and 1,000 colored-paper strips with which to construct them. No step is glossed over, so that even the novice can construct these creations without frustration. Lay-flat spiral binding makes the steps easy to follow.

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    Doodle Stitching One-Hour Embroidery

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    Fast and fun embroidery stitches! Sit and stitch a full project in just one hour with best-selling author Aimee Ray of Doodle Stitching fame. Mix and match motifs from 18 different projects with original embroidery designs and detailed stitch instructions. Plus, learn how to apply embroidery motifs onto premade items for your own unique and customized look. One-hour embroidery is perfect for beginners as Aimee introduces basic techniques and stitches that are simple enough for almost any age and skill level. Designs are so adorable and personalizable that all embroiderers can find something new and exciting to create! Stitch sweet and simple designs with best-selling author Aimee Ray Embroider flowers, nature, animals, planets, food, and more! Mix-and match 135+ embroidery motifs with 18 projects Finished projects make for adorable decoration and accessories or the perfect handmade gift

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