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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Born-Again Vintage - Winter Vest on: December 18, 2008 08:10:13 AM
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Born-Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe
by Bridgett Artise and Jen Karetnick

About this book

Fashion designer Bridgett Artise believes in second chancesa philosophy that extends all the way to her clothing line, B. Artise Originals. Fashion gave her a second chance at happiness and success, and, in turn, she gives vintage garments that have lost their luster another chance at being fashionable. Mixing contemporary clothing with the best elements of a vintage piecelike the collar of a funky fifties housedress or the pockets of a seventies-style jacketand piecing them back together in a whole new way, she creates one-of-a-kind garments that are both trend setting and timeless.

An old-fashioned ruffled shirt with terrific buttons, plus an inexpensive tank top, can become a unique top. A poodle skirt and that so-last-years knee-length cardigan sweater can be turned into anything from a mini-poncho to a structured tube top. With fashions for every season, Born-Again Vintage contains patterns for:

  • Pants that pair perfectly with winter boots and a sweater dress thats sexy and simple
  • A cropped jacket + sweater corset that are perfect for a flirty spring fling
  • Dresses + bags to keep summer easy and breezy
  • Pretty-in-a-blink dresses + accessories for a big night out

Born-Again Vintage updates the trends of fashion eras gone by and brings the unparalleled quality of vintage into a new age. Complete with a vintage shopping guide, handy style tips, and ideas for reinventing disused cast-offs, Born-Again Vintage is a must-have for vintage shoppers and sewers alike.











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12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wrapped in Gems - Stars of Libra Earrings on: December 01, 2008 01:33:30 PM
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Wrapped in Gems: 40 Elegant Designs for Wire-Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry
by Mai Sato-Flores and Jesse Flores

About this book

Few people would argue against the beauty and appeal of gemstone jewelry, but some jewelry makers find themselves intimidated by the thought of working with these precious stones. With Wrapped in Gems, even inexperienced jewelry makers can learn to fashion their own beautiful gemstone creations using Mai Sato-Floress preferred techniques of wire wrapping and working with chain. This method allows gems to hang so that light can shine through and show off their natural beauty.

For the jewelry maker, inspiration can be found anywhere, but the exquisite beauty of nature is a favorite source. Take a moment to study the leaves of a tree or plantthe contours of a leaf suggest a shape for a pendant, the perfect combination of colors in the leaves and flowers hint at a color palette of precious gemstones to mimic it. The branches and twigs, the patterns of leaf growth, even the shape of the tree or plant itself can inspire ideas for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Wrapped in Gems shows you how to interpret all that you see in nature to create jewelry with wire, chains, and beautiful gemstones.

New York Citybased jewelry designer Mai Sato-Flores is inspired by nature wherever she goesbe it the supermarket, Central Park, or right outside her door. In Wrapped in Gems, she shares the secrets of her work and the natural elements that inspire it. After demonstrating how gemstones and wire can be used to recreate the patterns and designs of nature, Mai provides instructions for 40 elegant pieces of gemstone jewelry from her own collections.

With a comprehensive guide to gemstones and detailed instructions on innovative wire wrapping, chain, and other jewelry-making techniquesas well as an informative resource guide to buying gemstonesWrapped in Gems is a valuable addition to any jewelry makers bookshelf.









STARS OF LIBRA EARRINGS

The symmetric design of these earrings resembles the shape of a scale, like that of the constellation known as Libra. Each time you cut a chain, you "lose" a link. But those cut links can be used to make more beautiful jewelry. This design uses the opened links from other projects in this book, such as the Butterfly Necklace on page 109, which uses two closed links of chain and requires that you cut two links.

LEVEL - Intermediate
LENGTH - 1 7/8" (4.8cm)

TOOLS
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Round-nose pliers

MATERIALS
  • Two links of 20x14mm hammered 14k gold-filled cable chain
  • Two 14k gold-filled earwires
  • 3" (7.6cm) of 4x3mm 14k gold-filled flat cable chain
  • 10 1/2" (26.7cm) of 26-gauge 14k gold-filled wire (soft)
  • Six 7x5mm top-drilled, faceted teardrop London blue topaz gems
  • Two 4mm 14k gold-filled jump rings
Note: Natural gems often vary slightly in size. Select larger matching gems to hang on the center, and smaller matching gems for the outside of the earrings.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut two links of hammered 20x14mm cable chain, or use two of the links that you cut and saved from a previous project.

2. Use your round-nose pliers to hold the cable link at its center, then use the chain-nose pliers to grab an end of the wire (cable link) and pull it over the top jaw of the round-nose pliers to make the shape shown in the photo, left.

3. Use the tip of your round-nose pliers to grab the tip of the wire (cable link), curl it to make a loop and, then do the same with the other end of the wire.

4. Cut the 4x3mm cable chain to four pieces that are each 5/8" (1.6cm) in length. Be sure each piece has 5 links of chain.

5. Use your round-nose pliers to slightly open one of the end loops on the cable link wire, insert an end link of one of the 5/8" (1.6cm) five-link chains, close the loop, and do the same on the other end of the wire.

6. Open a jump ring, insert the last links of the two chains, then insert the loop of the earwire, and then close the jump ring.

7. Cut the 10 1/2" (26.7cm) of 26 gauge wire to six 1 3/4" (4.5cm) lengths, and make an Open Loop on each of the six 7x5mm London blue topaz gems.

8. Attach the open loop of one of the larger gems to the center loop of the earring, then attach two smaller matching gems to the outer loops of the earring.

9. Repeat steps 2 to 8 for the second earring.
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Magic Books & Paper Toys - Cootie Catcher on: November 20, 2008 11:00:34 AM
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Magic Books & Paper Toys: Flip Books, E-Z Pop-Ups & Other Paper Playthings to Amaze & Delight
by Esther K. Smith

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Everyone loves a good book, but whats better than one youve made by hand? And not just any straightforward book, but simple pop-up books, flip books, magic pamphlets, pop-up maps, and accordions! Esther K. Smith, author of How to Make Books, unlocks the secrets of making tricky book forms even if youve never worked with paper before.

While some of these 25 projects can be made by kids with a little help from mom or dad, all are designed with the adult in mindthe adult whos a kid at heart! With step-by-step directions and charming illustrations, a few carefully placed cuts and an array of folds and twists almost magically become a colorful, multidimensional book.









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14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bag Bazaar - Envelope Style Clutch on: November 20, 2008 10:51:09 AM
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Bag Bazaar: 25 Stylish Bags to Sew in an Afternoon
by Megan Avery

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Handbags are hotter than ever but so are their designer price tags. Theres never been a better time to sew your own fashionable bags, and it has never been easier with designer Megan Avery as your teacher. In Bag Bazaar, Avery presents 25 bags that even a sewing newbie can handle, in a variety of styles sure to match any look.

For years, Avery has hosted bag-making workshops in her boutique. Here she shares her expert advice as well as the blueprints for her most popular designs. Beginning with a guide to basic sewing techniques, Avery then features patterns for bags that range from funky to sophisticated, from a roomy backpack and an adjustable-strap messenger bag to an evening wristlet and a pleated clutch. Also included are patterns for specialty bags such as an eco-friendly grocery tote, a laptop sleeve, and a garment bag. Need extra pockets or longer handles? All of the patterns are completely customizable. Every design is accompanied by a hip, modern illustration, andbest of allAvery offers all the encouragement and know-how you need to invent your own unique creations.

With patterns for everything from clutches and hobos to cosmetic bags and beach totes, Bag Bazaar shows you how to create the perfect, custom accessoryin less time than it would take to shop for one.









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15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Stitched In Time - Monogrammed Stocking on: November 11, 2008 09:51:15 AM
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Stitched In Time: Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share from the Creator of Posie Gets Cozy
by Alicia Paulson

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In Stitched in Time Alicia Paulson shares 30 beautiful, inventive, and thoughtful projects that encourage you to take your memories down from the bookshelf, out of the closet, or off the hard drive and bring them into your daily life. Creator of a charming line of handmade gifts and accessories called Posie: Rosy Little Things, Paulson organizes these adorable handmade mementoseach one incorporating unique elements such as photos, drawings, and other ephemerainto three sections: For the Little Ones, For Every Day, and For Special Occasions. Many projects are easy enough for the beginning sewer to complete, and Paulson explains all the necessary techniques, from hand- and machine-sewing to embroidery, appliqu, stenciling, and transferring photos to fabric.

In as little as a weekend anyone can create a keepsake for the ages that will be enjoyed every daywhether its a quilt made from outgrown baby clothes, an apron featuring a favorite family recipe, a tote bag documenting a treasured vacation, or a stuffed animal fashioned from a childs drawing. With love incorporated into every stitch, these sweet projects each evoke the feeling of a special time and place, and are so much more than just a commemoration of events. Whether you want to remember your family summers at the beach or a daughters first apartment, a perfect gift for a loved one or a memento to keep all to yourself is just stitches away.









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16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Switch Craft - Antenna Bag on: November 01, 2008 09:54:41 AM
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Switch Craft: Battery-Powered Crafts to Make and Sew
by Alison Lewis and Fang-Yu Lin

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F.I.T. meets M.I.T. in Switch Craft, a book of 20 ultra-modern projects that are equal parts fashion and function. From a skirt that can streak trails of light on the dance floor to a laptop sleeve thats the first to know when youre in a Wi-Fi zone, these projects are made for the wired (or wireless) world. Without sacrificing style or being more complicated than sixth-grade science class, they integrate lights, vibration, and sound with sewing to create edgy, attractive accessories and clothing. So if youre ready to take your crafting not only to another level but another frontier, let Switch Craft bring your handiwork into the twenty-first century.









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