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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sherri Haab Jewelry Inspirations - Lucite Flower Bracelets on: March 12, 2010 05:36:16 AM
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Sherri Haab Jewelry Inspirations - Techniques and Designs from the Artist's Studio
Written by Sherri Haab



ABOUT THIS BOOK

Welcome to Sherri Haabs home studio

Youre invited to bestselling author and crafter extraordinaire Sherri Haabs studiowhere her inspired jewelry designs come to life. In Sherri Haab Jewelry Inspirations, youll see just what makes Sherris pieces special, from concept to creation. Supported by the detailed, step-by-step instructions that Sherris readers and students have come to expect, these 25 projects will do more than teach you new techniques in jewelrymakingtheyll encourage you to seek out what inspires you.

Sherri gathers inspiration from all areas of her life and shares how her childhood memories, personal collections, love of cooking and gardening, early crafting experiences, and favorite times of the year become the basis for her charming jewelry designs. Theres inspiration all around you, and Sherri shows you how to find it. Sherri also demonstrates techniques in wirework, resin, polymer clay, metal clay, and image transfer. Youll discover the exciting new art of resin clay and a new eco-friendly copper-etching technique. With these tips and techniques at your fingertips, and Sherris help in seeing how your everyday life can inspire you, theres no limit to the beautiful jewelry you can create!





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2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Rainbow of Stitches on: November 10, 2009 07:38:13 AM
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A Rainbow of Stitches - Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Ideas
by Agnes Delage-Calvet, Anne Sohier-Fournel, Muriel Brunet and Francoise Ritz



ABOUT THIS BOOK

A Rainbow of Stitches is a how-to-stitch guide, a project idea book, and an encyclopedia of motifs, all in one go-to reference. Begin by choosing a motif from this extensive collection, which ranges from elegant alphabets to 1970s-inspired flowers and leaves, from sweet fairies to vintage-chic ladies in classic Dior dresses. The "Get Stitching" section gives you the basics you need to get started, along with an illustrated how-to of the simple stitches that are used to create all of the motifs. Each of the following sections, which are arranged by colorfresh greens, pretty pinks, timeless blues, rich reds, and elegant white and taupepresents ideas for embroidering motifs in single colors, showing how much can be achieved with just one color of embroidery floss on a plain background. Includes more than eighty beautifully photographed, inspiring ideas for stitched embellishment, from wearables and personal accessories to a variety of decorative items for every room in your home.





If you haven't tried embroidery or cross-stitch before, a quick look through this book will give you overwhelming proof that you can stitch on virtually anything made from fabric.  More than eighty beautifully photographed, inspiring ideas for stitched embellishment are shown, from wearables and personal accessories to a variety of decorative items for every room in your home.

Each section of the book, which is organized by color--green, ink, blue, red, and white (and taupe)--presents ideas for embroidering a range of accompanying motifs in single colors, sowing how much impact you can get from working with just one color of floss on a plain background.

The prerequisites for stitching are simple and few.  Start by choosing a motif from this extensive and exhaustive collection, which ranges from elegant alphabets to 1970s-inspired flowers and leaves, from sweet fairies to vintage-chic ladies in classic Dior dresses.  The "Get Stitching" section gives you everything you need to know to get started:  how to work with embroidery floss, fabric, needles, hoops, and how to transfer designs, along with an illustrated how-to of the simple stitches that are used to create all of the motifs shown in the book.

So dig through your closets and open your dresser drawers to find an item that needs a little extra "something," then take a trip to your local crafts or fabric store to get some basic supplies.  A rainbow of stitches awaits!




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3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / The Polymer Clay Cookbook - Yummy Cupcake on: November 10, 2009 07:33:27 AM
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The Polymer Clay Cookbook - Tiny Food Jewelry to Whip Up and Wear
by Jessica Partain and Susan Partain



ABOUT THIS BOOK

The Polymer Clay Cookbook celebrates favorite foods with 20 tiny, deliciously realistic food charms to make from polymer clay and fashion into unique jewelry. Styled as a cookbook for the beginning miniaturist "chef," the introductory chapters discuss the "basic ingredients" and techniques used for polymer clay and jewelry-making. The remainder of the book offers 20 "recipes" grouped by category: fruits, breakfast, lunch and dinner, sweets and snacks, and holiday foods. Each recipe has a list of "ingredients," step-by-step directions with photographs, and suggested variations. Each piece is presented as a particular finished jewelry item, such as a necklace, but readers are encouraged to adapt the piece into any type of jewelry they choose. Each chapter also includes one of the authors' own cherished recipes for real food, including Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls, Grandma's Pasta Sauce, Decadent Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes, and Mom's Holiday Sugar Cookies. Throughout, the authors--who are sisters--share their enthusiasm for family, sisterhood, and the tradition and feelings surrounding our favorite foods.








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4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Picture Framing Handbook - Framing Art on Canvas on: August 25, 2009 09:42:42 AM
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The Picture Framing Handbook
Matting, Mounting, and Framing Techniques for Professional Results
by Andy Parks



ABOUT THIS BOOK

Aimed at picture framers of all abilities, from hobbyists just starting out to those wishing to turn their skills into a successful small business, this book will help you achieve professional results, save you money, and give you a real sense of achievement.

Whether you are framing photographs, sketches, prints, paintings, or three-dimensional items, such as needlework or medals, this book will help you select and create the appropriate style of frame with a high-quality finish.

Includes a complete guide to tools and materials along with step-by-step demonstrations of mat cutting, frame building, and frame and mat decoration, plus tried and tested methods for assembly, fitting, and hanging finished work safely.



Framing Art on Canvas


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5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Clay So Cute! - Bottlecap Necklace on: August 11, 2009 09:58:45 AM
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Clay So Cute!
21 Polymer Clay Projects for Cool Charms, Itty-Bitty Animals, and Tiny Treasures
by Sherri Haab



ABOUT THIS BOOK

Specifically designed with the tween (812-year-old) girl in mind, Clay So Cute! shows how one of the easiest mediumspolymer clay, which need only be baked in the ovencan be sculpted into quick, simple, totally fun jewelry and accessories.

Given our proven track record in selling polymer clay DIY books to the adult market, and Haabs wide fan base and successful previous books, Clay So Cute! will be an instant success with girls (and their mothers and grandmothers) looking for projects that are more sophisticated than "kid stuff," but trendier and more age-appropriate than the pieces in adult clay books.

Using simple, step-by-step illustrated techniques, few tools, and updated colors to make tween-friendly projects like mini-cupcake charms, robot key chains, polka-dot ponytail holders, Japanese-style animals, and a wide assortment of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, Clay So Cute! is a sweet discovery for tween girls.



Bottlecap Necklaces




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6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Kanzashi in Bloom - Handbag Candy on: July 24, 2009 06:50:12 PM
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Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give
by Diane Gilleland



ABOUT THIS BOOK

Kanzashi tsumami is the Japanese art of folding delicate squares of silk into three-dimensional flower petals. In the United States, the online craft culture has sprouted a renewed interest in making Kanzashi with American crafters devising simplified ways to create these gorgeous fabric flowers and incorporating more user-friendly materials like cotton and synthetic fabrics along with the traditional silks.

Kanzashi in Bloom takes the American interpretation of Kanzashi a step further, presenting modern, more easily executed flower designs as elements in a variety of fun, fashionable, hip craft projects. Kanzashi in Bloom offers advice on materials, three petal-folding styles, and techniques for assembling a Kanzashi flower. Youll also find instructions for 20 projects to wear and give as gifts, including:

- Tiny blossom earrings
- Flowers-in-your-hair clips
- The happiest belt buckle ever
- Elegant floral gift topper



Handbag Candy

Kanzashi look so cute dangling from your handbag or tote!
This flower-charm is designed to be easy to move from bag to bag as the mood strikes you. It also makes use of a fantastic design technique you'll be learning here: layering two Kanzashi together to make one elaborate flower.


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Before You Begin
- Depending on the size and shape of your handbag, you may opt to shorten or lengthen the chain a little.

Skill Level
Intermediate

Best Petal Styles
Round, Pleated, Pointed

Best Number of Petals
810

Best Square Size
You can use any size you like, depending on the design of your flower. I've used 31/4" and 11/2" squares here.

Glues Needed
Hot glue, embellishment glue, fabric glue

Additional Supplies Needed
- Scrap of wool felt
- Two 24-gauge eye pins, at least 1" long
- Three 8-mm jump rings
- Small lobster clasp
- 3" medium-width link chain
- Sharp scissors
- Wire cutters
- Needle-nose pliers

Making a Layered Flower

1. Fold and assemble two flowers, using the Basic Instructions in Chapter 2. One should be at least 1" smaller in diameter than the other. Don't put any centers on them just yet.

2. Take the larger flower and gently adjust its shape so that its top surface is fl at. If your larger flower is made with Round petals, then you won't need to do this step; but Pointed or Pleated petals are taller at the center than at the ends, so they tend to be domed in the middle and require a little adjustment. Once you've completed this step, the back of your larger flower will be slightly dome-shaped.

3. Now that you have a fl at front surface on the larger flower, you can glue the smaller flower on top of it. Apply fabric glue to the center of the larger flower and gently press the smaller flower on top. Allow the glue to dry. Then use embellishment glue to add a center to your flower.


Making a Bauble

1. Using needle-nose pliers, carefully open a jump ring. String one of the eye pins onto it and close the jump ring. Do the same with the other eye pin and jump ring.

2. Cut a 2"-diameter circle from wool felt. Apply a thick ring of embellishment glue to the felt, keeping the glue about 1/4" from the edges. Position the two eye pins on the felt, as shown. The eyes should stick out just beyond the edge of the felt, and the bottoms of the pins should meet but not cross. You may need to trim your eye pins a little before you glue them to get them into this confi guration.

3. Press the felt to the back of the flower. Make sure that the eye pins and jump rings are positioned so that they are on either side of the topmost petal of your flower. Allow the glue to dry completely before proceeding.

4. Cut a 3" length of chain. Using needle-nose pliers, open a new jump ring. Thread the ring through the end link of the chain and then through the lobster clasp. Close the jump ring.

5. Reopen the left-hand jump ring that's attached to the back of the flower, thread it through the other end link of the chain, and reclose it.

6. To attach this bauble to a handbag, simply wrap the chain around one handle or strap and fasten the lobster clasp to the jump ring.


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7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / HatHeads - Maria on: July 24, 2009 06:44:07 PM
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HatHeads: 1 Man + 2 Knitting Needles = 50 Fun Hat Designs
by Trond Anfinnsen



ABOUT THIS BOOK

After teaching himself to knit, author Trond Anfinnsen found that pull-on hatsaka beanies or skullieswere the perfect-size project. As his pile of hats grew, so did his knitting skills, and soon he began personalizing the hats for family, friends, and friends of friends. Each person received a unique hat designed to suit his or her coloring, personality, and styleall for free. Trond eventually teamed with photographer Klaus Skrudland to document what had become an interactive art project, taking portraits of each recipient in his or her hat. Together, the two created, gave away, and photographed more than 200 hats.

HatHeads shares 50 of these hats, all the same beanie shape but with a wide range of designs, offering something for everyone. Each hat is modeled by its recipient, with a full pattern and a funny, affectionate description of how that person inspired the design. Readers then learn how to pick up where Trond left off and create unique, personalized hats for their own friends and loved ones.

Designed in a fresh, graphic style, HatHeads is as unique as its hats, a heartwarming celebration of people, knitting, and the joys of giving.



Maria


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8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections - Embellished Chaos Earrings on: July 14, 2009 06:51:48 PM
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Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections: New Techniques for Wire-Wrapping and Bead-Setting
by  Scott David Plumlee



ABOUT THIS BOOK

Far from its original utilitarian useto create armorthe 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 patternsfrom simple to complexand 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.



Embellished Chaos Earrings


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9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting - Helping Hand Mittens on: April 20, 2009 11:19:44 AM
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Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting: Celebrating the Gift of Knitting with 24 Beautiful Patterns
by Lorna Miser



About this book

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Knitting the Way of Love

In Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting, Lorna Miser celebrates her passion for knitting as a wonderful, exciting gift from God. Because its so much a part of who she is, Lorna knits virtually everywhere she goesbut it isnt about using her time productively. Knitting gives her something far more
precious than anything she can make with yarn and needles: a way to express her faith and love for others, and the blessings that have come from the priceless connections shes made with people. Each person has been at the right place at the right time, for a reasonand Lorna has been there, knitting, with a story to tell or an ear to lend, also for a reason. In this book Lorna shares twenty-four of her most memorable stories, each inspiring a beautiful knitting project. Join Lorna as she visits with friends and family, laughs and sometimes criesall while knitting.







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10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / One Ball Knits Purses - Spring Green Clutch on: April 20, 2009 11:17:57 AM
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One Ball Knits Purses: 20 Stylish Handbags Made with a Single Ball, Skein, Hank, Or Spool
by Khadija, Fatema, and Hajera Habibur-Rahman



About this book

Quick, easy, fun purses to make and take today!

The follow-up to the popular One Ball Knits Accessories
Low price point, high value
Beautiful projects for a range of skill levelsgreat for beginnersthat feature designer-inspired details!

You loved their One Ball Knits Accessories. Now its time to have some fun with their One Ball Knits Purses! Yes, the Habibur-Rahman sisters are back, this time with patterns for 20 beautiful handbags. And the best part? Each bag calls for just one ball, hank, or skein of yarn. Knit it today, step out with your lipstick, cell phone, and mad money in it tonight! A range of styles, shapes, and colors make it hard to pick just one purse, but the simple basics section makes it easy to get started, with guidance on yarn weights and types, tools, and step-by-step directions for essential stitches and techniques. Bag a new bag right away with One Ball Knits Purses!







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