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Free-motion meandering : a beginners guide to machine quilting book cover

Free-motion meandering : a beginners guide to machine quilting

Angela Walters

746.46 /Walters

"Turn the corner to free-motion success with a meandering makeover! Best-selling author Angela Walters shows you that free-motion machine quilting doesn't have to be scary - with a couple designs in your pocket, you can finish almost any quilt on your home machine and enjoy the process. Practice 8 meandering stitches for beginners plus unique modifications for each, with step-by-step visuals and quilted samples. Improve your free-motion quilting, disguise mistakes, and transition between designs with ease."--Publisher's description.

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to machine quilt with your home sewing machine, I highly recommend Angela Walters and either her YouTube show The Midnight Quilt Show or this book Free-Motion Meandering. She makes it seem so simple. Meandering is a simple designed that is repeated to fill in an area on a quilt, and once you learn one or two designs you're on your way! -Beth

Making tiny toys in wood : ornaments & collectible heirloom accents book cover

Making tiny toys in wood : ornaments & collectible heirloom accents

Howard Clements

688.72 /Clements
Nonfiction, Crafts

"Miniature woodworking for maximum enjoyment. Create delightful holiday ornaments that double as small toys with this easy-to-follow guidebook. Making Tiny Toys in Wood provides full-size patterns and step-by-step instructions for 15 working miniature masterpieces. From tugboats and tractors to windmills and wagons, these nostalgic moving toys make great Christmas decorations as well as keepsake gifts for family and friends. They're a great way to reuse and repurpose scrap wood, and require only minimal painting. All you need is a scroll saw, a drill, and some glue to create memorable heirloom collectibles. Make your own collectible toy holiday ornaments: 15 full-size patterns and step-by-step instructions ; Charming mini toys with moving parts ; Easy scrill saw projects that don't take a lot of wood or tools ; Great way to reuse and repurpose scrap wood ; Make great keepsake gifts." -- back cover.

Beth's picture

If you have basic woodworking tools and want to learn to make wooden toys this book is a good start. -Beth

Mini crochet creatures : 30 amigurumi animals to make book cover

Mini crochet creatures : 30 amigurumi animals to make

Lauren Bergstrom

746.434 /Bergstrom
Nonfiction, Crafts

"The interest in Japanese amigurumi is explored in minature in this charming new title. Gorgeous and cute, these projects may be small but they are bursting with personality, making perfect gifts for friends and family. These tiny creatures can be used in a variety of imaginative ways--as key rings, jewelry accessories or just displayed as adorable trinkets in their own right. All the basic crochet techniques you will need are clearly explained along with step-by-step illustrations making Mini Crochet Creatures perfect for beginners upwards. Anyone unsure about working in this scale can simply practice with larger hooks and thicker yarn--the patterns are exactly the same. The animals are divided into six categories: farm, small, woodland, pet, sea and zoo so there is something for everyone from an elephant or a whale down to a squirrel, piglet, bunny and even a ladybird or butterfly!"

Beth's picture

30 fun amigurumi to make with step by step instructions. -Beth

Stitch & sew : beautifully embroider 31 projects book cover

Stitch & sew : beautifully embroider 31 projects

Aneela Hoey

746.44 /Hoey
Nonfiction, Crafts

Beth's picture

Great ideas for holiday gifts. -Beth

Merry makers : patchwork quilts and projects to celebrate the season book cover

Merry makers : patchwork quilts and projects to celebrate the season

746.46 /Merry
Nonfiction, Crafts

Beth's picture

Lots of fun holiday themed sewing projects. -Beth

Jewelry school : bead stringing book cover

Jewelry school : bead stringing

Carolyn Schulz

745.582 /Schulz
Nonfiction, Crafts

Beaded jewelry is popular among crafters as it requires very little by way of tools or materials. Jewelry School: Bead Stringing, written by Carolyn Schulz, author of Jewelry School: Let's Start Beading, helps the reader to make attractive, wearable items of beaded jewelry in no time. Bead Stringing is a progression from Let's Start Beading, and focuses on the specifics of bead stringing, teaching the reader more advanced beading techniques.The book is divided into three sections: beading on tiger tail, beading on thread, and decoration and pattern. Through clear, colorful step-by-step photographs Carolyn Schulz guides the reader through the whole process and focuses on a series of projects that readers will be impatient to try for themselves.

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If you want to start at the beginning, this great little book will teach you the basics. -Beth

Quilled Christmas : 30 festive paper projects book cover

Quilled Christmas : 30 festive paper projects

Alli Bartkowski

745.59412 /Bartkowski
Nonfiction, Crafts

"Christmas is the perfect time to brighten your home and delight family and friends with handmade decorations, ornaments, stocking stuffers, greeting cards, gift packaging. In these thirty beautiful holiday-themed projects, Alli Bartkowski shows you how to roll, shape, and glue colorful paper strips into eye-catching framed art for your mantel, a handsome nutcracker figurine to display, dainty snowflake ornaments to hang on your tree, and a stunning poinsettia pin to wear at your next holiday party. Each project is designed for a specific skill level (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). Plus, you'll find an in-depth introduction, complete with step-by-step photos, to the essential techniques for making basic quilled shapes, elegant quillography, and dazzling linear art"--Back cover.

Beth's picture

An 18th Century Hobby is back yet again. I remember learning to quill in the 1970s, and when I saw this on the shelf I had to give it a try again. All three of the local big-box craft stores (J's, M's, and HL) carry quilling paper - but you have to hunt to find it. -Beth

Modern Scot patchwork : bold quilts inspired by iconic tartans book cover

Modern Scot patchwork : bold quilts inspired by iconic tartans

Kathy Allen

746.46 /Allen
Nonfiction, Crafts

"Pick your favorite kilt and make a tartan quilt!"--Back cover.

Beth's picture

What a challenge! Creating a plaid quilt through piecing. -Beth

Cozy wool appliqué : 11 seasonal folk art projects for your home book cover

Cozy wool appliqué : 11 seasonal folk art projects for your home

Elizabeth Angus

746.445 /Angus
Nonfiction, Crafts

"Celebrate the seasons with this sweet collection of folk-inspired projects using wool applique and embroidery. Featuring the author's signature sheep and floral motifs, these 11 small, charming projects made with easy fusible applique will appeal to quilters, needlework enthusiasts, craft sewists, and more! Relax as you hand stitch these folksy, portable cushions and table runners with needle and thread. The mix of wool and cotton is fun to stitch, display and gift."--Provided by publisher.

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Wool applique is one of my favorite winter hobbies. The first part of the book contains a stitch gallery plus lots of hints for cutting and embroidering with soluble paper instead of freehand. Can't wait to try a couple of these projects. -Beth

50 knitted dolls book cover

50 knitted dolls

Sarah (Sarah Grace) Keen

745.59221 /Keen
Nonfiction, Crafts

"Delight children and adults alike by creating a whole host of fun and fabulous knitted characters from this latest book by best-selling author, Sarah Keen. Inside you'll find 50 knitted dolls in costume and work attire, including graduates, a doctor, fire-fighter, painter and decorator, ballerina, bride and groom, spaceman, snowman, fitness enthusiast and hiker, to name just a few. All the projects are made from DK yarn, which is easy to wash, durable and child-friendly. They are perfect gifts for loved ones or as a treat to yourself."--

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This almost makes me want to learn to knit! They're so cute! -Beth