Stitch & sew : beautifully embroider 31 projects book cover

Stitch & sew : beautifully embroider 31 projects

Aneela Hoey

746.44 /Hoey
Nonfiction, Crafts

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Visual guide to patchwork & quilting : fabric selection to finishing techniques & beyond. book cover

Visual guide to patchwork & quilting : fabric selection to finishing techniques & beyond.

746.46 /Visual

"Absorb the knowledge of more than 20 quilt experts in one place! With hundreds of photographs and illustrations to help you plan your quilting projects, this comprehensive guide answers all of your quiltmaking questions. Included in this reference guide: fabric 101; piecing and appliqué by hand and machine; understanding color, value, and quilt design; start-to-finish quilt construction; quilting motifs, tips, and tricks; beyond the basics; plus a handy index. It's a must-have for any quilter!"

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This book would be great for anyone -from those who are curious about quilting to longtime quilters. StashBooks has combined chapters by 20 well known artists from the who's who of the quilting world to come up with a great book about quilting. Quilt artists like Alex Anderson (, Angela Walters ( and The Midnight Quilt Show), Carrie and Harriet Hargrave ( walk you through quilting -starting with what supplies you'll need through a variety different types of quilting - from applique to paper piecing. A really great book for anyone who is or wants to be a quilter. -Beth

Visual guide to Crazy Quilting Design: simple Stitches, Stunning Results book cover

Visual guide to Crazy Quilting Design: simple Stitches, Stunning Results

Sharon Boggon

746.46 /Boggon

Tell a unique story with fabric! Embrace crazy quilting with 35 must-know stitches and endless variations, shown in clear, step-by-step photographs for both right- and left-handed stitchers. Learn design fundamentals to guide you in your process, so you can sew thoughtful, visually appealing blocks. Study the theory and process behind this fascinating art - how to choose fabrics, piece stitch-and-flip blocks, and embellish using a variety of materials.

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There are no hard and fast rules to follow when making a crazy quilt. You can just start putting things together using your favorite embroidery stitches and see what you get, or you can think things through a bit before you start. Sharon Boggon shows how with a bit of planning, taking into consideration some basics of design and color theory you can create a piece with movement and flow, creating a true piece of art -Beth

Quilt as-you-go made vintage : 51 blocks, 9 projects, 3 joining methods book cover

Quilt as-you-go made vintage : 51 blocks, 9 projects, 3 joining methods

Jera Brandvig

746.46 /Brandvig

Skip the longarmer and finish quilts on your home machine! Best-selling author Jera Brandvig shares a romantic take on her easy quilting designs. Sew 9 quilt-as-you-go projects, including an elegant sampler with 51 interchangeable blocks. Choose one of three QAYG finishing methods (or stick with traditional quilting), including a new reversible-quilt method that renders a secondary patchwork design on your quilt back! No matter how busy your schedule, these timeless blocks create endless possibilities.

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Not quite what I was expecting for quilt as you go. Is it really quilt as you go if you have to attach the backing after you're done piecing it all together? But I did like the quilts in the book - may make a couple of them the "old fashioned way". -Beth