Embroidery empress Jenny Hart taught her legion of fans the basics with the best-selling Stitch-It Kit and Sublime Stitching. Now, for the first time ever in digital format, she takes stitchers one step further with instructions and diagrams for more than 35 stitches. This very special ebook includes the text from the print version, plus instructions for how to print the patterns and iron-on transfers. With lots of project photos for guidance, even beginners can learn how to stitch faux tattoos on their shirt sleeves, cheeky fan dancers on their shower curtains, and many more fun projects.
Sewing is as easy as 1-2-3! 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 33 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.
Celebrated designer Amy Butler's most coveted products are her handbag sewing patterns. In Style Stitches, Butler presents an array of new bag designs for her fans across the globe. The ebook offers 12 basic patterns with enough variations to achieve 26 unique looks. Ranging from chic clutches and delicate wristlets to pretty hobo bags and handy coin purses, with instructions for altering dimensions, straps, and embellishments to get the desired look, each project incorporates Butler's fresh, modern style and attention to detail. This very special ebook includes illustrated step-by-step directions, a comprehensive techniques section, and instructions for how to print the patterns themselves, making an essential and fashionable addition to every sewer's digital library.
• Step-by-step tutorials for square, oblong, and embellished scarves
• Styles for the summer, fall, winter, and spring seasons
• DIY scarf accessories featuring camera straps, tote bags, necklaces, and more
Every Sunday, leading horticultural experts writing in the garden pages of The New York Times provide practical advice on almost every phase of gardening—from lawn care to pruning espalier trees; from pest control to terrace landscaping; from old-fashioned rose culture to the selection of exotic house plants . . . with new articles on current concerns—organic gardening, pest control without pesticides, the use of herbicides to control lawn weeds, the use of mulches—and space-saving suggestions such as how to grow strawberries in barrels and tubs, gardens in “hothouse bottles, and many more. This book goes beyond the ordinary reference manual on workaday chores to give you a rich collection of exciting garden ideas—many new, but all tried and tested . . . The New York Times Garden Book will stimulate you to a keener awareness of the vast gardening potentials at your command, whether you have a tiny plot or elaborate acres.
Make this holiday one your family will remember forever! With these 19 fun, simple patterns, even first-time knitters can create beautiful knitted Christmas stockings, as well as delightful knit and felt ornaments for the Christmas tree. PLEASE NOTE: The patterns and instructions in this ebook rely on color illustrations and color sequences, and they will not fully render on black-and-white reading devices.
It sounds simple. But if every knitter knew how to do it, the unflattering sweater and the top that doesn’t fit would be things of the past. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in, and knitwear designer Sally Melville knows why: too many knitters choose the wrong pattern for their shape and size!
After decades of teaching, designing, and writing about knitting, Sally Melville knows how to customize knitting patterns to fit a wide variety of body types perfectly. With a little planning and subtle alterations, you can make a garment that is just right for you! In Mother-Daughter Knits, Sally shares this knowledge for the first time. Together with her daughter, fellow knitwear designer Caddy Melville Ledbetter, Sally demystifies the process of picking the right pattern and modifying it to your body’s advantage. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced knitter, young or mature, an hourglass or a triangle, Sally and Caddy have you covered!
The authors have designed 30 customizable garments for women of all shapes, heights, and ages, including:
• a slimming Jackie Kennedy—style Camelot coat,
• a reversible tank top with a scoop neck,
• a Jane Austen—inspired jacket with an empire waist,
• a flirty top that enhances feminine curves.
With fascinating insight, practical advice, and patterns for both classic and avant-garde tastes, Mother-Daughter Knits just might be the most useful guide a knitter could have–whether she’s young or just young at heart.
From the Hardcover edition.
We all enjoy having fresh flowers in the home, but they can sometimes be costly and the range is often limited. In this inspiring guide, Alan Titchmarsh shows how to grow a vibrant selection of plants to use in arrangements: flowers of many shapes, sizes and colours, and foliage, berries and seedheads too. With a little planning, you can have something beautiful in your home every day of the year.
* A-Z directory of Alan's recommended plants for cutting
* Ideas for arrangements and planting plans for cutting plots
* Tips on choosing the right plants for your garden
* Expert advice on cutting and preparing flowers and foliage
* Seasonal recommendations and ideas for special occasions
Lippincott’s road to simplicity started in the fall of 2010 when she was on the verge of a breakdown. Her life was basically “normal”—husband, two kids, comfortable home, three home businesses—but she felt like she was running a rat race. She was desperate for more time and space to focus on family, health, and her own interests. So she and her husband decided to cut back on clutter—drastically. Now the family of four lives in a one-bedroom apartment with only the possessions they actually need and use; they stick to a simple diet of only whole foods “that God would recognize”; and they have managed to become productive without feeling busy. They’ve never been happier or healthier.
Through personal stories, advice, and tips, Lippincott teaches how to make the hard decisions necessary to simplify your home and your schedule. Beyond that, she addresses the hidden emotional hoarding that threatens to keep our souls running in circles. Through her inspiring story, readers will learn to take a step back, reassess priorities, and commit to making space for those people and things that really matter.
• Grow your own food.
• Raise chickens, horses, llamas, bees, and more.
• Practice being (a little) off the grid.
• Sell the bounty in your local community.
• Balance a professional career with a rural lifestyle.
The Joy of Hobby Farming is a book that will excite armchair farmers and inspire any do-it-yourselfer.
Cell phone case
Daisy chain bracelet
Blooming beaded bracelet
Sports fan keychain
Rocker cuff bracelet
And many more!
Discover the ultimate technique-based guide for one of the top trends in jewelry making - chain maille.
In Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop you'll find multiple weaving techniques for making today's most popular chain maille weaves - from simple chains to beaded wonders to intricate Dragonscale.Jewelry artist and author Karen Karon pairs in-depth, step-by-step instructions with color illustrations that show exactly where to place the next jump ring. You'll also get a thorough but flexible approach to techniques that prove weaving can be done in a multitude of ways and demonstrations on “speed weaving,” which is ideal for large projects. Designs progressively increase in complexity, so every jewelry maker - beginner and pro - will find inspiration and projects that suites their skill level.
What's more to love? Every chapter provides a unique jewelry project and a plethora of design advice, visual inspiration, shortcuts, tips, and tricks, as well as guidance for attaching clasps and findings. Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop is your ideal resource for innovation and originality in chain maille jewelry making.
The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online, Edition 2
Since its original publication in 2010, Kari Chapin's The Handmade Marketplace has inspired thousands of crafters around the world to find the courage and know-how they need to make money -- and even to make a full-time living -- from doing what they love best. Now, this best-selling guide has been completely revised and updated to include solid information on the latest on-line and social media opportunities for sales and marketing, as well as fresh advice and invaluable tips from successful crafters and artists. With Kari Chapin at your side, you can live a more creative life and enjoy a lucrative career at the same time.
The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty opens the door to twenty-five of the most beautiful homes in the world—ones owned by top interior designers, fashion designers, artists, and stylists—to reveal how simple principles borrowed from nature can inspire gorgeous, innovative interiors that both calm and embolden us.
To create this unique volume, Karen Lehrman Bloch interviewed renowned aesthetes with homes all over the world, including interior designers Juan Montoya, Darryl Carter, and Vicente Wolf; fashion designers Donna Karan, Alberta Ferretti, and Consuelo Castiglioni; stylist Lori Goldstein; and artist Michele Oka Doner.
The direct and practical advice featured inside, along with a wealth of extraordinary photographs of the homes, teaches us how to feel visually, understand color and texture, and find objects, new and used, with a sense of life. An inspired home, Bloch reveals, fulfills our physical and spiritual needs, provides an enduring sense of rejuvenation and pleasure, and is both easily attainable and timeless.
Grow your own organic fruits, berries, and nuts! The Fruit Gardener’s Bible is the complete reference on planting, growing, caring for, and harvesting everything from strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to orchard fruits like apples, pears, peaches, cherries, almonds, and walnuts. A perfect companion to the best-selling The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, The Fruit Gardener’s Bible has all the information you need to successfully grow fruits and nuts at home.
Texas hosts an unparalleled number of butterfly species, and whether one lives near the beaches of the Gulf Coast or in the mountains of the Trans-Pecos, all Texans can enjoy the color and tranquility that butterflies bring to any outdoor space.
In Butterfly Gardening for Texas, author and expert Geyata Ajilvsgi shares a wealth of practical information about all kinds of butterflies and the many flowers and other plants they utilize in their miraculous life cycle: from hidden egg to munching caterpillar to cryptic chrysalis to nectar-sipping, winged adult.
Written in an engaging, nontechnical style for anyone who wants to attract butterflies to the yard or garden, the book provides tips for making gardens caterpillar- and butterfly-friendly, in-depth profiles of more than fifty butterflies, descriptions of the food plants for a variety of both caterpillars and butterflies, and plant lists for easy selection and substitution, depending on where you live and what is available.
For those who want specific advice on what to plant where, Ajilvsgi has designed useful, adaptable landscape plans and extensive planting options for each of seven state regions. Helpful appendices aid gardeners in taking photographs of the butterflies they attract, in locating sources for seeds and plants, and in finding organizations and other instructive publications for additional information about these beautiful and beneficial insects.
As the popularity of butterfly gardening continues to increase, gardeners of all skill levels will find Butterfly Gardening for Texas an invaluable source of guidance and inspiration.
Building with Secondhand Stuff: How to Re-Claim, Re-Vamp, Re-Purpose and Re-Use Salvaged and Leftover Building Materials
Building with Secondhand Stuff takes green remodeling and construction practices to new extremes. From deconstruction methods and salvaging tips to plotting efficient cutting plans and devising creative new uses for everyday items, it is packed with clever ways to obtain low-cost materials (and reduce landfilling in the process).
This book contains the answer to a question most of us have wondered about at some point: Is that pile of used maple flooring I saw on Craigslist worth taking? From plywood to hardwood flooring, to windows, doors, carpeting and more, salvaging building materials can save you thousands of dollars (and is about as green as you can get). This book is a hands-on, do-it-yourselfer's guide that shows you how to identify materials that can be salvaged efficiently and then gives you step-by-step instructions on how to go about doing it. Plus, it provides over one dozen complete plans featuring clever ideas for putting salvaged materials to good use as useful home furnishings.
The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture
Homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love these 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help you live more sustainably and independently. Expert woodworker Spike Carlsen offers clear, simple, fully illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, a chicken coop, a hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar with storage bins, and an outdoor shower. Most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and standard building materials.
The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers identifies the 100 most common gardening mistakes and gives gardeners the techniques to prevent them. Or, if it's too late and they've already goofed, there are tips to fix the mistake.
The book's 24 chapters tackle every kind of gardening disaster, whether it has to do with plants, tools and techniques, or general care and maintenance. Gardeners looking to prune their roses will learn to hold off until late winter to avoid damaging plant tissue. Gardeners that have allowed their mint to overgrow? Dunn advises pulling it out and replanting it in a container to control the root.
Organized by common garden topics and designed to be easily dipped in and out of, The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers offers nuggets of wisdom based on Teri Dunn Chace's years of hands-on gardening experience. Advice is humorously supported by Colleen Coover's delightful illustrations. This accessible guide will transform an anxious gardener into an informed, confident, successful gardener with a mistake-free garden
Thorough instructions supported by more than 400 step-by-step color photos and 200 detailed drawings cover the entire process of sculpting realistic figures, from selecting clay and gathering essential tools to the basics of modeling the human figure, to incorporating poses, facial expressions, ethnic and gender subtleties, costumes, and painted finishing touches. Easy-to-read maps of the figure illustrate the landmarks of the body, while scale diagrams indicate the simple shapes hidden within the human form, as well as how to combine and model those shapes.
For anyone who loves fantasy, romance, nature—or sophisticated crafting—this book is a must-have.
This essential reference covers absolutely everything you need to know about papermaking, from the basics to advanced techniques such as shaped sheets, embossing, laminating, and watermarking. Also includes thorough step-by-step instructions for processing pulp, building papermaking equipment, and making paper-based projects like cards and lamp shades.
From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts.
Featured in this ultimate crazy-quilting reference are 14 projects, including a throw, diaper bag and a variety of handbags plus a gallery with tips for customizing clothing and home decor. Quilting enthusiasts of all skill levels will benefit from Randle's easy-to-follow instructions, demonstrated in more than 60 illustrations and 100+ stunning color photos. Plus, full-size patterns for two handbag projects are included with this must-have resource!
Change your home…for the happier.
With these 50 tips, you'll learn how to apply the principles of feng shui to make your home a healthier, happier place to live. Discover:
– How to bring more love in through your front door.
– Simple office solutions that will increase your income.
– Where to place your bed for better sex and better sleep.
Take charge of your happiness, one tip at a time.
Traditional Scandinavian and Icelandic designs are given new life in the projects found in Nordic Knitting Traditions. 25 projects feature original floral, star, feather and geometric motifs, all knit in fresh and modern colors. With a diverse collection of hats, tams, mittens, gloves, socks, knee-highs and legwarmers, you'll find plenty of jaw-dropping, colorful accessories to knit for yourself and the ones you love.
- Thoughtful construction and full-color charts make these designs easy to knit.
- Variations for knitting mittens and gloves in two ways and lengthening socks into knee-highs, as well as fully charted alternative colorways, allow you to achieve customized looks.
- "Complete the Look" instructions guide you to patterns that match, making it easy to create coordinating accessories.
- Tips and tricks for sizing, construction and stress-free knitting help you knit items that will become family heirlooms.
Although the garden may beckon as strongly as ever, the tasks involved—pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, moving heavy pots—become increasingly difficult, or even impossible, with advancing age. But the idea of giving it up is unthinkable for most gardeners. So what’s the alternative?
In Gardening for a Lifetime, now in paperback, Sydney Eddison draws on her own forty years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the gardening activities that each gardener loves most. Like replacing demanding plants like delphiniums with sturdy, relatively carefree perennials like sedums, rudbeckias, and daylilies. Or taking the leap and hiring help—another pair of hands, even for a few hours a week, goes a long way toward getting a big job done. Or maybe it makes sense to get rid of high-maintenance trees, shrubs, or perennials.
The paperback edition features a new chapter in which Sydney’s struggles with hip and back problems force her to walk the walk. As a friend of hers says, "Last summer you wrote the book. Now, I'm happy to see that you've read it." Gentle, personable, and practical, Gardening for a Lifetime will be welcomed by all gardeners looking to transform gardening from a list of daunting chores into the rewarding, joy-filled activity it was meant to be.
With Ancient Modern, learn to create organic, sophisticated, and distinctly contemporary jewelry by artistically combining polymer clay and wire.
- Use a range of innovative techniques to design beads and jewelry components from polymer clay.
- Add wireworking elements, inspired clasps and ear wires, and more for a signature look.
- 16 one-of-a-kind projects, including necklaces, bracelets, and pins in Ronna’s distinctive style.
- Each project features detailed instructions and step-by-step photography.
- Crafters and jewelry makers will be making gallery-style jewelry in no time!
In addition to an extensive technique section on polymer clay, wireworking, and jewelry design, readers will also find a gallery of work for endless inspiration.
Ancient Modern draws on artist Ronna Sarvas Weltman’s fundamentals of jewelry design, what makes a piece “primitive,” and shows how to achieve her organic effects and signature style, from color mixing to texture effects.
This book takes quilting-as-you-go to a whole new level. It simplifies putting your quilt together and yet allows you to make two completely different quilts. You can have one theme on one side and a totally unrelated theme on the other. Imagine changing the atmosphere of the room by simply turning your quilt over. And you only made one quilt.
We made the instructions clear and precise so that everyone, including the most inexperienced sewer, would be able to follow and enjoy making their very first project (a lap quilt) with inventory lists included for larger quilts.
For you more-experienced quilters, there is a section that goes straight into "Just the Connectors" and bypasses the planning stages and preparing of your blocks that you would already be very familiar with.
We hope you enjoy making your quilts using the DH method as much as we have enjoyed putting the book together for you.