Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts
An A-z Guide With Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration
Hardcover ISBN: 0307450570
Alphabetically arranged entries present step-by-step instructions for craft projects ranging from albums and scrapbooks to soap making and wreaths, along with detailed descriptions of tools and materials.
Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things
How to Turn a Penny into a Radio, Make a Flood Alarm With an Aspirin, Change
Paperback ISBN: 0740738593
A quirky, do-it-yourself handbook explains how to transform simple, everyday items and objects--ranging from milk and aspirin to rubber bands--into a variety of unusual survival, security, self-defense, or even silly applications, furnishing detailed step-by-step instructions and diagrams for more than forty handy projects. Original.
The Mosaic Book
Ideas, Projects and Techniques
Paperback ISBN: 1570760608
Practical and inspiring, this guide to the ancient art of mosaic features dazzling designs for home and garden, with step-by-step projects, trace-off patterns, and an ample array of color photos.
The Rise of Diy, Art, Craft, and Design
Paperback ISBN: 1568987870
Today's crafters are no longer interested in simply cross-stitching samplers or painting floral scrolls on china. Instead, the contemporary craft movement embraces emerging artists, crafters, and designers working in traditional and nontraditional media. Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching has revolutionized the embroidery industry. Each year Nikki McClure sells thousands of her cut-paper wall calendars. Emily Kircher recycles vintage materials into purses. Stephanie Syjuco manufactures clothing under the tag line 'Because Sweatshops Suck.' These are just some of the fascinating makers united in the new wave of craft capturing the attention of the nation, the Handmade Nation. Faythe Levine traveled 19,000 miles to document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. ethos. For Handmade Nation (along with the documentary film of the same name, coming in 2009) she and Cortney Heimerl have selected 24 makers and 5 essayists who work within different media and have different methodologies to provide a microcosm of the crafting community. Participants in this community share ideas and encouragement through websites, blogs, boutiques, galleries, and craft fairs. Together they have forged a new economy and lifestyle based on creativity, determination, and networking. Twenty-four artists from Olympia, Washington, to Providence, Rhode Island, and everywhere in between show their work and discuss their lives. Texts by Andrew Wagner of American Craft Magazine, Garth Johnson of Extremecraft.com, Callie Janoff of the Church of Craft, Betsy Greer of Craftivism.com, and Susan Beal, author of Super Crafty, supply a critical view of the tight-knit community where ethics can overlap with creativity and art with community. Handmade Nation features photographs of the makers, their work environment, their process, their work, and discussions of how they got their start and what motivates them. Handmade Nation is a fascinating book for those who are a part of the emerging movement or just interested in sampling its wares.
Crafting a Meaningful Home
27 DIY Projects to Tell Stories, Hold Memories, and Celebrate Family Heritage
Hardcover ISBN: 158479867x
As the second decade of the 21st century begins, we’re more compelled than ever to find refuge in our homes and personalize our living spaces with DIY projects that celebrate who we are and where we’ve been. In Crafting a Meaningful Home, Meg Mateo Ilasco shares 27 projects that tell personal stories and celebrate heritage, all easily created on a budget. Learn how to decoupage a plate with photos of a best friend; silkscreen upholstery with folk motifs; artfully display love notes; sew a teepee from a vintage quilt top; or create family silhouettes for a festive banner. Contributed by a hip cast of well known designers from across the country, the projects are, at once, nostalgic, sentimental, and modern. Clear instructions are easy to follow, even for beginning crafters.
The Crafter's Devotional
365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit
Paperback ISBN: 1592536484
There is something elemental shared among artists and crafters, regardless of chosen medium: creative energy. Crafters dabble, collaborate, muse, and make, all in their own way and on their own timeline. For all crafts, there are established techniques to follow but wild, innumerable ways to experiment, using the basics to launch crafters to new heights. Crafter’s Devotional can aid that launch. Each day of the year is given its own focus, on which the reader will find a daily dose of craft content that inspires, instructs, and illuminates.