Country and Folk Arts
501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs
Irresistible Stitchables to Brighten Up Your Life
Paperback ISBN: 0804851263
This fun embroidery book contains hundreds of creative designs you can use to personalize all sorts of things! From a little hand-sewn gift, to personalized linens and cushions, to a well-worn and well-loved pair of jeans. 501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs offers simple hand-embroidery motifs that highlight life's small pleasures: - Motifs from the kitchen or garden (teacups, fruits and cozy reminders of home) - Sweet feminine embellishments for your household zakka projects (flowers, pets, fashion elements) - Designs for your child's clothing drawn in a kid-friendly style - Traditional designs such as monogrammed initials and elegant borders These freestyle designs are doable even for novices and will add that special touch to anything—from an apron for your best friend to the neckline of your favorite top. You are sure to find designs here that are perfect for every occasion and any object which you wish to make special. "If you have never embroidered before, no worries, for there are detailed instructions of what you need + all the techniques and stitches you need to know for the patterns in the book." —Japanese Sewing Books blog
The Art & Tradition of Beadwork
Hardcover ISBN: 142363179x
A fascinating, in-depth look at the culture and history of beaded objects around the world. From a beaded dress found in an ancient Egyptian tomb to the beaded fringe on a 1920s Parisian flapper’s hem, humans throughout history have used beading as a way to express, adorn, and tell a story. Bol explores beadwork across the world and through the ages, showing how beading has taken on many different styles, forms, and purposes for different cultures. She looks at children’s clothing, puberty ceremonies, burials, emblems of social status and leadership, festivals, and many other cultural occasions that involve the use of beadwork. Images of artifacts and heirlooms as well as photography of people and their beadwork enhance the scholarship of this book for a beautiful, enlightening addition to art, history, multicultural collections everywhere.
The Art of Spoon Carving
A Classic Craft for the Modern Kitchen
Paperback ISBN: 0486813495
Wood carving is coming back into style, and making kitchen utensils is among the easiest ways to learn the craft. This beautifully illustrated guide by a master woodcrafter presents 12 projects, with mix-and-match suggestions for creating dozens of spoons and other implements. Perfect for beginners, the book features clear, detailed directions, helpful drawings, and inspiring photographs.
Basic Soap Making
All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started
Paperback ISBN: 0811735737
- Hundreds of step-by-step, full-color photographs illustrate exactly how to make cold-process soap - Instructions on molding soap, cutting bars, creating original recipes, packaging gifts, and more - Includes a chapter on constructing a soap mold, liner, and cutter at home Handmade soap is inexpensive, soft on skin, and makes a great gift for anyone. Readers will learn the basic four-oil soap recipe, which can then be enhanced with additives such as oatmeal, fragrance oils, colored swirls, two-tone nuggets, and moisturizing butters. Charts on saponification, base oils, and luxury oils make creating unique soap recipes easy.
The Book of Indian Crafts and Indian Lore
The Perfect Guide to Creating Your Own Indian-Style Artifacts
Paperback ISBN: 1629145777
A fascinating introduction to a variety of Native American projects and history! Learn everything there is to know about Indian crafts and lore. Julian Harris Salomon takes you on a breathtaking journey of Native American customs and traditions. Originally published in 1928, this book is filled with dozens of illustrations portraying Indian art that will help you learn about traditional creations and customs. See why camp directors and leaders of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts look to Indian lore to enrich their programs in handicrafts, ceremonial studies, and geography. Some of the many projects featured include: Crafting eagle-feather bonnets Building campfires Making bow and arrows Constructing tipis and wigwams Adults and children alike will learn about the history behind each and every project. Why are dance ceremonies an integral part of Native American culture? Why did the Indians prefer using a bow and arrows for survival in an age when muskets were the norm? Explore the numerous methods and instructions for an assortment of games and sports, such as lacrosse, football race, and toss and catch. These particular games and dances weren’t just for entertainment; they were also performed to avert disaster, heal the sick, and summon rain. The Book of Indian Crafts and Indian Lore isn’t just an instructional piece, but an anthropologist’s companion. It is a book of wonder containing valuable research and information you won’t find anyplace else.
Clouds in a Teacup
A Mindful Journey and Coloring Book
Paperback ISBN: 1941529135
As soon as you open the cover of Clouds in a Teacup, you step into a contemplative journey of your own creation. Oakland, California artist and activist Brett Cook invites you to shed your stress and worries to consider the wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh during the relaxing process of coloring. His evocative black and white images nurture your own creativity; the resulting pictures will reflect your vision. Clouds in a Teacup balances reflection and action, providing a personal springboard to contemplation and expression. Everyone has creativity within them, and these drawings nurture the meditative potential of the process, helping to relieve stress and increase joy, and rewarding you with compelling final images. The 40 images, including double page spreads, are printed on the highest quality recycled paper through which gel and colored pens will not bleed.
Homegrown Products by Local Craftsmen, Artisans, and Purveyors
Paperback ISBN: 1493012681
A unique guidebook and local resource full of hundreds of things to find and buy, crafts to discover, factories to explore, and history to uncover––all made in Connecticut. Hundreds of the state’s top cottage industries––all places that you can shop and/or tour––are showcased. Organized by product type, categories include ceramics/pottery, clothing/accessories, furnishings/furniture, glassware, home décor, jewelry, specialty foods, toys/games, and so much more. Together, these homegrown establishments help make up the identity of the Nutmeg State and are part of the larger fabric of what is distinctively New England.
Designing Celtic Ornament
Hardcover ISBN: 1908126132
Drawing on the immense popularity and the timeless appeal of Celtic ornaments, author David Balade, an acclaimed artist who created many drawings and paintings in the Celtic style, has chosen the most interesting, diverse and typical patterns and motifs of Celtic art for this beautifully designed practical and historical sourcebook.
Hardcover ISBN: 1945547383
Fairy Village is a collection of miniscule scenes from the fairytale realm made from objects found in nature. This book features full –color photograph of beautifully crafted whimsical scenes including an old fashion carriage house, boutiques, shops, lush gardens and stunning living areas. The attention to detail will amaze and delight fairy world enthusiasts from all ages. Fairy fans will enjoy this collection of the artist’s favorite places to visit around the village and is visually stunning.
Fanciful Folk Art
Paperback ISBN: 1631866826
This collection of over 45 whimsical patterned illustrations provides an opportunity to ignite your creativity and unleash your inner artist while you relax and personalize your own beautiful artwork. Whether you choose bold, bright colors or a subdued palette, you will be transported to an imaginary world. All pages are perforated for easy removal and display.