Country and Folk Arts
501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs: Irresistible Stitchables to Brighten Up Your Life
501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs
Irresistible Stitchables to Brighten Up Your Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0804851263
"If you have never embroidered before, no worries, for there are detailed instructions of what you need and all the techniques and stitches you need to know for the patterns in the book." --Japanese Sewing Books blog

This fun embroidery book contains hundreds of creative needlework designs you can use to personalize all sorts of things From a little hand-sewn gift, to monogrammed linens and cushions, to a well-worn and well-loved pair of jeans. 501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs offers simple hand embroidered 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 embroidery beginners and will always add that special touch--from an apron for your best friend to the neckline of your favorite top. No matter what you choose to leave your mark on, you are sure to find inspirational designs perfect for any occasion.
The Art & Tradition of Beadwork
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.

Marsha C. Bol, Ph.D, is a museum director emerita, curator, and author. She taught at the university level for thirty-four years, and served as Director and Curator of Latin American Folk Art at the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Director of the New Mexico Museum of Art; Associate Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Texas in San Antonio; Associate Curator of Anthropology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA; and Curator at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Her academic specialty is Plains Indian, especially Lakota, women's arts of beadwork, and quillwork.

The Art of Spoon Carving: A Classic Craft for the Modern Kitchen
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 master woodcrafter Lora S. Irish teaches the basics of wooden spoon carving. Perfect for beginners, the book presents 12 step-by-step projects that illustrate a variety of historic carving styles.
A selection of mix-and-match patterns offer suggestions for creating dozens of unique designs for spoons and other implements -- forks, ladles, dippers, spatulas, knives, pie servers, and scoops. In addition to clear, detailed directions accompanied by helpful drawings, inspiring photographs illustrate decorative ideas for using the carved spoons in kitchen wreaths, centerpieces, and other ornaments. A great gift for crafters seeking a new hobby, this book is loaded with stylish designs for handmade treasures.
"Incredible full color photographs detail each step in creating this classic art-form. Learn what you need to know about carving sets, knives, and what type of wood is best to start out with. You are going to love The Art of Spoon Carving. Get a copy today." -- Texas Kitchen and Garden and More

Basic Soap Making: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started
Basic Soap Making
All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started
Paperback      ISBN: 0811735737

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.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

The Book of Indian Crafts and Indian Lore: The Perfect Guide to Creating Your Own Indian-Style Artifacts
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
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.
Fairy Village
Fairy Village
Hardcover      ISBN: 1945547383

Step into the world of fairies and little folk like never before with this unprecedented collection of magical miniature scenes and objects made entirely from moss, bark, flowers, and other objects found in nature. Fairy Village, the highly-anticipated followup to the bestseller Fairy House, features full-color photography of beautifully crafted whimsical scenes, including a bakery, a clock maker's shop, small boutiques, a village pavilion, charming homes, and unbelievable living areas. Beautiful illustrations, anthropological notes on fairies and their ways, and Victorian era art adorn the pages of this lush artistic treasure. A stunning gate-fold displays the full, enchanting village.

Fanciful Folk Art Coloring Book
Fanciful Folk Art Coloring Book
Paperback      ISBN: 1631866826

Unwind and escape into another time and place with Fanciful Folk Art. Adult coloring books are so popular right now and there are excellent reasons why: they help relieve stress, they provide a great creative outlet, and--perhaps most importantly--they are fun This coloring book is a whimsical collection of 47 detailed drawings. Choose between:

  • woodland scenes
  • animals in nature
  • village settings
  • floral motifs

In this coloring book, folk art abstract artist Karla Gerard offers lovely patterns that are inspired by Scandinavian designs. The unique patterns range from very simple to more challenging, but would be appropriate for any age and skill level. Perforation makes it easy to detach pages for display.

Foxfire 10
Foxfire 10
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0385422768

First published in 1972, The Foxfire Book was a surprise bestseller that brought Appalachia's philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers. Whether you wanted to hunt game, bake the old-fashioned way, or learn the art of successful moonshining, The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center had a contact who could teach you how with clear, step-by-step instructions.

Chock full of the wit and wisdom that has become the Foxfire trademark, this tenth volume in the acclaimed series is on oral history of Appalachian lives and traditions, homespun crafts, and folk arts including gourd carving and chairmaking.
Foxfire 2
Foxfire 2
Paperback      ISBN: 0385022670

First published in 1972, The Foxfire Book was a surprise bestseller that brought Appalachia's philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers. Whether you wanted to hunt game, bake the old-fashioned way, or learn the art of successful moonshining, The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center had a contact who could teach you how with clear, step-by-step instructions.

This second Foxfire volume includes topics such as ghost stories, spinning and weaving, wagon making, midwifing, corn shuckin', and more.