Country and Folk Arts
Nordic Crafts: Over 30 Projects Inspired by Scandinavian Style
Nordic Crafts
Over 30 Projects Inspired by Scandinavian Style
Paperback      ISBN: 1782490469

Add a touch of Scandinavia to your home and your wardrobe.

Scandinavian style has never been more desirable, with its emphasis on natural materials, light and fresh colors, and classic motifs. Mia Underwood inherited her love of making things from her Danish grandmother, and she understands both the techniques and the heritage of crafts from Scandinavia. In Nordic Crafts she presents over 30 new projects which reflect the traditions of the Scandinavian countries, with a modern twist. Projects for the home include a novel bread basket, and a gorgeous bird mobile. For a child's room, there is a beautiful baby blanket, and a woodland scene to hang in the window. For playtime, felt animal masks will fire your child's imagination, while nisse--mischievous elves--are easy to make from scraps of wool. The Danish love of coziness and comfort--'hygge'--is reflected in patterns for felted slippers, embroidered mittens, and snoods for both adults and children. Finally, there are things to make for the celebrations that come round every year, including the all-important Christmas decorations, and ideas for decorating your home at Easter, in the Scandinavian way.
The Practical Spinner's Guide: Cotton, Flax, Hemp
The Practical Spinner's Guide
Cotton, Flax, Hemp
Paperback      ISBN: 1596686693

A one-stop guide to preparing and spinning cotton, flax, and hemp

Over the last few years, focusing on specific types of fiber or spinning techniques has become more and more popular. In The Practical Spinner's Guide: Cotton, Flax, Hemp, author Stephenie Gaustad offers a detailed overview of each plant, the fiber it produces, and how to properly prepare, spin, and finish yarns made from each fiber.

Cotton, flax, and hemp behave very differently from wool, and special handling is required. Stephenie discusses how each fiber behaves and how best to work with them, specifically touching on trouble spots such as drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns "cleaning, setting twist, and plying--as well as what dye processes are best for adding color. Finally, she includes a discussion of spinning for both knitting and weaving, covering fabric properties of each fiber, and what spinners need to take into account when using the yarn in a subsequent project.

Pure Charcuterie: The Craft and Poetry of Curing Meats at Home
Pure Charcuterie
The Craft and Poetry of Curing Meats at Home
Paperback      ISBN: 0865718601

Cured meat products arose from the need for preservation, in a time when cooking and refrigeration were not always available. Today, charcuterie is an embodiment of art in the kitchen, combining precision, balance, patience, and creativity; an economy of ingredients, as poetry is an economy of words. The confluence of these elements, along with the purest of ingredients, can enable anyone to craft cured meats in their home.

Pure Charcuterie is a practical and artistic look at the techniques for curing meat at home both as a creative hands-on craft and as a fantastic and sustainable way to preserve highly valuable food. This accessible, beautiful, visual guide walks the reader through the process of making charcuterie, including:

  • sourcing ingredients
  • clear explanations of charcuterie technique
  • creative recipes balancing tradition and invention
  • smoking meats and building your own smoker

The analogies drawn between art and food, along with creative and accessible photographic discussions of charcuterie technique, make this book an essential primer on the basics of charcuterie: the mystery, the science, the art, and the technique. Ideal for home cooks working in small spaces, Pure Charcuterie is a must-have for experienced and new cooks alike -- and any home artisan.

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America
Rooted, Revived, Reinvented
Basketry in America
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 076435373x

This book unfolds a history of American basketry, from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its contemporary presence in the fine art world. Ten contributing authors from different areas of expertise, plus over 250 photos, insightfully show how baskets convey meaning through the artists' selection of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ. Accompanying a museum exhibition of the same name, the book illustrates how the processes of industrialization changed the audiences, materials, and uses for basketry. It also surveys the visual landscape of basketry today; while some contemporary artists seek to maintain and revive traditions practiced for centuries, others combine age-old techniques with nontraditional materials to generate cultural commentary. This comprehensive treasury will be of vital interest to artists, collectors, curators, and historians of American basketry, textiles, and sculpture.

Scandinavian Stitches: 21 Playful Projects with Seasonal Flair
Scandinavian Stitches
21 Playful Projects with Seasonal Flair
Paperback      ISBN: 1607050072

This work features 21 projects - including quilts, pillows, and soft ornaments - that draw their inspiration from the seasons and offer a fresh, modern take on folk art.

Spell Crafts: Creating Magical Objects
Spell Crafts
Creating Magical Objects
Paperback      ISBN: 0875421857

Feel the energy that flows through everything you do. Tap into that power Carve a symbol, dip a candle, mix fragrant herbs, sculpt clay, and make your life all that you want it to be. When crafts are used to create objects intended for ritual or to symbolize the divine, the connection between the craftsperson and divinity grows more intense.

This second edition of Spell Crafts, the much-loved and oft-read guide to magical handwork, features new illustrations and a new preface by David Harrington. Learn how to create and use all of the following:

  • Magical simmering potpourris
  • A beaded psychic mandala
  • Clay pentacles, plaques, and runic dice
  • A shaman's arrow
  • Sand paintings
  • Corn Mother
  • A magical spell broom
  • Protective hex sign
  • Witch bottles
  • Flower garlands
  • Spell banner
  • Magic mirror
  • Prosperity trivet
  • Wheat weaving
Swept Away: The Vanishing Art of Broom Making
Swept Away
The Vanishing Art of Broom Making
Paperback      ISBN: 0764354450

Since Ben Franklin brought broomcorn to America from Egypt in 1790, the humble kitchen broom has been an integral part of our daily lives. Discover the rich and colorful history of the American broomcorn industry, learn how broomcorn is grown, harvested, and dyed, and, following easy step-by-step instructions with photographs and illustrations, make your own broom using one of the seven different broom patterns provided, including Kitchen, Hearth, Cobweb, Turkey Wing Whisk, and Angel Whisk brooms. More than 150 masterpieces by America's most talented artistic broom makers appear in the gallery section and feature a surprisingly diverse and colorful array of handles and stalks. Entertain yourself with broom lore and superstitions, discover proper care methods to get the most out of your broom, quickly learn all the broom terms you need in the glossary, and also find a recipe for Broomstick Cake