Monday, July 24, 2017

Heritage Crochet in a New Light: Enriching Your Designs with Heirloom Lace Techniques by Rita de Maintenon

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I love to crochet! Especially, when I'm making clothing, which is one of my favorite things to do and crocheting some lace designs would be wonderful! I saw this book, Heritage Crochet in a New Light by Rita de Maintenon and was just inspired by the beautiful designs, to start creating my own! The lacy look is very nice for a top over other clothing or even a doll and baby top. However, I just love the inspirational projects that can be created and how elegant it looks!

The book is packed with ideas, very creative and fun for the entire home and fashionable outfits to wear! I can even see gifting some of those lacy tops and accessories. However, it's more about the fashion that I really enjoy from this book. Creating a laced top, a lace bag or anything lacy with yarn is different and creative verse typical crocheting. I was looking for some new ideas and this book does just that for me! How simple it is to take what I know and create these different designs with ease since I already know how to crochet but want to update my creations a bit.

Finally, I really enjoy the helpful information and ideas that can be added to my own or similar projects inside. So many techniques to create beautiful designs with yarn. I love to crochet and this book is something that I had to have in my collection!

Information About The Author:
Rita de Maintenon has taught heritage fiber workshops for over twenty years. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and a Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist. She is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor.

Book Information:

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (July 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764353470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764353475


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Friday, July 21, 2017

The Hand-Stitched Surface: Slow stitching and mixed-media techniques for fabric and paper by Lynn Krawczyk

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Oh my, this is one awesome book! You can create some exciting and creative gifts and decor for the house or a friend's home! I love that in this book, The Hand-Stitched Surface by Lynn Krawczyk you aren't working on fabric but even paper material! Something that isn't always seen and yet this book has some wonderful ideas to make a beautiful decoration with the use of many different materials. I just enjoy trying and taking a look at the different creative projects inside. Plus, with all the easy to follow visuals and tools you need, anyone can begin stitching on surfaces!

This book actually reminds me of those online courses. It has actual images of the tools in the beginning, how to do certain stitches and with each project that you can find the page in the table of contents, there is also visuals of the image and simple steps to follow. You will learn about different types of stitches used in everyday sewing, but also for creating some wonderfully detailed designs on fabrics and other material. The decorative ideas inside always remind me of something new and different than buying from a retail store. Of course, learning a few of these new sewing techniques can help add to your own creative ideas. I could even use these steps and taught lessons of stitch work to add my own personalized design to the fabrics I sew. 

Now, for the information and book itself, I don't think this is very easy for anyone to try and understand. For me, it just looks like fun and seems very simple and fun to stitch creative designs that are seen inside! Plus, this s actually so much fun because it's relaxing and can be done anywhere. I just really enjoy the idea of making great gifts from these projects, especially the stitched cards and something I can be used in my own home or give to another is coasters! 

Finally, this book is just creative, unique and not the same as many on the market! It really is for someone like me who loves trying new and different things! So with this wonderful book, I'm always in search of trying something new and now I have plenty of stitching projects I can get my hands on too!

Information About The Author:
Lynn Krawczyk is a mixed-media surface design artist who focuses on pattern and color. Her work features painting, drawing, and hand stitching on both fabric and paper. Lynn has written nearly 50 magazine articles for such publications as Quilting Arts Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors, Uppercase, Fiber Art Now, and Sew Somerset, andis the author of Intentional Printing: Simple Techniques for Inspired Fabric Art (Interweave, 2014). She also has a collection of floss with thread manufacturer Aurifil, Inked by Lynn Krawczyk, as well as three instructional DVD workshops with Quilting Arts/FandW Media: Print, Design, Compose; Color Theory Made Easy; and Thermofax Screen Printing Essentials. Lynn teaches surface design workshops at various venues throughout the U.S. See more of work her on her website, smudgeddesignstudio.com

Book Information:
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l (May 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589239423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589239425
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Earth Basketry 2nd Edition: Weaving Containers with Nature’s Materials by Osma Gallinger Tod, Revised by Josephine Breen Del Deo

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This is such a wonderful book for beginners! Earth Basketry by Osma Gallinger Tod is packed with such helpful guidance for those who never even started making any type of baskets. I think this book really interested me about making my own baskets because I love the natural appeal and shape, which can all be done handmade! Honestly, anything I can make feels great once completed verse buying it. However, the choice for this book was all due to it's easy to follow directions and guidance.

There are different steps to creating different types of baskets, all natural materials found in the woods, and the end results are just magnificent! Baskets are so much nicer than plastic containers and last longer than a fabric storage bin. Of course, the feeling of completing one of the projects inside feels just marvelous! However, if you are experienced or know a little bit about basketry, well this book can still aid you with some new projects to try.

Finally, everything in this book is simple for anyone to follow and understand! It's a well-organized guide and has such beautiful photos of completed baskets that can be created. Some may be hard, but in time it's easy to learn and like with everything in life, practice makes perfect! Therefore, with a little inspiration and practice, there really are so many wonderful baskets you can create and use all over the home or gift!

Information About The Author:
Osma Gallinger Tod (1895-1983) was an important figure in re-popularizing traditional crafts among Americans. She ran crafts communities in Michigan and Pennsylvania, authored many books, and was a pioneer in championing a respect for traditional craftsmanship as art.

Book Information:

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer; 2 edition (July 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764353438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764353437
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches


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