Wednesday, June 28, 2017

350+ Crochet Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets by Jan Eaton

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Have you ever wanted to learn something new from a book on crocheting? Well, this is one book that has really some new information that you don't find online or in other books! I just love to crochet and it's wonderful to have everything I need to know to create beautiful pieces that look professional right in one place! Unlike many books, This one, 350+ Crochet Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets by Jan Eaton makes learning ways to fix, Understand how to crochet garments for all body types, understand stitches, and just create a professional touch to the clothing and creations you'll be crocheting! 

I always had a problem to make mine look more professional, as you'd buy in the store or see from others online who make pieces to wear. I always just wanted to have professional look and not have everything look a bit messy. Also, with many others I wish I could fix, it's hard searching for these specific tips online and finding helpful guidance allover, until now! This book has everything I could ask for, and it's not like any other crochet book. It isn't all about creating specific patterns, but instead making garments and how to choose for that specific clothing piece, the right yarn as well as caring for it. Plus, each step by step inside this book will help you achieve these great styles and finished designs you always wanted for each piece, I know it has for me! There are tips to help even lengthening already made pieces, adding lovely edging to the ends, and just make things look just better. I love the different stitches and even the way to create button holes, which I really wanted to learn about for the clothing I create.

Have you ever made something, to realize you didn't have the right amount of yarn? Well, I have and I never could understand how much to have on hand for a specific thing. I always felt that large amount of one color yarn should be enough. That is till I finally get to creating the piece of clothing and end up missing a few rows to finish it off. It's quite annoying, but thanks to this book there is a tip to tell and learn how much you'll need to never run out and not finish what you're working on! Plus, the help to figuring out the right type of yarn to use is always a great thing to know, because the results are always different and sometimes don't look so pretty! Of course, I'm always being gifted yarn, and never had an idea which is needed and works best for which projects. Thanks to this book, once again it helps me decide and leave my brain from being confused! 

Finally, this is one book I can't do with out! It's something new that I haven't seen in any other book and has been super helpful! You learn so much like tools, reading patterns and garment shaping as well as color blocking. Let's just say it has everything you want to know and need to know inside! Perfect for those starting out and those who need a reminder or wants to learn a little more. For me, I work on crochet projects always, been creating a company with my Jewel Bearz and working on clothing for my dolls and self. However, having tips and suggestions from this book, I'm getting to do things better and look like a professional every day!



Information About The Author:
JAN EATON is known internationally for her specialty in needlecraft and textile designs. She is the author of 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans.

Book Information:

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 18, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250125103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250125101


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Perspective in Action Creative Exercises for Depicting Spatial Representation from the Renaissance to the Digital Age by David Chelsea

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The book, Perspectives in Action by David Chelsea is a terrific guide to creating art that gives a sort of illusion and some kind of interest than a typical drawing! It helps you build a new perspective with the image and the surroundings, which allows the viewer to look at it more than just one way. I honestly think of it as a guide to creating a new view on what you already draw! I think it has really helped me inspired a change in what I normally do, making my one view a bit more exciting. Plus, this book has like a feel of a puzzle and also encourages me to do more by trying these new takes on an image I'm about to draw or create in any form. 

It may seem odd, with these different takes, but to me, it's a challenge!  There are many different ideas in this book but really looks awesome with the tips and tricks have done inside to create the images they are sharing. It's definitely not a book I would say has anything I have ever seen before or online, so the information is very new and useful for artists who want to take perspective into their work! 

The ideas and creative ways that are seen inside is quite interesting. I really love how it's almost like reading a comic book, the format. This is because each step is like in a square box and in order to the next thing you need to do. I honestly thought by the title it was about drawing like a simple photo with front and back images on the page. However, I got more than I was hoping for, in a good way!

Finally, this is such a new way to look at art and create it! I just love books that make you want to draw or create things while learning how to. This is quite a book and a very fun guide, I would even think kids would love to try some of these unique ways to get the perspective they want of an image. 

Information About The Author:
DAVID CHELSEA has been a commercial artist for more than 30 years, and his work has appeared in hundreds of publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Press, Seattle Weekly, Chicago Tribune, Reader's Digest, Boston Phoenix, and Portland Monthly. He is the author of the graphic novels David Chelsea in Love, Welcome to the Zone, and Snow Angel; two volumes of his collected "24 Hour Comics;" and the how-to books Perspective! for Comic Book Artists and Extreme Perspective! for Artists.

Book Information:

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (June 20, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607749467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607749462
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches


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iVanky Braided Jacket Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable for Home Theater Receiver, Soundbar, CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Player, Xbox and More (6ft/1.8m - Heavy Duty, Firm Connection)

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The iVanky Braided Jacket Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable is one of a kind! This sturdy cord is easily inserted into many different ports, allowing sound to transfer from one device to another. It's a perfect way to listen to music from one device to another. Hearing the perfect clear sound come from the speakers, such as voices and sound effects from Television shows and many others!The best part about this cable is the design. Not only is stylish and a nicer look than a typical black cord, but the rope design allows you to avoid damage that may be caused by stretching and flexing it in one position too long. I had that happen to me so many times. 

However, with a rope design, the damage is very hard to occur and will withstand plenty of abuse from use and positioning. The sound is also very nice! It is stable and crystal clear, no breaking up or disconnection from one device to another. So what ever sound you hear from the device you have, will transport that sound through the speaker or soundbar or any player that you can fit into at the same exact time, instantly!
Finally, this is a universal Toslink cable cord which allows most of anything to fit it perfectly! So you can use it for all different systems and devices, which also includes game devices and music players of all types! Plus, It's a very nice and long cord, 6ft and can reach far and flexes with ease.  All I can say is that this is a wonderfully designed product! It really does a great job for many of my devices and has a longer rate of surviving the movement, flexing, and inserting into many different devices than many other versions which you will spend more than you can with this one! Honestly, if I could, I would choose the rope design, just like this every time! 
Product Information:

  • SUPERB STABILITY - Quality fiber optics and gold-plated connectors prevent interference for maximum stability. It’s easy to insert and fits snugly into ports.
  • INCREDIBLE DURABILITY - Lightweight and flexible braided jacket provide extra protection and durability to your digital optical audio cable.
  • EXCELLENT ENJOYMENT - Carrying a distortion-free fiber-optic digital audio stream, the Toslink cable gives purer and clearer signal. Thoughtful removable rubber tips protect the cable when it’s not plugged in.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY - iVanky® Lifetime Warranty (All costs covered during Lifetime Replacement process) ensures the long-time enjoyment of purchase.
  • UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY - iVanky Optical Audio Cable supports soundbars, home theater receivers, PlayStations or other devices with Toslink ports.


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