New Arrivals - Arts, needlework, and recreation
Though Ashley Johnston is comfortable with a needle and thread, having grown up with four sisters who wore clothes homemade by their mother, she began to hear from her blog readers that sewing machines can strike fear and dread into the hearts of many crafters. The complicated machinery, the fussy parts, and confusing pattern directions send many people running from crafts that require sewing. Ashley knows her adhesives, including fusible webbing, glue guns, binding tape, and more, and designed 50 projects that ordinarily require sewing to complete.
This friendly book offers up a multi-pronged approach to overcoming creative fears through inspiring essays and anecdotes, interviews, exercises and prompts, and sage advice from all over the creative spectrum to help individuals slay their creative demons.
Provides advice for knitters on how to find inspiration in the illustrated examples of ancient ornaments and shares a selection of sweater and accessory patterns which incorporate such designs and motifs as loops, rings, chains, knots, S-hooks, and braiding.
"... demonstrates how to repurpose discarded materials and packaging to create new, stunning artworks. From making evening dresses out of plastic carrier bags to weaving boxes from cardboard packaging, or making textile art from vintage lace and photographs, this book inspires and encourages you to see a new life in everything around you"--From publisher description.
A one-stop resource to learn to play guitar. This guide puts everything you need to start playing and continue improving at your fingertips.
"For anyone who wants to learn how to draw, this colorfully illustrated guide introduces the fundamental techniques necessary to build essential skills. The first section covers the tools - the various types of media and paper you need to get started. Then you'll learn about the basic methods for creating effective drawings step-by-step, from making basic shapes to enhancing them with highlights and shading. Then you'll continue studying techniques, but apply them to common subjects in artistic drawings - landscapes, still-lifes, and figure drawing - through exercises using various media."--Back cover.
"Perfect for crafters at all levels, this delightful, authentically Japanese volume features irresistibly cute amigurumi characters for each letter of the alphabet and the basic techniques you need to know to crochet them."-- Page  of cover.
"From simple daisies and cherry blossoms to more intricate passion flowers and exotic hibiscus, create an impressive felted flower garden. Using the different techniques of wet felting and needle felting, make petals, stamens, pollen and leaves, with all the tips, trick and techniques you need for constructing your felted blooms"--From publisher description.
"Splash 15 is about novel approaches, beautiful accidents, and fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants moments, all illustrated through brilliant work and anecdotal captions"--From publisher description.
"These 20 original patterns for clothes for boys and girls include everyday essentials as well as cute outfits for holidays and special occasions."--Back cover.
"Suitable for beginners, but with projects to provide a fun challenge for more experienced knitters, this book contains 23 patterns. The dogs cover a wide range of styles from the quirky to the fun to the more true-to-life; and while some like Danger Dog are fun toys, others have a more practical purpose, like Stripy Sausage, the dachshund draught excluder."-- Publisher's website.
"When three daunting dolls intersect with one hapless heroine and a hard-boiled private eye, deception, betrayal, and murder stalk every mean street"--From publisher description.
Expert advice on how to paint water from renowned watercolorist and water specialist, Joe Dowden.
"... a collection of projects knit in Cascade Yarns' Venezia worsted and Venezia sport, blends of merino and silk that are sumptiously stoff but still offer the durability and affordability"--From publisher description.
"Join Nicky Epstein on a world tour of knitting traditions and techniques, with more than 50 fabulous designs. Nicky details the origin and use of classic knitting techniques--Fair Isle, appliqué, Aran, and more--in folk-knitting traditions from around the globe, then reinvigorates and recombines these techniques in her own inimitable way to create all-new, innovative designs and traditions"--From publisher description.
"The intensive research undertaken for this book properly identifies forty-five Native American silversmiths and their hallmarks found on Southwest jewelry. Most of the marks date prior to the 1970s and some as early as the 1920s, along with the marks of traders, guilds, and the government. [The book] also provides the stories of the artists and institutions represented by these marks"--Page  of cover.
Building on the success of her other shaped beads book, Great Designs for Shaped Beads, Anna Elizabeth Draeger is back with 24 all-new projects that add some of the newest bead shapes on the market as well as perennial favorites. Creative Designs Using Shaped Beads features beaded beads, rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, and also includes a design option for each project so everyone will find something they want to create!
Basic embroidery stitches are clearly explained with step-by-step illustrations. Shows how to work from charted designs as well as following freeform or "doodle stitching." There are also brief tutorials on crewel work, ribbon embroidery, bargello, cross stitch, and even machine embroidery. Projects span an international range of embroidery, and experts demonstrate the different ways in which the techniques and stitches can be used. The book focuses on ideas for using needlework pieces around the home: pillows, table runners, and more.
The 1950s had rock 'n' roll and the 60s had the Beats. In the 70s and 80s, it was punk rock and modern art. But for the 1990s, it was all about the fashion?and Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen were the trio of rebel geniuses who made it great.
Set in a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne. This is a story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest, and triumph. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die.
"Technically, they're barely teenagers. But when it comes to the collision of murder and magic, Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland are the best damn detectives in England. And for good reason: They're not just crack investigators of supernatural crimes--they're victims. Edwin and Charles were both murdered decades ago, but that hasn't stopped them from teaming up to solve cases too strange for the living to touch. When Charles and Edwin save the life of Crystal Palace, an introverted teenager whose parents are the toast of England's avant-garde art scene, Charles develops a serious crush--and Crystal winds up at St. Hilarion's, the brutal boarding school that cost the Dead Boy Detectives their lives years ago. What hellish conspiracy is killing the students of St. Hilarion's? And can the Dead Boy Detectives team up with a living girl without giving up the ghost?"--p.  of cover.