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New Arrivals - Arts, needlework, and recreation

"Favorite recipes, clever crafts and gift ideas to make your holiday sparkle!" -- Cover.

"It's not necessary to travel far from home for a great hike. With these information-packed guides in hand, readers have everything they need for the adventure they seek, from an easy nature walk to a multiday backpacking trip. Each hike includes: location, length, hiking time, level of difficulty, and if dogs can come along. Other features include: Trail finder chart that categorizes each hike (e.g. for particular attractions such as scenic views and if it is suitable for families with kids) Full-color photos throughout. Information on the area's history, geology, flora, and fauna. Full-color maps of each trail"-- Provided by publisher.

Master beadweaving techniques with 15 brand new designs! Beadweaving Mastery shows you how to create stunning jewelry and other items from the vast range of beads available. The focus is on off-loom weaving--joining beads by means of various techniques and turning them into beautiful items, such as tassel fobs, tablemats, bracelets, or bookmarks. Techniques include basic ropes, tassels and lariats, brick stitch and peyote in various applications and combinations.

This craft book presents 35 delightfully unique and sophisticated projects for decorating the home, accessories, and stationery with washi tape. With helpful how-to illustrations, easy-to follow techniques for working with washi, and photos of the finished projects, Fun with Washi makes it easy to add colorful accents everywhere.

"Descriptions of more than 80 scenic hikes to or starting at more than 140 hot springs in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia"-- Provided by publisher.

"Laura Nelkin is obsessed with hand-knit accessories, and you'll discover just how addictive small projects can be in Knockout Knits. Perfect as quick gifts (or treats for yourself), most of these twenty-three patterns require only a skein or two of yarn to create beautiful hats, shawls, socks, and more. With this collection, you'll also learn three of Laura's favorite techniques: playing with wrapped stitches, working advanced lace, and knitting with beads"--Page [4] of cover.

"Discover an irresistible collection of 12 baby quilts from talented designer Myra Harder. Featuring fast and fun designs, this book shows how to create the perfect quilt for a special little someone. Learn techniques such as easy plush appliqué, curved seams, and monogrammed lettering. Choose from a wide variety of styles and showcase a delightful array of fabrics. Create quilts that are so pleasing to the eye, they can be used as special wall hangings as well as for cuddling"--Page 4 of cover.

Learn how to transform candy, cereal, paper plates, and balloons into whimsical party favors, decorations, costumes, cards, wearable accessories, and more.

The author recounts his harrowing experiences of being trapped for six days in Blue John Canyon in Utah and having to amputate his own right arm in order to save his own life.

You've seen gorgeous crochet items online or in boutique shops and would love to learn to create them yourself. Gilbank shows you how, with step-by-step instructions that teach you how to hook your way to a wonderful new skill.

On the décor blog A beautiful mess, Larson and Chapman have shown you how to paint, craft and decorate you way to a colorful space with distinct personality. Now their book is filled with new ideas and projects to help you make your own mark on your home.

A celebration of color by one of the first women National Geographic photographers devotes each chapter to a color while providing inspirational essays that explore each color's qualities, meaning and symbolism, in a sumptuously photographed tribute that includes coverage of "unseen color" as revealed by new technologies.

Shades of Gray, Splashes of Color narrates Bill Cooke's 2011 hike of the 486-mile Colorado Trail, the length of which was a personal high for him in 35 years of backpacking. A common expression among long distance backpackers is "no pain equals no gain." In this book, you'll read of the "pain" manifested in the struggle of the journey, and you'll read of the "gains," the triumphs as Bill and his hiking companion Keith "Northern Harrier" Bance savor the many rewards of this enchanting trail.

"Designer Melissa Lunden presents contemporary sewing and quilting patterns to beautify living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, and nurseries. With beginner-friendly instructions and a range of techniques, this book is ideal for all skill levels. Create pillows, place mats, napkins, a crib sheet and accessories, plushies, a play mat and much more. Personalize your home using these simple, clean, appealing designs."--Page [4] of cover.

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.

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.

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 [4] of cover.

"... 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.

"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.

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