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New Arrivals - Arts, needlework, and recreation

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

"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.

"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.

Expert advice on how to paint water from renowned watercolorist and water specialist, Joe Dowden.

"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.

"... 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.

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!

"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 [2] of cover.

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