Arts and Crafts
Built by Wendy dresses : the Sew U guide to making a girl's best frock by Wendy Mullin, with Eviana Hartman
Like Wendy Mullin's previous books, this one offers easy-to-follow instructions and patterns for a few basic designs which can be played with and expanded on in a myriad of ways. She includes three essential dress styles here, the sheath dress, the shift dress, and the Dirndl dress. From these, you can make as many unique dresses as you can imagine. The instructions are simple to understand and clearly illustrated, making this a great book for a beginning sewer, and a delight for those more experienced.
Confessions of a compact camera shooter : get professional quality photos with your compact camera by Rick Sammon
Looking to improve your snapshots? This book has a wealth of tips and tricks for the amateur digital photographer using a compact digital camera. Wondering if you need to use flash outside on a sunny day? The answer is probably yes, depending on where the sun is in relation to your subject. Ever wonder if all those modes your camera provides are actually useful? They can be very handy if you know how to make the most of them. These tips and many more are included in this easy to use guide.
A rainbow of stitches : embroidery and cross-stitch basics plus more than 1,000 motifs and 80 project ideas by Agnès Delage-Calvet ... [et al.] ; photography by Frédéric Lucano
Organized by color, this book offers a tremendous number of ideas for embroidery and cross-stitch projects and motifs. The designs range from cute to elegant, craftsy to modern, satisfying a wide range of tastes. I have been wanting to learn more about embroidery for awhile and I think this book will be a great place to start.
Appliqué your way: 35 pretty sewing projects and patterns by Kayte Terry; photographs by Jennifer Causey
This book is chock full of stylish projects you can make yourself from easy to find materials. There are items you can wear, to decorate your home, and to give as gifts. There are also easy-to-interpret instructions and some patterns and templates are included. My favorite project is the Woodland Felt Ornaments which remind me of some handmade tree ornaments we had when I was a kid.
- Earth Week Mural Art Creation — Sunday, April 18, 1:00-3:00PM
- Recycled Crafts — Tuesday, April 20, 5:00-5:45PM
- How to Become a Master Gardener — Tuesday, April 20, 7:00-8:30PM
- A Michivore Life — Wednesday, April 21, 7:00-8:30PM
- Energy Alternatives — Thursday, April 22, 7:00-8:30PM
- Scrapbox Fun! — Friday, April 23, 10:00-11:00AM
Swedish knits : classic and modern designs in the Scandinavian tradition by Paula Hammerskog and Eva Wincent; photos by Rikard Westman
This book has the usual introduction to the basics of knitting, but also includes more detailed information on garment construction and a number of advanced techniques. It also has a great section on what to do when something goes wrong - your cable twists the wrong way, something turns out too large or too small, and other common problems. There is also quite a bit of info on interpreting patterns and on making your own. Finally, the sweater patterns are beautiful. This book is a treasure trove of information for knitters.
It seems like every blog out there has featured posts lately about making and/or hacking furniture and decorations. Here are some of the best:
- Dollar Store Crafts highlighted a wonderful $15 makeover of a renter's kitchen
- Unplggd has 5 Ways To Make Your Office Chair Suck A Little Less
- They also have a guide for How To Choose the Right TV Wall Mount
- ikea hacker has great new ideas all the time
- Lifehacker readers have been posting their workspaces to this Flickr pool
- wikiHow has an interesting page about
Re-bound : creating handmade books from recycled and repurposed materials by Jeannine Stein
Ever needed a notebook or journal for a specific purpose but couldn't find one the right size? Or one that looked cool? This book shows how to bind your own from a variety of everyday materials, like a hot water bottle, bathroom rug, or potato chip bag. You could also use a record album cover, an old sweater, or even a couple of used-up gift cards.
Photojojo! : insanely great photo projects and DIY Ideas by Amit Gupta with Kelly Jensen ; photography by Kelly Jensen
Besides featuring the cutest dog ever on the cover, this book is packed with ways to improve your photography skills, projects to make the most of your photos, and techniques for making the most of your camera. The projects and ideas range from beginner to more experienced photographer/crafter, so everyone should find something that appeals.
Vogue Knitting can always be counted on for stylish patterns. The shawls and wraps contained here run the gamut from those appropriate for a casual day at the beach to cuddling up with a book by the fireplace to a snazzy dress-up night out. The patterns are clear and concise and the fibers recommended range from those available at a local big box craft store to fancier yarns sold only at local shops or online.
Ever get the urge to pick up some needles and yarn and just go wild? This book encourages just that and offers some helpful hints for ending up with a product you enjoy as much as the process. From totally random to knitted objects with a little more structure and/or design, this is a great guide to free-form lace knitting. If you're looking for folks to knit with, drop in to the next Knit Night on April 12.
This book visits fiber festivals across the United States, including the Michigan Fiber Festival which is held annually at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. Included are patterns, recipes, techniques and information about all things fiber-related. Filled with vivid color photographs in addition to a wealth of information, this book is one to come back to. If you're looking for local yarn shops, check out the Craft Stores page on Cantonwiki.