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Pyrography Basics

Lora S. Irish

Fox Chapel is the publisher with the largest number of woodburning titles. Pyrography books have sold steadily over the last decade, and we have recently seen a resurgence of interest from chains like Michaels. This is the perfect starter book for your accounts.

Rag Rugs

Juju Vail

Rag-rug making is a traditional craft. In Britain and North America the techniques that were most commonly used were hooking, prodding, braiding and weaving. These methods are now enjoying a revival, inspired partly by the desire to transform recycled materials into unique, hand-crafted pieces for the home.

Home Sewing Techniques

Cheryl Owen

This beautiful and easy-to-follow guide teaches all the skills you need to make individual furnishings for your own home. Each technique is explained with clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs, and then applied to a range of contemporary projects including cushions, chair and headboard covers, bed linens, tablecloths, curtains, and more. Use this book to create stylish and useful items for each room in the house, using your own choice of fabrics and colors. Projects and inspiration are provided for every level of skill. Beginners can start with simple skills such as pinning, cutting and making seams. Later techniques introduce more complex methods like hems, curved seams, casings, borders, linings, and decorative touches such as edging, frills, ruching, and tassels.

Pergamano Parchment Craft

Martha Ospina

Parchment craft is the art of cutting, perforating and embossing parchment paper to create delicate, lace-like designs for greetings cards and other stationery, table decorations, fans, boxes, lampshades, paperweights, gift-wrapping and much more. Pergamano[trademark] Parchment Craft includes full step-by-step instructions for an exciting range of projects that will appeal to all age ranges and capabilities. The 15 attractive projects use readily available materials and inexpensive tools and equipment and are photographed and described through all stages of making. Special gallery pages illustrate variations on the techniques explored in the projects and are described in detail. This wonderfully accessible book also has a comprehensive section on materials and techniques.

The Smart Approach to® Kids' Rooms, 3rd edition

Megan Connelly

Another updated bestseller in the «Smart Approach» series, The Smart Approach to Kids' Rooms starts with the premise: «Think like a professional.» Parents will find all the inspiration and information they need to create any kid's dream room. Chapters include a basic primer on the general principles of good design and how to apply them to individual needs and lifestyles. Topics include: working with color, choosing furniture, organizing space, storage, special ideas for walls, windows, and floors, plus safety tips. One chapter addresses designing for children with special needs.

Parachute Cord Craft

Samantha Grenier

Weave and braid versatile parachute cord in an array of fashion colors to create attractive and useful accessories. Parachute Cord Craft ties everything together with 22 clever projects for home, outdoors, school, and sports. Make fashionable bracelets, necklaces, belts, lanyards, dog collars, key fobs and more, with detailed instructions and step-by-step diagrams. less

Bags Bags Bags

Dorothy Wood

You can never have enough bags: small sparkly evening bags, bright and colourful everyday bags and capacious carriers for shopping or for the beach. This fantastic collection of handmade bags features a selection of styles and designs. All are simply made, featuring the most popular shapes and sizes and all individualised to suit your own style. The 18 designs feature step-by-step instructions and photography for drawstring bags, shoulder bags or bags with beaded and wooden handles, as well as bags in simple colours embellished with fringes, feathers and vintage brooches. There is also a varied collection of ideas for decorating a purchased plain bag by dyeing it, adding patches, sewing on ribbons or sticking on shop-bought corsages. Made from brightly-patterned cotton, canvas, felt, silk or tweed, these fun and funky bags are so desirable, you'll want to make the whole range.

Cutest Ever Baby Knits

Val Pierce

An irresistible collection of utterly cute baby clothes, these patterns will give great delight to the knitter and those who see the results on babies. There are bootees that look like little strawberries, a bumblebee set of hat and mitts, and a cozy cot blanket that looks like a field of daisies. Lovely hats, bootees, mitts, little coats and cardigans, none of the patterns are complicated and many are suitable for complete beginners. As well as cute clothes, there are accessories for the nursery including play blocks, a cuddly teddy, and a laundry bag. Created with small babies in mind, many of the projects can also be made to fit babies from 3 to 9 months. All are the cutest ever and will make fabulous gifts for favorite little loved ones.

Weekend Crochet for Babies

Sue Whiting

Designed for all skill levels, this crafter’s companion features fun and versatile patterns for baby clothes, with simple projects that can be completed in just a weekend. Beginners will appreciate the advice on getting started and essential techniques, while experienced crocheters will enjoy the range of different effects created in these garments, such as chunky textured fabric and delicate lacy patterns. Twenty-four projects make use of a wide selection of available yarns, from pure cotton pastels to soft and colorful wools. Designs include classic sweaters and tops, a duffle coat, a lacy cardigan, a ski-style bobble hat and scarf set, bootees and even some cute toys. Each project has clear instructions and full information on yarns, stitches, and techniques, plus beautiful photographs of the finished garment.

Sew a Monster

Fiona Goble

This fabulous collection of cute and quirky toys will delight adults and children alike. From pink and pretty Dilly to bright and bold Leo, there's a creature here to suit every personality. The projects are all made from soft fleece which is fantastically versatile and really easy to work with. Basic sewing skills, some brightly colored fleece and a few accessories are all you need to make these wonderful toys, and most can be sewn by hand in a matter of hours. With easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photographs, the projects are so simple to sew you'll want to make them time and time again. Sew a Monster is perfect for gifts or to keep for yourself – let your imagination run wild!