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12 Dec

Freebie Friday: Macrame Nordic Snowflake Coasters and Striped Hotpad

Protect Thy… Tabletops! During this particularly social time for many people, when holiday parties are simply par for the course, whether you’re throwing a cocktail or dinner party or attending one or all of the above, we have a FREE PROJECT DOWNLOAD for the ultimate handmade gift to give yourself or to the host(ess): Stylish, functional, Nordic snowflake coasters and a striped kitchen hotpad–made by using the craft of knotting, also known as macrame.

Nordic Coaster Striped Hotpad

These projects are from Macrame Pattern Book by Marchen Art Studio, a creative group that supervises Marchen-Art Company in Japan, which designs leather and hemp cords accessory parts, and other craft items. This dream of a book (especially for a knotter like myself who finds the repetition cathartic) is an outstanding resource for both new and experienced knotters and includes over 70 knots and small repeat patterns plus 33 projects–ranging from simple jewelry pieces and accessories to more complicated projects such as net bags and ornate baskets.

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So this holiday party season: To Knot or Knot to Knot? That… beloved Crafters, is the question!

Order your copy of Macrame Pattern Book now!

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29 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry

If you couldn’t get enough of the tiara from this past Freebie Friday, we’ve got some great news! This week’s Goodreads giveaway is Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry.

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry answers all the most pressing questions you may have while planning and executing your project. What bead shapes fit best together? Will your piece sit still or shift—and how do you design for each? Can you set luster against luster, or will luster against matte work better? All these questions and many others will be answered in this must-have guide to the key design principles for beautiful beaded jewelry. And what’s more, the book lets you test all this out with 20 wonderful patterns and projects!

ACT FAST: This Goodreads giveaway only runs through Wednesday, 7/2.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry by Renata Graham

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry

by Renata Graham

Giveaway ends July 03, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Can’t wait? Order today!

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27 Jun

Freebie Friday: Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry – Crystal Tiara

Most of us made jewelry at some point in our childhood—friendship bracelets among the most popular. Today’s Freebie Friday will help you create the ultimate piece of jewelry that speaks to your child at heart. You’ll love to make this tiara for yourself, a little girl in your life, or your best friend who is getting married. There is always a way and a reason to wear a simple, beautiful tiara (or headband if you prefer)!

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The project above is just one of many in Renata Graham’s  Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry. Renata has been making jewelry and teaching courses on the subject for over 20 years and her must-have guide brings the classroom into your home. What metal or beads do you start with? Should your design be symmetrical? Will crystal work well with wood? All of these questions and more will be answered as you create amazing gifts for yourself and others in your life!

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8 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt

Sunday, sunshine, sunkissed… and a Goodreads giveaway!

Enter now for a chance to win 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt: Patterns and Projects Packed with Lush and Vibrant Colors That You Will Love to Make by master knitter and designer Kristin Nicholas. Here, she grows her own field of colorful sunflowers and now brings the iconic sunflower to fiber life using knitting, crochet, felting, and embroidery. Included are designs for over thirty different sunflower blooms and buds in a variety of sizes, plus eight different leaf and vine designs, and a host of critters who live in a sunflower field—from birds and honeybees, to butterflies and caterpillars—a total of fifty items.

Laid out like the previous books in the series, 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt by Kristin Nicholas includes all the useful information you need for making the flowers—which needles, crochet hooks, embroidery needles, and types of yarns to use, plus a special explanation of how to choose yarn that felts well.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt by Kristin Nicholas

50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt

by Kristin Nicholas

Giveaway ends June 12, 2014.

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at Goodreads.

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So don’t waste your Sunday, let the sunshine and the sunflowers in, and win!

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1 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers

Did you grab last week’s Freebie Friday project from the fantastic book Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers? If you did, I bet you’re ready for more. And you’re in luck, because we’re giving this bad boy away!

No other book currently available focuses on the use and application of ready-made settings, which are most commonly used by jewelers today. Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers not only shows you how to use and incorporate these settings into existing designs but also teaches you how to make settings from scratch. Also included is an overview of tools and materials, accompanied by an in-depth guide to choosing and evaluating a variety of stones. The second part covers the range of settings available—from bezel to prong to snap settings—and uses step-by-step instructions explaining how to set cabochons, faceted stones, and other variants. A handy section in the back contains care, maintenance, and repair advice, plus a gallery of gorgeous finished pieces.

This book combines everything you need to know about this specialized craft all in one place, making this an indispensable reference for beginners and professionals alike.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers by Melissa Hunt

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers

by Melissa Hunt

Giveaway ends June 05, 2014.

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Or if you just can’t wait, buy it now.

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Author of the Month

This month we sit down with Helen Angharad Henley, mother of three, handbag designer, self-proclaimed “compulsive maker,” and author of newly published Tote-ally Amazing Bags: 30 quick and easy bags to make for all occasions. Helen lives and works in Wales where she designs, makes, and sells her sewing patterns and handbags. She blogs her stitching endeavours at angharadhandmade.blogspot.com and sells her bags online at angharad handmade.

Helen  Angharad Henley, author of Tote-ally Amazing Bags

Cookie Jewelry Box


They say there are two types of women in the world: those who love jewelry, and those who love cookies. What? You say you're both types of woman? Well then I sure have a treat for you, with this free pattern from our new book 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies: Easy-t0-Make Cookie Creations by Fiona Pearce, you can have your jewelry box and eat it, too!

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