Happy Fourth of July!

4 Jul

 

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It’s Freebie Friday once again, but instead of a free project, we’re giving you permission to go outside and celebrate your own freedom (not that you need our permission)! We crafters have a tendency to stay indoors (it’s where all our supplies are!), but even the most serious sewers (and crocheters and painters and scrapbookers) need a little sunshine once in a while. So eat some ice cream, go swimming, devour a watermelon, watch some fireworks, call your mom, kiss your kids, sing a song. Whatever you do, have fun, be safe, and enjoy your freedom!

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Goodreads Giveaway: Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers

1 Jun

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.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers

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Freebie Friday: How to Bead with Wire

30 May

When I was a kid one of my favorite things to do was make my own jewelry. Granted, they were all pretty similar looking (i.e., multicolored beads herded onto a piece of string), but they were mine, darn it, and if Etsy had existed back then I would’ve had a shop set up in no time.

Luckily there are lots more options for us grown-up crafters, and I’ve got a quick and easy FREE PROJECT for you that clearly explains how to use wire (not string!) to make your own beaded jewelry.

Here’s a pretty example from our book Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelery Makers.

Birch wood and glass beads threaded with wire. Bracelet by Lucie Veilleux.

Birch wood and glass beads threaded
with wire. Bracelet by Lucie Veilleux.

 

Clear step-by-step illustrations combined with concise instructions and practical advice make this book an invaluable reference for professional jewelry makers, students, and (yep) Etsy sellers.

Green fluorite stones wrapped in sterling silver wire. Earrings by Erin Staples.

No other book currently available focuses on the use and application of ready-made settings, which are most commonly used by jewelers today. Stonesetting 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.

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers combines everything you need to know about this specialized craft all in one place, making this an indispensible reference for beginners and professionals alike.

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers

Be sure to check back in on Sunday for a chance to win a copy on Goodreads!

Or if you just can’t wait (and who can blame you?), buy it now.

 Barnes & Noble
Indiebound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books

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Goodreads Giveaway: Game Day!

25 May

If this week’s Freebie Friday left you wanting more from Game Day, you’re in luck! To celebrate the beginning of this warm weather we’re giving away 15 copies on Goodreads. But act fast – you need to enter before Thursday, May 29th!

Fleece is a super fabric—available in a ton of colors, prints, and types. There’s blizzard fleece, micro fleece, and the newer cuddler fleece—there are so many types to choose from. With so much product in the fabric stores, particularly team-licensed prints for favorite professional sports teams and many university and high school teams, the time is right for a guidebook that addresses the super-easy sewing techniques needed to create your own “go team” spirit gear.

Filled with a wide array of ideas for everything from scarves and mittens to blankets and pennants, you’ll always have something handmade to show off on game day.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Game Day by Cindy Cummins

Game Day

by Cindy Cummins

Giveaway ends May 29, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 Can’t wait? Order now!

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Books-a-Million
iBooks
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Freebie Friday: Corn Hole Game

23 May

It’s Friday, folks! And not just any Friday, it’s Memorial Weekend Friday. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is looking forward to picnics, wearing white shoes, and the unofficial start of summer. For today’s FREE PROJECT I was going through Game Day by Cindy Cummins and amidst the fleece scarves and blankets came across something perfect for Memorial Day Picnics: the beloved corn hole game. No reason to wait until tailgating season to play this gem.

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Along with making your very own corn hole bags, Cindy Cummins teaches you how to choose the right fleece variety and new notions for fleece sewing, and easy sewing and serging techniques. With over fifty easy projects (some even no-sew) designed for tailgating, game time, and apparel for men, women, children, and even pets you’ll have a hard time waiting until your favorite team plays again!

Come back on Sunday to enter for a chance to win Game Day on Goodreads!

Can’t wait? Buy it now!

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
iBooks
IndieBound
Powell’s Books

 

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