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The earliest developments in culture were artistic creations which brought beauty and joy to a community. From beadwork to candlemaking, from sewing to embroidery, crafts clothed us, decorated our worlds, and expressed our individuality. Let our BellaOnline editors help your creativity soar!

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Christmas Tatting - Inga Madsen
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

The cover of Inga Madsen's 2017 Christmas Ornament book shows an asymmetrical tatted heart which is very "avant-garde" in construction. It is a wonderful example how we can modernize our traditional tatting designs and find a new metier to explore.

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Test Drive Your Ready-made Paper Pattern
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

Using left over fabric pieces designated as scraps, an ignominiously undeserved title for usable fabric pieces, or inexpensive cotton muslin can test if a ready-made paper pattern will yield the desired results before committing to cutting what may be very expensive or one of a kind fashion fabric.

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60 Quick Knits for Beginners Review
Knitting - Korie Beth Brown, Ph.D., Editor

The latest entry in the 60 Quick Knit series showcases basic knits with maximum punch. Advanced knitters will appreciate this collection as well as beginners.

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Graduation Scrapbook Albu
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

Graduation is a wonderful milestone to cherish. Sum up the academic years in one place for an album that will be treasured by your Graduate!

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Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

Thank goodness, stamp collecting is not as expensive a hockey or skiing, where the tools and materials required cost thousands of dollars. Hockey or ski clothes are very expensive.

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Coin Facts
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

There are approximately $8 billion worth of coins circulating in the U.S. today. In the past 30 years, the U.S. Mint, who is responsible for designing and producing the nation’s coins, has minted over 300 billion coins, worth about $15 billion!

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Christmas Chains
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

Christmas Day is December 25th. Many children are very excited for this celebration and yet they need to have a way to see the days passing so they are not continually asking - How many days to Christmas?

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Fancy Dress for 11 to 12 Inch Dolls
Doll Making - Helen B. Wharton, Editor

This dress is intended as a real confection! I made this for the shear joy of making something fancy and pretty.

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Free Crochet Pattern - Cup Cozy
Crochet - Holly Messenger Aamot, Editor

Free pattern to crochet your own simple cup cozy.

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Zoom Burst Photography Explained
Photography - Ewa Sapinska, Editor

Feeling bored with your photography and want to get a bit more creative? Try using your zoom lens to create some exciting effects “in camera”.

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Healthy Brains and Jewelry Making
Jewelry Making - Susan Mendenhall, Editor

There are several ways to keep your brain strong by learning new things. Jewelry making will keep you active and can provide life long learning. Being self taught, taking workshops and classes all help your brain to grow. Learn how you can get on board using jewelry making to keep your brain active

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Faux Enameled Embellishments
Paper Crafts - Mia C. Goloy, Editor

Here's how to make faux enameled embellishments using debossed silver cardstock, permanent markers, and a glossy finish like Mod Podge, Diamond Glaze, or clear embossing powder.

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A Cautionary Tale
Quilting - Judie Bellingham, Editor

Here's a jovial poem about a quilt group making a quilt for a raffle prize.

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Stronghold Builder's Guidebook Review
Role Playing Games - Leif Sutter, Editor

Perusing the shelves for Dungeons and Dragons Third Edition books? If you've come across the Stronghold Builder's Guidebook, I've got some advice before you buy it. Especially if your group isn't hardcore into that system.

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Book Review- Kumihimo Basics and Beyond
Beadwork - Shala Kerrigan, Editor

A review of Rebecca Ann Combs book Kumihimo Basics and Beyond : 25 braided and beaded jewelry projects on the kumihimo disk.



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Making and Dressing Cloth Dolls
This ebook contains patterns and step by step instruction for making 5 different cloth dolls. These are some of the most popular dolls on the Doll Making Site all together in one handy book.


Make Clothes for 18 Inch Dolls
With this book you can make a complete wardrobe for 18 inch dolls; including dresses, pants, jewelry, a bag and a crocheted outfit.



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