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Hobbies and Crafts Features


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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Sewing Machine Dust Covers
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

A cover for your sewing machine or serger will protect the investment in your machine or preserve the hard-working parts of a cherished hand-me-down so that they continue to function well. Dust covers are easy to sew or even no-sewing required.

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Valentine Heart Pop Maria & Karen Cabrera
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

Pop Lenuta Maria's heart pattern is done with all rings. She sent a photo of the work in progress to Karen Cabrera who was able to tat the model and prepare a diagram.

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Complementing Your Photos With Color
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

Understanding color is a main ingredient for your scrapbook. Choose the right color background paper and embellishments to make your photos pop.

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Make a Pencil Pouch
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

Whether you go to school, or school at home it is always nice to have a new pencil pouch. Now you can make one that expresses your own individuality.

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Year Of The Monkey Issue
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

The United States Postal Service welcomes in the Year of the Monkey with a new nondenominated (49¢) forever stamp that features red-orange peonies from artist Kam Mak, and a small cut-paper image of a monkey based on a previously used design by artist Clarence Lee.

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Continued War On The Cent
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

2016 is a new year and the war to abolish the cent is gearing up for a new campaign. There are many arguments for getting rid of the penny. Most stem from the cost of the metals used in the composition of the cent. Current costs are that it cost 1.5 the face value of the penny to produce it.

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Colorwork Knitting Book Review
Knitting - Lisa Linnell-Olsen, Editor

Searching for a book that teaches you a variety of color knitting skills? Read this book review to see if Sarah White's Colorwork Knitting book is right for you.

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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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Couching and Laid Work
Embroidery - Megan McConnell, Editor

Couching, whilst also being a description of where many of us sit to embroider, is also a technique going back over a thousand years and can produce works of stunning intricacy, as well as simple bold designs.

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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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Preserving Doll Patterns
Doll Making - Helen B. Wharton, Editor

Here is an idea for making sturdier patterns that last longer and a great way to store them.

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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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Sock Knitting Loom
Knit socks on this sturdy wooden loom. Comes with DVD two you can watch how to make socks and other small projects on this loom.

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Learn To Knit, Love to Knit
Young adults and teens will find great projects to learn to knit. This book has projects for those who have never knit or would like to try out some intermediate level techniques.

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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.

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