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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 and Rag Rugs
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

With rustic hospitality assembled into stunning folk art or unstructured design, unassuming strips of wool fabric, thin thread-worn bed linens, denim jeans and shirts made soft by much wearing, today’s modern t-shirts and more are economically transformed into humble and functional floor coverings.

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Flutterflake - Emma Crew
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

Over the years I have had a few patterns that I have much admired. They are timeless. This snowflake with butterflies is one of these patterns. It was designed by © Emma Crew, 2001 and much enjoyed by the Online Tatting Class.

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Adapting Knitting Patterns
Knitting - Korie Beth Brown, Ph.D., Editor

Knitters are an intelligent and resourceful lot, and it’s possible to re-size most patterns. A number of different techniques can be used to do this; here are a few of them.

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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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Stamp Collecting Fun
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

You will probably meet very few people who say they have never collected anything in their life. But there are people, even when not deliberately collecting a particular object, who tend to have more than one of the same thing.

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Getting Started Collecting Coins
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

Getting your coin collection started isn’t as hard as you might think and there are a number of avenues you can pursue. Most of it depends though on why you want to become a coin collector. If you’re doing it just as a relaxing hobby then you have no problem and can get started pretty much off the b

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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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Scrapbook Albums
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

Choosing the right album for your scrapbook is important. Discover the different types of albums and decide which will work best for your project.

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Crafts for Canada Day – July 1st
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

In Canada they sometimes refer to Canada Day as “Canada’s Birthday”, but long ago it was called Dominion Day.

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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.

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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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