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|Book Review- Kumihimo Basics and Beyond|
Shala Kerrigan, BellaOnline's Beadwork Editor
A review of Rebecca Ann Combs book Kumihimo Basics and Beyond : 25 braided and beaded jewelry projects on the kumihimo disk.
|Minnesota Coin Collectors Will Be Shunned|
Gary Eggleston, BellaOnline's Coin Collecting Editor
The nation’s coin dealers are shunning Minnesotan coin collectors. It isn’t that the coin dealers have any issues with the collectors themselves, rather it is a new state law that is driving the rejection of doing business with collectors in Minnesota.
|Make a Seed Mosaic|
Launa Stout, BellaOnline's Crafts for Kids Editor
An inside activity for a summer day when it is too hot to play outside.
You probably have most of needed the ingredients for this craft right in your kitchen cupboards.
|Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves Book Review|
Melissa Rodriguez, BellaOnline's Crochet Editor
Add a touch of color and texture to your fall and winter wardrobe with these crocheted hats and scarves that are fun to wear or make as gifts.
|Preserving Doll Patterns|
Helen B. Wharton, BellaOnline's Doll Making Editor
Here is an idea for making sturdier patterns that last longer and a great way to store them.
|Couching and Laid Work|
Megan McConnell, BellaOnline's Embroidery 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.
|Metalworking 101 for Beaders Book Review|
Susan Mendenhall, BellaOnline's Jewelry Making Editor
Amazing step by step photos show the Bead Artist how to expand their craft into Metalworking. This book teaches you how to take your work into metalsmithing by making your own findings and complete metalsmith projects. Bead and metalsmith artists will find this to be a very resourceful book.
|Op-Art Socks Review|
Lisa Linnell-Olsen, BellaOnline's Knitting Editor
Love sock knitting and cool optical illusions and visual tricks? Op-Art Socks might be worth exploring. This book review tells you exactly what this pattern collection book is about.
|Choosing and Using Watercolors|
Christine Sharbrough, BellaOnline's Painting Editor
Looking for inspiration to create? Look no further than your box of watercolor paints. From washes to deep color, watercolors are a versatile way to create texture, imagery and eye-catching artwork.
|Books on Paper Automata|
Mia C. Goloy, BellaOnline's Paper Crafts Editor
Books on paper automata, which are paper models that move.
|Reflectors and Diffusers|
Ewa Sapinska, BellaOnline's Photography Editor
Light is key when it comes to photography, so any tools that help you get the most from your light source will serve you well. Reflectors and diffusers should be part of every photographers kit. In this article you will find out about the main types of reflectors and diffusers and how they are used.
|Stronghold Builder's Guidebook Review|
Leif Sutter, BellaOnline's Role Playing Games 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.
|Photo Challenge for December|
Kathleen Rensel, BellaOnline's Scrapbooking Editor
Challenge yourself with this photo-a-day challenge in December! Then create an album with the photos and the stories.
|How to Sew Burlap|
Tamara Bostwick, BellaOnline's Sewing Editor
Burlap is a coarsely woven fabric made from jute, a vegetable fiber. Burlap is different from most other fabrics and requires some special handling. This article presents some basic information on stabilizing burlap fabric.
|A Use for Dirty Wool|
Laun Dunn, BellaOnline's Spinning Editor
Using otherwise ruined wool to line wire baskets and planters.
|EBay Scraps Stamp Review Program|
Gary Eggleston, BellaOnline's Stamps Editor
The giant online Internet auction site eBay, has discontinued two programs that were created to protect collectors from fake and questionable sales. The two programs reviewed stamp and coin sales on its auction website. The closings were not well publicized to the public at large.
|Sajou Album for Frivolity Works #16 |
Georgia Seitz, BellaOnline's Tatting Editor
Album for Frivolity Works #16 Published ©1861 by SAJOU, Embroidery and Tapestry Patterns Manufacturer, Paris. Here are the directions for pattern #16 in modern tatting notation. This is an edging comprised of half closed rings.
E D I T O R R E C O M M E N D E D |
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.
The Knitter´s Handbook
My personal favorite reference for knitters. Uses step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations to explain many knitting techniques and skills. A good go-to for your knitting library.
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.