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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.
|Trash Or Treasure|
Gary Eggleston, BellaOnline's Coin Collecting Editor
Do you collect low grade coins? Is this a bad way of collecting? Only you as a collector can answer these questions for yourself. Many coin experts advise you to buy and collect the best grade of a coin you can afford. If you are looking at your collection as an investment, this is probably good adv
|Flower Pot of Pens|
Launa Stout, BellaOnline's Crafts for Kids Editor
Do the pens at your house disappear? Make a flower pot of pens for your mother or teacher and you can give them a gift that they will be proud to display and eager to use.
|Back To School Crochet Projects|
Melissa Rodriguez, BellaOnline's Crochet Editor
Everyone wants to return to school in style. Why not hit them with some cool crochet fashions? Here are some great ideas for back to school crochet projects.
|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.
|Fold Form Copper Slide Necklace Project|
Susan Mendenhall, BellaOnline's Jewelry Making Editor
Have fun learning this fold form technique and make a great copper slide necklace. This is such and easy piece to make and everyone will admire it. You will find yourself making this copper slides as special gifts.
|Review of Happy Feet|
Lisa Linnell-Olsen, BellaOnline's Knitting Editor
Cathy Carron's fourth pattern book of knitted accessories includes all kinds of footwear.
|Painting on Metal|
Christine Sharbrough, BellaOnline's Painting Editor
This week's article is in response to a question received about painting on metal surfaces.
|Tabletop Paper Dolls|
Mia C. Goloy, BellaOnline's Paper Crafts Editor
These four-inch paper dolls will make wonderful tabletop ornaments or souvenirs for a tea party, a girl’s birthday or even a bridal shower.
|Megapixels, PPI and DPI Explained|
Ewa Sapinska, BellaOnline's Photography Editor
Do you know your DPI from your PPI? Does the word megapixel leave you in a cold sweat. Read on to demystify the world of pixels and dots per inch.
|Making your own background fabrics|
Judie Bellingham, BellaOnline's Quilting Editor
Quilts made with an eclectic patched background give a fantastic sense of texture not obtainable from a plain background fabric. Here's how you make it.
|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.
|State Of Stamp Collecting|
Gary Eggleston, BellaOnline's Stamps Editor
The state of stamp collecting is always an engaging topic. One side claims stamp collecting as a hobby is doing great, while the other side claims it is on its last legs. Who is right and who is wrong? Not an easy question to answer.
|NH Youngburg Pattern #6|
Georgia Seitz, BellaOnline's Tatting Editor
Forty Original Designs in Tatting By Nellie Hall Youngburg Novel and Unique Designs with Complete Instructions for Every Pattern Designed and Executed by Nellie Hall Youngburg Brookings, SD© 1921 with new models and text revised by tatters from the Online Tatting Class.
E D I T O R R E C O M M E N D E D |
Digitizing Made Easy
This is a great book for those embroiderers who want to learn to digitize their own designs ready for use on an embroidery machine.
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.
Dream Sewing Spaces: Design & Organization
Tired of moving piles of stuff around in your sewing area? This book will show you new ways to organize all of your sewing supplies so that you can sew more efficiently.