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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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September is National Sewing Month
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

Whether you sew to express personal creativity, for economic necessity, or for charitable contributions, sewing has a long storied tradition. September is officially recognized as National Sewing Month!

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Scrapbooking Revival
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

Scrapbook stores closed and the big craft stores have shrunk their scrapbooking section. Is scrapbooking a trend that is fading away? There is a scrapbooking revival taking place!

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Home or Classroom Farm
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

This preschool activity can be worked on all week long. Or it can be a family activity to be worked on a bit each day either the week before or the actual week of National Farm Awareness Week.

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Tatted Snowflakes Jennifer Williams
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

Jennifer Williams' Tatted Snowflakes cover 2015

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Values Of Stamps
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

Through stamp collecting, one discovers educational information about sports, science, history, arts, currency, animals, rituals and customs of different countries and their people. The hobby of collecting stamps, also recognized as philately, is among the world’s most interesting and popular hobbie

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Taking Care Of Coins
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

There are collectors that specifically find classic editions of coins that existed during the period from 1892 to 1954. These coins have marked events or may signify the work of royalty during that period. There are those collectors that prefer the modern series that are very distinct as well. One

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5 Tips For Wide-Angle Photography
Photography - Ewa Sapinska, Editor

Choosing a wide-angle lens for a shoot can create a whole new look to your style and help you achieve shots that are just not possible with other types of lenses. Here are 5 tips to help get you started on your journey into using wide-angle lenses.

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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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Fold Form Copper Bracelet Project
Jewelry Making - Susan Mendenhall, Editor

Looking for unique jewelry making techniques to add to art jewelry line? If you have not worked with Fold Form this is a fun project to try. Each piece you make is truly different. Try it out and see how you like working with the fold form technique.

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Fair Isle Style Book Review
Knitting - Lisa Linnell-Olsen, Editor

20 patterns utilizing the fair isle color work technique brought to knitters by editor Mary Jane Mucklestone

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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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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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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.

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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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