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Fall Preview Friday: Origami Furniture

May 29, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Origami master, and best-selling author, Duy Nguyen creates the ultimate doll’s house using nothing but paper! Origami Furniture fashions complete sets of fabulous miniature furniture for every room, plus accessories.

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There are 25 projects in all, each including detailed and illustrated step-by-step instructions. Spruce-up your bedroom with an origami vanity set, or complete your living room with the perfect paper couch!

 

Pre-order your copy HERE. In stores September 2015!

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Sew Sweet Creatures

May 22, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

I can’t wait for the release of our upcoming title Sew Sweet Creatures! The book contains instructions for creating 16 adorable plush projects—each with its own accessories.

 

Anna the Snuggly Llama has a hat, blanket, and booties, Samuel the Superhero Pig is ready to save the day with his cape and mask, the Adventurer Bear has a backpack and camera for his travels, the Owl and Pussycat are ready for a peaceful sleep with a cloud pillow and their favorite book, and Petula Lark, the “mod chick” has go-go boots, a poncho, and a cute retro cap. These are just a few of the cute projects included in this book.

 

Sew Sweet Creatures will be available in the fall and you can pre-order the book HERE. In the meantime, check out a few images from the book below and visit the designer’s websites to see what they’re currently up to!

 

Adventurer Bear

Adventurer Bear by Jessica Fediw

 

Mod Chick

Mod Chick by Suzie Millions

 

Owl and Pussycat

Owl and Pussycat by Aimee Ray

Snuggly Llama

Snuggly Llama by Mollie Johanson

 

Superhero Pig

Superhero Pig by Laura Howard 

 
 
 
 
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Cover to Cover 20th Anniversary Edition

May 19, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Cover-to-Cover photo (3)Shereen LaPlantz’s Cover to Cover (1995) quickly became the definitive guide to art in the bookmaking community.  Twenty years later, the book is still holding its own as a go-to resource.

 

This special, beautifully revised 20th anniversary edition is now in full color, features updated photography and a fresh interior design.  A comprehensive basics section provides readers with all they need to know to get started.

 

Readers will learn, step-by-step, how to create, fold, assemble, and stitch a variety of books and journals. Some favorites include two-hold pamphlets, note books, and flutter books.

 

Be sure to order your copy of Cover to Cover 20th Anniversary Edition today!

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Two Stitches

May 15, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Two Stitches photoBeadweaving master Rachel Nelson-Smith is back with more colorful and exciting projects using right angle weave and peyote, Two Stitches!

 

These vibrant bracelets, necklaces and earrings utilize the two most-popular stitches in the beading community.  Her 23 projects feature detailed instructions that illuminate Nelson-Smith’s unique construction.

 

It’s perfect for the intermediate-to advanced-level beaders! Check out some of the amazing projects and don’t forget to pre-order you’re copy HERE. In stores October 2015!

 

Check out some of our favorite projects from the book below:

 

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Voldekol Necklace

 

Borobudus Bangles 

Twinkle-Drop-Earrings

 

 
 
 
 
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Coastal Crafts photoAhoy for Summer! Creative sewer and mixed-media goddess, Cynthia Shaffer takes us on a nautical crafting extravaganza with Coastal Crafts.

 

These beachy projects will bring the sea air to your home and make you want to stick your toes in the sand. Seashells, ropes, sea glass and a range of materials and motifs are all incorporated into the projects.

 

Readers will learn how to weather surfaces, make driftwood and cast sand, creating knotted jewelry, hanging jars and other pieces to celebrate summer all year long.

 

Check out some of our favorite projects below…

 

Stitched Fish Garland (2)

 This fish garland adds a seafaring touch to any space. Use it as a baby shower banner even!

 

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Knotted Coasters (2)

These knotted coasters are my favorite! The colors remind me of the ocean.  Give them as a gift or keep for yourself!

 

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Ocean pillowsLinen Seashell pillows are just the delicate accent you need to bring the sea to your home.

 
 
 
 
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“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not”

–James Joyce.

 

James you are quite right. There’s one thing I’ve always been confident about in my life, and that is that my mother will always be there for me. We’ve fought, we’ve laughed, we’ve shared clothes (well mostly, I’ve raided her closet without returning…sorry Mom!).  My mom is hands-down my best friend.

 

Paper Blooms

 

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’ve been trying to think of something different to give my mom.  Something other than the usual candy or Dunkin Donuts gift card (she literally runs on Dunkin).  Flowers were the first thing that came to mind, but they’re a bit cliché and don’t last nearly as long as we’d like. But then I remembered the book Lark published in 2013, Paper Blooms by artist extraordinaire Jeffrey Rudell.  Paper flowers are such a perfect Mother’s Day gift! They’re colorful, easy to create, and last as long as you’d like.

 

In Jeffrey’s book, he gives readers 25 projects to dive into. So this Mother’s Day, I’m creating my own equally unique bouquet for my Mom. Below are just some of the beautiful pieces in Jeffrey’s book.

 

If you’ve been swamped with work or family, and looking for a great gift for Mom, look no further than in your desk drawer! And to all the mother’s out there, have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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Crafters Guide Cover (3)This weekend, I’m hoping to finally start painting my new bedroom. It’s a task I’ve been putting off for a while, but I’ve finally resolved to get it done this weekend. Jessica Swift’s The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns has been supplying lots of inspiration for the decoration of my new space, and I’m looking forward to getting the painting done so I can start adding my own patterned and colorful accents to the room.

 

While I’ve decided to keep the room simple with plain white walls for an airy, open feel (there’s nothing like a crazy move to make you crave simple, clean, open spaces!), I’m hoping to add bursts of color and patterns through furnishings, home décor items, and artwork on the walls.

 

The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns includes a whole chapter on filling your home with your own patterns. There are tips for applying your patterns to walls and floors, a tutorial on stenciling a border on a wall, and printing on tiles for a floor or walls.

 

An “In the Home Gallery” offers tons of inspiration for applying patterns to food trays, vases, wallpaper, and fabrics.  Check out a few of the images from the “In the Home” section of the book below and buy your copy of The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift here.

 

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Stenciling

 

 

Tiles

 
 
 
 
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Winter has finally breathed its last, frigid gasp and spring is really here! Crocuses are in bloom, trees are budding, and it’s time to shed those winter coats for some lighter layers.

 

The patterns in Designer Crochetby Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby, are constructed with lightweight yarns, so if you’re looking for fashion forward crochet projects using lace, superfine, fine, and lightweight yarns, look no further.

 

The Beginner Cardi is a staple for every wardrobe and can really be worn in any season as a layering piece.

 

Beginner Cardi

 

The Motif Maxi Skirt is a showstopper piece that will take you from spring to summer in style.

 

Maxi Skirt

 

The Sleeveless Hoodie is great as a jacket, a vest, a light layer, you name it.

 

Sleeveless Hoodie

 

Wear it as a tank on a hot day or dress it up as a shell under a blazer or cardigan, the Solid Tank is another staple for every wardrobe.

 

Solid Tank

 

Every pattern contains instructions for sizes small to 5X and with 32 patterns to choose from there is plenty to choose from for most shapes, sizes, and styles. Designer Crochet is out now, so pick up your copy today!

 
 
 
 
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Tis the Season coverI think many of us can agree that Christmas is like the Super Bowl for crafters—this is the pinnacle of our crafting season! Handmade gifts, ornaments, decorations, and cards, oh my!

If you love Fa la la la Felt and working with craft felt we’ve got the perfect book for you—‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y.

This adorable sequel to Fa la la la Felt has 42 brand new felt projects so you can deck your halls with holiday joy.

 

 

Can The Sweet Treat Ornaments by Mollie Johanson be any sweeter?

 

Sweet Treats

 

The Pretty in Pink Poinsettia Wreath by Suzie Millions is a statement piece to dress any door in holiday style.

 

Pretty Pink Pointsettia Wreath

 

The Snow Bunnies Miniature Tree Skirt by Kathy Sheldon adds charm to any tiny tree.

 

Snow Bunny Tree Skirt

 

The Caroling Bird Stocking by Laura Howard hits all the high notes.

 

Caroling Bird Stocking

 

Dress up any gift card with the Holly Gift Tags & Gift Card Sleeve by Jennifer Jessee.

 

Holly Gift Tag and Card

 

This is just a small preview of all the holiday whimsy you’ll find in ‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y. Pre-order your copy today!

 

Photos by Susan Wasinger

 
 
 
 
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Crafters Guide Cover (3)One of my favorite titles this season is The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift. I am a big fan of bold, colorful patterns, and this book is jam-packed with them.  Jessica’s comprehensive instructions and the beautiful photography will have you wanting to get started creating your own patterns right away.

 

The first section features information and tips on sourcing inspirations for patterns, creating mood boards, choosing colors, and developing motifs, patterns, and layouts. Section two is full of project tutorials for applying your own patterns to a variety of surfaces and objects, like tiles, gift wrap, stationary, and fabric.

 

The book also includes Jessica’s interviews with five inspiring designers. After the cold, gray winter we’ve had, I’m starving for color, and can’t wait to try my hand at some of the projects in this book.

 

Check out a few images of my favorite projects from the book below, and be sure to check out Jessica’s blog as well. In celebration of the book’s release, she’s giving away four copies! Simply leave a comment on her blog post by this Sunday, April 12th for a chance to win. You can also enter to win on Jessica’s Instagram account.

 

Packaging from CGTP

 

 

Patterned Floor CGTP

 

 

Printed Gift Wrap from CGTP

 

 

Printing on Tiles from CGTP