All the info you need to be a better gardener, whether you’re just starting out or needing to brush up on your skills. You don’t have to have a green thumb to have a healthy thriving garden! Inside The Beginner’s Guide to Gardening, you’ll learn: Skills and Techniques: Valuable expert guide to developing new gardens and taking care of those you already haveGetting Started: How to choose healthy plants and build productive soilGarden Care: Easy-to-follow, time-saving methods and the least toxic disease & pest controlsAnnuals, Perennials, Bulbs: Advice on growing, propagating, and caring for flowers in containers and the garden, with plant encyclopediasRoses: How to select, grow, and prune healthy roses, as well as control pests & diseasesGround Covers, Trees, Shrubs: Fundamentals on planting, growing, and maintaining, plus detailed plant directoriesVegetables and Herbs: Introduction to growing and care, including informative directoriesSpecialty Gardens: Basics on creating water gardens, butterfly gardens, and gardens for birds Few pastimes are as rewarding as gardening. With a little bit of ground and a few seeds or plants, anyone can be a gardener, and almost any collection of plants can be a garden. Gardening can be a refreshingly simple activity in an increasingly complex world. But you’ll have greater success and more fun if you start with an understanding of basic gardening practices. The techniques in this book are easy to follow and suitable for all gardeners—from beginners to advanced. Ecologically friendly methods are included so that you can create a garden that eventually helps to sustain itself. The tools and materials you’ll need are included with each step-by-step project, and each is rated for difficulty. With well over three hundred photos and illustrations to guide you through each step of the process, this is your essential starter’s guide to beginning gardening!
A practical and inspirational guide to textile folk art from cultures all around the world, accompanied by step-by-step projects.
From samplers and quilts in Europe, to tribal and nomadic cloth further afield in Mongolia and China, folk and traditional designs have played a crucial part in the development of textile art and craft. In this book, Anne Kelly explores the traditional motifs used in textile folk art and shows you how contemporary textile artists use these in their work today. The beautifully illustrated guide is also packed with helpful step-by-step projects that demonstrate how to apply folk motifs to your own work.
Drawing inspiration from the Far East to Scandinavia, artists and designers have often used folk art to influence their work. Beginning with the chapter 'Samplers in Stitch', Anne looks into handmade momentoes and souvenirs created in the UK and USA. Samplers as statement pieces are also explored and are contextualised within the role of women and children recording their personal histories and lives. 'Nordic Notes' then looks at Scandinavian traditional textile art, and how modern screen printing and embroidery have been used by contemporary makers. 'Silk Road' looks at the influence of nomadic cultures and textiles, including yurts in Mongolia and Miao folklore in China. Projects on how to make felt, pouched and jewellery are also covered. Lastly, 'Trees of Life' looks the motif of the tree in a variety of cultures. Anne also looks at traditional techniques from South Asia and how to create your own 'Family Tree' using photo transfers and appliqué.
Featuring step-by-step projects as well as work from contemporary artists and makers throughout, this practical and beautiful guide shows how practitioners of all kinds can draw from folk art for making and inspiration.
Learn appliqué techniques to create a face and add it to any textile craft project.
Discover how to create freeform, raw-edge appliqué faces using Melissa Averinos’s fun, creative process. Melissa walks you through the process step by step, from a comprehensive lesson on drawing the face, to translating your sketch into fabric, to stabilizing the piece with stitching, to incorporating your stylized face into a finished project, whether it’s a pillow, tote, shirt, or stretched canvas! Learn how to make a variety of eyes, noses, lips, hair, and face shapes, as well as how to create facial features in just the right proportions. You’ll be amazed by how good the final portrait looks!
• Personalize your fabric collage! Learn several different ways of creating facial features
• Comprehensive lessons on fabric choices, color, and shading
• Includes inspirational galleries of work from Melissa and her students
Create twenty-three stylish scarves using techniques from all over the world with this collection of patterns.
Knit an heirloom scarf from all four corners of the globe with Knitting Scarves from Around the World as your guide. Featuring patters from Nancy Bush, Lily Chin, Donna Druchunas, Teva Durham, Candace Eisner Strick, Melissa Leapman, Lucy Neatby, and more, this book collects twenty-three stunning scarf patterns from countries with rich knitting traditions, like Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Scotland, and Estonia. Patterns for elaborate lace shawls, double-knit colorwork scarves, and a sampling of cabled scarves are included, along with a brief history of scarves and scarf knitting by Donna Druchunas, and full-color charts and photography. This is the one scarf book you won’t want to be without!
A photo-filled look at the cowboy accessory that’s become a modern work of art and fashion statement. No longer just a rag to wipe the sweat and dirt off a cowboy’s face, western scarves have become a work of art. From hipsters to rock stars, this “wild rag” is a unique fashion statement. With beautiful photography, Diane Zamost, an expert in western clothing who’s spent over twenty years buying and selling at horse shows, rodeos, and western arts festivals, takes the reader through the history of the scarf, its uses, and creative ways to tie it. Celebrate cowboy couture at its finest!
Are you looking for new ideas for decorations, gifts, or ways to honor Divinity on the holidays and other special days? Magickal Crafts is about creating joy in your life by opening it to divine inspiration. Filled with beautiful, magickal crafts and delicious recipes, this is a book for everyone, from experienced craftspeople to those that are all thumbs. Inside, you?ll learn how to:Make unique crafts for the eight Neopagan holidays and lunar phasesCraft sacred spaces, magical tools, oracles and altar piecesExperiment with meditations, spells and other magical exercisesCreate special gifts and mouth-watering delicacies for handfastings, baby blessings, adulthood celebrations and moreDesign and wear ritual and fun garb, as well as body oils and henna body artDiscover traditions and crafts from around the worldOpen to your own creativity and allow it to manifest joy in your lifeContains dozens of photos to guide you through the projectsAnd much, much moreWritten by two hedonistic craftswomen and home-schooling moms, Magickal Crafts is the product of far too much fun, celebration, and experimentation. It is truly a work that will provide you with loads of great ideas and help you find your own inner muse. Perfect for crafty Wiccans, Pagans, Druids and all others who walk the Earth's path.
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