Build your beading skills with this step-by-step guide to capturing the delightful shapes and vibrant colors of beautiful bugs.Beaded Bugs features thirty fun, easy, and creative projects designed to help beginners learn new beading skills. Based on just six basic prototypes, the projects are graded by difficulty level, so you can start with a quick and simple butterfly before moving on to more complex bees and beetles. Each project includes full-color photos, illustrations, and step-by-step pattern instructions. The finished bugs can be turned into beautiful jewelry or adornments for key rings, cell phones, and more. The cute critters in Beaded Bugs are based on real species, and the book also includes a few fun facts on each bug to read as you bead. Beaded Bugs includes: * A tiny scarab beetle * A little ladybug * Beautifully detailed bees with intricately veined wings and striped bodies * Intricate and colorful butterflies, such as the peacock swallowtail * 3-D caterpillars and cocoons *And more!
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
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!
Edward Teach Blackbeard-is one of the legends of the so-called golden age of piracy. There have been so many accounts of his short, bloody career that it is hard to see him and his times in a clear historical light. This new study looks for the man behind the legend, and it gives a vivid insight into the nature of piracy and the naval operations that were launched against it.The narrative focuses on the roles played by the Governor of Virginia Alexander Spotswood who masterminded the pursuit of Blackbeard, and Lieutenant Robert Maynard of HMS Pearl who led the pursuit and finally cornered Teach and his crew and, after a vicious fight, saw him killed.In vivid detail, it reveals how the hunt for Blackbeard was orchestrated, how he was tracked down, and the parts played in the drama by the larger-than-life leading characters in this extraordinary story. This freshly researched study of the pursuit of the notorious pirate and his crew—and of the final fight in which Blackbeard lost his life—makes compelling reading.
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!
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