Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds
A terrarium is nothing less than a miniature world — one that you can create yourself. It might be a tiny rainforest, with lush foliage and bright tropical flowers. Or a desert, with strange succulents planted among colorful stones. Or a Victorian fernery. Or a minimalist composition with a single, perfect plant.
Or it might not contain any plants at all. It might be made with crystals, feathers, bones, seashells, bits of wood, porcelain trinkets — anything that catches your fancy and helps create a mood or look. Whatever they contain, terrariums are the ultimate in modern, affordable, easy-care d?cor.
Terrarium Craft features fifty original designs that you can re-create or use as inspiration for your own design. Each entry comes with clear step-by-step directions on how to assemble and care for your terrarium. You’ll also find helpful information about selecting a container, using appropriate materials, choosing the right plants, and maintaining your terrarium. (Hint: It’s easy! In fact, many terrariums are self-sustaining, requiring no maintenance whatsoever!)
If you’ve always wanted to have a bit of nature in your own home, without the worry and labor of a garden, this book will show you exactly how to create your own unique, enchanting world. aste and style.
Michael G. LaFosse, Richard L. Alexander, Greg Mudarri
Japanese Paper Crafting: Create 17 Paper Craft Projects & Make your own Beautiful Washi Paper
Across the country interest in paper crafts is booming. People from all walks of life are creating scrapbooks, making gift cards and learning origami. Washi, a traditional handmade paper originating in Japan, is a perfect accompaniment to these crafts. Japanese Paper Crafting teaches the essentials of making beautiful and unusual washi paper at home.
Using diagrams and photographs, this book’s step-by-step instructions will show both novice and experienced paper artists how to make washi paper and how to create 17 exciting washi projects with their own handmade paper! Projects include a hand-bound blank book; purses and wallets; desktop and tabletop accessories.
Paper Craft makes it easy — and affordable — to design handmade crafts that are guaranteed to impress. Transform your favorite paper into beautiful decorations and home decor, greeting cards, scrapbooks, and beyond, no matter what your skill level.
This visual, step-by-step guide outlines all the necessary equipment and materials and contains nifty techniques like scaling, embossing, and crumpling, as well as quilling, decoupage, and paper-mâché. Inside Paper Craft you’ll find seasonal and special occasion paper craft ideas to suit a variety of tastes. And, templates and variation suggestions allow you to choose exactly the right look for your projects.
Cut, fold, roll, glue, and print your way to crafting heaven with Paper Craft.
Folded Flowers: Fabric Origami with a Twist of Silk Ribbon
With a blend of Eastern and Western influences, Kumiko Sudo reinvents fabric origami with 24 new small quilt designs intertwining silk ribbons, cotton, and other fabrics. Choosing two or three Japanese flowers that bloom in each month of the year, each quilt presents an origami flower, its buds and leaves crafted from fabric and ribbon. Six additional purse designs feature a flower for each season. Step-by-step color drawings help make the projects easy to understand and follow. Introductions to each featured flower, lyrical haiku poems, elegant Japanese calligraphy, and watercolor paintings provide a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage that has inspired these designs. Full color photographs of projects in authentic Japanese settings help provide a complete sense of the final product.
150 Crochet Trims: Designs for Beautiful Decorative Edgings, from Lacy Borders to Bobbles, Braids, and Fringes
Crochet trims give the perfect finishing touch to handmade garments and accessories, or can be used to instantly revitalize old favorites and plain store-bought items. Needle-crafters of all persuasions will discover how you can quickly and easily customize everything from cardigans, sweaters and shawls to bags, cushions and throws with this collection of 150 beautiful crochet designs.
150 Crochet Trims offers a really diverse collection of trims. Suitable for both the beginner and avid enthusiast the book is organized in two main sections: first a directory of 150 trims shown actual size (allowing them to be “tested” by holding against a garment, for example). And second, full pattern instructions for each trim. The final section of the book includes a refresher course of crochet stitches and techniques used.
The main directory is organized by types of edgings from lacy borders and beaded trims to fringes, ruffles and filet panel insertions. There is even a section on crochet buttons to coordinate with the trims. Each design is graded according to skill level and features clear instructions and beautifully photographed swatches, information on the dimensions of the finished trim and amount of yarn needed per length. In addition, each section includes a simple project demonstrating delightful ways to utilize the trims from collars to cuffs to bags to baby booties.
Sure to be a must have resource for all knitters and crocheters!