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HOBBIES AND LEISURE TIME

1.
Nick Robinson
Origami Kit For Dummies

Origami Kit For Dummies gives you all the material you need to get started in origami. Included in the kit is an expert guide book to origami, covering the different bases and techniques you need to create a huge variety of models. Illustrations and detailed instructions show you how to make 75 unique models, such as a frog, a settee, fantastic geometric shapes and even a festive Santa! There are also 25 sheets of 5×5″ origami paper in five fun colours. So get folding, and show off your creations in style!

2.
Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter, Berroco Design Team
Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans: More Than 50 Beautiful, Affordable Designs Featuring Berroco’s Comfort Yarn

For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product.

Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans features 50 patterns for these cozy blankets, made with Berroco Comfort yarn—an affordable, ultra-soft acrylic/nylon blend—and designed by the Berroco team, headed by Norah Gaughan. The book includes something for everyone: The designs range from ultra-modern to traditional, from spare to embellished, and are inspired by sources as varied as Scottish tweeds, Japanese Ikat, and Delft pottery. Intended for knitters and crocheters of every skill level, this collection brings new life to the well-loved and versatile afghan.

3.
Kristin Nicholas
The Amazing Stitching Handbook for Kids: 17 Embroidery Stitches 15 Fun & Easy Projects

Give your young designer the gift of learning how to embroider and personalize almost anything. From the basics of traditional needlepoint to the skills of free-form embroidery, this book encourages kids to unplug from technology and plug into a calming, creative outlet instead. Fifteen projects run the gamut from pillows to phone carrying cases to backpack tags; the variety of stitches to use on them ensures that kids will be entertained for hours.

4.
Joan Wines
Scrapbooking for Dummies

Scrapbooking is sweeping the nation! This hot hobby is a fantastic way to preserve your memories and family history—and have a lot of fun doing it. Now, here’s an easy-to-follow guide that will have you creating great scrapbook projects in no time.
Scrapbooking For Dummies is perfect for you if you’re a new scrapbooker who wants to create your own personal scrapbook (or who would like to make a special scrapbook for a friend or loved one) or if you’re already an avid scrapbooker who’s looking for helpful tips and new ideas. This friendly guide takes the guesswork out of creating well-designed albums. You’ll discover how to:

Organize your photographs and memorabilia
Assemble the right tools and materials
Research your personal history and tell your story
Design attractive, foolproof page layouts
Network with other scrapbookers
This plain-English guide features clear, close-up photographs and sketches that illustrate just what you want to know about scrapbooking tools and techniques. You’ll learn about the different styles of scrapbooking, how to create unity in your albums, and how to take better pictures (including advice on digital photography). You receive hands-on guidance every step of the way as you:

Choose a theme or occasion
Crop and mount photographs
Accessorize with stickers, stamps, and more
Enhance your albums through journaling
Avoid costly, time-consuming mistakes
Take proper care of photographs and negatives
Extend the life of your old photos
Complete with ten great scrapbooking projects and a list of online resources, Scrapbooking For Dummies gives you the tools you need to create beautiful albums to share with family and friends—and pass on to future generations!

5.
Sheung Yee Shing
Origami Architecture: Papercraft Models of the World’s Most Famous Buildings

Build detailed and impressive models of world landmarks with this beautiful origami book. The incredible splendors of some of the worlds’ most recognized architectural feats are brought to life within the pages of Origami Architecture. With this paper craft book, some card stock paper, and a hobby knife, anyone can build spectacular re-creation’s of the most famous buildings in the world.

Based on the extraordinary models of world-renowned papercrafter, and origami artist Yee, whose own remarkable origami recreations of these very same models sell for thousands of dollars, these paper replicas are nearly as impressive as the original buildings. Yee provides detailed instructions on how to cut and assemble these architectural landmarks from around the world. Yee even engineered half of these designs so they could be assembled without having to use glue. The origami projects have a range of difficulty levels, from the relatively easy (Arc d’Triomphe) to the impressively sophisticated and intricate (The Tower Bridge). Once the structure is attached to the base not only will does it look amazing, but it can be folded up and taken anywhere.

Origami projects include:
Arc de Triomphe
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Hall of Supreme Harmony
White House
National Centre for the Performing Arts China
Sydney Opera House
Eiffel Tower
And many more…

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