Beyond Paper Dolls

Paper dolls have come a long way since my 1950s-era Lennon Sisters dolls! Beyond Paper Dolls: Expressive Paper Personas Crafted with Innovative Techniques and Art Mediums showcases the work of fifty-six contemporary artists, including that of the author, mixed-media artist Lynne Perrella. Technique details for each doll—from those made solely from paper to ones made […]

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Fun Fiber Fact: Kapok

Kapok, or Ceiba pentadra, is a tree native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, northern South America, and tropical West Africa. The tree is cultivated for the cotton-like fiber of its seed pods, which is called Java cotton, Java kapok, silk-cotton, Samauma, or ceiba. View more fiber facts!

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Taya Koschnick, owner of TASI Designs, discovered a way to boost her jewelry business and website traffic: newletters. She explains how her jewelry sales spiked after developing a system for sending out newsletters through email. She offers advice for others on how to get started with this effort and what not to do! Q: Why […]

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Beautiful Beaded Embroidery

Beautiful Beaded Embroidery, beautifully photographed and illustrated, is chock-full of step-by-step instructions and full-size lift-out patterns for the seventeen projects that make this volume a real treasure for embroiderers and beaders. Build your skills by learning several types of beading. Projects include bags, ornaments, pillows, flowers, or our favorite—the black satin dancing shoes! Beautiful Beaded […]

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The Basics of Corset Building

Costumers and reenactors will adore The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners. This detailed step-by-step guide is divided into four sections. Clear black-and-white photographs and illustrations show the maker all that is required to construct a corset—from tools and materials, to bones and busks, grommets and lacing. The Basics of Corset Building: A […]

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How Did They Do That? Lucet Braid

The Vikings did it, medieval and Renaissance Europeans did it, tall-boat sailors did it, proper Victorian ladies did it. The firm, square lucet braid so handy for lashing and tying—and eventually for embellishing—was ubiquitous throughout the Western world until the industrial revolution of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries replaced it with cheap, machine-made […]

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