New Arrivals · Crafts

October 19, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Junk Gypsy : designing a life at the crossroads of wonder & wander

October 18, 2016
Sikes, Amie, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Ballad of the Junk Gypsies -- Junkology -- If you build it -- Grit happens -- Magic in a tin can -- Round Top, Texas -- Junk-o-Rama Prom -- If Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin had a love child -- So God made a farmhouse -- Home sweet Gypsy home.
In their first book, the Junk Gypsies--sisters and stars of the popular Texas-born brand and HGTV show--combine big dreams, stories of roadside treasures found, and down-home design projects inspired by epic makeovers for friends like Miranda Lambert, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Sadie Robertson. Amie and Jolie Sikes, the Thelma and Louise of the design world, are the Junk Gypsies: a family with an addiction to flea markets, wanderlust, and Americana inspired design. In their world, cowgirls are heroes, road trips last forever, and junk is treasured. Beginning with a little bit of faith and a whole lot of heart and soul, the sisters travelled the back roads of America like gypsies, collecting roadside trinkets and tattered treasures while meeting kindred spirits and lively characters along the way. With a mix of hippie, rock n&#x; roll, southern charm, and big dreams, these small-town Texas girls became restless wanderers and owners and operators of their dream business and bohemian brand, Junk Gypsy. Filled with stories from their unique journey as well as DIY projects and bohemian inspired designs, Junk Gypsy is a tribute to all the rowdy gypsies, crafty junkers, free-spirited romantics, and true-blue rebels who have ever dared to dream big,"

Make your own ideabook : create handmade art journals and bound keepsakes to store inspiration and memories

October 14, 2016
Nerjordet, Arne, 1963- author.
North Pomfret, Vermont : Trafalgar Square, 2016.
160 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Contains 1 folded sheet of page ideas.
Material and tools -- Making and binding your ideabook -- Using an ideabook : decoration and inspiration.
"A keepsake; a treasure trove; a work of art; a source of inspiration; a method of organization; a peek inside the chaos and creativity of our own minds. An ideabook can be any one of these, or all of them, or something else entirely: a collection of memories, a way to store recipes or patterns, a genealogical journal, a planner for a wedding or renovation or garden ... With Arne and Carlo's ... handcrafting genius to guide you, teach you how you can make and enjoy your own ideabooks--to celebrate, remember, or reach out for all that lies ahead"

Bead-making lab : 52 explorations for crafting beads from polymer clay, plastic, paper, stone, wood, fiber, and wire

October 13, 2016
Powers, Heather, author.
Beverly, Massachusetts : Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc., 2016.
144 pages ; 22 cm.
Clay -- Paper and cork -- Plastics -- Backyard -- Fiber and textiles -- Wire.
Bead-Making Lab is organized by material, and single-spread lab tutorials for each bead design make the book simple to use. The tutorials are brief, accomplishable, and rewarding. Choose from traditional materials like paper mache and polymer clay, or opt for new materials such as resins and shrink plastic. With how-tos including molding, carving, painting, gluing, drilling beach glass and pebbles, and creating fiber-art beads with felting and embroidery, you'll have a year of unique projects ahead of you. Bead-Making Lab also offers ideas on how to turn your beads into jewelry and gives you a sneak peek at some contemporary bead artisans' best work.

Connect with nature : projects to grow, gather, make and do

October 11, 2016
Carlile, Anna, 1977- author.
240 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
"Connect with Nature is full of projects and activities for making, doing, growing and cooking, enticing you to slow down, simplify and spend quality time with your friends, family, and of course, yourself... Throw open the doors and connect with nature every day!"--Page 4 of cover.

Etsy excellence : the simple guide to creating a thriving Etsy business.

October 10, 2016
128 pages ; 18 cm
Includes index.
"Resources [Web]"--Pages 122-123.
Understanding possibilities and avoiding pitfalls -- Setting goals -- Nurture a vision -- Learning from Etsy sellers' top 10 mistakes -- Crafting a voice for your shop -- Improving your photographs -- Mustering keywords -- Tagging for success -- Making the most of Etsy's tools -- Pricing the smart way -- Marketing on social media -- Strengthening your brand -- Making connections -- Improving customer service -- Diversifying your shop -- Evaluating your success -- Managing your success -- Getting featured on Etsy.

Tree of treasures : a life in ornaments

October 10, 2016
Mackay, Bonnie, 1951- author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged, about 220 pages) : color illustrations ; 20 cm

Starting an Etsy business for dummies

October 7, 2016
Gatski, Kate, author.
Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, [2013]
xiv, 366 pages : illlustrations ; 24 cm.
Previous edition: 2011.
Includes index.
Getting started with Etsy -- If you build it, they will come: setting up your Etsy shop -- She sells seashells (and more): understanding the Etsy selling process -- All up in your bidness: handling business matters -- Commune system: exploring the Etsy community -- The part of tens.
Offers expert advice for artists and entrepreneurs looking to build an online craft or vintage-goods business from scratch on

Pirates & pompons : how to make children's toys and costumes

October 5, 2016
Bee, Stella, author.
London : Laurence King Publishing, 2016.
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Pirates & Pompoms is packed with playtime ideas for creative parents and carers. Follow a few simple steps to create handmade costumes, toys and props and you'll keep children entertained with make-believe worlds all day long. Only basic cutting, sticking and sewing skills are required. Focusing on these three popular themes (pirates, circus, and woodland animals), projects include: eye patches and a telescope, stuffed animal friends, leaf bunting, circus ringmaster's hat and a big-top canopy den. Each project includes a simple template and illustrated step-by-step instructions. It is perfect for crafty adults looking for holiday activities that will keep little ones happy and busy.

The art of paper flowers : creating realistic blossoms from ordinary papers

October 3, 2016
Pearce, Bobby, 1961- author.
Beverly, Massachusetts : Creative Publishing International, 2016.
192 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.

Ready the cannons! : build wiffle ball launchers, beverage bottle bazookas, hydro swivel guns, and other artisanal artillery / William Gurstelle.

September 28, 2016
Gurstelle, William, author.
xiv, 130 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The beverage bottle bazooka -- The hydro swivel gun -- The mack-mack gun -- The little corporal cannon -- The tempered steel rubber band shooter -- The shape gun -- Cast metal cannonry -- Mushroom cloud cannon -- Slingshots, high and low tech -- The near-supersonic ping-pong ball launcher -- The wiffle ball launcher.

Cattastic crafts : DIY projects for cats and cat people

September 23, 2016
Ishikawa, Mariko, author.
Salem, MA : Zakka Workshop, 2016.
104 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Japanese language by Boutique-Sha, Tokyo, Japan."--Title page verso.

The happy bicycle : make 15 stylish bike accessories with Hemma Design

September 21, 2016
McGee, Kathy, 1965-
Lafayette, CA : Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing, Inc., [2014]
128 pages ; 24 cm + 2 folded sheets of patterns (66cm x 46cm folded to 16.5cm x 23cm)
Farmer's market ride -- Olga bicycle tote -- Lydia bicycle seat cover -- Ulla bicycle bells -- Flower, ladybug, bumblebee -- Workday ride -- Frida handlebar lunch bag -- Jordis crossbar clutch -- Hilde rainy-day helmet cover -- Shady path ride -- Hanna bicycle rack picnic basket -- Petra handle streamers -- Berit bicycle skirt guard -- Weekend out-and-about ride -- Trude quilted seat bag -- Greta handlebar basket -- Birgitta bell-bottom jeans cincher -- Chilly day ride -- Astrid hand-knit helmet cover -- Gudrun hand-knit handle cozies -- Magdelena quilted panniers.
A collection of 15 bicycle accessories that are functional and fun. Irresistibly charming, this book offers full-size patterns and step-by-step instructions for helmet covers, totes, embellished bells, baskets, and more.

Crochet taxidermy : 30 quirky animal projects, from mouse to moose

September 12, 2016
Hart, Taylor, author.
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2016]
207 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Includes index.
Hello there! -- Starting with the basics -- All about the yarn -- Special taxidermy techniques -- Mounting your critter's head -- Woodland creatures -- Shy deer -- Sly fox -- Rowdy raccoon -- Monumental moose -- Brown bear -- Little stinker -- Meek mouse -- Mallard duck -- Little hooter -- Farm friends -- Pinky pig -- Baaaad sheep -- How now, brown cow -- Dairy cow -- Farm duck -- Chicken and rooster -- Zoo buddies -- Cranky croc -- Flora flamingo -- Krazy koala -- A pair of bears: panda and polar -- Timid toucan -- Safari friends -- Ellie the elephant -- Graceful giraffe -- Hipster hippo -- Renegade rhino -- Lazy lion -- Zippy zebra -- Under-the-sea creatures -- Colossal squid -- Cute cuttlefish -- Sleepy octopus -- Jiggly jellyfish -- Appendix -- The stitches and abbreviations -- Supplies and materials -- Yarn weight system chart -- Metric conversions.

Ugly Christmas sweater party : Christmas crafts, recipes, activities

September 9, 2016
Shay, Brandy, author.
127 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
Put on your ugly holiday sweater and get ready to PARTY! Whether you&#x;re planning your own wacky celebration or contributing to someone else&#x;s festive affair, here are the most deliciously ugly (in a good way!) ideas for making Christmas merry. Dress up in a crazy Poinsettia Poncho. Serve easy-to-prepare eats and drinks like Strawberry Santa Hats and Jingle Bells Sangria. Play a game of Candy Cane Pickup. You&#x;re ready to go: just set the date!

100 little christmas gifts to make.

September 7, 2016
Tunbridge Wells, Kent : Search Press Limited, 2016.
239 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Stitching know-how -- Papercraft know-how -- Knitting know-how -- Jewellry know-how -- Crochet know-how -- Sugarcraft know-how -- Polymer clay know-how.

Handmade Christmas : over 35 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas for the festive season

September 7, 2016
Hardy, Emma, author.
London : CICO Books, 2016.
128 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Decorations. Advent calendar ; For kids: gingerbread house ; Christmas stockings ; For kids: paper snowflakes ; Tin candle holder ; Hanging tassels ; Marzipan Christmas figures ; Jumping jacks ; For kids: pompom decoration ; Tealight houses ; Tin bird clips ; Snowflake garland ; Christmas crackers ; Stained glass cookies ; Christmas coronets -- Cards & giftwrap. Glittery bird card ; Christmas stocking cards ; Robin's nest card : Rubber-stamped cards ; For kids: felt motif cards ; Embroidery gift tags ; Goody bags and labels ; Patchwork wrap & card ; For kids: potato print giftwrap ; Gift boxes ;Button & paper flowers -- Gifts. Lebkuchen ; For kids: snow globes ; Paper-cut woodland scene ; Meringue snowflakes ; Button bites ; Floral booties ; Bauble cookies ; Polar bear hot water bottle ; Reindeer pillow ; Chocolate money ; Gingerbread doorstop -- Techniques -- Templates -- Resources.
"The holiday season is the perfect time for crafting, and with the handmade touch, your decorations and gifts will be truly unique. From making stylish gifts for your loved ones to decorating the table on Christmas day, all the inspiration you need is here. Projects and ideas to suit all tastes, ages, and styles, from the chic and sophisticated to fun and colorful."--Page 4 of cover.

Mini makers : crafty makes to create with your kids

September 6, 2016
Minter, Laura, author.
159 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- Kids' craft kit -- Crafting safely with children -- Rainy-day games -- Printing and stamping -- Build a cardboard world -- Painting and drawing -- Time to get crafty -- Rock 'n' roll up your sleeves -- Cooking and baking -- Teddy bears' picnic -- Putting on a show -- Sewing and stitching -- Little stitchers -- Cutting and sticking -- Dressing up.
You don't need to be an expert crafter to make things with children. Minter and Williams provide ideas that will have you painting, cutting, sewing and baking. You'll be creating imaginative play while developing fine motor control and promoting life skills.

Knit a square, create a cuddly creature : from flat to fabulous : a step-by-step guide

September 1, 2016
Epstein, Nicky, author.
New York : Nicky Epstein Books, an imprint of Sixth&Spring Books, [2016]
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Wise owls, feisty fighting fish, and delightful turtles are just a few of the 25 cute critters that knitters will enjoy constructing from this collection of addictive projects

A very merry paper Christmas : 25 creative ornaments & decorations

August 30, 2016
New York : Lark, [2016]
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Wrapped with joy: gift toppers and greeting cards -- Gathering around the table: decor for mantelpieces & tables -- Welcome to our home: wreaths & garlands -- Peeking under the tree: ornaments & tree decorations -- Templates.

Screen-free crafts kids will love : hands-on projects that promote learning

August 25, 2016
Lilly, Lynn, author.
128 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Project gallery -- Toys and games -- Party time -- Holidays -- Art decor -- In the kitchen -- Pets -- Acknowledgments -- Meet our creative team.
"Does your child spend too much time in front of a screen? Help them discover the excitement of hands-on learning with Screen-Free Crafts Kids Will Love. Packed with DIY projects like a personalized race track chore tracker, a high-flying homemade 3D kite and handmade musical instruments, the activities in this book will encourage your child to explore the world beyond the screen."--Back cover.

Be mine : 25 paper projects to share the love

August 18, 2016
Shim, Sally J., author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2015]
112 pages ; 16 x 16 cm
"This paper-crafting book presents 25 projects including handmade cards and party favors that can be gifted and enjoyed any time of year"-- Provided by publisher.

Creative strength training : prompts, exercises and personal stories for encouraging artistic genius

August 8, 2016
Dunnewold, Jane, 1954- author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, [2016]
144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
zS6792y--Back cover.
Includes index.
zArtists and athletes alike benefit from strength training. Building creative stamina takes encouragement, mentoring, and regular practice. In Creative Strength Training, you’ll discover powerful strategies that combine writing and hands-on art-making to overcome creative stumbling blocks, develop a unique voice and make creating art a regular habit.y--provided by

Rubber band engineer : build slingshot-powered rockets, rubber band rifles, unconventional catapults, and more guerrilla gadgets from household hardware

August 4, 2016
Akiyama, Lance, author.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Handheld shooters. Many-thing shooter ; PVC slingshot rifle ; Crossbow ; Bow and arrow -- Mini siege engines. Pyramid catapult ; Enhanced mousetrap catapult ; Floating arm trebuchet ; Da Vinci catapult -- Hydraulic + pneumatic power. Hydraulic and pneumatic systems: the basics ; Pneumatic magic box ; Extending grabber ; Robot arm ; Hydraulic fighting robots -- Flight. Improvised darts ; Slingshot rocket ; Rubber band helicopter -- Other gadgets + contraptions. Paper plane launcher ; Wire loop game ; Propeller-powered car.
"Discover unexpected ways to turn common materials into crafty contraptions that range from surprisingly simple to curiously complex. In vivid color photos, you'll be guided to create slingshot rockets, unique catapults, and even hydraulic-powered machines. Whether you build one or all 19 of these designs, you'll feel like an ingenious engineer when you're through." --

Half yard kids : sew 20 colourful toys and accessories from left-over pieces of fabric

July 29, 2016
Shore, Debbie (Writer on sewing), author.
Tunbridge Well, Kent : Search Press Limited, 2016.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Useful things -- Before you start -- The projects -- Templates and Index.
"The latest title from sewing guru Debbie Shore has arrived -- and it's her most fun yet! Packed with 20 colorful, inventive projects, it contains something for children of all ages. It contains a crafty fold-away easel for the young artist, a magnetic fishing game for the intrepid naturalist, and a colorful backpack for the young explorer. Why not make some spooky Halloween bunting to get ready for trick-or-treating, make a pirate cuddle pillow to decorate a swashbuckling bedroom, or just make up some funky monkey skittles for a game or two? Featuring Debbie's unique brand of friendly guidance, and packed with easy-to-follow photography, this book is ideal for beginners as well as providing inspiration to more experienced sewers,"

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