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Summer is a great time to turn off the TV and craftily relax and enjoy ourselves. We have oodles of craft books of all kinds, as in the titles below…
Time to Get Crafty ... With the Help of These Creative Books
"Crochet Taxidermy: 30 Quirky Animal Projects from Mouse to Moose" by Taylor Hart
"Crochet Taxidermy" puts a new twist on amigurumi, the popular Japanese method of creating considerably cute stuffed animals with oversized heads. In this delightful collection, heads of animals from farm and forest, sea and safari come to life. Step-by-step instructions and adorable photos guide you through these 30 easy crochet patterns.
"Drawing Calm: Relax, Refresh, Refocus with 20 Drawing, painting and Collage Workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet and More" by Susan Evenson
"Drawing Calm" teaches artists and non-artists how to find an oasis of calm every day by using the work of master painters to inspire creativity.
Maybe it's the colors, or the eye-widening vistas, or maybe it's just the idea that harmony can exist on a square of canvas, but there is something in art that lets it calm and inspire at the same time.
"PVC + Pipe Engineer: Put Together Cool, Easy, Maker-Friendly Stuff" by Jordan Bunker
PVC and iron pipes used to be hidden deep inside the crawlspaces in your house, serving purely utilitarian needs. But not anymore! DIY with PVC and iron piping has caught on with homeowners and earned a place in every room of the house (and the backyard too)!
The 18 projects in "PVC and Pipe Engineer" range from wine racks to bedframes, showerheads to bike trailers. Best of all, they can all be made with parts you’ll find at your local hardware store. You'll be surprised at how easily even advanced projects go together once you learn the basics of cutting and joining iron pipe and PVC.
"Mason Jar Nation: The Jar that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today" by Joann Moser
Learn how to make more than 50 Mason jar projects, including luminaries, planters, and upcycled art, in this eagerly anticipated book for DIYers!
"Mason Jar Nation" begins by exploring the Mason jar's impact on America since its 1858 patent. Prior to the jar's invention, settlers had no reliable and safe way to store food for the winter, which required them to travel great lengths in difficult conditions and obtain expensive canned goods in order to survive. With its hermetically sealable two-piece lid and thick glass sides, the Mason jar changed the way mid-nineteenth century Americans fed their families.
"Paper Craft: 50 Projects including Card Making, Gift Wrapping, Scrapbooking and Beautiful Paper Flowers" by Gemma Fletcher
"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.
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