Drawing Manga, Quick Crochet, Wooden Locks, Coastal Crafts | Crafts & DIY Reviews, July 2015

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An accessible manga crash course for all skill levels; exquisite beaded shawls for adventurous knitters; quick, stylish crochet projects; sage advice for quilting-related mishaps; coastal inspirations for interiors

Graphic Clay, Concrete Gardens, English Paper Piecing, Boutique Bags, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, June 15, 2015

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Smith and Snyder take concrete projects to a new high; Gilleland’s guide is essential for quilters of English paper piecing; animal lovers will enjoy Muir and Osborne’s quirky knitted pets; Verroca’s thoughtful re-creations of antique quilts

Projects To Create Joy, Geek Knits, Freeform Wire Art Jewelry, plus Bohemian Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, June 1, 2015

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Creating tiny five-inch square paintings; instruction in a variety of homemaking-related skills, including cooking, sewing, and handicraft; how to produce jewelry using a freeform style of wire manipulating techniques

From Acrylics and Little Gifts to Constantinople Quilts and Improv | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 15, 2015

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Evans’s painting how-to will be appreciated most by beginning and intermediate artists; Hartmann’s Hot Knots shows that macramé is both simple and versatile; granny square–themed projects and a few surprises

Chinese Brush Painting, Ideas for Printmaking, DIY Furniture Styles, Outdoor Kitchens, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Traditional styles of Chinese brush flower painting; a variety of techniques for working with paper; an excellent introduction to outdoor kitchens; recycling, refinishing, and repurposing furniture; a diverse collection of projects knit in lace-weight yarns

Developing Creativity, Crafting Naturally, DIY Wardrobe Makeovers, Home Decorating | Crafts & DIY Reviews, April 15, 2015

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Guides to creativity, paper-pieced quilt patterns, hand-painted yarns, step-by-step walkthroughs for a variety of clothing repair and tailoring tasks, dwellings showcasing the skills used to create a comfortable home in a small space.

The Organic Artist, Homemade Body Products, Knitter’s Fashion, & Home Décor | Crafts & DIY Reviews, April 1, 2015

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Ahnert provides instruction to make candles, lotions, and soaps with beeswax; Neddo challenges the reader to be engaged with the outside world; Herzog’s classic-in-the-making will inspire knitters to make sweaters that fit well.

How To Paint Realistic Objects, Create Handmade Books, Design Quilt Projects, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, March 15, 2015

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Crilley’s guide challenges readers to see the beauty all around them, Ekrem pushes the boundaries of bookbinding and book creation in her debut title, Yudina’s designs give amateurs distinct inspiration for their own homes.

Perspective Drawing, Artful Embroidery, Designs for Coastal Living, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, March 1, 2015

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Gain insight into drawing everyday objects; create craft projects using recycled or upcycled materials; a thorough primer on dyeing and printing silk scarves; a useful encyclopedia of basic embroidery stitches; inspiring interior design ideas.

Needlepoint, Jewelry Making, Hexagon Quilts, Korean Architecture | Crafts & DIY Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Beginning and intermediate realistic painters should try Forkner’s A–Z of Bird Portraits, Katz’s jewelry projects are sophisticated in both style and technique, an updated edition of the essential Needlepoint Book.