Monday, August 25, 2014

4 brand new Annie's craft books!

I Can Paper Craft

Great book for kids!

Kids will be excited about the great items they can create while learning paper crafts. Projects include four colorful greeting cards, a stylish paper bead necklace and bracelet set, and a handy paper tole message board. Who knew learning could be this much fun?

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's (September 18, 2014)

Always wanted to know how to make a quilt with just 3 yards of fabric? Awesome book!

It Takes Three contains eight quilting projects you can make from a just three yards of fabric each. Just think, a small amount of fabric is all it takes to complete any of the quilt tops. The projects are current with the styles and trends in today's quilting community. Also included is a sidebar about raw-edge fusible appliqué. You're only a page turn away!

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's (August 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157367379X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573673792

Great for beginners!

Want to watch something wonderful take shape? Grab a front row seat at your sewing machine and observe as clever pot holders and stylish totes nearly magically appear at your fingertips. Having fun and learning to sew go hand in hand thanks to Lorine Mason’s Learn Easy Sewing Skills. Start at the very beginning with basic explanations and easy practice exercises. Then conjure up any of 11 show-stopping kitchen projects. Your family and friends will be amazed at your enchanting sleight of hand.

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's (September 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573675768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573675765

A great sewing reference with colorful pictures and a pull out pattern section!

When you look at your Christmas tree, which ornaments stand out the most? Chances are it’s those that were handmade, either by you or by a loved one. The best things about handmade ornaments are the memories that come with them. This year, why not create more memories by hand making the ornaments in this book? You can make them as gifts or get the whole family involved, spending the afternoon crafting. The book includes 53 designs across a wide variety, from traditional to whimsical, for the very young to the young at heart, and even ornaments for pets. Many of the ornaments are easy to make and can be finished in an hour or two using general supplies found in local sewing and craft stores. If you have a stash of scraps, this is a wonderful way to make good use of these on-hand fabrics. Don’t stop with making Christmas ornaments, though. Further your creativity by using these designs to make gift tags, hot pads, cards, coasters, or mug rugs. If you enjoy making ornaments but your list is small, make them by the batch to sell at a craft bazaar or bring a smile to strangers' faces by giving handmade ornaments to your favorite charity. May you have a lot of fun making Christmas ornaments that your family and friends—and perhaps others—will cherish for many years to come.

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573675229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573675222

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series

The epic made simple. The miracle in the mundane.

One day, while browsing an antique store in Helena, Montana, photographer Tyler Knott Gregson stumbled upon a vintage Remington typewriter for sale. Standing up and using a page from a broken book he was buying for $2, he typed a poem without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything.

He fell in love.

Three years and almost one thousand poems later, Tyler is now known as the creator of the Typewriter Series: a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method. Chasers of the Light features some of his most insightful and beautifully worded pieces of work—poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399169733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399169731

  • I very much enjoyed this little book. Quick read. The pages are interesting, in that most of the poems are typed with an old-fashioned typewriter then copied onto the pages. Gives the poems a great feel just by the sight.  Interesting poems. Mainly about love. relationships. life. Love this book. Highly recommend.

    Monday, August 4, 2014

    Annie's Crochet-4 books I'm reviewing here!

    4 brand-spankin' new books for the crochet enthusiast!

    If you've ever owned an Annie's (crochet) Attic book, you know that the instructions are very easy to understand and there are lovely colorful pictures of the final projects.

    Crochet with Love Knots
    Jenny King

    This classic crochet open-work stitch goes by many names—Solomon's knot, hail stone, love knot, and lover's knot. In this book, find step-by-step photo instructions on how to crochet using this lovely stitch. Once you have mastered the technique, you can create beautiful lacework to use for accessories, wearables, and more. This book includes eight designs, all with symbol crochet: Teal Scarf, Wrap in Noro, Poncho, Effervescence Cowl, Freia Cowl, Beret, Circle Wrap, and Crossover Cardigan. Patterns use super fine-, fine-, DK-, and medium-weight yarns.

    • Paperback: 36 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (July 26, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1573675393
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573675390

    Open Weave Fashions
    Tammy Hildebrand

    Create beautiful designs with a lacy look that can be worn year-round and are great for layering. This crochet pattern book includes nine designs: Burnt Ombre Cropped Jacket, Midnight Sky Tunic, Once Upon a Dream Shawl, Perfect Color Lace Pullover with matching Hat, Red Hot Tunic, Verde Recherche Duster, Perfect Lace Pullover, and Perfect Lace Hat. Projects use fine-, light-, medium-, and worsted-weight yarns. Six different women's sizes are included, from small to 3XL.

    Really like the fact that this book gives the pattern for larger sized women! Great crochet fashion book. Check it out!

    • Paperback: 24 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (August 27, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1573675261
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573675260

    Learn Star Stitch Crochet
    Jenny King

    The star stitch is a unique crochet stitch that involves repeating a two-row pattern. Row one creates the base where the bottom half of the star is made, and in row two, the star is completed. This guide includes photographs that illustrate how to make this gorgeous stitch. The seven projects contained within—Long Scarf, Dishcloth, Cowl, Charcoal Vest, Baby Jacket, Ladies Slippers, and Log Cabin Baby Blanket—use fine- and medium-weight as well as DK yarns.

    This stitch looks perfect for a snuggly baby afghan!

    • Paperback: 32 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (July 15, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1573675180
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573675185

    Marvelous Crochet Motifs
    Ellen Gormley

    The 48 motifs in this book are squares or hexagons that can be tiled together to make a fabric. Also included are half motifs, which keep the integrity of the design but are only pieces of the motif. These are used to neatly fill in spaces and add shape, and they give more flexibility when building a project. Motifs in themselves can be complete projects, such as coasters or washcloths. Or multiple motifs can be added together to make something larger, including a scarf or a placemat. By stitching even more motifs together, you can even create a wrap or an afghan. The designs that can be made using motifs are limitless. As an extra bonus, the book contains symbol crochet for each motif and design. The four designs are a scarf, a hat, a cowl, and a blanket. All motifs and projects can be made using Plymouth Encore worsted-weight yarn.

    Crochet Motifs are all the rage these days. So versatile. Make a fancy scarf. A table runner for the holidays. The list goes on. This book is big. Lots of great projects. Lots of hexagons-again, all the rage!

    • Series: Annie's Crochet
    • Paperback: 64 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (July 25, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1573674737
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573674737

    Thank you so much Annie's Attic for letting me review these 4 fun crochet books!