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How to Make Simple Legs and Arms for Your Amigurumi

>> 18 July 2010

How to make simple legs and arms for your amigurumi.

                                     

  


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Plastic Bag Crochet

Cristen Andrews of shares with us her plastic bag crafts and shows us how to get started with crocheting plastic bags

                                  

  


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How to Crochet a Hat

Crochet hats can be worn year round and make great gifts. These steps will show you how to crochet a hat.

                                        

  


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Micro-Macramé: 30 Beaded Designs for Jewelry Using Crystals and Cords

>> 17 July 2010

Micro-Macrame: 30 Beaded Designs for Jewelry Using Crystals and Cords

Micro-Macramé: 30 Beaded Designs for Jewelry Using Crystals and Cords
By Annika deGroot

Product Description

Macramé has reemerged with a gorgeous new twist. Evocative of the Victorian-era macramé lace that decorated fashionable women’s shawls and purses this accessible new book updates the art of macramé lace with a range of stunning beaded jewelry designs. Beautiful and infinitely versatile,Micro-Macrame shows jewelry makers how to capture the allure of this classic craft by combining it with beads to create stunning items that rival the elegance and intricacy of pieces made years ago---but are easy to make and have a modern appeal.   

The book includes:

·         A comprehensive introduction to the craft including the five basic knots you need to know to get started 

·         Detailed step-by step photographs with complete instructions guide you every step of the way 

·         Practical advice on choosing the best equipment and supplies available

·         For beginners and experts alike, as well as all jewelry and beading enthusiasts

·         30 glamorous designs for beaded bracelets, earrings, brooches, necklaces, watchbands, and more.

Pick up Micro-Macramé and all the inspiration and skill you need to create gorgeous jewelry will be right at your fingertips.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #29488 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-03-31
  • Released on: 2009-03-31
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 144 pages

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

ANNIKA deGROOT’s passion for micro-macramé began over ten years ago when she was inspired to recreate a beautiful bracelet that she found in a gift shop. In addition to exploring and developing different macramé techniques in her work, she teaches workshops on micro-macramé. Her macramé jewelry designs have been featured in Bead & Button magazine.

Customer Reviews

Something For Everyone.

I first encountered Annika through her blog "Annika's Atelier" right after I started my own blog on micro macramé. She makes all kinds of beautiful things (not just micro macramé). We corresponded a bit back and forth over the next couple of years, checking into each other's blogs upon occasion. I found her to be a delightful and talented woman.
Recently, she contacted me to review her new book. I accepted right away and she sent me an advance copy.
At first glance, I fell in love. What a lovely book with 30 projects in varying degrees of difficulty and a wide variety of projects - from bracelets to ornaments, from victorian to deco - Something for everyone!
Then, this past weekend, I had a chance to delve deeper. You know, try one of the projects to see how the instructions worked out. (And, yes, I could not wait to make one of her designs for my own personal use!)
I made the "Stained Glass Bracelet" without too much trouble.
I had one question which she answered right away and said that anyone buying her book could contact her through her website[...] or her blog [...] and she would be happy to answer any questions.
I really cannot say enough about this book. It has beautiful photos, is well written and would provide anyone (beginner or expert) with plenty of projects and inspiration for quite some time...and isn't that really what it is all about?

EYE CANDY!!! ...and doable!

Being a latent "flower child" and (sad to admit) macramé junkie from yester-year...I was intrigued to see a book on the latest spin in the ancient art of knot tying. The cover is gorgeous though and sucks you into the 30 projects that have fun intros, enticing names and detailed photos. Yes, the "Stained Glass Bracelet" is as fabulous as it sounds but doesn't look too daunting to construct. Then there's the "Dark Side of the Moon Necklace" which is really made from a couple simple knots but in such an elegant mix with beads that you could find yourself wiping one up in a weekend. Which in fact, is what I did the with the "Baroque Bracelet" (pgs. 84-89) and the "Ojime Necklace" (pgs. 26-29). There are also watchbands that I'm dying to try on some old timepieces I have laying around, and the book has been a terrific resource for finding out how to mount beautiful cabochons and cameos in something other than metal. This puts a new lease on life to those intricate buttons and broken jewelry pieces that need a new setting. I was pleased to find the instructions and photos were easy to follow and I've now added this wonderful knowledge to my repertoire of crafty-handy skills for making great jewelry without breaking the bank.
Which is another thing I liked about this book - all the supplies are listed with directions for not only the individual projects, but how do to the knots and get started on this easy, compact way to continue what used to be a bulky, cumbersome hobby. These jewelry projects are all ones that could be taken "on the go." Believe it! These eye-candy proto-types can ALL be managed ON YOUR LAP with a padded clipboard (directions to make your own for a couple bucks are included in the book) AND without having to bring along rolls of the wire and various paraphernalia that creating wire/bead/crimping type jewelry requires.
These projects let me put a small clipboard and Ziploc bag of stuff into my computer bag with my laptop and do these on the go - because unlike crochet, knitting or wire stringing projects - these can be stopped and put on hold with each knot!!! How's that for being able to create "bling" and fantastic gifts on the fly or with a busy lifestyle?
Way to go Annika deGroot for giving me back my one of my favorite teen hobbies...now if you could just help me find my rose-colored sunglasses, string some beads into my hair and braid it or fit into my old hip-huggers with the WIDE flare legs!

Where to start???

I just got my copy of this book and am going *WOW* on just about every page - as in WOW, that's gorgeous -- and, WOW, that actually looks pretty do-able!
Only problem is: which project to start first, they're all so appealing. [Update: ah, got one: definitely the *WOW* stained-glass bracelet on page 98, what a knock-out]
Full disclosure: I'm a friend of the author, whose work (and whose fabulous color sense)I've long admired. But I'm giving this book the full five stars because the production values are right up there with the quality and beauty of the designs. Instead of those boring black & white diagrams I see in other books of this type, here you get brilliant color photos showing every step clearly (good for keeping it real and for keeping up my motivation to go to the next step). Every page is a feast for the eyes, not to mention the imagination. A real delight!

Click here to order. Tongue outWink

                                   

   


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The Macramé Book

The Macrame Book

The Macramé Book
By Helene Bress

Product Description

This very comprehensive book on the craft of Macramé can be used by beginners and experts alike. It explains the basic knots and describes the materials and equipment needed to begin. After giving patterns and directions for simple projects like belts and necklaces, it proceeds to bags and purses in great variety, dress accessories and hangings. More advanced techniques, such as twining and wrapping, the numerous illustrations, both diagrams and photographs, clarify the techniques at every stage. Some outstanding designs by contemporary artists are featured and these, with the author's own enthusiasm and expertise, should inspire the reader to create original pieces of decorative art.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #24428 in Books
  • Published on: 1999-07-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 148 pages

Customer Reviews

Great source of info for everyone! The Macramé Book is an excellent source of techniques and ideas for anyone interested in macramé. It provides beginners with a complete source of required materials and lots of step-by-step diagrams of essential knots. Intermediate and advanced macramers (is that a word?) will get lots of ideas for future projects from the dozens of full-color photographs. And there's more than just macramé here; she integrates other materials to create virtual works of art, rather than just a bunch of tacky belts or something!

Outstanding book. I bought this book more than 10 years ago.I have the 1972 version)Recently (this year) I started reading it and doing the projects.I have never done macramé before.To my surprise I have done the first 4 projects easily and fast.This is a wonderful book .Ms Bress is an excellent teacher.30 years and still great.

The Best. I have been doing Macramé for quite some time and recently I have started to teach it as well. I own a number of Macramé books and I still think this is the best book for beginners to start out with. The illustrations for how to tie the knots are the best that I have seen and there are hundreds of ideas for projects.

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Step-By-Step Macramé: A Complete Introduction to the Craft of Creative Knotting

Step-By-Step Macrame: A Complete Introduction to the Craft of Creative Knotting

By Mary Walker Phillips

Product Details:

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #168220 in Books
  • Published on: 1970-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 80 pages

 

 

Customer Reviews:

A lot of good Information but not many great project ideas.

This book helped me get started on Macramé with basic knots, but the project ideas weren't all that great and the pictures were so-so. It's instructions were clear, but the projects were not fun to do.

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On-line Store for Handmade Craft Lovers - Macramé Books

>> 22 June 2010

On-line Store for Handmade Craft Lovers - Macramé Books


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