We have an outstanding selection of prizes this year for our 8th Annual Handmade Holidays! Visit every day and comment on each daily post for a chance to win a new sewing or craft book. This gigantic list below only includes titles for the first week! There’s lots to win all month long. Be sure to add favorites to your own holiday wish list for some 2015 fun…

Thank you to all of the publishers who generously contributed to our Handmade Holidays giveaways: Interweave/F+W, Quirk Books, Shambhala Publications and Roost Books, Storey Publishing, Sterling Publishing, C&T Publishing, Tuttle Publishing, STC Craft, Taunton Press, Martingale, Stitch Craft Create and Lucky Spool.

Each week we have also have gift certificates from our advertisers for you to WIN. This week you might win new fabric from Nature’s Fabrics and Mad About Patchwork!

Sewing to Sell 
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Author: Virginia Lindsay
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Turn your passion for sewing into a successful home business

You love to sew. Don’t you wish you could make a living from your sewing? You can, with the help of this practical guide from professional sewist and pattern designer Virginia Lindsay. Everything you need to know to start sewing for profit is here, from finding your personal sewing style to creating a product line, identifying customers, equipping your studio, pricing and selling your work, marketing yourself, designing your own patterns and handling the business and legal side of sewing. And that’s not all! You also get 16 projects that you can start sewing and selling right now.

Sew Sweet
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Author: Yuki Araki
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Blogs and social media are raving about Yuki Araki—one of the most recognized names in the growing sewing-for-kids movement. The mother of two daughters, Araki has become a DIY favorite because she knows what young girls want. They like to wear stylish clothes that also let them play with ease. Moms adore the relaxed aesthetic of Araki’s simple mix-and match play clothes and accessories, and young girls are happy wearing them because they’re both cute and comfortable. Best suited for girls from two to five years old, the designs in Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls are simple, casual and look good on any girl. Araki provides patterns in four sizes, plus diagrams and instructions for twenty-two pieces.

Stylish Skirts
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Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Stylish Skirts is the English edition of a popular Japanese sew-it-yourself fashion book which allows you to create simple yet stylish skirts that look and feel great—at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fashion. With this book, there’s no end to the kinds of skirts you can create to match your body shape, your taste in fabrics and colors, and your mood (not to mention your favorite tops, shoes and accessories)! The instructions and diagrams are a snap to follow and provide a huge variety of styles—from ultra-feminine to artfully disheveled. All 23 skirt designs in this book look great in different fabrics, colors, prints and textures—so the options are truly endless. The enclosed patterns and instructions make cutting and sewing these skirts a breeze.

Handmade Bags
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Author: Emiko Takahashi + Soo Leeyong
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag.
Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style—from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture.

Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project—plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit. Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand.

Playful
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Author: Merrilee Liddiard
Publisher: STC Craft

Perfect for after school or a rainy Sunday, Playful is a charming collection of 26 unique, modern projects for adults to make with and for young children. Divided into five categories—Playful Dress Up, Playful Toys, Playful Paper Crafts, Playful Repurposing and Playful Art—the low-skill, high-style, low-cost projects include a tiger piñata, a parade of paper puppets and a dollhouse made out of cardboard and bright duct tape. Sweet and straightforward, this enchant­ing book is sure to inspire many happy, colorful hours of making—and make-believe—among adults and the children they love.

Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
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Author: Gretchen Hirsch
Publisher: STC Craft

The mid-20th century was an amazing time for American women’s fashion! Following the war, women started looking to American designers rather than French couture houses for inspiration and to demand clothing they could move in, even play in. In this follow-up to Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch celebrates the classic casual styles that icons like Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn and Rosie the Riveter made famous—think wide-legged trousers, fitted capri pants, beach rompers, shorts, knit tops, jeans and day dresses. In Part I, Hirsch introduces key techniques for sportswear construction—from working with knit fabrics to the intricacies of pant-making—and in Part II, she showcases a 30-plus-piece vintage-inspired casual wardrobe.

CLOTH
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Author: Cassandra Ellis
Publisher: STC Craft

Handmade cloth items always have a story, and many of us spend our lives hunting and gathering precious pieces and scraps to add that final touch of life to a special room or outfit. Cloth is an inspirational guide to the beauty, history and utility of natural textiles. Woven throughout the five main sections—cotton, wool, silk, linen and hide—are more than 30 breathtaking sewing projects that make the most of each textile’s properties, including waxed-cotton purses, Liberty-print cushions, silk scarves, linen bedcovers and leather journals. With a guide full of invaluable information on where to buy antique fabrics and organic and well-sourced cloth, plus a toolkit of essential instructions on hand-dyeing fabric, Cloth is both a resource and an opportunity to create practical, precious and personal items for mindful living.

Hand-Stitched Home
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Author: Susan Beal
Publisher: Taunton Press

100-year-old Pendleton Mill’s has heirloom style. In Hand-Stitched Home you will enjoy 25 colorful and stylish, heirloom-quality projects-to-sew. Designed for sewers of every skill level, there are comfy patterns ranging from a super-simple throw to a mistake-proof quilt.

Stitch It Simple
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Author: Beth Sheard
Publisher: Taunton Press

Featuring Kaffe Fassett’s world-famous fabrics. The sweet projects in Stitch It Simple are fun and surprisingly simple to make. They feature the playful, vibrant and bold fabrics of renowned quilter and textile designer, Kaffe Fassett.

Instant gratification! These 25 stylish projects are aimed at novice stitchers and crafters, who find the gorgeous range of quilting fabrics inspiring, but are looking for easier, smaller scale projects. Best of all, they make up fast and beautifully. Simply explained with no-fuss sewing instructions, these are projects you’ll really enjoy making.

Fabrigami
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Author: Jill Stovall, Florence Temko, Scott Wasserman Stern
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Fabrigami is the Asian art of folding fabrics to create three-dimensional objects ranging from the practical to the whimsical. Like paper, there are countless beautiful fabric designs to choose from, only fabric has the virtue of being extremely durable.

Fabrigami began as origami legend Florence Temko’s final project. Everyone knows that origami is the art of paper folding, but Temko had begun experimenting with folding fabric to make objects that are just as beautiful but more lasting than paper. Sadly, Temko passed away before the book was completed, but her collaborator, Jill Stovall, continued their work. Now, Stovall—with the help of Scott Stern, a rising young star of origami—brings Fabrigami to print for everyone to use and enjoy.

This craft book begins by presenting instructions on how to treat fabric so it holds a shape when folded. Then Stovall shares a series of fun craft projects with simple origami-style diagrams that you can use to make a range of lovely objects.

Set the Table
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Author: Martingale Editors
Publisher: Martingale

With inspiration and zest, a host of talented quilters bring a smorgasbord of exciting projects to the table! Enjoy stunning graphic designs by Natalie Barnes, Audrie Bidwell, Josée Carrier, Jenifer Dick, Amy Ellis, Heather Jones, Thomas Knauer, Jessica Levitt, Angela Walters and Candi Weinrick.
– Feast your eyes on 11 tantalizing quilt runners ranging from modern to traditional–a great value.
– Try new techniques and color palettes on small projects that require a minimal investment of time and fabric.
– Discover how a simple accent can give your decor a big lift.

The New Hexagon
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Author: Katja Marek
Publisher: Martingale

Unlock the possibilities within hexagons and make your own unique blocks. Learn the glue-basting method of English paper piecing and use it to create exciting designs. You’ll enjoy relaxing handwork as you incorporate hexagons into decorative projects.
– Select from 52 patterns for 6″ blocks.
– Divide the shapes within the hexagon outline and discover new shapes.
– Stitch projects ranging from a mug rug and candle mat to a bed-sized quilt.

Take 5 Fat Quarters
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Author: Kathy Brown
Publisher: Martingale

Create fabulous fat-quarter quilts! Best-selling author Kathy Brown is back with more of the delightful designs quilters crave. Discover how easy it is to choose five fat quarters, add background fabric and make a terrific quilt.
– Treat yourself to 15 easy-to-make patterns at an excellent value.
– Save time and fabric—use Kathy’s cutting guide to make the most of your fat quarters.
– Turn your fat quarters into appealing projects—perfect for gifts, charity and you.

Baby Says Sew
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Author: Rebecca Danger
Publisher: Martingale

Rebecca Danger— a best-selling knitting-book author and mom of two— now turns her talents to sewing. Discover a roomful of 20 distinctive designs in this budget-friendly collection that young moms will adore.
– Little sewing experience is needed for many patterns.
– Versatile projects for at home or on the go include a baby carrier, sleep sack, diaper-change bag and toys.
– Use mom-tested patterns to create your own color-coordinated nursery.

Urban and Amish
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Author: Myra Harder
Publisher: Martingale

Designer Myra Harder presents time-honored Amish quilts along with a modern reinterpretation of each bold, graphic design. With varied color palettes and construction methods, she achieves dramatically different looks.
– Find two distinct patterns for every design—one traditionally Amish, one modern—for a total of 16 extraordinary projects.
– Explore the versatility of quilt designs such as Pineapple, Log Cabin and Ohio Star.
– Achieve effective results whether you prefer classic Amish solids or a brighter, lighter palette in prints.

Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place
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Author: That Patchwork Place® Staff
Publisher: Martingale

Known for the gorgeous projects they present in book after best-selling book, the experts on staff at That Patchwork Place® have done it again! This incredible collection features inspiring Christmas and winter-themed projects as well as a table runner for Hanukkah.
– Spread holiday cheer with 22 fabulous projects, including tree skirts, table runners, mantel quilts, ornaments, pillows, quilts and more.
– Decorate your home and create gifts to suit any taste with this wide assortment of styles; projects range from heirloom beauties to last-minute gifts.
– Find clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations for quilters and sewists of all skill levels.

Sew a Modern Home
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Author: Melissa Lunden
Publisher: Martingale

Designer Melissa Lunden presents 19 contemporary patterns for sewing and quilting to refresh living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and nurseries. With beginner-friendly instructions and a range of techniques, this collection is ideal for all skill levels.
– Create pillows, place mats, napkins, a crib sheet and accessories, plushies, a play mat and much more.
– Personalize your home using these simple, clean, appealing designs.

Mend & Make Fabulous
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Author: Denise Wild
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Showing how to take classic mending techniques one-step further to add personality and style to your clothes, Mend & Make Fabulous is a uniquely comprehensive resource that combines visual inspiration with practical advice for the fashion-conscious sewer. The ability to repair and restore clothes is priceless and Mend & Make Fabulous provides a comprehensive guide to all the classic mending techniques and then some: holes and tears; ripped or frayed seams; discoloration, stains, or fading; broken snaps and closures; uneven or dropped hems; stretched elastic; torn linings; broken straps; and the like. A simple problem-and-solution format makes it easy to find what you are looking for.

Not only will you learn to darn holes to perfection, this book also shows you how to add some creativity to your mending– fix holes with studs or applique; hide discolorations by dip-dying; mend frayed hems by adding cuffs or trim– that will make clothes even more fabulous than they were the first time around.

Best of Stitch: Beautiful Bedrooms
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Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Stitch readers can’t get enough of pillows and other home décor accessories. Perhaps it’s because home décor items are among the most accessible of sewing projects: quick to make, no fitting required and fun to show off. And what better place to use and showcase these items than where you lay your head? Best of Stitch: Beautiful Bedrooms will bring together a colorful, sensory feast of favorite and fresh projects that are easy on the eye and just a little bit sultry. Readers will learn new skills and find creative ways to make their sleeping quarters a showplace for handmade items. The book will include 5 new and 15 repurposed magazine projects as well as sidebars and tip boxes on specific techniques that are used in the projects, offering tips and troubleshooting advice for construction, hand stitching, working with fabrics and embellishing. A “Sewing Basics” reference section at the back of the book covers sewing skills necessary for creating all projects.

Best of Stitch: Bags to Sew
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Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Welcome to a selection of the best bags from the popular Stitch magazine, plus 5 brand-new projects, curated by its editors. The book features designs from Malka Dubrawsky, Ayumi Takahashi, Kevin Kosbab, Carol Zentgraf and many more.

Techniques include patchwork, applique, pleating, creating dimension with fabric and embroidery. Bags of a variety of shapes and sizes were selected, including coin purses, gadget bags, clutches, slouch bags and messenger bags, so you are sure to find something to make for yourself or give to your friends and family.

Inside you will find all of the best bags from Stitch magazine in one place, plus 5 brand-new designs- there’s something for everyone!

BurdaStyle Modern Sewing Wardrobe Essentials
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Author: BurdaStyle
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

BurdaStyle is a legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable and high-style sewing marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for high-quality patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Wardrobe Essentials includes 20 projects from the archives of BurdaStyle magazine.

All of the must-have basics of a woman’s wardrobe are covered in this collection: jackets, pants, blouses, skirts and dresses. The designs include versatile separates as well as combinations that further expand the possibilities for the modern woman’s wardrobe. In addition to the twenty patterns, there are nine variations. Many of the projects include illustrated step-by-step tutorials. With a few exceptions, all of the projects are easy to intermediate, and sizes range from 2 to 14.

Wardrobe Essentials includes a Burda 101 section that covers everything sewists need to know to follow the patterns, including frequently used techniques and a pattern insert with full-size pattern pieces. “BurdaStyled” tips sprinkled throughout the book give advice on styling the designs for maximum appeal.

Artfully Embroidered
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Author: Naoko Shimoda
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Artfully Embroidered reinvents vintage embroidery through a modern aesthetic. Traditional Japanese and western motifs are made new with color and embellishment, and 25 hand embroidered patterns demonstrate the beauty of the traditional designs while keeping the projects fresh and modern-looking for today’s sewists.

Step-by-step instructions and templates allow readers to create lovely sewn or embroidered projects or use the embroidery motifs on their own designs.

Projects include a variety of handbags, totes, coin purses, compacts, as well as book and tablet covers. In addition, there are visual examples of embroidery used as embellishment on clothing and linens. Also included are pattern inserts for selected projects.

Patchwork, Please!
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Author: Ayumi Takahashi
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

In Patchwork, Please!, Stitch magazine contributor Ayumi Takahashi has created playful and practical patchwork projects for the home and the people who live in it. Sewing should be fun, and Ayumi Takahashi’s patchwork projects embody that happy, playful approach.

Known for both her distinctive combination of patterned fabrics and her quirky interpretations of vintage style, Ayumi brings this signature approach to 19 sewing projects. The book begins with basic techniques in patchwork, paper piecing, raw-edged applique, and machine and hand embroidery. Then it’s straight into an appealing assortment of projects for the kitchen, home, family and friends.

Sew Fun
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Author: Sew Beautiful Magazine Editors
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Unlike many sewing-for-children books, Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family is a thoughtful approach to crafting with and for children. Readers will discover a variety of ways to get children involved in fun sewing projects, whatever their age or ability. Several projects are strictly for adults to make and children to enjoy. Others incorporate a child’s drawings printed on fabric and used as a template or design. Some projects allow older children to begin sewing for themselves and are perfect for short attention spans or low frustration levels. Essential quilt patterns allow children to contribute to a group project while an adult handles the actual sewing. Deborah Fisher has developed a range of projects that will appeal to adults and children alike. Fun costumes, beautiful dolls, story-time blankets and communal projects are just some of the patterns included here. Sewists will enjoy combining bright colors and contemporary fabrics while spending time with their families. They’ll get tips for working with children and learn how to involve them in ways that are enjoyable and stress-free.

Vintage Knits for Him and Her
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Author: Christelle Ledoux
Publisher: Stitch Craft Create

Vintage Knits for Him & Her contains a fabulous collection of garment knitting patterns, styled by top European fashion magazine Marie Claire. The 30 designs are all inspired by classic knitwear design from the 1950s to the 1970s, but are fully updated for today’s knitter, using modern yarns in contemporary colourways that will appeal to 21st century tastes and will be fun to knit and even more fun to wear!

Each pattern features advice on yarn choice, detailed knitting instructions and easy-to-follow charts and diagrams for intarsia, design detailing and shaping.

Visit the F+W Handmade Christmas section + Craft eBooks and Downloads page.

Washi Tape Christmas
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Author: Kami Bigler
Publisher: Stitch Craft Create

With such a massive range of festive patterns and designs in the craft stores, crafting with washi tape at Christmas is the ultimate joy of the season! In this super collection of simple craft projects, author Kami Bigler of ‘No Biggie’ blog fame, shows you how to use washi tape in an array of ways to create fun and festive makes for the holidays. With quick and clever Christmas cards, pretty paper ornaments, embellished gifts, cute decorations, creative wrapping ideas and more, Washi Tape Christmas offers a wealth of creativity to get you crafting this Christmas.

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Hello Kitty Crochet
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Author: Mei Li Lee
Publisher: Quirk Books

Hello Kitty Crochet is all about kawaii: the supercute world of Hello Kitty and her friends meets the Japanese art of amigurumi, or crocheted dolls. With 25 cute and easy-to-make projects, Hello Kitty Crochet is as charming and fun as it is simple to follow.

Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or have never used a needle, you’ll find tons of helpful tips and tricks for creating kawaii handmade dolls. It’s the perfect way for crafters and cuteness-lovers to celebrate the global icon’s 40th anniversary!

Belle and Boo
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Author: Mandy Sutcliffe
Publisher: Roost Books

The Belle and Boo Book of Crafts offers twenty-five one-of-a-kind projects we can create to bring more magic and make-believe into our lives. Sewing projects include a cuddly toy rabbit, a clothesline play tent and even an explorer’s satchel. Make a robust beanbag, a tooth fairy pillow for your child’s room, or a pull-along stuffed elephant with a sweet ribbon bow. Also included are knitting, embroidery and papercraft projects to decorate your home and brighten your day.

The Crocheter’s Skill Building Workshop
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Author: Dora Ohrenstein
Publisher: Storey Publishing

This fresh, fun guide from expert Dora Ohrenstein covers all of the basic crochet techniques and so much more, from choosing yarns to finishing! It includes more than 70 stitch-along swatches that each teach a particular technique, as well as five projects — a hat, shawl, neck warmer, bag and scarf — that put those techniques to use. The swatches offer not just a variety of stitch patterns but also a variety of shapes and can serve as the building blocks for creative and sophisticated projects of your own design.

Little One-Yard Wonders
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Author: Patricia Hoskins + Rebecca Yaker
Publisher: Storey Publishing

This newest addition to the best-selling One-Yard Wonders series features 101 delightful projects for babies and kids, each using just one yard of fabric and many requiring just a few hours to complete. Step-by-step illustrated instructions, beautiful close-up photographs and pattern pieces included in a bound-in envelope make it easy and fun to create all kinds of adorable items, including the Merry-Go-Round Dress, the Ruffle Romper, the Western Shirt and the Secret Monster Overalls. From tops and caps to play mats, pillows and plushies, this book overflows with creative clothes, accessories, toys and furnishings for little ones from newborn to elementary-school age. Whether you’re furnishing your nursery, making new clothes for a growing child, or creating a unique gift for a baby shower, this collection has the perfect project for you.

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs
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Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave

More and more sewists and quilters are adding embroidered details to their work. While there are a bevy of embroidery stitch dictionaries currently available, this book goes beyond basic embroidery stitches to full-fashioned designs. A collection of 123 embroidered motifs that incorporate beads, this book allows readers to create designs that range from beautiful to whimsical.

Motifs vary in range from elegantly simple single motifs, to complex all-over patterns, to 3-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions are numerous examples of how to use and place the motifs on hems, pockets, cuffs, collars and handbags; or as home décor trim on pillows, curtains or lampshades. Patterns emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books.

How to Knit
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Author: Leslie Ann Bestor
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Learning to knit is fun and easy with Leslie Ann Bestor as your teacher. Her simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you step by step through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern, casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off and blocking finished projects. You’ll also learn techniques for increasing, decreasing and repairing mistakes. Even if you’ve never held a pair of knitting needles before, this easy-to-follow guide will have you knitting in no time!

How to Crochet
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Author: Sara Delaney
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The perfect guide for beginners! Sara Delaney shows you her techniques for working a basic chain and creating single and double chain stitches. You’ll learn about changing colors, joining, fastening off, reading crochet patterns and working with different shapes. Working on small projects, such as a simple potholder or scarf, gives you the practice and experience you need before you move on to crocheting more complex patterns on your own.

How to Make a Quilt
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Author: Barbara Weiland Talbert
Publisher: Storey Publishing

With basic sewing skills and these simple step-by-step instructions, you can easily learn to make your first quilt! Barbara Weiland Talbert outlines the complete process in an easy-to-follow sequence, from selecting a design and choosing fabric to cutting pieces, assembling blocks, assembling the quilt top and finishing your quilt.

Stitch Draw
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Author: Rosie James
Publisher: Sterling Publishing

When you want to make a fresh artistic statement, put down the pencil and turn on the sewing machine instead! Figurative stitch work is a hot new look, and Rosie James—a leading exponent of the style—takes newcomers by the hand and guides them through its ins and outs. Using her own gorgeous drawings, plus those of other top artists, she lays out a repertoire of techniques. James covers it all, including transferring drawing to cloth, stitching on photographs, using multicolored threads, layering images and creating a pleasing composition.