Here are the prizes you can win in the week ahead. Sew Mama Sew’s 9th Annual Handmade Holidays series does not disappoint!…


The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style

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Author: Valerie McKeehan
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Ubiquitous at boutiques and cafés, on Etsy and Pinterest, in stationery and home decor, the art of chalk lettering is hotter than ever. Valerie McKeehan, an Etsy standout whose work has been featured in magazines and websites from Good Housekeeping to RealSimple.com, teaches us everything we need to know to create gorgeous hand-drawn chalk designs. The book is also a practice space, with three foldout “chalkboards”— the inside cover and foldout back cover are lined with blackboard paper.

In over 60 lessons, learn the ABCs of lettering (literally) and basic styles: serif, sans serif, and script. Next, how to lay out a design, combine various styles into one cohesive piece, add shadows and dimension. Master more advanced letter styles, from faceted to ribbon to “vintage circus.” Use banners, borders, flourishes. And finally, 12 projects to show off your newfound skills: including a Winter Wonderland Snow Globe; a smartphone-themed birthday card to text friends and family; a one-of-a-kind party invitation to create, photograph, and mail; and a bake sale sign guaranteed to put everyone who sees it in the mood for a cupcake!

Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics: Over 25 Easy-To-Make Purses, Totes and More

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Author: Emiko Takahashi
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Make your own charming purse, tote, clutch, satchel or eco tote with with this fashionable bag making book.

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. There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag. In addition to bag sewing patters, basic sewing lessons teach the fundamentals of bag sewing…

Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and bag sewing 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. With Takahashi’s expert guidance, beginning sewers with little or no previous experience can learn to make these understated and elegant handbags.

Country Living Christmas Joys: Decorating * Crafts * Recipes

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Author: Country Living
Publisher: Hearst

Make this Christmas the best and brightest yet, with hundreds of gorgeous decorating ideas and delicious recipes. From holiday house tours and ways to deck the halls to handmade gifts and festive feasts, this beautiful book will help you celebrate Christmas in Country Living style. Create stunning wreaths, turn saltshakers into sparkling snow globes, craft Advent calendars from tiny envelopes, bake gourmet-store-worthy cookies, and more to make a truly happy holiday.

Big Hook Rag Crochet: 25 Quick-Stitch Designs to Make Using Leftover Fabric

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Author: Dedri Uys
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Have fun with a craft that’s quick, easy, and eco-friendly! This great new crochet style uses a large hook—which works up fast, simple stitches—plus strips of fabric made from unwanted garments or a stash of leftovers. The result: a sturdy, textured weave that’s ideal for home accessories, garments, and bags. Crochet cozy slippers, accent rugs, cushions, a variety of baskets, placemats, and more. These crafty creations are durable, practical, and pretty, too!

One $25 Gift Certificate to My Modern Quilt Shop

(International winners OK.)

About My Modern Quilt Shop:
My Modern Quilt Shop launched in 2012 to fulfill a long-time dream of owning a fabric shop. Find fabrics, patterns, notions and more!

Sew Adorkable: 15 DIY Projects to Keep You Out of Trouble – Quilts, Clothes & Gear for the Chic Geek

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Author: Samarra Khaja
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

Sew 15 conversation starters, from cheeky wearables (TRAWRzers!) to quirky quilts and home decor. Make a puffy quilt that looks like candy dots, or stitch a tissue box cover that looks like a vintage typewriter. Tailored to smart, talented, crafty folks of all ages, this hilarious book is just as fun to read (trivia time!) as it is chock-full of sewing projects. Bonus: Go “behind the seams” with textile designer Samarra Khaja.

An Artist’s Pillars
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Author: Kaitlyn Mirison
Publisher: Independent

An Artist’s Pillars is a guidebook for you to break free from self-doubts.

Your skills, natural talents, dreams and desires can take you only so far because the creative process has a way of highlighting your insecurities. And when these insecurities and deeply seeded self-doubts have their grip on you, the step you need to take to move your project from the container of your mind and heart to the external world can seem insurmountable. But these doubts and insecurities don’t have to stop you and your next step can be a gentle one…

Through An Artist’s Pillars you are guided step by step to develop the fundamentals you need to share with the world what is inside of you to create.

She Wears the Pants: Easy Sew-it-Yourself Fashion with an Edgy Urban Style

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Author: Yuko Takada
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew edgy, urban clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe.

More and more women are opting to make their own clothes, but most of the books on the market emphasize girly, feminine designs. She Wears the Pants is the first Japanese sewing book (in English) to focus on the increasingly popular “borrowed–from–the–boys” look. Already one of the best–known and reviewed sewing books in Japan, this sporty addition to the sew–it–yourself craze is poised to take the American DIY sewing market by storm.

Sometimes women are in the mood for clothes with strong, clean lines and casual sophistication—polish and simplicity without the frills. She Wears the Pants is the book for those times. A graduate of the Bunka Fashion Institute, Yuko Takada provides patterns and instructions for making twenty spare and streamlined wardrobe items…

Patterns can be easily adjusted to suit every body size, and Takada shows readers how to select inexpensive, readily available fabrics and transform them into an elegant new wardrobe. Understated never looked so good!

Materially Crafted: A DIY Primer for the Design-Obsessed

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Author: Victoria Hudgins
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

Design enthusiasts are bombarded with beautiful inspiration at every turn, but many lack the foundation necessary to re-create their dream projects. Materially Crafted is a must-have guide for design mavens seeking to develop their DIY chops, even if they’re embracing their crafty side for the first time. Victoria Hudgins, creator of the popular design blog A Subtle Revelry, uncovers the best and least intimidating ways to work with the most popular crafting materials—from spray paint and concrete to thread, wax, and paper—and presents more than 30 easy projects to get everyone started.

Peppered with Hudgins’s tips for “merrymaking the everyday” (using simple DIY ideas to live life more joyfully) plus inspirational photos of projects created by other prominent bloggers, Materially Crafted is an indispensable guide for a new generation of design enthusiasts looking to DIY their own distinctive style.

Donuts

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Author: Tracey Meharg
Publisher: Murdoch Books

Homemade, artisanal, and jaw-droppingly delicious, these 50 donut recipes put store-bought versions to shame. Try them sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, filled with jam or Chantilly cream, drizzled with honey, frosted with chocolate, and topped with salted caramel or an adults-only vodka-laced icing. There are even gluten-free and vegan options. But get ‘em while they’re hot, because they’ll disappear fast!

One $25 Gift Certificate to The Fabric Fairy
(International winners OK.)

About The Fabric Fairy:
You work hard to create. You take pride in your work. The materials you work with should reflect your commitment to quality, and express your originality.

The Fabric Fiary truly cares about your projects, and backs that up with an unparalleled selection of unique, high quality products, and spectacular customer service you won’t find elsewhere. Whether it is finding the elusive fabric you need, coming up with the perfect match, or just giving you unlimited advice, The Fabric Fairy will do whatever it takes to help you succeed.

The Upholsterer’s Step-by-Step Handbook: A Practical Reference

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Author: Alex Law
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Whether you’re re-covering some simple dining chairs or restoring a family heirloom, this book contains all the tips and techniques you’ll need to complete your upholstery project in an easy-to-understand format. The clear illustrations and inspiring photography throughout the book enables you to confidently create (or re-create) gorgeous statement pieces of furniture for your home. From assessing the work, to estimating your materials, to planning the order of work, you will learn how to follow a logical method to get the job done. Covering both traditional and modern techniques in great detail with step-by-step directions accompanied by clear illustrations, you will be able to achieve professional results no matter the size or scale of the project. Information on upholstery tools and materials, furnishing fabrics, and trimmings available will help you build up your workshop, and sections on simple woodworking techniques, repairs, and surface finishes ensures that The Upholsterer’s Step-by-Step Handbook by Alex Law is the ultimate one-stop reference for the amateur upholsterer.

Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style: Key Pieces to Sew + Accessories, Styling, and Inspiration

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Author: Lotta Jansdotter
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

When Lotta Jansdotter steps out in one of her signature outfits, fans always ask, “Did you make that yourself?” Often the answer is, “Yes, and so can you!” With that in mind, the style icon created Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style, a pattern book/inspiration guide anchored by five easy, versatile sewing patterns—skirt, dress, blouse, pants/shorts, and jacket/coat—and highlighted with quick DIY accessories, including hats, bags, scarves, and jewelry.

Photographed over the course of a year in her life in New York, Tennessee, India, and Sweden and organized by season, Jansdotter shares her sources of inspiration and how she and her friends mix and match her key pieces while working, play- ing, resting, and traveling. Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style brings Jansdotter’s infectious and sought-after sense of style to new followers and longtime devotees alike.

Four $25 Gift Certificates to Fabric Shoppe
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About Fabric Shoppe:
Fabric Shoppe features modern designer fabrics and next day shipping, since 2008.

Sew Fantasy Toys: 10 Sewing Patterns for Magical Creatures from Dragons to Mermaids

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Author: Melly McNeice
Publisher: David & Charles

Gorgeous new collection of huggable creatures from fabulous toy designer Melly McNeice. Mums and grannies alike will love the designs for fantasy creatures including scary monsters and mystical unicorns, which will capture their imaginations as much as their children.

Sewers will adore the bright, modern fabrics Melly uses for her colorful designs and won’t be able to resist the simple but effective patterns that are fun and easy to sew. They will love making the pretty mermaid for their daughter to cuddle up with at bedtime, or the friendly dragon who will protect them while they sleep…

There are 10 creatures in this collection so you can choose your favorite from a friendly monster, brave dragon, pretty mermaid, marching robot and a mysterious unicorn amongst others, or you can make them all and create your own fantasy world of cuddly toys – sure to make very special keepsakes in years to come.

All the patterns have easy to follow step by step instructions, quirky photography and full sized templates.

We Love to Craft Christmas: Fun Stuff for Kids 17 Handmade Fabric & Paper Projects

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Author: Annabel Wrigley
Publisher: C&T Publishing / FunStitch Studio

Get your crafty kid in the holiday spirit by giving the definitive guide to creating stylish, handmade gifts. Seventeen modern projects of varying skills levels run the gamut from pillows and barrettes to wreaths and ornaments, made using only paper or fabric. Your crafter will learn how to choose the best materials for each project, and the book’s tips and tricks will make each project easier and more fun.

One $25 Gift Certificate to Bluefig

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About Bluefig:
Bluefig was founded in Vancouver, Washington with the intent of perfecting an ergonomic method for travel for the sewing and quilting community. In the early 2000’s Bluefig began experimenting with different solutions for carrying larger and heavier sewing machines to class and guild meetings, all the while seeking a classic styling that complimented the lifestyle of the sewing and quilting enthusiast. As a result of a year’s work, Bluefig launched the TB19 wheeled travel bag to dealers across the US. Attending International Quilt Market in Houston, Bluefig was recognized as an innovator in the industry that gave a more suitable opportunity for those to travel with their machines. Year after year since, Bluefig has continued to push the envelope in design and aesthetics to deliver functional, elegant, and fun accessories to the quilting and sewing lifestyle consumer.

Bluefig believes in the saying “Do something creative every day.” The popularity of sewing and quilting classes is skyrocketing, allowing classes to be more readily available for all ages. Bluefig helps make the transportation of your sewing machine and notions to class easy and elegant. The designers in Vancouver, Washington are busy creating new and unique products for the creative every day.

Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts: 25 Charming Projects to Make Using Classic Quilt Motifs

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Authors: Hisako Arai + Yoko Sanjo
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

This charming collection of delightful, easy-to-make patchwork projects, originally published in Japan, is perfect for creating gifts for loved ones. Using five classic quilt patterns—simple squares, hexagons, log cabins, stars, and polygons—the projects range from pincushions, potholders, and pillows to handbags, coin purses, and a variety of zippered cases that are quick to make. This is the perfect book for beginner quilters or veterans looking for small projects and fun ways to use up their fabric stash.

Whether you’re a newbie or a comfortable quilter, the projects, fabrics, and designs in this book will inspire you to create not one, but many of the projects to give as wonderful gifts!

‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y: Over 40 Handmade Holiday Decorations

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Author: Kathy Sheldon
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Fa la la la . . . MORE! Crafters couldn’t get enough of the adorable projects in Fa la la la Felt, so here are over 40 new whimsical felt crafts to celebrate Christmas with handmade style. Many of the same awesomely talented designers (and several new ones!) have returned to create pretty ornaments like Beaded Star Baubles, Sparkly Icicles, a Shining Star Tree Topper (and a partridge in a pear tree) to a pink poinsettia wreath, Yule log, snow bunny tree skirt, and lots of stockings to hang by the chimney with care; these holiday items will make your season merry and bright.

The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners

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Author: Linda Sparks
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Think of a corset as a blank canvas. Linda Sparks’ The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners is a comprehensive guide to building your first corset, including:

Section One: Tools and Materials for Corset Building – Discusses the tools you’ll need, plus types of steel, plastic, and textiles.

Section Two: Building a Corset – Everything you need to know about working with bones and busks, setting grommets and eyelets, and creating a beautifully finished corset.

Section Three: Construction Techniques – Covers all the steps, including making a modesty panel, making a mock-up, and building single layer, double layer, and fashion fabric corsets.

Section Four: Alterations and Fit – Discusses commercial corset patterns, as well as how to fit and style a corset for exactly the look you want.

Stylish Skirts: 23 Simple Designs to Flatter Every Figure

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Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew chic and original skirts with this stylish sewing book.

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 Japanese Sewing 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 DIY sewing instructions make cutting and sewing these skirts a breeze.

Author Sato Watanabe has written many of the most popular Japanese sewing books on the market. In this new book, she shows you how to make professional-quality skirts easily and inexpensively at home. She studied clothing and accessory design at Tokyo’s famous Bunka Fashion College before beginning a career as a magazine editor, eventually turning her writing skills to creating bestselling books!

Stamp Stencil Paint: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand

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Author: Anna Joyce
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

Textile artist Anna Joyce’s design process is intuitive, relaxed, and rooted in the belief that we should live with color and pattern every day. Inspired by vintage fabric, folk art, shapes in nature, and exciting new color combinations, Joyce’s distinctive projects showcase the beauty of the unexpected and the mark of the artist’s hand. In Stamp Stencil Paint, Joyce shares her signature hand-printing techniques and infectious enthusiasm for adding patterns to ready-made surfaces such as fabric, ceramics, paper, leather, furniture, walls, and more. Following beautiful step-by-step photography, crafters learn new, easy skills to stamp, stencil, and hand-paint wonderful projects for their homes, wardrobes, families, and friends.

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible: Get the Most from Your Machine with Embroidery Designs and Inbuilt Decorative Stitches

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Author: Liz Keegan
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Here is all the help needed to get the most out of your sewing machine’s embroidery functions, including details about the types and formats of available designs, how to get these designs off the internet and onto your machine, how to stabilize your fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and of course how to use the patterns creatively for stunning results. It also provides guidance for making use of the built-in embroidery stitches that modern sewing machines offer, but which are mostly forgotten about and underused. The focus is non-brand specific, so you can follow along no matter what model you have. A comprehensive section covers the details of editing, organizing, and saving your designs to transferring designs between your computer and sewing machine, downloading from the internet, and much more.

Also included are step-by-by step instructions showing how to create a wide variety of embroidery designs from heirloom, free standing, 3D, fancy lettering, trapunto, and everything in between, plus how to use and place your designs exactly where you want them on any project. “Idea Files” provide inspiration with close-up images of the designs used in a variety of ways. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, this guide will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine.

Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything

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Author: Amy Anderson
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

It’s the definitive washi tape craft book for adults. Washi tape—the Japanese decorative paper tape that’s easy to tear, peel, stick and re-stick—is transformative, fun, and remarkably easy to use. It’s also never been hotter. Now comes the only adult washi tape craft book packaged with the tape itself—ten rolls, with 18 feet in each roll—making it a complete kit and outstanding value.

Packed full of amazing projects and ideas, it’s the book and tape kit that shows all the ways to be creative with washi tape. The book includes techniques: precision tearing, wrapping, and weaving. How to make bows, rosettes, and other shapes. How to seal and weatherproof designs to make them permanent. And 110 projects, with color photographs and step-by-step instructions, from custom photo frames to one-of-a-kind gifts. The possibilities are endless.

Sew Sweet Creatures: Make Adorable Plush Animals and Their Accessories

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Author: Mollie Johanson
Publisher: Lark Crafts

No one can resist a stitched softie! From a pig clad in a superhero costume to a catnapping kitty hugging a tiny toy owl, these 16 plush creatures really are “sew sweet.” Crafters will love them all, including a Fairy Mouse with sequined wings and a wand; a Baker Squirrel in her chef’s outfit; and a Polar Princess Polar Bear. Each one comes with personalized accessories and a short introductory story.

One $25 Gift Certificate to Snapdragon Studios

(International winners OK.)

About Snapdragon Studios: Kim and Elizabeth are the designers behind Snapdragon Studios patterns. They are always expanding their selection of sewing patterns, and recently added the Lemon Squeeze Cardigan and On the Run Bag to the mix. Take a look at the full pattern line, and learn more via the Snapdragon Studios journal.

Handmade Heirlooms: Crafting with Intention, Making Things That Matter, and Connecting to Family and Tradition

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Author: Jennifer Casa
Publisher: Roost Books

Let’s make some memories. Handmade Heirlooms invites readers to create projects that have significant meaning for the maker or the recipient— projects that celebrate the future, relish the everyday, and honor the past.

Handmade Heirlooms is a craft book that emphasizes the significance of handmade pieces in our personal histories and prompts readers to sew, knit, and craft with intention. Readers will be inspired to create pieces that can be enjoyed now, then handed down in years to come and used by future generations. Heirlooms allow us to reminisce and make connections throughout our lifetimes. They are treasures made and handed down with the intention of being used and loved. Their value goes beyond form and function–their significance is enriched by every life they touch across generations. The projects in this book celebrate the role heirlooms play in our lives by encouraging the making of special items that can be gifted, enjoyed, and handed down.

The Embroidered Garden: Stitching through the Seasons of a Flower Garden (Make Good: Crafts + Life)

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Author: Kazuko Aoki
Publisher: Roost Books

Whimsical, beautiful embroidery motifs created by an avid gardener—stitch roses, bees, or whole garden scenes.

Kazuko Aoki has a unique talent for translating the beauty of the garden with needle and thread. By offering forty motifs, Aoki invites us to explore her gardens through embroidery. The forty motifs explore the roses and wildflowers that appear season to season, as well as the bees and butterflies that enjoy their nectar. The designs here are exquisite, detailed, and artfullly rendered. Beyond the motifs themselves, Aoki also presents projects that feature the embroidery: brooches, notebook covers, pin cushions, and pouches. For those new to embroidery, detailed how-to illustrations are included.

Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking

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Author: Tilly Walnes
Publisher: Roost Books

Fancy making your own clothes but have no idea where to start? Tired of overwhelming sewing manuals and frumpy projects? Love at First Stitch offers a refreshing approach to dressmaking for modern makers, taking you from the basics of threading your sewing machine through creating gorgeous garments that you’ll love to wear. Let Tilly Walnes inspire you with her jargon-busting tutorials, down-to-earth attitude, and adorable dressmaking style, showing you that making your own clothes is so much more enjoyable than buying them.

Tilly Walnes demystifies dressmaking for the generations that have never been taught to sew. Written for novice stitchers by the author of the popular sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons, this book presents the sewing basics in an informal style, with Tilly’s friendly and encouraging voice cheering the reader on throughout. Instead of overwhelming the novice dressmaker with theory, this book is about learning by doing. Each chapter presents practical tips and inspiration to guide you through creating a made-to-measure garment from one of the seven versatile and adaptable patterns included with the book, which can then be personalized to suit your individual style. Peppered throughout the book are Tilly’s top sewing tips, including everything from what to look out for when buying–or borrowing–your first sewing machine, to how to behave in a fabric shop so that you appear like an expert, to techniques for pressing perfection.