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Hello Crafters!

Welcome to the AllCrafts Update, the email newsletter of, the Free Crafts Network.

Feel like making some sawdust? The Woodworking page is all-new! We've organized the page into categories, and added many new projects and plans. Some projects are very basic, some are a bit more advanced. The list of new projects is near the end of this newsletter.

See the list of other new projects added recently to AllCrafts in the AllCrafts Update Blog

Holiday Crafts Section Coming Soon
We're busily at work on a general holiday crafts section. Valentines, Easter, Halloween & Christmas already have their own sections; this is for the other holidays from New Year's to Thanksgiving. Maybe someday, they'll have sections of their own. Look for the new page in our next issue! Meanwhile, enjoy the crafts crossword this issue - Little Known Holidays: January - July. We'll have part 2 next issue.

Lion Brand Yarns has begun a crafts newsletter just for kids. The first issue featured very cute pet projects. Here's more info:

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Mosaic: The Pattern Companion
Mosaics: The Pattern Companion
Learn how to do mosaics and improve your mosaic projects.

The pattern companion is a modest title for a book that is much more. Yes, it does include patterns for every project, along with photos of the steps involved. Those sections are after the very complete general directions on mosaic. There's something for all skill levels. It is very thorough.

I was impressed with the chapters on supplies and tools. Lots of photos and a good discussion of the pros & cons of each material and their uses. The plan layout instructions show how to create or copy a design and how to transfer your design to an item, even a 3-D object.

The small pieces used in mosaic are called tesserae and can be many types of materials. The illustrated cutting techniques explore irregular shapes, common shapes and leaves. The section on making your own gold leaf glass was very interesting. I also liked their discussion of grouts and adhesives. One great ideas was to use an adhesive other than grout - just sprinkle beads or glitter between the tessearae. The general instructions finish with a helpful trouble-shooting section.

The projects are divided by technique and increase in complexity through the book. In the direct method, the mosaic is applied to the object. Probably the easiest way to begin. Learning the next technique, the indirect method, expands the items that you can cover with mosaic. Profuse photos illustrate how to make your mosaic design on another material and transfer it to the final object.

Another chapter discusses the very popular method of picasiatte, the technical name for using broken china or found objects as your mosaic pieces. Broken china is how many of us rediscovered mosaics, and it's a lot of fun. One of my favorite chapters is on garden projects. They cover specific techniques for outdoor mosaics. Great projects.

The final and most complex chapter covers armatures & constructed bases. One example of this technique is a gorgeous reflecting bird bath with mosaic perches extending over the water.

The projects range from simple to complex. They include a clock, mirrors, frames, a lovely flamingo design, a stained glass lampshade, picture under glass mosaic, dog portrait, cake stand, house number, mosaic accent brick, looking glass garden stake, strawberry planter with attached teacups and creamers, and a lot more.

If you are interested in learning mosaics or want to take your mosaic projects to the next level, this book is great.

Mosaics: The Pattern Companion at

New Projects in Woodworking

The Woodworking section is all-new!


PaperTowel Holder
Knife Block
Garbage Can Cover
Bread Box
Breakfast Bar
Bathroom Vanity
Coat Rack
TV Stand
Small TV Stand
Mission CD Cabinet
Corner TV Stand
Storage Chest
Shelving Unit
Ergonomic Stool
Desk Clock
Desk Organizer
Chest of Drawers
Puzzle Box
Picture Frame
carved Owl Coat Hanger
Mahjong Box
Abacus Lamp
Mission Style Lamp
Crooked Lamp

Storage Shelving
Chisel Sharpening Jig
Router Table
Bird Nesting Box
Bird Table
Bird Feeder
Adirondack Chair
Adirondack 2 Seater Rocker
Wood Finishes
JointsMiter Calculator
Folding Table Saw Outfeed Table
Homemade Dust Collector System
Walking Sticks
Welsh Stick Back Chair
Home Bar
Router Table Plans
Board Foot Calculator
Free Jig Plans
Candy Machine
Ring Box
Woodworking Charts
Scrollsaw Angel Ornament
Photo Frame
Sink Shelf
Paper Towl Holder
Making a Push Stick
Understanding Hinges Crossword Puzzle

Crafts Crossword Puzzle
Little Known Holidays: Jan - July Crossword
While we're working on the new Holiday Crafts section (look for it next issue), try your hand at some days you can celebrate all year, with our crafts crossword puzzle.


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