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April 2006 - issue #6

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The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts- Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery

Well, this is a big book! More than 300 pages of knitting, crochet and embroidery. Truly, it is three books in one.

Each section begins with a comprehensive set of instructions for that craft. Large drawings show the stitches and other details. The knitting section covered one of my pet peeves - what if I can't get the yarn they use in the pattern? An article gives tips and ideas to make good substitutions. Each pattern has a color photo and sometimes a few. The patterns have summary info at the beginning - skill level, sizes, supplies and tools needed. I have one quibble with the book - the table of contents is very short and doesn't provide a list of the patterns. The patterns are listed in an appendix at the back.

The knitting patterns are varied. All the standards are included- afghans, hats, mittens, scarves, shawls, socks, sweaters and vests. Other patterns include a dog sweater and collar, Ipod holder, purses, wire jewelry, and purses.

I think crochet has become a hot craft, and the authors seem to agree. The crochet patterns are interesting and modern. Even though the arm warmers done in a fuzzy yarn look like hairy arms. And the Santa's stocking is rainbow-striped and has individual toes... I liked all the rest very much. The baby clothes look cute and probably work up quickly. The patterns also include hats, ponchos, purses, sweaters, tops, a backpack, pillow, shawl, and a jacket to name a few. The beach cover-up was stylish, and the crochet trim for a store-bought top was different.

The embroidery instructions are comprehensive. Many types of stitches along with bead embroidery, ribbon embroidery and hardanger are illustrated. Most of the projects are embellishments for pre-made items. They range from elegant to quirky and fun. Embroidered jeans and beaded tops are popular now and both are covered here. Many types of items go under the needle - mittens, napkins, pillows, purses, paper, sweaters, towels, and tote bags. A few of the purses are handmade, with the patterns included. The embroidered greeting card and scrapbook embellishments add dimension to your papercrafts.

The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts - Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery is a very solid and worthwhile book for your library. If you're already involved in one of the crafts, it's a great way to learn the others, while getting a good set of patterns.

The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts- Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery

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New Projects in Floral Crafts

Floral Crafts is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:

General Flower Craft and Arranging Learn to Make a Wreath
How To Create a Floral Display
Florist Bow
Easy Flower Arranging
The Language of Flowers
Christmas Wreaths
Free Floral Crafts at
Introduction to Floral Arranging
Long Stemmed Flower Stand
Bright Wreaths
Online Floral Design Classes
Floral Projects at Hobby Lobby
Wedding Flowers
Unity Candle Arrangement
Corsages and Boutonnieres
Rose Basket
Cascade Wedding Bouquet
Lilies & Roses Bridal Bouquet
Rosebud and Ivy Boutonniere
Floral Pew Bouquet
Floral Pew Bow
Rose Bridal Centerpiece
Crystal Romance Centerpiece
Flowered Flute Centerpiece
Round Rose Bouquet
Head Wreath
Orchid Bouquet
Corsage Making Techniques
Love Knot BouquetBrides Floral Bouquet
Wedding Flowers at
Pretty-as-a-Package Topiary
Julep-Rose Centerpiece
Pew Decoration
Silk Flower Arranging
Coloring Silk Flowers
Halloween Centerpiece
Brilliant Bouquet
Springtime Patchwork Vase
Teacup Topiary
Double Heart Wreath
Pansy & Daffodil Wreath
Botanical Pots
Grapevine Chandelier
Sunflower Balls
Floral Flip-Flops
Flower Pens
Flowers in Oil
Daisy Crown
Berry Apple Wreath

Wreath Trees
White Roses Wreath
Pretty-as-a-Package Topiary
Easy Moss-Covered Wreath
Fresh Flower Arranging
Fresh Flower Wreath
Swagged Garland
Rose Pomander
Floral Wreath Centerpiece
Summer Flower Potpourri Bags
Flower Arranging at Ladies Home Journal
Tussie Mussie
Hanging Centerpiece
Pumpkin in Bloom
Keepsake Rose Hearts
Flower Pounding
Mom's Corsage Centerpiece
Floral Centerpiece Ideas
Formal Arrangements
Ikebana - Japanese Arranging
Dried and Pressed Flowers
Learn to Dry Flowers
Learn to Make Potpourri
Victorian Facial Scrub
Garden Basket
Ring of Roses
Flower and Leaf Press
Potpourri Lights
English Garden
Wreaths You Can Wear
Drying Fruit
Pressed Flower Lamp
Pressed Pansy Coasters
Rose Water
Rose Petal or Pine Cone Napkin Rings
Dried Flower 'Cake'
Floral Freshness Lamp
Hanging Garden
Sweet and Spicy Rose Potpourri
Easy Potpourri Pie
Lemon Leaf Swag
Sweetheart Wreath
Dried Flowers How-to
Pressed Flower Paperweight
Glowing Flowers
Decorated Soap
Lavender Crafts
Pressed Flower Suncatcher
Preserving Flowers Crossword Puzzle

Crafts Crossword Puzzle
Wedding Fun 1 Crossword
Wedding season has begun. Weddings are so much fun, we have more wedding words next issue. Try our crafts crossword puzzle.


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