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June 2006 - issue #8

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Hello Crafters!

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

We've added a new section to Baby Crafts is a brand new page full of all types of crafts for little ones. See it here or scroll down for a list of the free projects.

New Projects across AllCrafts

Every week we add new free projects to some of our 20+ crafts sections. We list them in the Update blog, also.

Americana Painted Bench
Break out the red, white and blue paints for this stunning Americana painted bench . Added to Decorative Painting and Patriotic Crafts

Stamped Canvas Easter Tote Bag
Fun and different idea - foam stamps and ribbon make a festive spring tote bag . Added to Easter Crafts and Rubberstamping .

Vacation Bible School Crafts
Here's a collection of Vacation Bible School craft projects from the Michael's crafts store website. Added to Kids Crafts .

Patriotic Apron
Perfect for a Memorial Day or Independence Day barbecue, stitch or fuse this patriotic apron . Added to Sewing and Patriotic Crafts .

Crochet Jacket
Here's another request from our message boards - a crochet jacket . Added to Crochet and Knitting patterns .

Vintage Crochet Bikini
I found this cute vintage crochet bikini for someone on our message boards. Added to Crochet & Knitting .

Beaded Bracelet
Simple but interesting beading technique that could be used for different looks. Added to Jewelry-Making .

Fingerprint Eggs
Use your fingers to decorate your eggs next Easter in this easy kids craft . Added to Easter Crafts .

My Favorite Things Layout
Here's a fun scrapbooking idea that will get lots of journaling on your page. Added to Scrapbooking .

Tomato Pincushion Footstool
This tomato pincushion footstool , complete with hanging strawberry, is the perfect accessory for your sewing area! Added to Sewing .

How to Felt Over a Bar of Soap
Interesting idea to make a scrubbable soap for your shower. Added to Soapmaking.

Scotty Dog Scroll Saw Wood Puzzle
Free scroll saw pattern for a Scotty Dog puzzle . Added to Woodworking .

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Arts & Crafts Coupons

Free Flag Postcard Pattern is collecting fabric postcards made with this pattern to send to the Camp Pendleton military base in San Diego in mid-June. These tiny quilts are easy to make, easy to deliver, and will be welcome mail from home. These will go from San Diego to our troops in the Middle East.

Terry's Village
Great decorations and ideas. $2.95 shipping on $60 order. Use code TT2XY06 at checkout.

See more arts and crafts coupons Arts & Crafts Review
Dazzling Bead & Wire Crafts Dazzling Bead & Wire Crafts
By Mickey Baskett

Great book for intermediate to advanced beaders and adventurous beginners.

Dazzling Bead & Wire Crafts is a book full of creative and different bead & wire projects. More than 50 projects cover the range from demure jewelry to purses to home accessories and gifts.

Many crafts books begin with a techniques section. There are many technques in this book, but they are part of the projects. Most of the projects contain an unusual idea or application that can be applied to other projects. The introduction is brief. The supplies section discusses and illustrates several non-traditional types of wire - armature wire, solder wire, buss wire, aluminum wire, and more. After a short section on tools, the projects begin. And the projects are exactly why you will like this book. They're fascinating.

Let's dive into some of my favorite projects in this book! A delicate pearl and wire choker uses pink colored wire to tremendous effect. A necklace for grandma uses scrapbooking supplies to frame photos of the grandchildren. Small jump rings are added to the frames to string them.

Polymer clay is used in several projects. In the Beads & Charms necklace, polymer clay is stamped with words inside bead charms and strung onto a necklace with wire wrapped beads. Polymer clay is used on an elegant headband. The clay is stamped and twisted head pins are inserted into each medallion. Polymer clay is also used in a few designs to create pendants.

Another unique element in these jewelry designs is the trendy bottle caps. In the Beaded Palms earrings, the edges of the bottle cap are punched and strung with seed beads.

In wirework, a homemade or store-bought jig can be used. Pegs are arranged so that you can bend and wrap the wire into intricate designs. This is used in one example to make a delicate wire twist bracelet. Between the wirework, pastel beads are wrapped in wire and seed beads. It's subtle but stunning. Another necklace design uses the jig to create delicate filigree.

Polymer clay and beads are used in a few projects to create unique purses. One is stitched from leather and others are made from various boxes.

The second section of the book contains projects for the home. The projects are varied and interesting:

-placemat trim
-glass charms
-hanging vase
-bell pull
-sushi set
-cocktail skewers
-key ring dangle
-ceiling fan pull
-decorated tins and boxes
-fish bowl trim
-bead mosaics

There are more projects than I've listed, but these are some of the most diverse group of beadwork ideas that I've seen in awhile. With these ideas, you can use your beadwork skills to create gifts beyond necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

All of the projects have full page color photos. Many have patterns and diagrams, too. The table of contents and index are useful in finding projects quickly. Overall, this is an excellent book for those who like beads and wirework and are looking to expand their skills and ideas.

Dazzling Bead & Wire Crafts

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New Projects in Baby Crafts

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

Baby Shower Ideas and Gifts
Fabric Baby Gift Box
Baby Shower Themes
Baby Shower Invitation
Baby Umbrella Favor
Baby Parasol Favor
Roly Poly Candle Favor
Baby Favor Bags
Baby Heart Stick Favor
Baby Ceramic Favors
Hand Clay Pot Favor
Baby's Coming Cake
Crawling on a Cloud Cake
Baby Shaped Cake
Baby Blocks Cake
Baby Shower Games
Diaper Cake Instructions
Foam Baby Shower Invite
Baby Cards
Baby Baby Baby Card (pdf)
It's a Boy Card
It's a Girl Card
Baby Face Card
Baby Announcement
Ribbon & Buttons Card
Maternity Card
Christening Card
Congrats Diaper Card
Vellum Announcement
Photo Baby Announcements
Baby Onesie Card
Baby Quilts
Precious Peeps Baby Quilt
Baby Shower Signature Quilt
Log Cabin Baby Quilt
Serger Quilt as You Go Baby Quilt
Hush Little Baby Quilt
Super Fast Nine Patch
Animal Crackers Quilt
Duckies Paper Piecing
3-D Pinwheels Baby Quilt
Nursery Windows Quilt
Giraffe Growth Chart
Baby Mystery Quilt
Sewing for Baby
Baby Towel Bathrobe
Heirloom Stitches Dress
Halloween Bib Project
Baby Crib Bumper Pads
Touch & Feel Playmat
Appliqued Baby Bibs
Brocade Changing Pad
Fringe Fleece Baby Blanket
Washcloth Puppets
Simple Shade Tent
Stuffed Cat Pattern
Diaper Stacker
Sock Monkey Directions
Humpty Dumpty Doll
Terry Cloth Blocks
Baby Sling Directions
Diaper Bag Pattern
Crib Sheets Pattern
Newborn Sleeper Pattern
Heirloom Bonnet
3-Seam Baby Footies
Crib Dust Ruffle Pattern
Diaper Covers Pattern
Hooded Infant Towel
Diaper Pattern
Nursing Pillow
Shopping Cart Cover
Stroller Accessories
Travel Diaper Case
Baby Knitting
5 Hour Baby Sweater
5 Hour Baby Poncho
Knitted Baby Hoodie
Fiesta Tea Set (PDF)
Knitted Baby Socks
Newborn Adjustable Hat
Preemie Set
Baby Gift Set
Baby's Hooded Bath Towel
Basic Baby Socks

Knit Baby Hat & Sweater
Teddy Bear Pattern
Knitted Angel Baby Blanket
Angel Baby Knit Blanket
Jiffy Knit Baby Poncho
Knitted Bunny Pattern
Guideposts Knit for Kids  
Baby Crochet
Lace Border Baby Blanket
Baby Bottle Cover
Baby Shower Afghan
Musical Baby Bottle Cover
Crochet Teddy Bear pdf
Bear in Bunny Clothes
Animal Finger Puppets
Spring Baby Outfit
Woven Squares Afghan
Baby Zoo Afghan
Ruffled Sock Edging
Crochet Baby Booties
Crochet Baby Hoodie
Striped Baby Blanket
Lacy Blanket & Booties
Crochet Hat & Booties
Crocheted Baby Cap
Squares Baby Blanket
Baby Bubbles Blanket
Baby Blocks Afghan
Crochet Robe Set
Polka Dot Baby Blanket
Baby Cardigan & Blanket
Crochet Baby Jacket
Crochet Romper
Crochet Baby Sandals
Crochet Alphabet Afghan
Crochet Baby Rattle
Baby Scrapbooking
Baby Memory Book
Baby 8x8 Layout
Beautiful Treasure Page
Baby Toes Layout
Oh Baby 8x8 Layout
Baby's First Memories Page
Pregnancy Journal
Baby Homecoming Layout
Baby Boy & Princess Pages
Baby Shadowbox
First Snow Layout
Baby Name Page  
Needlework & Plastic Canvas for Baby
It's a Boy x-stitch Chart
It's a Girl x-stitch Chart
Embroidered Baby Shoes
Baby Block Jingle Toy
Baby Door Hanger
Baby Mobile
Embellished Crib Curtains
Baby Blocks Cross Stitch
Embellished Onesies
Baby Halloween Costumes
Easy Animal Costumes for Infants+
Baby Lion Costume
Baby Crafts
Baby Soap
Homemade Diapering Supplies
Baby Bib Birth Announcement
New Arrival Baby Pillow
Baby Changing Table
One Stroke Baby Box
Baby Sleeping Door Hanger
Bless this Child Decoration
Baby Name Slate
Foam Baby Door Hangers
Teddy Bear Heart
Painted Baby Album
Duckie Baby Shower Gift
Easy Clean Bibs
Stenciled Bibs & Shirts
Gingerbread Baby Ornament
Bitty Baby Bracelets
Painted Name Sign
Yellow Duckie Container
Footprint Stamp
Baby's First Ornament Crossword Puzzle

Crafts Crossword Puzzle
State Capitals 1 Crossword
We give you the capital city. Guess the state. Try our crafts crossword puzzle.


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