Tired of wearing the same old bike shorts, leggings, and tank tops that everyone else has bought? Do you dream of glamming up hoodies and jackets just a touch? Sew Your Own Activewear will get you off on the right foot with sewing your own, with both patterns and helpful hints from experienced sewist and marathon runner Melissa Fehr. The patterns provided work for a number of styles, and Fehr walks through pattern manipulation in each Natalie Chanin of Alabama Studio fame presents a concise guide to hand stitching. This is a bit of a revelation!
Instead of free stitching, Chanin provides plastic templates for tidy-beautiful grid stitching, making for easy stitchery. Chanin provides a wealth of knowledge, combining easy to comprehend diagrams with photos of stitched samples.
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The composition chapter offers up small doses of easy to understand design lessons. The charm of If You Can Cut is that it balances a perfect line between being informative and being inspirational. Not just good for paper art, I found a lot of inspiration for quilt design Angie Wilson has the chops to take her quilts into the art arena. In Fussy Cutters , Wilson shares her techniques in 14 fabric projects.
Wilson can help get that fabric out of storage and onto your walls as a mosaic art quilt. There is something for all experience levels. Fussy Cutters is an inspiring, fun, and unique look into quilting. This pop-up masterpiece is a beautiful work of art that provides hours of entertainment. Recommended by Leah C.
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Michael Clune's mother accused him of using computer games to escape from reality. She wasn't wrong, but part of what's fascinating about Gamelife is where Clune escapes to and what he thinks about along the way. Recommended by Mary Jo S. Unbored Games presents over 70 fantastic games to keep you entertained for hours. You'll find a huge variety of creative, scientific, cooperative, and high-tech games — from old favorites such as tabletop paper football to newer crazes like geodashing. A great pick for all ages! Minecraft, the indie sandbox video game, has taken the world by storm, captivating everyone from kids to grown-ups, gamers to educators.
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