Crafts for Dummies


Finally, a crafts book that doesn't require a Master's in Martha Stewart Living! Unlike many crafts guides, Crafts For Dummies is loaded with projects anyone can make. No prior knowledge of special techniques needed. And no need to turn the town upside down looking for an obscure crafts tool!
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Finally, a crafts book that doesn't require a Master's in Martha Stewart Living! Unlike many crafts guides, Crafts For Dummies is loaded with projects anyone can make. No prior knowledge of special techniques needed. And no need to turn the town upside down looking for an obscure crafts tool!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764551406
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/1999
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
About This Book 1
How to Use This Book 2
How This Book Is Organized 2
Conventions Used in This Book 6
Icons Used in This Book 7
Where to Go from Here 8
Part I Things to Know Before You Begin 9
Chapter 1 The Joy of Crafting 11
The Rewards of Crafting 11
Picking the Craft for You 13
Finding Inspiration in All the Right Places 14
Chapter 2 Basic Tools the Crafter Can't Live Without 17
Good Scissors Make All the Difference 17
On Pins and Needles 19
Measure Twice--Cut Once! 21
A Sticky Subject 21
Paint Brushes for Every Occasion 23
Clean-Up Materials That Make Life Easy 24
Additions for an All-Purpose Tool Kit 25
Chapter 3 Simple Skills for All Crafts 27
Measuring Right Is the Key to Success 28
Enlarging and Reducing Designs 30
Cutting Is a Cinch 33
Choosing Colors, Fabrics, Paints, Yarns, and Threads 34
Getting Organized 37
Part II Paper Crafts 39
Chapter 4 Covering the Basics of Paper Crafts 41
Sifting Through Paper Types 41
Paper Crafts Anyone Can Do 42
Gathering Your Accessories, Tools, and Materials 43
Chapter 5 Wrapping It Up in Style 45
Making Your Own Wrapping Paper 45
Wrapping a Package 47
Making Elegant Containers of All Shapes and Sizes 49
Paper Bag Planter 55
Child's Toy Bin 56
Kids' Paper Projects 58
Chapter 6 Rubber STamping 63
Getting Set to Stamp It Out 63
Practicing Great Stamping Techniques 66
Stamping for Fun and Great Results 66
Chapter 7 Photo Crafts 73
Getting Those Photos Out of the Box 73
Making Your Own Creative Frames 76
Creating a Photo Memory Box 79
Chapter 8 Scrapbook Crafting 81
The Elements of a Scrapbook 82
Scrapbook Projects 84
Chapter 9 Decoupage 91
Delving into Decoupage 91
Using the Materials of Decoupage 92
Getting to the Technical Know-How 94
Decoupage Projects 96
Part III Paint Crafts 101
Chapter 10 Getting Started with Paint Crafts 103
Exploring the Different Paint Crafts 103
Assembling Your Basic Materials 104
Making Your Basic Preparations 110
Factoring In Time Considerations 114
Chapter 11 Stenciling 115
Gathering Your Stenciling Materials 116
Preparing to Stencil 119
Stenciling Snowflake Wrapping Paper 126
Stenciling a Snowflake Box 127
Stenciling a Leaf-and-Berry Box 128
Five Easy Pieces 130
Painted Dresser 139
Chapter 12 Faux Finishing 141
Faux Finishing 141
Decorative Furniture Projects 150
Part IV Fabric Crafts and Needlecrafts 157
Chapter 13 Fabric Crafts 101 159
The Well-Equipped Sewing Basket 160
Taking Your First Stitch 163
Tips and Tricks of the Trade 164
Needlepoint 166
Counted Cross-Stitch 166
Chapter 14 No-Sew Crafts 169
Putting Your Scraps to Good Use 170
Sticking Fabric Together Without Needle and Thread 170
Pillows from Scraps 172
Re-Covering a Chair Seat 174
Easy Curtains 176
Dressing Up Plain Lampshades 177
Chapter 15 Patchwork and Quilting 179
Basic Patchwork Terms 179
Materials That You Need 181
Technical Stuff You Need to Know 183
Hand Quilting 101 185
Quick and Easy Techniques 186
Country Potholders 190
Patchwork Pillow 194
Stuffed Patchwork Cat 198
Pinwheel Baby Quilt 200
Chapter 16 Applique 205
Learning the Language: Basic Applique Terms 205
Using Templates to Cut Out Your Design Pieces 206
How to Applique 208
Cookie Cutter Appliques 210
Just Ducky 215
Applique Accent Pillows 220
Chapter 17 Needlepoint 227
Gathering Your Materials 227
Small Needlepoint Projects 231
Chapter 18 Counted Cross-Stitch 239
Picking Out the Materials 239
Working Counted Cross-Stitch 241
Frame-Ups! A trio of Fruit 244
Cross-Stitch Fruit Coasters 247
Pictures for Baby's Room 250
Part V Nature Crafts 255
Chapter 19 Crafting with Materials from Nature 257
Gathering Nature's Supplies 257
Techniques, Tools, and How-To Tips for Nature Crafting 260
Chapter 20 Fabulous Flower Crafts 265
Arranging Dried Flowers 265
Creating Easy Dried-Flower Projects 266
Creating Easy Pressed-Flower Projects 269
Chapter 21 Using Nature's Bounty 273
Easy Projects with Pressed Leaves 273
Enjoying Easy Natural Gifts 275
Using What You Collect at the Seashore 279
Part VI Holiday Crafts 281
Chapter 22 Basic Crafting for the Holidays 283
Getting What You Need 283
Techniques for Quick and Easy Crafting 284
Chapter 23 Making Tree Ornaments 287
Dynamo Dinosaurs 287
Toyland Felt Ornaments 290
Cross-Stitch Cuties 291
Chapter 24 Stockings for the Whole Family 299
Cutting Out a Christmas Stocking 299
Toyland Felt Stocking 300
Country Patchwork Stocking 302
Chapter 25 Giving Gifts from the Heart 305
Sensational Stenciled Wraps 305
Painted Food Containers 308
Toyland Felt Gift Tags 309
Wowing Your Hostess with Great Gifts 310
Chapter 26 Holiday Decorations 313
Glass Hurricane Lamps 313
Decorating a Windowpane 314
Holiday Cardholder 315
Part VII The Part of Tens 319
Chapter 27 Ten Last-Minute Holiday Decorations 321
Marbleized Ornaments 322
Fruity Candleholders 322
Welcome Banner 322
Sparkle Star Ornaments 322
Golden Centerpiece 323
Spicy Basket 323
Country-Style Tree Ornaments 323
Miniature Wreaths 324
Taffeta Gift Bags 324
Pine Branch Decorations 324
Chapter 28 Ten Treasures to Make from Trash 325
Decoupage Jewelry Box 325
Bottles That Blossom 326
Planters from Paper Paint Pails 327
Beautiful Berry Baskets 327
Turn a Band-Aid Tin into a Sewing Kit 328
Uncanny Coffee Cans 330
Stamp-Covered Pill Containers 331
Fabric-Covered Clay Flower Pots 331
Pretty Pencils 331
Button Bracelet 331
Chapter 29 Ten Bazaar Best-Sellers 333
Choosing Craft Projects for a Bazaar 333
Making Creative Food Wraps 334
Adding a Special Touch to Familiar Items 334
Appendix Where to Find What You Need 337
Books about Crafts 337
Craft Magazines 338
Crafts Online 338
Index 341
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