Synopses & Reviews
Got stash? Great, because we've got super-cute ideas for using it! This third entry in the popular Stash Happy series showcases appliquand#233;, and it features plenty of techniques and unique project ideas. First, a short basics section helps novice sewers get up to speed. Then the fun really begins, with projects that range from embellished store-bought items (like cute Mary Jane shoes) to 100% original creations. Even the motifs offer lots of variety, including kid's drawings, coffee cups, and pretty paisley. How-to photography, templates, and tips speed crafters along their way.
"Offers a wide range of home dand#233;cor, costume, and party ideas that are faithful to the creepy, eerie Halloween mood without giving up elegance or sophistication...The book not only does a great job of getting you in the Halloween spirit, but also tells you exactly what you need to re-create the ideas and gives easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for the projects. Even if you don't consider yourself to be the most experienced craftista, this book will take your Halloween decorations, parties, and costumes to the next level! --Tori Spelling, actress, author, and host of Craft Wars
and#8220;If you love making Halloween decorations I bet you will love Artful Halloween as much as I do. The projects are, as the title states, elegant but not too fussy or time-consuming, which is just the way I like my holiday crafts.and#8221; --Craft Gossip
and#8220;All scraps, buts, notions, and leftover fabrics take on transformative powers with appliquand#233; in Shafferand#8217;s latest edition to the Stash Happy series. The book abounds with brightness, joy, and creativity while providing knowledgeable advice on creating and customizing a variety of projects. The basics are carefully described, along with an appliquand#233; sewing kit and templates to prepare crafters. Multiple techniques are employed and well explained in the creation of gifts, home furnishings, and items for adults
and children. Lines often have a hand-drawn quality, and although some of the projects have unfinished seams, they never feel raw but, rather, homey and comforting. The overall style of the book matches the projects in its clean, simple, and precious design, with instructive, bright, colorful photographs. Shafferand#8217;s outstanding color combinations and innovative color schemes make this book a pleasure to flip through. Enticing and encouraging for novices and experts alike.and#8221; --Booklist
"The latest in Lark's cheery and#8220;Stash Happyand#8221; series focuses on projects using a variety of appliquand#233; techniques. A brief introduction covers the basics, and the selection of whimsical projects, most small enough to make in one day, allows crafters to use up accumulated scrap fabric. Crafters interested
in exploring the basics of appliquand#233; with small, simple projects will enjoy this collection." -- Library Journal
When life's a beach . . . get crafty! Coastal Crafts carries you straight to the shore, with projects that incorporate seashells, ropes, fishing baskets, and nautical motifs. Learn how to weather surfaces, make driftwood and sea glass, and cast with sand. These beautiful items-from hanging jars to model sailboats and shell-encrusted lanyards-celebrate summer all year long!
These 30+ costume, pumpkin, and home-decorating ideas are not just beautiful--they are scary beautiful. From unique pumpkin decorations to a and#8220;bloodand#8221;-splashed dinner-party centerpiece to a Yard Specter made from two poles, a string of lights, and torn, draped fabric, these creepy but stylish Halloween projects will give your home a spooky, sophisticated look . . . with gothic flair!
Lark's new Stash Happy series is the cure for the crafter's dilemma: what to do with all those scraps and leftover fabric, felt, and yarn, beads! Each book is full of know-how, fun ideas, and super-cute projects-and the series kicks off with Patchwork, one of today's hottest sewing and quilting trends. The collection offers inspiring twists on classic favorites plus practical items for the home, including a patchy panda doll, pieced cactus pincushion, or a set of nesting patchwork bowls.
When lifeandrsquo;s a beach . . . get crafty! Coastal Crafts carries you straight to the shore, with projects that incorporate seashells, ropes, sea glass, and a range of nautical materials and motifs. Learn how to weather surfaces, make driftwood, and cast sand. With everything from wood frames and hanging jars to decorative sailboats and a knotted necklace with shells and pearls, these beautiful items celebrate summer all year long.
About the Author
and#160;Cynthia Shaffer is a mixed-media artist, creative sewer, and photographer. After earning a degree in textiles from California State University, Long Beach, Cynthia worked for ten years as the owner of a company that specialized in the design and manufacture of sportswear. Numerous books and magazines have featured her art and photography: she is the author of Stash Happy Patchwork, Stash Happy Appliquandeacute;, and coauthor of Serge It (all Lark). Cynthia lives with her husband Scott, sons Corry and Cameron, and beloved dogs Harper and Berklee in Southern CA. For more information, visit Cynthia online at cynthiashaffer.typepad.com or cynthiashaffer.com.