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Crochet Patterns for Dummies

This hands-on workbook gets you crocheting fashionable, fun designs in a focused, step-by-step manner

Would you like to learn to crochet? Already know the basics, but would like to stretch your crocheting skills? From scarves and sweaters to hats and handbags, you can create beautiful, useful designs with ease using Crochet Patterns For Dummies. From choosing the right hooks and yarn and crocheting basic stitches to joining pieces together, this easy-to-follow guide will have you hooked in no time.
You get a review of the basic stitches and stitch combinations, along with a concise appendix containing easy-to-follow instructions for working these stitches. You’ll find plenty of tips on changing colors and adding shape to your projects. Plus, you get full-color photos of every project―from potholders to afghans, belts to table runners, skirts to vests, and much more.

You’ll also discover how to:

Decipher crochet lingo
Make a gauge swatch, read a pattern, and understand garment sizing
Work with the most common stitches and stitch patterns
Crochet in the round or with color
Shape a design through increasing or decreasing stitches
Use new techniques like felting and working with wire
Crochet pictures and words using the filet crochet technique

There are also quick-and-easy designs that are great for kids to make, as well as handy hints on caring for your finished items. Featuring more than 50 fantastic patterns perfect for beginners or those wanting to take their skills to the next level, Crochet Patterns For Dummies is your one-stop guide to crocheting success!

Fresh Designs for Woodworking – Stylish Scroll Saw Projects to Decorate Your Home

Written specifically for the woodworker seeking new adventures in the world of wood. Awaken your modern design aesthetic with 21 striking contemporary designs for the home. The fusion of nature’s elegant shapes and modern architecture’s bold symmetry yields a dynamic and engaging collection of designs for scroll saw woodworking. Your imagination will be captured by the bold lines, sinuous curves, and captivating shapes of these dynamic pieces. Patterns, easy-to-understand instructions, and step-by-step photography make crafting these projects attainable, no matter your skill level. Perfect for beginners looking to progress their scroll saw abilities with interesting and compelling projects; learn the ropes of scroll sawing with seven step-by-step photo-illustrated instructional projects. Advanced woodworkers can master joinery, 3D cutting, and inlay with advanced projects such as Nesting Boxes, the Zigzag Business Card Holder, and the Flower Abstraction Wall Mirror. The chapter on designing your own patterns means you’ll never again be without a project to create. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, no woodworker’s library is complete without this dynamic book. Each completed project is a conversation piece, and you’ll have a constant stream of visitors who won’t be able to resist picking up these engaging works of art. Inside, find everything you need to create these exciting and dynamic projects-New York City Wall Art, Beautiful Branches Wall Art, Cat-shaped Mantle Clock, Retro Modern Wall Clock, Radial Design Box, Oak Leaf Box, Flower bud vases, Business card holders, Picture frames, And more!

Draw Your Own Celtic Designs

For artists and crafters working in all media, this title examines each of the main Celtic patterns in turn: knots, spirals, key patterns, animals and beasts, and Celtic lettering. There are also 16 design pages, each containing a specially commissioned step-by-step artwork for readers to follow.

Classic Arts and Crafts Furniture – 14 Timeless Designs

Beautiful fumed oak. Rich cherry wood. Ebony accents. These are the hallmarks of the finest Arts & Crafts furniture. And they’re features you’ll find in the 14 elegant woodworking projects in this book.

Author Bob Lang, well known for his meticulously detailed shop drawings of Arts & Crafts furniture, shows you how to go beyond drawings to create timeless designs in the style of Gustav Stickley, Greene & Greene and more. From a desktop bookrack to hall tables, easy chairs and beyond, you’ll find projects for just about every room in your home. And Bob has provided thorough, step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations and high-quality photographs to help you build each one.

QuarkXPress For Dummies

Information about every feature in QuarkXPress! QuarkXPress still remains a top tool for layout and design projects, thirty years after it made its debut. This full-color, hands-on guide is here to help you take the guesswork out of using this powerful tool to create stunning print or digital designs. In QuarkXPress For Dummies, you’ll find information on the latest changes to QuarkXPress, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidance on using the tools built into the software to aid in designing and outputting projects, and quick solutions to common Quark problems when you get stuck.

QuarkXPress dominated the page layout world for decades. It’s stuck around thanks to how it readily adapts to customer needs. This new version contains updates and features driven solely by customer feedback. That responsiveness is luring new and former users to the fold. That resurgence in the design community has Quark users clamoring for an authoritative book on how to use it to its fullest. Created in partnership with the experts at Quark, this is the book for new and experienced QuarkXPress users looking to make sense of the latest version.
Offers unbeatable tricks for working with text
Provides guidance on managing larger design projects
Includes tips on how to correct mistakes

Take a tour of the palettes, add style to your work, and make QuarkXPress work for you!