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Hobbies and Crafts Features


The earliest developments in culture were artistic creations which brought beauty and joy to a community. From beadwork to candlemaking, from sewing to embroidery, crafts clothed us, decorated our worlds, and expressed our individuality. Let our BellaOnline editors help your creativity soar!

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Fat Quarters
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

Fat quarters are one-quarter yard fabric pieces of precisely sized cuts from a variety of coordinating fabrics. Not rectangular in size but more square-ish and wide, hence the name. A quilt makers' delight, however these precut fabric bundles are also very useful for small sewing projects.

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Faux Enameled Embellishments
Paper Crafts - Mia C. Goloy, Editor

Here's how to make faux enameled embellishments using debossed silver cardstock, permanent markers, and a glossy finish like Mod Podge, Diamond Glaze, or clear embossing powder.

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Delineator Wide Edging
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

A Wide edging from the vintage Delineator magazine

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Postage Stamps Work better For Junk Mail
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

With the advent of machines that can weigh a package and then print out a computerized label for postage, all in one quick transaction, why do postages stamps still exist? No they are not being printed for the exclusive use by collectors to put into a stamp album.

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Should Cash Be Abolished?
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

It seems to be fashionable to think that cash will soon be abolished and we will migrate to a cashless society. Really? With the news of yet another breach of the federal governments data banks in the news, do you really feel that any form of electronic payment is really that secure? Donít bet on it

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White Space Layouts
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

Empty space can be an important element in your page design. Learn how to use white space to make a dramatic impact on your layouts.

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Fireworks Pictures and Shakers
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

America celebrates their Independence Day on July 4th. Help your children make some cool firework pictures, and some red-white & blue shakers to use in their celebrations. Whether they are marching along in a parade, or watching from the sidelines these shakers can help them show some patriotic

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Three Great IPhone Photography Apps
Photography - Ewa Sapinska, Editor

Looking for some great iPhone photography apps? Here are three iPhone apps to keep you creative and take your photography to the next level

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Fold Form Copper Bracelet Project
Jewelry Making - Susan Mendenhall, Editor

Looking for unique jewelry making techniques to add to art jewelry line? If you have not worked with Fold Form this is a fun project to try. Each piece you make is truly different. Try it out and see how you like working with the fold form technique.

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Fair Isle Style Book Review
Knitting - Lisa Linnell-Olsen, Editor

20 patterns utilizing the fair isle color work technique brought to knitters by editor Mary Jane Mucklestone

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A Cautionary Tale
Quilting - Judie Bellingham, Editor

Here's a jovial poem about a quilt group making a quilt for a raffle prize.

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Couching and Laid Work
Embroidery - Megan McConnell, Editor

Couching, whilst also being a description of where many of us sit to embroider, is also a technique going back over a thousand years and can produce works of stunning intricacy, as well as simple bold designs.

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Stronghold Builder's Guidebook Review
Role Playing Games - Leif Sutter, Editor

Perusing the shelves for Dungeons and Dragons Third Edition books? If you've come across the Stronghold Builder's Guidebook, I've got some advice before you buy it. Especially if your group isn't hardcore into that system.

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Preserving Doll Patterns
Doll Making - Helen B. Wharton, Editor

Here is an idea for making sturdier patterns that last longer and a great way to store them.

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Book Review- Kumihimo Basics and Beyond
Beadwork - Shala Kerrigan, Editor

A review of Rebecca Ann Combs book Kumihimo Basics and Beyond : 25 braided and beaded jewelry projects on the kumihimo disk.



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Learn To Knit, Love to Knit
Young adults and teens will find great projects to learn to knit. This book has projects for those who have never knit or would like to try out some intermediate level techniques.

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Digitizing Made Easy
This is a great book for those embroiderers who want to learn to digitize their own designs ready for use on an embroidery machine.

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Make Clothes for 18 Inch Dolls
With this book you can make a complete wardrobe for 18 inch dolls; including dresses, pants, jewelry, a bag and a crocheted outfit.

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