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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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Physics for Every Kid Book Review
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

This book is full of exciting ideas, projects, and activities for schools, science fairs, and just plain fun!

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Younger Coin Collectors Needed
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

If you are a coin collector, you may have been involved in the hobby for years. As trends are going, in the not too distant future coin collecting will be as obsolete as much of the coinage is that is being collected. Newer and younger collectors need to be recruited to our hobby.

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The No Opinion Certificate
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

You have sent in our latest stamp acquisition to be expertized, and you are confident that the stamp is what you think it is. After the allotted time frame that it takes to have the stamp examined, the certificate finally arrives in the mail. To your surprise, the certificate reads "No opinion." Now

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Fall Photo and Layout Ideas
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

The rich colors and textures of fall create amazing photographs. Here are some photo and scrapbook layout ideas for your fall scrapbook.

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Rock on Zircon!
Jewelry Making - Susan Mendenhall, Editor

Zircon, not Cubic Zurconia, is a natural stone that is experiencing wide appeal. A very affordable stone that comes in a variety of colors. Craft jewelers find these affordable enough to use in their new designs.

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Hope Chest of Tatting
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

Many of life's milestones may be marked with a gift of tatted lace.

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Memory Pillows
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

Memory pillows to sew in honor of a loved one or to preserve memories from an enjoyable vacation, graduation, holiday times or family and friends gathering, can become charming keepsakes to hold and cherish. They are easy to sew, and can be especially comforting reminders of times past.

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iPad Apps For Photographers
Photography - Ewa Sapinska, Editor

There are so many great apps out there for the iPad but a lot of them target the enthusiast rather than the more serious photographer. Here are three great apps to help your photography and your business.

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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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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.



 E D I T O R   R E C O M M E N D E D 


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.


Decorative Embroidery
Over 50 projects to embellish your home with embroidery. Templates, patters, and stitch guides. Great illustrations and fun to do!


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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