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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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Dorm Room Sewing Ideas
Sewing - Cheryl Ellex, Editor

Few living spaces can be as tightly cramped as a shared dorm room. The college of course would have a dorm room checklist as a guideline of essential items for the student to bring. Yet, it can become difficult deciding what to bring from this list, since it all seems so very essential.

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Left Handed Crochet - Obstacles to Overcome
Crochet - Holly Messenger Aamot, Editor

It's not always easy to learn a craft like crochet when you're left-handed. Here are three obstacles I've struggled with, and overcome, as a left-handed crochet artist.

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Dora Young Knot
Tatting - Georgia Seitz, Editor

A remarkable tatter and the only tatter to have received a patent for a tatting technique, Dora Young published the book, "All New Knotless Tatting Designs." You will remember mention of the "Dora Young Knot", the bridging or split chain technique. A list of famous books at the end.

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Common Decreases for the Newcomer
Knitting - Korie Beth Brown, Ph.D., Editor

Newcomers need to practice decreasing to be able to follow patterns with shaped knitting. Here are some of the most common decreases

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Should Collecting Outrank Investing?
Coin Collecting - Gary Eggleston, Editor

This is always an ongoing debate among coin collectors. Should you be a collector or a rare coin investor? A recently auctioned Proof-63 1804 silver dollar realized a disappointing $3.5 million. This could be a classic example of why some collectors say you should be a collector rather than an inves

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Extras In Stamp Covers
Stamps - Gary Eggleston, Editor

Many philatelists collect stamps exclusively. Other collectors are only interested in covers, which are envelopes, postal stationary or similar items that have been postmarked or traveled through the mail.

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Scrapbook Albums
Scrapbooking - Michelle McVaney, Editor

Choosing the right album for your scrapbook is important. Discover the different types of albums and decide which will work best for your project.

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Crafts for Canada Day – July 1st
Crafts for Kids - Launa Stout, Editor

In Canada they sometimes refer to Canada Day as “Canada’s Birthday”, but long ago it was called Dominion Day.

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Zoom Burst Photography Explained
Photography - Ewa Sapinska, Editor

Feeling bored with your photography and want to get a bit more creative? Try using your zoom lens to create some exciting effects “in camera”.

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Healthy Brains and Jewelry Making
Jewelry Making - Susan Mendenhall, Editor

There are several ways to keep your brain strong by learning new things. Jewelry making will keep you active and can provide life long learning. Being self taught, taking workshops and classes all help your brain to grow. Learn how you can get on board using jewelry making to keep your brain active

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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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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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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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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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Making and Dressing Cloth Dolls
This ebook contains patterns and step by step instruction for making 5 different cloth dolls. These are some of the most popular dolls on the Doll Making Site all together in one handy book.

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