Book Club: November

Book Club - November

A Bit of Appliqué: Easy Projects with Modern Flair

By Amy Struckmeyer

$26.99, Martingale 

Express yourself with 17 stylish projects–quilts, bags, pillows, and wearable items–featuring easy applique and other embellishments. You’ll love these simple, sophisticated patterns featuring bold, graphic fabrics and straightforward applique techniques. Rely on clear illustrations, beginner-friendly instructions, and included templates to finish projects successfully.

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Beyond Cotton: Stamp, Print, Dye & Paint

By Krista Fleckenstein

$27.95, Lucky Spool

Beyond Cotton will take modern makers beyond the world of commercially available fabrics by encouraging readers to work with different, but readily available materials like leather, rivets, and industrial-grade felt. Readers will stitch up 19 designer projects while experimenting with ways to stamp, print, paint, dye, and embellish fabrics to use for unique projects to gift and keep.

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Handcrafted Metal Findings: 30 Creative Jewelry Components

By Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson

$24.99, Interweave

Learn to make 30 unique metal findings created with wire, sheet metal, or a mix of both. And best of all, the projects in this book require only basic jewelry making skills – all of which are shown in clear step-by-step photos. You’ll learn how to hole punch, dap, hammer, texture with stamps and tools, and patina your handcrafted metal components.

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Book Club: October

Book Club - October

Color Me Stress-Free: Nearly 100 Coloring Templates to Unplug and Unwind

By Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter

$16.99, Race Point Publishing

The perfect book for stressed-out adults who want to reconnect with their inner creativity. This book offers 100 coloring templates, all designed to help you unplug and unwind at the end of each day. Organized into seven therapeutically themed chapters, readers can explore the benefits of putting pencil (or crayon!) to paper and channel their day-to-day stresses into a satisfying, creative environment.

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Sew Adorakable: 15 DIY Projects to Keep You Out of Trouble

By Samarra Khaja

$26.95, C&T Publishing

Handmade, unique, and tongue-in-cheek. Stitch 15 projects that covers the gamut from cheeky wearables to quirky quilts and home decor. Make a puffy quilt that looks like candy dots, or stitch a tissue box cover that looks like a vintage typewriter. This book has projects that are fun-to-sew for any age and gender.

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Slip-Stitch Knits

By Sheryl Thies

$18.99, Martingale

Learn how to create fascinating color patterns simply by slipping stitches. You’ll love how this versatile technique makes quick work of interesting designs in 12 patterns, such as cowls, scarves, and shawls. Easy how-to photos and simple patterns are perfect for fast gifts and cute accessories.

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Book Club: September

Book Club - September

Paper Goods Projects

By Jodi Levine

$16.99, Penguin Random House

You’ll never look at your pantry shelves or recycling bins the same way. This book is filled with 60 fun and simple crafts that transform everyday items from paper towel tubes to coffee filters into crafts for parties, home decor, children’s toys, and more. Tap your creativity like never before to create fun, beautiful objects out of the simplest materials.

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DIY Wardrobe Makeovers

By Suzannah Hamlin Stanley

$26.95, C&T Publishing

Unlock your closet’s potential with simple, stylish wardrobe refashions you can sew at home! Express your style and save money by embellishing and combining garments into newfound faves. No sloppy shortcuts here—learn how to alter sweaters, pants, and everything in your wardrobe for a more flattering fit all through clear step-by-step photos.

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More Creative Lettering

By Jenny Doh

$19.95, Lark Crafts

This follow-up to Creative Lettering features 15 new contributors, who offer tips and how-to projects to help you master hand lettering. From posters and cards to collages and journals, this eye-catching collection will inspire readers as they do their own work and develop a signature style.

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Book Club: August

Book Club - August

Simply Color: Yellow

By Vanessa Christenson

$16.95, Lucky Spool Media

A must-have book for all color and design lovers, the third book in the “Crayon Box for Quilters” series features fast and fun projects using sunny yellows paired with neutrals. It explores the color and design possibilities while showing beautiful photography and patterns to inspire creativity.  This series is also available in red, orange, green, blue, and purple.

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Knitting Without Needles: A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting

By Anne Weil

$19.99, Penguin Random House

Put down those knitting projects! Knitting Without Needles brings cool home decor, gifts, and clothing within arm’s reach. This book shows you how to loop yarn with your fingers or your arms with thirty patterns that are simple to follow and produce stylish results. Best of all, many of them knit up in less than an hour!

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Boutique Bags: Classic Style for Modern Living

By Sue Kim

$24.95, C&T Publishing

Hit the town with chic, modern bags for any occasion! This book includes 19 fashionable projects, from a metal-framed clutch to a classy carryall. Simple instructions and photography will help you learn to sew zippers, ruffles, and pockets for a professional finish.

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Coloring Book Pages Adults Will Love

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Download the two coloring book pages below.

Get the spool coloring book page.

Get the scissors coloring book page.

Coloring books are making a comeback with people of all ages — including adults! Not only is this trendy activity a fun way to play with color, design (and an excuse to buy new colored pencils), but it also has many health benefits.

Studies show that coloring helps you relax, reduces anxiety, and calms the mind, which all have long-term health benefits. It also exercises fine motor skills, trains the brain to focus, and activates the logic part of the brain, helping to keep the mind sharp (count us in!).

Tips to Get the Most Out of Coloring:

  • Expand your idea of color. Just because a leaf is green in real life, doesn’t mean you need to stick to that color on the pages. Let your mind create a magical world on the pages that plays with color.
  • Ignore the lines. Coloring should create a worry-free attitude. If you accidentally color outside the lines, it’s not the end of the world. Skip the eraser and embrace the messy and unexpected.
  • Jumpstart your creativity. Next time you feel stuck on a project, start coloring. Letting your mind relax while still doing something creative can help get the creative juices flowing.
  • Do it regularly. Plan coloring into your schedule. Make it a Monday morning activity to get creative before work or a Friday night treat to unwind after a long week. Either way, it gives you something to look forward to and lets your brain exercise.
  • Make it complicated. A child’s coloring book is meant for small hands and big crayons. To get the most out of your coloring book as an adult, reach for something with complicated patterns and more design possibilities.

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Love coloring AND reading? Grab these cute monthly bookmarks designed with seasonal shapes (see if you can spot February’s hearts and April’s raindrops!).

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Make 2016 the best year yet with a coloring calendar that gives you something to look forward to each month!

Download the calendar here.


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Add color to mini cactuses on this fun coloring page! The border design makes it ideal for framing and hanging as decor.

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Keep little ones entertained with this monster-filled coloring book page! Kids will love designing their own monsters in fun colors (or adults will, we’re not judging!).

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Snowed in? It’s the perfect time to celebrate the season with a coloring book that brings the nostalgia of the holidays!

Download the coloring book page here.