Sewing Machine Basics
Author: Jane Bolsover
Publisher: CICO Books
In the climate of “make do and mend,” sales of sewing machines have soared, but many are only accompanied by a difficult-to-understand technical manual. Here, Jane Bolsover provides a comprehensive guide for beginners. Starting with an essential overview of the sewing machine, learn how to thread it and wind bobbins, why tension is important, and which needles to choose. There's information on the basic sewing kit you will need, plus advice on which fabrics to choose and how to cut out. The chapters then build into a complete sewing course, and at the end of each chapter is a simple project to consolidate the skills you have just mastered. The projects include items for the home, including a cushion cover and a lampshade, stylish accessories, such as bags and scarves, plus great clothing basics, such as an A-line skirt and a simple shift dress. Also included at the back of the book are two full-size pull-out paper pattern sections.
Join Fancy Nancy on the perfect fall field trip—to the apple orchard. Fall is an extra-fancy season. Even the trees wear fancy colors! Nancy is determined to find a perfect Gala apple for her dad—it’s his favorite kind, and even the name sounds fancy. But what if the perfect apple is just out of reach? Fans of Fancy Nancy will delight in this festive fall adventure story about a class trip to the apple orchard. Fancy Nancy: Apples Galore! is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.
A Poor Excuse for a Dragon
Author: Geoffrey Hayes
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
"Punchy dialogue and compact sentences should make this a read-aloud delight."—Publishers Weekly "Part-slapstick, part-fairy tale, the gently humorous plot has enough twists and turns to keep newly independent readers engaged."—School Library Journal Fred the dragon has a list of tasks he must complete in order to be a successful dragon—none of which comes naturally. But he's determined to make #5—eat people—work. Before you can say "pass the salt" he's gobbled up three people even though he doesn't have the stomach for it. Luckily a local shepherd, with the help of a giant and a witch, knows how to cure what ails him and get those pesky people out of his belly. It's happily-ever-after for everyone in ways you'd never expect. Geisel award-winning author/illustrator Geoffrey Hayes is a stepped reader maestro. The common threads between his wildly popular Uncle Tooth and Otto SIRs and the more recent Benny and Penny series (Toon Books) are clear and constant. The art is adorable, the characters are bursting with personality, and the stories are humorously subversive. From marauding pirates to misbehaving mice to a dragon who swallows people whole (and then continues to communicate with them in his belly!), Geoffrey always hits that sweet spot for the stepped reader audience—easy to decode, illustrative tales that tickle the funnybone. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Polymer Clay Master Class
Author: Judy Belcher, Tamara Honaman
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Explores the signature techniques and creative influences of top artists in polymer clay as demonstrated by 15 instructive projects that utilize a range of styles and methods, in a volume that includes contributions by such masters as Lindly Haunani, Sarah Ahriver and Robert Dancik. Original.
Trim Your Tree with Handmade Holiday OrnamentsThe best ornaments on the Christmas tree are always those that are handmade! Use your scroll saw to create memorable three-dimensional Christmas ornaments to hang on your tree, use as holiday decorations, or give to family and friends.Inside you ll find dozens of inventive ready-to-use patterns to use in creating inspirational ornaments, nativity scenes, tree toppers, holiday centerpieces, snowmen candlestick holders, and much, much more.Each festive design in this newly revised book features compound cutting, a simple technique that uses multiple cuts to produce amazingly complex-looking results. Follow the author s instructions to learn the secret of making compound cuts on your scroll saw. Her easy methods will give your ornaments height, width, and depth, providing impressive results at any skill level.Inside you ll find 52 ready-to-use ornament patterns, including: - Snowmen and Santas- Doves and Teddy Bears- Gingerbread Men- Candy Canes, Bells, and Stockings- Traditional Tree Toppers- Icicles, Angels, and Many More!Plus festive projects for: - A Simple Nativity Scene- Snowmen Candlestick Holders- Poinsettia Centerpiece- Sleigh and Reindeer"
Author: Christine Leech
Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing
Pompoms are currently super-fashionable, whether adorning a headdress, swinging from a bag handle or dangling from a mobile or keyring. But why have a plain coloured pompom when you could have a tiny panda pompom or a watermelon slice pompom? With no fancy equipment needed – in fact, you can make do with rings cut from cardboard, four bulldog clips, a pencil and a pair of scissors, plus your yarn – these pompoms are inexpensive to make for yourself or for others. With striking, graphic photography and clear step-by-step photographs to accompany all the instructions – and with each pompom taking no more than an hour to make – with Pompomania you can easily add a little pomzazz to your world.
Author: Sarah Peel
Welcome to the elegant world of Luna Lapin, a quiet and kind rabbit with impeccable taste. You can sew your own felt rabbit along with her exquisite wardrobe including 20 garments and accessories. These sewing patterns will appeal to the child in all of us and make beautiful heirloom gifts to treasure
A Walk Through the Fire
Author: Marcia Muller
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Sharon McCone, weary of San Francisco's persistent rainy weather, jumps at the chance to investigate sabotage on the set of a documentary film being shot on the island of Kauai. Based on the writings of Hawaiian scholar Elson Wellbright, the film has incited major controversy among some of Wellbright's family members who aren't anxious to see the project reach completion. Vandalism quickly escalates into big-time violence, and McCone discovers a world of family secrets, drug dealing, political insurgency, and murder in this new crime novel by one of the world's most beloved mystery writers.
Author: Real Cloutier
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Woodcarvers learn every step necessary to carve two large whales, the Sperm and Fin, through 120 color photos and detailed carving and painting instructions. Patterns are also provided for the Blue, Humpback, Right, and Grey whales. Sophisticated tools are not required for these projects, and the patterns are designed to place details of large whale anatomy proportionately in each project. A gallery featuring finished carvings is provided.
A psychological thrill-ride of a novel that finds an insomniac wondering if his nighttime excursions have turned into something beyond his imagination. As a young man, Leon Nader suffered from insomnia. As a sleepwalker, he even turned to violence during his nocturnal excursions and had psychiatric treatment for his condition. Eventually, he was convinced he had been cured—but one day, years later, Leon's wife disappears from their apartment under mysterious circumstances. Could it be that his illness has broken out again? In order to find out how he behaves in his sleep, Leon fits a movement activated camera to his forehead—and when he looks at the video the next morning he makes a discovery that bursts the borders of his imagination. His nocturnal personality goes through a door that is totally unknown to him and descends into the darkness . . .
The remarkable speed at which microcredit has expanded around the world in the last three decades has piqued the curiosity of practitioners and theorists alike. By developing innovative ways of making credit available to the poor, the idea of microcredit has challenged many traditional assumptions about both poverty reduction strategies and financial markets. While this has encouraged new theorising about how microcredit works, the practice of microcredit has itself evolved, often in unpredictable ways, outpacing the development of theory. The Theory and Practice of Microcredit aims to remedy this imbalance, arguing that a proper understanding of the evolution of practice is essential both for developing theories that are relevant for the real world and for adopting policies that can better realize the full potential of microcredit. By drawing upon their first-hand knowledge of the nature of this evolution in Bangladesh, the birthplace of microcredit, the authors have pushed the frontiers of current knowledge through a rich blend of theoretical and empirical analysis. The book breaks new grounds on a wide range of topics including: the habit-forming nature of credit repayment; the institutional strength and community-based? role of microfinance institutions; the relationships between microcredit and informal credit markets; the pattern of long-term participation in microcredit programmes and the variety of loan use; the scaling up of microenterprises beyond subsistence; the "missing middle" in the credit market; and the prospects of linking micro-entrepreneurship with economic development. The book will be of interest to researchers, development practitioners and university students of Development Economics, Rural Development, or Rural Finance, as well as to public intellectuals.
An expert craftsman reveals his award-winning whittling secrets. Published in collaboration with Victorinox(r) AG, makers of the Original Swiss Army Knife.
Author: Margaret Dickinson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
A compelling saga from Margaret Dickinson, Fairfield Hall charts the changing fortunes of Annabel Constantine, in the devastating lead up to the First World War. Ruthlessly ambitious Ambrose Constantine is determined that his daughter, Annabel, shall marry into the nobility. A fish merchant and self-made man, he has only his wealth to buy his way into society. When Annabel's secret meetings with Gilbert, a young man employed at her father's offices, stop suddenly, she learns that he has mysteriously disappeared. Heartbroken, she finds solace with her grandparents on their Lincolnshire farm, but her father will not allow her to hide herself in the countryside and enlists the help of a business connection to launch his daughter into society. During the London Season, Annabel is courted by James Lyndon, the Earl of Fairfield, whose country estate is only a few miles from her grandfather's farm. Believing herself truly loved at last, Annabel accepts his offer of marriage. It is only when she arrives at Fairfield Hall that she realizes the true reason behind James's proposal and the part her scheming father has played. Throughout the years that follow, Annabel experiences both heartache and joy, and the birth of her son should finally secure the future of the Fairfield Estate. But there are others who lay claim to the inheritance igniting a feud that will only reach its resolution in the trenches of the First World War.
Author: Edwin Baaske
Publisher: Delius Klasing Verlag Gmbh
Whether hippie vehicle, work machine, camper van, family car or sought-after collector's item: for fans of the Volkswagen Transporter or "Bulli" there really is nothing better. On occasion of the world premiere of the brand new model, Volkswagen Transporter T6, and the 65th birthday of the Type 2, this book portrays the VW Bulli and its devotees. Apart from celebrities like Jacky Ickx or Johann Lafer Bulli Love presents Bulli fans from all over the world: an Indian Transporter enthusiast at the colourful Holi festival, a New York youngster, who earned his camper van by mowing lawns or the Tokyo trio with their T3 models. Bulli Love combines wonderful reports from all over world with excellent photos of Bulli models and their owners. Pure passion, exceptionally staged, this is a magnum opus for one of the very few, unique automobiles of the world. A popular figure par excellence.