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5 May

Happy Pub Day! BIG KNITS & DRAW FACES IN 15 MINUTES

April showers bring May flowers…and also two new craft books for your collection! Today we’re pleased as punch to publish Big Knits by Martin Storey and Draw Face in 15 Minutes by Jake Spicer.

IMG_9988Looking for plus-size knitting patterns to suit your contemporary style? Big Knits: 20 Stylish Designer Knits in Generous Sizes Using Rowan Yarn is everything you’ve come to expect from acclaimed Rowan designer Martin Storey, and will appeal to women of all sizes. These beautiful designs are perfect for modern women who want practical yet chic knits that will serve the large figure well. Here are flattering looks for every occasion, including cardigans and sweaters, summery tops, and even some simple wraps and stoles, with an emphasis on softly wrapping shapes—ideal for fuller figures. IMG_9886

The book contains comprehensive size and measurement charts, clear step-by-step pattern directions, as well as helpful dos and don’ts and tons of advice on garment sizes and shapes, details, textures, and colors that will complement a curvaceous figure. These designs are for women everywhere looking to sport a comfortable, contemporary style that finally fits their shape.

And for something a little different from our usual needlework books, be sure to pick up a copy of Draw Faces in 15 Minutes by Jake Spicer! By the time you finish this book, you’ll have all the skills you need to achieve a striking likeness in a drawn portrait, using a proven method from a professional life-drawing teacher.  Draw Faces 1

Artist and life-drawing expert Jake Spicer, the principal teacher of the Brighton and London Life Drawing Sessions, takes you through a series of carefully crafted tutorials, from how to put together a basic portrait sketch to developing your portraits and then taking your drawings further. Draw Faces 2

From understanding and constructing the head and shaping the hair, to checking the relationships of the features and achieving a lifelike expression, every aspect of the portrait process is examined, along with advice on which materials to use and how to find a model. 

Inside you’ll find beautifully illustrated, easy-to-follow, step-by-step chapters that make it easy for anyone to draw a face–maybe even your own! 

Order your copies now!

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18 Jan

Goodreads Giveaway: Floral Knits by Martin Storey

During winter on the east coast, admittedly, there are many mornings when I wish we could all run around perfectly warm and cozy wearing this all day:

snowsuit But, let’s face it, only babies and possibly Beyonce could get away with wearing this.

So today’s post and Goodreads Giveaway is an extension of our Freebie Friday post where we shared a FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD so you can knit an all-season matching set of very feminine, stylish, and pretty tulip-inspired beret and fingerless gloves from Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs by Martin Storey.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Floral Knits by Martin Storey

Floral Knits

by Martin Storey

Giveaway ends January 22, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Floral Knits is a brilliant collection of colorful nature-themed knit designs to dress your body AND decorate your home–from vests, pull-overs, scarves, shrugs, cardigans, purses, to coasters, blankets, pillows, as well as flower petal accessories. Enter now for a chance to win one of 20 copies. If you miss the deadline, which is this Thursday, January 22, Floral Knits is available at your favorite bookseller. FloralKnits

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Check out our new January and February books!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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