The Handmade Life

The Handmade Life

A Companion to Modern Crafting

Book - 2016
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No longer confined to the domain of the domestic, today craft is prized in almost every sphere of creative endeavor, whether architecture, food, fine art, or fashion. The Handmade Life serves as both inspiration and instruction manual for Etsy entrepreneurs, artists, and hobbyists alike—modern creatives seeking new ideas and techniques, and to sharpen their skills.Organized by theme and featuring thirty-four techniques (such as origami and appliqué), each chapter inspires with the work of contemporary artisans, one big project, and five project ideas, and informs with a short historical overview of each medium, design notes and things to consider before getting started, tools and techniques illustrated with a combination of hand-drawn diagrams and photography, and lists of websites and other sources for further reading. With over 150 artists featured and hundreds of project how-tos, The Handmade Life brings together information on a wide range of media and techniques into one essential manual.
The essential how-to guide to major crafting techniques, including work from more than 150 contemporary artists for inspiration and projects to galvanize your creativity in every medium

Baker & Taylor
Offers instructions and inspiration for every major crafting technique, and includes work from over one hundred contemporary artists.

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In this color photo-illustrated compendium, Australian craft bloggers Ramona Barry and Rebecca Jobson (handmadelife) present basic tools and techniques of many crafts and highlight the work of about 150 artists. Chapters are grouped in sections on fiber (such as felt, knit, baskets), stitch (such as quilting and embroidery), surface (such as print, dye, collage), and form (such as clay, beads, jewelry). Each chapter begins with a historical overview, then profiles the work of contemporary artists and offers design notes, notes on tools, step-by-step illustrated techniques, and project ideas. Each chapter ends with tools and instructions for an entire project in that medium. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York :, Thames & Hudson,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780500518922
Characteristics: 408 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Jobson, Rebecca - Author


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