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Get Knitting: National Sweater Day is Feb. 7

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It may be a Canadian day but can celebrate National Sweater Day here in the United States also. As a way to bring awareness to global climate change, conservation organization World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) has announced February 7 as National Sweater Day for all Canadians. For National Sweater Day, people are asked to “be a dear, turn down the heat and put on that sweater.” Should you need a reminder to wear a sweater, be sure to sign up online to get a call from a Granny with their “Book A Granny” program. They have dozens of grannies, omas, bubbes, nai nais and more standing by at their Granny Call Centre like RuthAudreyMavis and Florence.

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You can knit your own sweater and the Art Division has lots of knitting books and ebooks for you to use. Below is a small sampling of what we have.
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New Craft Books in the Arts Division

 The archaeological evidence with regard to  embroidery can be traced back to many ancient civilisations, ranging from Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China and Maxico. It bears testimony to the value and importance given to the art of embroidery both for itself as well as an instrument of inter-and intra-cultural dialogue, even political
diplomacy. Embroidered fabric adorned royalty. It was valued at par with music, dance and poetry, and was important enough to be transmitted from one generation of women to next. Asia has been the home of many traditions of exquisite genres of embroideries which have a social context, an artistic from and a symbolic value.

 Before you recycle that soda bottle, scrap that shirt, or toss that broken china plate, ask yourself:   “Could I use this to make something fabulous?” “Could I use this to make something fabulous?”  Impossible? Think again! In Jewelry Upcycled!, jewelry expert and bestselling  author Sherri Haab hasteamed up with daughter Michelle Haab to show you how to transform metal, glass, plastic,  fabric, and found objects—items you might otherwise recycle or throw away—into fun and exciting jewelry designs.  Explore the creative possibilities of these everyday materials in resourceful and innovative ways: Repurpose plastic bottles into pretty charms, turn broken cassette tapes into braided bracelets, and fashion one-of-a-kind pendants with found objects.
Tales of Adornment will guide you through incorporating resin into your jewelry designs with stunning results. Kristen Robinson shows you, step-by-step, how to use resin in jewelry construction, providing a wide range of options and applications: from floating words to encapsulating objects, and from casting new elements to replicating sea glass. Projects are arranged in chapters that focus on using resin with pre-made bezels, handmade bezels, found objects and molds. Each piece offers vintage style and a charming story that will speak to your romantic side.
 A stunning collection of seasonal projects using a beautiful color palette and the latest Tilda designs and fabrics. The sewing and papercrafting projects include bags, decorations, gifts, cards, stockings, gift tags and soft toys and include patterns. The projects are accompanied by clear instructions and beautiful photographs and color illustrations, making them ideal for beginners, as well as more experienced sewers.
Here is the ultimate reference for all styles of artistic hand stitching! No matter what design style you favor, this book gives you the tools to express yourself with needle and thread. Detailed technique instructions with clear charts and photos teach hundreds of stitches for embellishing clothes, gifts, accessories, or home decor. Simple projects let you try your hand at each method and inspire you to create your own designs. Needlework methods include: creative embroidery, crewel, silk ribbon embroidery, bead embroidery, cross-stitch, and needlepoint.
Author Nealay Patel’s distinct sense of style and color appeals to crystal lovers looking for inspiration and new design ideas. Readers learn to use weaving, wire-working, and other creative techniques, like stitching with crystals and beading wire, to create ten truly unique jewelry sets. Beading wire is easy to find and use with little investment; it is also very forgiving and can be reshaped as many times as necessary. Clear step-by-step instructions and thorough, easy-to-follow photos and illustrations are included for each piece. Other chapters cover specific techniques such as crimping, creating a simple loop, working with thread, and opening and closing jump rings. These projects present a modern, Victorian-style look with a new twist.
Combining futuristic technology and Victorian  romance, the influence of the steampunk style extends from literature and film to art and  fashion. This one-of-a-kind CD-ROM and book compilation from Dover’s vast archives offers more than 500 images that range from dirigibles and sea vessels to corsets and pocket watches. A gallery of original art completes the volume.
Originally published in 1994, Folk Socks taught knitters in North America all about how to knit socks with Nancy Bush’s careful instructions,  charts, and illustrations. Folk Socks offers a collection of 18 sock patterns pulled from European and British traditions, including boot socks, Birkenstock socks, lacy stockings, kilt hose, cabled and clocked socks, and more. There is also a chapter on essential sock knitting techniques for heel turns, toe shaping, and top ribbing for knitters of all skill levels.
Beads are perfect for making all sorts of tiny treasures: cakes and treats, fruit, flowers, fast food, holiday souvenirs, pets and animals, fairies, and more! This book will show you how to make everything from a tiny tea service, a micro monkey, and some minute flowers to the sweetest  little ladybug. No matter what your level of beading experience, you are sure to find the perfect beaded miniature project in this book. Step-by-step demonstrations, from basic constructin to more advanced techniques are covered, as well as inspiration for how to incorporate your designs into projects—including jewelry, accessories, and stationery.
Following the very successful 100 Flowers to Knit Crochetand 75 Birds, Butterflies Little Beasts, here is the next exciting exploration of a world of things to knit and crochet. 75 Seashells, Coral Colorful Marine Life to Knit Crochet features a collection of  patterns based on life found in the deep seas and along the shoreline–from lovely sea urchins and lush seaweed to colorful coral reefs, curvaceous seashells, adorable crustaceans and much more! Each “specimen” is displayed in a comprehensive directory at the front of the book, showing the designs in actual size. These are cross-referenced to the technical section in the second part of the book, where step-by-step directions for how to create each item is given, plus all the crochet designs are all charted as well. Also included are yarn requirements, complete assembly and finishing instructions for each design.
Beading doesn’t get more elegant than this, with such gleaming gems as amethyst, quartz, and lapis lazuli. Valérie MacCarthy—whose work graces the pages of high  fashion magazines around the world—has created a magnificent collection of sophisticated, unique jewelry. The 30 projects include bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings,and they tend to the playful and colorful. In addition, an entire section is dedicated to the different stones and their properties, including their spiritual and healing aspects. But what will really entice intermediate jewelers, beaders, and other general crafters are the pieces themselves: a balloon ring, festooned with seed pearls; chandelier earrings with sparkling, dangling stones; and a fireworks necklace of citrine, peridot, and apatite. Introductory chapters present all the gems, tools, and techniques used in the pieces.
 In her latest jewelry book, Linda Peterson presents 35 stunning metalwork designs for necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings, and more. Discover how to create easy pieces from using common materials found in your home, and then move on to more advanced techniques with brass, copper, and silver. These designs are inspired by the steampunkmovement, a style that combines technology and romance-in essence, punk with a Victoriana feel. Think vintage watches, capturing the theme of time travel, combined with brass, copper, leather scraps, and faded paper, for unusual jewelry that is elegant yet quirky. Each project has clear step-by-step photography to guide you, and a full techniques section explains all you need to know for working with metal, fromhammering to metal texturing and finishing techniques, such as adding a patina to create an aged effect. Clear step-by-step instructions and photography make this ideal for both beginners and experienced jewelry-makers. Project variations offer extra inspiration for your own steampunk jewelry creations. Steampunk is a growing design trend.
It is not exactly a how-to but a wonderful European way of describing the art of the lost and found again. For British artist Holmes, being green is a by-product of her textile (and paper) art; almost any object, found anywhere, is cause for celebration and inspiration. This very contemporary re-use of materials takes a little getting used to. Plus, the author, determined to persuade novices to do it themselves, includes very few detailed  instructions; rather, she simply lists combinations of surfaces and the use of different tools and methods without specific suggestions. The section on joining layers, for instance, features commercial wallpaper paste as well as later references to hand and machine stitching. To a crafter’s delight, new terms and techniques are explored in some depth; momigami, the Japanese form of kneaded paper, contains streamlined instructions, as do sun printing, low-tech image transfer, and decoupage. Each page is colored with inspiring images, such as Candy Colours or plastic sherbet straws, just enough to whet any would-be artist’s appetite. Charmingly idiosyncratic.–Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist

From in-a-weekend pieces to intricate designs that take more time, these 27 stained-glass projects shine with light, color, and texture, thanks to the great new glasses on the market today. More than 70 color photos present the techniques, all worked with easy-to-acquire, modern, and efficient tools. Try two methods of cutting, with or without making a pattern. Use overlays, plating, and patinas to color the finish,
creatively combine different techniques, and see how to work with brass and copper came. Beginners can start on small glass panels and build the skills to make a flat fan lamp, a mirror suitable for the wall or in a window, and more.