Family Crafts

Making Peg Dolls & More

Margaret Bloom

Hardcover

Numerous full-color photographs throughout.

$24.95

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Based on the success of her first book, Making Peg Dolls, Margaret Bloom’s new book introduces us to a range of projects to keep little (as well as the not-so-little) hands busy. From simple peg doll necklaces, moving mobiles and fantastical flying creatures, to pin cushions, herbal dream pillows and nature gathering bags, this series of delightful craft projects will bring together and inspire all the family in the act of making as well as playing and living creatively.

Inside you will find:

  1. 15 designs and patterns for toys and crafts to engage children in the process of making, playing and storytelling
  2. Easy to follow step-by-step instructions for experienced and novice crafters alike
  3. Full colour illustrations and beautiful photography throughout
  4. A range of family-friendly projects, some to complete within an hour, others to fill a long weekend

Absolutely delightful and fun for all ages! Highly recommended!

You can find peg dolls like those used in the book from our friends a www.achildsdream.com

176 pages, 8 1/4" x 7 7/8", 2014

Making Peg Dolls - Paperback

Over 60 fun, creative projects for children and adults

Margaret Bloom

Paperback

Full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions throughout.

Completely charming and inviting!

$19.95

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Invite yourself and every child you know or teach into a playful world that delights at every turn!  Making Peg Dolls joyously shows how to easily make simple, lovable toys for children that can also be used as table puppets for storytelling.  These little Waldorf-inspired dolls are so engaging that all of us here wanted drop everything so that we could make peg dolls and play with them.

Truly, there are worlds to be created for children (and by children age 10 and over!), just waiting for you between the pages of this wonderful book.  You can see for yourself by watching this video that is just too sweet not to share:

 

You will find complete patterns for  creating bluebirds and butterflies, flowers and fairytale figures, gnomes, winter angels, and more!

Included are:

  • Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for children and crafters of all levels and experience
  • Beautiful color illustrations and photos
  • A range of over 60 designs and patterns for peg dolls
  • Ideas for peg dolls as gifts and toys, for seasonal nature tables or fairs
  • An inspiring section on storytelling with peg dolls

You can find peg dolls like those used in the book from our friends a www.achildsdream.com

192 pages, 8" x 7 7/8", 2016

  

Making More Flower Children

Sybille Adolphi

Softbound

$20.00

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Making More Flower Children

From buttercups to blackberries and poppies to mistletoe, this illustrated book contains patterns, photographs and clear instructions for making a broad range of flower children.  The beautiful figures are made from easy-to-find materials, such as wool, felt and cotton, and some of the patterns are simple enough for children to join in with, too.  Arranged by season, the dolls are ideal for decorating a nature corner or seasonal table, for all the family to enjoy.

This sequel to Making Flower Children includes all the basic instructions and offers an entirely new set of flower children to make.

Feltcraft

Making Dolls, Gifts and Toys

Petra Berger

2nd Edition - enlarged, expanded

$25.00

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This book is so charming and the little people and animals so delightful that we couldn't resist having it as part of our bookshop. We can imagine homes where children and visitors find these little fellows tucked into all sorts of surprising places. What fun! And so easy, too!

Felt is a durable and flexible material that is perfect for children to work with. Feltcraft contains a range of simple creative items to make using felt: from dolls and animal figures, to wall hangings and jewelry. All fo the projects are accompanied by step-by-step instructions, patterns and colour photographs, and all are suitable for making with children.

Papercraft

Angelika Wolk-Gerche

Softbound

$25.00

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Paper is a remarkably versatile, easy-to-use, and easy-to-find material for use in arts and crafts. In this book, Angelika Wolk-Gerche presents detailed instructions for making hundreds of things out of paper. Papercraft includes easy-to-follow instructions for cutting out paper stars, folding birds and animals, making windmills, masks, and gift-bags. You can even cut a hole in a postcard that you can climb through!

Papercraft also includes instructions for making papier mâché and handmade paper and for working with pulp.

Creative Felt

Angelika Wolk-Gerche

Softbound

$16.95

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People have been making felt for thousands of years and Angelika Wolk-Gerche invites you to discover its fun and practicality. Within these pages, beautifully illustrated with clear photographs, she shows us one step at a time how to create toys, garments, household items in stunning felt. The best part? That making them is as much fun as using them. Do enjoy!!

For those of you without a local source for such things, we offer the highest grade Merino tops for felting. See them at our sister site, www.feltersparadise.com. Your shopping cart will follow you.

Woolly Thoughts

Unlock Your Creative Genius with Modular Knitting

Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer

Softbound

$8.95

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Here is a book to delight knitters and teachers of mathematics - all at the same time!

How do they do this? Well, they are both mathematics teachers, amazing in their ability to make everything clear and fun. Right from the start, they forge a pathway to knitting heaven by having you take out whatever yarn you like, your choice of needles, and a small calculator. What happens next is a guided tour through a mosaic of shapes and colors -- all of them easy, all of them fascinating and beautiful. With Pat and Steve at your side, you can truly forget about conventional knitting patterns and follow your imagination where ever it leads you. Your students will begin absorbing and delighting in geometric and mathematical relationships without even noticing that's what they are doing. They will also being to love the time they spend knitting simply because they can follow their own inspiration so easily.

Happily and heavily illustrated throughout, with a section of color plates showcasing some of Pat's creations, Woolly Thoughts brings you everything you need for a lifetime of discovering the joys knitting and mathematics. This is a book that students and teachers will love equally - each will discover their knitting and their mathematical skills just get better and better, one stitch at a time!

A beautiful way to unite handwork with mathematics!

Freddie's Blanket

Joanna Johnson

Signed by both author and illustrator

Hardbound, large format

Illustrated by Eric Johnson

Includes fully illustrated, clearly described knitting patterns for Freddie's Blanket, Freddie Platypus, Toy Freddie's Coveralls, May Platypus, Freddie's Coveralls (for children to 3 years), Baby Envelope blanket

$19.95

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Join Freddie Platypus and his family as he learns that his own big bed might just be the best place to sleep after all!  At the end of the story you will discover a series of five knitting patterns which bring Freddie's story to life.

As with Phoebe's Sweater, this is a very sweet story made sweeter with the invitation to knit.

Ages 4-6

Hanky Panky

traditional handkerchief toys

Elizabeth Burns

Hand-tied booklet with white handkerchief tucked inside

$6.95

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Hanky-Panky is a never ending source of laughter and delight disguised as an unassuming booklet of ideas. Inside you will find a white handkerchief, just like my own father carried every day, and page after page of instructions for transforming it into the most delightful toys ever. From Twins in a Hammock to a wriggling Mouse to Rabbits and Ballerinas -- the joy just never stops. All you need is a handkerchief and a small child for one of the sweetest ways to celebrate life.

Learn-to-Knit Afghan Book

Barbara G. Walker

Ideal for adults and teens who want to learn to knit, or wish to explore the world of stitch patterns - but beware: knitting these squares can become addictive!

$5.00

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Originally $20.00 -

This book caught my eye because I'm someone who doesn't like to waste time or materials on the sort of projects that are often suggested as ways to learn a craft. It also intrigued me because I had concocted such an afghan way back when I was in high school, and I wanted to see what Barbara Walker's approach was to the task.

Barbara's approach is an enticing combination of clear, orderly, progressive instruction and great design. The squares that comprise the afghan, and upon which you will practice your new-found skills, are presented with each one building upon the skills of the one before it. Her sense of design -- which she teaches you -- results in an afghan which is as lovely to look at as it is warm and cozy to snuggle up in.

By the time you finish the 63rd square, there will be very little you do not know about stitch pattern techniques, finishing techniques, and basic design strategies -- and, you will have a snug and beautiful afghan as a bonus.

Very highly recommended. A plus is that the publisher, who also sells great wool yarns, will create a kit for you with the yarns used in the book!

Magical Window Stars

Frédérique Guéret

Softbound

$20.00

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Who would have thought that by simply folding colored tissue paper, you could transform a window into a source of a truly magical, captivating beauty?

Frédérique Guéret provides step-by-step instructions for making twenty-five window stars. Each is graded for difficulty, allowing the beginner to progress with confidence. She also shows how the stars can be painted with additional color accents that allow sunlight to create a dazzling veined effect.

Magic Wool

Creative Activites with Natural Sheep's Wool

Dagmar Schmidt and Freya Jaffke

2nd Edition

Softbound

$19.95

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Magic Wool unveils the secrets of captivating children with feltboard pictures "painted" with colored unspun fleece. There is nothing more magical to a child than to see a story spring to life as a parent or teacher "draws" it in wool during the telling. Because of the texture and nature of the fleece, these pictures invite the young child to enter the activity of the scene - it springs to life in their imagination. You'll love it, too!

Also include are instructions for making figures from fleece to grace your nature table or for your young ones to play with.

Toymaking with Children

Freya Jaffke

$5.00

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Toymaking with Children

Happy piggies from Toymaking with Children

Freya Jaffke managed to breathe her many years experience as a master Waldorf kindergarten teacher into a volume capable of inspiring, guiding and reassuring new parents toward a balanced, beautiful life with their children. This is a hands-on approach that is deeply suited to working with and understanding young children. This is a book to enjoy in the deepest sense of the word, and makes an excellent companion to Work and Play in Early Childhood.

The new edition adds color photographs, more toys to make (more joy to bring!), and wonderful discussions of which toys to give to children at what ages, how to create a beautiful, nurturing environment, even tips for clean-up! I have loved this book since it was first published - this most recent incarnation elevates it from "wonderful" to "must have."

Painting with Children

Brunhild Müller

Softbound

$15.95

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This wonderful book is once again available to parents and teachers wanting to explore with children the world of liquid color. And, it is still the best guide ever for those new to wet-on-wet painting and to painting with young children. Here is everything you need to know, even if you've never painted (or never painted this way) before:

  • the author begins with a lovely discussion about how children experience the world of color
  • she goes on to offer some thoughts on what she calls "the morality of color." I find that this section inspires me to become more imaginative when I work with colors - it really brings them to life in a very unique way
  • there is a long section, filled with color photographs of both children painting and the paintings they produced, that takes us into the world of children painting with watercolors. This can become a welcome guide for parents who have never done this before - it should help everyone to paint joyfully
  • then, there are clear instructions for mixing the paints, preparing the paper, distributing the water jars, paint pots and brushes
  • ah! and then comes the painting! and the color stories! and the sheer wonder of it all!
  • the author adds suggestions for seasonal painting themes, how to create the stories and what their basis is, the experience of color and the moods of nature
  • finally, there are even instructions for preparing plant pigments for painting and photos showing the soft, inviting colors they produce.

There is so much joy to be had here - I've waited for years hoping for this book to reappear. What a treasure!

The Christmas Craft Book

Thomas Berger

Softbound

2nd Edition

$19.95

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Simply made decorations for home or school are a lovely way for children to become involved in the celebration of Advent and Christmas.  Over the years, Thomas Berger and his family have developed the holiday decorations included here.  You will quickly learn to make creche figures, candles, lanterns, angels and more, all fully described and illustrated with color photographs.

The Gnome Craft Book

Thomas and Petra Berger

$5.00

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Originally $15.95 -

Gnomes, gnomes, gnomes - of all sizes, shapes, colors, and styles! All yours for the making when you follow the simple instructions in The Gnome Craft Book. You can never have too many gnomes!! This book offers fun and delight with whatever materials you have available.

Rose Windows

and How to Make Them

Helga Meyerbröker

$15.95

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Remember the paper snowflakes we used to make? The ones where you fold the paper and cut delicate, interesting shapes out of the resulting triangle? And then, you unfold them as though you were opening a mysterious package, never quite certain what you would find inside? We remember them, too, which is why we love this book. Using the exact same technique, but with layers of different colored tissue paper, you and your children can create breathtakingly beautiful transparencies to hang in your windows. And each one will be so wonderful, you'll still feel like you're opening a present when you unfold them!

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots

Gardening Together with Children

Sharon Lovejoy

$13.95

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In this high-spirited, biggest of all third book, Sharon Lovejoy presents 12 enthusiastic, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that will have parents and children discovering more and more reasons to stay in the garden! Lovejoy's ideas, as always, are so alive with possibility that we bet you don't finish the book before you start a new garden. If you have access to land, check out the Zuni Waffle Garden, the Flowering Maze Garden. If you live in an apartment, the Buckets, Boxes and Boots Garden will make your heart sing. May every seed you plant, flourish; may every garden you dream spring to life!