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Premiere Issue: DIY Holiday ~ The Crafting Life



Three lucky winners can enter for a chance to win a copy of the brand new, DIY Holiday. Add your email on my blog where it says “follow” and email me a note that you did so. US addresses only, please, by December 1 at midnight. Good luck!

I don’t usually expect to find consistent pattern quality in a magazine that is stretched in as many directions as this Premiere Issue published by Interweave/F + W. However, the editors, Amber Eden and Karin Strom, have proven me wrong! Included are 25+ hand-crafted projects for the holidays and you will find familiar names among the designers across many genres: crochet (4 projects); Knitting (4); Quilting (4); Modern Sewing (4); Needlework (2); Jewelry (4); Mixed Media (3); and Weaving (2).

Shisha Ornaments by Susan Haynes Opdahl
Designated “Cool Crafts on the Cheap,” several projects were also chosen in mind for cost conscience crafters. DIY Holiday has everything one needs to take on a new craft, including downloadable patterns, helpful PDFs, and a bonus tree skirt project. An array of sophisticated (but not necessarily difficult) projects encourages the reader to dabble in other creative avenues and to explore a new skill.

Pine Trees by Yumiko Alexander
Perfect for Holiday gift-giving, you will also find yourself referring to this issue over and over because the designs will carry you not only through the holidays but will inspire during the entire calendar year. Included among many are these two unique designs:  mittens made from a sweater and a pillow based on the mathematical constant “pi”  which you can finish in time to Celebrate Mathematics on March 14!

Envelope Clutch by Erin Harris & Pi Pillow Malka Dubrawsky
Colorful and creatively designed, this magazine has a wealth of information; and be sure to note the advertisements to be in the know about the latest and greatest in the world of creative arts!

Available from the good folks at Interweave/F+W, DIY Holiday 2014: The Crafting Life is available for $9.99.

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