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Friday
Nov262010

STC Craft Gift Guide -- and Special Holiday Discount

Keep it simple this holiday season and choose a beautiful book for the passionate crafters on your gift list. Between now and December 23rd, take advantage of our special 20% discount on all STC Craft titles when you shop on our website. Plus, we're offering free shipping on orders over $50.00. Just enter handmade2010 at checkout. 

For knitters who love to start at the top: Kristina McGowan's Modern Top-Down Knitting and Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits.

 

For crafty nesters: Meg Mateo Ilasco's Crafting a Meaningful Home and Berroco Design Team's Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans.

 

For knitters who think they've seen it all: Lynne Barr's Knitting New Scarves and Reversible Knitting.

 

For stitchers who want to make a difference: Betty Christiansen's Knitting for Peace and Katherine Bell's Quilting for Peace.

 

For eco-fashionistas: Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Studio Style.

 

For knitters with a litter of wee ones: Melanie Falick's Knitting for Baby and Kristen Rengren's Vintage Baby Knits.

 

For anyone who loves cute: Hillary Lang's Wee Wonderfuls and Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt.

 

For weekend crafters: Heather Ross's Weekend Sewing and Melanie Falick's Weekend Knitting.

 

For knitters who are just getting started: Andrea Berman Price's Knitspeak and Melanie Falick's Knit: A Personal Handbook.
For knitters who want to burn through their stash: Leigh Radford's One More Skein, Véronik Avery’s Knitting 24/7, and Robin Melanson's Knitting New Mittens & Gloves.
For passionate quilters: Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty's Material Obsession and Material Obsession 2, and Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts.
And for procrastinators: Joelle Hoverson's Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, and Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts.

For more ideas, click here. And remember to take advantage of our special 20-percent discount--just shop on our website between now and December 23, 2010, and type in handmade2010 at checkout.

Monday
Nov152010

Handmade Holidays 2010


Modern Top-Down Knitting

Material Obsession 2

To download any of these free patterns, simply click on the image.


More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans

Quilting for Peace

Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt

Crafting a Meaningful Home

Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans


Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt


Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts

Wee Wonderfuls

Knitting 24/7

Knitted Socks East & West

One More Skein

As the weather turns from cool to downright chilly, do you find yourself wanting to make handmade gifts for the holidays? We do! As a special gift for our readers, we've put together 14 free patterns that we hope will inspire you to pick up your needles or get out your glue gun and find a few hours to relax and craft. Some of these projects, like the Glasses Case or the Linen-Stitch Bookmarks, can be made in just an hour or two. Others, like the Mermaiden doll or the Mulberry Hat, might take a few more hours, but the end results will be irresistibly satisfying. And if you dream of making a quilt or afghan for a loved one but feel that time is not on your side, why not just work up a swatch or square as an IOU? It will give the recipient something to dream about (or nag you about) in the cold winter months that follow.

But wait! We're not done giving yet. Leave a message in the Comments section below telling us about the handmade gifts you're making this year. By doing so, you'll be entered to win a book from the STC Craft catalog click (here and here). On December 17, 2010, at noon (EST), we'll choose 3 people at random to receive the STC Craft book of his or her choice.

Whether you're a knitter, stitcher, or crafty dabbler, we hope you will find something here that gets you in a gift-giving mood. Simply click on any of the images above to download the instructions.

Happy Holidays!

Limit one (1) entry per person; be sure to enter your email address on the comment form. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C. who are 18 or older as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59:59 AM ET on 12/17/10. Visit www.abramsbooks.com for full official rules. Void where prohibited.

As the weather turns from cool to downright chilly, do you find yourself wanting to make handmade gifts for the holidays? We do! As a special gift for our readers, we've put together 14 free patterns that we hope will inspire you to pick up your needles or get out your glue gun and find a few hours to relax and craft. Some of these projects, like the Glasses Case or the Linen-Stitch Bookmarks, can be made in just an hour or two. Others, like the Mermaiden doll or the Mulberry Hat, might take a few more hours, but the end results will be irresistibly satisfying. And if you dream of making a quilt or afghan for a loved one but feel that time is not on your side, why not just work up a swatch or square as an IOU? It will give the recipient something to dream about (or nag you about) in the cold winter months that follow.

But wait! We're not done giving yet. Leave a message in the Comments section below telling us about the handmade gifts you're making this year. By doing so, you'll be entered to win a book from the STC Craft catalog click (here and here). On December 17, 2010, at noon (EST), we'll choose 3 people at random to receive the STC Craft book of his or her choice.

Whether you're a knitter, stitcher, or crafty dabbler, we hope you will find something here that gets you in a gift-giving mood. Simply click on any of the images below to download the instructions.

Happy Holidays!
Tuesday
Nov092010

The Modern Top-Down Knitting Blog Tour Has Begun!

This month take a break from holiday preparations and join Modern Top-Down Knitting author Kristy McGowan on a blog tour to celebrate her beautiful new book (not to mention the launch of an impressive new website).

Don't miss the first stop--a fantastic interview with Shannon Okey over at Knitgrrl.  See below for the upcoming schedule of Q + A's,  giveaways, style spotlights, and more, hosted by some of our favorite craft blogs.

Have you checked out the Modern Top-Down Knitting image gallery yet? Click here for a peek at the book's super chic projects!

Modern Top-Down Knitting Blog Tour

November 11: Knitgrrl  Q + A/Giveaway

November 21: Whip Up Yarntalk!

November 29: Go Knit in Your Hat Project share

November 30: Narrating Life Handmade Holidays

December 1: Knit-a-While Q + A

December 2: Happy Honeybee  Q + A/Book review

December 7: Uncommon Grace Project share

December 8: Knit and Stitch

December 9: Craftsanity

Tuesday
Nov092010

Meet STC Cooks

Did you know that STC Craft has a new "sister" blog called STC Cooks? It's a great site where you can read about all of the cookbooks that STC publishes and lots of other foodie culture, plus get free recipes.

One of my favorite STC cookbooks, published this fall, is Baked Explorations: Classic American Dessserts Reinvented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliatito. This weekend I tried out their recipe for Soft Candy Caramels. These pretty nuggets taste like a high-quality version of the little square supermarket caramels I remember loving as a child. Mine turned out a little harder than they were supposed to because I let the caramel mixture get a tad too hot, so I couldn't cut them into neat squares (as you can see in my photo above), but they're still delicious. I hope you'll check out STC Cooks. And if you're in New York this week, be sure to attend the Baked Brownie Bake-Off at the Brooklyn Kitchen. It's a fundraiser for the Greenpoint Reformed Church Soup Kitchen and the judges are none other than Baked Explorations authors' Lewis and Poliafito.

Thursday
Nov042010

Celebrate Sewing and Quilting with STC Craft

We are thrilled to show you our new STC Craft Sewing and Quilting brochure, which includes two new titles for spring 2011: Oliver + S Little Things to Sew by Liesl Gibson and Stitch Magic by Alison Reid. Click on the cover above to open and learn more.