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Indie publishing : how to design and produce your own book

070.593 INDIE P

Indie Publishing is a practical guide to creating and distributing printed books regardless of your background, skill set, or ambition. It will help you realize projects of every scale and budget, from the traditional bookmaking techniques used to create zines to the more ambitious industrial production methods required to produce hardcover books in large quantity. Readers are taken step-by-step through the process of designing a book to give it personal style as well as visual coherence and authority.

What It Is

Barry, Lynda

741.5973 BARRY

What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful, and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or to remember. Composed of completely new material, each page of Barry's first Drawn & Quarterly book is a full-color collage that is not only a gentle guide to this process but an invigorating example of exactly what it is: "The ordinary is extraordinary."

World of geekcraft : step-by-step instructions for 25 super-cool craft projects

Beal, Susan.

745.5 BEAL

Readers will learn to stitch up a Morse Code quilt to send a hidden message, dig out their Perler beads to create a life-like Buffy portrait, or stick to the classics with a Super Mario cross-stitch. With step-by-step instructions, project templates, how-to illustrations, and color photographs, and featuring a variety of techniques and themes, The World of Geekcraft has something for geeks of all persuasions and affiliations.

The crafty diva's D.I.Y. stylebook : a grrrl's [sic] guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share

Cano-Murillo, Kathy.


Provides step-by-step instructions for a variety of crafts, coded as easy, moderate, or difficult, and organized by such styles as "animal lover," "beautiful bohemian," "party priestess," and "flashy fashionista."

Teens cook : how to cook what you want to eat

Carle, Megan.

TEEN 641.5083 CARLE

- The only full-color how-to cookbook written by teens for teens that explains everything they need to know to be self-sufficient cooks.- More than 70 percent of the recipes are vegetarian or include vegetarian options.- Includes more than 75 photographs showing step-by-step procedures and finished dishes so young cooks can see exactly how things are done.

DIY braids : from crowns to fishtails, easy, step-by-step hair-braiding instructions

Coefield, Sasha.

646.7247 COEFIEL

"Featuring easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips from popular beauty and fashion expert Sasha Coefield, this book shows you how to create one-of-a-kind hairstyles without ever stepping inside an expensive salon. Sasha shares all her secrets for creating and wearing her braided looks, including how to prep your hair and master traditional techniques"--Publisher.

Lila & Ecco's do-it-yourself comics club

Dawson, Willow.

J 741.51 DAWSON

Twelve-year-olds Lila and Ecco are interested in making a comic book and one day they stumble into a workshop of comics creators where they learn how to write a script, create comic art, use pencils, design a cover, and bind the final version of a comic book.

Junk box jewelry : 25 DIY low cost (or no cost) jewelry projects

Drew, Sarah.

TEEN 739.27 DREW

This beautifully illustrated guide shows teens how to create eye-catching jewelry out of found or recycled objects--at very little cost. Some fun projects include making pendants out of pebbles; sewing a stylish cuff using scraps of fabric; and fashioning a funky charm bracelet out of extra screws, washers, and other toolbox trinkets. The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions are suitable for both beginner- and intermediate-level crafters.

101 ways to use your first sewing machine

Dubicki, Elizabeth.


So you bought your first sewing what? Expert sewing author Elizabeth Dubicki will take you from fashion to home decor with 101 useful and money-saving ways to use your first sewing machine. Learn to shorten pants, alter a neckline or update last-year's suit. Decorate your home with simple pillows, a variety of drapes, or update the look of that garage-sale find. Whether you are a beginner sewer or an expert, you will appreciate this must-have reference guide to the basics.

Digital photo madness : 50 weird & wacky things to do with your digital camera

Gaines, Thom, 1973-


This appealing, irreverent, and fully updated guide gives children 10 and up the wherewithal to go wild with the new technology. Featuring the latest equipment and software, revised stats, and a fresh new cover, it explains everything from using the camera to coordinating it with the computer, printer, and scanner to manipulating the images. Then, they can dive right into 50 cool, inventive activities and turn their friends into aliens, make a Warhol-esque pop art masterpiece, and create a "trapped-in-the-computer" screen saver!


Gupta, Amit, 1979-

745.59 GUPTA

Insanely great photo projects and DIY ideas.

Vickie Howell's pop goes crochet : 36 projects inspired by icons of popular culture.

Howell, Vickie.


Needlework dynamo Vickie Howell is back with a high-spirited, playful collection of goodies to crochet. Vickie Howell's Pop Goes Crochet! pays creative tribute to popular culture past and present with 40 projects inspired by celebrities in fashion, music, film, and television. Howell has whipped up a spectacular array of hip clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Everything's fashionable and as fun to make as it is to wear.

Indie girl : from starting a band to launching a fashion company, nine ways to turn your creative talent into reality

Johnson, Arne.


Offers plucky young women a field guide for creative pursuits.

Go : a Kidd's guide to graphic design

Kidd, Chip.

J 740 KIDD

Kids love to express themselves, and are designers by nature - whether making posters for school, deciding what to hang in their rooms, or creating personalized notebook covers. Go, by the award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd, is a stunning introduction to the ways in which a designer communicates his or her ideas to the world. It's written and designed just for those curious kids, not to mention their savvy parents, who want to learn the secret of how to make things dynamic and interesting.


Madden, Maura, 1975-

745.5 MADDEN

A guide to getting artsy and crafty with your friends all year long.

Sticky fingers : DIY duct tape projects

Maletsky, Sophie, author.


Sticky Fingers is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today: duct tape! The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations. Each project includes icons showing difficulty level and project time, as well as helpful hints, such as how to keep your scissors clean and what to do with end pieces.

Joy of Zentangle : drawing your way to increased creativity, focus, and well-being

McNeill, Suzanne.

741.2019 MCNEILL

"Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn method of pattern drawing that reduces stress while promoting creativity. This book will introduce readers to the basic theory of Zentangle and provide instructions for drawing over 100 tangle patterns from such Certified Zentangle Teachers as Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning. This beautiful book is filled with examples of Zentangle drawings as well as other art projects and compelling stories from those who have improved their well-being through Zentangle"--

Tape it & make more : 101 duct tape activities

Morgan, Richela Fabian.


Tape & Make It author Richela Fabian Morgan wows us with once again with another round of creative ideas in Tape It & Make More . Who would have imagined that you could make so many unique and amazing items with duct tape? Accessories-- earrings, hats, slippers, a beaded necklace, a bowtie! Housewares-- pillows, a planter, a shower caddy, a hanging room divider! Bags--a sophisticated satchel, a toiletry bag, an iPad case! Toys-- kites, juggling balls, a frisbee, an airplane, a hand puppet! With easy-to-follow instructions, tips on tools and supplies, more than 500 full-color illustrations, and more than 100 cool new projects, Tape It & Make More will inspire crafters of all ages to take their duct-tape activities to new levels!

Just write : here's how

Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.


An award-winning author guides readers through the writing process, and includes examples from his own works, outlines for writing fiction and nonfiction, and excerpted pages from the author's writing notebooks.

Generation T : beyond fashion : 120 new ways to transform a t-shirt

Nicolay, Megan.


Megan Nicolay revolutionized the T-shirt. She repurposed it, reinterpreted it, reinvented it--and created the #1 craft book in the nation, Generation T , which continues to dominate. Now she explores new ways to slash a tee, scrunch a tee, and sew a tee with Generation T: Beyond Fashion . A collection of 120 projects for every occasion, it takes the humble yet ever-malleable tee in dozens of new directions--from baby gifts to pet accessories, stuff for the home, the car, the road, the boyfriend. There's a basic primer on techniques--knotting, sewing, braiding, lacing--plus a full tutorial on embellishing. And then an amazing range of projects ranging from the simplest no-sew to intermediate, and all have easy-to-follow illustrated directions--plus, how to throw your own Tee Party.

Knitgrrl : learn to knit with 15 fun and funky projects

Okey, Shannon, 1975-

TEEN 746.432 OKEY

KnitGrrl is an upbeat introduction to knitting, from basic materials, tools, and stitches, to fifteen easy projects designed specifically for teens and tweens. Lower the number of trips to the mall with patterns for an iPod cozy, a ponytail wool beanie, cat toys, text-messaging mittens, starry leg warmers, and ten more great patterns. The organization of the book builds skills incrementally, so friends can learn and share together. Tips on organizing knitting groups, plus quizzes and DIY projects for fun knitting-related items such as stitch markers and hand salve, make this the ultimate BKFF (Best Knitting Friends Forever) guidebook.

My DIY : the stylin' girl's guide to DIY projects : from sassy crafts to thrifty gifts

Potts, Kimberly.


If you think you're not creative, think again. With My DIY, you can whip up sassy crafts and thrifty gifts in no time. A friendly, easy-to-follow guide with superfun projects for every taste, this book shows you how to transform ordinary household objects into fabulous objets d'art.

Zombie felties : how to raise 16 gruesome felt creatures from the undead

Tedman, Nicola.

746.0463 TEDMAN

"There's a new craze in town, and it's not a pretty one. It's taking over previously wholesome quilters, soft-toy makers, and amigurumi enthusiasts, so you'd better pay attention. Zombie felties are on the march, and every day their numbers increase..."--P. [4] of cover.

Paper made! : 101 exceptional projects to make out of everyday paper

Terry, Kayte.

745.54 TERRY

Announcing the biggest, best, most innovative book ever on paper craft. Even better, this is not about how to use costly, artsy paper, but how to turn stuff around the housemagazines and shopping bags, candy wrappers and paint sample cards, wrapping paper, old maps, and paper towel tubes into stunning jewelry, gifts, home de'cor, party favors, and much more.

The steampunk adventurer's guide : contraptions, creations, and curiosities anyone can make

Willeford, Thomas, author.


Fascinatingly Fun, Family-Friendly Steampunk Projects. Steampunk stalwart Thomas Willeford cordially invitesyou on an adventure--one in which you get to build ingenious devices of your own! Lavishly illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Phil Foglio, The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make presents 10 intriguing projects ideal for makers of all ages and skill levels, woven into an epic tale of mystery and pursuit. Follow the exploits of Isaac and Amelia, a brother and sister who must devise a series of beguiling gizmos to rescue their uncle from a skyship that's been commandeered by a nefarious villain and his rogue automatons. Each chapter contains an installment of this captivating story along with the step-by-step instructions and list of tools and materials you'll need to create the featured gadgets.

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