Top Guides For Crafts And Hobbies

Ready to take your craft projects to the next level? With “smart” materials, unorthodox assembly techniques, and the right tools, you can create accessories, housewares, and toys that light up, make sounds, or do even more. These books are an introductory DIY book that brings technology and crafts together in a fun and unique way.

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1. Craft, Inc. Revised Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby into a Successful Business

The growing legions of crafters looking to turn their hobby into a profession can rely on the tried and true advice in Craft, Inc. In this completely revised edition of the definitive crafter’s business book, entrepreneur Meg Mateo Ilasco offers expanded and authoritative guidance on everything from developing products and sourcing materials to writing a business plan and paying taxes. With all-new sections on opening an online shop, using social media strategically, and more along with updated interviews from such craft luminaries as Jonathan Adler and Jill Bliss this comprehensive primer features the most current information on starting and running a successful creative business.

Build Now – CDN$ 21.95 CDN$ 15.85

 

This book is a fantastic resource for anyone, beginner or otherwise. You’ll learn how to do fabulous stained glass projects that actually came out looking as good as (or better) than the ample photographs included with the easy-to-follow instructions. The basic skills learned for any of the crafts will make it easy to build on for more elaborate or difficult projects. Although this book was published many years ago, all of the information (and even most of the designs!) are still relevant, (i.e. materials available, etc.) WELL worth the money, as you will save time and frustration avoiding less helpful resources. Have fun!

Craft Now – CDN$ 5.00

3. The Cross Stitcher’s Bible

Crammed with essential information on techniques and bursting with beautiful patterns, this is the encyclopedia that every cross stitcher has been longing for! It has instructions on working with charts, a linen masterclass, and tips on threads and wools; creative options, from charms and beads to blackwork; and explanations of how to design from scratch or adapt a purchased kit. Embroider cards, gift tags, pictures, cushions, and more with the fine finishing techniques.

Stitch Now – CDN$ 0.75

4. How to Show & Sell Your Crafts: How to Build Your Craft Business at Home, Online, and in the Marketplace

For crafters who want to take their craft to a new entrepreneurial level, this book is the perfect guide. Using highly-visual, step-by-step tutorials, How to Show & Sell Your Crafts is packed with helpful branding, selling, and merchandising tips that no serious crafter should be without. Using the workspaces, shops, salons, and “through-the-keyhole” profiles of some of the world’s most successful crafters, readers will learn the best ways to merchandise and sell their items online, at craft fairs, markets, pop-up events, exhibitions, and in shops. Plus, you’ll learn how to build a personality-driven brand, create a memorable blog or website, improve your photography skills, and analyze your results to help move your business forward into the future.
You start by learning how to optimize your workspace to improve creativity and profitability, then how to build a strong brand name and Internet presence on Etsy and across multiple social media platforms. Lastly, learn how to get your work out into the marketplace, engage customers, and use the insider secrets offered in this book to set yourself up for success and grow your sales!

Be Creative Now – CDN$ 26.50  CDN$ 16.62

5. Photo Craft: Creative Mixed Media and Digital Approaches to Transforming Your Photographs

Love photography? Want to make yours better? Want to use your photography as a springboard for fabulous and diverse mixed media and digital projects?

Photo Craft will help you elevate the average into the extraordinary! Using Adobe’s Photoshop Elements and following thorough, easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn to make basic adjustments to your photographs that will yield stunning and artistic results. You’ll also learn to use those photographs–along with some everyday mixed-media supplies–to create unique and personal art.

Photo Craft Now – CDN$ 16.29

 

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