Thursday, 9 August 2007

The Crafter's Way 22

Each week I write a craft article for a local paper, I share it here for bloggers.

The Pine Rivers Shire Council Library at Pathways has a wonderful variety of craft books to borrow. Many of these books are recent releases. Borrowing craft books from the Library is an inexpensive and convenient way to learn a new craft. The Pathways Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Thursday 9.00 am – 8.00pm. Saturday & Sunday 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.

Step-by-Step Pyrography Projects by Norma Gregory (745.51 GRE)

This book is just as the title describes. Easy to follow instructions and clear photos make this a great book for beginners. The author explains the different types of tools, their benefits and disadvantages as well as comprehensively covering safety requirements. The Basic Techniques chapter has a number of exercises to practice before moving onto one of nine projects. The book finishes with some useful tips on marketing your work.

Lace Greeting Cards by Melanie Hendrick (745.5941 HEN)

Melanie Hendrick describes herself as a “ creative Aussie on walkabout”. At the time this bok was published she was living in Glascow where she worked as a Graphic Designer and workshop instructor. Melanie has had her card designs published my many international magazines.

The term Lace comes from a French word meaning ‘linked together’. In Lace designs you cut the template designs from two-toned paper, fold the cut flaps over revealing the contrasting colour. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Most stampers or card makers would already have most of the materials and equipment necessary for this technique
Melanie makes a point of describing Lace technique as ‘not quick cardmaking’. She quotes ‘Practice’ and ‘Relax’ as her catchwords. Melanie has included a number of projects and ideas incorporating the technique for when you have mastered the basics.
While quite involved the delicate finished cards will be well worth the time spent learning your new skill.

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