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Handmade for the Garden

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Handmade for the Garden

Susan Guagliumi

About: 75 ingenious ways to enhance your outdoor space with DIY tools, pots, supports, embellishments, and more.

Buy: Amazon

Publisher: Stewart, Tibori, and Chang Craft

ISBN: 1-61769-097-X

The DIY craze has moved beyond the craft room and into the garden! Relying on easy-to-find, inexpensive, and repurposed materials, Handmade for the Garden is a treasure trove of original projects that not only make planting and growing efficient and successful but also add a personal touch to the gardenscape. Among the myriad projects in this hardworking book are mini hothouses; painted, stamped, and stenciled terracotta planters; hypertufa and cement pots and decorations; rustic and formal fencing and trellises; plant markers and stakes; and sieves and baskets. With Handmade for the Garden to inspire them, gardeners of all skill levels will be empowered to experiment with form and function to discover creative, artful ways to personalize and beautify their gardens with handmade objects.

Handmade for the Garden is a beautiful book—it is paper bound and chock-full of great projects for you to make for your garden or for gifts. In Handmade for the Garden—I do love that title—she shares how to make all kinds of fun things to use in your garden. From seed-starting to containers, it is all here.... This book is jam-packed with instruction. That is a real plus. So many times, books like these are just pretty photos with little to no instructions to really create. Talk about frustrating. But not this one—Susan has figured it out for us and explicitly tells us how to make everything pictured.”
Kristin NicholasStitched on the Farm

“My copy of Handmade for the Garden arrived yesterday and I have not been able to put it down. I already have three projects lined up that I can get started on even though there’s still snow on the ground here in northwestern Connecticut. The project I'm most excited about is the willow switch fencing on page 156. The book is so beautifully shot, and the instructions for things I never would have thought to try are easy to follow and beautifully illustrated. Guagliumi's whole approach makes me want to up my game in the garden. She needs her own TV show!”
Paul (from Amazon)

“For all of you creative gardeners, Handmade for the Garden offers plenty of winter projects to keep you busy until work can begin outside. The great thing about these crafts is that they are useful and the step-by-step directions makes it seem like you could actually complete them.”

Lincoln Star Journal

Knitting Saddle Style: Twelve Sweaters One Way

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Knitting Saddle Style: Twelve Sweaters One Way

Susan Guagliumi

About: Full color, 96 pages, ebook. With every design sized from XS to XXL, this book features a dozen hand-knit patterns based on a classic sweater shape. A special section at the back includes tips for machine knitters for adapting all twelve sweater patterns to the machine.

Buy the Book: Amazon

Publisher: Creative Publishing International

ISBN: 1-58923-338-7

Erratum: PDF

“Saddle style” may conjure up images of horses and cowboys, but the term actually refers to a specific way of constructing the shoulders of a sweater. Saddle shoulder sweaters are a classic silhouette for men, women, and children, offering exceptional styling and fit.

“Very good, very explanatory with lots of ideas for bringing your own styles to the fore. I have been knitting for 40 years and this has brought in a new dimension.”
Knitty (Amazon.com)

“I love this book! I just bought the yarn to make a sweater for myself and another one for my son. Very easy to follow and the saddle style particularly fits those people with wide shoulders without the feeling of being bound tightly.”

T (Amazon.com)

Knitting Cuff to Cuff: Twelve Sweaters One Way

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Knitting Cuff to Cuff: Twelve Sweaters One Way

Susan Guagliumi

About: Full color, 96 pages, ebook. Each pattern in this book features one or more distinctive design variations in this collection for men, women and children. A special section at the back includes tips for machine knitters for adapting all twelve sweater patterns to the machine.

Buy the Book: Amazon

Publisher: Creative Publishing International

ISBN: 1-58923-290-9

Erratum: PDF

By working with one simple cuff-to-cuff shape as your canvas, you can vary color, patterning, surface textures, embellishments, and finishing details to produce a dozen classic and creative designs for men, women, and children—from the very easy rolled-edge Crayon Stripes pullover to the more sophisticated crochet-edged Jewels shrug.

“Good introductory material plus 12 sweaters more or less the same but each with somed variations in neckline or sleeves or finishing. In addition each pattern has more information than usually given for a pattern which is quite helpful. Only complaint is that there are only 12 sweaters.”

— M. Poller (Amazon)

“This is a fun book, easily done, for the most part, with some knitting challenges for an advanced beginner. The concept of cuff to cuff knitting is great fun, and easily adapted to fit a variety of body shapes and sizes.”

Crazy-for-Crafting (Amazon.com)