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July 2012

Go for the Gold (or Silver or Bronze) with 3 Winning Projects

Although wire wrapping, silver soldering, and clay sculpting may not be Olympic events (yet), you can still show off your champion skills with these three jewelry projects featuring the signature palette of the games.

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Craft Fair Dos and Don’ts from Kelly Rand, author of Handmade to Sell

From Renegade Craft Fairs and Maker Faire to the American Craft Council Show and fiber festivals everywhere, selling your craft wares to the public is an important part of being a successful crafty entrepreneur. Kelly Rand, Hello Craft’s executive director, offers pointers on how you can make selling at craft fairs a success.

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Make a File Folder Sketchbook with a Tutorial from Sue Bleiweiss

In her book, The Sketchbook Challenge, Sue Bleiweiss encourages readers to explore working with themes in their sketchbooks. Working with a theme eases the pressure of deciding what to do in your sketchbook and helps keep you focused. In this post, Sue teaches you how to create a full-sized sketchbook to fill with your own creative ideas.

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Stay Cool this Summer with Candace's Shell from Melissa Leapman's New Book

This summer has been a scorcher, with record high temperatures throughout the country.
As much we might like to, we can’t pass the entire season in a pool or ocean. We must turn to the next best thing—sleeveless dresses and tanks! Renowned knitwear designer, teacher, and author Melissa Leapman has the solution—Candace’s Shell from her forthcoming book, Knitting the Perfect Fit.

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The Tale of Two Friends by Debbie Macomber

It’s no secret that many knitters are also avid readers. If you’re one of them, you’ll love this guest post from bestselling novelist (and yarn shop owner) Debbie Macomber, celebrating her close friendship with knitwear designer, teacher, and author Nicky Epstein.

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A Jazz Age Dress from BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern

One of the major perks of working at Potter Craft is having access to patterns and project instructions before they even hit the bookshelves. So I’m pleased to share with you a sneak peak of this pattern from BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, which will be out in stores this December!

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