A librarian helps people learn for themselves--to become autodidacts, able to learn without a teacher. Great books are essential, and librarians offer access to those books.
Learn the techniques for lace hems, pick-up skirts, and netting/tulle skirts. Properly mark, cut, and sew a hem on a bridal gown.
Just for fun, laugh at knitting gone bad--either accidentally or intentionally.
Plans can always change, but having a plan gets a writer moving and keeps momentum going. Decide on writing goals for the new year and accomplish them.
Winter brings many opportunities to give to the needy. Baby hats can be used by hospitals, women's shelters, and foster children. A hand-knit baby hat is also a fun way to try new yarns and new stitch patterns without a...
Tube socks, toe socks, and conventional knitted socks are included in this pattern link collection. Both traditional and innovative sock knitting techniques are represented, including spiral ribbing and toe-up methods.
Knitting pattern links for garments seen in movies and on television are fun for knitters. Movies and knitting were made for each other! Enjoy creating a fan knitting piece from a favorite show.
There is a world full of amazing sewing patterns beyond those available at your neighborhood fabric store. Find historical patterns, patterns for outdoor gear, and even Amish/Mennonite patterns here.
The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth describes a society divided into five "factions" based on character qualities. Each faction wears distinct colors and styles, inspiring this scarf collection .
Find patterns and yarn for knitted scarves inspired by the Harry Potter movies. Images of scarves are included as well as recommended yarn colors for each House at Hogwarts School.
Instructions for a model ziggurat or pyramid made of craft foam sheets. Great simple project for history, geography or Bible class.
A guide to sewing a copy of Bella's wedding gown from the Twilight Saga: fabric requirements, cost estimate and essential dressmaking skills
Parents, consider these five important questions when choosing between home schooling and other educational options such as private or public school.
What are the signs of giftedness in children? What are the defining characteristics of giftedness? Late-talking children and twice exceptional children are also discussed.
An opinion piece considering the harm done to family farms by government regulations: bureaucracy seeks to push children off farms. Children on farms learn valuable skills through 4-H and FFA.
A poem in the acrostic style to celebrate Groundhog Day.
Brides can choose wedding gowns with sleeves again. The royal wedding and the Twilight: Breaking Dawn wedding have inspired more modest styles in wedding dresses.
Shopping for a wedding dress can be simplified. Discover what features and fabrics you want in a wedding gown and know your options by shopping the magazines and catalogs first, then finding a dress.
An acrostic poem about freezing rain. Includes photograph and video illustrating this winter weather phenomenon.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)is a therapy that can work without drugs to effect relief from certain stress and anxiety disorders. An account of the author's successful experience as a patient.
Step-by-step instructions for creating an official high school transcript for a home school graduate: free online templates, translating nontraditional learning experiences into Carnegie units, chronological v. subject...
An honest, slightly humourous look at the "team-building" racket. Successful project teams are carefully built by managers who understand each employee's talents. No amount of phony team-building will make up for a...
Knitting and crocheting for charity is a time-honored way to contribute to your community. Learn about worthy causes that need your knit or crocheted hats, scarves or blankets and get involved.
Socks can be crocheted as well as knitted. These free patterns for crocheted socks are designed to be as comfortable as hand knit socks. Top-down and toe-up sock patterns are included.Unusual patterns include pedicure...
The wedding dress worn by Kate Middleton has inspired dressmakers to sew similar styles. Learn what you will need to make a dress similar to Kate's.
Four unusual knitting books are recommended for knitters who want to design their own knits, knit perfectly-matched socks, create punk-style items, or knit and crochet birds and butterflies.
Nontraditional students can use independent learning and testing programs such as CLEP and DANTES to gain college credit. Many colleges are friendly to the student who wants or needs to learn outside the college walls.
Bamboo is featured in many new yarns for knitting and crocheting. It is soft, silky, and comes from a renewable resource. Lace scarves are one suggested project for bamboo yarn.
The books in a home library will last longer and look better with a bit of loving care. Proper shelving, cleaning, and storage will extend the life of your books. Valuable books can also be repaired.
Knit colour patterns with confidence by following these simple steps to learning fair isle knitting. A fair isle sweater knit from a vintage Girl Scout pattern is used as an example of the technique.
Gifted children are a neglected population in many schools. Who is gifted and how are their needs different from other students? Learn about the reading habits of highly gifted children and the challenges they present...
Older students should not fear returning to college. Middle-aged students have some advantages that make them competitive with the traditional younger students.