The Crafty Reader
“I believe that it is in our interest as individuals to become crafty readers, and in the interest of the nation to educate citizens in the craft of reading. The craft, not the art. . . . This book is about that craft.”—from the Introduction This latest book from the well-known literary critic Robert Scholes presents his thoughtful exploration of the craft of reading. He deals with reading not as an art or performance given by a virtuoso reader, but as a craft that can be studied, taught, and learned. Those who master the craft of reading, Scholes contends, will justifiably take responsibility for the readings they produce and the texts they choose to read. Scholes begins with a critique of the New Critical way of reading (“bad for poets and poetry and really terrible for students and teachers of poetry”), using examples of poems by various writers, in particular Edna St. Vincent Millay. He concludes with a consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of the fundamentalist way of reading texts regarded as sacred. To explain and clarify the approach of the crafty reader, the author analyzes a wide-ranging selection of texts by figures at the margins of the literary and cultural canon, including Norman Rockwell, Anaïs Nin, Dashiell Hammett, and J. K. Rowling. Throughout his discussion Scholes emphasizes how concepts of genre affect the reading process and how they may work to exclude certain texts from the cultural canon and curriculum.
"A lyrical ode to that magical time in autumn when the leaves turn yellow"--
363 Days of Tea
363 Days of Tea is a coffee table book by Ruby Silvious. Follow the artist's 363-day journey as she creates miniature paintings using repurposed tea bags as her canvas.
I spy christmas
Rhymes invite the reader to find hidden objects in photographs of Christmas items.
Felting Fabulous Flowers
What better way to celebrate and appreciate the natural beauty of flowers than to recreate it into glorious felt that can be adorned, worn or used as decorative embellishments? Gillian Harris, bestselling author of Complete Feltmaking and Carnival of Felting, invites you to learn the fundamentals of felting while making bright and colourful blooms. Flowers in an array of colours from near and far are included, from simple white daisies and lilies, cheery yellow daffodils, sunflowers and primroses, to striking red roses, tulips and poppies. If you prefer something more dramatic, there are vibrant pink cherry blossoms, fuchsia, carnations, rich purple irises, pansies and passionflowers. With little more than a selection of wholesome Merino wooltops, you'll soon become adept at fashioning realistic looking petals resplendent with delicate details, as well as crafting stems, seedpods and leaves to give your felt flowers a fantastic finishing touch. Felting Fabulous Flowers contains all the simple tips, tricks and easy techniques you need to create impressive, vibrantly coloured decorations to be proud of in just a matter of hours.
Boasting countless benefits and applications, hand made felt is a chunky, durable and non-fraying fabric that can be used for fashion and home projects. With 'Complete Feltmaking', any crafter can learn the art of creating felt with a little fleece, water and soap. This exciting new book covers all aspects of feltmaking, from making simple flat felt to felting 3D shapes, as well as felting knitted work, needle felting and some slightly more advanced techniques such as cobweb felting. Each technique is carefully explained in detail with step-by-step instructions and accompanied by several projects to keep you constantly inspired. From a cheerful polka-dot bag and cozy felted slippers to a whimsical mobile and heart-warming tea cozy, this spirited primer offers a range of projects for beginner and advanced felters. Once the crafter has become comfortable with basic techniques, she/he can graduate to more complex felting techniques in the advanced chapter. This book includes everything you need to bring the highly sought after handcrafted style of felt to your wardrobe and your home.