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The Muppets' big book of crafts
St. Pierre, Stephanie.
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New York : Workman Pub., 1999.
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xi, 322 pages ; 28 cm
Includes instructions for creating all kinds of craft projects, including rugs, placemats, costumes, masks, jewelry, models, puppets, and more.
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Tucked away in a plain five-story building in Manhattan is a magical place--The Muppet Workshop, where inspired craftspeople combine a diverse array of skills to bring the Muppet world to life. Now The Workshop, along with Stephanie St. Pierre--who grew up making crafts with her friends the Hensons--presents The Muppets Big Book of Crafts , a collection of 100 great projects plus trade secrets.

Filled with full-color photographs and how-to line illustrations, The Muppets Big Book of Crafts is divided into chapters by technique and teaches the basics of drawing, sculpting, sewing, painting, dyeing, woodworking, quilting, puppetry, beading, and more. The results are amazing. A creepy-crawly spider piata filled with baby candy spiders. Elaborate tin can lanterns. A mosaic made of eggshells. Not to mention Groovy Glasses, Suncatcher Bugs, and Awesome Umbrae Scarf, a Wiggly Worm, and Marvelous Maracas. Throughout, tips, advice, and the running commentary of Muppet characters keep the book lively and entertaining.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6-A fun-filled, delightful book. In the foreword, Cheryl Henson, the daughter of Jim Henson, recalls how her parents set up their first puppet workshop in their basement and describes life in this home filled with creative activity. The introduction offers readers suggestions for setting up a work space, provides a list of safety tips, and describes specific techniques such as enlarging a pattern or working with papier-mƒch‚. The chapters that follow each deal with one medium or technique. One discusses color and focuses on crafts that use light, such as suncatchers and "stained glass." Others teach about cutting, folding, tearing, and piercing paper; molds and models; carving; printmaking; mixed media (a truly amazing chapter); wood; sewing and weaving basics; dipping and dyeing; masks and disguises; jewelry; puppets; and music makers. Within the chapters, the projects progress from the easy to more difficult. The directions are clear and complete, yet children will feel free to improvise. A sense of joy prevails in the instructions for the wildly funny as well as the more useful activities. Witty illustrations are populated by Muppet characters making Muppet remarks. Full-color photographs of the completed projects are included. This is a book for schools and libraries, for children and teachers, and a gift to be treasured.-Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Accordion Photo Album This photo album is a great way to show off your latest and greatest pictures. Fill it with photos of your best friends or your family, or make a photo album full of pictures of you to give to a parent or grandparent. You could also use it as a professional portfolio by gluing in photographs of your other creations (all of us at the Workshop keep a portfolio of our work for reference). With this project, you'll learn bookbinding--the simple accordion-fold method. As you will see, the accordion fold lets you either flip through the book or spread it open and display it. 1. Decide how many album pages you'll need and how big they should be. Plan to leave good-size margins of black cardboard around the edges of each photo (at least 1 or 2 inches). 2. Cut the desired number of thin cardboard pieces ("pages") to your page size. Place two pages side by side, leaving about 1/8 inch between pages, and tape the pages together with black masking tape, as shown. Continue laying pages and taping together until your album is as long as you want it to be. 3. Fold the pages back and forth at the taped joints to form an accordion shape. 4. Unfold the pages and place your photos in place on the pages. Put double-sided tape on the back and stick them in place. 5. Add some special touches: --Use ribbons or other trims to make frames around your photos. --Use a gold pen to write stories, captions, and messages. --Add stickers to the page for captions or decoration. --Cut out pictures from magazines and paste them around the margins. --Draw a swirly pattern or write your name with white glue on the cover and sprinkle glitter on top. Let dry and brush off the extra glitter. Excerpted from The Muppets Big Book of Crafts. Copyright (c) 1999 by The Jim Henson Company, Inc. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing. Excerpted from The Muppets Big Book of Crafts by Stephanie St. Pierre, Cheryl Henson, Muppet Workshop Staff All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Cheryl Henson
Forewardp. X
Introduction: Before You Get Startedp. 1
Setting Up a Workshop of Your Very Ownp. 1
Stuff You Will Need for Your Workshopp. 2
Muppet Workshop Advicep. 4
Hot Tips for Making Craftsp. 6
Chapter 1 Drawing and Coloringp. 11
Paper Doll Setp. 12
Funny Fruit Card Gamep. 14
Mood Buttonsp. 16
Window with a Viewp. 18
Chapter 2 Colorp. 21
Stained Glass Butterfly Windowp. 23
Suncatcher Bugsp. 26
Groovy Glassesp. 28
Messy Curtainp. 30
Chapter 3 Paper Workp. 33
Accordion Photo Albump. 34
Monster Collage Lampp. 36
Spider Pinata and Ghoulish Goodiesp. 38
Pop-up Chomperp. 42
House of Cardsp. 44
Top Secret Sketchbookp. 46
Chapter 4 Molding and Modelingp. 49
Bread Dough Monstersp. 51
Mashed Potato Headp. 54
Sandy Turtlep. 56
Popsicle Handsp. 58
Treasure Candlesp. 60
Hungry Bowlp. 62
Giant Birdp. 64
Chapter 5 Carvingp. 67
Sea Creature Sponge Mobilep. 69
Bug Soap Gift Setp. 72
Snake Walking Stickp. 74
Gargoylesp. 76
Chapter 6 Printmakingp. 79
Stupendous Stamps and Stencilsp. 81
Monoprint Pillowcasesp. 86
Super Apron Stencilsp. 88
Fishy T-shirtp. 90
Chapter 7 Mixed Mediap. 91
Keepsake Treasure Boxesp. 92
Wild and Wacky Pen and Pencil Setp. 96
Funky Fur Framep. 98
Twiggy Housep. 100
Furry Monster Bankp. 103
Bean and Pinecone Basketsp. 106
Chapter 8 Wood Shopp. 109
Wacky Wooden Statuettesp. 110
Balsa Wood Boatp. 112
Surprise Cupboardp. 114
Rolling Thingamajigp. 119
Animal Step Stoolp. 122
Toy Twig Chairp. 124
Chapter 9 Metal Shopp. 127
Tin Can Lanternsp. 128
Canned Robotp. 130
Metal Wind Chimesp. 134
Fabulous Foil Pin-Ups and Pin-Onsp. 136
Teeny Tiny Croquet Setp. 138
Chapter 10 Sewing and Weaving Basicsp. 141
Terrific Tiesp. 144
Stuffed Creaturep. 146
Cuddly Quiltp. 148
Awesome Appliquesp. 152
Pets' Holiday Stockingsp. 154
Rag Rugp. 156
Loop-de-Loop Hooked Rug Wall Hangingp. 158
Ribbon Place Matp. 161
Beaker Tapestryp. 164
Chapter 11 Dipping and Dyeingp. 169
Terrific Tie-Dyep. 171
Eggshell Mosaicp. 174
Rainbow Stationery Setp. 176
Awesome Ombre Scarfp. 178
Batik Animal Skinp. 180
Chapter 12 Costumes and Hatsp. 183
Princess and Wizard Hatsp. 185
Furry Monster Suitp. 188
Spiky Creaturep. 192
Glamour Girl Boap. 194
Funky Jester's Capp. 197
Golden Crownp. 200
Cool Capesp. 202
Chapter 13 Masks and Disguisesp. 205
African Shield Maskp. 206
Mexican Festival Maskp. 209
Mysterious Masksp. 212
Animal Noses, Horns, and Earsp. 214
Totem Pole Maskp. 218
Chapter 14 Jewelryp. 221
Seasonal Necklacesp. 222
Edible Necklacep. 225
Rolled Paper Beadsp. 226
Fancy Clay Beadsp. 228
Chapter 15 Set and Model Shopp. 231
Tepeep. 234
Snow Globe Scenep. 237
Fairy Tale Stage Setp. 240
Sound Effects Setp. 244
Model Cityp. 246
Dollhouse Deluxep. 249
Treasure Island Dioramap. 252
Chapter 16 Puppetsp. 255
Talking Sandwichp. 258
Portable Theaterp. 260
Wiggly Wormp. 262
Shadow Puppetsp. 264
Finger Puppetsp. 266
Sky Puppetp. 270
Bath Mitt Puppetsp. 272
Chapter 17 Music Makersp. 275
Marvelous Maracas and Cute Castanetsp. 277
Rainbow Water Xylophonep. 280
Footed Drump. 282
Rain Stickp. 284
Chapter 18 The Endp. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 290
Patternsp. 291