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Ceramic Arts Daily
" is an online community serving active potters and ceramic artists worldwide, as well as those who are interested in finding out more about this craft. provides a wide array of tools for learning about and improving skills, and a place for artists to display their work and to share ideas and perspectives about how their art and life interact to shape each other."

Ceramics Today
Comprehensive independent internet resource for ceramics since 1995.

Clay Times
"Ceramic art trends, tools, and techniques for potters worldwide."

Polymer Clay Central
Your source for all things polymer clay. Includes message boards for polymer clay enthusiasts, contest opportunities, projects, tips and instructions.

Enchanted Learning Crafts
Thousands of crafts for kids, organized in a variety of different ways. Includes a chronological list of holiday crafts, as well as crafts organized by materials used.

Hands On Crafts
This site was designed as a partnership between North Carolina’s Mint Museums and the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County as a way to introduce children to crafts. Lots of interactive features and detailed overviews on a variety of craft disciplines.

Online tool converts image files to knit, crochet, needlepoint or cross stitch patterns. Nifty! What do you want to stitch?

Website for a popular quarterly knitting magazine. Features extensive archive of back issues, articles and patterns to browse or search through. Patterns are complete and free for personal use. Patterns rated on a "Level of Difficulty Index" from "mellow" through "tangy" and "piquant" to "extraspicy".

A knit and crochet user-driven community and forum. A place to keep track of yarn, tools projects and patterns, and share ideas and inspiration. Requires free registration.

A marketplace and community where individual craftspeople can sell their handmade items directly to customers through a "store". They are easy to set up, and gain exposure as part of a wider market. A great place to shop for unique handmade goods, patterns, craft supplies and vintage items. Features a keyword-search of all items, browsing by category, and an "Alchemy" section to request custom items. With an account, you can buy and sell, add items or sellers to your "favorites" to see what else they come up with, post to the forums, and more. "Etsy" rhymes with "Betsy".

All Crafts Directory
A free directory of craft links. Includes a monthly email newsletter you can subscribe to for updates on the latest free projects and reviews.

Craft magazine
An extensive website celebrating the DIY spirit and transforming traditional crafts. Includes a blog and articles with tons of innovation and inspiration, patterns, a forum and more. Check out their sister site, Make magazine, aimed at the techie side of crafts and DIY.

Craftster is a community for crafts and Do It Yourself, with forums filled with ideas, advice, projects and inspiration.

Index to "HOW TO DO IT" Information
This is the online version of a print reference index that librarians around the world have used for years. "The INDEX TO HOW TO DO IT INFORMATION is a guide to locating magazine articles that contain how-to information, instructions, plans, suggestions and tips on how to solve and prevent problems, construct projects, pursue an art, craft, hobby, etc."

Indian Arts and Crafts Board
U.S. Department of the Interior’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board site. “The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) promotes the economic development of American Indians and Alaska Natives of federally recognized Tribes through the expansion of the Indian arts and crafts market.”

One Pretty Thing
This blog provides a daily entry, showing enticing pictures of craft project tutorials from a variety of internet sources. Many of the crafts are geared towards adults working with kids.

Thousands of tips and projects: “Your online guide to the crafty & clever.”

Mich L. in L.A.
Great upcycled jewelry projects.

Olympia Dumpster Divers
Olympia artist Ruby Re-Usable blogs about recycled art in Olympia, the Pacific Northwest, the USA and around the world.

Burda Style
Find and share sewing patterns. Requires free account to download patterns (in pdf format). Most patterns are free, though some Burda patterns have a small fee. Upload your own patterns and share pictures of your projects. See what others have made and get new ideas.

Costumer's Manifesto
Clearinghouse for a staggering number of well-organized links on historical, theatrical and vintage costuming.

Pattern Review
A huge sewing pattern review site. Members post reviews of sewing patterns, participate in forums and share their projects. A great place to find out more about patterns you are thinking of making and share tips and advice with others.

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
How-to instructions and ideas to meet the interests of hobby-enthusiasts. Includes arts & crafts; collecting; games & electronics; model building; home & leisure; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & papercraft.

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