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Books transform 'Star Trek' into a craft-filled enterprise

By: mary beth breckenridge McClatchy Newspapers
July 6, 2013 Updated: July 6, 2013 at 9:55 am
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Bead me up, Scotty.

Pocket Books has released two titles that just might represent creative nerdvana: "The Star Trek Craft Book" and "Star Trek Cross-Stitch."

What Trekkie hasn't longed to whip up a faux-fur Tribble, a baby's onesie embroidered with "The Next Generation" or a beaded portrait of Capt. Kirk?

The craft book contains instructions for 25 quirky projects including home decor items, toys, clothing and party decorations. The cross-stitch book helps you render "StarTrek" quotations, images and even likenesses of characters in needlework.

"The Star Trek Craft Book" is written by Angie Pedersen and the "Star Trek Cross Stitch" by John Lohman. Each is priced at $19.99 in softcover.

What's new: Ohio woman designs garden tools for women

A Copley, Ohio, businesswoman has created a line of gardening tools designed for women's hands.

Pat Taylor developed a love of gardening from her mother, who dug in the soil with tools that didn't fit her small frame. To remedy that problem, Taylor called on knowledge she'd gained from her years as an employee and, more recently, co-owner of Barberton, Ohio's, Wright Tool Co. to start Patricia Ann Tools, a division of Wright.

The company makes a set with a trowel, cultivator, soil knife, weeder and pruner, along with a sun hat. All the tools have ergonomic grips and heavy-duty stainless steel blades or prongs. The set sells for $89.95.

Patricia Ann Tools can be ordered at http://patriciaann.com.

Shipping is extra.

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