Another excuse to craft

Oh dear, it is wet…….I might just have to stay in tonight and do my crafts. What a pity. If you need a new wet weather project check out some of the new books that have just arrived…

Syndetics book coverScandinavian stitches : 21 playful projects with seasonal flair / Kajsa Wikman.
“The first flowers of spring, the smell of the sea, the warm colors of the maple leaves… inspire Kajsa to stitch, sew, and share. Each season is a new beginning and a great excuse to take on a new project. Her bright, colorful designs are sure to make you smile.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHandcrafting chain and bead jewelry : techniques for creating dimensional necklaces and bracelets / Scott David Plumlee.
“From the classic Byzantine pattern to never-before-seen original designs, Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry provides everything you need to know to create beautiful chain and bead jewelry from start to finish. ….Guided by clear step-by-step instructions and photographs, you’ll learn how to: find and use the right tools, select the best wire and beads, wrap and cut quality-controlled jump rings, handcraft clasps and ear backings, assemble and bead more than 25 unique necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. … This truly is the complete chain and bead jewelry book. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLuxe knits : the accessories : couture adornments to knit & crochet / Laura Zukaite ; photograpy by Cathrine Westergaard.
“More luxury for the knitter! … These stunning scarves, hats, gloves, bags, and more are what Zukaite calls “memorable little statement pieces to decorate our lives,” and they’re a pleasure to knit.High-fashion photography, the author’s own sketches, and styling suggestions round out this beautiful package.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHomemade gifts : easy techniques and great projects / Nicki Trench.
“Here are 20 projects that encompass crafting, baking, and gift wrapping–all designed to make any occasion memorable! First, check out the chapter on “Birthday Treats,” which features funky knitted camping socks and a beaded corsage. Turn to “Little Ones,” to learn how to make a cuddly stuffed bunny and an heirloom-quality baby blanket. “Special Occasions” offers up his-and-hers wedding night pillowcases and a Christmas jelly bean garland. And because there’s never a bad time to give a gift, the “Just Because” chapter provides instructions for making your own lavender bath oils and simply scrumptious peppermint creams.” (Syndetics summary)

Stitch! / Cath Kidston ; photography by Pia Tryde. For all those who need a new cross stitch or needle point project try Cath’s new book. Cath is very popular in the UK for her new take on floral design.