More Christmas craft, wedding ideas and techno cozies! Plus, knitted dinosaurs!

After having a great crafting weekend last week, I thought everyone would appreciate some more great ideas for Christmas and more last minute gift ideas! (Well, as last minute as crafters get, at least!) Have a look at these great new books:

Syndetics book coverCraft / Kirstie Allsopp ; [text editor, Jeannot Hutcheson].
Kirstie Allsopp Craft is an inspiring collection of projects that introduces you to traditional crafting skills in a fresh, modern way. From making your own family scrapbooks and appliqué cushions to jam-making and handmade bunting, Kirstie Allsopp Craft contains 50 practical projects to inspire you to have a go. (Amazon)

Syndetics book coverHandmade weddings : more than 50 crafts to style and personalize your big day / Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle, and Shana Faust ; photographs by Joseph de Leo.
“Handcrafted details are at the heart of a beautiful wedding adding charm, … and style. …Whether you favor a modern, classic look or retro, you’ll find plenty of crafts and inspiration suited to your taste … At the front of the book you’ll find guidance on … sourcing materials, and working out timelines. … Handmade Weddings is the perfect handbook for the bride looking to style her day her way.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTapestry weaving : design and technique / Joanne Soroka.
Tapestries were among the most prestigious of art forms, created for the mightiest in the land and valued for centuries. Despite its illustrious history, tapestry weaving is actually a simple technique that requires little equipment or expenditure, and can be done anywhere. … this lavishly illustrated book gently leads you through the whole process with detailed diagrams and exciting work by contemporary weavers. It will be useful to the absolute beginner, but experienced weavers will also find new ideas and techniques to tempt and inspire them (Amazon)

Syndetics book coverTechno cozies / Sue Culligan.
Includes 30 knitted, crocheted, sewn and felted projects, varying in complexity. This title covers such projects as cozies for ipods, laptops, computer screens and more. It is suitable for teenagers, busy mums and high-flying executives.(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitted dinosaurs : a collection of prehistoric pals to knit from scratch / Tina Barrett
Do you know your Stegosaurus from your Velociraptor – or a Diplodocus from a Triceratops? If not, then this fun and fact-filled book of prehistoric projects is a must-have. All dino-obsessed children and grown-ups alike will love these quirky knitted toys and with 15 different patterns to choose from there is no excuse not to get knitting. …Gallery pages show off the dinosaurs from every angle so you can get up close and personal with these prehistoric creatures. (Amazon)

55 Christmas balls to knit : colourful festive ornaments, tree decorations, centrepieces, wreaths, window decorations / Arne & Carlos ; [translation by Carol Huebscher Rhoades].
Who doesn’t love Christmas decorations? They are colorful and festive and bring joy to many both in the making and the decorating. Now Norwegian knitwear design stars Arne and Carlos bring fun-filled holiday crafting to knitters everywhere with their ornamental balls. They are easy to knit, easy to stuff and once you get knitting you won’t want to stop. Inspired by traditional Norwegian patterns each ball is a unique handmade creation ready to become a holiday heirloom. They are ideal for the tree, wreaths, mantels, centerpieces and window dressings, and make perfect gifts for friends and family. This book is bursting with creativity and inspiration, with one set of instructions and 55 patterns pick up your needles and start knitting. (Amazon)