For Crafting Fun During the Holidays…

The crafty librarian recommends the following pretty new books!

Syndetics book coverHandcrafted wire findings : techniques and designs for custom jewelry components / Jane Dickerson, Denise Peck.
“Add personal style at minimal cost with custom-made findings. …Making custom findings enables jewelry makers to affordably create just the right component to complement their own jewelry designs. …With fundamental skills for beginners that progress to more sophisticated designs, this book covers techniques such as basic wirework, texturizing, silver fusing, adding patina, and traditional finishes. ….” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTerrific toe-up socks : knit to fit / Janet Rehfeldt.
I know! Another sock book! But for those of you that can manage them this book has some different (and lovely) designs and very clear instructions for those trying their first sock. (Crafty Librarian)

Syndetics book coverHoopla : the art of unexpected embroidery / Leanne Prain ; photography by Jeff Christenson.
“…Prain takes a traditional approach, beginning with a cursory look at the craft’s history and highlighting practicalities, such as tools and equipment, finishing techniques, and stitching resources. But it is between these lines that the author’s true innovation and fun starts: specifically, with interviews with 28 working embroiderers and the same number of unusual projects to complete. … Projects don’t disappoint, with directions as clear as the designs are funky: handkerchiefs emblazoned with microbes, a modern cuckoo clock stitched on Aida cloth, and knuckle-tattoo church gloves…., Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverHop skip jump : 20 eco-friendly toys to sew / Fiona Dalton.
This book shows us how to make 20 gorgeous soft toys using natural and repurposed materials. It’s so much more special to give a handmade gift than to purchase something mass-produced. Here you’ll find a raft of fun and easy-to-sew toys, including Arnold the penguin, Doris the sausage dog and Harriet the tortoise. (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitting pleats : stunning garments and accessories / Olga Pobedinskaya.
If you are looking for that next step in knitting and wanting to play with different textures then this book is a must. (Crafty Librarian)