Inspirational ideas for Craft Lovers

Take a look at this gorgeous collection of new craft books and get inspired with lots of ideas on how to kick-start your craft projects. Experience the contemporary culture of craft with vibrant knitting and papercraft designs for yourself, family and home. Celebrate winter with the most sophisticated knitting designs – they’ll certainly turn heads. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverPaper made! : 101 exceptional projects to make out of everyday paper / Kayte Terry.
“Repurposing diva Terry transforms trash to treasure, fashioning newspaper, wallpaper, or plain old paper headed for the garbage into beads or bangles or headboards. A merchandise manager for Anthropologie and a crafter, Terry has transformed playing cards into lampshades, and an abandoned roll of raffle tickets into a coffee-table conversation piece. An avalanche of catalogues can become a cavalcade of crafts: the “Ring around the Rosy Vase” is constructed of pages woven from advertising usually destined for refuse. Paper maps become passport covers or origami birds on a string for a child’s nursery. The process may appear tedious at times, with instructions to cut 100 paper strips, but they are well worth the payoff of drink umbrellas from paper scraps and papier-mache pinatas bursting with treats.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverUltimate papercraft bible : a complete reference with step-by-step techniques / consultant editor, Marie Clayton ; [contributors, Sarah Beaman, Paula Pascual].
“Papercrafting encompasses a variety of techniques, and this reference provides basic information and simple projects explaining a number of popular crafts. Topics covered include cardmaking, scrapbooking, papercutting, and origami; brief descriptions of a few other papercrafts, including quilling, decoupage, and papermaking, also are included. The step-by-step approach is appropriate for novice papercrafters. Most steps are illustrated with line drawings, and photographs of finished projects are provided. Verdict: Crafters interested in basic information about a variety of papercrafts will find enough to whet their appetites, but the depth of coverage is definitely secondary to the breadth.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverI can herringbone : from basic stitch to advanced techniques, a comprehensive workbook for beaders / Melissa Grakowsky.
“The second in Lark’s “I Can” series (I Can Right-Angle Weave) focuses on herringbone stitch, a versatile stitch commonly seen in African beadwork. After a brief introduction to the building blocks of herringbone, Grakowsky explores the styles and variations of the stitch, including flat and tubular work and creating herringbone bezels for larger stones or beads. The organisation is tailored toward all levels of beadworkers-each chapter progresses from basic to advanced projects-and a nice variety of styles is represented, from simple and straightforward to opulent and decorative. The project directions are well organized, and the illustrations clearly show the thread path for each step-a huge help for new beaders or for complex projects. Verdict: This promising new series provides novice jewelry makers with a basics-and-beyond approach, and helps fill in gaps in experienced jewelry makers’ knowledge.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverNew earrings : 500+ designs from around the world / Nicolas Estrada.
“”Every piece of jewelry draws the viewer into a story and a world of its own,” Estrada (New Rings) says in this visual treat of imaginative works by 180 artists and jewelers. Devoid of any commentary other than Estrada’s own short biography, a preface, and an introduction, the majority of the book is devoted to the illustration of more than 500 pieces of personal, visual, wearable art that anyone can own. The colorful earrings featured are organized in four categories: elegant, daring, delicate, and sublime. Their designs range from the traditional to the flamboyant, with a variety of techniques, including positive/negative, light/shadow, and asymmetrical forms and shapes. The work concludes with an index of artists arranged by first name and highlighting their country of origin, educational training/background, selected exhibitions, and personal website. Verdict: This book should prove useful to both art students and other jewelry enthusiasts. Especially recommended for those whose collections focus on fashion, jewelry, and photography.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverMetropolitan knits : chic designs for urban style / Melissa Wehrle.
“Big city. Big style. Discover knitting that’s fashionable yet timeless. Knit for uptown or downtown with a trend-setting New York City designer. With these 20 polished, sophisticated projects, knitwear designer Melissa Wehrle has created a collection that perfectly reflects the rhythm, flavor, and drama of city life. From a chunky cabled sweater and hat to a beautiful tunic and gossamer cardigan, Melissa’s designs are beautifully shaped, expertly finished, and ready to be shown off on the street. They feature a variety of construction and finishing techniques, including knit-in pockets, tabs, button details, slip-stitch edgings, and small slits and pleats. Projects are divided along three themes: Heart of the City- Designed for those who enjoy sleek midtown in mind. Urban Bohemia- The downtown bohemian goddess will love these looks. City Gardens- Made to inspire a sense of tranquility. These three looks balance out a complete picture of the modern woman. What more could a city knitter need?” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverRowan’s greatest knits / edited by Kate Buller.
“Internationally renowned Rowan is a knitwear company that has been making gorgeous yarn and stylish, yet classic patterns to go with it for thirty years. With Rowans Greatest Knits, the company celebrates decades of great knitwear designs from such beloved and noted designers as Kaffe Fassett, Jean Moss, Sasha Kagan, and Annabel Fox. Featured in-house talent includes Martin Storey, Kim Hargreaves, and Marie Wallin. Included in Rowans Greatest Knits are 30 patterns from 1980 to the 2000s. With 80 stunning color photographs pulled from the original pages of Rowan magazine, Rowans Greatest Knits, with an an introduction by Kaffe Fassett, also presents its most popular patterns. And, these are modeled by, among others, a young Kate Moss. Patterns include yarn replacement suggestions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArtful color, mindful knits / Laura Miltzer Bryant ; photography by Alexis Xenakis.
With expert instruction in the use of hand-dyed yarn, this pattern book gives knitters and crocheters the edge they need to stitch with confidence. Working with artisan hand-dyed yarn opens a world of possibility for a crafter, but problems can arise if the patterning is accidental, inconsistent, or unattractive. The author shows how to analyze the dye skein and reveal its color repeat, allowing the crafter to employ stitch gauge and stitch count to intentionally pattern the finished work. As a contrast, further strategies and stitch choices are shown that blend the colors to overcome unwanted pooling and create more gentle gradients. With 40 patterns for a wide variety of projects, this manual will have crafters constructing vibrant scarves, shawls, kimonos, and more. (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverThe art of seamless knitting / Simona Merchant-Dest and Faina Goberstein.
“Ask a group of knitters to name their least favorite part of knitting a garment, and many will say seaming. This aversion has led to an abundance of patterns-especially for sweaters-that don’t involve seaming. In this guide, experienced knitwear designers Merchant-Dest and Goberstein explore the whys behind seamless knitting, describe the various shapes of seamless garments and accessories, and educate knitters on best practices for seamless knitting. For the truly seam-averse, there’s even a section about adapting flat-knitting patterns for seamless knitting in the round. Eleven patterns-most for sweaters-are included. Verdict: Rarely do knitting books contain both gorgeous patterns and authoritative information on technique; this title is a notable exception. The background information about seamless knitting is useful, and the patterns are beautiful.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverLight & layered knits : 19 sophisticated designs for every season / Vicki Square.
A collection of nineteen women’s tops made from comfortable fibers–such as silk, linen, cotton, and bamboo–and light yarns that can be layered and removed at will. (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverSweet knits : 30 cute designs for kids / Catherine Graham-Evans ; photography by Ella Mayfield.
“Catherine Graham-Evans has been passionate about knitting from an early age, and has always designed and made her own pieces. She studied fine art at university, before becoming a primary school teacher. In 2008, Catherine began designing, knitting and selling handknit and crochet items for children. In 2010, she gave up full-time teaching, and now creates patterns for books and yarn companies, as well as handknitted items for sale”. (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverAdorable animal knits for little people : 20 super-cute, animal-themed hat, mitten and bootee sets to knit / Nuriya Khegay.
“Cute coverall hats to keep your child’s head, ears, and neck warm and toasty. Practical pullover design ensures your little one won’t tug it off. Stylish matching mitten and booties “paws” and scarves. Patterns to suit all knitting levels, from beginner to advanced, and in a range of sizes from 6 months to 4 years”. (Book Cover)