Scent of Spring for Crafters

Take inspiration with this gorgeous selection of new books featuring delightful knitting, sewing and Embroidery projects, offering lots of new ideas and tips how to make fabulous handmade gifts for family and friends.

Have a spooktacular Halloween with bewitching creations and dazzling decorations from entertaining expert Matthew Mead, who will help you to create the perfect haunting home setting for your Halloween party!

And, as we are counting down to Christmas, find some bright ideas how to create gorgeous Christmas stockings and ornaments, from a good selection of Xmas stocking patterns, by G. W. Steege. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverMatthew Mead’s Halloween spooktacular.
“Cast a spell this Halloween with simple tricks and treats! Celebrate and decorate with the help of style and design expert Matthew Mead. Haunt your house with more than 100 easy crafts, many with step-by-step photos. Scare up a tantalising supernatural soiree with over 25 deliciously ghoulish goodies and be the best house in the block!” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverKnit Christmas stockings : 19 patterns for stockings & ornaments / edited by Gwen W. Steege.
“Handmade Christmas stockings hold so much more than the gifts inside. They personalize the tradition and help carry memories from holiday to holiday. And for knitters, they are a favorite project because they are relatively easy to knit with the right pattern. This new paperback edition has a fresh new look with all new photographs and each project reknit to reflect contemporary colour palettes. It’s sure to inspire knitters of all levels to create each and every keepsake!” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverLace collection for knitting : intricate shawls, simple accessories, cozy sweaters and more stylish designs for every season / editors of Knitter magazine.
“The editors of Knitter’s Magazine have assembled a collection of 23 sumptuous patterns for the knitter who loves lace. Projects include sweaters and shawls, along with other accessories and add-ons, such as bags, gloves, even a blanket. Lovely thumbnail photos of the pieces are displayed on the table of contents page, and the first section of the book contains great tips for knitting, finishing, and washing lace. The patterns are divided into four sections: All-Seasons Lace, Quick Lace, Light Lace, and Cozy Lace. The “Jan Sweater” is a fun vintage-style `30s sweater; the “Sprite Dress,” a gorgeous asymmetrical flapper pattern; the “Lazuli Shawl,” a delicious lace-weight wrap; and the “Fontaine Collar,” a classy, versatile leaf-patterned accessory. Several patterns include charts and diagrams in addition to the written instructions. Delectable to knit, delicious to wear, this collection provides plenty for the discerning lace knitter to sink knitting needles into.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverKnitting counterpanes : traditional coverlet patterns for contemporary knitters / Mary Walker Phillips ; edited by Patricia Abrahamian ; preface to the Dover edition by Meg Swansen.
“Mary Walker Phillips nearly single-handedly brought 19th-century American counterpanes, or bedspreads, to the attention of modern knitters. Expanded with dozens of brand-new charts, this revised edition features 46 counterpane patterns as well as 32 lace edgings and borders that Phillips discovered in museums, private collections, and magazines. “A terrific book.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverWoven to wear : 17 thoughtful designs with simple shapes / Marilyn Murphy.
“A collection of woven wraps, shawls, and outwear that will appeal to beginner and advanced weavers alike.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverAnd sew to bed : 30 beautiful sewing projects for nightwear and accessories / Caro Cutts and Alison Beadnell.
“Caro London presents 30 sewing projects for both nightwear and accessories. With items for both adults and children, all with beautifully illustrated step-by-step instructions, you’ll be spoilt for choice. In the summer, the pleated camisole and shorts set will be perfect for balmy nights, as will the frilled strappy nightdress, and the holiday kaftan is beautiful enough to be worn day or night. Meanwhile in colder seasons, wrap up in the kimono with taffeta trim, or go for the classic long-sleeved shirt and matching trousers. Young girls will love the vintage lace nightdress, while for boys, there’s a traditional pyjama set. Why not make one of the gorgeous accessories – a cosy hot water bottle cover or a bolster bed cushion? Or try one of the smaller items, such as a travel jewellery roll or a fabric headband that can be worn with your favourite outfit as well as in the bathroom. If you’re not an experienced sewer, fear not, as the comprehensive techniques section will explain everything you need to know. Also included are full-size patterns and templates for all the projects.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCelebrate with a stitch / Mandy Shaw.
“Mandy Shaw is a very experienced designer with a distinctive style that makes her projects stand out. Mandy runs Dandelion Designs, a craft design and kit company. She is a regular on Create and Craft TV and she writes for a number of publications including Popular Patchwork and Fabrications magazines. Mandy also appeared on Kirstie Allsopp’s Homemade Home (Channel 4). Mandy has four children and lives in East Sussex.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEmbroidered & embellished : 85 stitches using thread, floss, ribbon, beads & more : step-by-step visual guide / Christen Brown.
“The second book by Brown (Ribbonwork Gardens) is a cornucopia of fancy stitches, which she has divided into four styles of embroidery: traditional; silk ribbon; raised and textured; and bead. Twenty or so stitches per style are carefully demonstrated in full-color photos of each step of stitching. Even experienced stitchers are likely to learn something new: for example, the Spiderweb Rose, or how to couch ribbon. Brown also provides a thorough overview of the ribbons, floss, threads, and tools likely to be needed, along with idiosyncratic advice taken from her many years of sewing. As a catalogue of possibility for stitching, this is a wonderful addition to a crafting library. The eight patterns included, and the general look of the book, however, aren’t as pleasing-the former are busy and the latter seems outdated. This book certainly provides a guide to what’s become the usual style of embellishment; but readers looking for a modern take on the craft will have to keep searching.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe best-ever appliqué sampler from Piece O’ Cake designs : 5 projects, 9 blocks to mix, match & combine / Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins.
“Goldsmith and Jenkins, who have collaborated as Piece O’ Cake Designs since 1994, focus on the fundamentals of applique, including needleturn, cutaway, and reverse-applique techniques in this collection. Full-color, close-up photographs guide novices through each step of the process, and helpful tips gathered from the authors’ years of experience are useful to quilters at all levels. The various techniques are reinforced with five projects made from nine colorful mix-and-match blocks. Verdict? Both novice and seasoned quilters will appreciate the easy-to-follow directions and helpful illustrations, the combination of which provide enough detail to get started with applique.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHandmade gifts / [project editor, Laura Palosuo].
“Crafty handmade gift ideas to help you create presents at home Handmade Gifts covers all the popular crafts such as sewing, knitting, paper-crafts, candle-making, and crochet, plus making jam and baking, so you’re sure to find something that inspires you to get crafting.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverMollie makes feathered friends : making, thrifting, collecting, crafting / Mollie Makes.
“This book is perfect for nature-lovers. It’s bursting with ideas for using cute designs and pretty motifs in your craft projects. This delightful book offers clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography, with hints and tips on personalizing your projects to ensure that everything you create is unique.” (Book cover)