Craft Objects Of Desire

This month’s splendid selection of crafting books offers exciting vintage projects including seasonal sewing, knitting and quilting, jewellery making tips and techniques. Be inspired with some fabulous ideas on how to beautify your home and create stunning crafts for yourself or as gifts for friends and family. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book cover101 ways to stitch, craft, create vintage : quick & easy projects to make for your vintage lifestyle / project editor, Jane Trollope.
“Be inspired to get crafting with this fun collection of 101 unique vintage-themed projects. Create stunning crafts for yourself or as gifts for friends and family, with a huge selection of vintage projects to choose from, including a vintage button necklace, suffolk puff rings, fondant fancies, fabric pin cushion, crochet hot water bottle cover, and vintage tea stand. The beautiful projects cover food and drink, home and garden, fashion, and gifts giving you the opportunity to try something new and expand your crafting skills from sewing and knitting to papercraft and cake decorating! Every project is quick and simple to make with easy to follow step-by-step instructions and there is a helpful techniques section at the back at the book, so you’ll be a crafting pro in no time. This stunning collection of craft projects will inspire you to stitch, craft and create your very own vintage lifestyle!” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverMake your own lampshades : 35 original shades to make for table lamps, ceiling lights, and more / Elizabeth Cake.
“Lighting is one of the most important elements of a room’s decorating scheme. It is functional but it can also create drama, warmth, atmosphere and a sense of fun. This fabulous new book with 35 wonderful projects from lampshade designer Elisabeth Cake shows how a beautiful and unique lampshade can completely transfer a room.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverStitch it for autumn : seasonal sewing projects to craft and quilt / Lynette Anderson.
“Transfer your home with these beautiful seasonal craft projects to stitch and saw. Lynette Anderson’s quirky designs and distinctive palette are perfect combination for this gorgeous collection of sewing ideas.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverThe knitted slipper book : slippers and house shoes for the entire family / Katie Startzman ; photographs by Mika Nakanishi.
“Katie Startzman writes about knitting and other crafts (including making her own leather sandals and building a chicken coop in her backyard) on her blog,, which she shares with her sister. She sells individual knitting patterns from her blog and on She lives in Berea, Kentucky.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit your own zoo / Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne ; photography by Holly Jolliffe.
“Knitting patterns for 25 wild animals. There is something here for everyone, with instructions for knitting spots, stripes, fur, scales, trunks, wings and beaks! The animals are surprisingly easy to make. It will only take a few evenings to create yourself an exotic pet or reproduce your favourite species. These knitted animals in miniature are much easier to look after than the real things – they don’t need feeding, they won’t make a mess and they take up hardly any room!” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverHome / Beci Orpin.
“Home will appeal to fans of Beci and to those who loved her previous publication, Find and Keep. Filled with 25 creative projects, each individually imagined by Beci, and designed especially for the home environment, Home will make you fall in love with your house, all over again. Similar to Find and Keep, Home is filled with inspiration and crafty ideas, along with projects designed by Beci, but this time specifically created for you home. The book is separated into three spatial areas: Living Space, Working Space and Sleeping Space. Each chapter is filled with photos and quirky illustrations from Beci, along with solid ideas on how to beautify your home, Beci style. At the end of each chapter there is a collection of projects created by Beci especially for this book, each with a varying level of difficulty, but definitely something for everyone. Try your hand at making cushions, or creating your own duvet cover. Be inspired to design your own wall art, or perfect your workspace with carefully designed space-saving techniques that are both beautiful and functional. Enter the world of Beci’s Home and be inspired to make and create objects and artwork that will enhance your living space and make your house feel all brand new again.” (Summary adapted from uk)

Syndetics book coverCloth : over 30 beautiful projects from linen, cotton and silk to wool and hide / Cassandra Ellis ; photography by Catherine Gratwicke.
“Organised into five sections — Cotton, Wool, Silk, Linen and Hide –Cloth provides insight into their craftsmanship and history and includes striking projects that make the most of each fabric’s properties, such as using antibacterial hemp to make napkins.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverSnug as a bug / Melanie McNeice.
“Melanie McNeice is a pattern designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Melly’s adventures in sewing began six years ago when she discovered, as an at-home mother, that she still had the desire to be creative and productive. Her passion for sewing quickly grew and only 12 months after starting to sew she began designing under the pattern label Melly & Me. Melly’s goal was to develop a range of contemporary sewing patterns that included bright and quirky toys, wearable purses and lively, modern quilts. Her aim is to design items that are original, fun and achievable in a day, as well as being completely usable in everyday life.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe polymer clay artist’s guide : a directory of mixes, colors, textures, faux finishes, and surface effects / Marie Segal.
“Contains three sections. The first covers the types of clay and other materials, tools and equipment, and setting up a workspace. The second section uses step-by-step color photographs to demonstrate the core techniques for working with polymer clay, including health and safety, baking, mixing, cutting and sanding. The Directory of Effects comprises the bulk of the book. Organized by color and then by technique, there are 100 polymer clay swatches with detailed captions identifying the technique used and cross-referencing to the page showing how to recreate it. As well, the captions give ideas for how the effect might be used in jewelry and other applications.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover350 jewellery making tips, techniques & trade secrets / Xuella Arnold & Sara Withers.
“This book packs in the combined wisdom of two writer-educators who are consummate problem solvers when it comes to jewellery making.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)