Brighten the winter days – New Craft books for July

Draw creative energy from this refreshing collection of new books featuring pretty accessories to knit for your loved ones, amazing beaded pieces to make and lots of ideas for sewing the cutest covers and cosies. Explore a wide range of techniques of making cards for any occasion. Happy crafting!

We would also like to draw your attention to the Wellington Central Library Crafty Volunteers knitting group, who meet on the fourth Saturday of every month, 1 – 4pm. Help make the world a better place!! Join us, enjoy pleasant conversation and a delicious afternoon tea while making toys for foster children and blankets for various charities. We can teach you to knit or crochet. Wool, needles and patterns provided. All crafters welcome. Stop by, have a cup of tea and a chat, see the work we do. Contact: Sue Dale (ph) 801 4146 or e-mail

Syndetics book coverAmazing macramé / Claire Rougerie, photographs, Emmanuela Cino, styling, Karine Villame.
“Macramé is back with a fresh, new style. Claire Rougerie guides the reader through 9 lessons accompanied by easy step-by-step instructions and diagrams. There are 29 original and colorful designs to make including jewellery, bags, accessories and various ideas for embellishing your outfits. The designs are both chic and bohemian combining a retro sixties style with a more modern look.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilted covers & cosies / Debbie Shore.
“Best-selling sewing author, Debbie Shore has designed eighteen gorgeous quilted projects that sewers of all abilities will want to make. There are cosies to keep things warm and covers to protect and enhance valuables such as tablets and phones. The projects range from the more traditional egg cosies, mug hug and tea and coffee cosies to covers for a toaster, sewing machine,bottle, tissue box, chair back and more. All templates are provided.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCute accessories to knit for kids : complete instructions for 8 styles.
“This crafty book offers loads of contemporary knitting designs for soft and colorful kids’ accessories! Cute Accessories to Knit for Kids offers fun knitting projects ranging from headbands to hair frills, mini backpacks to legwarmers, bracelets, reversible scarves, and mitts. Knitters of all skill levels will love this resource as they get busy knitting for kids. Complete with easy-to-follow instructions and full-color photos, this book makes knitting for kids a delight.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSupercraft : easy projects for every weekend / Sophie Pester, Catharina Bruns.
“Get creative with upcycling craft projects from Supercraft, and discover materials and techniques you have never used before. Includes 52 projects with DIY ideas for every weekend, ranging from jewellery and accessories to home decoration and furniture. Embroider a notebook, print fabric with starfuit, or make a hanging garden for your bathroom. The projects are easy to accomplish, and you can use lots of things you already have around the house or had even planned to throw away!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDecoupage : 17 projects for you and your home.
“Decoupage (from the French, decoupe, meaning to cut out) entails gluing cut-out pictures to an object and covering with varnish. It’s a fun and easy way to decorate just about anything, from small household items to large pieces of furniture. Find out just how simple it is to personalize your favorite things with these twelve gorgeous projects, suitable for beginners and also as a source of inspiration for those who already have some experience with this lovely craft.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPompomania / Christine Leech ; photography by Joanna Henderson.
“Pompoms are currently on trend. But why have a plain pompom when you can have a tiny pompomeranian dog, a cheeky monkey pompom, or a smiley face emoji-pom? Pompomania will show you how to give your pompoms personality. With no fancy equipment needed–you can make do with rings cut from cardboard and a pair of scissors–these pompoms are inexpensive and great to make to keep or to give. Pompomania will add a little pomzazz to your world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBrooches : 20 creative projects / Corinne Alagille ; photographs: Frédéric Lucano ; stylist: Corinne Alagille ; translated from the French by Matthew Clarke.
“Featuring twenty DIY projects with clearly laid-out, step-by-step instructions, this book shows readers how to create their very own bespoke brooches, from classically chic to offbeat. It demonstrates how to make brooches with everyday materials lying around in the bottom of a drawer – a scrap of fabric, a few coloured crayons, those pieces of paper that most people have carefully tucked away… Create a brooch, pin it on and enjoy the striking effect!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe complete photo guide to cardmaking / Judi Watanabe ; photographs: Rob Bostick and Judi Watanabe.
“Unlike many store-bought cards that are thrown away, handmade cards are cherished and displayed. They spark connections, express feelings, evoke laughter, and warm the hearts of friends, relatives, and coworkers. A comprehensive description of paper types available, folding options and techniques, coloring and image transfer methods, and adding embellishments are all covered. More than 80 projects give you lots of ideas and inspiration to create cards of your own, using the techniques you’ve learned. Unique envelope templates and a helpful source list are included.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)