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Cool designs for warmer days – New Craft books for December

Give your creativity a fresh start with gorgeous ideas from this selection of our latest craft books. Discover some glorious designs for quilts, inspired by the rich colours of the terracotta walls and the white churches of the Mediterranean. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverKnit together, share together : simple knitting for all the family / Marja de Haan ; translated by Barbara Mee.
“Knitting can bring generations together. This practical and beautifully illustrated book, which contains step-by-step knitting instructions and patterns, was inspired by a granddaughter knitting a simple doll’s sweater, her grandmother knitting the doll itself, and the girl’s mother knitting a matching sweater for her daughter. Even young children can learn to knit the basic stitches, and this book features projects suitable for every age and stage of experience. Knitting not only stimulates the mind and develops motor skills and dexterity but is also a way of creating something useful, with love, which can be cherished.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitting for the outdoors : merino handknits for active Kiwis / Gillian Whalley-Torckler ; photography Darryl Torckler.
“Merino wool is the best for warmth and comfort, especially in garments for active outdoor people. This book features quick knits in modern designs and includes hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hoodies and vests which look good anywhere and appeal to men and women, girls and boys.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitting short rows : techniques for great shapes & angles / Jennifer Dassau.
“Shape your knitwear seamlessly–using short-rows! Add seamless curves, soft angles, and depth to your finished pieces with Knitting Short Rows. Inside, Jennifer Dassau teaches you this essential technique in a beautiful package, providing know-how and design inspiration. Whether you want to enhance your knitting repertoire or are seeking great new designs for your knitted wardrobe, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in Knitting Short-Rows: Techniques for Great Shapes & Angles.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEasy toys to knit : cute and cuddly dolls, animals and toys / Tracy Chapman.
“Adorable, soft, and colorful, and just the right size for little hands, these knitted toys will be welcome additions to any child’s cuddly collection. From playthings for the very young–like blocks and balls–to dolls, Teddy bears, and a cute kangaroo, each pattern is carefully explained, with charts and detailed instructions. Many even come with alternative outfits and accessories. Whether you want an easily made gift or a more complex knitting project to really get into, these loveable toys are irresistible.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrochet : 20 projects for friends to make / Super+Super ; [text, Claire Culley and Amy Phipps].
“Gather your friends and make it a crocheters’ night out! Think of it as a book club for people who love to crochet–where instead of talking about a great novel, you all roll up your sleeves to make one of the 20 projects in Crochet. (Throw in a few beverages and snacks and you’ve turned this gathering into a party!) This quirky workshop-in-a-book from Super+Super gurus Claire Culley and Amy Phipps makes it easier and more fun to start a new crocheting project because you’re doing it with others. There’s no end to what you can create when working simultaneously with friends!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScrap quilt secrets : 6 design techniques for knockout results / Diane D. Knott.
“Turn your scrappy mess into a quilting success! Armed with the easy-to-use S.C.R.A.P.S. system (style, contrast, repetition, accent color, palette, and selvages), you’ll sew extraordinary quilts from every last bit of the fabric you love–even the tiniest scraps. Personalize 16 beginner-friendly quilts using the blank coloring pages, or apply the concepts to tackle any scrap quilt you want to make. These 5 must-know scrap secrets will forever change the way you look at scrap quilting!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Bible sampler quilt book : 96 quilt blocks inspired by the Bible / Laurie Aaron Hird.
“Devotion meets design in a stunning sampler quilt honoring both the Old and New Testament! Evoke the spirit of favorite Bible passages in fabric with this gorgeous how-to guide from renowned sampler-quilt author Laurie Aaron Hird. In The Bible Sampler Quilt, Laurie pairs scripture with beautifully pieced blocks representing significant people, themes and events from The Bible. Inspired by well-loved Bible passages, The Bible Sampler Quilt invites you to create a quilt that is both beautiful and spiritually uplifting.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKaffe Fassett’s quilts in Italy : 20 designs from Rowan for patchwork and quilting.
“Che bella! Kaffe’s inspiration for the 20 new quilts in this book was drawn from the exquisite, richly colored villages of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. The region, with its terracotta walls and handsome black and white churches set off by jewel-like glimpses of the Mediterranean, is beautifully reflected in the colors and patterns created by Kaffe and his team of designers. In addition to the gallery of quilts, the book provides detailed information on how to make each featured quilt, along with general practical patchwork and quilting information and a visual summary of Kaffe’s latest fabrics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Inspirational ideas for craft lovers – New Craft books

Winter is a great time for cosying up with craft books and this inspiring selection of our latest arrivals may be just what you need to lighten up the winter blues. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverWeekend wraps : 18 quick knit cowls, scarves & shawls / Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre.
“A collection of knits that take only a little time but are big on style. This is a chic and cosy collection of cowls, shawls, shrugs, and ponchos. Each pattern requires less yarn than a sweater and are in worsted or heavier yarn so will be finished quickly to produce a warm garment.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverSunday sews : 20 inspired weekend projects / Theresa Gonzalez ; photographs by Nicole Hill Gerulat.
Sunday Sews presents 20 irresistible designs that can be sewn on a weekend and enjoyed for a lifetime. Featuring minimalist style and unfussy lightweight fabrics, they are as functional as they are chic. Think drapey shift dresses, flattering tunics and skirts, tanks and tops perfect for layering, pretty aprons, go-anywhere tote bags, and gifts for children and loved ones. Step-by-step instructions and technical illustrations make construction a breeze, whatever the reader’s skill level; and lush photographs showcase the finished projects in clean, uncluttered settings.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGo big knits : 20 projects sizes 38-54.
“It can be hard to find a pattern for a cardigan or sweater that makes it easy to knit larger sizes–but now the search is over! This collection from Éditions Marie Claire includes 20 designs in Sizes 38-54 (M-XXL), from comfortable everyday wear to refined, classic looks that are perfect for an evening out. Clean lines, soft yarns, a variety of colors and styles, and stitch combinations designed to drape beautifully all come together to ensure that women of all body shapes and types will look–and feel–fantastic,”-  (Amazon.com.)

Syndetics book coverLoom knitting primer / Isela Phelps.
“Loom knitting uses a round loom or a straight board with pegs to create a knitted fabric. In this fully updated second edition of her 2007 book, Phelps introduces the basics of loom knitting: choosing the appropriate loom; tools for loom knitting; felting knitted items; and methods for casting on, knitting, and binding off. Each section includes step-by-step instructions with illustrations that clearly show the path of the yarn or hook from the perspective of the knitter holding the loom. A selection of projects, organized by type of loom used (round loom or board), completes the collection.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverQuilling : techniques and inspiration / Jane Jenkins.
“Jane Jenkins explains quilling techniques from closed loose coils to fringed flowers, with step-by-step photographs for clarity. She has designed a beautiful project to go with each technique so that new quillers can build their skills while producing quilled works of art. She shows how to make Art Nouveau and fantasy figures, Victorian fans, butterflies, candlestick holders and more. The beautiful, intricate and delicate filigreed patterns and pictures she creates are original and unique – and guaranteed to get you ‘rolling’.” (Amazon.com.)

Syndetics book coverHand drawn lettering : draw, print, paint / Max Marlborough.
“With this unusual manual, readers can follow numerous gradual instructions as they refer to the dozens of unique full-alphabet samples provided. Terminology on letterforms and fonts is provided both in the “Getting Started” chapter and in the helpful glossary. Pen and ink, brushwork, relief printing, and collage methods are covered. Images, patterns, symbols, and a generous amount of color are incorporated throughout, and the mood runs the gamut from somber to whimsical. Handwriting fans, calligraphy dabblers, and letter buffs of all ages and abilities will enjoy this book. ” (Adapted from Library Journal)

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 sue.dale@wcc.govt.nz

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)

A season of style – New Craft books for June

Blend creativity and functionality with ideas and tips from this craft book selection to add a little glamour to your house and your wardrobe. Make little treasures for your family and friends using witty ideas and your personal touch. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverSimply stitched : beautiful embroidery motifs and projects with wool and cotton / Yumiko Higuchi ; translator, Kyoko Matthews.
“Through her unique combination of wool and cotton thread, designer Yumiko Higuchi reinvents traditional embroidery for modern makers. Simply Stitched includes 20 beautiful embroidery motifs, plus project and instructions. Use these stunning designs to create accessories, clothing, and home decor. Enjoy classic embroidery motifs that are made new with fresh color combinations and incredibly textured detail. Embellish a child’s sweater with colorful candy motifs, create a holiday stocking that’s sure to become a family heirloom, or stitch a simple linen tote. With Simply Stitched, you’ll be inspired to embroider every available surface!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern needlepoint / Jayne Schofield.
“Each of these twenty beautiful needlepoint designs from Jayne Schofield is accompanied by a full-color chart, key and general instructions. These fun, quirky designs in bright, contemporary colors are all small, measuring on average approximately 10 x 12.5cm (4 x 5in), though the designs come in a variety of formats and include tall, narrow designs as well as squares.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStamping & printing : 20 creative projects / Émile Greenberg & Karine Thiboult-Demessence.
“Printing with stamps provides an easy way to be creative and playful. It is within reach of everybody and requires few materials. This rudimentary but timeless technique can produce surprisingly original results, sometimes extremely simple but at other times reminiscent of sophisticated design. This book shows readers how to print attractive contemporary motifs on a pillowcase with a potato, on a kitchen apron with an apple, on a place mat with pieces of string, on a curtain with corks, and more…” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDecorating with pompoms & tassels : 20 creative projects / Émile Greenberg & Karine Thiboult-Demessence.
“Pompoms and tassels are a great way to add a witty and personal touch to any interior. These 20 projects introduce a host of creative ways to customize objects for your home, ranging from cushions and fridge magnets to wall hangings and rugs. The book explains the basic techniques you need to make tassels and pompoms from a surprising range of materials, including wool, paper, felt, upcycled fabric and leather. Each project is graded according to its difficulty, but even absolute beginners will find plenty of accessible and stylish ideas to try out.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrafting with nature : grow or gather your own supplies for simple handmade crafts, gifts & recipes / Amy Renea.
Crafting with Nature offers an incredible collection of easy projects using natural materials you can gather or grow and form into beautiful and useful crafts. The book also includes gift ideas and recipes. Each chapter focuses on a different common plant, starting out with a beginner-friendly guide for how to gather or grow it (most are commonly found in home gardens), then ideas and projects for what readers can make with it.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCross-stitch to calm : stitch and de-stress with 40 simple patterns / Leah Lintz.
“Maximize the fun of needlework and minimize the stress! Discover how relaxing and satisfying crafting can be! In Cross-Stitch to Calm you’ll stitch away your stress with this simple, yet meditative craft. Only a bit of embroidery floss, a needle, and fabric are needed. 40 unique, yet simple cross-stitch patterns are featured, plus, author Leah Lintz has included an introductory chapter that that explains the basics of cross-stitch, as well as easy techniques for finishing and displaying your project.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScraps : stylish stash fabric crafts to stitch / Vera Vandenbosch.
“Create gorgeous projects from your heaping troves of fabric scraps like: old T-shirts; outgrown jeans; cuttings from sewing projects; leftover gift ribbons. No formal sewing experience is required; in fact many projects don’t even use a sewing machine so you and your children or grandchildren can easily recycle and rekindle your creativity. Success is ensured with: Step-by-step instructions; Materials, tools and basic techniques section; 75 attractive photographs; 10 illustrated templates.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCreating really awesome free things : 100 seriously fun, super-easy projects for kids / Jamie Dorobek.
“100 kid-friendly projects from the creator of C.R.A.F.T.! Get ready for some serious family fun! Filled with 100 fun crafts, Creating Really Awesome Free Things helps you develop your child’s creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills–all while using common household items. Each budget-friendly project features step-by-step instructions and keeps kids entertained, engaged, and learning all day long.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

The art of sewing! New craft books for May

Refresh your sewing skills or learn to sew with some easy and fun projects that we have chosen for you with lots of ideas and inspiration. Discover ways how to make fun costumes for your kids in no time with step by step instructions. Children love to dress up!

Syndetics book coverSewing dress-up : 35 cute and easy costumes for kids / Emma Hardy.
“35 simple costumes to make for parties and dress-up games, with pull-out full-size pattern sheets. Whether you have a little princess or a superhero in your family, or your children favor the traditional roles of cowboy, pirate or nurse, there are ideas here that are easy to make and much more effective than shop-bought outfits. All the favorites are included, such as animals–a lion, a ladybug, a dinosaur–and fairy-tale characters from Red Riding Hood to the Gingerbread Man. Two pull-out sheets are included with all the full-size patterns you will need, and there’s a techniques section so you can brush up on your sewing skills.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe sewing workshop : learn to sew with 30+ easy, pattern-free projects / Linda Lee.
“Welcome to The Sewing Workshop , filled cover-to-cover with projects from three of our most popular sewing box sets. These 30+ stylish patterns for sewing small- to medium-size accessories, like drawstring pouches, mini totes, and backpacks, will surprise and delight even the most seasoned crafter. Inside you’ll also find in-depth informative tutorials, tips, and troubleshooting techniques, as well as a robust materials list.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSunday sews : 20 inspired weekend projects / Theresa Gonzalez ; photographs by Nicole Hill Gerulat.
Sunday Sews presents 20 irresistible designs that can be sewn on a weekend and enjoyed for a lifetime. Featuring minimalist style and unfussy lightweight fabrics, they are as functional as they are chic. Think drapey shift dresses, flattering tunics and skirts, tanks and tops perfect for layering, pretty aprons, go-anywhere tote bags, and gifts for children and loved ones. Step-by-step instructions and technical illustrations make construction a breeze, whatever the reader’s skill level; and lush photographs showcase the finished projects in clean, uncluttered settings. Sleekly packaged and brimming with atmosphere,Sunday Sews evokes everything we love about the most relaxing day of the week.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTilda’s toy box / Tone Finnanger.
“Latest must-have collection from bestselling craft designer Tone Finnanger aka Tilda who brings her talents to soft toys, gifts and home accessories for children. Tilda’s new book will show you how to make a wide range of beautiful soft toys and gifts for kids, plus amazing accessories for their bedrooms. Discover simple sewing patterns for adorably plump dolls with a range of outfits and accessories, cute jungle creatures like monkeys, and sea-themed creations – pirates, whales and fish–all reproduced at full-size to trace from the page. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHalf yard gifts : easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric / Debbie Shore.
“This book contains 22 projects to sew and give away, each made using less than half a yard of fabric. Projects range from pincushions, bags and paperweights to aprons for budding chefs, kneeling pads for gardeners and tool belts for DIY-enthusiasts. The projects are made in a range of prints and styles and use a range of techniques: either follow each project closely, or adapt the size and fabric to suit the recipient. Debbie gives advice on how to customise the projects, so that you can create the perfect gift for your loved one.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMad about buttons : fifty creative craft projects using buttons / Alice Vinten.
“Enjoy the art of button craft with 50 creative projects in this step-by-step guide. The book includes a wide variety of crafting skills and techniques that range from simple projects for kids to impressive home accessories for the craft enthusiast. Chapters including Gifts, Kids, Wall Art, Accessories and Home encourage crafters to get creative and experiment with their button collection. These ‘bright as a button’ projects are sure to provide a calming and therapeutic pastime with wonderful decorative results.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInside haute couture : behind the scenes at the Paris ateliers / Désirée Sadek ; Guillaume de Laubier ; translation from the French by Molly Stevens.
“From Maison Chanel on rue Cambon to Jean Paul Gaultier on rue Saint-Martin, the history of French fashion is often closely tied to those of Parisian addresses. With exclusive photographs by Guillaume de Laubier and text by Désirée Sadek, Inside Haute Couture offers a private tour of 10 meccas of French fashion. From the splendor of VIP reception rooms to the privacy of sewing ateliers, the daily lives of the most renowned figures in haute couture are show­cased alongside the skilled artisans and their stunning creations. This book is an unprecedented journey into a world often closed to the public, against a backdrop of an exceptional architectural heritage.” (Syndetics summary)

Charming jewellery projects – New craft books for April

Bead something beautiful or learn how to create an elegant bracelet using ideas and techniques featured in this craft book collection we’ve chosen for you. Simple to make and fun to wear handmade accessories for you and your loved ones. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverLeather & bead jewellery to make / Cat Horn.
“Learn how to create beautiful beaded leather jewellery using simple stringing and knotting techniques. In no time you will be making fashion jewellery you will love to wear and show off. Experienced beaders will find mix and match different techniques, as well as advice on how to create leather jewellery.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuccessful Jewellery Maker: Problems, Solutions and Best Practice [paperback]
“A comprehensive manual for jewellers. Author Frieda Munro draws on her experience both making jewellery and teaching the craft, and describes every conceivable problem that a jeweller might face at all stages of making a piece, suggesting ways to resolve what’s gone wrong, or to use it creatively: turning a fault into a design feature.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSensational soutache jewelry making : braided jewelry techniques for 15 statement pieces / Csilla Papp.
“Soutache is a decorative braid, colourful, extraordinarily light, luxurious and stylish. In this book, Csilla Papp will show you how interesting and varied soutache embroidery can be. She firstly teaches basic techniques needed to have a good grasp of soutache embroidery. Then you’ll learn to create 15 projects including bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings and necklaces incorporating stones, crystals and beads. Csilla encourages you to deviate from her patterns as your technique develops, using different colours and stones, allowing your imagination to run free.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMade in paracord! : 25 great jewelry, accessories, and home projects to knot / Caitlin Wynne.
“This collection of 25 designs, all created in brightly colored paracord, will inspire you to get knotting. There are no special skills required, and paracord is an easy, and easily available, material to work with, so you’ll be creating simple and stylish pieces in no time. You’ll find tons of accessories, including survival and other bracelets, key chains, bags, belts, and headbands, as well as homewares like wall hangings, hammocks, bowls and plates-and more!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to Make 50 Fabulous Flat Kumihimo Braids: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Flat Braids for Beautiful Cord Jewellery and Fashion Accessories, Complete with Kumihimo Loom [paperback]
“A beginner’s guide to making flat braids for fun and fabulous cord jewellery and accessories.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJewellery / Laura Torres.
“Bracelets, brooches, beads… Learn to make all these and much more in Jewellery – A fantastic step-by-step guide to creating 12 of your own stylish accessories. Step by step instructions show you how to fashion a friendship bracelet, a pretty pin brooch and even a flower power hairband. Be the envy of all your friends as you whip up bracelets, necklaces and rings to create your own unique look!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArm candy : friendship bracelets to make and share / Laura Strutt.
“Simple to make and fun to wear, friendship bracelets are the perfect craft to make at home. They make lovely gifts–if you can bear to give them away!” (Back cover)

Celebrate the season – New craft books for March

Find inspiration and have fun browsing through this collection of newly arrived craft books we have selected for you. Add excitement to your wardrobe with some adorable new designs of scarves, shawls and wraps, read about how to make eye-catching bunting to spice up your home or check out the delightful crochet flowers made from scraps of yarn.

For those of you who are interested in joining the library knitting group, you are welcome to join us at the Central Library to share your ideas and enthusiasm, with our devoted “Knit and chat” library knitters. A delicious morning tea is provided, and the latest craft books and magazines are offered for inspiration.

The group meets on the last Saturday of every month on the first floor behind the escalator from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will take place at Easter Saturday, 28th March – contact Sue Dale if you have any questions (phone 801 4146 or email sue.dale@wcc.govt.nz)

Syndetics book coverKnit scarves and shawls now.
“Discover over 40 fresh new designs for scarves, shawls, capelets, wraps and cowls that will add excitement to any wardrobe. Scarves and shawls are extremely versatile and are perfect for adding colour and character to an outfit. These designs range in style and shape and, depending on the yarn you choose, can be light & airy, thick & bulky, or elegantly lacy. There are plenty of projects to suit every knitter’s taste and experience level.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTen adorable teddy bears to knit : plus all their clothes and accessories / Rachel Borello.
“In Ten Adorable Teddy Bears to Knit, knitting enthusiasts will find: 10 bears to handcraft from detailed patterns, with suggested yarn to use, needle size, finished measurements, and more. A collection of 15 accessory patterns to knit for the bears that can be mixed-and-matched, including a hat, scarf, cardigan, and more accessories such as a cable knit sweater and a seed stitch bear-sized backpack introduce new skills to beginners and more challenges to advanced knitters.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBanners, buntings, garlands & pennants : 40 creative ideas using paper, fabric & more / Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio.
“Festive and eye-catching, banners, buntings, garlands, and pennants add visual fun to almost any type of celebration or space. These 40 quick and easy projects–made of paper, fabric, felt, and more–make beautiful displays. Use them for special events, for holidays, when entertaining, or even just to spice up a room. A basics section gives beginners a primer on the materials and techniques they need.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdventures in Pompom Land : 25 cute projects made from handmade pompoms / Myko Diann Bocek.
“Enter the wonderful land of pompoms, where cute critters and creative adventures await you. All the projects in this unique collection begin with handmade, not pre-purchased, pompoms, and every step is beautifully laid out with easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of images. Crafters can then create 25 charming creatures–from a sweet little bluebird to a lop-eared bunny–out of wool yarn, roving, and felt. It’s fun to do and every project is off-the-charts adorable!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe farmer’s wife sampler quilt : letters from 1920s farm wives and the 111 blocks they inspired / Laurie Aaron Hird.
“In 1922, The Farmer’s Wife magazine posed this question to their readers: “If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?” The magazine at the time had 750,000 subscribers, and received over 7,000 letters. The best answers to this question are included in this book, along with the traditional quilt blocks they inspired. Laurie Aaron Hird provides everything you need to be inspired and create your own sampler quilt, and 42 letters from the 1922 Farmer’s Wife contest to give you a priceless glimpse into the country’s past.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrochet flowers step-by-step : 35 delightful blooms for beginners / Tanya Shliazhko.
“Stop and crochet the flowers! Crochet flowers are a favorite with needlecrafters because they can be made from scraps of yarn, they’re small and portable, and they are so versatile. Geared toward beginners, each of the 35 crochet flowers patterns in this book comes with a clear, easy-to-follow photo sequence linked to a chart. Use them to add charm to home decor projects such as pillows, towels, or napkin holders, or gather them into a pretty corsage for a lapel or hat trim. Once the seed is sown, you won’t want to stop making these adorable embellishments.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Beautiful projects to celebrate the New Year – New Craft books for February

Give your creativity a fresh start with inspiration from our latest craft books.

They are packed with ideas and tips to inspire and encourage you to develop your creative skills. From seasonal projects to make and give and pretty patterns for lace knitting to delightful crocheted cushions and smocking stitching for beginners. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverA year in crafts : 52 seasonal projects to make and give / Clare Youngs.
“Here are 52 beautifully simple step-by-step ideas to get you crafting throughout the year. Start in January by making a handmade diary so you can start the year fresh and organized, while in March you can revamp your home for the annual spring clean with a new chair seat or a vintage-inspired embroidered tablecloth. You’ll be inspired with Clare Youngs’ lovely projects, so whether you want to make each project as the year progresses, or dip in and out of the book, you’ll never be bored with A Year in Crafts.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAnyone can knit : a step-by-step guide to essential knitting skills / Libby Summers.
“This title sets out to prove its claim with a treasury of know-how and ideas appealing to every skill level. This full colour title is packed with step-by-step instructions in essential knitting skills as well as stylish projects.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAran & Nordic knits for kids : 25 designs for babies and young children / Martin Storey ; photography by Steven Wooster.
“With 25 great knits for little girls and boys, this Scandinavian inspired collection of designs by Martin Storey has a range of delightful projects. Features Aran-style textures and cables and Nordic-inspired colourwork, incorporating traditional patterns with a contemporary twist. The designs include a range of garments, such as coats, jackets, cardigans, sweaters and slipovers, plus accessories. There are also knits for the nursery.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSock-yarn shawls II : 16 patterns for lace knitting / Jen Lucas.
“Following the overwhelming success of Sock-Yarn Shawls , Jen Lucas presents an all-new selection of striking patterns for luscious sock yarns. Discover designs for everyone from confident beginners to advanced knitters. Patterns range from small shawlettes to large circular shawls, and many are made from a single skein.
Pretty new patterns for single-colored and multicolored shawls – enjoy lots of options! Shawl constructions include top down, bottom up, crescent, short row, and circular
Begin with the basics and move on to create designs with attach-as-you-go lace borders” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrocheted cushions / Susie Johns.
“With 26 modern, colourful and creative designs to choose from, this inspiring title is the only crocheted cushion book you’ll ever need. Featuring a vibrant range of designs with bobbles, ruffles, stripes and granny squares, in shapes ranging from circles and rectangles to hearts, owls and chickens, this book also contains wedding ring pillows and pin cushions. Written by longstanding and highly successful author Susie Johns, this book also includes a comprehensive techniques section at the beginning, ensuring that it is accessible to crafters of any ability.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern vintage gifts : over 20 pretty & nostalgic projects to sew & give / Helen Phillipps
“Sew a little love and give the gift of handmade with Vintage Modern Gifts! A bright contemporary collection of over 20 patchwork and sewn projects, designed to make readers smile and have fun with fabric from Helen Philipps – a popular craft designer whose highly desirable style is a cross between Cath Kidston and Tilda. The projects are all simple enough for beginners yet desirable enough for more experienced sewers, exploring different techniques including patchwork, quilting, paper piecing, appliqué, colour play, embroidery and embellishment. Projects include small quilts, dolls, bags, pillows, hearts, puppies, flowers, stars, angels and more – all in a gorgeous coordinating color palette, with charming hand-drawn illustrations and exquisite styled photography.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA-Z of smocking
“This book features every smocking stitch, clearly explained for beginners, but also has inspiring examples and new or little-known techniques to appeal to experienced smockers. It shows how to work the stitches, read graphs, and select colours, fabric and threads. It teaches how to pleat and block a garment, gives advice on different techniques such as ribbon weaving, counterchange, template and freeform smocking and much more. It is bursting with hints, ideas and inspirational photographs.There is full advice on the fabric, needles and thread needed and a glossary of smocking terms. Interspersed throughout the book there are helpful hints for all the stitches and techniques, and beautiful photographs of smocked garments to inspire the reader to pick up a needle.” (Syndetics summary)

Summer craft projects! New Craft books in November

There’s nothing more satisfying than making Christmas cards and gifts for your family and friends and you will find lots of new library books, packed with magical ideas and inspiration to help you make this season special. We have included traditional and contemporary Christmas projects as well as patterns for sewing beautiful dresses, and ways to create handmade gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book coverHalf yard Christmas : easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric / Debbie Shore.
“Are you craving a crafty, creative Christmas? Let Debbie Shore show you how to create all the accessories you’ll need in the latest addition to her best-selling Half Yard series. Featuring six themed chapters – rustic, traditional, contemporary, monochrome, Scandinavian and kids – there’s something for everyone: you can select your favourite Christmas style or mix and match throughout your home. With over 30 simple, stylish projects requiring only half yards of fabric, this book will have you feeling festive in no time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe artful year : celebrating the seasons and holidays with family arts and crafts / Jean Van’t Hul.
“Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a wonderful opportunity to embrace creativity together as a family. It’s also a fun way to decorate, prepare for, and learn about the holidays we celebrate. In The Artful Year, you’ll find art activites, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. By doing so, your family will create memories and mementos, you’ll develop creative growth in your children and yourself, and you’ll have lots of fun!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSew many dresses, sew little time : the ultimate dressmaking guide : interchangeable patterns to create 200+ unique dresses / Tanya Whelan.
“Tanya Whelan believes that dressmaking is easier than most people realize but that most sewing books are more complicated than they need to be. With her “choose-your-own-adventure” approach to sewing, Tanya offers an invaluable collection of patterns that empowers sewers to become designers. The trick is a set of patterns for 6 skirts and 8 bodices that line up perfectly at the waist, plus an additional 4 sleeve styles and 4 necklines. Tanya Whelan gives readers clear instructions and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams that allow them to use the enclosed pattern pieces to create up to 219 fitted dresses, including simple strapless designs, sheaths, and halter gowns. The book covers basic dress construction and altering techniques for women of all shapes and sizes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHandmade style : 23 must-have basics to stitch, use, and wear / Anna Graham.
Handmade Style showcases blogger Anna Graham’s talent for creating cleverly constructed pieces with simple, clean lines. It’s the first sewing book ever to present a collection of projects specifically designed to complement each other. And, it’s your ticket to creating a cohesive, sophisticated, fresh look from top to bottom for your home. 23 projects that you’ll love to wear, to carry, and to use. This thoughtful collection will keep any sewist busy for a full year. Beautiful projects range from small to large. Full-size pattern pieces are included in two large pullout sheets.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSew fab : sewing and style for young fashionistas / Lesley Ware.
Sew Fab is a style and sewing workbook for any girl aged 8-13 who loves fashion. It will teach you not just to sew, but how to wear your creations with flair. Start by finding your style tribe, learning to accessorize, identifying the best colors for you, and more. Now get ready to sew. Make yourself a mini studio, stock your sewing basket, and try out some hand stitching. There’s a mix of easy step-by-step projects to sew by hand or using simple machining, from a hair bow to a little black dress (but in the color that suits you best!). Packed with gorgeous illustrations, step-by-step projects, tips, and fun activities, you will be creating unique clothes and accessories in no time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHandmade interiors / project editor, Laura Palosuo.
Handmade Interiors is the most comprehensive guide to soft furnishings and home sewing projects on the market. Handmade Interiors leads you through sewing projects such as how to sew curtains, a cushion cover or a Roman blind using step-by-step instructions and images. Compiled by experts in home design who offer advice on fabrics and variations to tailor to your specific home decoration needs. The easy to follow format makes this the perfect guide for novices and experts alike, covering the whole process of creating professional looking furnishings, from measuring, all the way through to installing your finished project.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRubber band bracelets : 35 colorful projects you’ll love to make / Lucy Hopping.
“Everyone’s crazy for rubber-band jewelry! Discover how to make 3 fantastic designs for yourself and your friends. All you need to make the basic bracelets are colourful rubber bands, a loom that you can make yourself, a hook, and a clip or split ring–it’s that simple! The patterns in this book show you how to make a whole host of different items that you can customize by choosing your own colourways. Every one of these projects, from a pretty diamond bracelet to cute ladybug and bee bracelets, will inspire you to get crafting. All the projects have clear step-by-step illustrated instructions, so you’ll be an expert in no time!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Knitting projects to match your style – New Craft books for October

Take inspiration from this fabulous selection of new books featuring delightful knitting projects, offering lots of new ideas and tips how to make handmade gifts for family and friends. Find some bright ideas on how to create gorgeous gifts and bring colourful charm to your holiday season. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverNeck effects : 30 scarves, wraps, and cowls to knit for now.
“Nurture your neck! Neck Effects offers knitters a creative collection of 30 fresh, fashion-forward neckwear designs featuring Cascade Yarns’ Heritage line of luxurious, easy-care superwash merino blends. From cozy cables to delicate lace to stunning Fair Isle, knitters of every skill level will find projects that are destined to become modern classics–and that will make great gifts for anyone with a love of knits and a sense of style!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of slip-stitch knitting : techniques, stitches, projects / Faina Goberstein & Simona Merchant-Dest.
“Slip stitch is one of the simplest and most versatile knitting techniques, but it’s often overlooked. The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting is a modern and thorough take on this technique that delivers beautiful colorwork and gorgeous textures–with minimal effort. A complete overview covers all the basics of slip-stitch knitting. Forty stitch patterns, many of which are reversible, stretch the boundaries of slip stitch. Sixteen original projects for cardigans, pullovers, hats, bags, scarves, and more showcase the versatility of slip stitch by using it as an allover pattern or accent.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit : innovation in fashion, art, design / Samantha Elliott.
“Knit is an exciting and dynamic design area, with new technologies opening up a wealth of creative possibilities for designers, as well as innovative uses of traditional techniques. Witty, hyper-real and luxurious designs are being used by fashion designers, while artists, activists, and community groups are reinterpreting the medium to stunning and surprising effect. This showcase of the best knitted textiles around the world is divided into three key areas: fashion, art, and community, showcasing innovative constructions from designers, architectural sculptures and floating installations, and experimental public work from guerrilla knitting collectives.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCustom socks : knit to fit your feet / Kate Atherley.
“Whether you knit them toe-up or top-down, getting just the right fit on hand knit socks can be a major challenge! In Custom Socks, Kate Atherley sets out to teach knitters of all levels the skills and tools they need to understand sock fit, and to knit a pair of socks that fit properly. So go ahead and treat yourself to these 15 original sock patterns that are easily customizable and work with any needle configuration. Your feet will thank you!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStitch stories : personal places, spaces and traces in textile art / Cas Holmes.
“Everything, from a walk in the park to an exotic trip, can provide inspiration for textile art. See how to record your experiences in sketchbooks, journals, and photographs to create personal narratives that become beautiful stitched-textile pieces. Acclaimed textile artist Cas Holmes discusses such techniques as creating layered collages, “sketching” in stitches, and working with composition and color. The result will be unique–uniquely you!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLace one-skein wonders / edited by Judith Durant ; photography by Geneve Hoffman.
“Judith Durant has done it again! This all-new collection of 101 original lace knitting projects, each using just a single skein of yarn, will thrill knitters of all levels. From clothes and accessories to pillows, curtains, and tablecloths, these beautiful projects were contributed by designers and knitters around the world. Try your hand at an heirloom-quality lace shawl, a lacy pair of gloves, or a dainty child’s dress with a perfect lace insert – the possibilities are endless!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOne-skein wonders for babies / edited by Judith Durant ; photography by Geneve Hoffman.
“This irresistible collection offers 101 original knitting projects for babies and toddlers — each using just a single skein of yarn! From mittens and hats to tees, sweaters, hoodies, pants, dresses, socks, and bootees, you’ll find the perfect wearable for every child and every occasion. You’ll also discover beautiful bibs, blankets, and sleep sacks, plus adorable stuffed toys, blanket buddies, and more. These beautiful projects were contributed by designers and crafters around the world, and each comes with complete step-by-step instructions and a photograph of the finished piece.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover‘Tis the season to be felt-y / Kathy Sheldon with Amanda Carestio.
“Christmas is the perfect time of year for a dash of handmade flair and craft felt is one of the easiest and most inexpensive materials to use. Your Christmas holiday will be merry and bright thanks to these 40-plus new, fresh and contemporary projects from two great craft designers. Most of the projects are machine or hand sewn with a few no-sew last-minute designs thrown in. Add festive felt-y flair to your holiday crafting and bring colourful charm to your Christmas.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)


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