Clever ideas – New Craft books for January

It’s the perfect season to expand your crafting repertoire and try new methods and techniques of creating unique pieces. Make gifts for family and friends or craft items that can be passed down from generation to generation. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover100 little knitted gifts to make / text, Susan Penny, Val Pierce, Fiona McDonald, Susie Johns, Sue Stratford, Monica Russel, Susan Cordes, Lee Ann Garrett.
“Knitting continues to be a very popular craft, and this book has a very wide appeal both to beginners and more accomplished knitters. The book covers a wide variety of themes from knits, baby bootees, phone covers, mug hugs, headbands and scarves, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Special stitches used are explained in detail, and yarns are described in generic terms, so that readers can use what is available to them, wherever they live. The projects are satisfying to make and can be made as gifts for special occasions and celebrations to family and friends.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe urban woodsman : a modern guide to carving spoons, bowls & boards / Max Bainbridge.
“This book appeals to the modern man and woman looking for a creative outlet that will connect them to their environment, be they in the city or the countryside. Max discusses the basic tools and hand grips, and with step-by-step carving and cutting techniques you will soon be mastering the skills to make your own creations. Starting with eating spoons, cooking spoons and spatulas, you can move on to butter knives, coffee scoops and chopping boards – even small bowls can be mastered without using a lathe. And there is added advice on finishing your projects – how to sand, ebonise, scorch and texture the surface as well as waxing and oiling your new, beloved kitchen creations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimply shibori : handmade, hand-dyed projects for the home / Fiona Fagan.
“Shibori is a resist dyeing technique and there are full instructions on making colour dyes using natural ingredients such as saffron. More than 30 projects are included, each made from plain fabrics, encompassing items for the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bedroom as well as a selection of lifestyle projects that would be perfect to make as gifts. This treasure trove of desirable projects includes an assortment of cushions, covers, bed linen, up-cycled lampshades, table runner, and napkins, to name just a few. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMind-blowing modular origami : the art of polyhedral paper folding / Byriah Loper.
“Modular origami is the latest craze in paper folding! These three-dimensional models are created from a number of small pieces of paper that are easily folded and then cleverly fit together to form a spectacular shape. They range from paper polyhedra to ornate flower-like spheres. Author Byriah Loper has been creating modular origami sculptures for just five years, but in that time, he’s pushed the upper limits of the art form with some of the largest, most complex geometric paper constructions ever assembled. A great way to learn origami, the easy-to-follow diagrams and step-by-step instructions in this book show you how to fold the paper components and then assemble them to create 22 incredible models.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDIY string art : 24 designs to create and hang / Jesse Dresbach.
“String art is making a comeback with seemingly endless new designs, and author Jesse Drebach’s modern, more flexible approach lets you methodically string away to your heart’s content. This book is full of patterns–simple to more intricate designs–that help you quickly get to the fun part of the craft–the stringing! DIY String Art includes simple geometrics, nature-inspired motifs worked on tree slices, zodiac signs, and even patterns for negative space string art. These are cool, urban designs, and they look amazing no matter where you hang them. Jesse’s double-wrap technique lets you add pronounced details and even create a string frame–he’s thought of, basically, everything you need to know to string a gallery of modern art!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover100 simple paper flowers / Kelsey Elam.
“Paper flowers are cropping up everywhere, taking centre stage in upmarket window displays and bringing pops of colour to winter weddings. They make a great impact, and offer an uplifting hit of colour at times when real flowers are scarce or too expensive. Best of all, they’re easy and enjoyable to make. 100 Simple Paper Flowers shows you how to put together dozens of ideas. With templates and projects, discover how a handful of techniques can work across the board, whether you want a bunch of daisies for your desk or an outsize bouquet of lilies for an event.” (Syndetics summary)

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)

Ignite your creativity – New Craft books for November

Making jewelry is a fascinating and often challenging craft. However, there are easy ways to create your own unique pieces! Find lots of ideas and the instructions you need to complete your favourite pieces and discover different methods of crafting in this collection of newly arrived library books. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverSensational soutache jewelry making : braided jewelry techniques for 15 statement pieces / Csilla Papp.
“In Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making, you’ll learn the basic techniques of soutache embroidery, and then get creative with 15 easy-to-follow projects for bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings and necklaces. Get inspired by author Csilla Papp’s ideas, then use your imagination to put your own twists on projects like the simple but stunning Zima Earrings and Baroque Bracelet, or a challenging statement piece like the India Choker. Color and stone choice combine with elaborate braids to make these pieces distinctly yours.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeather & bead jewellery to make / Cat Horn.
“This book features 33 projects for making beautiful leather and bead jewellery, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings. It describes both the tools and materials used to make the projects and explains key techniques step by step. Learn how to create beautiful beaded work using simple stringing and knotting techniques. You will also find advice and helpful hints on designing your own jewellery. In no time you will be making fashion jewellery you will love to wear and show off!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWirework jewelry workshop : handcrafted designs & techniques / Sian Hamilton.
“Creating beautiful handcrafted wirework jewelry is at your fingertips with Wirework Jewelry Workshop. Crafting jewelry is made fun and engaging with this easy-to-follow workshop in a book. You’ll find page after page of inspiration and techniques, along with a wealth of advice on tools, materials, and proper methods for making stunning wirework jewelry including necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings. This book is accessible for beginners with 450 colorful step-by-step photographs, straightforward instructions, and handy tried-and-true tips.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPolymer clay jewelry workshop : handcrafted designs & techniques / Sian Hamilton.
“Polymer clay is one of the most versatile jewelry-making materials. It has a chameleon-like quality that can mimic many other materials including metal or even glass. And because it’s easily modeled and molded, polymer clay can take on whatever shape and design your imagination can conjure. Polymer Clay Jewelry Workshop offers page after page of inspiration and techniques along with a wealth of advice on tools, materials, and proper methods for making stunning polymer clay jewelry. The step-by-step instructional format, handy tools, plethora of vivid photos, and approachable style of Polymer Clay Jewelry Workshop make it easy to start and finish your own beautiful jewelry pieces.” (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 coverNew rings : 500+ designs / Nicolas Estrada.
“Rings symbolize many things. More than purely decorative, the position of the ring on the hand and the way in which it is worn can denote love, promise, rebellion, compromise, or affiliation. This marvelously illustrated survey showcases 591 contemporary rings, created by nearly 300 designers from around the world, divided into five sections–one for each finger. The rings range from traditional and decorative to conceptual and even abstract pieces. The featured designers employ a wide variety of techniques, and an inventive array of materials, including gold, platinum, precious stones, plastic, bones, fiber, wood, shells, plants, and more. This revised and updated edition includes 100 new designs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to make 50 fabulous flat kumihimo braids / Beth Kemp.
“The friendship bracelet grows up! A beginner’s guide to making flat braids for fun and fabulous cord jewellery and accessories. A must-have book for anyone from tween to adult, who enjoys making their own jewellery. The specially drawn graphics make following the instructions easy for beginner to intermediate, and expert teacher, designer and braider Beth Kemp gives a masterclass in combining different colours and textures of cords. Includes plenty of ideas for how to use braids for adorable friendship bracelets through to more intricate beaded projects, and has different ways to start and finish with clasps or decorative loops and tassels.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Brighten your artistic world! New craft books in October

Enrich the list of your craft projects with ideas and easy to follow designs in this collection of stitching, knitting and crochet newly arrived library books. Find a list of easy to make wonderful gifts for Christmas and happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverBrioche chic : 22 fresh knits for women & men / Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark.
“A modern take on brioche stitch with gorgeous wearable garments and accessories that knitters will love. Author Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark offers a solid introduction to brioche knitting and a collection of 22 garments and accessories for women and men, including hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, pullovers, vests, and cardigans. Striking brioche stitch designs that are not overwhelming or full of complicated techniques will reel in readers to this fun style of knitting. Starting with the basics, Brioche Chic offers mini collections of garments revolving around a specific set of techniques.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit a square, create a cuddly creature : from flat to fabulous : a step-by-step guide / Nicky Epstein.
“Wise owls, feisty fighting fish, and delightful turtles are just a few of the 25 cute critters that knitters will enjoy constructing from this collection of addictive projects. Using Epstein’s fresh approach to crafting stuffed animals, and her simple step-by-step instructions, knitters need only make a square (often with color work or quirky techniques), sew it into the designated shape, and stuff it! The results are adorable, and fun embellishments add rich detail and character to each creature.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRomantic lace knitting : 20 gorgeous designs for every occasion / Monika Eckert, Stephanie van der Linden.
“While away magical hours knitting with delicate yarn and bright colors to create shawls and scarves to take with you wherever you go. There is a range of styles to suit everyone and every occasion – from festive and nostalgic to elegant and modern. With 20 gorgeous designs for shawls, wraps and scarves, this is an essential book for any lace knitter.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCutest ever baby toys to knit : over 20 adorable projects / Val Pierce.
Cutest Ever Baby Toys to Knit includes an introduction to basic knitting skills, techniques, and terminology. Altogether it is the ideal book for beginning knitters, while providing an enjoyable source of inspiration for those with knitting experience. Knitted toys and nursery accessories in soft, cozy yarns make wonderful gifts. Small rattles, cheery mobiles and colorful booties as a bonus. Clear instructions and a delightful photograph accompany every toy in the book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover501 enchanting embroidery designs : irresistible stitchables to brighten up your life / Boutique-Sha.
“This fun embroidery book contains hundreds of creative designs you can use to personalize all sorts of things! From a little hand-sewn gift, to personalized linens and cushions, to a well-worn and well-loved pair of jeans. 501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs offers simple hand-embroidery motifs that highlight life’s small pleasures. These freestyle designs are easy even for novices and will add that special touch to anything–from an apron for your best friend to the neckline of your favorite top.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMini makers : crafty makes to create with your kids / Laura Minter & Tia Williams.
“You don’t need to be an arty creative type to be able to enjoy crafting with your young children. Mini Makers will give you the ideas and the inspiration to experiment with an explore the hugely rewarding world of making and creating together. Paint, draw, print, cut, stick, sew and bake your way through this book with your little makers. Projects include: Pebble dominoes, Clay tea set, Magnetic faces, Cardboard boat and No-sew cape.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrochet taxidermy : 30 quirky animal projects, from mouse to moose / Taylor Hart.
Crochet Taxidermy puts a new twist on amigurumi , the popular Japanese method of creating considerably cute stuffed animals with oversized heads. In this delightful collection, heads of animals from farm and forest, sea and safari come to life with irresistible details like the drowsy eye (for the shy deer and sleepy octopus) and fuzzy yarn (for the skittery skunk’s stripe and lazy lion’s mane). Step-by-step instructions and adorable photos guide you through these 30 easy crochet patterns. Most require just one skein of yarn, so they’re affordable and quick to crochet!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover100 little christmas gifts to make.
“The projects cover a wide variety of crafts from including papercraft, sewing, knitting, crochet, sugarcraft, felt decorations, jewelry making, cross stitch, mosaic making, decoupage, polymer clay decorations and needlepoint. All projects are simple enough for experienced beginners and will also appeal to seasoned crafters. These charming Christmas items make fabulous gifts for family and friends.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)