Be creative this season! New Craft books for March

Take a look at a delightful selection of fun and easy to follow projects with ideas and instructions how to create simple and stylish pieces. Find some fantastic knitting, quilting and crocheting ideas for you to start your own project. Have fun!

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 cover200 fun things to crochet : decorative flowers, leaves, bugs, butterflies, and more! / edited by Victoria Lyle.
“If you ever find yourself wondering what to crochet next, then just open this book, and you’re guaranteed to find the answer. 200 Fun Things to Crochet is an irresistible collection of cute little crochet projects for all levels of ability. Containing a mix of beautiful projects inspired by nature–crochet flowers, birds, bugs, leaves, and even sea creatures–as well as a collection of charming floral squares, you’ll want to pick up your hook, sort through your yarn stash, and get started right away.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesigner crochet accessories : fresh, new designs for hats + scarves + cowls + shawls + handbags + jewelry and more.
“Sometimes, all it takes is the right accessory to pull off a great look. And if that accessory happens to be handmade by you? All the better! In this book, popular author/designer/teacher Melissa Leapman shows you how to make more than 25 fresh and beautiful crocheted accessories. From winter warmers like cozy hats and scarves that make a statement to all-season wardrobe builders such as one-of-a-kind jewelry, colorful handbags, and stunning shawls, Melissa Leapman’s Designer Crochet Accessories has it all.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDresden carnival : 16 modern quilt projects, innovative designs / Marian B. Gallian and Yvette Marie Jones.
“A parade of modern Dresden quilts awaits, packed with playful colour choices, new layouts, and exciting borders. Peruse 16 projects, 4 bonus variations, and 5 alternate colourways, for creativity that knows no bounds! Basic needle-turn techniques are included, and patterns range from beginner-friendly to more advanced. These truly innovative Dresden blocks for the next generation take a perennial favourite and infuse it with pizazz!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitting without needles : a stylish introduction to finger and arm knitting / Anne Weil.
“Who knew you could actually knit without needles? Put down those complicated knitting projects that take forever to finish. Knitting Without Needles brings cool home, gifts, and clothing accessories–cowls, totes, rugs, poufs, scarves, and more–within arm’s reach. An all-in-one resource for a new kind of craft, this book shows you how to loop yarn with your fingers or your forearms with thirty patterns that are simple to follow and produce stylish results. Best of all, many of them knit up fast–in less than an hour!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern knits from Sweden : a warm mix of shawls, scarves, cowls, mittens, hats and more / Erika Åberg ; photography, Malin Nuhma.
“All your favorite contemporary knits, in one book: shawls, scarves, hats, wrist warmers, mittens, and gloves! With delightful easy-to-wear accessories in all styles and sizes, from classic and elegant to cozy and colorful, garter stitch and stockinette to entrelac and herringbone, Modern Knits from Sweden will keep any experienced knitter warm all winter long.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe knitted hat book : 20 knitted beanies, tams, cloches, and more.
“Brimming with quick and fun-to-knit designs for stitchers of all skill levels, The Knitted Hat Book features a modern take on classic knitted caps. In this top-notch collection, your favorite knitwear designers have created more than 20 head-turning toppers. Hats of all shapes and styles: berets, beanies, tams, cloches, toques, and more. Whether you’re looking for instant knitting gratification, a few chic designs to perk up your wardrobe, or the perfect small project to hone new skills, The Knitted Hat Book has you covered.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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)

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)