A day of crafting

I had a wonderful day on Friday. No work, no family, just craft. It was bliss! Highly recommended for all crafters a day to your self. Benefits include lowering stress levels, increased appreciation of family, and increased relaxation. Downside: increased annoyance at why you cannot do this more often. For planning your own Craft Day check out our some of our new books:

Syndetics book coverArt quilts. Vol. 2 : major works by leading artists / curated by Martha Sielman. Sorry to say I am not a quilter, there is something about trying to make corners meet and failing that annoys me. However the quilts in this book are gorgeous and almost make me want to have another go. – (Librarian)

Syndetics book coverThe encyclopedia of greeting card tools & techniques / Susan Pickering Rothamel. A great one stop shop if you love making cards, great techniques and ideas for the beginners and some interesting tricks for the more advanced. – (Librarian)

Syndetics book coverMaggie Meister’s classical elegance : 20 beaded jewelry designs.
By combining multiple beadweaving stitches, designer Maggie Meister captures patterns and motifs inspired by ancient jewelry, mosaics and architectural elements in 20 sophisticated jewelry designs. … The Matriarch’s Cuff builds on the design of a 17th century Jewish wedding ring; the Sappho Necklace incorporates designs from ancient mosaics; and the Santa Sofia Pendant borrows shapes from the onion-dome churches of Eastern Europe. – (adapted from publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverWrapagami : the art of fabric gift wraps / Jennifer Playford.
“Presents wrapped in cloth are highly prized in Japan. The secret is to use a cloth large enough to make a decorative tie. Illustrator and graphic designer Playford’s projects are wraps for many differently shaped objects, all using a single square of fabric and some decorative trinkets such as toys or chopsticks. These are wonderful for using up a fabric stash.(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” – (adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverContemporary Irish knits / Carol Feller ; [photography, Joseph Feller].
Includes 20 Irish knitting projects that also discuss the remaining yarn mills and hand dyers in Ireland. – (adapted from Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverWeekend handmade : more than 40 projects + ideas for inspired crafting / Kelly Wilkinson ; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy. Some great ideas in this book, well worth a look, especially if you like to recycle and make homemade gifts for friends. – (Librarian)

To craft or not to craft… CRAFT

Having a very interesting weekend, I am seeing how high the ironing can get before I end up having to do it…….here are some of my many ways I am procrastinating…..

Syndetics book coverSoft toys : 36 characters to knit and crochet.
This collection of 36 soft toys in knitting and crochet will inspire delight in children and the young at heart. Simple elegant design with full page photographs of each project.

Syndetics book coverAnodized! : brilliant colors & bold designs for aluminum jewelry / Clare Stiles.
Loved the many patterns in this, there is something for everyone in this book.

Syndetics book cover175 fresh card ideas : designs to make and give throughout the year / by Kimber McGray.
“Share joy with handmade cards! Handmade cards are fun to give and receive! “175 Fresh Card Ideas” is packed with ideas for all occasions—from kid-friendly themes and milestone birthdays to holidays, bridal and baby showers and sweet sentiments—so you’ll never be stuck without a design idea for any card-giving occasion. …Let “175 Fresh Card Ideas” help you celebrate any occasion!” (Syndetics summary)

Cut it, paste it, sew it : a mixed-media collage sourcebook / [edited by] Chisa Itou.
“”Cut It, Paste It, Sew It” offers both insight into the materials, techniques (both familiar and experimental), and inspiration from a collection of 10 international artists who bring their own distinct style and methodology to the art of collage. …This book offers completely original materials and methodology from talented designers and artists that have not been seen before. The content is presented in an easy and fun presentation that makes it accessible to beginners while at the same time inspiring to more experienced artists with content that isn’t available through online blogging or magazines.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFresh quilting : fearless color, design, & inspiration / Malka Dubrawsky.
“Brighten up any room with fun, contemporary, and functional projects exploding with sensational color! “Fresh Quilting” presents 21 brilliant designs featuring quilt artist Malka Dubrawsky’s intoxicating colours and unexpected palettes. Learn to create beautiful and lively pieces for you and your home–from modern quilts and fun pillows to flirty bags and scarves.. …You’ll be inspired to infuse your own brilliant palettes into each project and discover just how irresistible and beautiful contemporary quilting can be!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitting over the edge : unique ribs, cords, appliqués, colours, nouveau : the second essential collection of decorative borders / Nicky Epstein.
Library note: Our last copy was so well used we had to replace it! HIGHLY recommended!