Ignite your creativity with these new craft books

Enjoy this month’s splendid selection of craft books and the variety of exciting projects! Get inspiration from the most recent quilt as-you-go designs and teach yourself easy techniques. Find countless tips and ideas for knitting from temporary style to classic accessories. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverLearn to crochet : 25 quick and easy crochet projects to get you started / Nicki Trench.
“Nicki Trench has taught hundreds of people how to crochet, so she knows what beginners need: clear instructions, and simple patterns on which to practise their newly-learned skills. Learn to Crochet starts with a step-by-step techniques section to teach you all the basic stitches and skills. Once you’ve learned the basics, there are 25 patterns for accessories to wear, items for the home, and bags and covers for the things you carry with you. Practice makes perfect, and with 25 patterns to choose from, you’ll soon be able to crochet with confidence.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPopcorns, bobbles & puffs to crochet : the visual guide to everything you need to know / Lindy Zubairy.
“These wonderful textured stitches show up everywhere and in many guises. You will come across them in so many patterns, old and new, and in projects from the exquisitely fine gauge to the funkiest chunky. With its carefully photographed step-by-step sequences, smart captions, and useful annotations, this book will quickly enable you to pick up the skills and get familiar with the techniques–before getting started on the projects to put it all into practice. And just to make sure you get the hang of it, the book includes links to five one-minute films that show some of the step-by-step sequences repeated.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilt as-you-go made vintage : 51 blocks, 9 projects, 3 joining methods / Jera Brandvig.
“Get comfortable with basic piecing and machine quilting – one block at a time! Best-selling author Jera Brandvig is back, this time with a romantic take on her quilt-as-you-go designs. Try your hand at 9 projects, including an elegant sampler with 51 mix-and-match blocks. For quilt as-you-go enthusiasts, Jera shares three optional joining methods, including her technique that makes your quilt reversible! No matter how busy your schedule, you can set attainable goals and practice quilting patchwork blocks in small, manageable pieces.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYoko Saito’s patchwork bags & accessories.
“Yoko Saito’s sewing designs for bags and accessories are distinctive for their use of creative motifs and charming details, while her modern aesthetic utilizes muted tones for a soft, relaxing feel. In her new book she offers detailed diagrams and instructions for each project to guide you through the process of creating your own one-of-a-kind patchwork pieces. 25 designs–10 eclectic bags, 5 stylish pouches, and 10 sundry items like a placemat, notebook covers, pen case, rooster pillow cover, and more Follow Yoko Saito’s color choices, or branch out into your own favorite palette Each piece is infinitely customizable!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPat Sloan’s teach me to sew triangles : 13 easy techniques plus 12 fun quilts / Pat Sloan.
“Well-known teacher, designer, and online radio host Pat Sloan teaches all you need to know to create triangles with ease. Take your skills to the next level with this second book in her beginner-friendly “Teach Me” series. You’ll discover 11 different ways to sew triangles. Find the method that’s just right for you! Find expert tips throughout, including the math to make each type of unit with ease.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe cable knitter’s guide : 50 patterns, 25 projects, countless tips and ideas / Denise Samson.
“Cables are beautiful and fun to knit — but if you’ve never worked one before, it’s hard to know where to start! The Cable Knitter’s Guide is divided into two parts: The first introduces 50 elegant variations on the basic cable, accompanied by detailed photographs and instructions. Novices can follow the links provided in the book to a series of YouTube videos of the author demonstrating how to work each cable! The second section forms a collection of 25 patterns for garments, accessories, and furnishings, each using one or more of the cables introduced earlier to add a little something extra to these delightful, striking designs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPonchos to knit : more than 40 projects and paired accessories in classic and contemporary styles / Denise Samson.
“These simple garments are all the rage, and for good reason. There are endless ways to shape them, style them, and wear them – their versatility is impossible to deny. Now handcrafting expert Denise Samson, author of The Cable Knitter’s Guide, has brought together her favorite poncho variations, along with the techniques that make them stand out from the crowd. Inside you’ll find striking knitwear designs from some of the finest Norwegian yarn producers alongside Samson’s own original patterns, plus four fabulous crochet projects.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitted cats & dogs / Sue Stratford.
“Combining the best from Knitted Cats & Kittens and Knitted Dogs & Puppies, the patterns are here produced all together in one book. The designs are fun and quirky, easy to follow and come in a range of characters, styles, shapes and sizes to suit knitters of all tastes and abilities. Each pattern comes with a comprehensive list of the yarns, needles and embellishments you need, and there are general notes too on basic techniques, materials, equipment and making up.” (Syndetics summary)

Beautiful hand lettering – New Craft books

This month we’ve chosen to highlight some of the beautiful new hand lettering books we’ve been spotting on our shelves! Have a go putting pen to paper with the ideas and techniques in our selection below, and develop your own unique stylish script.

Syndetics book coverModern calligraphy workshop : the creative art of pen, brush and chalk lettering / Imogen Owen ; photography by Kim Lightbody.
“Learn how to create beautiful, hand-lettered stationery, art, and other decorations with Modern Calligraphy, a sophisticated, interactive book full of exquisite sample alphabets, fun exercises, and simple step-by-step projects. From modern calligraphy in ink to hand lettering in chalk on blackboard and brush lettering in paint, you will discover a variety of ingenious and unique ways to turn words and letters into projects that can be given as gifts, sent as snail mail, or used within your home decor.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe golden secrets of lettering : letter design from first sketch to final artwork / Martina Flor.
“The Golden Secrets of Lettering is a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated guide to hand lettering. With easy-to-understand instructions and guidelines, plenty of inspirational examples, and hundreds of hand sketches and illustrations, Martina Flor shows readers how to transform their initial lettering concepts and handdrawn sketches into a well-shaped, exquisite piece of digital lettering that can be sold and published.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNib + ink : the new art of modern calligraphy / Chiara Perano.
“The original, authentic and bestselling guide to modern calligraphy from Chiara Perano, founder of the pioneering and unparalleled calligraphy studio Lamplighter London. Play with type, get creative with letterforms and fall in love with handwriting again.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHand drawn lettering : draw, print, paint / Max Marlborough.
“You’ll find: 32 pages of instructions, and another 96 pages of alphabet samples for practice. Pointers on techniques and the use of color. Tips on materials and a discussion of fonts. […] Fans of drawing, painting, and printing will thoroughly enjoy this step-by-step guide to hand drawn lettering.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of lettering : modern calligraphy in four easy steps / Stefan Kunz.
“Creative lettering styles are everywhere – on stationery, adverts, tea towels, wall art and cafe chalkboards to name just a few. This stylish, interactive book will make modern calligraphy accessible and fun – and you’ll only need a pen or pencil to get started. The book shows how to create cool hand lettering in three easy steps and features inspirational quotes in different hand-written styles, each with their own DIY page, which can be copied and incorporated into your own personal style.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern lettering : a guide to modern calligraphy and hand lettering / Rebecca Cahill Roots.
“Learn a variety of quirky, contemporary alphabets with these easy-to-follow guided worksheets. Explore stunning letterforms, create your own hand-lettering style, and make fun projects with this immersive guide to contemporary calligraphy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of creative lettering : calligraphy techniques, projects and alphabets / Janet Mehigan.
“This expertly presented volume covers all aspects of the art of ‘beautiful writing’, setting out the essential tools needed, teaching all the basic strokes to form letters, and providing a rich variety of templates to work from. A dozen alphabets are illustrated, showing pen angles, strokes and common group structures, along with a section on using a computer to create digital calligraphy.” (Syndetics summary)

Timeless designs – New Craft books for May

Add warmth and drama to your outfit with beautiful patterns of lace and shawls, create projects the whole family will love, with tips and instructions from this collection of recently arrived books. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverClassic knit shawls : 20 timeless designs featuring lace, cables, & more / from the editors at Interweave.
“Timeless designs featuring lace, cables, and more … For this collection of classic patterns we carefully collected an array of popular styles for knitters of all levels.”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book cover“Jo’s little favorites : timeless quilts from scraps and fat quarters / Jo Morton.
“Easy to start, even easier to complete! Top-selling designer of reproduction fabric Jo Morton makes creating small quilts almost effortless with expert techniques for accurate piecing and helpful tips on choosing and using fabric. Discover how to display small quilts in your home with Jo’s advice for incorporating quilts into your personal decorating scheme. What will you do with all the little quilts you’ll make?”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverAmiguruME pets : make cute crochet animals / Allison Hoffman.
“Crocheting mini-pets can be fun, especially when you have an opportunity to customize. Hoffman shows you how to mix and match features to create reproductions of your own cat or dog, in yarn. You’ll also get a chance to make a fantasy pet, such as a penguin, sloth, unicorn or dragon.”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book cover“Stitching with Beatrix Potter / Michele Hill.
“Bring Beatrix Potter’s delightful stories to life: stitch by hand and by machine as you create projects the whole family will love; learn about the life and work of Beatrix Potter with historical vignettes; amazing appliqué tips”–Page [4] of cover.

Syndetics book coverThe cross-stitch garden : over 70 cross-stitch motifs with 20 stunning projects / Kazuko Aoki ; translator, Kyoko Matthews.
“Inspired by her love of wildflowers, Kazuko Aoki has created a collection of more than 20 projects and over 100 individual cross-stitch motifs. Designs are included for all your floral favourites, such as viola, pansies, poppies and roses. These motifs are used to create traditional samplers, as well as bags, pincushions, pillows, coasters, aprons and tea towels. Instructions are presented in counted cross-stitch charts, plus step-by-step diagrams for constructing projects.”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverLuxe vintage : vintage inspired interiors and projects / Tahn Scoon ; photography by John Downs.
This is a lush, rich, densely packed book, focusing on how to achieve relaxed but luxurious interiors by way of layering textures and color, adding the right decorative details, mixing high and low pieces, and utilizing pre-loved pieces and more. […] With simple and whimsical projects and styles accompanied with descriptive and instructional text and lots of beautiful luxurious images. Luxe Vintage is the perfect handbook assistant for home decor.– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverSunshine spaces / Beci Orpin.
In “Sunshine Spaces”, designer Beci Orpin shows us how to make and create a range of fun homewares and other fabulous ideas for your outdoor space, including outdoor entertaining as well as how to bring a little of the outdoors inside your home! Inspired by the color and beauty of nature, projects include planter pots and hanging pots, picnic blanket and outdoor cushions, hammock and swing, sun umbrella and many more. […] Using a range of easily accessible materials, Beci shows you everything you need to know about bringing the sunshine into your life and home.– Provided by publisher.

Projects to celebrate the season – New Craft books

Have fun working on new projects with ideas and easy to master instructions from our newly arrived craft books. See below for details of our monthly knitting group gatherings at the Central library. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverThe art of living with nature : 50 beautiful projects to bring the outside in / Willow Crossley.
“Learn how to make beautiful, nature-inspired, decorations, and arrangements with The Art of Living with Nature. Divided into five separate chapters: Woodland, Flora, Fauna, Edibles, and Beach, The Art of Living with Nature contains 50 innovative ideas to decorate your home, ranging from hellebores displayed in test tubes to wreaths made from hydrangeas. Filled with tips and useful techniques to make the most out of your blooms, there will be a project to suit every occasion.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking concrete pots, bowls, & platters : 35 stylish and simple projects for the home and garden / Hester Van Overbeek.
“Create 35 beautiful planters, decorations, and gifts–all using concrete. You will find everything you need to know–what type of concrete to buy, how to use it, and how to decorate it–explained in a comprehensive techniques section. From there you can make chic and on-trend home accessories such as upside-down plant pots, a concrete vase with a wooden base, serving platters, a letter-shaped bookend, fruit bowls, and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of stone painting : 30 designs to spark your creativity / F. Sehnaz Bac.
“Transform ordinary stones into colorful works of art with this easy-to-follow guide. Starting with the basics — including finding and choosing stones as well as tools and materials — the guide offers a variety of techniques, including painting stones with colors or inks, painting on natural stone, and sealing the finished work. Projects range from simple to advanced and include suggestions for indoor and outdoor display, as well as instructions on how to style wearable objects such as pendants.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThread painting : bunnies in my garden / Jenny McWhinney.
“Thread painting is the term for using colored thread embroidery to create artistic, dimensional images. Using Jenny McWhinney’s wonderfully easy-to-follow directions, even novice embroiderers can recreate her 12 delightful rabbit-themed designs. Use them on garments, household objects, bags . . . anything you want! Tracing patterns and stitch diagrams are included for every one, and 100 color photographs document the projects in various stages.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTatted lace accessories / Donatella Ciotti.
“In her latest book, Donatella Ciotti teaches the reader how to make tatted lace, also known as “frivolité”- a durable yet delicate form of lace constructed using a series of knots and loops. Although it has been a traditional craft for centuries, Donatella’s step-by-step instructions focus on more modern needle techniques, making the craft accessible to a contemporary audience. This book includes 22 gorgeous designs to make including bracelets, earrings, necklaces and brooches, illustrated and explained with diagrams and step-by-step photography.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFloristry now : flower design and inspiration / Paula Pryke, OBE.
“The defining characteristic of Paula Pryke’s work is her consummate use of colour and structure – her bold colour choices first brought her to attention when she started out, and throughout her career she has never failed to challenge and excite. In this invaluable book Paula shares her design secrets.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe flower chef : a modern guide to do-it-yourself floral arrangements / Carly Cylinder ; edited by Amara Holstein.
The Flower Chef is a modern, comprehensive guide to floral design that caters to all readers–from beginners who have never worked with flowers before and are looking for a new creative outlet, to decorators, party planners and photographers looking to liven up their spaces. Even professionals will find ways to update their techniques! Filled with beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, this is the go-to guide to floral design that every flower lover will want to add to their collection.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Come along to the Central Library Knitting Group!

On the fourth Saturday of each month our knitting group meets between 1 and 4PM on the first floor of the Central library. You can knit for charity — premature babies, foster kids, the Women’s refuge, the night shelter, the SPCA — or spend some time on your own project. It’s a casual affair – just turn up on the day you want at the time you want to knit and chat. If you would like to learn to knit or crochet we have experienced knitters to help you. A free sandwich lunch, sweets, tea and coffee are provided.

Knitting Group photo
Knitting for premature babies at the Wellington Hospital Neonatal intensive care unit. Saturday February 25th 2017.

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)

Help the babies – Knitting group special meeting on Saturday 25th February

We have received an urgent appeal for singlets, blankets, bootees and jackets for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wellington Hospital. The library knitting group will hold a special meeting this Saturday 25th February to work on items for this appeal. If you could spare a little time on this day your help would be gratefully received.

Share some fun and fellowship while doing some good in the world!
Wool and patterns will be provided. Being small, the items will be quick to knit.
We will meet behind the escalators on the first floor of Central Library from 1-4PM
A continuous and substantial afternoon tea will be supplied.

CONTACT : Sue Dale
E-mail : sue.dale@wcc.govt.nz
Phone : (04) 801 4146

Books to inspire you:

Syndetics book coverKnitting for good! : a guide to creating personal, social & political change, stitch by stitch / Betsy Greer.
“Every time we knit, we have the opportunity to create positive change in ourselves, our community, and in the world. That’s Betsy Greer’s fervent belief, and in this book she shows us how. Betsy explores the ways we can use knitting to slow down in a fast-paced culture, while using the craft to benefit charities in our communities, to advocate for worthwhile causes, and to support individuals and communities across the globe.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitting green : conversations and planet friendly projects / Ann Budd.
“Detailing a wide range of perspectives and approaches to environmental issues, this unique crafting manual offers ideas for knitting conscientiously. Leading figures of the industry, from designers to yarn company executives, share their methods for integrating green principles into their work and lives.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTogether : how small groups achieve big things / Henry Hemmings.
Together is about the extraordinary revival of small groups in Britain today.What happens when a room full of people decide to work towards the same dream? Why is it that when we come together in small groups we are so much more than the sum of our parts?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitting yarns : writers on knitting / edited and with an introduction by Ann Hood.
“The impressive collection of writers here have contributed essays that celebrate knitting and knitters. They share their knitting triumphs and disasters as well as their life triumphs and disasters.” (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)

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)