Bold, unusual necklaces & fabulous craft ideas

We have ideas and inspiration for you in this month’s collection of craft books, with a focus on jewellery — bold unusual necklaces and lots of techniques to get you started. Plus, learn how to make pottery you will love, and use, and explore fabric art journals. Above all, have fun creating.

Syndetics book coverEasy-to-make statement jewelry : bold necklaces to dress up or dress down / editors, Colleen Dorsey & Katie Weeber.
“Style up with bold accessories that you make yourself! DIY Bold & Beautiful Necklaces offers 20 unique jewelry projects that you can create in just one afternoon. From chunky stone and edgy angles to vintage charm, each of these standout necklaces will add instant drama to the simplest of outfits. Even if you never made a necklace before, step-by-step photographs and simple instructions get you started.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSoutache / Donatella Ciotti ; English translation by Burravoe Translation Services.
“Discover Soutache, the art of creating modern and unique jewelry from looped braids. Donatella Ciotti shows you how to create stunning, expensive-looking costume jewelry, from earrings and bracelets to brooches for hats, with full-colour, detailed photography to guide you through each process. There is even a gallery of images at the end of the book to inspire you to create your own, bespoke soutache masterpieces.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion jewelry : a beginner’s guide to jewelry making / Courtney Legenhausen of Lotus Jewerly Studio.
“Learn how to make beautiful jewelry from an up-and-coming designer with her own line! Bead stringing, wire wrapping, pearl knotting. This beginner-friendly guide, created by Courtney Legnhausen (owner of Lotus Jewelry), teaches all the basics of fashioning fun and attractive bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings. […] Even novices can make chandelier earrings, a pearl bracelet, a stone pendant, and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking pottery you can use / Jacqui Atkin.
“Create cups, mugs, bowls, and more pieces that are perfect for you! Everyone who owns a beloved mug that has just the right handle, an agreeably “deep” cereal bowl, or a plate that fits perfectly in the dishwasher knows that once you’ve found these pieces, you wish you had more of them. In Making Pottery You Can Use, you’ll learn how to create the pieces that will work best for you. […] Successful teacher, designer, and author Jacqui Atkin explains how to throw and hand-build pieces that are beautiful and practical, from plates, cups, and saucers to casserole dishes, pitchers, and tureens.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFabric art journals : making, sewing, and embellishing journals from cloth and fibers / Pam Sussman.
“This is the first comprehensive book that offers complete step-by-step instruction and patterns for creating unique book structures from cloth. Fabric Art Journals offers vital information on getting started, from choosing fabrics and creating patterns to basic sewing techniques. In addition to learning how to make various styles of fabric books, readers will learn embellishment techniques that include painting, writing, decorative stitching, print and transfer styles, machine and hand embroidery, and quilting.” (Syndetics summary)

A space of your own – The Central Library Knitting Circle

Would you like to have a quiet space to work on a craft project in the company of other cheerful crafters? Have you eve wanted to learn how to knit or crochet but have had no-one to teach you? The Wellington Central Library Knitting Circle meets on the last Saturday of each month on the first floor between 1PM and 4PM for craft and chat. Afternoon tea complete with sweets and biscuits is provided.

Our next meeting is this Saturday 28th January, 1-4pm.

Knittinggroup

You can choose to work on your own project or to knit for any one of a number of charities – Foster Hope, The SPCA, the homeless shelters, or Women’s Refuge. Patterns, wool, yarn and knitting needles are available. Current craft books and magazines will be on display and available for loan.

Come, take time for you, be creative and do some good in the world! You can drop by at any time during the knitting circle – stop by for a quick chat, or make yourself comfortable for some serious crafting.

Contact Sue Dale for more information by email: sue.dale@wcc.govt.nz
or phone: 801 4146

After tomorrow, our next meeting will be held on Saturday 25th February, 1-4pm.

Here are some examples of what we have been able to achieve in the past:

Craft-a-thon World Wide Knit in Public Day 2016

Holiday highlights – Home & Garden Newsletter

Enjoy some delightful recipes and cooking techniques and discover some gorgeous designs for knitting and quilting. Use clever ways to overcome stress and fear, regain good health and avoid pain with some great ideas found in the latest library arrivals, including new books about cooking, crafts, health and personal development. Take a look at the ones we have chosen for you, and  have a happy and healthy holiday season!

Library News

Cooking

With delectable recipes and dishes for every meal and occasion, this is a collection of cookbooks from around the globe.

Syndetics book cover Malaysia : recipes from a family kitchen / Ping Coombes.
“Drawing inspiration from her mother and from the late-night stalls and street markets in her hometown of Ipoh, Ping has put together over 100 delicious recipes that serve as a perfect introduction to the tastes and textures of Malaysian cooking. Chilli crab and caramel pork, spicy laksas and rendangs, satays and tangy sambals: these classic dishes are intensely satisfying to make, share and devour! Welcome to Ping’s family table – and as Ping’s mother would say, ‘sek fan la!’: come and eat!” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Spain : the Cookbook / Simone and Inés Ortega.
“The world’s best selling Spanish cookbook and the indispensable bible of traditional and authentic Spanish home cooking.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover France : the cookbook / Ginette Mathiot.
“With more than 1,400 recipes, Mathiot guides the reader through all the classic recipes and techniques of French cooking… with a clear and authoritative voice. The recipes, which have been fully updated by Clothilde Dusoulie, author of the popular Chocolate & Zucchini blog, prove that authentic French food doesn’t have to be complicated, heavy or too rich.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Greek : Heart-warming Traditional Recipes / [food director, Pamela Clark.]
“From the delicious dips and little morsels they call Mezze and eat with a glass of ouzo before dinner to the super-sweet honey-drenched baklava they eat with their coffee after dinner, Greek food is a culinary delight. Seafood is plentiful in Greece and there are recipes included here for prawns, sardines, squid and octopus. Peasant dishes such as moussaka, slow-roasted lamb, and dishes made from rabbit and goat are an important feature of the cuisine too. And there are celebration dishes – especially for Easter. And along with the beautifully photographed recipes, there are several beautifully photographed landscapes of Greece.” (Syndetics summary)

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Craft

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 cover Knit 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 cover Knitting 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 cover Scrap 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 cover Kaffe 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)

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Health

Fight pain and regain health through a blend of strength and flexibility with this month’s selection. Get the latest edition of the New Zealand First Aid handbook, just in case… and reflect on the history and scope of modern medicine with the definitive illustrated doorstopper.

Syndetics book cover End everyday pain for 50+ : a 10-minute-a-day program of stretching, strengthening and movement to break the grip of pain“You’ve probably heard that as you get older, you are guaranteed to have more muscle and joint pain. That’s simply not true. These chronic ailments arise from years of decreased activity and poor posture—not aging. End Everyday Pain for 50+ presents a complete 10-minute-a-day program to correct previous damage, develop healthier joints, and stay pain free at any age. This book’s step-by-step approach provides quick relief and lasting solutions by fixing your body’s alignment through simple stretching and movement. No matter what part of your body is hurting, End Everyday Pain for 50+ offers a treatment to heal it.” (From Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover Strong is the new beautiful : embrace your natural beauty, eat clean, and harness your power
“Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn wants women to stop thinking about “losing weight fast,” and instead focus on loving their bodies for what they are and what they can do. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, Lindsey lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that have helped her become the best female skier in the world, tailored for women of all shapes and sizes. Lindsey backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out, and kicks readers into high-gear, helping bolster their self-confidence and build a better body image, with the tips and tricks she’s learned as a pro.”(Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The New Zealand first aid handbook.
“This completely new edition of The New Zealand First Aid Handbook has been revised and updated by St John in 2016. Accidents and emergencies can occur at any time and in any place – and the action of people first on the scene often determines the outcome. The information in this comprehensive guide is essential for a wide variety of situations, from road accidents to bush walks, from the workplace to the home.”(Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Medicine : the definitive illustrated history
“Follow the greatest stories of medicine and its breakthroughs, with incredible coverage of disease, drugs, treatment, and cures. Medicine covers the gory pitfalls and miraculous breakthroughs of medical history from trepanning, bloodletting, and body snatching to brand new developments in IVF and gene therapy with compelling stories and stunning illustrations. Clear diagrams explain major diseases such as cancer, and trace the progression of medical treatment through the centuries, from ancient healers and herbalists to scurvy and smallpox, and the World Wars to modern psychiatry.”(Syndetics)

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Personal Development

Times of crisis trigger stress and fear in the face of events we have no control over. This month’s books will inspire to find the power AND emotional agility within to help you not only cope with life’s trials but to thrive.

Syndetics book cover Happy : why more or less everything is absolutely fine
” Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness, and come up with all sorts of different definitions and ideas for how we might live a happier life. This book explores the history of happiness from classical times until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. His aim is to reclaim happiness for us all, and enable us to appreciate the really good things in life for what they are. Fascinating, entertaining and revelatory, this is a book for anyone who has ever wondered if there must be more to life.”(Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Happiness and other small things of absolute importance / Haim Shapira ; translated from the Hebrew by Baruch Gefen.
“Join Haim Shapira as he navigates the terrain of happiness exploring and contemplating an eclectic range of theories and insights into the conflicts we face as we interpret and consider our lives on our journey to creating our own happiness.”(Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The universe has your back : transform fear to faith
“In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover What if this is heaven? : how our cultural myths prevent us from experiencing heaven on earth
“Following her near-death experience as shared in the New York Times bestseller Dying to Be Me , Anita Moorjani knows well the truths that exist beyond common knowledge and acceptance. The clarity she has gained has led her to further understand who she was born to be. Part of that truth has involved contemplating the cultural myths infused into our everyday lives. Moorjani asserts it is now time for questioning in order to help us reach our fully informed, authentic selves.”(Syndetics)

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Ignite your creativity – New Craft books for November

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

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

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

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

Syndetics book coverPolymer clay jewelry workshop : handcrafted designs & techniques / Sian Hamilton.
“Polymer clay is one of the most versatile jewelry-making materials. It has a chameleon-like quality that can mimic many other materials including metal or even glass. And because it’s easily modeled and molded, polymer clay can take on whatever shape and design your imagination can conjure. Polymer Clay Jewelry Workshop offers page after page of inspiration and techniques along with a wealth of advice on tools, materials, and proper methods for making stunning polymer clay jewelry. The step-by-step instructional format, handy tools, plethora of vivid photos, and approachable style of Polymer Clay Jewelry Workshop make it easy to start and finish your own beautiful jewelry pieces.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBrooches : 20 creative projects / Corinne Alagille ; photographs: Frédéric Lucano ; stylist: Corinne Alagille ; translated from the French by Matthew Clarke.
“Featuring twenty DIY projects with clearly laid-out, step-by-step instructions, this book shows readers how to create their very own bespoke brooches, from classically chic to offbeat. It demonstrates how to make brooches with everyday materials lying around in the bottom of a drawer – a scrap of fabric, a few coloured crayons, those pieces of paper that most people have carefully tucked away… Create a brooch, pin it on and enjoy the striking effect!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNew rings : 500+ designs / Nicolas Estrada.
“Rings symbolize many things. More than purely decorative, the position of the ring on the hand and the way in which it is worn can denote love, promise, rebellion, compromise, or affiliation. This marvelously illustrated survey showcases 591 contemporary rings, created by nearly 300 designers from around the world, divided into five sections–one for each finger. The rings range from traditional and decorative to conceptual and even abstract pieces. The featured designers employ a wide variety of techniques, and an inventive array of materials, including gold, platinum, precious stones, plastic, bones, fiber, wood, shells, plants, and more. This revised and updated edition includes 100 new designs.” (Syndetics summary)

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

Inspirational craft ideas for winter – Craft books for June

Winter is a great time for cosying up with craft books and this selection with delightful finds, may be just what you need to lighten up the winter blues. Starting with Baby Brights there are some delightful crochet projects to brighten a nursery and more. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverBaby brights : 30 colorful crochet accessories / Kathleen McCafferty.
“Whether you are looking for perfect baby gifts or have a little one of your own, this beautiful book gives you 30 adorable crochet projects from leading designers, in playful colours that will delight young and old alike. Designed for beginners, seasoned crocheters and even general crafters, the collection in Baby Brights incudes items to wear, to use in the nursery, for play and for travel. Organised by type, there are patterns for rattles and teethers, bath time toys, hats, booties, toys, nursery and blankets, all to make, use and enjoy while your baby is young and to cherish for a lifetime.” (Syndetics summary)

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

Syndetics book coverLearn to crochet, love to crochet / Anna Wilkinson ; photography by Laura Edwards.
“Anna Wilkinson encouraged a new generation of crafters to take up knitting with her debut book, Learn to Knit, Love to Knit. Anna is now set to popularise the creative craft of crochet in the same way with the companion book, Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet. The book is made up of a collection of twenty garments and accessories that will add ‘wow’ to your wardrobe but also, through making each project, you will learn the fundamentals of crochet. By making your way through the book you’ll have an enviable wardrobe of handmade garments that include a Granny square sweater, a Daisy motif top and a Circular clutch bag. So, if you have ever really wanted to learn to crochet but you have yet to find the right beginner’s projects to tempt you, then Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet is the book for you.

Syndetics book coverArm and finger knitting : 35 no-needle knits for the home and to wear / Laura Strutt.
“Breaking free from the constraints of normal needle sizes, Laura Strutt demonstrates how to do all the usual stitches and techniques using just your arms and hands, from plain knit stitch to seed stitch, increasing and decreasing, and knitting with two or more strands of yarn at a time. To make the best use of the unique texture and scale of no-needle knitting, she has designed 25 stylish projects for you to make, for the home and to wear. There are stylish arm-knitted scarves and cowls, and a simple stool cover, but also finger-knitted wall art, and even jewelry. It’s no wonder there is so much interest in arm and finger knitting when you can get spectacular results in such a short time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover60 quick knit baby essentials : sweaters, toys, blankets, & more in Cherub from Cascade Yarns / the editors of Sixth&Spring Books.
“In 60 Quick Knit Baby Essentials, dozens of talented designers have created one of the most original and adorable collections of baby projects ever, inspired by Cascade Yarn’s easy-care Cherub line. From sweaters to blankets to onesies to toys, from simple garter stitch to cables, colourwork and lace, these practical designs are true essentials for every knitter and every baby. All the patterns use both metric and imperial measurements so all 60 designs are easily adapted to our yarns. Everyone loves baby knits, so quick to make with endless potential for fun and creativity, so grab a skein and start knitting for the cherub in your life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA beautiful mess : happy handmade home : painting, crafting, and decorating a cheerful, more inspiring space / Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman.
“Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, the sisters behind A Beautiful Mess and the ‘Martha Stewarts of the Anthropologie set’, have attracted millions of fans with their happy, creative DIY style. Now, for the first time in book form, they share room-by-room, budget-friendly DIY projects anyone can do to transform their homes into cheerful, more inspiring spaces. Throughout are fun lifestyle extras, such as tips for stocking the perfect bar cart and how to shop for ‘personality pieces’ in thrift and vintage stores. Each chapter ends with party ideas, complete with decoration DIYs and recipes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA modern twist : create quilts with a colorful spin / Natalie Barnes, with Angela Walters.
“What happens when an interior designer with a background in commercial architecture turns her expertise to quilt patterns? Extraordinary designs! Natalie Barnes shows how to use color, contrast, and composition to achieve a one-of-a-kind look. Included is a chapter by the masterful Angela Walters on using the quilting itself to complement these concepts. Twist and turn simple blocks to create impressive, random-looking modern designs Learn to trust unusual color combinations and choose fabrics with confidence 13 enticing patterns: quilts, table runners, wall hangings, place mats, and quilted storage boxes” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit wear love : foolproof instructions for knitting your best-fitting sweaters ever in the styles you love to wear / Amy Herzog ; photography by Karen Pearson.
“In this follow-up to Knit to Flatter, author Amy Herzog is back with more real-talk for knitters. In Knit Wear Love, she guides us through picking a base pattern that not only works for our inherent shape, but also suits our size and style–all with the skill of a top-notch teacher and designer and the honesty and humor of a BFF. Known for her uncanny ability to simplify what might initially seem complex, Herzog masterminded for Knit Wear Love an easy mix-and-match pattern system that allows us to choose among the eight key sweater forms; eight fashion styles ; a trove of customization details; ten sizes; and three gauges of yarn. The result? Sweaters we can knit with confidence, wear with pride, and love for many years to come.” (Syndetics summary)

The joy of crafting

Welcome to this eclectic mix of new craft books, featuring clever and creative ideas to help you kick off the New Year. Experience the contemporary culture of craft with gorgeous knitting, crochet and quilting projects, passed down through the generations from mothers to daughters and learn new techniques. We hope you have lots of joy with the adorable and fun to craft ‘pom-poms’ and ‘woolbuddies’ projects! Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverModern top-down knitting : sweaters, dresses, skirts & accessories inspired by the techniques of Barbara Walker / Kristina McGowan ; photography by Gudrun Georges.
“In this sophisticated womenswear collection, designer Kristina McGowan presents streamlined, feminine dresses, tunics, and skirts; elegant cardigans and pullovers; and stylish go-to accessories like hats and mitts. Step-by-step photo tutorials make top-down techniques easy to understand and sizing and style adjustments a cinch to achieve. Detailed instructions are also included for finishing garments with couture-quality trims and linings, so they look just as elegant on the inside as they do on the outside.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverWarm mittens and socks : dozens of playful patterns and skillful stitches to knit, crochet, and embroider / Eva Trotzig ; photography by Malin Nuhma ; translated by Ellen Hedstrom.
“Knitting buffs and crochet enthusiasts, stay cozy any time of the year with warm mittens and snuggly socks-made by you! In Warm Mittens and Socks, needlework queen Eva Trotzig shares her generous collection of tips, wisdom, and, of course, patterns that are perfect for crafting comfy knits for the whole family. Containing a colorful mix of styles, techniques, and projects, this is the perfect guide for hands trained in the basics of knitting and crocheting. Discover elaborate loops, delightful details, and patterns to make cold-weather clothes playful and fun to knit, crochet, embroider, and wear.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverLittle Aran & Celtic knits for kids : 25 designs for babies and young children / Martin Storey ; photography by Steven Wooster.
“Rowan Yarn’s master knitwear designer Martin Storey shares twenty-five beautiful patterns for babies and toddlers. Featuring soft colors, a mixture of traditional Aran patterns, touches of Intarsia colorwork, and sweet knitting pattern motifs that both children and parents will love, the projects in this book will make the perfect addition to your little one’s wardrobe or room decor. Traditional cabled and Celtic patterns, plus rabbits, cats, anchors, hearts, and birds adorn a wide range of garments and accessories from cardigans, sweaters, dresses, and skirts, to blankets, scarves, socks, and gloves. All the designs are knit in Rowan’s cozy and comfortable natural wool yarns–and range from simple to challenging–so there’s something for every knitter to enjoy. The twenty-five adorable designs in this book are sure to become special keepsake handknits that will be treasured for years to come.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book cover101 fabulous small quilts / [managing editor, Karen Costello Soltys].
“This is a fabulous collection of fun and easy small quilts in a wide variety of colour and styles. You can find a new favourite quilt with fantastic collection of 101 fun and inspiring patterns in a wide array of colours and styles. You can create doll quilts, wall quilts, table runners, candle mats, lap quilts, and so much more from popular designers such as Country Threads, Kathleen Tracy, Kim Diehl, Little Quilts, Lori Smith, and Mary Hickey.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverVintage quilt revival : 22 modern designs from classic blocks / Katie Clark Blakesley, Lee Heinrich, Faith Jones.
“Vintage Quilt Revival is a resource for quilters of any age or style who love to use today’s modern colors and fabrics. With fresh quilt layouts, detailed instructions on foundation piecing, and a wide variety of traditional blocks and modern projects, Vintage Quilt Revival is at the forefront of the burgeoning interest in the “traditional-made-modern” movement.
Join the authors and make 20 traditional quilt blocks. Use them to sew a sampler quilt or explore the authors’ tips and modifications for making the blocks fresh and appealing and use them to create quilts with a modern flair. Projects range from full-size quilts to a pillow, table runner, bag, and zipper pouch. Learn bits of quilting history throughout the book and see design tips on how to take traditional quilt blocks and piecing techniques and give them a modern spin. If you’re already knowledgeable about piecing, basting, quilting, and binding, this book is an essential addition to your library.” (Summary adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book cover“The new crochet : a beginner’s guide : with 38 modern projects / Marion Madel ; photography by Hiroko Mori ; styling by Maki Nakahara ; [translation by Ben Ross].
A beginner-friendly book from French designer and crochet teacher that gives Crochet a chic makeover. It features 38 quick and easy projects such as oversized scarves, cozy cowls, lacy shawls, decorative embellishments, bags and more. In 25 lessons, it helps beginners to steadily build their repetoire of crochet skills.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverVintage & retro : 30 quick projects to make for your home and to wear / consultant, Nikki Trench.
“The Easy Crochet series features six new project collections, so you can find a great project, whatever style you’re looking for.
Each book features a range of patterns to make for the home, to wear or to give, so you will find plenty of projects for a whole range of needs. Whether you’re reviving your love of crochet or you’ve just discovered this restful and soothing pastime, there is an Easy Crochet book for you, and with every project tried and tested, and each technique fully explained, they’re perfect for both beginners and experienced crocheters. Revive the groovy patterns and styles of yesterday with this collection of designs for colourful folky pieces that will work as stylish statements in the home and in your wardrobe. Create a selection of beautiful crochet blankets for an easy way of introducing the vintage look, or reinvent a plain dress or top with a beautiful scalloped collar… or try one of the many more patterns available!” (Summary adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverFelt fabric designs : a recipe book for textile artists / Sheila Smith.
“Learn to create a huge variety of different felt fabrics with this handy set of recipes from a leading feltmaking expert. From delicate nuno felt and adaptable open-work fabrics through to more hardwearing felts, sumptuous layers and gorgeous embellished felt designs. Create each type of fabric with suggestions for ongoing uses and easy-to-follow projects. Illustrated with an outstanding range of different felt fabrics, this book is a great source of inspiration for your own textile arty projects” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverPom-poms! : 25 awesomely fluffy projects / by Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright.
“They’re soft, they’re colorful, they’re fun to craft, and they add a touch of whimsy to everything they meet. They’re pom-poms! And they’re more adorable than ever. This delightfully photographed craft book takes readers through more than 25 pom-decorated crafts, from cozy home decor projects to fun outfit accessories to festive party supplies and embellishments. Readers will use yarn, tissue paper, coffee filters, cupcake wrappers, and a host of other unexpected materials to make these insanely cute balls of fluff. With easy-to-follow instructions, tons of gorgeous photos, and a fresh take on a perennial subject, Pom-Poms! will delight crafters of all ages.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverWoolbuddies : 20 irresistibly simple needle felting projects / Jackie Huang ; photographs by Antonis Achilleos.
“Wool felting is surprisingly easy; all crafters need to get started is a felting needle, a piece of soft foam to use as a felting pad, and some colorful scraps of wool roving. Huang, who began felting so he could make toys for his daughter, has a background in animation, which is apparent in the expressive faces of his creations. The projects are arranged by level of difficulty (simple, moderate, and challenging), and full instructions are presented along with accompanying photographs. Beginners will appreciate the introduction, which provides the basics in a clear, concise, easy-to-follow manner. Verdict? There are many felting books that focus on creating small animal toys, but few contain projects with as much verve as those in this book. Felters will love making these little woolbuddies, and children will enjoy playing with them.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Scent of Spring for Crafters

Take inspiration with this gorgeous selection of new books featuring delightful knitting, sewing and Embroidery projects, offering lots of new ideas and tips how to make fabulous handmade gifts for family and friends.

Have a spooktacular Halloween with bewitching creations and dazzling decorations from entertaining expert Matthew Mead, who will help you to create the perfect haunting home setting for your Halloween party!

And, as we are counting down to Christmas, find some bright ideas how to create gorgeous Christmas stockings and ornaments, from a good selection of Xmas stocking patterns, by G. W. Steege. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverMatthew Mead’s Halloween spooktacular.
“Cast a spell this Halloween with simple tricks and treats! Celebrate and decorate with the help of style and design expert Matthew Mead. Haunt your house with more than 100 easy crafts, many with step-by-step photos. Scare up a tantalising supernatural soiree with over 25 deliciously ghoulish goodies and be the best house in the block!” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverKnit Christmas stockings : 19 patterns for stockings & ornaments / edited by Gwen W. Steege.
“Handmade Christmas stockings hold so much more than the gifts inside. They personalize the tradition and help carry memories from holiday to holiday. And for knitters, they are a favorite project because they are relatively easy to knit with the right pattern. This new paperback edition has a fresh new look with all new photographs and each project reknit to reflect contemporary colour palettes. It’s sure to inspire knitters of all levels to create each and every keepsake!” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverLace collection for knitting : intricate shawls, simple accessories, cozy sweaters and more stylish designs for every season / editors of Knitter magazine.
“The editors of Knitter’s Magazine have assembled a collection of 23 sumptuous patterns for the knitter who loves lace. Projects include sweaters and shawls, along with other accessories and add-ons, such as bags, gloves, even a blanket. Lovely thumbnail photos of the pieces are displayed on the table of contents page, and the first section of the book contains great tips for knitting, finishing, and washing lace. The patterns are divided into four sections: All-Seasons Lace, Quick Lace, Light Lace, and Cozy Lace. The “Jan Sweater” is a fun vintage-style `30s sweater; the “Sprite Dress,” a gorgeous asymmetrical flapper pattern; the “Lazuli Shawl,” a delicious lace-weight wrap; and the “Fontaine Collar,” a classy, versatile leaf-patterned accessory. Several patterns include charts and diagrams in addition to the written instructions. Delectable to knit, delicious to wear, this collection provides plenty for the discerning lace knitter to sink knitting needles into.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverKnitting counterpanes : traditional coverlet patterns for contemporary knitters / Mary Walker Phillips ; edited by Patricia Abrahamian ; preface to the Dover edition by Meg Swansen.
“Mary Walker Phillips nearly single-handedly brought 19th-century American counterpanes, or bedspreads, to the attention of modern knitters. Expanded with dozens of brand-new charts, this revised edition features 46 counterpane patterns as well as 32 lace edgings and borders that Phillips discovered in museums, private collections, and magazines. “A terrific book.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverWoven to wear : 17 thoughtful designs with simple shapes / Marilyn Murphy.
“A collection of woven wraps, shawls, and outwear that will appeal to beginner and advanced weavers alike.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverAnd sew to bed : 30 beautiful sewing projects for nightwear and accessories / Caro Cutts and Alison Beadnell.
“Caro London presents 30 sewing projects for both nightwear and accessories. With items for both adults and children, all with beautifully illustrated step-by-step instructions, you’ll be spoilt for choice. In the summer, the pleated camisole and shorts set will be perfect for balmy nights, as will the frilled strappy nightdress, and the holiday kaftan is beautiful enough to be worn day or night. Meanwhile in colder seasons, wrap up in the kimono with taffeta trim, or go for the classic long-sleeved shirt and matching trousers. Young girls will love the vintage lace nightdress, while for boys, there’s a traditional pyjama set. Why not make one of the gorgeous accessories – a cosy hot water bottle cover or a bolster bed cushion? Or try one of the smaller items, such as a travel jewellery roll or a fabric headband that can be worn with your favourite outfit as well as in the bathroom. If you’re not an experienced sewer, fear not, as the comprehensive techniques section will explain everything you need to know. Also included are full-size patterns and templates for all the projects.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCelebrate with a stitch / Mandy Shaw.
“Mandy Shaw is a very experienced designer with a distinctive style that makes her projects stand out. Mandy runs Dandelion Designs, a craft design and kit company. She is a regular on Create and Craft TV and she writes for a number of publications including Popular Patchwork and Fabrications magazines. Mandy also appeared on Kirstie Allsopp’s Homemade Home (Channel 4). Mandy has four children and lives in East Sussex.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEmbroidered & embellished : 85 stitches using thread, floss, ribbon, beads & more : step-by-step visual guide / Christen Brown.
“The second book by Brown (Ribbonwork Gardens) is a cornucopia of fancy stitches, which she has divided into four styles of embroidery: traditional; silk ribbon; raised and textured; and bead. Twenty or so stitches per style are carefully demonstrated in full-color photos of each step of stitching. Even experienced stitchers are likely to learn something new: for example, the Spiderweb Rose, or how to couch ribbon. Brown also provides a thorough overview of the ribbons, floss, threads, and tools likely to be needed, along with idiosyncratic advice taken from her many years of sewing. As a catalogue of possibility for stitching, this is a wonderful addition to a crafting library. The eight patterns included, and the general look of the book, however, aren’t as pleasing-the former are busy and the latter seems outdated. This book certainly provides a guide to what’s become the usual style of embellishment; but readers looking for a modern take on the craft will have to keep searching.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe best-ever appliqué sampler from Piece O’ Cake designs : 5 projects, 9 blocks to mix, match & combine / Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins.
“Goldsmith and Jenkins, who have collaborated as Piece O’ Cake Designs since 1994, focus on the fundamentals of applique, including needleturn, cutaway, and reverse-applique techniques in this collection. Full-color, close-up photographs guide novices through each step of the process, and helpful tips gathered from the authors’ years of experience are useful to quilters at all levels. The various techniques are reinforced with five projects made from nine colorful mix-and-match blocks. Verdict? Both novice and seasoned quilters will appreciate the easy-to-follow directions and helpful illustrations, the combination of which provide enough detail to get started with applique.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHandmade gifts / [project editor, Laura Palosuo].
“Crafty handmade gift ideas to help you create presents at home Handmade Gifts covers all the popular crafts such as sewing, knitting, paper-crafts, candle-making, and crochet, plus making jam and baking, so you’re sure to find something that inspires you to get crafting.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverMollie makes feathered friends : making, thrifting, collecting, crafting / Mollie Makes.
“This book is perfect for nature-lovers. It’s bursting with ideas for using cute designs and pretty motifs in your craft projects. This delightful book offers clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography, with hints and tips on personalizing your projects to ensure that everything you create is unique.” (Book cover)