Yarn Magic – Nurture your creativity and keep warm

As winter sets in and we have all started to feel that chill, what better time to turn to the magic of wool with its endless types, colours and textures, for a cosy & creative season. Our catalogue is full of vibrant titles, from classic reference craft bibles to the latest trend in knitting and crochet design. Whether at home by the fire, on the bus, at a café chatting with friends or in a cosy nook of the library, get those needles and yarn out of your bag and get creating. Here is a selection of titles for inspiration but there is nothing like spending a moment among the library shelves (look for call number 746.43), browsing for that special project you’ve been meaning to get going.

The most immediate and satisfying knitting project is often the accessory you can create in a weekend and start wearing to compliment your wardrobe and keep those extremities warm. So, let’s start with titles on gloves, socks, hats and scarves:

Syndetics book coverA good yarn : 30 timeless hats, scarves, socks & gloves
“These 30 projects are inspired by some of the most popular and fashionable accessories sold by the North Circular. Each project has clear instructions and pictures. There is also advice on ethical buying and sourcing local, sustainbable wool. Handmade doesn’t have to mean compromising on style or quality.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUltimate mittens : 28 classic knitting patterns to keep you warm
“Offers an array of classic knitting patterns that are organized from simple to difficult and whose origins range from traditional Scandinavian and Canadian Maritime patterns to contemporary sewn and windblock patterns of Maine.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCustom knits accessories : unleash your inner designer with improvisational techniques for hats, scarves, gloves, socks, and more
“Custom Knits Accessories is the third book in the Custom Knits series and showcases the ever-popular quick-knits: hats, scarves, gloves, mitts, socks, and more. Each of Bernard’s 25 sassy-chic patterns offers specific ideas for customization–from switching out yarns to personalizing fit and style details–and fun, glamorous photographs show off the finished pieces. Also included are formulas for knitting all types of accessories without a pattern, using a single body measurement as a starting point.” (Syndetics summary)

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.
“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.” (Syndetics summary)

For the urban cool sartorialist,  here are a couple of our latest titles:

Syndetics book coverBeanies & bobble hats : 36 quick and stylish knits / Fiona Goble.
“Hip hats to knit yourself, including berets, hats for children, and even a headband or two Walk down any street and count the number of beanies and bobble hats you see–they are everywhere, and not just on cold winter days, but as a fashion statement to be worn throughout the year. Now Fiona Goble has designed 36 fun and fast-to-knit hats for you to make, for yourself or your friends. With great yarns and color combinations, and styles ranging from a fair-isle border beanie to a pixie pompom hat, you will stand out from the crowd. There are hats for men, women, and kids, including hoods, headbands, and even a knitted crown. As with Fiona’s previous book, ‘Scarves and Snoods’, many of the projects are quick and easy to knit, and only use a couple of balls of yarn.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScarves and cowls : 35 quick and stylish knits
“A scarf or snood is one of the simplest and quickest things that you can knit. Whatever your skill level and however little spare time you have, Fiona Goble has a project for you. She has designed 35 scarves and snoods with something for everyone, from an animal scarf to a sparkly evening capelet, and from an extra-long “preppie” scarf to a cowboy-style bandana for kids. Every project has full instructions for knitting and making up, but most will need little more than the sewing on of a button to finish them off, and some can be knitted in an evening. An added bonus is that many of the projects require only one or two balls of yarn, enabling you to use up your stash of leftovers from other projects.” (Syndetics summary)

Once, you’ve created a few wearable accessories, why not turn to accessories for your home?

Syndetics book coverModern crochet : crochet accessories and projects for your home
Modern Crochet offers a new and exciting take on this popular craft. Clear and colourful, the book is full of ideas and inspiration for the thread and hook. Molla Mills demonstrates how to crochet a variety of home furnishings, including rugs, cushions and storage baskets, as well as stylish accessories and jewellery for both you and your friends. The book introduces the tools and yarns you will need, then outlines basic crochet techniques, and follows with over 30 projects for you to make. The stunning graphic designs and patterns will bring a modern edge to any crocheted article. Mills is a Finnish designer whose products have been exhibited worldwide, and this book was inspired by her popular Virkkuri blog.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverKnit Nordic : 20 contemporary accessories inspired by 4 traditional sweater patterns
“Traditional Nordic patterns have become all the rage, and this fashion-forward collection from designer Eline Oftedal offers a modern spin on four iconic Norwegian patterns: Marius, Voss, Setesdal, and Fana. Twenty contemporary projects range from an iPad and phone cover to a teddy bear and hot pants. Oftedal delves into the inspiration behind the designs, exploring their origins and worldwide appeal.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYarn, yarn, yarn : 50 fun crochet and knitting projects to color your world
“Follow interior decorators Susanna Zacke and Sania Hedengren as they redesign their world with vivid colors and playful patterns. Their exciting new crafting guide, offers delightful and creative projects guaranteed to inspire and personalize your home, wardrobe, accessories, and more. Don’t buy a spool of ribbon when wrapping presents for the holidays–crochet an ornate cord instead! Protect your laptop with a crochet cover, and make a matching one for your iPhone. Make a shawl for a friend made of colorful granny squares, and crochet teddy bears for the kids. Yarn, Yarn, Yarn is perfect for everyone in love with knitting, crocheting, and decorating with yarn.” (Syndetics summary)

If you are looking for vintage patterns, here are a couple of books that took some literary and mid-century fashion patterns and recreated them for today’s fashion conscious crafties.

Syndetics book coverLiterary knits : 30 patterns inspired by favorite books / Nikol Lohr.
“More than 30 projects inspired by classic literature Literary Knits features 30 knitting patterns inspired by beloved characters from classic books; from Pride and Prejudice to Moby Dick, The Catcher in the Rye to The Chronicles of Narnia –and many more in between. Inspired by some of the most beloved characters from favorite books, including an elegant Daisy Cloche inspired by The Great Gatsby and a late ’50s-inspired Holly Golightly Dress imagined from Breakfast at Tiffany’s , the more than 30 knitting projects in this unique collection will inspire knitters and book lovers alike. If you’re a book lover who knits, or a knitter with an appreciation for vintage patterns, Literary Knits is a timeless collection of one-of-a-kind knitting projects.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage knit : 25 knitting & crochet patterns refashioned for today / Marine Malak with Geraldine Warner.
Vintage Knit offers lovers of retro style 25 beautiful knitting patterns from the 1940s and 1950s, regraded to fit modern sizes (small, medium, and large) and to knit with yarns easily available today. A short introduction describes each garment and suggests how to style it, followed by clear instructions for knitting and making up. Details of the exact yarn used are given to ensure perfect results at home. Each garment is photographed on a model, letting you see how the styles of the past can be part of a very up-to-date look.” (Syndetics summary)

Stitch bibles

Sometimes, all you want is to find the perfect stitch for your next knitting project: here are some amazing collections to make your fingers twitch in anticipation.

Syndetics book coverPop knitting : bold motifs using color & stitch
“Celebrated Swedish textile designer Britt-Marie Christoffersson has studied color and texture in knitting for more than 25 years. Pop Knitting showcases her intensive work, demonstrating how minimal ingredients can be combined in seemingly endless ways to create striking, graphic knitted fabrics. Using a variety of innovative stitch manipulation techniques, this book explores how to construct highly textured fabrics and gorgeous knitted strandwork. You’ll also learn how to create knitted fabrics with holes, pleats, double-fabrics, and more. Knitters of all skill levels will love the projects and inspiration Christofferson presents and the aesthetic masterpiece of Pop Knitting will have the most advanced knitters eager to experiment.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVogue knitting stitchionary [1]. Volume 1, Knit & purl : the ultimate stitch dictionary / from the editors of Vogue knitting magazine ; [foreword by Carla Scott].
“An essential reference for knitters from novice to expert, this fully illustrated sourcebook is the first of three “stitch dictionaries,” to be written by the professionals at Vogue® Knitting . Some 300 stitches are detailed, and hundreds of charts, photographs, and illustrations make it easy to understand how to construct each stitch, as well as the ways they can be used in projects. The experts at Vogue® Knitting demonstrate rib stitches such as brioche, herringbone, chevron, and quilted patterns; traveling patterns like parquet, ripple, and diamond stitches; lace, including daisy and wave patterns; and such unusual stitches as eye of lynx, bobble block, peppercorn, and bamboo. The most complete book of its kind, this is the definitive stitch reference!” (Syndetics summary)

And its companion titles:

Syndetics book coverVogue knitting stitchionary 2 : the ultimate stitch dictionary. Volume two, Cables

Syndetics book coverVogue knitting stitchionary 3. Volume 3, Color knitting : the ultimate stitch dictionary

Syndetics book cover Vogue knitting stitchionary 6. Volume 6, Edgings : the ultimate stitch dictionary

A lot of these titles are also available as ebooks. Make sure you check our ebook collection here

Finally, check out our magazine collection which includes titles such as Creative Knitting and Simply KnittingInterweave Crochet & Interweave Knits are also available from our in-library shelves and in our Zinio emagazine collection.

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Hooked on Crafting? New Craft books in May

Find lots of ideas and easy to follow designs in this brilliant collection of crochet, knitting and quilting newly arrived library books.
It’s the perfect time now that winter is approaching to knit a stylish sweater or wrap yourself up in a crochet shawl and feel warm and elegant!
And if you are a pet lover, take a look at some modern and functional design ideas for your cat or dog. Until next time, happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverCrochet so lovely : 21 carefree lace designs / Kristin Omdahl.
“Enjoy 21 beautiful crochet patterns that you will wear again and again in Crochet So Lovely. Author Kristin Omdahl offers a collection of crochet lace patterns along specific themes–creating interesting lace by playing with gauge; creating allover lace; keeping lace as the focal point; and working motifs–as well as the time-honored techniques of broomstick lace, Tunisian crochet, and Bruges lace. Wrap yourself up in crochet accessories like shawls and cowls, along with sweaters, cardigans, and tunics. You will find a veritable orchestra of crochet ideas to choose from, even felting, in the form of a sumptuous felted handbag.” (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 Knit Wear Love , Amy Herzog 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)

Syndetics book cover1000 quilt inspirations : colorful and creative designs for traditional, modern, and art quilts / Sandra Sider.
“As one of the core, traditional crafts, quilting is enjoyed by countless enthusiasts around the world – and its popularity is only growing. This collection of one thousand quilt blocks builds upon this interest, showcasing some of today’s most innovative and beautiful patterns. Whether a quilter or a collector, a craft-lover or an art enthusiast, 1000 Quilt Inspirations is sure to inspire your admiration and appreciation of the art of quilting. It’s also likely to get you itching for some fabrics of your own!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe quilter’s practical guide to color / Becky Goldsmith.
“Did you know that the biggest struggle for quilters of all types is color selection? Unlock the secrets to winning color combinations from best-selling author Becky Goldsmith of Piece O Cake Designs. Learn how every quilt has a foreground and a background, how to use clear versus gray colors plus other essentials that will shake up your design process. Quilters of all skill levels will appreciate Becky s practical, easy-to-understand advice. Put your newfound knowledge to the test with 10 pieced and appliqued projects designed to focus on specific aspects of color. Includes visual examples to explain all color topics.”” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitted rabbits : 20 easy knitting patterns for cuddly bunnies / Val Pierce.
“Toy rabbits are always popular, and have been for many years. With their long ears and cute, fluffy tails, they are loved by children and adults alike. This book contains a wide variety of rabbits to knit, from fun and quirky, to cute and cuddly. There are twenty patterns to choose from, and each one is accompanied by a beautiful, full-colour photograph of the finished rabbit, clear instructions, and a comprehensive list of the yarns, needles and embellishments you need… ideal for beginners as well as more experienced knitters.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVery British baby knits : 30 stylish designs fit for a royal baby / by Susan Campbell.
“Susan Campbell’s beautiful, hand-knitted designs ranging from baby clothes to toys and accessories that will make gorgeous gifts for any baby. Each project reflects the classic elegance of British design accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful photographs. Knitters of all abilities will relish making these gorgeous gifts which, with the author’s royal connections, are fit for your own little prince or princess!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCats in hats : 30 knit and crochet patterns for your kitty / Sara Thomas.
“Deck your cats out in hats that suit their many personalities! With The Punk Mohawk for edgier cats, The Unicorn for cats who are having identity issues, and The Cat in the Hat for any cat that loves great literature, there is a pattern in this book for every feline friend in your home. Complete with a breakdown of skill level and method of working (knit or crochet), suggestions for yarns, and written patterns and charts where necessary, you’ll be able to whip up amazing headwear, whatever your cat’s character.” (Syndetics summary)

New Year Inspirations – Craft picks for January

Start the New Year with lots of inspiring ideas found in this fabulous collection of new library books. Read about enchanting printmaking techniques for expressive mark making and unleash your inner artist. Have fun with crochet projects inspired by classic fairy tales or if you prefer knitting there are gorgeous ideas to add to your ‘To-knit list’ for this year. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book coverPrintmaking unleashed : more than 50 techniques for expressive mark making / Traci Bautista.
“Unleash your inner artist and join Traci Bautista as she shares inventive ideas for making marks with handmade tools, nontraditional materials and simple DIY printmaking techniques. Pulsing with exploration and whimsy, Printmaking Unleashed features 60+ step-by-step demonstrations and countless possibilities for creating original prints, fabrics, art journal pages, mixed-media collage, and so much more.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCrochet ever after : 18 crochet projects inspired by classic fairy tales / Brenda K. B. Anderson.
“Shows and movies based on fairy tales are incredibly popular, and crafty crocheters now have a book of fabulous projects that pay homage to their favorite stories. Little Red’s hood with integrated infinity scarf will stay put when she’s being chased by the Big Bad Wolf. Sleeping Beauty now has just the right nightie to wear while waiting for Prince Charming to wake her up. Gretel can take her snacks to go with her cupcake purse. Plus the Evil Queen will know exactly who the hottest in the land is when she gazes into her Mirror, Mirror on the Go makeup case. Heroines, fairy princesses, witches, and big bad wolves are all accounted for in this fanciful collection of crochet accessories, toys, bags, kids’ clothes, and more.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverChunky knits : 31 projects for you & your home knit with bulky yarn / Ashley Little.
“Here’s the secret of bulky yarns – they knit up quickly. This attractive book features more than 25 patterns that use bulky- or superbulky-weight yarn, and the great thing about them is that they are not the usual suspects. Yes, there are hats, mittens, and scarves and shawls, but there are also a delicate-looking lace capelet, a scalloped necklace, and even a lacy lampshade covering. Knitters looking for instant gratification will find it in smaller projects: braided wall art, jewelry, and round, cabled sachets.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverPainting made easy / Mike Chaplin with Diana Vowles.
“Professional artist Mike Chaplin demonstrates that anyone can paint if they are taught the necessary techniques in a simple and structured way. Starting from the premise that we all want to make marks to record the world around us, this book aims to give basic guidelines that will help anyone to express themselves through different media but especially watercolours, oils and pastels with essential skills and techniques presented in an accessible way.” (Adapted from Publisher’s description)

Projects and designs to celebrate the season – craft picks for December

Give your creativity free reign to design your own projects with lots of inspiration from some of our latest craft books. They are filled with ideas and tips about crochet and embroidery projects, including how to make needle-felt Teddy Bears. And, for those of you who love paper crafts and search for fun projects to make with your kids, take a look at ‘Playful’ by Merrillee Liddiard. A delightful book to entertain your little ones and help them to learn useful techniques. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverCrochet with one sheepish girl : easy lessons & sweet designs for wearing, living & giving / Meredith Crawford, onesheepishgirl.com.
“Crawford, creator of the popular crochet blog One Sheepish Girl, is known for her vibrant, vintage-inspired style. In her first book, the author shares a variety of projects suitable for beginning-to-intermediate crocheters, including accessories, home decor, and gifts. Most of the projects are fairly simple and quick to make, and there are quite a few makeover-style designs in the book, in which crochet is used to embellish a premade garment or object, such as a sweater or tote bag. There are more unusual projects as well, such as the camera-shaped purse and the adorable party hat and sno-cone garlands. ” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverDoodle stitching : the holiday motif collection : embroidery projects & designs to celebrate the seasons / Aimee Ray.
“The latest in Ray’s popular series of embroidery books (Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond; Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More) focuses on Christmas projects featuring embroidery. This time, Ray has enlisted several popular embroidery bloggers, including Mollie Johansen and Carina Envoldsen-Harris, to bring their own style to holiday embroidery. The enclosed CD includes all of the motifs from the projects, plus a number of other holiday themes, and a selection for a variety of other celebrations such as Halloween, the Fourth of July, and Hanukkah.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHow to make little needle-felted teddy bears / Judy Balchin & Roz Dace.
Needle-felting is an easy and fun technique, requiring little in the way of expensive materials or equipment. Its accessibility means it’s becoming more and more popular, and here Judy Balchin and Roz Dace show you how to make 20 wonderful little teddy bears using this tactile technique. Each bear measures around 10-12cm tall and can be made in a matter of hours from a bundle of wool fibres, a felting needle and some carefully chosen embellishments. (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverPlayful : fun projects to make with + for kids / Merrilee Liddiard ; photographs by Nicole Hill Gerulat.
Playful : fun projects to make with + for kids is a charming collection of 26 unique, modern projects for parents (and other adults) to make for young children as well as an exciting assortment of projects that kids preschool age and up can make alongside an adult. Divided into five categories–Dress Up, Toys, Paper Crafts, Repurposing and Art–the low-skill/high-style/low-cost projects include fair maiden and knight dress-up smocks, a tiger pinata, a parade of paper puppets, a convoy of trucks, a dollhouse made out of cardboard and bright duct tape, an art table, a cloth trapeze doll and wooden pencil holders. Templates for artwork shown on projects are included with step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions. Authored by Merrilee Liddiard and photographed by Nicole Gerulat, this enchanting book is sure to inspire many happy hours of making–as well as make-believe–among adults and the children they love. (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Brighten your day with refreshing ideas – new Craft books for August

Are you looking for a quick and easy project? Here are some suggestions and ideas, including how to make slippers that fit like a dream. A perfect antidote to tortured toes, after you’ve danced the night away. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverKnitted & crocheted slippers / Alison Howard.
“Slippers make a superb gift, and home-made ones are the best. Making your own slippers is ideal, as you can make them to fit the wearer perfectly and add your own personal touch. This book has projects for girls and boys of all ages and adults too, from delicate ballet slippers and dainty Mary Janes to moccasin-soled slipper socks, chunky felted boots and sparkly party pumps. The book caters to all levels, from straightforward booties for beginners to slippers with details such as I-cords, pompoms, picot trims and lacy sock inserts. All the knitting and crochet stitches and techniques are presented in a clear and easy-to-follow style”. (Adapted from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverMy rag doll / Corinne Crasbercu ; photography by Frédéric Lucano ; stylists: Sonia Lucano and Vania Leroy-Thuillier ; text by Dominique Montembault.
“Sew super cute rag dolls and their gorgeous clothes to make the perfect present for little girls. Crasbercu had designed patterns for 11 adorable dolls and a wide range of outfits and accessories to sew, including hats, shoes and bags. The basic doll pattern can be used to sew all the dolls and then altered according to hair and eye colour and hair style”.  (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLittle quilts : 15 step-by-step projects for adorably small quilts / Sarah Fielke & Amy Lobsiger.
“Packed with techniques, patterns, and inspiration for small-scale quilts. Doll-sized quilts can be completed relatively quickly and inexpensively. They can be made into pillow covers, runners, or wall decorations, or used as a lesson or as a trial for a larger project; and they can be swapped, gifted, or posted. In Little Quilts’ 15 step-by-step projects, sometimes the quilt is just one block, sometimes several blocks, but all have been designed with the same attention to detail as a full-sized quilt. Seven quilts have been designed by Sarah Fielke and seven by Amy Lobsiger, and the final quilt is a collaboration–with Amy making the central circle, then sending it to Sarah to turn it into a finished quilt. Techniques include hand and machine-quilting, traditional piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, and embroidery. The size of the quilts (nothing larger than 24×24 inches) will tempt you to try a new sewing technique or a new design concept, and you can follow the instructions or use them as inspiration for your own quilt design.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPictorial art quilt guidebook : secrets to capturing your photos in fabric / Leni Levenson Wiener.
“You’ll be surprised how easy it is to transform a photo into gallery-worthy fabric art with Leni Wiener’s simple methods. Leni walks you step by step through choosing the right fabrics; creating patterns with free software; depicting common elements, such as grass, trees, water, and faces; layering and sewing your collages; and finishing your work for display. Complete patterns and instructions for two quilts help get you started. Use the included Art Quilter’s Value Scale to choose the perfect light and dark fabrics for your quilts. Loaded with helpful photos, this guide is a virtual art class in a book”. (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverThe quilter’s appliqué workshop : timeless techniques for modern designs / Kevin Kosbab.
“A fresh take on quilting and applique. Kevin Kosbab shows quilters that not only is applique fun and easy to do, it can open up a world of design possibilities. “The Quilter’s Applique Workshop” teaches you everything you need to know to create applique both as embellishment and as the focus of projects. The book is divided into three sections that each explores a basic applique approach: raw-edge, prepared-edge, and needle-turn applique. Each section includes detailed instructions, tips, and illustrations. Twelve home-decor projects, including bed quilts, wall quilts, table runners/toppers, and pillows, illustrate the techniques and allow you to explore more specialized methods such as broderie perse, felt applique, and bias-tape applique. “The Quilter’s Applique Workshop” gives you the tools to mix and match applique techniques and create any design you can imagine.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGranny squares : all shapes & sizes ; Over 50 projects and techniques to give the classic crochet pattern a whole new look / Barbara Wilder and Beatrice Simon.
“These are not your granny’s granny squares! They’re young, hip, and sometimes not even square. More than 70 contemporary versions come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, along with fabulous finishing ideas. They’re attractive enough to use as an embellishment on a piece of clothing, as well as in traditional stitched-together projects. Many of the designs appear in different yarn weights and colors, allowing crocheters to personalize any of the items and get exactly the look they’re after. The wide selection features everything from ponchos and scarves to sweaters and skirts. – check book for accuracy” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Beanie Season

I’m always getting craft books from the Library to add some ideas to my crafts.

Winter is beanie season for me and I’ve decided to find a good crochet book with easy hats. I found this great one:

crochet boutiqueCrochet boutique: 30 simple, stylish hats, bags & accessories
Sometimes the simplest accessories are the most stylish. That’s true of the 30 delightful items in Crochet Boutique. Crocheters will love this fashion-forward collection, with such projects as hats, scarves, shawls, trendy bags, a laptop cover, a granny-square pillow, and a lovely shell afghan. With a short basics section, irresistible photography, and an informative stitch guide, Crochet Boutique is simply indispensable! (goodreads.com)

Picture1It was hard to choose from the all beautiful projects but in the end I decided to go with the cover one. It was really easy to follow the instructions and a quick project for those cold nights ahead of us. So if you like to crochet or if you are looking for a quick and easy first project you should try this book that has some great ideas.  I’ve manage to make 3 till now and I can say that I’m a happy person with lots of new beanies to chose from.

I will soon be posting about some other crochet and craft projects, in the mean time just have a look at other crochet books that I’ve selected for you.

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Marvellous crafts to explore and discover

Find lots of inspiration and practical ideas in our latest library craft books. Start your crafting adventure reading about artists who are enjoying sharing their knowledge and ideas with young crafters about knitting, crocheting, sewing, stitching and hand weaving – without spending a fortune! A fantastic way to learn how to make beautiful things that work for you and your family, satisfy your creative urge and have fun!

Syndetics book coverChloë tells you how… to sew : more than 30 things to make, do, and sew / Chloë Owens.
“Chloe Owens brings the past to life. Chloe Owens is inspired by all things vintage – much of her work is made with groovy fabrics designed in the 1960s. But she also has a passion for the annuals she read as a child, with their story strips, brightly-coloured two-tone illustrations, and snippets of instruction mixed in with activities, puzzles and games. In this book, she has created a truly unique blend of beautiful craft projects and stylish, retro artworks and design in this blend of old and new. The projects include everything from egg cozies to upcycled chairs, and display her trademark eye for fabrics, and embellishment with applique and embroidery. Whether you are already a fan of Chloe’s work or you are discovering her for the first time, this combination of practical projects with illustrations by some of the best contemporary artists will delight you.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSew bunting : simple and stunning garlands to style your home / Debbie Shore.
“Her imaginative, modern designs give a new twist to these traditional decorations, making them ideal for adorning special celebrations, your garden or your home. With 29 eye-catching projects to choose from, all accompanied by simple, easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photographs, you are sure to find something in this book to excite and inspire you. Choose from romantic Valentine bunting, festive advent calender bunting, fragrant lavender bag bunting, as well as Halloween bunting, felt bunting, frilly bunting, and lots more. All you need is a sewing machine and a basic sewing kit, and with all the basic techniques explained clearly at the beginning of the book, there is nothing to stop you getting going on a project straight away, even if you are a complete beginner.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverStitch and structure / Jean Draper.
“Diagrams, drawings and easy-to-follow instructions take the reader through each technique; beginning with recording information for translation into stitch, then moving on to constructing with threads and linear structures and making experimental textiles and structures using stitched fabrics.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverKnitting with giant needles : simple projects to knit and crochet / Hanna Charlotte Erhorn.
“Enjoy quick and easy knitting and crocheting using giant knitting needles and thick yarns with Knitting with Giant Needles. Use a few relaxing hours on the sofa to catch up with the latest trend of knitting with giant needles and create beautiful and unique accessories for your wardrobe and home in no time. You can choose from 35 gorgeous, inspirational projects to fill your weekends, from scarves and shoulder bags to cushions and blankets. You can even choose from variations of the projects to ensure you get your perfect crafty creation, ideal for creating individual accessories or gifts. Whether you are an experienced knitter or just starting out, step-by-step knitting pictures show basic techniques, making knitting easy for everyone.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverBoycraft : loads of things to make for and with boys (and girls) / Sara Duchars & Sarah Marks ; illustrations by Nicola Kent.
“Duchars and Marks note, “There are plenty of craft books out there for girls, but even the ones that don’t have pink frilly cupcakes on the cover are often full of handbags, fairy wings and princess tiaras.” No such items are on display in this book, which targets “boys and tomboys” with lots of messy, spooky, and recycled crafts; boys will like the can-do attitude of this book. A particular standout is the totally enthralling papier-mache landscape that truly does look like it will offer days of fun. American readers will have to overlook some British English, a small quirk. A larger concern is the haphazard arrangement of the projects. In the sewing chapter, for example, making a large stuffed animal is followed by instructions for making the simpler giant beanbag chair, which is followed by instructions for simplest-of-all beanbags, sequenced in the exact opposite of skill-building order. And directions are far from comprehensive; trying to make the bird feeder Duchars and Marks offer will lead to heartbreak. Still, these low-key projects will inspire outdoorsy kids who might not otherwise be interested in a crafts book.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverWise craft : turning thrift store finds, fabric scraps, and natural objects into stuff you love / Blair Stocker.
“Stocker, a blogger who had a career in apparel and textile design before staying home to raise children, offers 60 projects in four seasonal chapters, with holiday nods going out from May Day (sheet music and paper bag floral cones) to Halloween (naked zombie Barbies, painted delightfully white). Most undertakings require only an open mind as a skill set, though a bit of sewing (patchwork jeans from thrift store shirts or the picnic blanket fashioned from men’s apparel) or crochet (glass fishing bobbers as casual decor or tree ornaments) skills will help. Even the most gifted repurposer should find inspiration in the woven chair back, crafted from yarn and a lucky side-of-the-road find (a set of mid-century modern dining chairs). “Sometimes,” says Stocker, “what seems blah at first glance just needs an open mind and a little love to be completely transformed.” A keeper for thrift-store divas and dumpster divers.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverMade by yourself : 100% handmade designer DIY projects for the home, from furniture to accessories / Peter Fehrentz.
“DIY is all the rage and handmade objects guarantee individuality and sustainability–and for this reason they have once more become highly sought-after. Made by Yourself’s ideas for furniture and small decorative crafts are 100% individual, while the step-by-step instructions, sketches, and patterns guarantee that they are surprisingly easy and fun to make. The many different kinds of materials–stone, wood, paper/cardboard, glass/porcelain, metal, plastic, textiles and leather–combined with the imaginative ways they fit into their environment make this both a practical and atmospheric book filled with sophisticated and creative ideas.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe art of tinkering : meet 150+ makers working at the intersection of art, science & technology / Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich.
“ Every day, there is something new and wildly wonderful out there that someone has made by hand a city built out of 100,000 toothpicks, a musical instrument that’ s powered by the ocean, or a pop-up book that lights up, too. In “The Art of Tinkering,” you will be introduced to the individuals behind these and many more marvellous works, find out how they create, and get inspired to start tinkering yourself. “The Art of Tinkering” is a collection of exhibits, artwork, and projects that celebrate a whole new way to learn, in which people create their own knowledge through making and doing, working with readily available materials, getting their hands dirty, collaborating with others, problem-solving in the most fun sense of the word, and, yes, oftentimes failing and bouncing back from getting stuck. Each artist featured in “The Art of Tinkering” goes through this process, and lovingly shares the back story behind their own work so that readers can feel invited to join in on the whimsy. The stories, lessons, and tips in The Art of Tinkering offer a fascinating portrait of today’s maker scene. (Adapted from Syndetics)

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)

Celebrate Spring

Spring is upon us and it’s the perfect time to refresh and rediscover your love of craft, with new ideas and inspiration from the latest library arrivals! Take a look at some vibrant tie-dye and crochet designs, as well as various innovative quilting and sewing projects for you and the family. And, if you are looking for something different, you might like to experiment with beads and wire to create cute and clever jewellery or ornaments using innovative techniques by Amy Kopperude. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book coverTie-dye : dye it, wear it, share it / Shabd Simon-Alexander.
“Tie-dye has grown up and resurfaced as one of todays most inspired looks. Whether dip-dye, shibori, ombre, or the traditional circle pattern, the new take on tie-dye is amazingly fresh, fashionable, and fun. In “Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It,” acclaimed fashion designer and artist Shabd Simon-Alexander shares her techniques for creating the innovative styles that make her own hand-dyed collection so popular. Packed with Shabds design secrets, colour guidance, expert tips on making each piece distinctly your own, and twenty-two step-by-step projects for garments, accessories, and home decor items, this book will soon have you creating sophisticated dresses, leggings, scarves, tees, and more. Once you experience tie-dye like this, you’ll never think of it the same way again.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe collage workbook : how to get started and stay inspired / Randel Plowman.
“The author of The Collage Workbook has been making at least one small collage per day for many years and has chronicled his work since 2006 on the blog acollageaday.com. Plowman covers design basics, tools, and techniques before inviting readers to make their own mixed-media found-object artworks using 50 short exercises. Hundreds of examples of inspiring collages are included. A companion website to the book, thecollageworkbook.blogspot.com, provides links to sources for public-domain imagery and a place for readers to share work. Verdict? This book will help readers see creative possibilities in mundane and unusual places.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThe Belle & Boo book of craft / [projects conceived and made by Lucinda Ganderton and Lisa Pendreigh] ; illustrations by Mandy Sutcliffe ; photography by Laura Edwards.
“’The Belle & Boo Book of Craft’ provides all the inspiration and know-how needed to bring to life a magical world. Sewing projects include an irresistible cuddly rabbit toy, a washingline wendy house and an explorer’s canvas satchel for playtime as well as a robust beanbag and stylish toy storage for your child’s room.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverModern holiday : deck the halls with 18 sewing projects : quilts, stockings, decorations & more / Amanda Murphy.
“Fabric and quilt designer Murphy brings her bright, modern aesthetic to holiday sewing in this collection of Christmas-themed projects. She begins with nine quilts, most of which are the perfect size for snuggling on a cold winter’s night, and then follows with nine home decor projects. For many of the patterns, especially the quilts, a different choice of fabric or color palette would make them more suitable for everyday use, rather than as holiday gifts. Several of the projects incorporate intermediate or advanced techniques, such as precision piecework and hand or fusible applique, but directions are provided. Verdict? Holiday projects are ever popular, and summer is the time to start thinking about handmade gifts. Modern quilters will enjoy this fun collection.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverSimply retro with Camille Roskelley : fresh quilts from classic blocks : use precut jelly rolls, charm packs, fat quarters & more / Camille Roskelley.
“In her second book, fabric and quilt designer Roskelley (Simplify with Camille Roskelley) returns to her area of expertise-traditional-style quilts with modern flair. The collection includes 11 designs in a variety of sizes, from wall hangings to baby quilts to a queen-size bedspread, most sewn in the aqua, red, green, and white palette that has become the author’s trademark. Once again, she focuses on time-saving precut fabrics, although directions are provided for quilters cutting from yardage. Verdict? Roskelley’s designs are popular among the online quilting community, and her designs are contemporary enough to appeal to modern quilters yet classic enough to appeal to traditionalists.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverGrowing up modern : 16 quilt projects for babies & kids / Allison Harris.
“For busy moms who want to quilt, 16 one-of-a-kind quilt projects to make for babies and kids, Almost all the patterns offer sizing for baby quilts and 7 of the patterns easily adapt to fit size crib and twin. Also includes instructions for a pillow and quillow, Fun, full-color photographs throughout the book are sure to inspire both beginner and expert sewists.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverCrochet-opedia : the only crochet reference you’ll ever need / Julie Oparka.
“Crochet instructor Oparka has gathered a collection of crocheting wisdom, information, and projects into this reference. Though supplies and equipment for crochet are amply covered, the focus is on technique, and Oparka covers everything from getting started to specialized techniques such as Tunisian crochet and hairpin lace. This will prove useful to experienced crocheters who need a refresher on a particular technique or who are looking for projects to expand their skill set. Verdict? Crochet reference works are much less common than ones for knitting, and this one has all of the basic information crocheters will want to have on hand.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverCrochet at home : 25 clever projects for colorful living / edited by Brett Bara.
“Get 25 small and quick crochet projects from top designers to add color and cheer to your home! In Crochet at Home, editor Brett Bara and a team of crochet experts bring 25 exciting home projects to life. Explore a collection of practical, pretty pieces for your kitchen, living room, and bedroom: from a riotously colorful blanket, to a delicate bunting of crocheted snowflakes, to flower-inspired trivets that are anything but dull-and even a full-sized ottoman! Techniques such as felting, lace, and crocheting with wire will appeal to beginner and advanced crocheters alike. Projects are made in affordable yarns, especially for large pieces and ones that take a beating, like kitchen accessories. Join Brett and her team of all-star crocheters in this cheerful, affordable, and occasionally humorous take on home decor in this new and approachable resource.” (Publisher description)

Syndetics book coverAimee Ray’s sweet & simple jewelry : 17 designers, 10 techniques & 32 projects to make / Aimee Ray with Kathy Sheldon.
“Ray (Doodle Stitching) and Sheldon (Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry) have curated a collection of fun and quirky jewelry incorporating a number of techniques such as embroidery, needle felting, and basic bead stringing. Most of the projects require only entry-level skills (and entry-level tools), but the results are surprisingly sophisticated, and the standouts are reminiscent of the trendy accessories popular on Etsy (or in funky craft boutiques). Vedict? DIYers with a taste for cute crafts will appreciate this book, and these introductory projects may whet their appetite for more advanced work, especially in embroidery and needle felting.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverFashion jewelry : the collection of Barbara Berger / text by Harrice Simons Miller ; photography by Pablo Esteva.
“Recognised as one of the world’s foremost collections, Barbara Berger’s costume jewellery portfolio features many of what are considered the twentieth century’s most significant designs. Fashion Jewellery: The Collection of Barbara Berger highlights over 200 beautiful and noteworthy examples from her more than 4,000 pieces. From legendary couturiers such as Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Valentino to contemporary designers including Daniel Von Weinberger, Iradj Moini, and Kenneth Jay Lane, this title presents the jewellery of over 60 designers, many of whom are among the industry’s most revered names. Published in conjunction with the Museum of Arts & Design’s Bedazzled exhibition, this book is the first definitive title on Barbara Berger’s costume jewellery anthology to date. With original photography and an informative text written by leading expert Harrice Simons Miller, Fashion Jewellery: The Collection of Barbara Berger is the ultimate accessory for jewellery aficionados and fashionistas alike”. (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverBead bugs : cute, creepy, and quirky projects to make with beads, wire, and fun found objects / Amy Kopperude.
“Creepy-crawlies take a turn for the ornamental in this collection, which features designs for 23 different insects and sea creatures (and, oddly, an owl). In her first book, Kopperude heads off the likely question-What would I do with an insect made out of beads?-by presenting each insect as part of a project, such as an ant magnet, a fly tie tack, and a spider sun catcher. Most of the projects require simple tools that should be in most beadworkers’ collections, such as pliers, wire cutters, and craft adhesive, and the projects themselves are simple enough for beginners to tackle. Verdict? The theme is unusual, but it works. Projects like the dragonfly wine-glass charms might appeal to wedding crafters, and some of the creepier designs, like the bat mobile, are perfect for those decorating for Halloween.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Celebrate Winter with crafts!

Enjoy the changing of season and get your creativity flowing with some fabulous finds in our latest arrivals of craft books. Find out about perfect weekend craft projects that require little or no specialist skills, including quilting, beadwork and crochet projects, as well as, knitting stylish hats and beanies to accessorise and express your own style. And, if you enjoy vintage craft, you will find lots of ideas and inspiration how to inject character and charm into your home using unique vintage pieces!

Syndetics book coverLight & layered knits : 19 sophisticated designs for every season / Vicki Square.
“A collection of nineteen women’s tops made from comfortable fibers–such as silk, linen, cotton, and bamboo–and light yarns that can be layered and removed at will.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFantastical hats & beanies / Jenny Occleshaw.
“Here is a delightful collection of unique easy-to-make hats and beanies to suit every outfit and occasion. The collection includes projects suitable for experienced crafters and newcomers alike. Every project is explained using easy-to-follow instructions. Hats and beanies are not only a fabulous way to accessorise and express your own style, the hand-made hats and beanies also make personal and unique gifts for friends and loved ones. With such a variety of techniques and styles, there really is a hand-made hat or beanie here for everyone.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverHip crochet / Natalie Clegg.
“The interest in crochet is surging and making a huge comeback – and will surely be with us for some time. The need and desire to make handmade items is growing all the time as people find new ways to save money and new crafters take up some of the more traditional needlecrafts. Crochet has crept onto the catwalks and into fashion stores but the cool way to crochet now is to make unique crocheted items for the home that are colourful, quirky and funky. Many of the projects use traditional techniques and patterns but with brighter and more colourful yarns such as the zingy motif bedspread or the Union Jack cushion. Others are wonderfully contemporary and guaranteed to brighten up any home, such as the crocheted string of chillies or carnival bunting. From bedspreads and cushions to baskets, bags, egg cosies, doorstops, Christmas decorations and even a crocheted clock, “Hip Crochet” is full of wonderful easy-to-follow projects. All the projects have clear instructions and beautiful photographs and a techniques section at the beginning covers everything you need to know to make gorgeous crochet items for your home.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilting on the go! / Jessica Alexandrakis.
“Maybe you have the urge to sew but don’t want to be stuck behind your sewing machine all the time – English paper piecing quilting is wonderfully portable. You can stitch on the train, bus, or airplane, in waiting rooms, in the car while your baby naps, or at the beach – all the stolen moments when your hands are idle. Learn to build a tool kit with everything you need to get stitching. When you’re done, just snap it shut and your project is safe and waiting for when you’re ready to sew again. Clear explanations and step-by-step photography will have you stitching in no time and, before you know it, beautiful patterns will materialize from your fingers, which you can use to create a colourful quilt, a cushion, a bag, and much more. Includes detailed instructions for preparing templates, basting techniques, joining pieces and finishing techniques, and with a myriad patterns to try, you’ll find this book full of inspiration for you to find an idea and make it your own.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverThe artful parent : simple ways to fill your family’s life with art and creativity / Jean Van’t Hul.
“Jean Van’t Hul, mother of two, lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. She has been writing about children’s art and creativity on her blog, The Artful Parent , since 2008. A graduate of Wellesley College with a major in art history and studio art, Jean worked in various art and nonprofit fields before devoting her time to writing and raising kids. She loves to share process-oriented art, seasonal crafts, and joyful learning opportunities with her own daughters and through her children’s art groups, her magazine articles, and on her blog.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPearl Lowe’s vintage craft : craft projects & styling advice for the modern vintage home.
“Pearl Lowe is a fashion and textiles designer based in Somerset. Her bespoke dresses launched her mainline collection in 2006 and sold internationally in Liberty and a range of high-end boutiques. Her high-street range for Peacocks, which launched in 2009, has sold-out season upon season. Pearl has also created successful lines of soft furnishings, candles and stationery for several high street, online and boutique retailers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage home : stylish ideas and over 50 handmade projects from furniture to decorating / Sarah Moore ; photography by Debi Treloar.
“Recycle, revamp and rejuvenate; with over 50 projects Sarah covers a whole spectrum of imaginative ideas for every room of the house, from blanket curtains to patchwork wallpaper, clever storage crates to fun mobiles for children, as well as unique ideas for dining, sleeping and bathing. Interweaved throughout the book are ideas for ‘one thing four ways’ to show how the same piece of furniture or a room can be updated with different look, plus handy advice on essential kit and techniques. Aimed at all skill levels, the projects can be completed in a few hours or over a weekend so you can revamp and refurbish your home in no time at all.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLace, ribbons and bows : 35 vintage-inspired projects to make and treasure / Ann Brownfield and Jane Cassini.
“Indulge your nostalgic fantasies with this beautiful collection of ideas for things to make and give. Using lashings of lace, pretty prints, pearls, diamante, ribbons and all things vintage, Ann Brownfield and Jane Cassini have created 35 unique projects for romantics everywhere. In ‘Alluring Lace’ choose from embellished silk cushions, vintage pouches, and lace and diamante gift cards, while ‘Beautiful Bows’ has ideas for lampshades, felt purses and a lingerie bag. Finally, ‘Arrays of Ribbons’ will inspire you to make vintage scarf chairbacks, beautiful gift boxes and tags. With inspirational photographs and clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations that make every project easy, this book will appeal to oldfashioned girls everywhere.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to wire & beaded jewellery : over 50 beautiful projects and variations using wire and beads / Linda Jones.
“This is the essential companion for any fan of stunning jewellery made from wire and beads. Celebrated jewellery designer and best-selling author Linda Jones presents a must-have collection of beautiful pieces in a variety of styles. Packed with designs for daytime, ethnic-inspired necklaces, fun projects for kids, pretty pieces for special occasions and items suitable for beginners, keen crafters will find all they need here”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMetallic seed bead splendor / Nancy Zellers.
“Nancy Zellers is a bead artist and teacher who lives in Colorado. She especially enjoys encouraging others to develop their own style through teaching beadwork classes. Nancy has taught at the Bead&Button Show, the Puget Sound Bead Festival, the Rocky Mountain Bead Society Bead Bazaar, and other venues. Nancy’s work has been featured in many magazines and beading books, including ‘Bead&Button’, ‘500 Beaded Objects’, ‘The Art of Beaded Beads’, and ‘Beading with Crystals’. Her sculptural pieces have appeared in regional and national contemporary art shows.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCreate your own jewellery : over 100 inspiring ways to make stunning pieces from all kinds of materials, with practical step-by-step projects / edited by Ann Kay.
“This title features over 100 inspiring ways to make stunning pieces from all kinds of materials, with practical step-by-step projects. It contains over 100 ideas and easy-to-make projects, plus scores of tips and inspiration for creating many different types of hand-crafted jewellery. It features every kind of jewellery – from bangles, brooches and pins, to necklaces, rings, pendants and earrings – plus designs for buttons, badges, cufflinks, hair ornaments and trinket boxes. All techniques are shown in fully illustrated step-by-step format – clear, simple and easy to achieve, with stunning pictures of every finished piece. It covers a wide range of different crafting techniques using easily acquired equipment and material: including metal, wire, beads, ribbon, felt, silk, shells, mosaic, ceramics and paper. Jewellery always makes a very personal statement, and creating your own pieces is a wonderful way of saying even more about yourself and your taste. Better still, many of these ideas are so inexpensive, you can give yourself a new look quickly and easily. This book is designed to teach you everything you need to know about making jewellery, and covers all the materials, techniques and equipment you will need.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)