October Fashion and Beauty: “We’re going to Mood!”

“Designers, we’re going to Mood!” Every keen Project Runway watcher will be excited to hear that we have a brand new book about New York’s ultimate fabric mecca, made famous by Tim Gunn on TV’s Project Runway. The Mood guide to fabric and fashion gives every sewer essential fabric know-how, produced by Mood’s experts. This year’s wedding season is kicked off with a brand new book of beautiful couture wedding gowns, and we have a new book about the ever-popular nautical style, just in time for our summer and spring wardrobes. Our collection of street style books also continues to grow, with new editions on Sydney and London’s East End. And find out what it’s really like to attend the hottest fashion shows – from the back row. Bon appétit!

Syndetics book coverCouture wedding gowns / Marie Bariller ; translated from the French by Willard Wood.
“The couture wedding gown–a fashion show’s grand finale–marks the pinnacle of a designer’s creativity for the season. Consequently, these dresses offer particular insight into the designer’s creative process. Couture Wedding Gowns presents a collection of extraordinary dresses designed by some of the most respected designers from the 20th century to today. Profiling designers from Alexander McQueen to Zuhair Murad, Marie Bariller reveals what the wedding gown represents for each of them. With exclusive interviews, in-depth analysis, and detailed descriptions of the signature dresses accompanied by lavish photography and hand-drawn illustrations, the book offers insight into the artistic vision of their creators.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFear and clothing : unbuckling American style / Cintra Wilson.
“Cintra Wilson takes her celebrated eye for style on the road, traveling around the “belt regions” of the United States. She tackles the fashion choices of scantily clad clubgoers on South Beach, unpacks the altogether impractical clothing choices at the Sundance Festival in Utah, and digs beneath the sartorial armor of politicians and their wives in Washington, DC. In this smart and rollicking book, Wilson illustrates how every closet is a declaration of the owner’s politics, sexuality, class, education, hopes, and dreams.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEast End fashionistas. Anthony Webb.
“Multicultural, adjacent to London’s wealthy financial district, home to artists and designers of all stripes, London’s East End neighborhood is alive with creative possibility. Not unlike the denizens of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, its inhabitants exhibit a highly individual sense of style, in keeping with their environment. Anthony Webb’s exhilarating portraits capture the expressive characters who populate the East End. His full-color shots portray hundreds of self-fashioned individuals flaunting remarkably creative personal style… this book encapsulates the avant-garde spirit of a new urban counterculture taking not just London but all major urban centers by storm.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSydney street style / Vicki Karaminas, Justine Taylor and Toni Johnson-Woods ; photography by Kate Disher-Quill.
“Style is predominantly an individual matter–the way people put themselves together creates a sense of individual identity–but collectively it creates a sense of common culture in a community, a city, or a country. Geographically isolated from the fashion hubs of Paris and New York, Australia may not yet be synonymous with style. Sydney Street Style depicts the style of this less-explored fashion capital. Beautifully assembled and packed with full color photos of the stylish and eclectic residents of Sydney, this book will be a welcome addition to the library of any fashionista or armchair traveller.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Mood guide to fabric and fashion : the essential guide from the world’s most famous fabric store / editor, Melanie Falick ; foreword by Tim Gunn ; photography by Johnny Miller.
“”Designers, we’re going to Mood!” More than 10 years ago, Tim Gunn and Project Runway introduced millions of viewers to New York’s ultimate fabric mecca, Mood Fabrics. The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion is the ultimate guide for home-sewers, fashion students, aspiring designers, and Project Runway fans who want to learn everything they need to know to choose and use quality fabric. Drawing upon the expertise of the Mood staff, the book teaches readers the fundamentals–from where fabric is produced to the ins and outs of its construction–and features a fabric-by-fabric guide to cottons and other plant fibers, wools, silks, knits, and other specialty fabrics.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTales from the back row : an outsider’s view from inside the fashion industry / Amy Odell.
“Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell knows what it’s really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry. In Tales from the Back Row, Amy–funny and fearless–takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers. As she describes the allure of Alexander Wang’s ripped tights and Marchesa’s Oscar-worthy dresses, Amy artfully layers in something else: ultimately this book is about how the fashion industry is an exaggerated mirror of human fallibility-reflecting our desperate desire to belong, to make a mark, to be included.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNautical chic / Amber Jane Butchart.
“From the modernist elegance of Coco Chanel to Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s punk-fuelled pirates, the appeal of nautical dress has cut a sartorial swathe for over two centuries. But how did garments such as the blue and white fishermans top and peacoat cross over from uniform and workwear into fashionable dress? In Nautical Chic, the first and only book to look at the history of high fashion on the high seas, fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart traces the relationship between maritime dress and the fashionable wardrobe, uncovering stories, tracking the trends, and tracing the evolution of the style back to its roots in our seafaring past.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

A day of crafting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October: Crafting in the Sun!

The stitching is going well! So far there have been no little mishaps which is great. My main problem is choosing between my cross-stitch, my ribbon work or my blackwork! Decisions, decisions….
If you are short of choices check out some of our new books:

Syndetics book coverFuroshiki : the art of wrapping with fabric / Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts.
“In Japan, gift wrapping is an art, and furoshiki-traditional Japanese wrapping cloths-are used to wrap gifts and as makeshift bags for carrying everything from books to lunches to a futon. … All of the steps are nicely illustrated, and there’s a full-page photograph of each wrap. Furoshiki is an eco-friendly alternative to consumable wraps such as plastic bags or paper gift wrap,…interest.c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverCountdown calendars : 24 stitched projects to celebrate any date / compiled by Susanne Woods.
“Make every occasion even more special! Today’s top designers share their ideas and techniques on how to commemorate life’s special events. Equal parts inspiration and how-to, this collection of custom-crafted countdown calendars is packed with creative ways to say 3.2.1.it’s here!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy grandmother’s knitting : family stories and inspired knits from top designers / Larissa Brown ; photographs by Michael Crouser. We all have those jumbers, cardigans and hats that Grandmother’s have knitted. This book pays tribute to all those Grannies with all those needles from a range of great knitwear designers including Ysolda Teague and Anne Hanson. Crafty Librarian.

Syndetics book coverCountryside softies : 28 handmade wool creatures to stitch / Amy Adams.
“All a crafter needs to bring these adorable critters to life is a little time, a few supplies, and a dash of creativity. Whether it’s a fuzzy rabbit personalized as a gift, or a charming family of birds to display in the home, this playful guide features easy-to-follow patterns, clear instructions and enchanting photography of the creatures in their natural habitats. Best of all, each project is graded according to difficulty (easy, moderate and slightly tricky) so both experienced and beginner sewers can share in the fun.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQueen of crafts : the modern girls’ guide to knitting, sewing, quilting, baking, preserving & kitchen gardening / Jazz Domino Holly. Never made jam before? Want to try sewing? Here is a great guide for trying all those things you are not sure on. Instructions are clear to follow and use modern techniques. Crafty Librarian.

Syndetics book coverCross-stitch and embroidery for babies, toddlers and children / Isabelle Leloup ; photography by Hiroko Mori.
I am generally a little sceptic about combining knitting and embroidery, however this book has some lovely ideas for babies and toddlers without going to over the top. Crafty Librarian.

Variety is the spice of life! New craft books

The variety of craft books we have coming in at the moment is EPIC! “Design your own tees” more felting, wire and fabric projects and quick jewellery designs.

Syndetics book coverDesign your own tees : techniques and inspiration to stitch, stamp, stencil, and silk-screen your very own t-shirts / Jennifer Cooke.
I love the look of this one! T-shirts form a basis of my wardrobe but sometimes they need a little something extra!

Syndetics book coverFresh fashion knits : more than 20 must-have designs from Rowan’s Studio Collection / designs by Sarah Hatton ; edited by Kate Buller. I know another Rowan knitting book, but I love the detailing in the Rowan patterns even if they can be a challenge at times!

Syndetics book coverFelting fashion : creative and inspirational techniques for felt-makers / Lizzie Houghton.
“Crafters and fashionistas alike will go wild about this inspiration-packed book, which offers several ways to make felt and a wide range of patterns for stylish felt garments and accessories. The fashions include everything from hats to lavish full-length coats, and the instructions cover techniques for creating Nuno felt (a lightweight modern type that drapes) as well as traditional felts–plus methods for dyeing wool, ruching, and making cords, spikes, balls, and other embellishments.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCreative bloom : projects and inspiration with fabric and wire / Jennifer Swift.
“Cultivate Your Inner Artist! Prepare your own garden of self-expression with the creative fabric and wire projects inside “Creative Bloom.” The seeds of inspiration will be planted as you learn how to make a butterfly-adorned lamp, a sweet bird sculpture, an inspired canvas bag and a sparkling cloud cuff. Each project features innovative techniques that you can use again in your personal artwork. “Creative Bloom” features: – 21 pretty projects for your art studio, home and wardrobe – Vignettes and advice on gathering the right tools, forcing creative growth, finding inspiration in the seasons and staying motivated – Step-by-step techniques that show you how sculpt wire, stitch fabric to wire, make fabric pages and more! Grab some wire and rummage through your fabric stash. It’s time to unearth your creative potential!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover30 minute necklaces : 60 quick & creative projects for jewelers / Martha Le Van.
“Lark does have its finger on the pulse of contemporary crafts; look no further for proof than in this second-of-a-series jewelry craft collection. This book is packed with 60 necklaces, to be fashioned in a half hour or less. (Assumed here is that readers will know their wire and soldering and tool techniques, not to mention having a good familiarity with photo editing and imaging software.) Even if fingers are less than practiced in sawing, filing, planishing, and riveting, a few of the projects don’t mandate metalworking know-how. As to be expected, all feature color photographs, a list of required techniques and materials, and good step-by-step instructions with occasional variations and designer notes. Now to the design choices, which truly range from sedate to boldly twenty-first century, all using materials as disparate as green-gold pearls and 14-karat gold to recycled plastic bags and white table-tennis balls. Mark this as intended for intermediate jewelers.–Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)