Beautiful things made with style – new Craft books for March

Welcome to this eclectic mix of new craft books, featuring many clever and creative ideas! Experiment with different types of wool and learn how to embellish old fabrics transforming them into beautiful scarves, soft toys and more. Read about fantastic ways how to make beautiful things that work for you and your family. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverFelt so good : 70+ felted and plain wool designs for you and your home / by Tone Rørseth ; translated from the Norwegian by Margaret Berge Hartge.
“A wonderful collection of designs for clothing, accessories, and items for your home from Norwegian designer Tone Rørseth. Wool is a wonderfully versatile material, which makes these designs easily accessible for crafters of all levels. The book presents instructions for felting wool, as well as a guide to purchasing different types of ready-made felt. Included are several projects made from upcycled wool sweaters, mittens, and hats, including handbags, dog sweaters, and wrist warmers. Rørseth’s designs are whimsical and fun, and most can be made in an evening or a week-end. She has even included a section dedicated to holiday decorations such as garlands, tree ornaments, and table decor.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking peg dolls & more : toys which spin, fly and bring sweet dreams / Margaret Bloom ; photography by Paul Bloom.
“Margaret Bloom’s new book introduces us to a new range of projects to keep hands busy. From simple peg doll necklaces, mobiles, pin cushions and fantastical flying creatures, this series of delightful craft projects, will inspire all the family to make and play creatively.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWrapping with fabric : your complete guide to furoshiki : the Japanese art of wrapping / Etsuko Yamada ; photos by Kanji Okamoto.
“Wrap anything from a wine bottle to a yoga mat with this practical Japanese fabric-wrapping book. Long before today’s eco-friendly philosophy of “reduce, reuse, recycle” entered America’s collective consciousness, furoshiki–the Japanese method of wrapping things with fabric–flourished as a time-honored and practical art form. In Wrapping With Fabric , Etsuko Yamada–born into a long-line of furoshiki makers in Kyoto–explains the “one cloth, many uses” ideology behind the craft, the etiquette of color and the craft’s fascinating history. From there, she shares the myriad ways in which a few basic techniques can transform a simple square of cloth into an elegant wrapper.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeautiful wreaths & garlands : 35 projects to decorate your home for all seasons & occasions / Cathering Woram.
“Get inspired to decorate your home with these charming wreaths and garlands. Whether you are looking for something to make from all of the plants you gather in your garden or to use scraps of paper and fabric you have collected, you will be sure to find a project for every occasion and celebration innbsp;Beautiful Wreaths and Garlands.nbsp;In five chapters on natural, fabric, paper, mixed-media, and holiday wreaths and garlands, Catherine Woram shows you how to make a succulent wreath so you can bring nature indoors, a scented herb garland to hang in the kitchen, a wreath made of paper leaves cut out of vintage books, a delicate pine wreath to hang above your table at Christmas, and many more simple ways to make your home look really special.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCraft a creative business / Fiona Pullen.
“A complete must-read guide for anyone wanting to turn their hobby, craft or art skills into a successful business. Covering everything you ever wanted to know, Fiona gives clear, simple advice on the importance of identifying markets, focusing on a USP, assessing the competition, making sure the price is right and setting goals. The book includes sections on product photography, branding. and legal matters. The book has particular emphasis on online selling, with detailed information onmarkets, blogging, using social media and the importance of analytics and SEO (search engine optimisation). Information on offline selling is included too, with notes on on selling at craft fairs, trade fairs and markets, selling through retail outlets, running courses and workshops, and featuring work in the media.” (Syndetics summary)

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.