The art of sewing! New craft books for May

Refresh your sewing skills or learn to sew with some easy and fun projects that we have chosen for you with lots of ideas and inspiration. Discover ways how to make fun costumes for your kids in no time with step by step instructions. Children love to dress up!

Syndetics book coverSewing dress-up : 35 cute and easy costumes for kids / Emma Hardy.
“35 simple costumes to make for parties and dress-up games, with pull-out full-size pattern sheets. Whether you have a little princess or a superhero in your family, or your children favor the traditional roles of cowboy, pirate or nurse, there are ideas here that are easy to make and much more effective than shop-bought outfits. All the favorites are included, such as animals–a lion, a ladybug, a dinosaur–and fairy-tale characters from Red Riding Hood to the Gingerbread Man. Two pull-out sheets are included with all the full-size patterns you will need, and there’s a techniques section so you can brush up on your sewing skills.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe sewing workshop : learn to sew with 30+ easy, pattern-free projects / Linda Lee.
“Welcome to The Sewing Workshop , filled cover-to-cover with projects from three of our most popular sewing box sets. These 30+ stylish patterns for sewing small- to medium-size accessories, like drawstring pouches, mini totes, and backpacks, will surprise and delight even the most seasoned crafter. Inside you’ll also find in-depth informative tutorials, tips, and troubleshooting techniques, as well as a robust materials list.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSunday sews : 20 inspired weekend projects / Theresa Gonzalez ; photographs by Nicole Hill Gerulat.
Sunday Sews presents 20 irresistible designs that can be sewn on a weekend and enjoyed for a lifetime. Featuring minimalist style and unfussy lightweight fabrics, they are as functional as they are chic. Think drapey shift dresses, flattering tunics and skirts, tanks and tops perfect for layering, pretty aprons, go-anywhere tote bags, and gifts for children and loved ones. Step-by-step instructions and technical illustrations make construction a breeze, whatever the reader’s skill level; and lush photographs showcase the finished projects in clean, uncluttered settings. Sleekly packaged and brimming with atmosphere,Sunday Sews evokes everything we love about the most relaxing day of the week.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTilda’s toy box / Tone Finnanger.
“Latest must-have collection from bestselling craft designer Tone Finnanger aka Tilda who brings her talents to soft toys, gifts and home accessories for children. Tilda’s new book will show you how to make a wide range of beautiful soft toys and gifts for kids, plus amazing accessories for their bedrooms. Discover simple sewing patterns for adorably plump dolls with a range of outfits and accessories, cute jungle creatures like monkeys, and sea-themed creations – pirates, whales and fish–all reproduced at full-size to trace from the page. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHalf yard gifts : easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric / Debbie Shore.
“This book contains 22 projects to sew and give away, each made using less than half a yard of fabric. Projects range from pincushions, bags and paperweights to aprons for budding chefs, kneeling pads for gardeners and tool belts for DIY-enthusiasts. The projects are made in a range of prints and styles and use a range of techniques: either follow each project closely, or adapt the size and fabric to suit the recipient. Debbie gives advice on how to customise the projects, so that you can create the perfect gift for your loved one.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMad about buttons : fifty creative craft projects using buttons / Alice Vinten.
“Enjoy the art of button craft with 50 creative projects in this step-by-step guide. The book includes a wide variety of crafting skills and techniques that range from simple projects for kids to impressive home accessories for the craft enthusiast. Chapters including Gifts, Kids, Wall Art, Accessories and Home encourage crafters to get creative and experiment with their button collection. These ‘bright as a button’ projects are sure to provide a calming and therapeutic pastime with wonderful decorative results.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInside haute couture : behind the scenes at the Paris ateliers / Désirée Sadek ; Guillaume de Laubier ; translation from the French by Molly Stevens.
“From Maison Chanel on rue Cambon to Jean Paul Gaultier on rue Saint-Martin, the history of French fashion is often closely tied to those of Parisian addresses. With exclusive photographs by Guillaume de Laubier and text by Désirée Sadek, Inside Haute Couture offers a private tour of 10 meccas of French fashion. From the splendor of VIP reception rooms to the privacy of sewing ateliers, the daily lives of the most renowned figures in haute couture are show­cased alongside the skilled artisans and their stunning creations. This book is an unprecedented journey into a world often closed to the public, against a backdrop of an exceptional architectural heritage.” (Syndetics summary)

Summer craft projects! New Craft books in November

There’s nothing more satisfying than making Christmas cards and gifts for your family and friends and you will find lots of new library books, packed with magical ideas and inspiration to help you make this season special. We have included traditional and contemporary Christmas projects as well as patterns for sewing beautiful dresses, and ways to create handmade gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book coverHalf yard Christmas : easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric / Debbie Shore.
“Are you craving a crafty, creative Christmas? Let Debbie Shore show you how to create all the accessories you’ll need in the latest addition to her best-selling Half Yard series. Featuring six themed chapters – rustic, traditional, contemporary, monochrome, Scandinavian and kids – there’s something for everyone: you can select your favourite Christmas style or mix and match throughout your home. With over 30 simple, stylish projects requiring only half yards of fabric, this book will have you feeling festive in no time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe artful year : celebrating the seasons and holidays with family arts and crafts / Jean Van’t Hul.
“Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a wonderful opportunity to embrace creativity together as a family. It’s also a fun way to decorate, prepare for, and learn about the holidays we celebrate. In The Artful Year, you’ll find art activites, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. By doing so, your family will create memories and mementos, you’ll develop creative growth in your children and yourself, and you’ll have lots of fun!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSew many dresses, sew little time : the ultimate dressmaking guide : interchangeable patterns to create 200+ unique dresses / Tanya Whelan.
“Tanya Whelan believes that dressmaking is easier than most people realize but that most sewing books are more complicated than they need to be. With her “choose-your-own-adventure” approach to sewing, Tanya offers an invaluable collection of patterns that empowers sewers to become designers. The trick is a set of patterns for 6 skirts and 8 bodices that line up perfectly at the waist, plus an additional 4 sleeve styles and 4 necklines. Tanya Whelan gives readers clear instructions and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams that allow them to use the enclosed pattern pieces to create up to 219 fitted dresses, including simple strapless designs, sheaths, and halter gowns. The book covers basic dress construction and altering techniques for women of all shapes and sizes.” (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. 23 projects that you’ll love to wear, to carry, and to use. This thoughtful collection will keep any sewist busy for a full year. Beautiful projects range from small to large. Full-size pattern pieces are included in two large pullout sheets.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSew fab : sewing and style for young fashionistas / Lesley Ware.
Sew Fab is a style and sewing workbook for any girl aged 8-13 who loves fashion. It will teach you not just to sew, but how to wear your creations with flair. Start by finding your style tribe, learning to accessorize, identifying the best colors for you, and more. Now get ready to sew. Make yourself a mini studio, stock your sewing basket, and try out some hand stitching. There’s a mix of easy step-by-step projects to sew by hand or using simple machining, from a hair bow to a little black dress (but in the color that suits you best!). Packed with gorgeous illustrations, step-by-step projects, tips, and fun activities, you will be creating unique clothes and accessories in no time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHandmade interiors / project editor, Laura Palosuo.
Handmade Interiors is the most comprehensive guide to soft furnishings and home sewing projects on the market. Handmade Interiors leads you through sewing projects such as how to sew curtains, a cushion cover or a Roman blind using step-by-step instructions and images. Compiled by experts in home design who offer advice on fabrics and variations to tailor to your specific home decoration needs. The easy to follow format makes this the perfect guide for novices and experts alike, covering the whole process of creating professional looking furnishings, from measuring, all the way through to installing your finished project.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRubber band bracelets : 35 colorful projects you’ll love to make / Lucy Hopping.
“Everyone’s crazy for rubber-band jewelry! Discover how to make 3 fantastic designs for yourself and your friends. All you need to make the basic bracelets are colourful rubber bands, a loom that you can make yourself, a hook, and a clip or split ring–it’s that simple! The patterns in this book show you how to make a whole host of different items that you can customize by choosing your own colourways. Every one of these projects, from a pretty diamond bracelet to cute ladybug and bee bracelets, will inspire you to get crafting. All the projects have clear step-by-step illustrated instructions, so you’ll be an expert in no time!” (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)

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)

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)

Stunning jewellery and wearable art – Craft picks for October

Get inspiration and teach yourself how to make the most delightful jewellery pieces. Find out about advanced techniques used by crafters and express your own unique style. I hope you find this book selection a source of inspiration and fun!

Syndetics book coverEarringology : how to make dangles, drops, chandeliers & more / Candie Cooper.
“In her stunning follow up to Necklaceology, Candie Cooper creates 50 beautiful beaded earring projects that are fun for both beginners and seasoned beaders. Stylish and feminine, they work for the office, a night on the town, or a casual weekend. In addition to beads and wire, these lovely pieces of jewelry include leather, clay, charms, found objects, and other fun materials. Cooper’s accessible instructions on tools and techniques, plus plenty of detailed photos, guide you every step of the way.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe beader’s guide to jewelry design : a beautiful exploration of unity, balance, color & more / Margie Deeb.
“Once beaders have mastered the basics and enjoyed bringing others’ patterns to life, they’re ready and eager to take the next step: creating their own original pieces. Here, finally, is their must-have guidebook to the fundamental principles of visual design. Focusing on jewelry, it helps beaders explore concepts such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, volume, shape, pattern, texture, movement, drape, and color in their work. Exercises, reader challenges, and lavish photos enhance understanding and assure design success.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSteampunk jewelry / Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe.
“No artform has been more influenced in recent years by steampunk than that of the jeweler. Initially just an arcane collection of clocks and gears, the art has developed into an astounding hotbed of craftsmanship and creativity, blurring the lines between man and nature, and achieving a handmade intricacy which never ceases to fascinate. In the vanguard were the aficionados of steampunk who needed to accessorize their costumes. More recently, serious silversmiths, goldsmiths, and metal workers, as well as sculptors in miniature, have entered the fray. The best from around the world are featured here, with astonishing photography and insights from each artist.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCostume jewelry : identification and price guide / Pamela Y. Wiggins ; photography by Jay B. Siegel.
“From disposable bauble to collectible art form! Stylish and beautiful, vintage costume jewelry ignites the passions of collectors and fashionistas alike. Originally created as an inexpensive accessory to be worn and then discarded, costume jewelry is now considered an art form worth many times its original purchase price! Warman’s Costume Jewelry sparkles with wearable art creating during the past 100 years, spanning the Victorian era through the early part of the 21st century.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKiln-formed glass : beyond the basics / Brenda Griffith.
“With this comprehensive workbench guide, acclaimed artist Brenda Griffith takes kiln-formed glass to the next level. From cast glassing and cold working to adapting unusual tools and materials, she covers a range of advanced techniques that glass crafters need to know. In addition to beautiful projects and stunning gallery images, information on best studio practices and a “beyond the kiln” section make this indispensible.” (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)

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)

Get Creative With New Jewellery Trends

This month’s selection of craft books features some of our latest jewellery books and magazines, which come packed with ideas and inspiration to challenge the most artistic minds. Draw creative energy from this fabulous selection of imaginative new books, presenting beautiful leather jewellery, bead and wire designs, as well as, gorgeous photography from top artists around the world. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverBeautiful leather jewelry : timeless techniques for today’s trends / Melissa Cable.
“Melissa Cable has a knack for taking traditional jewelry-making techniques and applying them to various materials in an upscale, modern way. In Beautiful Leather Jewelry, she shares new methods for altering leather to create unique textures and patterns in a variety of necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, pendants, and more. Proper finishing techniques, such as snap setting, will ensure polished, professional results. Aspiring leather jewelry designers will appreciate learning how to combine familiar materials such as Swarovski crystals, metals, wood, felt, and resin with leather cuffs, cords, and more. This is leather jewelry like you’ve never seen before!” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe jewelry maker’s field guide : tools and essential techniques / Helen I. Driggs.
“Discover a thorough reference guide to metalworking tools and techniques with multiple demos, tutorials, cross-references, and supportive skill-building exercises and projects. Helen Driggs, a regular contributor to “Lapidary Journal,” brings her down-to-earth approach and strong metalworking knowledge base in this overview of basic and not-so-basic metalworking techniques. “Jewelry Makers Field Guide” walks you through the variety of metalworking tools available and offers guidance on setting up a studio, buying and organizing supplies, and determining what tools to buy and when. Organizing tools along basic functions, Helen offers a solid and logical overview of metalworking techniques, and teaches sets of related skills, showing how different tools can sometimes achieve the same end. Each chapter includes stepped demos and applied techniques for using particular tools. The book culminates in projects that combine a variety of techniques, and allow the reader to further apply and practice their metalworking skills.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverJewelry for all seasons : 24 bead and wire designs inspired by nature / Linzi Alford.
“Brighten up your wardrobe, mark the changing seasons and make your own fabulous jewelry using nature as your guide. In this imaginative new book, stunning photography provides the inspiration for 24 unique and stylish pieces of jewelry that capture the beauty of nature throughout the year. Most projects are easy enough for complete beginners but intermediate and advanced jewelry-makers will also be inspired by these strikingly original designs and gorgeous photography.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk.)

Syndetics book coverSmall beads, big jewellery / Jean Power.
“A book created especially for those who want to put zing into their beading projects, this wonderful compendium of modern pieces offers the beader a chance to do something a little bit different. Created by Jean Power, whose Compendium of Beading Techniques has become a bible for anyone seeking the inside skinny on the technical aspects of beading. Neatly organised by the technique used in making the piece, there are some simple projects for the beginner beader and more complicated designs that will richly reward more ambitious beaders. What these projects have in common is that they are quirky, different, and undoubtedly distinguished. Includes easy-to-follow diagrams and corresponding photographs, and plenty of alternative colourways.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk.)

Syndetics book coverShaped beadwork & beyond : dimensional jewelry in peyote stitch / Diane Fitzgerald.
“Diane Fitzgerald is the world’s biggest and best-loved name in beading—and now she’s back with a new book that will “shape” your jewelry-making for years to come! Focusing on geometric figures formed into three-dimensional beaded pieces, this gorgeous follow-up to her bestselling Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork builds on Diane’s earlier ideas with 40 stunning projects. In each chapter, Diane explores a different shape—from starry necklaces and heart pins to a Pirate Eyes Bracelet—and she goes in exciting new directions with imaginative and beautifully complex designs that play with patterns, crystals, and more.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSteampunk jewelry / Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe.
“From the author of “Steampunk Fashion,” a stunning collection of steampunk jewelry from top artists around the globe No artform has been more influenced in recent years by steampunk than that of the jeweler. Initially just an arcane collection of clocks and gears, the art has developed into an astounding hotbed of craftsmanship and creativity, blurring the lines between man and nature, and achieving a handmade intricacy which never ceases to fascinate. In the process some of the most valuable and inventive objects of the steampunk movement have been created. In the vanguard were the aficionados of steampunk who needed to accessorize their costumes. More recently, serious silversmiths, goldsmiths, and metal workers, as well as sculptors in miniature, have entered the fray. The best from around the world are featured here, with astonishing photography and insights from each artist. This volume, in the same format as “Steampunk Fashion,” will appeal to professional and amateur jewelers alike (whether in the movement or not), to anyone working with steampunk, but also to all steampunk enthusiasts, who seem to have an insatiable appetite for the latest aesthetic manifestations of this remarkable genre.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

IMG_2052Don’t miss out our fantastic range of Craft Magazines, including the latest issues on jewellery and beading, packed with fabulous projects, step – by – step instructions, tips and techniques to help you learn, discover and enjoy.
Ask at your local library for the latest issue.

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)