The art of creating – new craft books in July

Ikebana, the old Japanese art of arranging flowers, has remained popular for hundred of years and is loved by many for its natural beauty, simplicity and spirituality. I’ve cherished the Ikebana demonstrations offered by my aunt Mary to her students and often, to charitable organisations for women. My aunt had an amazing talent putting together stunning flower arrangements and at the same time explaining the history and philosophy of the Ikebana art. All her special arrangements were created with plants and flowers from her delightful home garden and she was very proud of Ikebana. Find out more about this unique Japanese art in the book ‘Japanese Ikebana for every season’, featured in this collection of our latest library arrivals, and enjoy these picks of our new craft books!

Syndetics book coverJapanese ikebana for every season / Rie Imai and Yuji Ueno ; photography by Noboru Murata.
” The true meaning of Ikebana–the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement–is the ability to take a few beautiful flowers and plans and tastefully present them in very simple containers to decorate your home. Whether for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or a special birthday or anniversary–“Japanese Ikebana for Every Season” simplifies and demystifies this ancient art by presenting 53 elegantly simple arrangements that anyone can create at anytime at home.
No matter what time of year it is and regardless of your taste or budget–the arrangements in this book will lend a touch of Japanese elegance to your home.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFloral knits : 25 contemporary flower-inspired designs / Martin Storey ; photographs by Steven Wooster.
“Flower power fuels this collection of 25 knitted accessories, sweaters, and home decor wares. Knitwear designer Storey (Aran Knits) focuses on creating flowers with texture and color, whether sewn on or knitted into the pattern. The Fleur cardigan and the Tulip beret and fingerless gloves use color work to create lovely garden rows around the hems and cuffs of each project. The monochromatic Herbaceous pillow and throw turn to texture to create items for the home out of assembled knit squares. The Bloom bag and brooch make use of funky over-sized knit flowers. The cabled Blossom sweater, socks, and fingerless gloves are finished with delicate flower embroidery. The first half of the book presents the projects and the second half details the patterns. Knitters looking for exotic varietals or abstract renditions of our flowered friends should look elsewhere; this collection focuses on pictorial representations of the more familiar, much-loved domestic garden residents. ” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverHappy feet : unique knits to knock your socks off / Cathy Carron.
“Popular knitwear designer Cathy Carron has gone from head (her bestselling “Hattitude”) to toe, with this unique collection of socks, stockings, legwarmers, slippers, sandal socks, and more. Perfect for advanced beginner to advanced knitters, the more than 40 fashion-forward designs offer a variety of fun styles and challenges, including tube or spiral shapes, turned heels, afterthought heels, and toe-up. A helpful introduction gives readers a leg up on terminology, sizing, and fiber choices.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverKnitting reimagined : an innovative approach to structure and shape with 25 breathtaking projects / Nicky Epstein.
“Rethink traditional knitting with this groundbreaking collection of 25 sophisticated patterns for beautiful sweaters, jackets, and accessories from one of the most influential voices in knitwear design. Award-winning author Nicky Epstein offers knitters of all skill levels adventurous, wearable projects that showcase innovative and clever construction and garment details. From a tunic created by weaving sections of knitting to a pullover featuring braided sleeve details, these patterns all offer interesting new twists on classic handknit designs. The stitches are easy, but the eye-opening results will challenge the way knitters think about this age-old craft. Each chapter focuses on one type of treatment, including innovative shaping, weaving, and braiding, directional knitting, or cutting-edge ways to use edgings and colorwork. Distilling her more than 30 years of knit design know-how, Nicky shares all the tricks of her trade in this gorgeous volume.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverKnit in new directions / with Myra Wood ; photography by Alexis Xenakis.
“Freeing knitters with all levels of experience to become involved in the creative process and still make a garment that is knit-to-fit, this template-based approach is not math-dependent and works for people whether they prefer a structured or more freeform process. Knit in New Directions introduces techniques that encourage knitters to just have fun: strip knitting, creative short rows, patchwork, crazy quilt, and free-form knitting. It then explains the other essential tool—full-scale templates. Knitters learn to use the templates in the book and how to make one to their own measurements. Garment designs support each technique and template with two options. The Guided Tour provides full instructions for specific sizes as well as measure-as-you go versions. In the Alternative Routes, the template functions like a coloring book that allows the knitter to create completely new designs. Practical advice for how to achieve the best fit and finish is included with each design: blocking, a special stitch for seaming, and edge and embellishment options.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPretty funny tea cosies : & other beautiful knitted things / Loani Prior.
“Loani Prior, tea cosy knitter extraordinaire, is back with more of her fabulously outrageous creations. Pretty Funny Tea Cosies contains 25 knitted cosies and pretty things, with the focus on the pretty: flowers, leaves, fruit, loopy stitches and beautifully knitted and woven fabric…Including basic stitches, techniques and patterns, Pretty Funny Tea Cosies is a must-have for knitters and crafters and anyone who has ever wanted to have a Tibetan Tea Warrior tea cosy.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverKnitting smitten : 20 fresh and funky hand-knit designs / Jessica Biscoe ; photography by Keiko Oikawa.
“Knitting Smitten encapsulates the joy of knitting with 20 fresh and funky hand-knit designs by knitting newcomer Jessica Biscoe. This latest book in the popular ‘Simple Makes’ series includes covetable accessories, such as a delicate Maiden Braid Bracelet and chunky Moss Stitch Cowl, perfect presents, such as the dinky Coin Purse and loopy stitch Hedgehog Paperweight, and must-have homewares, such as the Flamingo Cushion and Pennant Patch Throw.” (Publisher’s description)