Bold, unusual necklaces & fabulous craft ideas

We have ideas and inspiration for you in this month’s collection of craft books, with a focus on jewellery — bold unusual necklaces and lots of techniques to get you started. Plus, learn how to make pottery you will love, and use, and explore fabric art journals. Above all, have fun creating.

Syndetics book coverEasy-to-make statement jewelry : bold necklaces to dress up or dress down / editors, Colleen Dorsey & Katie Weeber.
“Style up with bold accessories that you make yourself! DIY Bold & Beautiful Necklaces offers 20 unique jewelry projects that you can create in just one afternoon. From chunky stone and edgy angles to vintage charm, each of these standout necklaces will add instant drama to the simplest of outfits. Even if you never made a necklace before, step-by-step photographs and simple instructions get you started.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSoutache / Donatella Ciotti ; English translation by Burravoe Translation Services.
“Discover Soutache, the art of creating modern and unique jewelry from looped braids. Donatella Ciotti shows you how to create stunning, expensive-looking costume jewelry, from earrings and bracelets to brooches for hats, with full-colour, detailed photography to guide you through each process. There is even a gallery of images at the end of the book to inspire you to create your own, bespoke soutache masterpieces.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion jewelry : a beginner’s guide to jewelry making / Courtney Legenhausen of Lotus Jewerly Studio.
“Learn how to make beautiful jewelry from an up-and-coming designer with her own line! Bead stringing, wire wrapping, pearl knotting. This beginner-friendly guide, created by Courtney Legnhausen (owner of Lotus Jewelry), teaches all the basics of fashioning fun and attractive bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings. […] Even novices can make chandelier earrings, a pearl bracelet, a stone pendant, and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking pottery you can use / Jacqui Atkin.
“Create cups, mugs, bowls, and more pieces that are perfect for you! Everyone who owns a beloved mug that has just the right handle, an agreeably “deep” cereal bowl, or a plate that fits perfectly in the dishwasher knows that once you’ve found these pieces, you wish you had more of them. In Making Pottery You Can Use, you’ll learn how to create the pieces that will work best for you. […] Successful teacher, designer, and author Jacqui Atkin explains how to throw and hand-build pieces that are beautiful and practical, from plates, cups, and saucers to casserole dishes, pitchers, and tureens.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFabric art journals : making, sewing, and embellishing journals from cloth and fibers / Pam Sussman.
“This is the first comprehensive book that offers complete step-by-step instruction and patterns for creating unique book structures from cloth. Fabric Art Journals offers vital information on getting started, from choosing fabrics and creating patterns to basic sewing techniques. In addition to learning how to make various styles of fabric books, readers will learn embellishment techniques that include painting, writing, decorative stitching, print and transfer styles, machine and hand embroidery, and quilting.” (Syndetics summary)

New Style – Fashion and Beauty picks for April

Go wild for style this season – April’s new fashion and beauty books bring you two new style guides, with one especially aimed at glamorous older women who “want to age with cocktail in hand, surrounded by admirers”. Now that is something we can get behind! We take a look at the timeless elegance of French fashion giants Louis Vuitton and Cartier, and discover some brand new nail polish and eye makeup techniques. We also take a closer look at the history of fashion, going decade by decade. You’re welcome.

Syndetics book coverLouis Vuitton, the spirit of travel / authors, Patrick Mauriés, Pierre Léonforté ; translation: James Buxton and John Crisp.
“This volume tells the story of Louis Vuitton, the designer that embodies the spirit of travel and quintessentially French elegance the world over. Explore the people, the places, and the clients at the heart of the Louis Vuitton story– the kings and princesses, intrepid explorers and prima donnas, and the creations, objects, and accessories–which imbue Louis Vuitton with the spirit of travel, and discover the evolutions in technology and design that are essential to the success of this extraordinary brand.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEasy on the eyes : eye make-up looks in 5, 15 and 30 minutes / Lisa Potter-Dixon.
“Starting with the basics, Lisa teaches you how to prep, prime and perfect your base before transforming your look with shadows, liner and all that’s in between. Create the perfect brows to frame the eyes following step-by-step photographs and using Benefit’s unique brow-mapping tool. Whether you’re looking for a fun and youthful or elegant and sophisticated look, Lisa will show you how to make the most of your eyes, with hints and tips to suit all eye shapes, colours and styles. Each look can be completed in 5, 15 or 30 minutes, so no matter what your style, how much time you have to get ready, or what equipment you have to hand, you can go from now to WOW! in no time.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHigh fashion : the 20th century decade by decade / Emmanuelle Dirix.
“From the Golden Age of Haute Couture in the 1900s to the lifestyle brands of the 1990s, this book looks, decade-by-decade, at the high fashion of the 20th century. Each chapter examines the significant stylistic changes that occurred in the decade in question, and places these in their cultural and political context. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings of the clothes and the people who wore them. Many of the designers are household names; some are lesser known. But all these individuals, whether through their designs or their business practices, are exemplars of their age.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNail art / by Emily Draher.
“When it comes to personal style, let your nails do the talking. Try It! Nail Art shows you how to create manicure magic with step-by-step tutorials and fantastic tips on creating the perfect nails. Try It! Nail Art takes you right through from basic manicures and pedicures, to advanced designs such as zigzags, water marble and tartan. Before you know it, you will be creating 3D nail art, gel manicures, ombre designs and much much more. With over twenty different designs to try, people will be commenting on your gorgeous nails in next to no time!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion’s double : representations of fashion in painting, photography and film / by Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas.
“Mere clothing is transformed into desirable fashion by the way it is represented in imagery. Fashion’s Double examines how meanings are projected onto garments through their representation, whether in painting, photography, cinema or online fashion film, conveying identity and status, eliciting fascination and desire. With in-depth case studies including the work of Nick Knight and Helmut Newton, film examples such as The Hunger Games, music video Girl Panic by Duran Duran, and much more, this book analyses the interrelationship between clothing, identity, embodiment, representation and self-representation.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCartier dazzling : high jewelry and precious objects / Francois Chaille ; translated from the French by Barbara Mellor.
“Cartier’s unique savoir faire, maintained by virtuoso artisans, is combined with perpetually renewed sources of inspiration; together, they have forged the jeweler’s international reputation for excellence and singular beauty. This new volume focuses on the precious stones and artistic techniques of Cartier’s latest High Jewelry creations: unique and exceptional pieces destined for the most avid and discerning collectors. One of those legendary destinies–that of a historical sapphire–is recounted in this book.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe wardrobe of Cecil Beaton : a life in fashion / Benjamin Wild ; foreword by Tim Walker.
“When fashion photographer and costume designer Cecil Beaton died in 1980, it was not surprising that one of his tailors was telephoned with the news before Buckingham Palace, despite his close association with the Royal Family. From the moment he arrived at Cambridge University in 1922 wearing an evening jacket, red shoes, black-and-white trousers, and a large cravat, to his appearance nearly forty years later at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, Beaton expressed a flamboyant sartorial nonchalance. A Life in Fashion is a lively and informative study of Beaton’s style, which kept evolving over the decades, driving and reflecting the transitions in men’s fashion that followed the Second World War.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesign your life : creating success through personal style / Rachel Roy.
“Rachel offers hands-on tips for developing personal style while staying true to yourself, using and updating what’s in your closest, and adding essential pieces to your wardrobe. Elegantly designed and illustrated with more than fifty exclusive color line drawings, filled with her passion, vision, and commitment to empowerment, Design Your Life takes fashion one step further–from looking great to becoming great, from the inside out.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverForever chic : must-have tips on beauty and style / Caroline Cox.
“Where are the style guides for glamorous older women? Where are the guides for the woman who wants to age with cocktail in hand, surrounded by admirers, rather than stretched out at a clinic with her face being stitched into a desperate rictus grin? In her inimitable style (aided by the wise words of her ageless Hollywood heroines), Caroline Cox provides a book chock full of tips, hints, beauty, and fashion advice. This meticulously researched, entertaining, and indispensable book will teach you to reclaim the spotlight, look good no matter what your body shape and be the glamorous grown-up you are.” (Syndetics summary)

Charming jewellery projects – New craft books for April

Bead something beautiful or learn how to create an elegant bracelet using ideas and techniques featured in this craft book collection we’ve chosen for you. Simple to make and fun to wear handmade accessories for you and your loved ones. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverLeather & bead jewellery to make / Cat Horn.
“Learn how to create beautiful beaded leather jewellery using simple stringing and knotting techniques. In no time you will be making fashion jewellery you will love to wear and show off. Experienced beaders will find mix and match different techniques, as well as advice on how to create leather jewellery.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuccessful Jewellery Maker: Problems, Solutions and Best Practice [paperback]
“A comprehensive manual for jewellers. Author Frieda Munro draws on her experience both making jewellery and teaching the craft, and describes every conceivable problem that a jeweller might face at all stages of making a piece, suggesting ways to resolve what’s gone wrong, or to use it creatively: turning a fault into a design feature.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSensational soutache jewelry making : braided jewelry techniques for 15 statement pieces / Csilla Papp.
“Soutache is a decorative braid, colourful, extraordinarily light, luxurious and stylish. In this book, Csilla Papp will show you how interesting and varied soutache embroidery can be. She firstly teaches basic techniques needed to have a good grasp of soutache embroidery. Then you’ll learn to create 15 projects including bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings and necklaces incorporating stones, crystals and beads. Csilla encourages you to deviate from her patterns as your technique develops, using different colours and stones, allowing your imagination to run free.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMade in paracord! : 25 great jewelry, accessories, and home projects to knot / Caitlin Wynne.
“This collection of 25 designs, all created in brightly colored paracord, will inspire you to get knotting. There are no special skills required, and paracord is an easy, and easily available, material to work with, so you’ll be creating simple and stylish pieces in no time. You’ll find tons of accessories, including survival and other bracelets, key chains, bags, belts, and headbands, as well as homewares like wall hangings, hammocks, bowls and plates-and more!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to Make 50 Fabulous Flat Kumihimo Braids: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Flat Braids for Beautiful Cord Jewellery and Fashion Accessories, Complete with Kumihimo Loom [paperback]
“A beginner’s guide to making flat braids for fun and fabulous cord jewellery and accessories.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJewellery / Laura Torres.
“Bracelets, brooches, beads… Learn to make all these and much more in Jewellery – A fantastic step-by-step guide to creating 12 of your own stylish accessories. Step by step instructions show you how to fashion a friendship bracelet, a pretty pin brooch and even a flower power hairband. Be the envy of all your friends as you whip up bracelets, necklaces and rings to create your own unique look!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArm candy : friendship bracelets to make and share / Laura Strutt.
“Simple to make and fun to wear, friendship bracelets are the perfect craft to make at home. They make lovely gifts–if you can bear to give them away!” (Back cover)

Dresses, Jewels and Artworks: new fashion books for March

Welcome autumn with our varied new fashion books for March! If you ever find yourself struggling to part with particular items in your wardrobe, you’ll enjoy Lorelei Vashti’s Dress, memory, where she discusses her emotional associations with individual pieces in her wardrobe. Art and fashion lovers alike will love Chanel art; a catalogue of artworks created by Karl Lagerfeld especially to set the scene for a 2013 fashion show for the illustrious label. The new dual biography about Alexander McQueen and John Galliano will delight any fashionista, and our luscious new book on Italian Damiani jewellery provides lots of delicious eye candy. You’re welcome.

Syndetics book coverDress, memory : a memoir of my twenties in dresses / Lorelei Vashti.
“As we grow older, how do we know what to let go of and what to keep?… Lorelei started collecting dresses in her twenties and found that every time she wore one it became more significant to her. From falling in love for the first time to playing in a band, from starting a career to moving overseas, every dress soon had a memory stitched into it, and she became as attached to each one as if they were the events and people themselves…But what happens when the wardrobe gets full? Should you let go of the dresses you’ve outgrown, or try to hold on to them forever?..’Dress, Memory’ is about a decade in dresses. Perceptive and poignant, humorous and heartwarming, it’s the story of growing up and growing into yourself. It’s about trying things on until you find the perfect fit.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverChanel art / by Karl Lagerfeld.
“For the set of Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2014 Prêt-à-Porter fashion show on 1 October 2013, Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’s Grand Palais into a vast art gallery filled with specially created Chanel artworks. Chanel Art is a record of this gallery and unique moment in fashion history. The myriad themes of art similarly shaped Lagerfeld’s collection-from dresses printed with color charts, fabrics like canvases spattered with paint, to graffitied art students’ backpacks-all proof that the designer’s fashion creations and the sets in which they are shown are themselves like single consolidated “artworks”.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverDance & fashion / edited by Valerie Steele.
“Lavishly illustrated with both contemporary and historical images, the book features essays by ten fashion experts, who explore various aspects of the reciprocal relationship between dance and fashion, from the liberating effects of the tango to the influence of ballet on Japanese girl culture. Designers featured include Leon Bakst, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Halston, Barbara Karinka, Isaac Mizrahi, Rodarte, Yves Saint Laurent, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Valentino, and Iris Van Herpen” (Publisher’s website)

Syndetics book coverGods and kings : the rise and fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano / Dana Thomas.
“Fashion columnist Thomas paints a grim portrait of the fashion industry in this dual biography of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, two influential London-born designers who came of age in the world of high couture in the early aughts and whose careers hit critical tipping points with devastating results.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverHow to draw vintage fashion / Celia Joicey & Dennis Nothdruft.
“In this guide, Joicey and Nothdruft, the head and curator, respectively, of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, offer younger audiences a fresh look at vintage fashion through drawing it. A time line covering decades of the 20th century from 1920s through the 1990s provides the historical backbone of the book. Dozens of step-by-step drawing exercises of signature looks of various bygone eras comprise the bulk of the work. This fun survey of 20th-century fashion is surprisingly informative, whether or not you choose to follow the drawing lessons.” (adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHalston : inventing American fashion / Lesley Frowick ; with a foreword by Liza Minnelli.
“Written by Halton’s niece and confidant, this is the first monograph to chronicle the designer’s life and his glamorous, minimalist aesthetic.” (Jacket flap)

Syndetics book coverDamiani : alchemy of desire, a story, a family and an Italian passion / edited by Cristina Morozzi.
“Marking the company’s ninetieth anniversary, this lushly illustrated volume showcases Damiani’s tradition of creative and beautifully crafted jewelry-the best of Italian style. Damiani jewelry represents the highest expression of Italian style: unique pieces created with passion and craftsmanship for three generations. Founded in 1924 by Enrico Grassi Damiani, personal jeweler to the nobility, the company celebrates its ninetieth anniversary with a lavishly designed volume that focuses on tradition, craftsmanship, and creativity. Today, Damiani’s clientele includes many highly visible celebrities around the world.” (amazon.com)

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.

New Year Inspirations: New Crafting Books

Enjoying crafting? Start this New Year with lots of inspiring ideas and smart choices found in this fabulous collection of new library books. Have fun with yarn and fabric and make use of treasured possessions to create your own piece of history. Look at some enchanting knitting designs of unique accessories, as well as, innovative jewellery, quilting and stitching projects for you and the family. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book coverBead embroidery jewelry projects : design and construction, ideas and inspiration / Jamie Cloud Eakin.
“Life is too short to wear ordinary jewelry, Eakin pronounces in the introduction to Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects. The book begins with basics of design and construction and encourages the individual design process, including creative exercises. The designs are then grouped by necklace style, and the last three chapters cover earrings, pins, and bracelets. Each chapter begins with an explanation of the style of jewelry and basic techniques. Some of the projects are beautiful and elegant, like the classic super simplicity necklace, pendant style, while some are fun and whimsical. Got a Vegas vacation coming up? There’s a fun collar necklace just for that. There are plenty of diagrams and pictures, a techniques index, and tips scattered throughout. This book will be loved by jewelry makers looking to learn a new technique or try design.” (Adapted from Booklist)

Syndetics book coverThe sparkle factory : the design and craft of Tarina’s fashion jewelry and accessories / Tarina Tarantino.
“The cover photograph of celebrity jewelry designer Tarantino will give readers a good idea as to whether her aesthetic suits their tastes. Those whose reaction to her candy-pink hair and bright, oversize, kitschy jewelry is “I love it!” will enjoy this book, while those who think it looks like the aftermath of an unfortunate incident in a costume jewelry factory aren’t the intended audience. Tarantino provides a peek at the steps she took to get her business off the ground, the places she looks to for ideas, and simple projects that reflect her fun-loving credo. The photography is gorgeous; even the images of basic supplies look like still lifes with rhinestones. Furthermore, the projects themselves are easy enough for most crafters to attempt successfully. Verdict? Part collection of projects, part feel-good inspiration, Tarantino’s print debut will appeal to those who believe that there’s no such thing as too much sparkle.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverVintage projects / Vivienne Bolton.
“Things which though they’re old, have now become fashionable again. This book shows you how to make over 15 lovely projects – ranging from brooches, gloves, guest towels and scented cushions – using genuine family keepsakes, or fabrics, trimmings and other knick-knacks that have a nostalgic feel and style.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverFun with yarn and fabric / Susanna Zacke & Sania Hedengren ; photos by Magnus Selander ; translated by Ellen Hedström.
“A translation of a Swedish crafting book by two authors who are apparently quite prolific in their homeland, this slim volume is wonderfully illustrated with beautiful full-color photographs by Magnus Selander in the Swedish minimalist style that is beloved in the U.S. To this bare stage, the authors add pops of color in the form of eye-catchingly cheerful crocheted projects, including an unusual- and if not quite the “easy” of the title, at least simple-African Flower stole; covers for a car’s headrests; and a stunning Large Granny Squares bedspread. There are also a handful of knitted and embroidered designs, although many of those rely on purchased embroideries. What Zacke and Hedengren don’t offer are detailed instructions, beyond a handful of stitches in the back; one project, a necktie cross-stitched with a phrase, begins, “Think of what you want to write. Cross-stitch patterns for letters can be found online.” Since the materials used are Swedish (and not sourced) and the text is awkwardly translated at times, readers are advised to enjoy the lovely photographs and project ideas and to glean inspiration from them. Full-color photographs.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverGreat projects for guys / compiled by Barbara Delaney.
“Perfect gifts for the men in your life. Make a messenger bag, a tie portfolio, an e-reader cover, and much more.” (Book Cover, Page 4)

Syndetics book coverChildren’s spaces : from zero to ten / Judith Wilson ; photography by Debi Treloar.
“A brilliant book for design-conscious parents and kids alike! Children’s Spaces helps you to plan all the practical aspects of children’s rooms and provides plenty of affordable ideas and inspiration when it comes to their design and decoration. Judith Wilson looks at rooms for children between birth and ten years old, with chapters on babies’ rooms, rooms for girls, rooms for boys, and shared bedrooms. There are also chapters on sensible storage and areas that children and adults share – bathrooms, play areas, eating areas and outside space. Children’s Spaces contains a wealth of inspiration drawn from the homes of real families, with real kids, which amply proves that children and great design can happily co-exist without compromising on style.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverKnits from an English rose : 25 modern – vintage accessories / Louisa Harding ; [photography by Stephen Jessup].
“Timeless, accessible, and unabashedly romantic: this collection from renowned knitwear designer Louisa Harding will charm knitters of all levels. Inspired by Edwardian style, these 25 accessories all feature Louisa’s signature touches: subtle shaping, masterful and delicate stitch pattern combinations (especially cables and lace), beautiful embellishments, and exciting fibers. The fashionable, feminine projects range from capelets, collars, and cowls to gloves, hats, purses, and scarves-and include notes from Louisa.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverStitching : 35 cute sewing projects to turn everyday items into works of art / Fiona Goble.
“Stitching offers cute and quirky embroidery ideas to add a light-hearted touch to your clothes, home accessories and gifts. This fabulous collection of simple and fun motifs will inspire even a complete beginner to take up a needle and thread. Each design is shown on a different object, whether it be a French café on a apron, cheerful weather clouds on canvas shoes or a beaming moon on a lampshade, and is accompanied by straightforward instructions and suggestions for other uses.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilters : their quilts, their studios, their stories / Jo Packham.
“Every quilt tells a story – carefully preserved with fabric and thread by a purposeful hand to be cherished and passed down to keep the narrative alive. Learn about the personal biographies and stories of the contributing artists and the most important aspects of quilting and be inspired by an array of memorable quotes.” (Book Cover)

Craft Objects Of Desire

This month’s splendid selection of crafting books offers exciting vintage projects including seasonal sewing, knitting and quilting, jewellery making tips and techniques. Be inspired with some fabulous ideas on how to beautify your home and create stunning crafts for yourself or as gifts for friends and family. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book cover101 ways to stitch, craft, create vintage : quick & easy projects to make for your vintage lifestyle / project editor, Jane Trollope.
“Be inspired to get crafting with this fun collection of 101 unique vintage-themed projects. Create stunning crafts for yourself or as gifts for friends and family, with a huge selection of vintage projects to choose from, including a vintage button necklace, suffolk puff rings, fondant fancies, fabric pin cushion, crochet hot water bottle cover, and vintage tea stand. The beautiful projects cover food and drink, home and garden, fashion, and gifts giving you the opportunity to try something new and expand your crafting skills from sewing and knitting to papercraft and cake decorating! Every project is quick and simple to make with easy to follow step-by-step instructions and there is a helpful techniques section at the back at the book, so you’ll be a crafting pro in no time. This stunning collection of craft projects will inspire you to stitch, craft and create your very own vintage lifestyle!” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverMake your own lampshades : 35 original shades to make for table lamps, ceiling lights, and more / Elizabeth Cake.
“Lighting is one of the most important elements of a room’s decorating scheme. It is functional but it can also create drama, warmth, atmosphere and a sense of fun. This fabulous new book with 35 wonderful projects from lampshade designer Elisabeth Cake shows how a beautiful and unique lampshade can completely transfer a room.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverStitch it for autumn : seasonal sewing projects to craft and quilt / Lynette Anderson.
“Transfer your home with these beautiful seasonal craft projects to stitch and saw. Lynette Anderson’s quirky designs and distinctive palette are perfect combination for this gorgeous collection of sewing ideas.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverThe knitted slipper book : slippers and house shoes for the entire family / Katie Startzman ; photographs by Mika Nakanishi.
“Katie Startzman writes about knitting and other crafts (including making her own leather sandals and building a chicken coop in her backyard) on her blog, DuoFiberworks.com, which she shares with her sister. She sells individual knitting patterns from her blog and on Ravelry.com. She lives in Berea, Kentucky.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit your own zoo / Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne ; photography by Holly Jolliffe.
“Knitting patterns for 25 wild animals. There is something here for everyone, with instructions for knitting spots, stripes, fur, scales, trunks, wings and beaks! The animals are surprisingly easy to make. It will only take a few evenings to create yourself an exotic pet or reproduce your favourite species. These knitted animals in miniature are much easier to look after than the real things – they don’t need feeding, they won’t make a mess and they take up hardly any room!” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverHome / Beci Orpin.
“Home will appeal to fans of Beci and to those who loved her previous publication, Find and Keep. Filled with 25 creative projects, each individually imagined by Beci, and designed especially for the home environment, Home will make you fall in love with your house, all over again. Similar to Find and Keep, Home is filled with inspiration and crafty ideas, along with projects designed by Beci, but this time specifically created for you home. The book is separated into three spatial areas: Living Space, Working Space and Sleeping Space. Each chapter is filled with photos and quirky illustrations from Beci, along with solid ideas on how to beautify your home, Beci style. At the end of each chapter there is a collection of projects created by Beci especially for this book, each with a varying level of difficulty, but definitely something for everyone. Try your hand at making cushions, or creating your own duvet cover. Be inspired to design your own wall art, or perfect your workspace with carefully designed space-saving techniques that are both beautiful and functional. Enter the world of Beci’s Home and be inspired to make and create objects and artwork that will enhance your living space and make your house feel all brand new again.” (Summary adapted from Amazon.co. uk)

Syndetics book coverCloth : over 30 beautiful projects from linen, cotton and silk to wool and hide / Cassandra Ellis ; photography by Catherine Gratwicke.
“Organised into five sections — Cotton, Wool, Silk, Linen and Hide –Cloth provides insight into their craftsmanship and history and includes striking projects that make the most of each fabric’s properties, such as using antibacterial hemp to make napkins.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverSnug as a bug / Melanie McNeice.
“Melanie McNeice is a pattern designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Melly’s adventures in sewing began six years ago when she discovered, as an at-home mother, that she still had the desire to be creative and productive. Her passion for sewing quickly grew and only 12 months after starting to sew she began designing under the pattern label Melly & Me. Melly’s goal was to develop a range of contemporary sewing patterns that included bright and quirky toys, wearable purses and lively, modern quilts. Her aim is to design items that are original, fun and achievable in a day, as well as being completely usable in everyday life.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe polymer clay artist’s guide : a directory of mixes, colors, textures, faux finishes, and surface effects / Marie Segal.
“Contains three sections. The first covers the types of clay and other materials, tools and equipment, and setting up a workspace. The second section uses step-by-step color photographs to demonstrate the core techniques for working with polymer clay, including health and safety, baking, mixing, cutting and sanding. The Directory of Effects comprises the bulk of the book. Organized by color and then by technique, there are 100 polymer clay swatches with detailed captions identifying the technique used and cross-referencing to the page showing how to recreate it. As well, the captions give ideas for how the effect might be used in jewelry and other applications.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover350 jewellery making tips, techniques & trade secrets / Xuella Arnold & Sara Withers.
“This book packs in the combined wisdom of two writer-educators who are consummate problem solvers when it comes to jewellery making.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

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)

Spring-fresh fashion and beauty

If the start of the new season has made you feel the need for a fresh look, then let our new books help! Experiment with some new make up looks, or try out a detox especially aimed to emphasise your natural beauty. If fashion history is more your thing,we have books on European and UK fashion histories, including legendary French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld and iconic British fashion brand Hardy Amies. Also, ogle divine designer jewellery pieces and find out all about contemporary fashion textiles – whatever your spring fashion and beauty fancy, there is a book for you among our new book picks for September.

Syndetics book coverFace to face : amazing new looks and inspiration from the top celebrity makeup artist / Scott Barnes with Alyssa Giacobbe.
“World-renowned makeup artist Scott Barnes aims to inspire you to express yourself, try new things, push the envelope and reach your full potential using the power of makeup.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe beauty detox foods : discover the top 50 beauty foods that will transform your body and reveal a more beautiful you / Kimberly Snyder.
“In her bestselling book, The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder—one of Hollywood’s top celebrity nutritionists and beauty experts—shared the groundbreaking program that keeps her A-list clientele in red-carpet shape. Now you can get the star treatment with this guide to the top 50 beauty foods that will make you more beautiful from the inside out. Stop wasting your money on fancy, expensive beauty products and get real results, while spending less at your neighborhood grocery. With over 85 recipes that taste as good as they make you look, you can finally take charge of your health and beauty—one delicious bite at a time.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book cover50 years in fashion : the diaries & scrapbooks of a leading London designer / Caroline Charles.
Caroline Charles is one of London’s most respected womenswear designers and was one of the original designers to join what was later to become British Fashion Week.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverCarine Roitfeld : irreverent / edited by Olivier Zahm, Alex Wiederin.
“Karl Lagerfeld once said that if you close your eyes and imagine the ideal French woman, it would be Carine Roitfeld. She is a fashion visionary and a muse. Since the start of her career in the early 1990s, through her collaborations with the legendary photographer Mario Testino, Roitfeld has been credited with launching Tom Ford’s career at Gucci, as well as turning French Vogue into one of the industry’s most worshipped magazines.
Featuring a selection of 250 magazine tear sheets and covers from pivotal editorial shoots and advertising campaigns, as well as intimate visual ephemera, this book gives an inside view into Roitfeld’s creative thought process and sensibility.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverHardy Amies / Michael Pick.
“Hardy Amies epitomized understated British couture, emphasizing the cut of fine materials by tailored construction. Untrained in dress-making, he achieved headlines in Vogue in 1937 with his ‘Panic’ suit, a reconstructed design of a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, wittily named to reflect current events. Evoking the glamour of pre-war London while meeting the demands of contemporary society’s activities – town to country, morning to night – Amies designs drew a star-studded clientele. The first post-war international designer to visit the USA, Amies’ luxurious style produced lucrative global business opportunities, including ready-to-wear, menswear shown as couture, and wide-ranging merchandising options.” (adapted from amazon.com_

Syndetics book coverKnitted, knotted, twisted, & twined : the jewelry of Mary Lee Hu / [foreword by Stefano Catalani].
“Over the past 40 years, Mary Lee Hu has affirmed her distinctive voice in the world of jewelry with her elegant, voluptuous creations. Hu’s apparently effortless and graceful creations, resulting from twining, weaving, knotting, and braiding, investigate both the possibilities and limits of wire by melding fiber art and jewelry, structure and pattern, light and line. Knitted, Knotted, Twisted, and Twined features exquisite earrings, rings, brooches, and neckpieces drawn from public and private collections internationally. The book traces the evolution and refinement of Hu’s processes and skill from her earliest experimental pieces in the late 1960s – capturing the spirit of a time when craft and lifestyle were so passionately intertwined – to the confidence and movement of her contemporary creations.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverFashion textiles now / Janet Prescott.
” Before the beautifully tailored men’s suit or the exquisite gown appears on the catwalk or in the store, the most important element comes into play–the place where fashion starts–the fabric. Behind the catwalks there is a whole hidden system which combines industry, glamour, high finance and above all, design. This book, written by textiles expert Janet Prescott, is a guide to all types of fashion fabrics from the traditional tweeds to luxury fabrics containing lapis lazuli and diamonds to the newest hi-tech textiles as well as recycled and eco fabrics. Do you know whether your underwear is made of crab shells? Could you be wearing milk and coffee? Can your T-shirt stop you from getting skin cancer? These are just a few of the intriguing questions the author addresses in her book. With information on where each fabric comes from, how it is made and its properties, Fashion Textiles Now provides a complete guide to fashion textiles.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Inspirational ideas for Craft Lovers

Take a look at this gorgeous collection of new craft books and get inspired with lots of ideas on how to kick-start your craft projects. Experience the contemporary culture of craft with vibrant knitting and papercraft designs for yourself, family and home. Celebrate winter with the most sophisticated knitting designs – they’ll certainly turn heads. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverPaper made! : 101 exceptional projects to make out of everyday paper / Kayte Terry.
“Repurposing diva Terry transforms trash to treasure, fashioning newspaper, wallpaper, or plain old paper headed for the garbage into beads or bangles or headboards. A merchandise manager for Anthropologie and a crafter, Terry has transformed playing cards into lampshades, and an abandoned roll of raffle tickets into a coffee-table conversation piece. An avalanche of catalogues can become a cavalcade of crafts: the “Ring around the Rosy Vase” is constructed of pages woven from advertising usually destined for refuse. Paper maps become passport covers or origami birds on a string for a child’s nursery. The process may appear tedious at times, with instructions to cut 100 paper strips, but they are well worth the payoff of drink umbrellas from paper scraps and papier-mache pinatas bursting with treats.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverUltimate papercraft bible : a complete reference with step-by-step techniques / consultant editor, Marie Clayton ; [contributors, Sarah Beaman, Paula Pascual].
“Papercrafting encompasses a variety of techniques, and this reference provides basic information and simple projects explaining a number of popular crafts. Topics covered include cardmaking, scrapbooking, papercutting, and origami; brief descriptions of a few other papercrafts, including quilling, decoupage, and papermaking, also are included. The step-by-step approach is appropriate for novice papercrafters. Most steps are illustrated with line drawings, and photographs of finished projects are provided. Verdict: Crafters interested in basic information about a variety of papercrafts will find enough to whet their appetites, but the depth of coverage is definitely secondary to the breadth.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverI can herringbone : from basic stitch to advanced techniques, a comprehensive workbook for beaders / Melissa Grakowsky.
“The second in Lark’s “I Can” series (I Can Right-Angle Weave) focuses on herringbone stitch, a versatile stitch commonly seen in African beadwork. After a brief introduction to the building blocks of herringbone, Grakowsky explores the styles and variations of the stitch, including flat and tubular work and creating herringbone bezels for larger stones or beads. The organisation is tailored toward all levels of beadworkers-each chapter progresses from basic to advanced projects-and a nice variety of styles is represented, from simple and straightforward to opulent and decorative. The project directions are well organized, and the illustrations clearly show the thread path for each step-a huge help for new beaders or for complex projects. Verdict: This promising new series provides novice jewelry makers with a basics-and-beyond approach, and helps fill in gaps in experienced jewelry makers’ knowledge.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverNew earrings : 500+ designs from around the world / Nicolas Estrada.
“”Every piece of jewelry draws the viewer into a story and a world of its own,” Estrada (New Rings) says in this visual treat of imaginative works by 180 artists and jewelers. Devoid of any commentary other than Estrada’s own short biography, a preface, and an introduction, the majority of the book is devoted to the illustration of more than 500 pieces of personal, visual, wearable art that anyone can own. The colorful earrings featured are organized in four categories: elegant, daring, delicate, and sublime. Their designs range from the traditional to the flamboyant, with a variety of techniques, including positive/negative, light/shadow, and asymmetrical forms and shapes. The work concludes with an index of artists arranged by first name and highlighting their country of origin, educational training/background, selected exhibitions, and personal website. Verdict: This book should prove useful to both art students and other jewelry enthusiasts. Especially recommended for those whose collections focus on fashion, jewelry, and photography.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverMetropolitan knits : chic designs for urban style / Melissa Wehrle.
“Big city. Big style. Discover knitting that’s fashionable yet timeless. Knit for uptown or downtown with a trend-setting New York City designer. With these 20 polished, sophisticated projects, knitwear designer Melissa Wehrle has created a collection that perfectly reflects the rhythm, flavor, and drama of city life. From a chunky cabled sweater and hat to a beautiful tunic and gossamer cardigan, Melissa’s designs are beautifully shaped, expertly finished, and ready to be shown off on the street. They feature a variety of construction and finishing techniques, including knit-in pockets, tabs, button details, slip-stitch edgings, and small slits and pleats. Projects are divided along three themes: Heart of the City- Designed for those who enjoy sleek midtown in mind. Urban Bohemia- The downtown bohemian goddess will love these looks. City Gardens- Made to inspire a sense of tranquility. These three looks balance out a complete picture of the modern woman. What more could a city knitter need?” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverRowan’s greatest knits / edited by Kate Buller.
“Internationally renowned Rowan is a knitwear company that has been making gorgeous yarn and stylish, yet classic patterns to go with it for thirty years. With Rowans Greatest Knits, the company celebrates decades of great knitwear designs from such beloved and noted designers as Kaffe Fassett, Jean Moss, Sasha Kagan, and Annabel Fox. Featured in-house talent includes Martin Storey, Kim Hargreaves, and Marie Wallin. Included in Rowans Greatest Knits are 30 patterns from 1980 to the 2000s. With 80 stunning color photographs pulled from the original pages of Rowan magazine, Rowans Greatest Knits, with an an introduction by Kaffe Fassett, also presents its most popular patterns. And, these are modeled by, among others, a young Kate Moss. Patterns include yarn replacement suggestions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArtful color, mindful knits / Laura Miltzer Bryant ; photography by Alexis Xenakis.
With expert instruction in the use of hand-dyed yarn, this pattern book gives knitters and crocheters the edge they need to stitch with confidence. Working with artisan hand-dyed yarn opens a world of possibility for a crafter, but problems can arise if the patterning is accidental, inconsistent, or unattractive. The author shows how to analyze the dye skein and reveal its color repeat, allowing the crafter to employ stitch gauge and stitch count to intentionally pattern the finished work. As a contrast, further strategies and stitch choices are shown that blend the colors to overcome unwanted pooling and create more gentle gradients. With 40 patterns for a wide variety of projects, this manual will have crafters constructing vibrant scarves, shawls, kimonos, and more. (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverThe art of seamless knitting / Simona Merchant-Dest and Faina Goberstein.
“Ask a group of knitters to name their least favorite part of knitting a garment, and many will say seaming. This aversion has led to an abundance of patterns-especially for sweaters-that don’t involve seaming. In this guide, experienced knitwear designers Merchant-Dest and Goberstein explore the whys behind seamless knitting, describe the various shapes of seamless garments and accessories, and educate knitters on best practices for seamless knitting. For the truly seam-averse, there’s even a section about adapting flat-knitting patterns for seamless knitting in the round. Eleven patterns-most for sweaters-are included. Verdict: Rarely do knitting books contain both gorgeous patterns and authoritative information on technique; this title is a notable exception. The background information about seamless knitting is useful, and the patterns are beautiful.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

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. (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverSweet knits : 30 cute designs for kids / Catherine Graham-Evans ; photography by Ella Mayfield.
“Catherine Graham-Evans has been passionate about knitting from an early age, and has always designed and made her own pieces. She studied fine art at university, before becoming a primary school teacher. In 2008, Catherine began designing, knitting and selling handknit and crochet items for children. In 2010, she gave up full-time teaching, and now creates patterns for books and yarn companies, as well as handknitted items for sale”. (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverAdorable animal knits for little people : 20 super-cute, animal-themed hat, mitten and bootee sets to knit / Nuriya Khegay.
“Cute coverall hats to keep your child’s head, ears, and neck warm and toasty. Practical pullover design ensures your little one won’t tug it off. Stylish matching mitten and booties “paws” and scarves. Patterns to suit all knitting levels, from beginner to advanced, and in a range of sizes from 6 months to 4 years”. (Book Cover)