A creative New Year – New craft books in December

Draw new inspiration, practical craft tips and techniques from this collection of our latest craft arrivals. Create the home of your dreams with DIY decorating ideas from Laura Putnam, found in her rustic modern book featured here, or make a quilt with a modern slant inspired by the modern quilt community and lots more. A delightful start for the new year!

Syndetics book coverDIY rustic modern metal crafts : 35 creative upcycling ideas for galvanized metal / Laura Putnam.
“Turn galvanized metal into stunning home decor! With this guide, you can finally get the rustic style you love–without having to spend a fortune! Filled with 35 creative ideas, you will learn how to use galvanized metal in a variety of projects, from stunning wall art to whimsical garden planters. Best of all, each page provides clear, step-by-step instructions, allowing anyone to repurpose galvanized sheets and containers into gorgeous home decor piece.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilting with a modern slant : people, patterns, and techniques inspiring the modern quilt community / Rachel May.
“Modern quilting allows artists the freedom to play with traditions and take liberties with fabrics, patterns, colors, stitching, and the ways in which they all connect. In Quilting with a Modern Slant, Rachel May introduces you to more than 70 modern quilters who have developed their own styles, methods, and aesthetics. Their ideas, their quilts, and their tips, tutorials, and techniques will inspire you to try something new and follow your own creativity wherever it leads.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLove style : simple tips to create a home you love / Juliet Love.
“A beautiful environment that is your own can be the source of endless happiness and joy. Juliet Love shows how inspiration to redecorate your personal home spaces can be found everywhere – sometimes in the most unlikely places – then gives practical tips and advice on how to create your own beautiful environment that you’ll love coming home to. Even if you think you are the least creative person, this book will help you learn about balance and harmony, and proportion and style to revamp all your living spaces, big or small.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSweet tweets : simple stitches, whimsical birds / Erin Cox.
“Fall in love with cheery little birds that add the perfect touch of whimsy to simple, practical items. The magic happens with a unique style of raw-edge appliqué that’s similar to free-motion quilting, as if you were sketching with thread. Let your creativity soar with 14 quick projects. Get the look of hand embroidery without the handwork – almost all the stitching is done by machine!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrocheted cushions / Susie Johns.
“With 26 modern, colourful and creative designs to choose from, this inspiring title is the only crocheted cushion book you’ll ever need. Featuring a vibrant range of designs with bobbles, ruffles, stripes and granny squares, in shapes ranging from circles and rectangles to hearts, owls and chickens, this book also contains wedding ring pillows and pin cushions. Written by longstanding and highly successful author Susie Johns, this book also includes a comprehensive techniques section at the beginning, ensuring that it is accessible to crafters of any ability.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDecorating glass project book / consulting editor, Michael Ball.
“Working creatively with glass is a skill that anyone can learn and the range of specialist craft materials and equipment available is increasing, helping to make light work of traditional crafts. This practical, highly illustrated book presents over 40 beautiful projects to create. Using the distinct techniques of painting glass, cutting and glass construction, stained-glass effects and glass mosaics, each chapter opens with material and equipment lists as well as pages of techniques that explain all you need to know to achieve success.” (Syndetics summary)

Completing projects….

Projects completed: 0/10. New projects started: 3. I may have a problem…Still no reason not to look at the pretty new craft books.

Syndetics book coverPlayful patchwork : happy, colorful, and irrestible ideas and instruction for modern piecework, appliqué, and quilting / Suzuko Koseki.
“In “Playful Patchwork,” author Suzuko Koseki takes readers through a variety of different uses for fun, creative patchwork. The book shows step-by-step instruction and photos for piecework, applique, and quilting to inspire a diverse range of projects. …With “Playful Patchwork “the possibilities are endless.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe artful bird : feathered friends to make and sew / Abigail Patner Glassenberg.
“Join the flock! …”The Artful Bird ” presents 16 incredibly charming, quirky, personality-filled birds for you to make! Through a detailed chapter of step-by-step basic birdmaking techniques and tips, you will not only learn to make these cute creatures, but also discover how to craft your own patterns for almost any bird–real or imagined. Plus, check out an international gallery of birds from other noted fabric bird makers for more inspiration!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTo baby with love : 35 gorgeous gifts to make for babies and toddlers / Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell.
“A collection of 35 beautiful projects, all with charmingly illustrated step-by-step instructions. You will be spoilt for choice with these gorgeous gifts, all created with love and to be passed down through future generations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover Decorative fusion knots : a step-by-step illustrated guide to new and unusual ornamental knots / written and photographed by JD of Tying it all togehter. Some great new ways of creating decorative knots. I find these great for finishing of the odd project or adding a new dimension to old accessories.

Syndetics book coverChain mail jewelry : contemporary designs from classic techniques / Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte.
“…Plumlee is an expert on ancient chain design whose projects for necklaces and bracelets are based on classic Byzantine chain design with added embellishments. Taylor and White's book is a collection of projects by several artists inspired by the techniques of medieval chain mail armor. All are quite elegant and contemporary and require little more equipment than pliers and infinite patience. … (c) Copyright 2010. …No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverMachine stitch : perspectives / Alice Kettle & Jane McKeating.
Some interesting techniques especially for those interested in mixed media.