Get ready for winter: New craft books

Loom Knitting

Knitting is a great craft for all! Some of the projects we have chosen take little time and effort with a lot of information to guide you every step of the way. Happy knitting!

A selection of this month’s winter warmer craft picks!

Syndetics book coverWinter knits made easy / senior designers, Jane Ewart and Clare Shedden.
Winter Knits is packed with 40 easy knitting projects alongside knitting patterns that make cable, fair isle, and textured knitting accessible to everyone. Step-by-step tutorials for knitting stitches explain how to knit, and are followed by straightforward practice projects. Learn all the tools and techniques you need to knit luxury bed socks or a cute bobble hat. From cables and twists to circular knitting and casting on, each technique comes with a practice project such as cushions, beanies or socks, where you can try out the new skill and create your very own project. After you’ve mastered the basics create cosy gloves, warm blankets or even newborn mittens, perfect for personal gifts or keeping warm all winter!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPonchos to knit : more than 40 projects and paired accessories in classic and contemporary styles / Denise Samson.
“A poncho collection you won’t want to miss! These simple garments are all the rage, and for good reason. There are endless ways to shape them, style them, and wear them-their versatility is impossible to deny. Now handcrafting expert Denise Samson, author of The Cable Knitter’s Guide, has brought together her favourite poncho variations, along with the techniques that make them stand out from the crowd. Inside you’ll find striking knitwear designs from some of the finest Norwegian yarn producers alongside Samson’s own original patterns, plus four fabulous crochet projects.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLoom knitting : 35 quick and colourful knits on a loom / Lucy Hopping.
“Transform your home and make unique gifts using a loom! Here are 35 colourful and quick knitting loom projects–using Lucy Hopping’s helpful instructions you will soon be whipping up creative gifts and vibrant home decorations in no time. There is something for everyone and the projects include ideas for variations so you can match your decorations to your home and personalize your gifts.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern knitted shawls & wraps : 35 warm and stylish designs to knit, from lacy shawls to chunky Afghans / Laura Strutt.
“There’s simply nothing more versatile than knitted shawls. They can be lacy or chunky, bright or neutral, cabled or just plain garter stitch, but they are always stylish, useful, and perfect for when you need a little extra warmth. Laura Strutt has designed 35 beautiful shawls and wraps, with something for everyone, from novice knitters to experts. Whether you are knitting a cover-up for yourself, or a gift for a friend or family, you will be spoilt for choice with these beautiful designs.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdd one stitch knitting : all the stitches you need in 15 projects / Alina Schneider.
“Author and renowned blogger Alina Schneider demystifies the knitting process and helps you learn 15 essential knitting stitches with this easy, step-by-step guide. Starting with the simple knit and purl stitches, each lesson will help you combine these building blocks to create more complex stitches such as moss, waffle, rib, seed, and more. Build your skill set and create lots of beautiful, stylish projects.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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)

Creative thoughts to refresh your style – New Craft books for August

Enrich the list of your craft projects with ideas and easy to follow designs from this collection of newly arrived stitching, knitting and crochet books. Discover techniques that guide you through the process, from drawing up an idea to finishing your own mosaic projects. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book coverScarves, shrugs, & shawls : 22 knitted designs with their special techniques / Sarah Hatton ; technical editor, Sharon Brant.
“Scarves and wraps are the perfect canvases for experimenting with new stitches and practicing new techniques. Wraps, Shawls & Scarves to Knit offers over twenty-five easy-to-make and fun-to-wear designs that explore a range of knitting techniques-from gorgeous textured and cabled stitches, to intricate openwork and lace patterns, to interesting and appealing shaping. Step-by-step instructions and close-up photography are given for all the techniques covered-from knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, making edgings, adding beading, and more. Plus, additional ideas and tips for tweaking the designs expands the options for creating your own customized adaptations.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitting for winter / Val Pierce.
“Being able to knit gives you the freedom to really be an individual and use your creative flair to personalise clothing, accessories and home decor. Author Val Pierce shows you how to create 25 eye-catching items ranging in difficulty, so there is something there for everyone, from the newbies to the knitting extraordinaire. Following a step-by-step guide, and aided by full color images the reader will learn how to understand patterns, yarns, needles and knitting techniques and equipment. Knitting for Winter includes tip and tricks to improve your knitting skills and give you room to have fun, experiment and add your own style to the items.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimple woven garments : 20+ projects to weave & wear / Sara Goldenberg & Jane Patrick.
Simple Woven Garments is both a pattern book and an idea book for creating simple woven shapes and turning them into everyday, highly wearable fashions. This guide will help weavers create fabric that works for the intended garment, is easy to weave, and is above all beautiful. It also explore techniques such as yarn usage, spaced warps, felting, pick-up weaving patterns, finger-control weaving techniques, and embellishments. Shapes are simple rectangles and sewing requires minimal skill. Weavers will enjoy creating garments including wraps and tops, ranging from easy shawls with a twist to woven sweaters.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrochet dress-up: over 35 cute and easy pieces to create character costumes / Emma Friedlander-Collins.
“All the dressing-up favourites are here, from a pirate to a mermaid, fairytale characters such as Rapunzel and Red Riding Hood, superheroes and Vikings, and even some furry friends – a cute cat and a floppy-eared bunny. All the items are quick to make – great for those last-minute panics over forgotten party invititations – and will cost you a fraction of the price of shop-bought outfits, as well as being truly unique.”
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Syndetics book coverConnected cloth : creating collaborative textile projects / Cas Holmes & Anne Kelly.
“It’s a growing trend: textile artists eager to stitch together a community as well as a project. Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly, who formed their own productive partnership, explain the art of creative collaboration whether in small groups or large, with a neighbor or someone far away. They provide advice on finding colleagues, choosing venues, and setting ground rules, plus a wealth of ways to work together, swap pieces, develop variations on a theme, and even make joint creations via mail or the Internet. This thought-provoking, inspirational book will help you connect with other textile artists and take your own work beyond the personal.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverClassic stitching : 25 beautiful projects / Anna Elizabeth Draeger.
“Beaders will relish having the best designs from one of the art’s most popular figures – Anna Elizabeth Draeger – all in one handy, timeless volume. Anna offers 25 designs for many classic bead stiches, including herringbone, ladder, peyote, right-angle weave, crossweave, and more. These fashionable cuffs, bangles, necklaces, and earrings incorporate a wide variety of styles and materials. Classic Stitching also includes plenty of tips and advice from the popular “Ask Anna” advice columns, 10 pages of mini stitch workshops, and a gallery showcasing art glass beads. As always, Anna’s elegant designs lend themselves well to variation and experimentation, so beaders at every level will find something to try!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverComplete guide to mosaic techniques / Bonnie Fitzgerald.
“A complete resource of mosaic techniques and design ideas for creating mosaics in the home. Discover the range of materials you can use from stone and marble, to small smalti, glass, recycled crockery and other found objects.” (Syndetics summary)

Creative craft ideas for winter – featuring literary knits!

Winter is a great time for cosying up with craft books and this inspiring selection of our latest arrivals, full with delightful finds, may be just what you need to lighten up the winter blues. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverLiterary knits : 30 patterns inspired by favorite books / Nikol Lohr.
“More than 30 projects inspired by classic literature Literary Knits features 30 knitting patterns inspired by beloved characters from classic books; from Pride and Prejudice to Moby Dick, The Catcher in the Rye to The Chronicles of Narnia-and many more in between. Inspired by some of the most beloved characters from favorite books, including an elegant Daisy Cloche inspired by The Great Gatsby and a late ’50s-inspired Holly Golightly Dress imagined from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the more than 30 knitting projects in this unique collection will inspire.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHand-stitched home : embroidered inspiration, ideas, and projects / Caroline Zoob ; photography by Caroline Arber.
“Projects for your home include a beautifully sheer patchwork curtain, an heirloom quilt that incorporates found and original embroidery, shelf edging embroidered with an array of kitchen motifs, decorative panels for glazed doors and a charming nautically themed laundry bag.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStitch it for Spring / Lynette Anderson.
“A gorgeous collection of Spring-themed quilting and stitching designs from top fabric designer Lynette Anderson, including table runners, wall hangings and larger quilts, as well as smaller, quick-to-stitch gifts, all featuring Lynettes new fabric range from Lecien. Beautiful fabrics, fresh colours and cute designs are enhanced by a book design that captures Lynettes heart-warming, quirky style.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLittle stitches : 100+ sweet embroidery designs – 12 projects / Aneela Hoey.
“Hoey’s name is familiar to many modern quilters-she’s one of the founders of the popular Fat Quarterly e-zine, and her fabric lines for Moda blend fairy-tale whimsy with cheery color palettes. In her first book, she applies her charming aesthetic to a variety of small-scale embroidery projects. After an introduction to basic embroidery stitches and their uses, Hoey presents a variety of projects that combine small embroidered designs with simple sewing. The motifs are interchangeable, and all are included on reusable iron-on transfers. -VERDICT Embroidery is gaining in popularity, especially among younger crafters. Hoey’s cute, vintage-inspired approach will appeal to novice stitchers.”

Syndetics book coverStitched in Scandinavia : 39 contemporary embroidery projects / by Karin Holmberg.
“Karin Holmberg studied textiles in Stockholm, where her degree show exhibition was greatly admired for its original work stitching traditional Scandinavian motifs onto clothes from H&M. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums and design fairs. Karin is the new star in the Swedish craft world when it comes to stitching, and teaches embroidery courses and workshops in Stockholm. She also takes on private commissions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlueprint crochet sweaters : techniques for custom construction / Robyn Chachula.
“An introduction to sweater and garment construction that will provide an understanding of working with crochet to make better-fitting garments. Robyn Chachula began her career as a structural engineer with a specialty in historic preservation and renovation, which uses her ability to take big projects and break them into little items anyone can understand. She is the author of ‘Blueprint Crochet: Modern Designs for the Visual Crocheter’ (Interweave, 2008). Visit her blog, crochetbyfaye.com.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDessert roll quilts : 12 simple dessert roll quilt patterns / Pam & Nicky Lintott.
“Pam Lintott opened her shop, The Quilt Room, in 1981, which she still runs today, with her daughter Nicky. Dessert Roll Quilts is Pam and Nicky’s ninth book for David & Charles following on from their eight extremely successful jelly roll quilt books including the phenomenally successful Jelly Roll Quilts and the last in the series Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverExploring canework in polymer clay : color, pattern, surface design / Patricia Kimle.
“An award-winning polymer and metal clay artist and designer,Patricia Kimle has contributed more than 30 project articles to magazines. She has written several successful books, including one published by Kalmbach, ‘Perfectly Paired’. She is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association and is a designer member of the Craft and Hobby Association.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdditions to clay bodies / Kathleen Standen.
“Kathleen Standen studied ceramics at the London Metropolitan University. She was joint winner of the 2010 Contemporary Ceramics Award by Millcove Gallery and in 2011 her work was selected to represent Ireland in the FuLe Museum in Fuping, China. She has exhibited in the UK, Ireland and China and is a member of the Craft Council of Ireland.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMedieval-inspired knits : stunning brocade and swirling vine patterns with embellished borders/ Anna-Karin Lundberg.
“Inspired by 15th- and 16th-century church paintings in her native Sweden, Lundberg sought with her first book to recreate the stunning colors and all-over designs in knitwear. Swedish yarn and Scandinavian techniques are used to create the sweaters and accessories in this book, and each pattern includes narrative instructions as well as the necessary charts. The result is a close cousin to classics of colorwork like Alice Starmore’s long-out-of-print Tudor Roses-works of art made wearable. VERDICT Though this book appeals to a specialized audience-knitters with an interest in traditional stranded colorwork and the skills to make such detailed patterns-those knitters are passionate about their craft, and will appreciate Lundberg’s inspiring collection. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)