Variety is the spice of life! New craft books

The variety of craft books we have coming in at the moment is EPIC! “Design your own tees” more felting, wire and fabric projects and quick jewellery designs.

Syndetics book coverDesign your own tees : techniques and inspiration to stitch, stamp, stencil, and silk-screen your very own t-shirts / Jennifer Cooke.
I love the look of this one! T-shirts form a basis of my wardrobe but sometimes they need a little something extra!

Syndetics book coverFresh fashion knits : more than 20 must-have designs from Rowan’s Studio Collection / designs by Sarah Hatton ; edited by Kate Buller. I know another Rowan knitting book, but I love the detailing in the Rowan patterns even if they can be a challenge at times!

Syndetics book coverFelting fashion : creative and inspirational techniques for felt-makers / Lizzie Houghton.
“Crafters and fashionistas alike will go wild about this inspiration-packed book, which offers several ways to make felt and a wide range of patterns for stylish felt garments and accessories. The fashions include everything from hats to lavish full-length coats, and the instructions cover techniques for creating Nuno felt (a lightweight modern type that drapes) as well as traditional felts–plus methods for dyeing wool, ruching, and making cords, spikes, balls, and other embellishments.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCreative bloom : projects and inspiration with fabric and wire / Jennifer Swift.
“Cultivate Your Inner Artist! Prepare your own garden of self-expression with the creative fabric and wire projects inside “Creative Bloom.” The seeds of inspiration will be planted as you learn how to make a butterfly-adorned lamp, a sweet bird sculpture, an inspired canvas bag and a sparkling cloud cuff. Each project features innovative techniques that you can use again in your personal artwork. “Creative Bloom” features: – 21 pretty projects for your art studio, home and wardrobe – Vignettes and advice on gathering the right tools, forcing creative growth, finding inspiration in the seasons and staying motivated – Step-by-step techniques that show you how sculpt wire, stitch fabric to wire, make fabric pages and more! Grab some wire and rummage through your fabric stash. It’s time to unearth your creative potential!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover30 minute necklaces : 60 quick & creative projects for jewelers / Martha Le Van.
“Lark does have its finger on the pulse of contemporary crafts; look no further for proof than in this second-of-a-series jewelry craft collection. This book is packed with 60 necklaces, to be fashioned in a half hour or less. (Assumed here is that readers will know their wire and soldering and tool techniques, not to mention having a good familiarity with photo editing and imaging software.) Even if fingers are less than practiced in sawing, filing, planishing, and riveting, a few of the projects don’t mandate metalworking know-how. As to be expected, all feature color photographs, a list of required techniques and materials, and good step-by-step instructions with occasional variations and designer notes. Now to the design choices, which truly range from sedate to boldly twenty-first century, all using materials as disparate as green-gold pearls and 14-karat gold to recycled plastic bags and white table-tennis balls. Mark this as intended for intermediate jewelers.–Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)