Take Your Pick: new fashion and beauty for July

The new fashion and beauty materials for July offer a real mixed bag. We have luxurious volumes giving you an in-depth look at designers Oscar de la Renta and Giambattista Valli, as well as a peek into Greta Garbo’s much admired and very influential personal wardrobe. For beauty junkies we have a new book from the ever-popular “French women don’t” series, as well as recipes for creating beautifying meals and natural cosmetics from your own kitchen. Dawn O’Porter will show you how to find the best vintage buys, and Bobbi Brown’s Everything Eyes provides a definitive guide to mastering your own eye makeup. If you’re just starting out in fashion, we have a new book that will help you learn the language of fashion. Take your pick this July!

Syndetics book coverOscar de la Renta : the style, inspiration, and life of Oscar de la Renta / with Sarah Mower ; foreword by Anna Wintour.
“After forty years in the glamour business, Oscar de la Renta remains a vital name in both American fashion and Paris Haute Couture – a style-setter who has dressed famous beauties. With stunning images by such master lensmen as Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, and Bert Stern, along with photographs from the designer’s personal archives, this book captures the unique charm that is Oscar. The book covers his earliest childhood memories, his inspirations, his houses and gardens, the fidelity he has demonstrated to his artistic vision, and the women he has dressed. Oscar opens a window on his private world, sharing his style of living and humanitarian outlook. Oscar de la Renta is a never-before-seen look at one of the world’s most influential tastemakers – as timeless as the clothes he continues to create.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverFrench women don’t get facelifts : the secret of aging with style & attitude / Mireille Guiliano.
“Best-selling author Guiliano presents an insightful guide to the French way of aging with style, grace, and attitude. She encourages midlife women to adopt French-inspired remedies for aging woes, such as antiaging foods, regular exercise, sufficient sunlight, proper skin care, and plenty of water. The book may sound simplistic, but there’s ample information, written in an informal, conversational tone, on how to develop these healthy practices. The author provides a list of superfoods paired with easy-to-follow recipes, a straightforward skin-care routine, product recommendations, and ways to stay physically active.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverGreta Garbo : the mystery of style / edited by Stefania Ricci.
“The never-before-published wardrobe of a timeless star, for lovers of fashion, photography and film history. Greta Garbo’s influence over fashion has transcended time. Her dresses, suits, impeccably-tailored coats with a slightly masculine look and the indispensable accessories (shoes, bags, glasses, foulards) has created a style emulated, imitated, even occasionally reviled, but never fully examined. For the first time a catalogue of great glamour and a travelling exhibition detail this extraordinary wardrobe whose minimalism fits so well with current fashion trends. The Divine Greta Garbo was a Salvatore Ferragamo client from the 1920s until her death, and Ferragamo designed hundreds of original, classical, futuristic, hand-made shoes and sandals exclusively for her, most of them shown here for the first time. A stunning selection of black and white Garbo portraits by celebrated photographers completes the volume.” – library catalogue

Syndetics book coverThe recipe for radiance : discover beauty’s best-kept secrets in your kitchen / Alexis Wolfer ; photography by Evan Sung.
“Most diet books presuppose the reader’s wish to be thinner and healthier. This title goes further in promising that beauty – face, hair, skin – can be improved by foods that we not only eat, but that we can apply topically to improve our looks. Wolfer presents recipes for skin creams, hair conditioners, and other beauty aids as well as for tasty meals that purport to nourish from the inside. There is something very satisfying about whipping up a face mask in your own kitchen and it is likely that it will work just as well as a store-bought treatment.  Fun to read, this book will certainly appeal to younger and even some of the more adventurous older women.-Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThis old thing / Dawn O’Porter.
“We’re a nation obsessed with cheap, disposable clothing – but Dawn and her team of vintage style experts are here to show you why hunting for one-of-a-kind fashion gems is more exciting, better value for money, and a lot more fun. Are you fed up of the same old high street shops? Are you bored of your wardrobe? Do you fear arriving at a party and seeing someone wearing the same thing as you? Yes? Then it sounds like you’re in need of a modern vintage makeover! This Old Thing is here to show you that vintage shopping doesn’t have to mean rummaging through old cardigans at a car boot sale – instead, let Dawn introduce you to a world of beautiful and unique fashion treasures, and show you how to create a glamorous personal style that is all your own.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverEverything eyes : professional techniques, essential tools, gorgeous makeup looks / Bobbi Brown with Sara Bliss.
“Starting with the essential tools and basic techniques, Bobbi simplifies eye makeup and helps women identify what works best for their eye shape and color. She offers step-by-step tutorials for ten go-to eye makeup looks, from sparkly to smokey to retro glam and more. Famous for her own signature specs, Bobbi also explains how to choose the perfect pair of frames based on face shape, personal style, and skin tone, and shares her favorite makeup tricks for those who wear glasses.” –back cover.

Syndetics book coverGiambattista Valli / editor, Irène Silvagni.
“A unique insight into one of the most creative and romantic fashion designers working today. When the Roman designer Giambattista Valli launched his own line in Paris in 2005, few would have anticipated the influence he would ultimately wield on contemporary design. Impeccably tailored, meticulously detailed, and luxuriously crafted, his collections are crucial passages in contemporary fashion history, attended by everyone from royalty to A-list Hollywood celebrities. This book offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of one of the most unique fashion designers working today, with images of his design process and backstage views of runway shows. The volume includes booklets with details of Valli’s lushly complex fabrics and clothing.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverThe Fairchild Books dictionary of fashion.
Dictionary of Fashion, 4th Edition builds on the success of previous editions with over 15,000 entries, including apparel, accessories, and their components, historical and textiles terms that relate to contemporary fashion and the language of the fashion industry. Tortora and Keiser organize terms over fifty broad categories that are fully cross-referenced to the alphabetical listing to promote understanding of related terminology. Lavishly illustrated with over 900 illustrations capturing the styles and details of fashion, this reference work is a must have for students, designers, fashion merchandisers, historians, and fashion enthusiasts.” – amazon.com

The joy of crafting

Welcome to this eclectic mix of new craft books, featuring clever and creative ideas to help you kick off the New Year. Experience the contemporary culture of craft with gorgeous knitting, crochet and quilting projects, passed down through the generations from mothers to daughters and learn new techniques. We hope you have lots of joy with the adorable and fun to craft ‘pom-poms’ and ‘woolbuddies’ projects! Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverModern top-down knitting : sweaters, dresses, skirts & accessories inspired by the techniques of Barbara Walker / Kristina McGowan ; photography by Gudrun Georges.
“In this sophisticated womenswear collection, designer Kristina McGowan presents streamlined, feminine dresses, tunics, and skirts; elegant cardigans and pullovers; and stylish go-to accessories like hats and mitts. Step-by-step photo tutorials make top-down techniques easy to understand and sizing and style adjustments a cinch to achieve. Detailed instructions are also included for finishing garments with couture-quality trims and linings, so they look just as elegant on the inside as they do on the outside.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverWarm mittens and socks : dozens of playful patterns and skillful stitches to knit, crochet, and embroider / Eva Trotzig ; photography by Malin Nuhma ; translated by Ellen Hedstrom.
“Knitting buffs and crochet enthusiasts, stay cozy any time of the year with warm mittens and snuggly socks-made by you! In Warm Mittens and Socks, needlework queen Eva Trotzig shares her generous collection of tips, wisdom, and, of course, patterns that are perfect for crafting comfy knits for the whole family. Containing a colorful mix of styles, techniques, and projects, this is the perfect guide for hands trained in the basics of knitting and crocheting. Discover elaborate loops, delightful details, and patterns to make cold-weather clothes playful and fun to knit, crochet, embroider, and wear.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverLittle Aran & Celtic knits for kids : 25 designs for babies and young children / Martin Storey ; photography by Steven Wooster.
“Rowan Yarn’s master knitwear designer Martin Storey shares twenty-five beautiful patterns for babies and toddlers. Featuring soft colors, a mixture of traditional Aran patterns, touches of Intarsia colorwork, and sweet knitting pattern motifs that both children and parents will love, the projects in this book will make the perfect addition to your little one’s wardrobe or room decor. Traditional cabled and Celtic patterns, plus rabbits, cats, anchors, hearts, and birds adorn a wide range of garments and accessories from cardigans, sweaters, dresses, and skirts, to blankets, scarves, socks, and gloves. All the designs are knit in Rowan’s cozy and comfortable natural wool yarns–and range from simple to challenging–so there’s something for every knitter to enjoy. The twenty-five adorable designs in this book are sure to become special keepsake handknits that will be treasured for years to come.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book cover101 fabulous small quilts / [managing editor, Karen Costello Soltys].
“This is a fabulous collection of fun and easy small quilts in a wide variety of colour and styles. You can find a new favourite quilt with fantastic collection of 101 fun and inspiring patterns in a wide array of colours and styles. You can create doll quilts, wall quilts, table runners, candle mats, lap quilts, and so much more from popular designers such as Country Threads, Kathleen Tracy, Kim Diehl, Little Quilts, Lori Smith, and Mary Hickey.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverVintage quilt revival : 22 modern designs from classic blocks / Katie Clark Blakesley, Lee Heinrich, Faith Jones.
“Vintage Quilt Revival is a resource for quilters of any age or style who love to use today’s modern colors and fabrics. With fresh quilt layouts, detailed instructions on foundation piecing, and a wide variety of traditional blocks and modern projects, Vintage Quilt Revival is at the forefront of the burgeoning interest in the “traditional-made-modern” movement.
Join the authors and make 20 traditional quilt blocks. Use them to sew a sampler quilt or explore the authors’ tips and modifications for making the blocks fresh and appealing and use them to create quilts with a modern flair. Projects range from full-size quilts to a pillow, table runner, bag, and zipper pouch. Learn bits of quilting history throughout the book and see design tips on how to take traditional quilt blocks and piecing techniques and give them a modern spin. If you’re already knowledgeable about piecing, basting, quilting, and binding, this book is an essential addition to your library.” (Summary adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book cover“The new crochet : a beginner’s guide : with 38 modern projects / Marion Madel ; photography by Hiroko Mori ; styling by Maki Nakahara ; [translation by Ben Ross].
A beginner-friendly book from French designer and crochet teacher that gives Crochet a chic makeover. It features 38 quick and easy projects such as oversized scarves, cozy cowls, lacy shawls, decorative embellishments, bags and more. In 25 lessons, it helps beginners to steadily build their repetoire of crochet skills.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverVintage & retro : 30 quick projects to make for your home and to wear / consultant, Nikki Trench.
“The Easy Crochet series features six new project collections, so you can find a great project, whatever style you’re looking for.
Each book features a range of patterns to make for the home, to wear or to give, so you will find plenty of projects for a whole range of needs. Whether you’re reviving your love of crochet or you’ve just discovered this restful and soothing pastime, there is an Easy Crochet book for you, and with every project tried and tested, and each technique fully explained, they’re perfect for both beginners and experienced crocheters. Revive the groovy patterns and styles of yesterday with this collection of designs for colourful folky pieces that will work as stylish statements in the home and in your wardrobe. Create a selection of beautiful crochet blankets for an easy way of introducing the vintage look, or reinvent a plain dress or top with a beautiful scalloped collar… or try one of the many more patterns available!” (Summary adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverFelt fabric designs : a recipe book for textile artists / Sheila Smith.
“Learn to create a huge variety of different felt fabrics with this handy set of recipes from a leading feltmaking expert. From delicate nuno felt and adaptable open-work fabrics through to more hardwearing felts, sumptuous layers and gorgeous embellished felt designs. Create each type of fabric with suggestions for ongoing uses and easy-to-follow projects. Illustrated with an outstanding range of different felt fabrics, this book is a great source of inspiration for your own textile arty projects” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverPom-poms! : 25 awesomely fluffy projects / by Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright.
“They’re soft, they’re colorful, they’re fun to craft, and they add a touch of whimsy to everything they meet. They’re pom-poms! And they’re more adorable than ever. This delightfully photographed craft book takes readers through more than 25 pom-decorated crafts, from cozy home decor projects to fun outfit accessories to festive party supplies and embellishments. Readers will use yarn, tissue paper, coffee filters, cupcake wrappers, and a host of other unexpected materials to make these insanely cute balls of fluff. With easy-to-follow instructions, tons of gorgeous photos, and a fresh take on a perennial subject, Pom-Poms! will delight crafters of all ages.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverWoolbuddies : 20 irresistibly simple needle felting projects / Jackie Huang ; photographs by Antonis Achilleos.
“Wool felting is surprisingly easy; all crafters need to get started is a felting needle, a piece of soft foam to use as a felting pad, and some colorful scraps of wool roving. Huang, who began felting so he could make toys for his daughter, has a background in animation, which is apparent in the expressive faces of his creations. The projects are arranged by level of difficulty (simple, moderate, and challenging), and full instructions are presented along with accompanying photographs. Beginners will appreciate the introduction, which provides the basics in a clear, concise, easy-to-follow manner. Verdict? There are many felting books that focus on creating small animal toys, but few contain projects with as much verve as those in this book. Felters will love making these little woolbuddies, and children will enjoy playing with them.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Celebrate Winter with crafts!

Enjoy the changing of season and get your creativity flowing with some fabulous finds in our latest arrivals of craft books. Find out about perfect weekend craft projects that require little or no specialist skills, including quilting, beadwork and crochet projects, as well as, knitting stylish hats and beanies to accessorise and express your own style. And, if you enjoy vintage craft, you will find lots of ideas and inspiration how to inject character and charm into your home using unique vintage pieces!

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.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFantastical hats & beanies / Jenny Occleshaw.
“Here is a delightful collection of unique easy-to-make hats and beanies to suit every outfit and occasion. The collection includes projects suitable for experienced crafters and newcomers alike. Every project is explained using easy-to-follow instructions. Hats and beanies are not only a fabulous way to accessorise and express your own style, the hand-made hats and beanies also make personal and unique gifts for friends and loved ones. With such a variety of techniques and styles, there really is a hand-made hat or beanie here for everyone.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverHip crochet / Natalie Clegg.
“The interest in crochet is surging and making a huge comeback – and will surely be with us for some time. The need and desire to make handmade items is growing all the time as people find new ways to save money and new crafters take up some of the more traditional needlecrafts. Crochet has crept onto the catwalks and into fashion stores but the cool way to crochet now is to make unique crocheted items for the home that are colourful, quirky and funky. Many of the projects use traditional techniques and patterns but with brighter and more colourful yarns such as the zingy motif bedspread or the Union Jack cushion. Others are wonderfully contemporary and guaranteed to brighten up any home, such as the crocheted string of chillies or carnival bunting. From bedspreads and cushions to baskets, bags, egg cosies, doorstops, Christmas decorations and even a crocheted clock, “Hip Crochet” is full of wonderful easy-to-follow projects. All the projects have clear instructions and beautiful photographs and a techniques section at the beginning covers everything you need to know to make gorgeous crochet items for your home.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilting on the go! / Jessica Alexandrakis.
“Maybe you have the urge to sew but don’t want to be stuck behind your sewing machine all the time – English paper piecing quilting is wonderfully portable. You can stitch on the train, bus, or airplane, in waiting rooms, in the car while your baby naps, or at the beach – all the stolen moments when your hands are idle. Learn to build a tool kit with everything you need to get stitching. When you’re done, just snap it shut and your project is safe and waiting for when you’re ready to sew again. Clear explanations and step-by-step photography will have you stitching in no time and, before you know it, beautiful patterns will materialize from your fingers, which you can use to create a colourful quilt, a cushion, a bag, and much more. Includes detailed instructions for preparing templates, basting techniques, joining pieces and finishing techniques, and with a myriad patterns to try, you’ll find this book full of inspiration for you to find an idea and make it your own.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverThe artful parent : simple ways to fill your family’s life with art and creativity / Jean Van’t Hul.
“Jean Van’t Hul, mother of two, lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. She has been writing about children’s art and creativity on her blog, The Artful Parent , since 2008. A graduate of Wellesley College with a major in art history and studio art, Jean worked in various art and nonprofit fields before devoting her time to writing and raising kids. She loves to share process-oriented art, seasonal crafts, and joyful learning opportunities with her own daughters and through her children’s art groups, her magazine articles, and on her blog.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPearl Lowe’s vintage craft : craft projects & styling advice for the modern vintage home.
“Pearl Lowe is a fashion and textiles designer based in Somerset. Her bespoke dresses launched her mainline collection in 2006 and sold internationally in Liberty and a range of high-end boutiques. Her high-street range for Peacocks, which launched in 2009, has sold-out season upon season. Pearl has also created successful lines of soft furnishings, candles and stationery for several high street, online and boutique retailers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage home : stylish ideas and over 50 handmade projects from furniture to decorating / Sarah Moore ; photography by Debi Treloar.
“Recycle, revamp and rejuvenate; with over 50 projects Sarah covers a whole spectrum of imaginative ideas for every room of the house, from blanket curtains to patchwork wallpaper, clever storage crates to fun mobiles for children, as well as unique ideas for dining, sleeping and bathing. Interweaved throughout the book are ideas for ‘one thing four ways’ to show how the same piece of furniture or a room can be updated with different look, plus handy advice on essential kit and techniques. Aimed at all skill levels, the projects can be completed in a few hours or over a weekend so you can revamp and refurbish your home in no time at all.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLace, ribbons and bows : 35 vintage-inspired projects to make and treasure / Ann Brownfield and Jane Cassini.
“Indulge your nostalgic fantasies with this beautiful collection of ideas for things to make and give. Using lashings of lace, pretty prints, pearls, diamante, ribbons and all things vintage, Ann Brownfield and Jane Cassini have created 35 unique projects for romantics everywhere. In ‘Alluring Lace’ choose from embellished silk cushions, vintage pouches, and lace and diamante gift cards, while ‘Beautiful Bows’ has ideas for lampshades, felt purses and a lingerie bag. Finally, ‘Arrays of Ribbons’ will inspire you to make vintage scarf chairbacks, beautiful gift boxes and tags. With inspirational photographs and clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations that make every project easy, this book will appeal to oldfashioned girls everywhere.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to wire & beaded jewellery : over 50 beautiful projects and variations using wire and beads / Linda Jones.
“This is the essential companion for any fan of stunning jewellery made from wire and beads. Celebrated jewellery designer and best-selling author Linda Jones presents a must-have collection of beautiful pieces in a variety of styles. Packed with designs for daytime, ethnic-inspired necklaces, fun projects for kids, pretty pieces for special occasions and items suitable for beginners, keen crafters will find all they need here”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMetallic seed bead splendor / Nancy Zellers.
“Nancy Zellers is a bead artist and teacher who lives in Colorado. She especially enjoys encouraging others to develop their own style through teaching beadwork classes. Nancy has taught at the Bead&Button Show, the Puget Sound Bead Festival, the Rocky Mountain Bead Society Bead Bazaar, and other venues. Nancy’s work has been featured in many magazines and beading books, including ‘Bead&Button’, ‘500 Beaded Objects’, ‘The Art of Beaded Beads’, and ‘Beading with Crystals’. Her sculptural pieces have appeared in regional and national contemporary art shows.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCreate your own jewellery : over 100 inspiring ways to make stunning pieces from all kinds of materials, with practical step-by-step projects / edited by Ann Kay.
“This title features over 100 inspiring ways to make stunning pieces from all kinds of materials, with practical step-by-step projects. It contains over 100 ideas and easy-to-make projects, plus scores of tips and inspiration for creating many different types of hand-crafted jewellery. It features every kind of jewellery – from bangles, brooches and pins, to necklaces, rings, pendants and earrings – plus designs for buttons, badges, cufflinks, hair ornaments and trinket boxes. All techniques are shown in fully illustrated step-by-step format – clear, simple and easy to achieve, with stunning pictures of every finished piece. It covers a wide range of different crafting techniques using easily acquired equipment and material: including metal, wire, beads, ribbon, felt, silk, shells, mosaic, ceramics and paper. Jewellery always makes a very personal statement, and creating your own pieces is a wonderful way of saying even more about yourself and your taste. Better still, many of these ideas are so inexpensive, you can give yourself a new look quickly and easily. This book is designed to teach you everything you need to know about making jewellery, and covers all the materials, techniques and equipment you will need.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Vintage – the new old look

Want to look glamourous and care about the enviroment? Well, Vintage may be the trend for you!

What is Vintage? Vintage Fashion and Beauty is about the look of previous eras. This look can be achieved by finding pre-loved clothing and/or buying modern inspired pieces. Hair and make-up also play a big part. For inspiration Chloe Sevigny and Dita von Teese are just two of many celebs who emulate this trend.

The Vintage trend is also for those interested in environmental sustainability in terms of reusing, recycling and repairing rather than throwing things away.

Interested but not sure where to start? We have books on how to buy and style clothing, how to achieve that special hair do or makeup trick, and we haven’t forgotten the men:

Syndetics book coverStyle me vintage hair : easy step-by-step techniques for creating classic hairstyle / Belinda Hay.
“Owner of the Painted Lady salon in London, Hay here introduces readers to some of the most iconic hairstyles of the past, from finger waves and pin curls worn by flappers in the 1920s to the Barbarella style made famous by Jane Fonda in the late 1960s. Each style includes step-by-step instructions and photographs of the finished look on models fully styled in period makeup and wardrobe. They are also shown as contemporary looks on celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson. The instructional aspect of the book could have been improved with fewer full-page photographs and more pictures of the steps. Readers looking for more variations on these hairstyles may prefer Lauren Rennells’s Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques. A companion title from Pavilion, Katie Reynolds’s Style Me Vintage: Make Up, will be released in the United States in November. Verdict Fun, informative, and beautifully designed, this is an inspiring introduction to classic hairstyles.” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle me vintage : make-up : easy step-by-step techniques for creating classic looks / Katie Reynolds.
“Step-by-step instructions in a beautiful retro-glam package provide everything needed to create authentic vintage looks-whether you want to look like Louise Brooks, Marilyn Monroe, or Madonna Filled with fantastically inspiring images, tips on the best makeup techniques and accessories, and easy-to-follow instructions, this resource provides everything a fashionista needs to create vintage looks from the 1920s to the 1980s. Vintage styles have never been more popular, with style icons like Scarlett Johansson to Dita Von Teese indulging in retro glamour. Whether the aim is a look that can be worn day-to-day or one for a special outing or occasion, this must-have book has all the instructions and inspiration needed to recreate the decadence and fun of vintage styles.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle me vintage: clothes: a guide to sourcing and creating retro looks
“The newest Style Me Vintage, in a beautiful retro-glam package, clearly details how to create authentic vintage clothing looks from the 1920s to the 1980s. Vintage styles have never been more popular, with everyone from major stars to teens on the street looking to indulge in retro glamour. Whether a reader is looking to completely over haul their look, go for complete vintage glam, or just introduce a few key vintage pieces into their day-to-day wardrobe, this book will teach them how. It is packed with tips on how to find unique, one-off items that fit any budget, look fabulous, and will retain their value, and also details what to look for, when to part with one’s cash, and what to avoid. Readers will learn how to determine which era fits their shape, how to build a retro look from the base up, and how to make retro styles work with modern accessories. Filled with fun, detailed photographs showing classic looks from the 1920s to the 1980s, this is essential reading for anyone who has ever wanted to introduce vintage into their wardrobe, but felt unsure where to start.” – (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking vintage jewellery : 25 original designs, from earrings to corsages / Emma Brennan.
“The vintage look is hot. Beginning jewelers can update their own collections with these timeless, handmade pieces that bring individual flair to even the most basic outfit. There is a chapter here on every decade from the refined elegance of the 1910s through the chic glamour of the 1950s, and 25 inspiring projects to explore each one. An art nouveau flower choker, trellis cluster earrings, Egyptian disc necklace: the wealth of styles and endless color possibilities make this collection of sophisticated designs truly extraordinary. There is also a comprehensive techniques section with lavish photography to guide the novice through all the basics, from working with wire to sewing on sequins.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage menswear : a collection from the Vintage Showroom.
“Curated by connoisseurs of vintage clothing, the “Vintage Showroom” is a vast collection of rare 20th-century pieces that fashion designers and stylists pay to view, using the cut and detailing of individual garments as inspiration for their own work. Offering one-of-a-kind access, “The Vintage Showroom Menswear” now makes this unique resource available in book form. Featuring 130 of the most influential examples of 20th-century and earlier European, American and Asian utilitarian tailoring and design, the book is divided into three sections of sportswear, militaria and workwear, covering everything from 1940s flying jackets and polar exploration suits to vintage French denims. Stunning full-page bleeds and front and back views showcase ground-breaking designs in concept, shape and cut. Providing over 300 lavishly illustrated pages of rare, must-see designs, “The Vintage Showroom Menswear” is the essential choice of 20th-century vintage tailoring and detailing and an inspirational resource for students and menswear fashion designers and stylists.” – (adapted from Fishpond summary)

Syndetics book coverWearable vintage fashion / Jo Waterhouse & Clare Bridge.
“Wearable Vintage Fashion presents desirable, affordable and accessible vintage clothing and accessories in a new and fun format. Covering the looks of the twentieth century from the 20s to the 80s, this insider’s guide will feature the clothing, accessories and styling to recreate the looks of each decade. By presenting timeless, classic vintage pieces, the items will always be stylish regardless of the era they came from or the fashion trend of the moment. The book will, therefore, serve as a visual reference guide to collecting as well as to wearing classic vintage clothing. Vintage dressing is very much a current fashion trend with lots of people shopping for affordable vintage clothing and trying to recreate vintage looks by mixing new and old. The authors show the reader how to put the clothing and accessories together to create that period look whether for daywear or eveningwear. In addition to interviews with collectors and the story behind their collections, the authors look at vintage street fashion from around the world: showing members of the public combining vintage with, and as, their everyday fashion.” – (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)

Syndetics book coverViva vintage : find it, wear it, love it / Trudie Bamford.
“Whether you’re looking for a knock-out dress for a special occasion or some one-off separates to liven up your existing wardrobe, nothing says style quite like an original. And now, guided by an experienced vintage seller with a passion for great fashion, you will discover how easy it is to find, choose, wear and care for the best twentieth-century clothing and accessories.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMinxy vintage : how to customise and wear vintage clothing / Kelly Doust.
“Crafter, fashionista and vintage vixen Kelly Doust delves through her wardrobe and scours flea markets far and wide to bring together a fabulous collection of delectable vintage finds.This is not just a book about loving vintage fashion: it’s about seeing the wonderful possibilities for updating all old clothes, and how to look fabulous doing so, no matter what your age, location or budget.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Enough with the knitting….

Yet another debarcle with the knitting (first the hat was to small and now it is too big). I have decided to go back to stiching for a spell. At least if I get something wrong I can just add more stitches!
For your crafting pleasure, a selection of our new craft books……

Syndetics book coverBeautiful botanicals : 45 appliqué flowers & 14 quilt projects / Deborah Kemball.
“Plant an indoor garden with a bounty of lyrical applique designs. All the project patterns are interchangeable for creating endless combinations of flowers and leaves. See how color-saturated cottons, vibrant silks, and tone-on-tone chintzes breathe new life into botanical applique.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe knitted home : hand-knitted projects room by room / Sian Brown ; [photography by Tim Clinch].
This is a beautiful book of 30 knitted and crocheted projects for the home. It uses a variety of wools, silk, cotton and bamboo to make tactile and inviting, effortlessly stylish pieces.

Syndetics book coverKnitting with Peruvian yarns : 25 soft sweaters and accessories in alpaca, llama, merino and silk / Jane Ellison.
“Knitters of all skill levels can create luxurious garments using sumptuous yarns derived from the llama and alpaca herds of the Peruvian highlands with this project book. … The naturally hued, environmentally friendly merino wool, baby alpaca, and pima cotton called for in these patterns lend a palette of plums, blues, browns, ochers, and creams that instill an earthy sensuality to the attractive apparel. ….” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOilcloth inspirations / Sophie Bester ; with photographs by Fabrice Besse.
“Oilcloth Inspirations features over 25 stylish, practical projects to be made with oilcloth – the ultimate in durable, easy-clean fabric. Readers will learn all essential techniques, including sticking with glue, sewing and maintaining perfect finishes as they discover the fun of working with this inexpensive, yet fashionable fabric. The easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by simple patterns, ….” (Syndetics summary)

Don’t knit up your brows.

Amazon link.Are you new to knitting? The Chicks with sticks guide to knittingby Nancy Queen and Mary-Ellen O’Connell is aimed at the novice knitter. Inside you’ll find 30 simple patterns combined with step-by-step instructions so even a first timer can finish a project in a few hours. Impress your friends with your new skills!

Finding knitting patterns in larger sizes can be difficult. Sharon Bant has filled this gap with her book Knitting goes large. Have a browse and discover 20 patterns that will suit all occasions and all seasons.

Kay Connors’ and Karen Earlywine’s collection of nine authentic 1930’s patterns are made using reproduction fabrics. Their beautifully presented book, Link to the 30’s, will show you how to create an heirloom to be passed onto future generations.

See something that catches your eye? Have a browse through theses titles and more across topics that include vintage knitwear, handmade books, crochet and canvas work via this month’s Craft Recent Picks.