A day of crafting

I had a wonderful day on Friday. No work, no family, just craft. It was bliss! Highly recommended for all crafters a day to your self. Benefits include lowering stress levels, increased appreciation of family, and increased relaxation. Downside: increased annoyance at why you cannot do this more often. For planning your own Craft Day check out our some of our new books:

Syndetics book coverArt quilts. Vol. 2 : major works by leading artists / curated by Martha Sielman. Sorry to say I am not a quilter, there is something about trying to make corners meet and failing that annoys me. However the quilts in this book are gorgeous and almost make me want to have another go. – (Librarian)

Syndetics book coverThe encyclopedia of greeting card tools & techniques / Susan Pickering Rothamel. A great one stop shop if you love making cards, great techniques and ideas for the beginners and some interesting tricks for the more advanced. – (Librarian)

Syndetics book coverMaggie Meister’s classical elegance : 20 beaded jewelry designs.
By combining multiple beadweaving stitches, designer Maggie Meister captures patterns and motifs inspired by ancient jewelry, mosaics and architectural elements in 20 sophisticated jewelry designs. … The Matriarch’s Cuff builds on the design of a 17th century Jewish wedding ring; the Sappho Necklace incorporates designs from ancient mosaics; and the Santa Sofia Pendant borrows shapes from the onion-dome churches of Eastern Europe. – (adapted from publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverWrapagami : the art of fabric gift wraps / Jennifer Playford.
“Presents wrapped in cloth are highly prized in Japan. The secret is to use a cloth large enough to make a decorative tie. Illustrator and graphic designer Playford’s projects are wraps for many differently shaped objects, all using a single square of fabric and some decorative trinkets such as toys or chopsticks. These are wonderful for using up a fabric stash.(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” – (adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverContemporary Irish knits / Carol Feller ; [photography, Joseph Feller].
Includes 20 Irish knitting projects that also discuss the remaining yarn mills and hand dyers in Ireland. – (adapted from Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverWeekend handmade : more than 40 projects + ideas for inspired crafting / Kelly Wilkinson ; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy. Some great ideas in this book, well worth a look, especially if you like to recycle and make homemade gifts for friends. – (Librarian)

October: Crafting in the Sun!

The stitching is going well! So far there have been no little mishaps which is great. My main problem is choosing between my cross-stitch, my ribbon work or my blackwork! Decisions, decisions….
If you are short of choices check out some of our new books:

Syndetics book coverFuroshiki : the art of wrapping with fabric / Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts.
“In Japan, gift wrapping is an art, and furoshiki-traditional Japanese wrapping cloths-are used to wrap gifts and as makeshift bags for carrying everything from books to lunches to a futon. … All of the steps are nicely illustrated, and there’s a full-page photograph of each wrap. Furoshiki is an eco-friendly alternative to consumable wraps such as plastic bags or paper gift wrap,…interest.c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverCountdown calendars : 24 stitched projects to celebrate any date / compiled by Susanne Woods.
“Make every occasion even more special! Today’s top designers share their ideas and techniques on how to commemorate life’s special events. Equal parts inspiration and how-to, this collection of custom-crafted countdown calendars is packed with creative ways to say 3.2.1.it’s here!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy grandmother’s knitting : family stories and inspired knits from top designers / Larissa Brown ; photographs by Michael Crouser. We all have those jumbers, cardigans and hats that Grandmother’s have knitted. This book pays tribute to all those Grannies with all those needles from a range of great knitwear designers including Ysolda Teague and Anne Hanson. Crafty Librarian.

Syndetics book coverCountryside softies : 28 handmade wool creatures to stitch / Amy Adams.
“All a crafter needs to bring these adorable critters to life is a little time, a few supplies, and a dash of creativity. Whether it’s a fuzzy rabbit personalized as a gift, or a charming family of birds to display in the home, this playful guide features easy-to-follow patterns, clear instructions and enchanting photography of the creatures in their natural habitats. Best of all, each project is graded according to difficulty (easy, moderate and slightly tricky) so both experienced and beginner sewers can share in the fun.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQueen of crafts : the modern girls’ guide to knitting, sewing, quilting, baking, preserving & kitchen gardening / Jazz Domino Holly. Never made jam before? Want to try sewing? Here is a great guide for trying all those things you are not sure on. Instructions are clear to follow and use modern techniques. Crafty Librarian.

Syndetics book coverCross-stitch and embroidery for babies, toddlers and children / Isabelle Leloup ; photography by Hiroko Mori.
I am generally a little sceptic about combining knitting and embroidery, however this book has some lovely ideas for babies and toddlers without going to over the top. Crafty Librarian.