New craft and hobby books to curl up with this winter

Winter is just right around the corner, and the chilling weather is well underway. Cosy up this season making handmade creations for your home or yourself.  Whether you want to restore a piece of old furniture or take on a delightful but quirky cat cross-stitch pattern, be inspired by books showcasing clear step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow techniques. We’ve rounded up this month’s new titles that will surely bring warmth to your creative self. So, grab your knitting needles, crochet hooks, and sewing kits – let’s start making!

A handmade cottage : the art of crafting a home / Seymour, Jodie May
“It’s possible to create a picture-perfect cottage frugally and simply with some creative ideas and a little DIY know-how. Jodie May Seymour shares her projects and ideas for every room in the house using simple craft and DIY techniques. Almost everything can be made by an absolute beginner, yet there are also inspiring projects that will appeal to the more skilled crafter. From candles and lampshades to dressers and curtains, this guide offers a variety of DIY projects and introduces some of the most useful techniques such as sanding, sewing, and painting. Whether you want to restore old furniture, repurpose forgotten fabrics, or decorate your home using natural materials, you can create a beautiful and unique home on a tight budget.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Peter Panda and pals : 10 sweet and easy amigurumi designs to crochet / Vindevogel, Femke
“Crochet Peter Panda and his amigurumi friends: 10 quirky animals to brighten your day. Be captivated by the personalities of Peter Panda and his whimsical friends! Femke Vindevogel invites you to crochet 10 irresistible animals, each one with its own uplifting story to tell.  Between 18cm (7in) and 26cm (10in) high, yet with personalities much bigger, these toys burst onto the scene with their Scandi palette, joyful outlook and smart accessories. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Cross stitch with cattitude : 20 pawsome designs / Congdon, Emma
“In this collection of 20 projects, bestselling cross stitch designer Emma Congdon gets inside the mind of a finickity feline to deliver a humorous selection of projects that will chime with cat owners everywhere. Easy-to-follow full-colour charts, step-by-step instructions on the techniques, and a gifty package make this ideal for beginners.” (Catalogue)


String quilts : sustainable patchwork projects using fabric scraps / Forster, Carolyn
“Many quilters are rediscovering a range of traditional patchwork and quilting techniques that, at their heart, are based on recycling and reusing materials. A style of patchwork that is true to this ethos, and which has been around for centuries, is string patchwork with its use of sewn fabric strips. Due to the scrap nature of string quilts, they are good for using a wide range and eclectic mix of fabrics that, otherwise, would have gathered dust in the corner of a room.” (Catalogue)

Sew mindful cross stitch : twenty-two beginner-friendly cross-stitch projects to bring you colour and calm / Crabb, Sophie
“Sew Mindful Gross Stitch combines bright and modern cross-stitch projects with the calming benefits of mindfulness. Throughout her debut book, Sophie Crabb explores the idea behind crafting far calm and why it can profoundly and positively impact our mental well-being. With twenty-two brand new cross stitch projects to choose from, you can stitch your way through Positive Affirmations, Mindful Messages and Self-Care Quotes.  Sophie’s book discusses her well-being journey, including depression and anxiety, overthinking, and imposter syndrome. The book aims to link mindfulness and crafting for calm, teaching readers how to mindfully cross stitch and destress.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The new sashiko : a fresh approach to Japanese embroidery / sashikonami
“An innovative new style of sashiko from a leading embroidery and patchwork artist! Prolific embroiderer, quilter and author sashikonami combines her love of sashiko with her fondness for piecework to create a new style of sashiko stitches and applications. Some of these patchworks allow you to play with patterns, colors and textures to create strikingly original bags, pouches, tableware and accessories. The 11 sashiko stitches (three of them original) and 23 projects presented in this book feature Rows of uneven running stitches to create jagged stripes and check patterns that look fantastic on any item.  Try them on your jeans, floor pillows, or a full-sized quilt, and enjoy adding your personality to these projects. There is no end to the great ideas that you will find in this book!”–Publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

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