From quilting to amigurumi: New books on crafts and hobbies

Knitting, weaving, quilting, and pattern making have been called by different names in history, and still we find ourselves in awe at the sublime intricacies of these crafts. These artforms are forever capturing the zeitgeist of the modern world.

The book Te Puna Waiora : the distinguished weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi is a stunning depiction of the great mana of Aotearoa’s senior Māori weavers who not only honour the tradition, but also ensure the survival of the masterful practice today.

Pamela Vanderlinde’s book, Patternmaking for Dress Design: 9 iconic styles from empire to cheongsam, is packed with vivid illustrations and depicts the historical backdrops behind nine iconic dress designs. It showcases a comprehensive, project-based approach to classic cuts for modern-day, fashion pieces that even the present generation would love to wear.

Like weaving and pattern making, the art of crocheting traces its inception to China’s Shang dynasty, but has evolved into numerous cross-cultural forms. Learn by starting off with basic stitches in Crocheted bags : 25 quick and easy projects to make.

Crocheting has found its way, too, into the modern world. With a bale of yarn and hook, crocheting gave birth to amigurumi. Although amigurumi has been a trend for the last ten years, the Japanese form of knitting small stuffed creatures has swept the world’s imagination. Considered as one of the offshoots of the kawaii craze that started in the 1970’s Japan, amigurumi is a cuteness overload for the modern day world. Two new books in our collection: Crochet at work : 20 career dolls to make and customize and Anyone can crochet amigurumi animals : 15 adorable crochet patterns provide whimsical, crocheting journeys for everyone.

Finally, our new book on quilting, Quilt as you go : a practical guide to 14 inspiring techniques & projects, makes a great resource for those who simply don’t have much space or time, or are wanting to start a new fabric project in small manageable sections.

Te Puna Waiora : the distinguished weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi
“The weavers of Te Kahui Whiritoi are the senior Māori weavers of Aotearoa New Zealand. Here, their works and stories reveal the complexity and beauty of raranga, placing te whare pora, the house of weaving, at the centre of Māori life, where it connects the weaver to their whakapapa and whenua, their whānau, iwi and tūpuna”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)

Patternmaking for dress design : 9 iconic styles from Empire to cheongsam / Vanderlinde, Pamela
“Detailed patterns and step-by-step instructions guide fashion designers through creating 9 iconic dresses. With background on each garment’s historical significance and examples of how they’ve reinvented in contemporary collections”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

 

Crocheted bags : 25 quick and easy projects to make / Osmond, Emma
“Crochet your way from clutch to tote, making a variety of beautiful bags in between, with the latest title in the Weekend Makes series.  Grab your crochet hook and yarn and join the trend by creating a carrier for every outing. Whether you’re a newcomer to this craft or have been hooked for a while, you’ll find a project to kickstart your creativity and learn the skills required to make it. With detailed techniques, tools and materials sections, this book provides everything you need to know to get started.”–Amazon.com.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Crochet at work : 20 career dolls to make and customize / McCully, Kate
“Discover 20 adorable amigurumi dolls to crochet, each dressed for a different career. Customize the dolls by choosing the body shape, skin and hair colour, hairstyle, outfit and accessories. There are over 100,000 possible combinations!” (Catalogue)

 

Anyone can crochet amigurumi animals : 15 adorable crochet patterns / Simpson, Kristi
“Whether you’ve been crocheting for years or have never picked up a crochet hook before, this accessible, exciting project guide will show any crafter of any skill level everything you need to know to successfully make adorable amigurumi animals! This crochet project book opens with expert guidance on basic tools and techniques and insightful introductory sections on the basics.  Each project that follows features clear, easy-to-follow instructions, how-to crochet illustrations, photo step-outs for detail work, and additional insider tips and tricks to make the most of your crochet projects. Also included are stitch guides, a comprehensive glossary, a handy abbreviations sheet, and more.” — Amazon.com.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Quilt as you go : a practical guide to 14 inspiring techniques & projects / Forster, Carolyn
“Choose from a variety of hand- and machine-sewn styles including stitch-and-flip, envelope-style, lined circles, Suffolk puffs and cathedral windows. Each technique is photographed step by step, and then each completed, discrete block can be transformed into a stunning quilt project, which comes complete with full instructions. If you like taking your creative work with you when you travel, love the convenience of working in small, manageable blocks, or simply want to try out some different techniques before committing to a full-size quilt, this book will help you achieve remarkable results. All the templates required are included at full size.” (Catalogue)

Learn to sketch and stitch: new craft books

There are lots of projects to entice in our picks this month – from beautiful blue and white embroidery, to pottery and Star Wars craft ideas that would make wonderful gifts or jealously guarded possessions. Have a browse and enjoy!

Knitting the galaxy : the official Star Wars knitting pattern book / Gray, Tanis
“The ultimate guide to creating stunning projects inspired by Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Rey, and a whole host of droids, ships, and aliens from a galaxy far, far away. It includes patterns for toys, apparel, and home decor inspired by your favorite movie moments, characters (both human and alien), droids, ships, and more.” (Catalogue)

Pottery : 20 mindful makes to reconnect head, heart & hands / Davidson, Lucy
“Learn how to create simple, modern makes — all without the need for a wheel or kiln. Featuring basic techniques and simple clay recipes, Lucy Davidson provides ideas for making and decorating 20 playful pottery pieces with clear step-by-step instructions and life-affirming mindful quotes, accompanied by clean photography and contemporary illustrations. From plant hanger pots to tealight holders, festive decorations to serving dishes — there’s plenty to enhance your home and your wellbeing.” (Catalogue)

Empowered embroidery / Frazer, Amy L
“Learn to sketch and stitch strong, recognizable women from all walks of life. Featuring sketching and illustration instructions, basic stitches, embroidery techniques, and projects with portraits of famous women, this book is a must-have tool for hands-on artists and crafters.” (Catalogue)

Texture / Knight, Erika
“Join fiber artist Erika Knight as she takes you on a personal journey through the urban and natural environments that have inspired her designs.” (Catalogue)

Block by block crochet : quilt-inspired patchwork blocks to mix and match / Morgan, Leonie
“With 49 fabulous blocks to make this all-skill-level book will be adored equally by yarn lovers who are interested in pattern and by quilters who are drawn to yarn. Using patchwork as her inspiration, this is a brand new, specially designed crochet block collection from the wonderfully talented Leonie Morgan.” (Catalogue)

Blue & white embroidery : elegant projects using classic motifs and colors / Yazawa, Kozue
“Simple stitches, elegant and quirky motifs and a classic colour scheme combine to create 30 fun embroidery projects for all skill levels! Calming blues from a day at the beach, the soft white tones of clouds and seashells – we never tire of pairing shades of blue with white. In this book, author Kozue Yazawa draws inspiration from the natural world and her own surroundings, using an array of classic nautical motifs to evoke a sense of elegance and nostalgia.” (Catalogue)


And for something a little different — the history of a needlework masterpiece:

The story of the Bayeux tapestry : unraveling the Norman conquest / Musgrove, David
“Political intrigue and treachery, heroism and brutal violence, victory and defeat – all this is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry, an epic account of one of the pivotal episodes in English history embroidered on a strip of linen. […] Many mysteries and questions still surround this unique embroidery and not all is as it might appear at first glance. Who made it, when, why, where and what for? David Musgrove and Michael Lewis skilfully lead us through the full story of the Tapestry.” (Catalogue)

Crafting inspirations for everyone!

Find inspiration and handy instructions to help you discover your favourite crafts by browsing through this list of our latest arrivals. Enjoy crafting!

The Making It guide to crafting / Welker, Liz
“A compendium of crafting inspiration and instruction by the creators of Making It. Features photography from seasons one and two and projects inspired by the episode challenges.” (Catalogue)

Crocheted wreaths for the home : 12 gorgeous wreaths and 12 matching mini-projects for all year round / Nikipirowicz, Anna
“Wreaths are not just for Christmas – they can be used to decorate your home all year round. Anna Nikipirowicz shows you how to create sumptuous crocheted wreaths and other decorations that will grace your home and look beautiful, whatever the season. If you love crochet, you’ll love Anna’s imaginative designs.” (Catalogue)

The leathercraft handbook : a step-by-step guide to techniques and projects / Lau, Candice
“Stylish, accessible and aspirational. Learn the traditional craft of leatherworking through 20 contemporary projects, from stylish accessories to essential homewares. Each piece focuses on a different technique and is accompanied by guidance on how to make the design your own. Arm yourself with everything you need to know to design and create unique leather pieces from scratch with The Leathercraft Handbook.” (Catalogue)

Knitting stashbusters : 25 great ways to use up your yarn leftovers of one ball or less / Goble, Fiona
“For knitters who want to know how to make use of their stash and avoid waste, this collection of 25 patterns has the answer. You can make a cute garland of hearts to brighten up a room, or knit a penguin toy for a new baby. Perhaps you’d like to make all sorts of cozies, or knit storage pots and a pencil case. And once you’ve reduced the size of your stash, what better excuse could you have to go out and buy more yarn” (Catalogue)

Plus size knits : 25 knitting patters for sweaters & accessories
“No longer are the days you need to be disappointed by knitting large versions of clothes. Plus Size Knits contains 25 stylish patterns, from pullover sweaters to cozy cardigans and more, that have been specifically designed for plus sized women. Resulting in sweaters and accessories that are well-constructed, flattering, and perfect for you! Featuring stunning photography and helpful size charts and diagrams to create pieces that are tailored just for you, this is a must-have for plus size knitters” (Catalogue)

Kawaii crochet : 40 super cute crochet patterns for adorable amigurumi / Bradley, Melissa
“Hook up a rainbow kawaii goodness with this super-cute collection of 40 amigurumi patterns from modern crochet designer Yarn Blossom Boutique. From three adorable peas in a pod, to a winking fortune cookie, these 40 fun and easy amigurumi makes will bring the Japanese culture of cuteness into your hands and your heart.” (Catalogue)

Make it simple : easy, speedy sewing projects to stitch up in an afternoon / Walnes, Tilly
“24 super-quick dressmaking projects for people who think they don’t have time to sew. Whatever your level, you’ll learn the secret of how to take sewing shortcuts while still getting a great-looking finish. With the help of clear step-by-step photographs and Tilly’s award-winning instructions, this book will help you create a dream wardrobe in no time.” (Catalogue)

Sew cute quilts and gifts : 30 lovely bags, quilts and accessories to stitch, appliqué & embroider / Matsuyama, Atsuko
With over 30 projects to choose from, you can create multifaceted designs using patchwork and applique, along with embroidery, beading, and other special embellishments.” (Catalogue)

Beautiful ideas for knitting and crochet!

Cute projects for every crafter who would like to experiment with knitting or crocheting.

The art of circular yokes : a timeless technique for 15 modern sweaters
“Knit a masterpiece! Discover the how yarn and needles become artistic tools when you work on the beautiful canvas of a circular yoke. The timeless technique of knitting sweaters with nearly invisible shaping allows for painterly colorwork, illustrative lace, beautifully chiseled cables, and so much more. No handknit wardrobe is completely with one of these iconic sweaters.” (Catalogue)

30 knit ponchos & capes / Maassen, Rita
“Ponchos and capes are so easy to wear! They don’t slip and slide like shawls can; just toss one over a basic tee and you are ready to go and look anything but basic. They go with nearly anything and can be dressed up or down as you please. Add in the fun of knitting a variety of styles, textures, and stitch patterns in a plethora of gorgeous yarns and colors, and these projects become irresistible. With 30 designs to choose from, each unique in its own way, you can transform your look with a few stylish knits” (Catalogue)

Mindful crochet : 35 creative and colourful projects to help you be in the moment, relieve stress and manage pain / Leith, Emma
“Being “in the moment” is an essential part of following a pattern, keeping your yarn on the hook, counting stitches, and remembering which color to use next. Emma Leith shows how these qualities can become a form of mindfulness practice, bringing you peace, calm, and a greater sense of well-being. The satisfaction you’ll get from creating these lovely makes and seeing others appreciate them is another important way in which crochet can encourage a positive outlook and bring happiness.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Mabel Bunny & Co. : 15 loveable animals to crochet using chunky yarn / Gelder, Claire
“Crochet the most adorable animals in cosy, chunky yarn. Fun patterns and handy guides mean the only difficulty will be choosing which animal to crochet. As well as fifteen different animals, including a dragon, a polar bear, an octopus and a pig, you can also make mini versions, which are 30-40cm tall. The projects are pitched at beginners to improvers and are suitable for someone who has mastered the basics of crochet. So be inspired, choose a pattern to start and be prepared to fall in love with this collection of adorable toys.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Granny Square Flower Garden, Margaret Hubert (ebook)
A granny square is a piece of square fabric produced in crochet by working in rounds from the center outward. Granny squares are made separately and then assembled to create a blanket. Since you work on small pieces one at a time, this technique is perfect for those who are new to crocheting.
A crocheting basics section provides techniques, abbreviations, and the instructions needed to make the 12 granny square projects included in this step-by-step booklet. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Timeless knitting projects – Latest craft books at your library!

Enjoy a variety of knitted works and eye-catching masterpieces for you and your loved ones. Find them at your local library!

Colorful knit soxx : 26 sock patterns for warm, happy feet / Balke, Kerstin
“The 26 designs in this book will ramp your sock knitting from ho-hum to WOW! Each pair is a masterpiece of luscious color, but the repeating patterns ensure that the knitting is still relaxing. New to sock knitting? Explanations of sock knitting techniques–from the anatomy of a sock to how to work the heel and toe–are included. Your feet will be doing a happy dance every time you wear these beautiful socks you knit yourself.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Knit blankets : 25 colorful and cozy throws / Sixth&Spring Books (COR)
“There is no better way to show off Noro’s trademark colour changing yarns than in big projects, and this collection of 25 blankets allows Noro aficionados to do just that. Collecting the most popular patterns, alongside several new exclusive patterns, a number of techniques are utilized. From mitered squares to intarsia or from entrelac to motifs, the textures and colors of these blankets make stunning combinations that are fun to cuddle or to display.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Knit Shawls & Wraps in 1 Week : 30 Quick Patterns to Keep You Cozy in Style / Greene, Marie
“Pattern designer Marie Greene, author of Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks, has created 30 fast new patterns for beautiful boutique-quality accessories. Every project is created to be easy-to-memorize and portable, so even knitters with busy schedules can finish in a week or less. These knits may be quick, but every design is infused with Marie’s signature classic style, modern features and lasting quality.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The art of circular yokes : a timeless technique for 15 modern sweaters
“Knit a masterpiece! Discover the how yarn and needles become artistic tools when you work on the beautiful canvas of a circular yoke. The timeless technique of knitting sweaters with nearly invisible shaping allows for painterly colorwork, illustrative lace, beautifully chiseled cables, and so much more.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Lace Knitting : 40 Openwork Patterns, 30 Lovely Projects, Countless Ideas & Inspiration / Samson, Denise
“Openwork knitting is striking and eye-catching–and, potentially, more than a little complicated, if you haven’t tried it before. Denise Samson, is back with another helpful handbook perfect for crafters with some experience under their belts who want to take their knitting to the next level. Discover 40 openwork patterns, introduced to you step-by-step, with full-color photographs, charts, and instructions to guide you.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Craftfulness – The joy of making

Handmade Glamping book cover

Craftfulness is the joy of making, and the benefits it brings to your wellbeing (borrow Craftfulness below to find out more!). If you’re in need of a project, have a browse below!

Syndetics book coverCraftfulness : mend yourself by making things / Rosemary Davidson & Arzu Tahsin.
“What is that unique feeling that goes hand-in-hand with making something from scratch? Do you ever wonder where the time goes when you’re lost in drawing or working with clay? Are you happiest when you’re sewing or knitting? Drawing on the first-hand accounts from everyday crafters, Craftfulness considers the vital well-being effects to be gained from the simple expression of your creativity, and investigates the soul cleansing and stress-relieving benefits of making things by hand.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHandmade glamping / Charlotte Liddle & Lucy Hopping.
“Using a variety of crafting techniques including knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery, patchwork and appliqué, Charlotte Liddle and Lucy Hopping have created a wonderful range of accessories that will bring retro charm to your idyllic country getaway. Whether you fancy a quiet retreat to secluded beaches or are off to live it up at the summer festivals, you will find something to make your home away from home look stunning, and feel cozy and comfortable.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe unicorn craft book : over 25 magical projects to inspire your imagination / Isabel Urbina Gallego.
“The magical realm of unicorns comes to life in this dazzling craft book, brimming with sparkles and rainbows. Let your imagination run wild in creating dozens of fun and entertaining projects to make for yourself or give as gifts, including an amazing unicorn soft toy, a glittering headband and a rainbow-coloured charm. Get ready to spread the magic!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeehive alchemy : projects and recipes using honey, beeswax, propolis, and pollen to make soap, candles, creams, salves, and more / Petra Ahnert.
“From crayons to cough drops, cookies to candles, Beehive Alchemy offers a comprehensive introduction to incorporating the miracle of bees into everyday life. Beehive Alchemy is a continuation of Petra Ahnert’s best-selling Beeswax Alchemy. With this new book, beekeepers (and bee lovers) will learn about the benefits and attributes of beeswax, honey, propolis, and more alongside a full range of projects and techniques to process and harness the amazing gifts of bees.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover350+ quilting tips, techniques, and trade secrets : how to be better at what you do / Susan Briscoe.
“350+ Quilting Tips is here to help you master all the techniques you need to create a beautiful, professional-looking quilt. With this indispensable resource, full of color photographs and step-by-step tutorials, you can learn all the inside knowledge you’ll need to make quilts you can proudly display or give to your very best friends and family. Whether you are a beginner or just eager to perfect your skills, this is the perfect companion for any level of quilter.” (Syndetics summary)

New Craft books at your library!

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Crafting is an amazing skill. The projects we have listed take a little time and effort, but there’s a lot of information to guide you every step of the way. Have fun!

Creating the vintage look : 35 ways to upcycle for a stylish home / Laycock, Ellie
“Upcycling is about taking something old, vintage, treasured or possibly even broken, and giving it a new lease on life by turning it into something new. Its a thrifty way of decorating and enhancing your home that avoids waste, but is also stylish.” (Catalogue)

Craft the rainbow : 40 colorful paper projects from The house that Lars built / Jepsen, Brittany Watson
“What began as an Instagram hashtag and project collection (#CrafttheRainbow) that quickly went viral has become a showstopping book, offering a rainbow of completely new project ideas. Learn how to make playful party decorations, luscious flowers, amazing cards, and sophisticated wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, and more than you can imagine–all with nothing but the creative power of paper.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

How to knit beautiful bags : 22 gorgeous designs / Brown, Sian
“Knitted and crocheted accessories are totally on trend, and bags are particularly popular. They are relatively quick to make and knitters of all abilities can try new techniques that don’t take too long to complete. Sian Brown has created 22 beautiful designs in a range of sizes and styles, suitable for beginners as well as more experienced knitters. There is a range of designs to choose from, including simple bags, totes, summer bags and evening bags, and the extensive techniques section at the back of the book provides step-by-step guidance.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Boho felt crafts : 35 colorful projects for gifts, decorations, faux flowers and succulents, and much more / Henderson, Rachel
“Let Rachel Henderson and Jayne Emerson inspire you to create your own boho paradise made from felt with fresh green faux succulents, cheese plant leaves, and needle-felted cacti. Wall hangings and mobiles are a great way to change the look of a room quickly, and there are some great ideas here. With beautiful illustrations guiding you every step of the way, you will feel confident in embracing a wide range of techniques for working with felt, a versatile and inexpensive material with endless possibilities.” (Catalogue)

Decorate this, not that! / Lee, Janet
“A former Oprah Show producer, Lee has all the tips necessary to create an exceptional environment on a budget of time, space, and finance. She also knows how not to lose control of achieving the perfect small-space environment, and steers readers clear of these pitfalls. Decorate This, Not That! decodes small-space decorating into easy to digest snack-size bites for every petite room in (or out of!) the house, including an outdoor pocket garden.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Craft for modern living: New craft books in your library

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In this mass manufacturing world we live in today, handmade items are unique. They represent the passion, energy, knowledge and determination of the artist and usually, they have a story to tell as the art of craft is as old as our species! Enjoy the new books we have chosen for you.

Syndetics book coverCraeft : how traditional crafts are about more than just making / Alexander Langlands.
“In a period of meaningless mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan food, and craft beverages reveals our deep cravings for tradition and quality. But there was a time when craft meant something very different; the Old English word craeft possessed an almost indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom, and power. In this fascinating book, historian and popular broadcaster Alex Langlands goes in search of the mysterious lost meaning of craeft. Through a vibrant series of mini-histories, told with his trademark energy and charm, Langlands resurrects the ancient craftspeople who fused exquisite skill with back-breaking labour – and passionately defends the renewed importance of craeft today.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking books : a guide for creating hand-crafted books / by the London Centre for Book Arts ; Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura.
“This is a modern, stylish and practical guide to the traditional craft of bookbinding, written by the founders of the London Centre for Book Arts, a destination workshop space that attracts visitors from all over the world. Accessible enough for complete beginners, while full of inspiration for those with more experience, this is the ultimate guide to making beautiful books by hand. Starting with an introduction to the bindery and a useful inventory of necessary tools and equipment, you’ll also learn about different paper types, and special finishes such as cloth coverings, headbands and ribbon markers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeatherworks : traditional craft for modern living / by Otis Ingrams ; photography by Simon Brown.
“Learn to make stylish and beautiful items from leather, from homeware to fashion accessories, in your own living room. From a woven bench or log basket, to bags, a sunglasses case or even an apron, this cool craft book teaches you how to make 20 simple yet stylish leather projects. This book is the perfect introduction to working with leather.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTechniques using slips / John Mathieson.
“A form of liquid clay, has been used since ancient times to add color and texture to ceramics. This method of clay decoration, practiced from Rome to Mesoamerica, continues to develop internationally. Slips allow ceramicists to give their works rich, intriguing surfaces in a range of hues. In Techniques Using Slips, expert potter John Mathieson explains how to formulate and apply slips successfully to embellish earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. Techniques Using Slips is a must for any potter’s library. Ceramic artists and educators will turn to this handbook again and again for direction and insight.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMastering hand building : techniques, tips, and tricks for slabs, coils, and more / Sunshine Cobb ; foreword by Andrea Gill.
“From pinch pots to coiled boxes to soft slab tableware, mastering hand building is a lifelong pursuit. In this book, Sunshine Cobb covers all the foundational skills, with lessons for constructing both simple and complex forms from clay. Ceramic artists will also find a variety of next-level techniques and tips: designing templates and replicating pieces, lidded vessels, using molds, a variety of decorative techniques, and other avenues of exploration are all inside.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking candles : create 20 decorative candles to keep or to give / Sarah Ditchfield.
“Candles are a much-loved feature in the home, and make thoughtful, handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Sarah Ditchfield shows you how to make beautiful, unique candles for all occasions, using traditional and modern materials and techniques.” (Syndetics summary)

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)

Celebrating ceramics: New Craft books

The interest and demand for bright colour and bold pattern ceramics have made them popular again and this selection of books with recent works and some clay and glaze recipes reflects on their appreciation.

Syndetics book coverFlowstones : beautiful creations from polymer clay / Amy Goldin.
“Conceived of by artist Amy Goldin, “flowstones” are crafted by molding a sheet of polymer clay around a smooth river rock. They impart a sense of calm to the holder, grounded by the weight and soothed by the smooth surface. Each stone’s unique shape and pattern gives it a beauty all its own. In Flowstones, Goldin shares beautiful photographs of the many stones she has created, captured in nature, where their striking appearance contrasts with landscapes of smooth river rocks, grassy parks, and sandy beaches.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUrban potters : makers in the city / Katie Treggiden ; edited by Micha Pycke & Ruth Ruyffelaere.
“Clay is back: the age-old craft of ceramics is being embraced by a new generation of urban makers and collectors–and by interior designers. Here, Katie Treggiden explores the contemporary revival of pottery, focusing on six inspiring cities and their makers. Twenty-five young and passionate ceramicists in New York, London, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Sydney, and Sao Paulo introduce us to their work, their studios, and their inspiration.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVitamin C : clay + ceramic in contemporary art / Louisa Elderton and Rebecca Morrill, editors.
Vitamin C celebrates the revival of clay as a material for contemporary visual artists, featuring a wide range of global talent as selected by the world’s leading curators, critics, and art professionals. Clay and ceramics have in recent years been elevated from craft to high art material, with the resulting artworks being coveted by collectors and exhibited in museums around the world. Packed with illustrations, Vitamin C is a vibrant and incredibly timely survey – the first of its kind.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSurface decoration / Kevin Millward.
“This step-by-step guide will encourage the reader to explore the full range of surface treatment techniques and help them to give a professional finish to their work by guiding them to an appropriate finish choice. Surface Decoration looks at all manner of surface decoration techniques, at every stage of the ceramic process and from a practical perspective explains how to achieve these effects. This is the perfect guide for any ceramic artist interested in exploring new surface decoration techniques.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMid-century modern : living with mid-century modern design / Judith Miller.
“From the ‘soft modernism’ of Scandinavian furniture, to the sleek clean lines of the lighting created by the Castiglione brothers in Italy, all the iconic designs and designers of the period are featured in this guide to one of the most exciting periods of design history. The careers and influence of groundbreaking designers, including Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Aalto, Robin and Lucienne Day, Georg Jensen, Anne Jacobsen and many others, are described in stand-alone feature pages. This invaluable book explores the most desirable furniture, ceramics, glass, metalware, interiors, and textiles from the late 1930s through to the early 1960s.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Trendy embroidery to inspire you! New craft books

We hope you find inspiration and charming ideas in the latest craft books we have selected for you. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverEmbroidery : a maker’s guide / illustrations by Eleanor Crow ; project editing, Faye Robson.
Embroidery: A Maker’s Guide contains fifteen beautiful step- by- step projects for crafters at all levels. Each one takes its cue from a different tradition, including English goldwork, Indian beetle- wing embellishment, Japanese Kogin, and Irish whitework, as well as contemporary machine embroidery.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of felting & silk ribbon embroidery / Di van Niekerk ; with Toody Cassidy.
“Internationally renowned ribbon artist, Di van Niekerk, has brought the textile and embroidery worlds together to create a unique book that combines the two mediums, with fabulous results. Working in close association with felt specialist Toody Cassidy, and featuring art by felt designer Razaan Jakoet, this is a book to delight and inspire beginners keen to work with the striking fusion of felt and silk.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe embroidery stitch bible / Betty Barnden.
“A new and up-to-date edition of the immensely successful stitch bible, by bestselling needlework designer and author Betty Barnden.Trends in embroidery styles come and go, but the basic stitches and techniques remain the same. In this essential directory, hand sewers will have a collection of over 200 stitches at their fingertips – from basic chain worked into fabric through to Florentine work on a canvas. Each one is explained with written step-by-step instructions and how-to techniques to get you started, and are accompanied by clear artwork and a photo of the finished stitch.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJoyful daily stitching, seam by seam : complete guide to 500 embroidery-stitch combinations, perfect for crazy quilting / Valerie Bothell.
“Stitch a seam a day, This book will inspire you to stitch daily, even for a few minutes, Create a beautiful sampler, with a different treatment for each individual seam, Intricate and creative embroidery, silk ribbon, and beaded stitches.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaised embroidery : techniques, projects & pure inspiration / Kelley Aldridge.
“This practical, contemporary guide to the exciting and varied world of raised embroidery is written by Kelley Aldridge, an expert teacher with the Royal School of Needlework. Part of a new series showcasing the RSN’s traditional techniques, technical excellence and contemporary flair, it contains a complete grounding in raised embroidery stitches and techniques, three beautiful projects and galleries of inspiring work.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimply stitched with appliqué : embroidery motifs and projects with linen, cotton, and felt / Yumiko Higuchi ; [English] translation by Kyoko Matthews.
“Embroidery artist Yumiko Higuchi offers modern makers a fresh new spin on her beloved designs by combining embroidery stitches with hand appliqué. Learn how to use felt, cotton, and linen to create beautifully layered designs full of texture and contrast, then embellish with just a handful of basic embroidery stitches. With over 30 motifs inspired by nature, you’ll find designs for hydrangeas, sunflowers, lilacs, tulips, poppies, birds, bees, strawberries, and more.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Discover the joy of Christmas crafting!

Make your own decorations in the run-up to Christmas using ideas and inspiration found in the books we have selected for you! Wellington City Libraries wishes you all a joyful Christmas season!

Syndetics book coverA very pompom Christmas : 20 festive projects to make / Jemima Schlee.
“Pompoms, a crafting favourite, are easy to make and can be used to create nearly anything you can dream up. With the 20 festive projects in A Very Pompom Christmas, you can transform your living space into a winter wonderland. Crafters of all skill levels–even children–won’t have any trouble creating the projects and spreading the holiday spirit.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPaper stars : 25 festive decorations for every occasion / Karen-Marie Fabricius.
“Scandinavian style is a popular design trend that is here to stay, and paper stars are featured heavily in this style. In Paper Stars, well-known artist Karen-Marie Fabricius provides 25 charming designs, each with detailed step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs. These pretty paper stars are not only perfect for Christmas, but they also look wonderful year-round, hanging on a window, from the mantelpiece, on cupboard doors, or as unique adornments for birthday presents. Making these paper stars is a fun craft for the entire family.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScandi Christmas : over 45 projects and quick ideas for beautiful decorations & gifts / Christiane Bellstedt Myers ; photography by Caroline Arber.
“Christiane Bellstedt Myers has developed a beautiful collection of Christmas essentials using natural materials and traditional colour themes of red and white, and green and silver. The four chapters cover a wide range of crafts, including collage, embroidery, sewing, and baking, and take inspiration from Scandinavian traditions to bring the magic of hygge to your holiday celebrations. ” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSew advent calendars : count down to Christmas with 20 stylish designs to fill with festive treats / Debbie Shore.
“This is the perfect guide to sewing fun, personalised advent calendars for loved ones – perfect for filling with festive treats and handpicked goodies. There are 20 designs included, from traditional flat-pocket calendars to hanging cones and festive pouches, for both adults and children alike, along with a treat-filled calendar for the family dog! The book contains all the techniques needed to make the calendars, and every project is shown clearly step by step, with helpful tips and advice throughout. Using Debbie’s friendly and easy-to-follow instructions, readers will want to get crafty and create new festive family traditions!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA year in crafts : 52 seasonal projects to delight and inspire / Clare Youngs.
A Year in Crafts is packed full of innovative projects that you’ll really want to make. Be inspired with 52 beautifully simple step-by-step ideas to get you crafting throughout the year. You’ll be truly inspired with Clare Youngs’ lovely projects, so whether you want to make each project in turn as the year progresses, or dip in and out of the book, you’ll never be bored with A Year in Crafts.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMini felt Christmas : 30 decorations to sew for the festive season / Sachiyo Ishii.
“Making your own decorations in the run-up to Christmas is a pastime that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. In this delightful book, well-known crafter Sachiyo Ishii shows the reader how to make fabulously cute and easy-to-make felt decorations to adorn your home during the festive season. The techniques and stitches needed to make all the projects are explained carefully through clear, step-by-step photographs at the beginning of the book, and all the templates required are provided at the back. This wonderful book is a feast of ideas and inspiration for a creative Christmas.” (Syndetics summary)

Ignite your creativity with these new craft books

Enjoy this month’s splendid selection of craft books and the variety of exciting projects! Get inspiration from the most recent quilt as-you-go designs and teach yourself easy techniques. Find countless tips and ideas for knitting from temporary style to classic accessories. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverLearn to crochet : 25 quick and easy crochet projects to get you started / Nicki Trench.
“Nicki Trench has taught hundreds of people how to crochet, so she knows what beginners need: clear instructions, and simple patterns on which to practise their newly-learned skills. Learn to Crochet starts with a step-by-step techniques section to teach you all the basic stitches and skills. Once you’ve learned the basics, there are 25 patterns for accessories to wear, items for the home, and bags and covers for the things you carry with you. Practice makes perfect, and with 25 patterns to choose from, you’ll soon be able to crochet with confidence.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPopcorns, bobbles & puffs to crochet : the visual guide to everything you need to know / Lindy Zubairy.
“These wonderful textured stitches show up everywhere and in many guises. You will come across them in so many patterns, old and new, and in projects from the exquisitely fine gauge to the funkiest chunky. With its carefully photographed step-by-step sequences, smart captions, and useful annotations, this book will quickly enable you to pick up the skills and get familiar with the techniques–before getting started on the projects to put it all into practice. And just to make sure you get the hang of it, the book includes links to five one-minute films that show some of the step-by-step sequences repeated.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilt as-you-go made vintage : 51 blocks, 9 projects, 3 joining methods / Jera Brandvig.
“Get comfortable with basic piecing and machine quilting – one block at a time! Best-selling author Jera Brandvig is back, this time with a romantic take on her quilt-as-you-go designs. Try your hand at 9 projects, including an elegant sampler with 51 mix-and-match blocks. For quilt as-you-go enthusiasts, Jera shares three optional joining methods, including her technique that makes your quilt reversible! No matter how busy your schedule, you can set attainable goals and practice quilting patchwork blocks in small, manageable pieces.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYoko Saito’s patchwork bags & accessories.
“Yoko Saito’s sewing designs for bags and accessories are distinctive for their use of creative motifs and charming details, while her modern aesthetic utilizes muted tones for a soft, relaxing feel. In her new book she offers detailed diagrams and instructions for each project to guide you through the process of creating your own one-of-a-kind patchwork pieces. 25 designs–10 eclectic bags, 5 stylish pouches, and 10 sundry items like a placemat, notebook covers, pen case, rooster pillow cover, and more Follow Yoko Saito’s color choices, or branch out into your own favorite palette Each piece is infinitely customizable!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPat Sloan’s teach me to sew triangles : 13 easy techniques plus 12 fun quilts / Pat Sloan.
“Well-known teacher, designer, and online radio host Pat Sloan teaches all you need to know to create triangles with ease. Take your skills to the next level with this second book in her beginner-friendly “Teach Me” series. You’ll discover 11 different ways to sew triangles. Find the method that’s just right for you! Find expert tips throughout, including the math to make each type of unit with ease.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe cable knitter’s guide : 50 patterns, 25 projects, countless tips and ideas / Denise Samson.
“Cables are beautiful and fun to knit — but if you’ve never worked one before, it’s hard to know where to start! The Cable Knitter’s Guide is divided into two parts: The first introduces 50 elegant variations on the basic cable, accompanied by detailed photographs and instructions. Novices can follow the links provided in the book to a series of YouTube videos of the author demonstrating how to work each cable! The second section forms a collection of 25 patterns for garments, accessories, and furnishings, each using one or more of the cables introduced earlier to add a little something extra to these delightful, striking designs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPonchos to knit : more than 40 projects and paired accessories in classic and contemporary styles / Denise Samson.
“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 favorite 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.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitted cats & dogs / Sue Stratford.
“Combining the best from Knitted Cats & Kittens and Knitted Dogs & Puppies, the patterns are here produced all together in one book. The designs are fun and quirky, easy to follow and come in a range of characters, styles, shapes and sizes to suit knitters of all tastes and abilities. Each pattern comes with a comprehensive list of the yarns, needles and embellishments you need, and there are general notes too on basic techniques, materials, equipment and making up.” (Syndetics summary)

Beautiful hand lettering – New Craft books

This month we’ve chosen to highlight some of the beautiful new hand lettering books we’ve been spotting on our shelves! Have a go putting pen to paper with the ideas and techniques in our selection below, and develop your own unique stylish script.

Syndetics book coverModern calligraphy workshop : the creative art of pen, brush and chalk lettering / Imogen Owen ; photography by Kim Lightbody.
“Learn how to create beautiful, hand-lettered stationery, art, and other decorations with Modern Calligraphy, a sophisticated, interactive book full of exquisite sample alphabets, fun exercises, and simple step-by-step projects. From modern calligraphy in ink to hand lettering in chalk on blackboard and brush lettering in paint, you will discover a variety of ingenious and unique ways to turn words and letters into projects that can be given as gifts, sent as snail mail, or used within your home decor.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe golden secrets of lettering : letter design from first sketch to final artwork / Martina Flor.
“The Golden Secrets of Lettering is a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated guide to hand lettering. With easy-to-understand instructions and guidelines, plenty of inspirational examples, and hundreds of hand sketches and illustrations, Martina Flor shows readers how to transform their initial lettering concepts and handdrawn sketches into a well-shaped, exquisite piece of digital lettering that can be sold and published.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNib + ink : the new art of modern calligraphy / Chiara Perano.
“The original, authentic and bestselling guide to modern calligraphy from Chiara Perano, founder of the pioneering and unparalleled calligraphy studio Lamplighter London. Play with type, get creative with letterforms and fall in love with handwriting again.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHand drawn lettering : draw, print, paint / Max Marlborough.
“You’ll find: 32 pages of instructions, and another 96 pages of alphabet samples for practice. Pointers on techniques and the use of color. Tips on materials and a discussion of fonts. […] Fans of drawing, painting, and printing will thoroughly enjoy this step-by-step guide to hand drawn lettering.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of lettering : modern calligraphy in four easy steps / Stefan Kunz.
“Creative lettering styles are everywhere – on stationery, adverts, tea towels, wall art and cafe chalkboards to name just a few. This stylish, interactive book will make modern calligraphy accessible and fun – and you’ll only need a pen or pencil to get started. The book shows how to create cool hand lettering in three easy steps and features inspirational quotes in different hand-written styles, each with their own DIY page, which can be copied and incorporated into your own personal style.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern lettering : a guide to modern calligraphy and hand lettering / Rebecca Cahill Roots.
“Learn a variety of quirky, contemporary alphabets with these easy-to-follow guided worksheets. Explore stunning letterforms, create your own hand-lettering style, and make fun projects with this immersive guide to contemporary calligraphy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of creative lettering : calligraphy techniques, projects and alphabets / Janet Mehigan.
“This expertly presented volume covers all aspects of the art of ‘beautiful writing’, setting out the essential tools needed, teaching all the basic strokes to form letters, and providing a rich variety of templates to work from. A dozen alphabets are illustrated, showing pen angles, strokes and common group structures, along with a section on using a computer to create digital calligraphy.” (Syndetics summary)

Bold, unusual necklaces & fabulous craft ideas

We have ideas and inspiration for you in this month’s collection of craft books, with a focus on jewellery — bold unusual necklaces and lots of techniques to get you started. Plus, learn how to make pottery you will love, and use, and explore fabric art journals. Above all, have fun creating.

Syndetics book coverEasy-to-make statement jewelry : bold necklaces to dress up or dress down / editors, Colleen Dorsey & Katie Weeber.
“Style up with bold accessories that you make yourself! DIY Bold & Beautiful Necklaces offers 20 unique jewelry projects that you can create in just one afternoon. From chunky stone and edgy angles to vintage charm, each of these standout necklaces will add instant drama to the simplest of outfits. Even if you never made a necklace before, step-by-step photographs and simple instructions get you started.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSoutache / Donatella Ciotti ; English translation by Burravoe Translation Services.
“Discover Soutache, the art of creating modern and unique jewelry from looped braids. Donatella Ciotti shows you how to create stunning, expensive-looking costume jewelry, from earrings and bracelets to brooches for hats, with full-colour, detailed photography to guide you through each process. There is even a gallery of images at the end of the book to inspire you to create your own, bespoke soutache masterpieces.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion jewelry : a beginner’s guide to jewelry making / Courtney Legenhausen of Lotus Jewerly Studio.
“Learn how to make beautiful jewelry from an up-and-coming designer with her own line! Bead stringing, wire wrapping, pearl knotting. This beginner-friendly guide, created by Courtney Legnhausen (owner of Lotus Jewelry), teaches all the basics of fashioning fun and attractive bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings. […] Even novices can make chandelier earrings, a pearl bracelet, a stone pendant, and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking pottery you can use / Jacqui Atkin.
“Create cups, mugs, bowls, and more pieces that are perfect for you! Everyone who owns a beloved mug that has just the right handle, an agreeably “deep” cereal bowl, or a plate that fits perfectly in the dishwasher knows that once you’ve found these pieces, you wish you had more of them. In Making Pottery You Can Use, you’ll learn how to create the pieces that will work best for you. […] Successful teacher, designer, and author Jacqui Atkin explains how to throw and hand-build pieces that are beautiful and practical, from plates, cups, and saucers to casserole dishes, pitchers, and tureens.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFabric art journals : making, sewing, and embellishing journals from cloth and fibers / Pam Sussman.
“This is the first comprehensive book that offers complete step-by-step instruction and patterns for creating unique book structures from cloth. Fabric Art Journals offers vital information on getting started, from choosing fabrics and creating patterns to basic sewing techniques. In addition to learning how to make various styles of fabric books, readers will learn embellishment techniques that include painting, writing, decorative stitching, print and transfer styles, machine and hand embroidery, and quilting.” (Syndetics summary)

Timeless designs – New Craft books for May

Add warmth and drama to your outfit with beautiful patterns of lace and shawls, create projects the whole family will love, with tips and instructions from this collection of recently arrived books. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverClassic knit shawls : 20 timeless designs featuring lace, cables, & more / from the editors at Interweave.
“Timeless designs featuring lace, cables, and more … For this collection of classic patterns we carefully collected an array of popular styles for knitters of all levels.”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book cover“Jo’s little favorites : timeless quilts from scraps and fat quarters / Jo Morton.
“Easy to start, even easier to complete! Top-selling designer of reproduction fabric Jo Morton makes creating small quilts almost effortless with expert techniques for accurate piecing and helpful tips on choosing and using fabric. Discover how to display small quilts in your home with Jo’s advice for incorporating quilts into your personal decorating scheme. What will you do with all the little quilts you’ll make?”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverAmiguruME pets : make cute crochet animals / Allison Hoffman.
“Crocheting mini-pets can be fun, especially when you have an opportunity to customize. Hoffman shows you how to mix and match features to create reproductions of your own cat or dog, in yarn. You’ll also get a chance to make a fantasy pet, such as a penguin, sloth, unicorn or dragon.”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book cover“Stitching with Beatrix Potter / Michele Hill.
“Bring Beatrix Potter’s delightful stories to life: stitch by hand and by machine as you create projects the whole family will love; learn about the life and work of Beatrix Potter with historical vignettes; amazing appliqué tips”–Page [4] of cover.

Syndetics book coverThe cross-stitch garden : over 70 cross-stitch motifs with 20 stunning projects / Kazuko Aoki ; translator, Kyoko Matthews.
“Inspired by her love of wildflowers, Kazuko Aoki has created a collection of more than 20 projects and over 100 individual cross-stitch motifs. Designs are included for all your floral favourites, such as viola, pansies, poppies and roses. These motifs are used to create traditional samplers, as well as bags, pincushions, pillows, coasters, aprons and tea towels. Instructions are presented in counted cross-stitch charts, plus step-by-step diagrams for constructing projects.”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverLuxe vintage : vintage inspired interiors and projects / Tahn Scoon ; photography by John Downs.
This is a lush, rich, densely packed book, focusing on how to achieve relaxed but luxurious interiors by way of layering textures and color, adding the right decorative details, mixing high and low pieces, and utilizing pre-loved pieces and more. […] With simple and whimsical projects and styles accompanied with descriptive and instructional text and lots of beautiful luxurious images. Luxe Vintage is the perfect handbook assistant for home decor.– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverSunshine spaces / Beci Orpin.
In “Sunshine Spaces”, designer Beci Orpin shows us how to make and create a range of fun homewares and other fabulous ideas for your outdoor space, including outdoor entertaining as well as how to bring a little of the outdoors inside your home! Inspired by the color and beauty of nature, projects include planter pots and hanging pots, picnic blanket and outdoor cushions, hammock and swing, sun umbrella and many more. […] Using a range of easily accessible materials, Beci shows you everything you need to know about bringing the sunshine into your life and home.– Provided by publisher.

Projects to celebrate the season – New Craft books

Have fun working on new projects with ideas and easy to master instructions from our newly arrived craft books. See below for details of our monthly knitting group gatherings at the Central library. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverThe art of living with nature : 50 beautiful projects to bring the outside in / Willow Crossley.
“Learn how to make beautiful, nature-inspired, decorations, and arrangements with The Art of Living with Nature. Divided into five separate chapters: Woodland, Flora, Fauna, Edibles, and Beach, The Art of Living with Nature contains 50 innovative ideas to decorate your home, ranging from hellebores displayed in test tubes to wreaths made from hydrangeas. Filled with tips and useful techniques to make the most out of your blooms, there will be a project to suit every occasion.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking concrete pots, bowls, & platters : 35 stylish and simple projects for the home and garden / Hester Van Overbeek.
“Create 35 beautiful planters, decorations, and gifts–all using concrete. You will find everything you need to know–what type of concrete to buy, how to use it, and how to decorate it–explained in a comprehensive techniques section. From there you can make chic and on-trend home accessories such as upside-down plant pots, a concrete vase with a wooden base, serving platters, a letter-shaped bookend, fruit bowls, and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of stone painting : 30 designs to spark your creativity / F. Sehnaz Bac.
“Transform ordinary stones into colorful works of art with this easy-to-follow guide. Starting with the basics — including finding and choosing stones as well as tools and materials — the guide offers a variety of techniques, including painting stones with colors or inks, painting on natural stone, and sealing the finished work. Projects range from simple to advanced and include suggestions for indoor and outdoor display, as well as instructions on how to style wearable objects such as pendants.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThread painting : bunnies in my garden / Jenny McWhinney.
“Thread painting is the term for using colored thread embroidery to create artistic, dimensional images. Using Jenny McWhinney’s wonderfully easy-to-follow directions, even novice embroiderers can recreate her 12 delightful rabbit-themed designs. Use them on garments, household objects, bags . . . anything you want! Tracing patterns and stitch diagrams are included for every one, and 100 color photographs document the projects in various stages.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTatted lace accessories / Donatella Ciotti.
“In her latest book, Donatella Ciotti teaches the reader how to make tatted lace, also known as “frivolité”- a durable yet delicate form of lace constructed using a series of knots and loops. Although it has been a traditional craft for centuries, Donatella’s step-by-step instructions focus on more modern needle techniques, making the craft accessible to a contemporary audience. This book includes 22 gorgeous designs to make including bracelets, earrings, necklaces and brooches, illustrated and explained with diagrams and step-by-step photography.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFloristry now : flower design and inspiration / Paula Pryke, OBE.
“The defining characteristic of Paula Pryke’s work is her consummate use of colour and structure – her bold colour choices first brought her to attention when she started out, and throughout her career she has never failed to challenge and excite. In this invaluable book Paula shares her design secrets.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe flower chef : a modern guide to do-it-yourself floral arrangements / Carly Cylinder ; edited by Amara Holstein.
The Flower Chef is a modern, comprehensive guide to floral design that caters to all readers–from beginners who have never worked with flowers before and are looking for a new creative outlet, to decorators, party planners and photographers looking to liven up their spaces. Even professionals will find ways to update their techniques! Filled with beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, this is the go-to guide to floral design that every flower lover will want to add to their collection.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Come along to the Central Library Knitting Group!

On the fourth Saturday of each month our knitting group meets between 1 and 4PM on the first floor of the Central library. You can knit for charity — premature babies, foster kids, the Women’s refuge, the night shelter, the SPCA — or spend some time on your own project. It’s a casual affair – just turn up on the day you want at the time you want to knit and chat. If you would like to learn to knit or crochet we have experienced knitters to help you. A free sandwich lunch, sweets, tea and coffee are provided.

Knitting Group photo
Knitting for premature babies at the Wellington Hospital Neonatal intensive care unit. Saturday February 25th 2017.

Be creative this season! New Craft books for March

Take a look at a delightful selection of fun and easy to follow projects with ideas and instructions how to create simple and stylish pieces. Find some fantastic knitting, quilting and crocheting ideas for you to start your own project. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverMade in paracord! : 25 great jewelry, accessories, and home projects to knot / Caitlin Wynne.
“This collection of 25 designs, all created in brightly colored paracord, will inspire you to get knotting. There are no special skills required, and paracord is an easy, and easily available, material to work with, so you’ll be creating simple and stylish pieces in no time. You’ll find tons of accessories, including survival and other bracelets, key chains, bags, belts, and headbands, as well as homewares like wall hangings, hammocks, bowls and plates-and more!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover200 fun things to crochet : decorative flowers, leaves, bugs, butterflies, and more! / edited by Victoria Lyle.
“If you ever find yourself wondering what to crochet next, then just open this book, and you’re guaranteed to find the answer. 200 Fun Things to Crochet is an irresistible collection of cute little crochet projects for all levels of ability. Containing a mix of beautiful projects inspired by nature–crochet flowers, birds, bugs, leaves, and even sea creatures–as well as a collection of charming floral squares, you’ll want to pick up your hook, sort through your yarn stash, and get started right away.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesigner crochet accessories : fresh, new designs for hats + scarves + cowls + shawls + handbags + jewelry and more.
“Sometimes, all it takes is the right accessory to pull off a great look. And if that accessory happens to be handmade by you? All the better! In this book, popular author/designer/teacher Melissa Leapman shows you how to make more than 25 fresh and beautiful crocheted accessories. From winter warmers like cozy hats and scarves that make a statement to all-season wardrobe builders such as one-of-a-kind jewelry, colorful handbags, and stunning shawls, Melissa Leapman’s Designer Crochet Accessories has it all.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDresden carnival : 16 modern quilt projects, innovative designs / Marian B. Gallian and Yvette Marie Jones.
“A parade of modern Dresden quilts awaits, packed with playful colour choices, new layouts, and exciting borders. Peruse 16 projects, 4 bonus variations, and 5 alternate colourways, for creativity that knows no bounds! Basic needle-turn techniques are included, and patterns range from beginner-friendly to more advanced. These truly innovative Dresden blocks for the next generation take a perennial favourite and infuse it with pizazz!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitting without needles : a stylish introduction to finger and arm knitting / Anne Weil.
“Who knew you could actually knit without needles? Put down those complicated knitting projects that take forever to finish. Knitting Without Needles brings cool home, gifts, and clothing accessories–cowls, totes, rugs, poufs, scarves, and more–within arm’s reach. An all-in-one resource for a new kind of craft, this book shows you how to loop yarn with your fingers or your forearms with thirty patterns that are simple to follow and produce stylish results. Best of all, many of them knit up fast–in less than an hour!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern knits from Sweden : a warm mix of shawls, scarves, cowls, mittens, hats and more / Erika Åberg ; photography, Malin Nuhma.
“All your favorite contemporary knits, in one book: shawls, scarves, hats, wrist warmers, mittens, and gloves! With delightful easy-to-wear accessories in all styles and sizes, from classic and elegant to cozy and colorful, garter stitch and stockinette to entrelac and herringbone, Modern Knits from Sweden will keep any experienced knitter warm all winter long.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe knitted hat book : 20 knitted beanies, tams, cloches, and more.
“Brimming with quick and fun-to-knit designs for stitchers of all skill levels, The Knitted Hat Book features a modern take on classic knitted caps. In this top-notch collection, your favorite knitwear designers have created more than 20 head-turning toppers. Hats of all shapes and styles: berets, beanies, tams, cloches, toques, and more. Whether you’re looking for instant knitting gratification, a few chic designs to perk up your wardrobe, or the perfect small project to hone new skills, The Knitted Hat Book has you covered.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Clever ideas – New Craft books for January

It’s the perfect season to expand your crafting repertoire and try new methods and techniques of creating unique pieces. Make gifts for family and friends or craft items that can be passed down from generation to generation. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover100 little knitted gifts to make / text, Susan Penny, Val Pierce, Fiona McDonald, Susie Johns, Sue Stratford, Monica Russel, Susan Cordes, Lee Ann Garrett.
“Knitting continues to be a very popular craft, and this book has a very wide appeal both to beginners and more accomplished knitters. The book covers a wide variety of themes from knits, baby bootees, phone covers, mug hugs, headbands and scarves, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Special stitches used are explained in detail, and yarns are described in generic terms, so that readers can use what is available to them, wherever they live. The projects are satisfying to make and can be made as gifts for special occasions and celebrations to family and friends.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe urban woodsman : a modern guide to carving spoons, bowls & boards / Max Bainbridge.
“This book appeals to the modern man and woman looking for a creative outlet that will connect them to their environment, be they in the city or the countryside. Max discusses the basic tools and hand grips, and with step-by-step carving and cutting techniques you will soon be mastering the skills to make your own creations. Starting with eating spoons, cooking spoons and spatulas, you can move on to butter knives, coffee scoops and chopping boards – even small bowls can be mastered without using a lathe. And there is added advice on finishing your projects – how to sand, ebonise, scorch and texture the surface as well as waxing and oiling your new, beloved kitchen creations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimply shibori : handmade, hand-dyed projects for the home / Fiona Fagan.
“Shibori is a resist dyeing technique and there are full instructions on making colour dyes using natural ingredients such as saffron. More than 30 projects are included, each made from plain fabrics, encompassing items for the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bedroom as well as a selection of lifestyle projects that would be perfect to make as gifts. This treasure trove of desirable projects includes an assortment of cushions, covers, bed linen, up-cycled lampshades, table runner, and napkins, to name just a few. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMind-blowing modular origami : the art of polyhedral paper folding / Byriah Loper.
“Modular origami is the latest craze in paper folding! These three-dimensional models are created from a number of small pieces of paper that are easily folded and then cleverly fit together to form a spectacular shape. They range from paper polyhedra to ornate flower-like spheres. Author Byriah Loper has been creating modular origami sculptures for just five years, but in that time, he’s pushed the upper limits of the art form with some of the largest, most complex geometric paper constructions ever assembled. A great way to learn origami, the easy-to-follow diagrams and step-by-step instructions in this book show you how to fold the paper components and then assemble them to create 22 incredible models.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDIY string art : 24 designs to create and hang / Jesse Dresbach.
“String art is making a comeback with seemingly endless new designs, and author Jesse Drebach’s modern, more flexible approach lets you methodically string away to your heart’s content. This book is full of patterns–simple to more intricate designs–that help you quickly get to the fun part of the craft–the stringing! DIY String Art includes simple geometrics, nature-inspired motifs worked on tree slices, zodiac signs, and even patterns for negative space string art. These are cool, urban designs, and they look amazing no matter where you hang them. Jesse’s double-wrap technique lets you add pronounced details and even create a string frame–he’s thought of, basically, everything you need to know to string a gallery of modern art!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover100 simple paper flowers / Kelsey Elam.
“Paper flowers are cropping up everywhere, taking centre stage in upmarket window displays and bringing pops of colour to winter weddings. They make a great impact, and offer an uplifting hit of colour at times when real flowers are scarce or too expensive. Best of all, they’re easy and enjoyable to make. 100 Simple Paper Flowers shows you how to put together dozens of ideas. With templates and projects, discover how a handful of techniques can work across the board, whether you want a bunch of daisies for your desk or an outsize bouquet of lilies for an event.” (Syndetics summary)