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)

 

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Calling All Crafters!

Winter time is the best for getting stuck into those craft projects.  Watching the throw you’re crocheting grow over your lap, or the warm jersey forming from your knitting needles is lovely on a day when you can get cosy.  Perhaps you’re an embroiderer, or quilting is your thing.  No matter what your craft of choice is, these cold winter days just invite settling in somewhere cosy and getting creative.

If you’d like some company while you work on your current project, have you thought of coming to one of the craft sessions in our libraries?

Arapaki Knit & Natter

Arapaki library on Manners Street in the city has weekly lunchtime sessions on Tuesdays at 12:30pm.  Pop in on your lunch break to get away from work for a little bit, and enjoy the company of other craft minded folk.  Perhaps you could borrow this book from their collection to give you some inspiration:

Beginner’s guide to colourwork knitting : 16 projects and techniques to learn to knit with colour / Austin, Ella
“Introduction — Choosing colors — Yarn and tools — Reading charts — Stripes — Slipped stitches — Stranded colourwork — Intarsia — Double knitting — Modular knitting — Entrelac — Techniques. Beginner’s guide to colorwork knitting explains all the techniques and stitches you need to start your journey to knitting with color.” (Catalogue)

Wadestown Library – Community Craft Circle

Or you could pop in to Wadestown library on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30am for their Community Craft Circle.  Join other crafters in their community space to share conversation, craft tips and crafting supply sources.  It’s always lovely to see a new face.  And perhaps you might like to borrow this book from their collection:

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. Get detailed insight on the background of amigurumi, basic materials, how to read patterns, and other essential tips to know in the preface to the projects. Also included are stitch guides, a comprehensive glossary, a handy abbreviations sheet, and more.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Johnsonville Library Sit & Knit

On alternating Sundays at Johnsonville Library at the Waitohi Hub, there’s a fortnightly sewing and craft group for thread-heads of all skill levels and ages. Bring along an existing project, some needles and some yarn, or use our basket of goodies.​ You do need to register for this popular event as there is limited space available, and you can do so here.  Maybe this sewing book from their collection is something that would interest you:

Simple hand sewing : 35 slow stitching and mindful mending projects / Strutt, Laura
“Hand sewing is a great way to practice mindfulness through craft. Laura Strutt has designed these 35 projects specially to develop your hand-sewing skills, but also to help you slow down, enjoy the moment, and appreciate the rewards of your work. Using a number of different techniques including visible mending, sashiko, embroidery, thread doodling, boro, and abstract embroidery, Laura shows you how to incorporate these methods into making something useful, creative, and sustainable. Whichever project you choose, take time to enjoy the process and simply sew.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

For more information on library events and programmes, you can go to: Event Calendar (wcl.govt.nz)