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)

Creativity in the Capital

So… that dream project you never knew you wanted to do until you were handed the gift of time to daydream. The idea that gnaws at you even though family is eating up your attention. That collaborative script that you’ve been working on for a couple of years… So you want some prompts? Our eBook collection is brimming with ways to let your creativity out of that box in your head and out into the world. These titles are just the beginning, delve into your library’s online collection for more inspiration, ideas and seriously engaging game plans.

Overdrive cover Cheap Movie Tricks, Rickey Bird (ebook)
Bird and Guevara show aspiring filmmakers how to overcome common movie and video production problems.
· How planning and shooting a short film today can lead to a feature-length project tomorrow
· Everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget (adapted from Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover Screenwriting is Storytelling, Kate Wright (ebook)
While most screenwriting books focus on format and structure, Kate Wright explains how to put story at the center of a screenplay. A compelling story, complete with intriguing characters and situations created with these screenwriting tricks of the trade can become a box office blockbuster film.  (adapted from Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, Retta (Audiobook)
Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to riches. Throwing her hard-working Liberian parents through a loop, Retta abandons her plan to attend med school after graduating Duke University to move to Hollywood to star in her own sitcom—like her comedy heroes Lucille Ball and Roseanne. Retta’s unique voice and refreshing honesty will make you laugh, cry, and laugh so hard you’ll cry. And she just might inspire you to reach for the stars, too.  (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hamshack Raspberry Pi, Dwight Standfield (ebook)
Are you an Amateur Radio enthusiast? Or are you looking to get into this amazing hobby because you’ve heard about some of the interesting things you can do like tracking satellites, communicating in Morse code or perhaps playing a game over the air, and you want to try them out? Best of all, you’ll be able to complete the projects discussed in the book by yourself without any problems because they are so easy and straightforward. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Woodworking, Andrea Brugi and Samina Langholz (ebook)
Using simple techniques, Tuscany-based woodworkers Samina Langholz and Andrea Brugi teach you how to make 20 beautiful wood objects for the home. From an egg cup made from a reclaimed beam and broom handle to a chopping board featuring a hand-carved “butterfly”, here are a wonderful selection of approachable carpentry projects that don’t require complicated tools, and can be done easily in the home. Suitable for all levels of expertise.  (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Discover Torch Enameling, Steven James (ebook)
After teaching this technique successfully for years, Steven is introducing all-new projects in this book. In a series of 25 small projects (pendants and beads), Steven will explore creating structural metal work (such as hinges) and applying enamel effects such as faux raku. Simple techniques include sawing/cutting/punching; dapping; riveting; lashing; soldering; and enameling. All these techniques are simplified and the only torch needed is a hand-held one that can be used in a home studio.  (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover How to Write One Song, Jeff Tweedy (ebook)
One of the century’s most feted singer-songwriters, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, digs deep into his own creative process to share his unique perspective about song-writing and offers a warm, accessible guide to writing your first song, championing the importance of making creativity part of your everyday life and experiencing the hope, inspiration and joy that accompanies it. (Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover Amazing Glaze, Gabriel Kline (ebook)
Join author and Odyssey Clayworks founder Gabriel Kline on a journey that makes glazing less intimidating and more fun. Start in the “glaze kitchen” where you’ll set yourself up for success, then move on to learning the tools and techniques for getting your glaze right every time. Gabriel shares dozens of tried-and-true recipes and combinations for both mid-range and high-fire glazes.  A variety of artist features and stunning gallery work from today’s top artists will leave you inspired and ready to get glazing.  (adapted from Overdrive description)

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)

Purapura Whetū: A Matariki festival in our libraries

Tēnā koutou katoa, e te whānau! This July, we are celebrating Matariki with Purapura Whetū, a special festival of events, crafts, storytelling, and reflection for whānau and tamariki all over our city.

As well as all the programmes listed below, each of our libraries will have special crafting stations set up where you can make your very own star to add to our city-wide purapura whetū; a pattern, or web of stars.

Why do we celebrate Matariki? The star cluster Matariki (also known as the Pleiades) reappears in the dawn sky about Aotearoa in late May or early June. The new moon following the rising of Matariki signals the Māori New Year. Customarily, this was a time to remember the deceased of the past year and to plan for the new year. Today, Matariki has been revived as a celebration of people, culture, language, spirituality, and history. It is a time for whānau and friends to come together to reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to the year ahead. When you add your star to our purapura whetū, we invite you to send a message to someone you love, or reflect on the year that has just passed.

Come down to your library to make your whetū (star) and add it to our constellation!

Nau mai haere mai ki te whare pukapuka ki te whakanui i a Matariki! As well as the Purapura Whetū craft activity happening at every branch, there are many other fabulous events to look out for celebrating Matariki during the school holidays:

Kōhunga Kōrero o Matariki
Nau mai haere mai ki te whare pukapuka ki te whakanui i a Matariki! Pakiwaitara i roto i te reo Māori. E 30 meneti pakiwaitara, rotarota, waiata hoki i roto i te reo Māori nō ngā kōhungahunga me ō rātou mātua kaitiaki. Join us for these special Matariki storytimes in te reo Māori! Featuring stories, songs and rhymes in te reo Māori, these 30-minute storytimes are open to anyone, and are recommended for children aged 2-6 years and their caregivers.

  • Friday 10 July, 10.30am at Johnsonville Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Waitohi
  • Monday 13 July, 10.30am at Karori Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Te Māhanga
  • Friday 17 July, 10.30am at Johnsonville Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Waitohi

Making Matariki Stars
Join us for this special Matariki craft session! Make your very own Matariki star using one of our designs, or let your creative juices flow and create your own! Then, we will add your star to our purapura whetū — our pattern of stars — for everyone to enjoy and admire.

  • Monday 13 July, 11.00am at Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Te Takapū o Patukawenga

Matariki By Torchlight
Head down to the library at twilight for this special evening of Matariki and Aotearoa-themed stories and songs under the starlight (or clouds!). Bring your own torch and come along in your PJs ready for some heart-warming bedtime stories and songs.

  • Monday 13 July, 6.00pm at Brooklyn Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Moe-rā

Matariki Music Makers: Making Taonga Whakatangitangi
Come along and celebrate Matariki by crafting music makers inspired by the porotiti, and making Matariki stars. You can take your creations home, or display them at our libraries during our #purapurawhetu Matariki festival.

  • Friday 10 July, 2.00pm at Brooklyn Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Moe-rā

Matariki Online Storytimes
Whakarongo mai, tamariki mā, pākeke mā! Celebrate Matariki wherever you are with our Matariki online storytimes. He korero paki i te reo Māori ēnei; these stories are in te reo Māori. The stories will be streaming live on our Wellington City Libraries Facebook page, and will remain up for your enjoyment throughout the holidays!

  • Saturday 4 July, 7.30pm — online!
  • Sunday 5 July, 7.30pm — online!
  • Monday 6 July, 7.30pm — online!

Matariki Storytimes
Come along and celebrate Matariki at your local whare pukapuka, or library, with Matariki-themed stories and waiata with our librarians. Then, why not try your hand at making Matariki stars at our crafting stations? There will be a range of activities available for your whānau.

  • Tuesday 7 July, 10.30am at Khandallah Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Tarikākā
  • Wednesday 8 July, 10.30am at Karori Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Te Māhanga
  • Monday 13 July, 10.30am at Wadestown Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Ōtari
  • Wednesday 15 July, 10.30am at Cummings Park Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Korimako

String Bean Puppets: Once in a Full Moon
Come along and celebrate Matariki at your local library with Anna Bailey and her string bean puppets! Anna’s puppets will be helping her perform the magical tale “Once in a Full Moon.” One evening, a lonely kiwi looks up in the sky and sees something remarkable… can kiwis fly after all?

  • Monday 13 July, 2.00pm at Karori Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Te Māhanga
  • Tuesday 14 July, 11.00am at He Matapihi Molesworth Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o He Matapihi
  • Wednesday 15 July, 2.00pm at Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Te Awa-a-Taia
  • Friday 17 July, 2.00pm at Johnsonville Library/Te Whare Pukapuka o Waitohi

Nō reira, nau mai, haere mai ki ōu tātou whare pukapuka ki te whakanui i tēnēi wā tino hirahira! So come on down to your library to celebrate this special time!

 

 

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)

Make your Christmas special creating crafts for your family!

Add  your special touch to this coming Christmas by making your own crafty decorations and flower arrangements. Merry Christmas!


Syndetics book coverCrocheted wreaths & garlands : 35 floral and festive designs to decorate your home all year round / Kate Eastwood.
“Crochet beautiful home decorations in a contemporary style with these 35 patterns for every season, special occasions, holidays, and all year round.
If you want to make one that will look good all year round, try the Bobble Bunting in strong pastels, or the Shaker Birdhouse Garland in soft, neutral shades to suit any room.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTaste of Home handmade Christmas.
“Touch hearts and make memories this season with simply enchanting homemade gifts.
From whimsical elves made of felt to cleverly custom greeting cards, the inspired ideas in Taste of Home Handmade Christmas promise to make everyone’s holiday merry and bright.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChristmas at home : holiday decorating, crafts, recipes / edited by Valerie Rains.
“Have yourself a merry little Country Living Christmas with this gorgeous guide to decorating, cooking, and celebrating the best holiday ever! Country Living knows how to make Christmas memorable, and that’s why this spectacular book will become your new go-to resource every year. It’s filled with more than 200 beautiful decorating ideas, recipes, and crafts, plus tips galore.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilled Christmas : 30 festive paper projects / Alli Bartkowski.
“Celebrate the season with 30 colorful and charming paper-quilling projects for Christmas decorations, ornaments, gift tags, greeting cards, and more. Each project is designed for a specific skill level, and you’ll find a comprehensive introduction and step-by-step photos of the essential techniques needed to create basic shapes, elegant typography, and dazzling linear art.” (adapted from 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 has never been more popular! In this delightful book, well-known crafter Sachiyo Ishii shows you how to make fabulously cute and quirky felt ornaments to adorn your home during the festive season. All the techniques and stitches you need are explained carefully through clear, step-by-step photographs at the beginning of the book, and all the templates are provided at the back. This wonderful book is a feast of ideas and inspiration for a creative Christmas.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPaper Christmas : 16 papercrafting projects for the festive season / Emily Dawe.
“Craft your own Christmas in paper – 16 festive projects for the perfect homemade holiday! Give your holiday season the homemade touch, from wrapping paper to tree decorations, using very few materials and innovative techniques, such as printing with shaving foam and creating stunning greeting cards using gold embossing ink.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSew with me : 60 fun & easy projects to make your own fabulous décor and accessories / Brandy Nelson.
“Want something your kids can create on their own? Sew With Me teaches kids how to be creative with fabric while honing in a lifelong skill. Geared towards kids, or kids who might need a little help from mom, you can use both hand sewing and machines with your kids to make fantastic sewing projects that they will enjoy creating and using. Projects include reading pillows, pincushions, sleep masks, cat toys, bookmarks, wall hangings, gift bags, hoop art, felt purses and coasters.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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!

Craft the Rainbow book cover

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)