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)

Resilient stitching: New craft books for your wellbeing

New Craft Books

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The weather’s getting colder and you know what that means! It’s the perfect time to get into a new cosy craft. We’ve compiled a handy list of recent additions to our collection, featuring how-to’s for a number of different delightful hobbies to do at home. Some highlights include Resilient stitch : wellbeing and connection in textile art, which considers how the art of textiles can influence the wellness of individuals and their communities, and Making a Living: How to Craft Your Business, a guide for making your love of crafting into a viable business practice. We’ve also got books for making cute crochet bags, building your own birdfeeder and making your own wardrobe from scratch.

Some of these books are on order, which means they are on their way but not currently on the shelf. Reserve them today to be one of the first to issue them, and happy crafting!

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. Crochet has been brought bags up-to-date and now fills Instagram and Pinterest – not to mention catwalks and high-end fashion houses – with modern masterpieces. Grab your crochet hook and yarn and join the trend by creating a carrier for every outing.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Eco-resin Crafts : 30 Hand-crafted Projects for the Home / Oliver, Hazel
“Resin craft is a great way to make beautiful items for your home and jewellery for yourself or others.” (Catalogue)

Rag rug techniques for beginners : 30 planet -friendly projects using rag-rugging methods from around the world / Jackson, Elspeth
“Learn ten different rag-rugging methods and use them to create 30 stylish and practical items for yourself and your home. In Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners, Elspeth Jackson details ten methods that will help you learn the art of rag rugs, and inspire your craft creativity. Each chapter focuses on a different technique, from Shaggy to Locker Hooking, Loopy to Two-String Loom, and more. Elspeth will show you the skills, tools, and equipment you’ll need for each one, as well as providing advice on choices of fabrics and design.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Resilient stitch : wellbeing and connection in textile art / Wellesley-Smith, Claire
“Following on from her textile hit Slow Stitch , author Claire Wellesley-Smith considers the importance of connection and ideas around wellbeing when using textiles for individuals and communities, including practical ideas around ‘thinking-through-making’, using ‘resonant’ materials and extending the life of pieces using traditional and non-traditional methods. Contemporary textile artists using these themes in their work feature alongside personal work from Claire and examples from community-based textile projects.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Making a Living: How to Craft Your Business / Rochester, Sophie
“Carefully crafted to support anyone looking for practical, hands-on advice and inspiring stories to motivate them to make their dream business a reality. With chapters on market research, valuing & pricing your work, branding, marketing & sales, plus accounting & legal considerations, this is a step-by-step guide to getting your idea off the ground” (Catalogue)

The Wild Craft: Mindful, Nature-Inspired Projects for You and Your Home / Seixas, Catarina
“From botanical cookies, acorn coffee and wild green pesto, to making your own calendula salve and building a bird feeder The Wild Craft is filled with seasonal nature-based projects designed to reignite your love of the natural world and connect you to the earth.” (Catalogue)

Around the Kitchen Table: Good things to cook, create and do – the whole year through / Hansen, Sophie
“Best-selling Sophie Hansen and her artist and art teacher mum Annie Herron have teamed up – with recipes to cook, preserves to make, things to sketch, crafts for the not-crafty, and more.” (Catalogue)

The act of sewing : how to make and modify clothes to wear every day / Philip, Sonya
“A complete guide to sewing simple garments-with 4 full-size patterns-and all the tricks of alterations and embellishments explained so that you can make a wardrobe all your own”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Crochet Projects to Challenge You

I don’t know about any of you other crocheters, but I’m bored with crocheting granny squares and the afghan throw of eternity (it’s nearly big enough to cover a king size bed, twice, how do I stop??)  I have a huge yarn stash, built up after last year’s lockdown so that never be without yarn in a lockdown again, and of course, a lot more time to actually crochet, but inspiration has been lacking.   Then I realised I had access to Overdrive from home, and I went hunting for eBooks and online magazines to kickstart my crochet creativity.  I thought I’d share a few that I really enjoyed with you here:

Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley – super easy amigurumi patterns for 40 very cute food toys.  I hadn’t attempted amigurumi before, and Kawaii Crochet was a great primer for getting started.  I made the cutest little lemon in about half an hour at my first attempt.

 

Title details for 100 Micro Crochet Motifs by Steffi Glaves - Wait list

100 Micro Crochet Motifs by  Steffi Glaves – I cannot resist a tiny crochet and these are perfect for making into earrings.  Or perhaps add to berets and beanies to give them a pretty twist.  Again, these patterns are easy to follow and are a good way to use up the leftover bits of yarn from earlier projects.

 

Title details for Yarn Bombing by Mandy Moore - Available

Yarn Bombing by Mandy Moore – want to jazz up the neighbourhood on your socially distanced walk?  Learn a little about the history of yarn bombing/graffiti, seek out some inspiration and find some patterns to create for your first yarn bomb projects.

 

Title details for My First Crochet Book by CICO Books - Wait list

My First Crochet Book by CICO Books – if you have bored kids, involve them in crochet.  This junior crochet book is written in simple language, has plenty of starter projects that both you and the kids can get into.  Crochet is excellent for young minds and hands.  It’s very calming, you can find a crochet hook that suits small hands without having to buy special junior ones, it’s inexpensive to start (a ball of acrylic yarn is the best place to start) and there’s a completed project at the end.

Title details for Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop by Ellen Gormley - Available

Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop by Ellen Gormley – Ok maybe you do want to work on an Afghan throw of eternity.  That’s the thing with Afghan rugs and throws, you can just keep going at them and watch them grow.  This book will kick you off if you’ve never made an Afghan design before and give you inspiration for some new ones.

 

Title details for How to Make 100 Crochet Appliques by Deborah Burger - Available

How to Make 100 Crochet Appliques by Deborah Burger – another book of small, stashbuster patterns, great for making patches for clothes, bags, hats, you name it.  I can see some of them as brooches too.  Lots of themes and motifs for you to work your way through.

 

Title details for Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters by Margaret Hubert - Available

Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters by Margaret Hubert – perhaps your crochet skills are a little more advanced than mine and you’d love to give some fine lacework a go.  I haven’t had a go at these yet, but I did drool over the patterns and styles on offer.  One day I hope to have the confidence to have a go at these.

 

These are just the tip of the iceberg for the books and magazines you can find on Overdrive for crochet, not to mention all of the other craft topics available.  You can find more crochet books and magazines here.

Happy stitching!

Modern crochet projects to enjoy!

Find basic crochet techniques, including patterns and instructions, how to create modern and colourful projects for you and your family. Happy crafting!


Learn to crochet
Learn to Crochet is the only book you will need to learn to create beautiful crocheted garments from your own hook. The book is packed with detailed information on yarns and threads, hook types and sizes, plus step-by-step guidance on holding a hook and yarn, making a loop to basic stitches and much more. All of the teaching sections have clear colour artwork and diagrams, teamed with colour photography of real-life examples of crocheted items, ideal for the beginner. The book also comes with an outstanding gallery of 20 simple projects to make – easy, intermediate and advanced.” (Catalogue)

Crocheted hats & scarves : 35 stylish and colorful crochet patterns / Trench, Nicki
“Wrap up in style with these 35 cute crocheted projects. Accessorize in style with these 35 cute crocheted projects.  It takes no time at all to crochet a scarf or a hat, and Nicki Trench has created a wide range of contemporary designs. Start with the soft and cozy seashell stitch scarf or the bright beanie hat which can be made in a range of eye-catching shades. The delicate daisy scarf and the pretty rose headband can be worn all year round. There are also handy stash-busters such as the granny square patchwork scarf and the pompom hat for babies.” (Catalogue)

Fun feet : 30 super-cute booties to crochet for babies and toddlers
“Find the perfect crocheted shoe or boot to complete your child’s Halloween outfit or just to liven up an everyday outfit and make your child smile. Complete exciting foolproof projects following clear, step-by- step instructions with over 200 full-colour photographs showing the steps involved and completed projects.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

Crocheted baby shoes / Pierce, Val
“Looking for a unique baby gift? Here are twenty gorgeous shoes, booties and pumps to crochet in a range of colours and styles, for both boys and girls. Choose from red strawberry-style shoes with flowery toes, smiley car shoes, Christmas booties and even shoes shaped like frogs. Each project is accompanied by lists of the materials and equipment required and inspiring photographs. As all babies are different, sizes and age suggestions are given for each project, from birth to twelve months, but general advice is also given at the beginning of the book on how to increase or decrease the size of the projects.” (Catalogue)

Mini crochet creatures : 30 amigurumi animals to make / Bergstrom, Lauren
“Adorable and cute, these projects may be small but rhey are bursting with personality, making perfect gifts for friends and family. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

Boho crochet : 30 hip and happy projects
“Discover vibrant crocheted projects that exemplify a bohemian spirit. Stitch traditional motifs in contemporary color combinations to create blankets, pillows, fashion accessories, and more. Discover a vibrant collection of crocheted projects that exemplify a bohemian spirit. Express yourself with cool and unconventional projects Make blankets, pillows, coasters, bags and fashion accessories, and much, much more Learn the basics with step-by-step photos; then find your crochet groove with easy-to-follow patternsAvailable to customers in the U.S. and Canada only.” (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)

Modern and colourful Craft projects to bring inspiration and joy!

Find the most recent arrivals of Craft books at your nearest Branch library and enjoy crafting!

Syndetics book coverMini hoop embroideries : over 60 little masterpeices to stitch and wear / by Sonia Lyne of Dandelyne.
“Create 20 tiny masterpieces in a wide range of embroidery styles by renowned founder of Dandelyne(TM), Sonia Lyne. Frame it, wear it, look awesome. Stitch and paint dozens of different embroidery designs in these cute mini embroidery hoops. Throughout, Sonia also gives you tips on colour variations as well as alternative hoop shapes you could use from her mini hoop kit, inspiring you to make these little designs truly your own!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDiary in stitches : 65 charming motifs – 6 fabric & thread projects to bring you joy / Minki Kim.
“Illustrate daily life in fabric and thread with sketches from the author’s sketchbook, Stitch 65 creative motifs and 6 projects-a sewing machine cover, mini quilt, and more, Embroider and appliqué little gifts for the ones you love in Minki Kim’s irresistible signature style Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBold baby crochet : 30 modern & colorful projects for baby / Dedri Uys.
“Discover 30 bold designs for baby’s wardrobe and nursery! Beginning and experienced crocheters alike will find everything they need to give their baby’s wardrobe and bedroom a vibrant makeover with these gorgeous and unique designs.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Crocheted cactuses / Abbondio, Sarah
“You don’t need a garden to grow this charming crop of cactuses – just a crochet hook, some yarn and a little crochet know-how! This delightful little book contains 16 patterns for crocheted cactuses that can be used to decorate your window ledges, your table and anywhere else in the home. With a short techniques section at the beginning of the book to get you started, you can make a whole display in no time – so pick up your hook and yarn and get started!” (adapted from 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)

Make something gorgeous! New craft books this month

Find some charming ideas in this collection of craft designs and make to give projects! Discover how to create unique and memorable art pieces for your friends and family. We have selected a variety of craft projects featuring stunning designs and creations. Take a look at the cutest range of baby shoes and booties to crochet – they’re so easy to make! Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverCrocheted baby shoes / Val Pierce.
“Cuddly, colourful baby shoes make the perfect gift for a new baby – this book is ideal for crafty people looking to give unique and personal presents. The book contains 20 gorgeous designs, all unique but all equally irresistible, in a range of colours and styles. Choose from red strawberry-style shoes with flowery toes, smiley car shoes, Christmas booties and even shoes shaped like frogs! Each pair of shoes requires relatively small quantities of yarn and can be crocheted quickly, easily, and on the go using the clear instructions provided.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuper-cute felt : 35 step-by-step projects to make and give / Laura Howard.
“Learn how to sew, craft and make all sorts of fabulous gifts and accessories with felt. Felt is a really easy material to work with because it doesn’t fray when cut, and it comes in lots of great colors. Packed with 35 different projects for you to make, Super-Cute Felt will open your eyes to a whole world of felting possibilities. Complete with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and illustrations, Super-Cute Felt has a project for all abilities.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to craft with paper : with over 50 techniques and 20 easy projects.
“The team behind Mollie Makes magazine have brought together all their favourite papercrafters in a range of impressive disciplines from papercutting to papier maché. They share their tips, stories and beautiful projects, inspiring us all to pick up an old book, a newspaper or a vintage map and get creative.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHappy hexies : 12 hand pieced hexagon projects to stitch & love / Boutique-Sha ; translation: Kyoko Matthews.
“Discover the obsession taking the quilt world by storm: hexies. Learn how to construct these cheerful little shapes, and then use them to create unique patchwork projects. Step-by-step color photos illustrate various hexie techniques, including English paper piecing, hand-pieced inset seams, and special hexagon-specific quilting methods–you’re sure to learn something new, even if you’re a veteran hexie maker!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmiguruME pets : make cute crochet animals / Allison Hoffman.
“Crochet yourself a cute pet with the irresistible art of amigurumi!
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small, adorable, stuffed animals and creatures–and this collection delivers on the sweetness. Crochet more than 60 projects, including dogs (Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Toy Poodle, Pug, Bulldog, Corgi), cats (American shorthair, Maine Coon, Siamese), small pets (like rabbits and turtles), pets we wish we could own (T-Rex, unicorn, and dragon), as well as accessories (beds, bowls, leashes) to complement your pets.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe ultimate party book for children : all you need to make your children’s party a hit! / Samuel Rice and Cissy Azar ; [photographer, Andy Lewis].
“A child’s birthday is the highlight of the year in any family and planning a themed party is easy with this guide packed full of ideas. The Ultimate Party Book for Kids takes you step-by-step through the process of planning and surviving your child’s party, while delivering a fun, stress-free and memorable event that everyone will enjoy (even the mums and dads). Plus, this book contains all you need to cook for a children’s party–fun and delicious treats to make even the pickiest child smile.” (Syndetics summary)

Christmas yarn craft meetup at the Central Library

Join our yarn craft event on Saturday 19 December at the Central Library for inspiration and help making some unique gifts. Monica, our coordinator for the day, will have spare needles and yarn for those who would like to try knitting! You are welcome to bring along your own knitting or crochet project to work on. This is a family-friendly event with a touch of Christmas cheer and we hope to see you there!

Sessions will run 12.00 – 1.30 pm and 2.00 – 3.30 pm

Christmas Crafts small

You are, of course, welcome to knit and crochet in the library outside the hosted session times. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of craft books and magazines on the first floor (you’ll find large and small books on our shelves at the call number 746.43)! We also have a growing collection of ebooks you can check out here not to forget Zinio eMagazines.

Yarn Magic – Nurture your creativity and keep warm

As winter sets in and we have all started to feel that chill, what better time to turn to the magic of wool with its endless types, colours and textures, for a cosy & creative season. Our catalogue is full of vibrant titles, from classic reference craft bibles to the latest trend in knitting and crochet design. Whether at home by the fire, on the bus, at a café chatting with friends or in a cosy nook of the library, get those needles and yarn out of your bag and get creating. Here is a selection of titles for inspiration but there is nothing like spending a moment among the library shelves (look for call number 746.43), browsing for that special project you’ve been meaning to get going.

The most immediate and satisfying knitting project is often the accessory you can create in a weekend and start wearing to compliment your wardrobe and keep those extremities warm. So, let’s start with titles on gloves, socks, hats and scarves:

Syndetics book coverA good yarn : 30 timeless hats, scarves, socks & gloves
“These 30 projects are inspired by some of the most popular and fashionable accessories sold by the North Circular. Each project has clear instructions and pictures. There is also advice on ethical buying and sourcing local, sustainbable wool. Handmade doesn’t have to mean compromising on style or quality.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUltimate mittens : 28 classic knitting patterns to keep you warm
“Offers an array of classic knitting patterns that are organized from simple to difficult and whose origins range from traditional Scandinavian and Canadian Maritime patterns to contemporary sewn and windblock patterns of Maine.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCustom knits accessories : unleash your inner designer with improvisational techniques for hats, scarves, gloves, socks, and more
“Custom Knits Accessories is the third book in the Custom Knits series and showcases the ever-popular quick-knits: hats, scarves, gloves, mitts, socks, and more. Each of Bernard’s 25 sassy-chic patterns offers specific ideas for customization–from switching out yarns to personalizing fit and style details–and fun, glamorous photographs show off the finished pieces. Also included are formulas for knitting all types of accessories without a pattern, using a single body measurement as a starting point.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWarm mittens and socks : dozens of playful patterns and skillful stitches to knit, crochet, and embroider / Eva Trotzig ; photography by Malin Nuhma ; translated by Ellen Hedstrom.
“Needlework queen Eva Trotzig shares her generous collection of tips, wisdom, and, of course, patterns that are perfect for crafting comfy knits for the whole family. Containing a colorful mix of styles, techniques, and projects, this is the perfect guide for hands trained in the basics of knitting and crocheting. Discover elaborate loops, delightful details, and patterns to make cold-weather clothes playful and fun to knit, crochet, embroider, and wear.” (Syndetics summary)

For the urban cool sartorialist,  here are a couple of our latest titles:

Syndetics book coverBeanies & bobble hats : 36 quick and stylish knits / Fiona Goble.
“Hip hats to knit yourself, including berets, hats for children, and even a headband or two Walk down any street and count the number of beanies and bobble hats you see–they are everywhere, and not just on cold winter days, but as a fashion statement to be worn throughout the year. Now Fiona Goble has designed 36 fun and fast-to-knit hats for you to make, for yourself or your friends. With great yarns and color combinations, and styles ranging from a fair-isle border beanie to a pixie pompom hat, you will stand out from the crowd. There are hats for men, women, and kids, including hoods, headbands, and even a knitted crown. As with Fiona’s previous book, ‘Scarves and Snoods’, many of the projects are quick and easy to knit, and only use a couple of balls of yarn.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScarves and cowls : 35 quick and stylish knits
“A scarf or snood is one of the simplest and quickest things that you can knit. Whatever your skill level and however little spare time you have, Fiona Goble has a project for you. She has designed 35 scarves and snoods with something for everyone, from an animal scarf to a sparkly evening capelet, and from an extra-long “preppie” scarf to a cowboy-style bandana for kids. Every project has full instructions for knitting and making up, but most will need little more than the sewing on of a button to finish them off, and some can be knitted in an evening. An added bonus is that many of the projects require only one or two balls of yarn, enabling you to use up your stash of leftovers from other projects.” (Syndetics summary)

Once, you’ve created a few wearable accessories, why not turn to accessories for your home?

Syndetics book coverModern crochet : crochet accessories and projects for your home
Modern Crochet offers a new and exciting take on this popular craft. Clear and colourful, the book is full of ideas and inspiration for the thread and hook. Molla Mills demonstrates how to crochet a variety of home furnishings, including rugs, cushions and storage baskets, as well as stylish accessories and jewellery for both you and your friends. The book introduces the tools and yarns you will need, then outlines basic crochet techniques, and follows with over 30 projects for you to make. The stunning graphic designs and patterns will bring a modern edge to any crocheted article. Mills is a Finnish designer whose products have been exhibited worldwide, and this book was inspired by her popular Virkkuri blog.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverKnit Nordic : 20 contemporary accessories inspired by 4 traditional sweater patterns
“Traditional Nordic patterns have become all the rage, and this fashion-forward collection from designer Eline Oftedal offers a modern spin on four iconic Norwegian patterns: Marius, Voss, Setesdal, and Fana. Twenty contemporary projects range from an iPad and phone cover to a teddy bear and hot pants. Oftedal delves into the inspiration behind the designs, exploring their origins and worldwide appeal.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYarn, yarn, yarn : 50 fun crochet and knitting projects to color your world
“Follow interior decorators Susanna Zacke and Sania Hedengren as they redesign their world with vivid colors and playful patterns. Their exciting new crafting guide, offers delightful and creative projects guaranteed to inspire and personalize your home, wardrobe, accessories, and more. Don’t buy a spool of ribbon when wrapping presents for the holidays–crochet an ornate cord instead! Protect your laptop with a crochet cover, and make a matching one for your iPhone. Make a shawl for a friend made of colorful granny squares, and crochet teddy bears for the kids. Yarn, Yarn, Yarn is perfect for everyone in love with knitting, crocheting, and decorating with yarn.” (Syndetics summary)

If you are looking for vintage patterns, here are a couple of books that took some literary and mid-century fashion patterns and recreated them for today’s fashion conscious crafties.

Syndetics book coverLiterary knits : 30 patterns inspired by favorite books / Nikol Lohr.
“More than 30 projects inspired by classic literature Literary Knits features 30 knitting patterns inspired by beloved characters from classic books; from Pride and Prejudice to Moby Dick, The Catcher in the Rye to The Chronicles of Narnia –and many more in between. Inspired by some of the most beloved characters from favorite books, including an elegant Daisy Cloche inspired by The Great Gatsby and a late ’50s-inspired Holly Golightly Dress imagined from Breakfast at Tiffany’s , the more than 30 knitting projects in this unique collection will inspire knitters and book lovers alike. If you’re a book lover who knits, or a knitter with an appreciation for vintage patterns, Literary Knits is a timeless collection of one-of-a-kind knitting projects.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage knit : 25 knitting & crochet patterns refashioned for today / Marine Malak with Geraldine Warner.
Vintage Knit offers lovers of retro style 25 beautiful knitting patterns from the 1940s and 1950s, regraded to fit modern sizes (small, medium, and large) and to knit with yarns easily available today. A short introduction describes each garment and suggests how to style it, followed by clear instructions for knitting and making up. Details of the exact yarn used are given to ensure perfect results at home. Each garment is photographed on a model, letting you see how the styles of the past can be part of a very up-to-date look.” (Syndetics summary)

Stitch bibles

Sometimes, all you want is to find the perfect stitch for your next knitting project: here are some amazing collections to make your fingers twitch in anticipation.

Syndetics book coverPop knitting : bold motifs using color & stitch
“Celebrated Swedish textile designer Britt-Marie Christoffersson has studied color and texture in knitting for more than 25 years. Pop Knitting showcases her intensive work, demonstrating how minimal ingredients can be combined in seemingly endless ways to create striking, graphic knitted fabrics. Using a variety of innovative stitch manipulation techniques, this book explores how to construct highly textured fabrics and gorgeous knitted strandwork. You’ll also learn how to create knitted fabrics with holes, pleats, double-fabrics, and more. Knitters of all skill levels will love the projects and inspiration Christofferson presents and the aesthetic masterpiece of Pop Knitting will have the most advanced knitters eager to experiment.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVogue knitting stitchionary [1]. Volume 1, Knit & purl : the ultimate stitch dictionary / from the editors of Vogue knitting magazine ; [foreword by Carla Scott].
“An essential reference for knitters from novice to expert, this fully illustrated sourcebook is the first of three “stitch dictionaries,” to be written by the professionals at Vogue® Knitting . Some 300 stitches are detailed, and hundreds of charts, photographs, and illustrations make it easy to understand how to construct each stitch, as well as the ways they can be used in projects. The experts at Vogue® Knitting demonstrate rib stitches such as brioche, herringbone, chevron, and quilted patterns; traveling patterns like parquet, ripple, and diamond stitches; lace, including daisy and wave patterns; and such unusual stitches as eye of lynx, bobble block, peppercorn, and bamboo. The most complete book of its kind, this is the definitive stitch reference!” (Syndetics summary)

And its companion titles:

Syndetics book coverVogue knitting stitchionary 2 : the ultimate stitch dictionary. Volume two, Cables

Syndetics book coverVogue knitting stitchionary 3. Volume 3, Color knitting : the ultimate stitch dictionary

Syndetics book cover Vogue knitting stitchionary 6. Volume 6, Edgings : the ultimate stitch dictionary

A lot of these titles are also available as ebooks. Make sure you check our ebook collection here

Finally, check out our magazine collection which includes titles such as Creative Knitting and Simply KnittingInterweave Crochet & Interweave Knits are also available from our in-library shelves and in our Zinio emagazine collection.

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Birds, butterflies and paper worlds

I wanted to share 3 books I have come across recently. They are a treasure trove for crafters and creative people in general.

The first one, 75 Birds, butterflies & little beasts to knit and crochet is a delight to flick through. Armed with this wonderful book, you can create an entire natural world out of yarn. Who wants to knit scarves and sweaters when you can create apples and flowers, mushrooms and snails? A shear delight!

The other two books are about papercrafting, a skill that amazes me.

Paper Illusions is about the creations of artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, who makes  exquisite historical costumes out of paper. The book is luxurious and the models are set in grand period decor. Well worth a look.

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And as it happens, Isabelle de Borchgrave is also the subject of an article in the latest issue of Ornament Magazine and one of her works features on the cover.

The last book, simply called Papercraft,  is a collection of paper creations from many contemporary artists. The book is teaming with amazing visuals of all types. The inventivity of the works displayed is mind boggling and awe inspiring. I think I might go and buy myself a copy. I will find it very difficult to share this book.

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