Craft for lazy summer days!

In need of a new project for those long summer days? Check out some of our great new books! The first one up is knitting hats, and yes I know it is summer, but think – you will actually have a new hat ready by winter! Rather than the alternative. i.e. head gets cold THEN start knitting hat, hat finished by spring……

Syndetics book coverWeekend hats : 25 knitted caps, berets, cloches, and more / Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Melissa LaBarre.
” Embrace the hottest head-turning fashion accessory: the knitted hat The clever designs of Hats 2.0 will have enthusiastic knitters everywhere rejoicing in year-round hat style. …Inside you’ll find: Expert advice to spark the interests of a variety of skill levels with special attention paid to exploring cables, lace, color, and texture. Twenty-five contemporary designer hat patterns …Tips and tricks on how to maximize the use of specialty yarns and accessories to add a little panache to your designs. … Whether you’re interested in comfort, style, or just knitting enjoyment, Hats 2.0is your all-in-one resource for creating want-to-wear knitted caps. “– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverThe cloth paper scissors book : techniques and inspiration for creating mixed-media art / [edited by] Barbara Delaney.
“Where paint, paper, fabric, metal, and wax all come to play. Uncover the very best articles and projects from Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. ….Explore the exciting worlds of collage, journaling, encaustic, printing, assemblage, and more. … The only rule in this mixed-media guide is that there are no rules. In addition to the tips and techniques, the experts elaborate on their favorite tools and mediums, including …. Perfect for all skill levels,… showcases inspiring projects for both those who are new to the world of mixed media and those who already love mixed media and are looking for exciting new ideas”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverPaper wonderland : 32 terribly cute toys ready to cut, fold & build / Michelle Romo.
“This is a collection of super kawaii-like paper toy templates–ready to be cut out, built and played with or displayed. So sweet they make your teeth hurt, Michelle Romo’s cute style can be summed up as Japanese-influenced cuteness with mid-century modern flair. Her characters can be brought into 3D life with only an X-acto knife and some glue. Besides people and animals, the collection also includes an adorable house, a sweetly spooky ghost and moustaches that can be assembled and worn.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScandinavian quilt style : over 40 sewing projects for home comfort and style / Trine Bakke. Scandinavian designs often have a flavour and design all of its own. This book is no exception. If you are looking for some different ideas, especially on how to use hard to match fabrics check out this book. (Crafty Librarian)

Syndetics book coverGoldwork : techniques, projects and pure inspiration / Hazel Everett.
A source of information and inspiration for anyone interested in goldwork embroidery.(Syndetics) This book covers all the basics, but has plenty to keep the expert going too! (Crafty librarian)

Syndetics book coverWeaving flowers from New Zealand flax / Ali Brown. Great to have a Kiwi book on the blog! This book has all the tips and tricks you need as a well as some great ideas for using the flowers! (Crafty librarian)

New Craft books and UFOs

I have decided that I have to finish some of my UFOs (unfinished objects) before I am allowed to start any more. Due to this please do not tell me if there are any good projects in these books. I don’t want to know.

Syndetics book coverLittle crochet : modern designs for babies and toddlers / Linda Permann.
Permann shows you how to use modern colors and natural fibers to crochet one-of-a-kind gifts for the little ones in your life. Note from a crafty librarian, my friend LOVES this book.

Syndetics book coverFresh flower arranging / Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks.
“”Step-by-step designs for home, weddings & gifts”–Cover.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit your royal wedding / Fiona Goble. Ummmm……..not quite sure what to say on this one.

Syndetics book coverEarly 20th century embroidery techniques / Gail Marsh. For the followers of Gail’s other books this looks to be another excellent edition.

Syndetics book coverArt at the speed of life : motivation + inspiration for making mixed-media art every day / Pam Carriker. If you need some inspiration for turning your UFOs into new projects this ahs some great ideas!

Syndetics book coverKnitting vintage : 30 knitting project inspired by period fashions / Claire Montgomerie. The vintage trend is still in vogue, here are some more excellent pieces!