Inspiring Craft projects for the New Year. Happy Crafting!

Find a variety of craft books, with wonderful ideas and reconsideration of craft, accompanied with step-by-step handy tips, how to make these fabulous creations. Have fun!

The art of pressed flowers and leaves / Ashmore, Jennie
“A ground-breaking book on the art of pressed flowers and leaf works from leading flower artist, Jennie Ashmore. She covers everything from the choice of flowers to the various methods of pressing them, to designing with the finished pressed flowers and leaves. Templates will help you get started, and a plant directory at the back of the book shows you what various plants look like when pressed.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Seasonal Scandi crafts : over 45 projects and quick ideas for beautiful decorations & gifts / Myers, Christiane Bellstedt
Create 45 simple projects with a Scandinavian flavour, including home decorations, garlands and beautiful gifts.┬áTry out some simple embroidery on the lavender pillows, which would make great gifts. So why not get the family involved and make each season really special by making decorations together? You can then relive those happy memories each year as you decorate your home.” (adapted from 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. Or you could choose to make a cute cottage doorstop using colors that match your own house.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Quick crafts for parents who think they hate craft / Scott-Child, Emma
“Skeleton Mask, Pompon Monsters, Paper Bag Stars, Woven Paper Chessboard, and more. Quick Crafts for Parents Who Think They Hate Craft is packed with 40 projects free from crazy origami to lose your cool over and glue to clean out of everyone’s hair. Get creative with your children even if you’re short on time (or patience). Split into four sections: play with it, wear it, spruce it up and useful things, all of the crafts have been created to ensure that play can continue once the crafting is over. Crafting doesn’t have to leave you cranky and the floor sticky” (adapted from Catalogue)

Knit shawls & wraps in 1 week : 30 quick patterns to keep you cozy in style / Greene, Marie
“It’s all about the layers in Marie Greene’s new collection of 30 stylish, versatile shawls, wraps and cowls. Easy to memorize and portable, these patterns range from voluminous wraps to cute cowls, making it easy to enjoy the satisfaction of a finished project or last-minute gift, even when your knitting time is limited. Whether you’re looking for a light spring layer, a summer statement piece or a thick toasty shawl, you’ll find a wide array of colors, shapes and yarn weights to complement your style, no matter the weather.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Beginner’s guide to colourwork knitting : 16 projects and techniques to learn to knit with colour / Austin, Ella
“If you long to knit stunning fair isle jumpers and brightly colored blankets for your home this is the perfect book. Learn all the techniques for how to start knitting with color and create really desirable projects as you learn. Choose from brightly colored stripy socks and work your way up to a patterned beanie hat and even a stunning sweater with a colorwork yoke. Even if you can only knit and purl–with this book you’ll be making gorgeous colorwork accessories before you know it” (Catalogue)

Embroidery now / Riggs, Jennifer Cardenas
“A beautiful guide to 30 modern hand embroidery projects for your home and wardrobe. Embroidery Now is a stylish hand-embroidery guide for the modern maker. You’ll learn about the materials included in the practice, nine different stitch techniques with illustrated step-by-step instructions, and 30 individual projects designed for you to use in your home and wardrobe. Packed with tips and tricks and a lot of inspiration, Embroidery Now shows that anything can be embroidered and gives you the confidence to continue to embellish your world through embroidery.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Craftfulness : mend yourself by making things / Davidson, Rosemary
“Integrating mindfulness, neuroscience, positive psychology, and creativity research, Craftfulness offers a thought-provoking and surprising reconsideration of craft, and how making things with your hands can connect us to our deepest selves and improve our well-being and overall happiness. Whether you knit, crochet, sculpt, weave, quilt, tat, draw, or bind books–working toward small, attainable goals gives us a sense of purpose, accomplishment, and control that is proven to positively impact our mental health and happiness, creating a safe space for failure, and ultimately, how to make peace with imperfection.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Kids, paper, glue and paint!

What could go wrong? Normally I am not one for looking at kids craft books. But I was recently dealing with a pile of new books and came across 3 great new kids craft and art books:

Syndetics book coverThe Usborne book of origami and other paper projects / Eileen O’Brien and Kate Needham . This book has great ideas while using simple tools, and yes the paper water bombs work really well, my nephews had a blast with them, and all we used was a pile of coloured paper. Mind you their dad is still in mourning for the back yard.

Big book of papercraft / Fiona Watt ; designed and illustrated by Antonia Miller, Non Figg and Katrina Fearn.
This text is full of fun and challenging things to make and do with paper, from paper crocodiles to 3-D bugs, book covers and embossing. It contains over 45 activities, each accompanied by simple, step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations to make them easy to understand and complete.

365 things to draw and paint / Fiona Watt ; designed and illustrated by Erica Harrison … [et al.].
This book is perfect for the young artist.