New crafty books

by on February 19th, 2013
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Little Stitches: 100+ Sweet Embroidery Designs by Aneela Hoey.

This 150 page book is packed full of fun little designs to add to all sorts of things.  Starting with a 33 page introduction to embroidery and 11 of the most common stitches and how to use them, Hoey gives you all the information you need to create some  really cute embroidery.  From small to large, simple to not quite so simple she leads you through not just the embroidery but all the other steps you need to make 12 different projects.  From snails and sail boats to people on bikes, there are more than 100 embroidery patterns included.


Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

Quilts by eighteen of today’s most popular quilt bloggers are showcased in collection of modern quilts.  Each project has a  beautiful full color photograph and well written, easy to follow instructions.  A personal biography written by each blogger is included, making this is a fun read as well as a great source for ideas – both for quilts and new blogs to follow.

NOTE:  Most quilting books start with an introduction to quilting methods, supplies, and techniques, but this section was intentionally left out of this book.  The information is available on the publishers website and the link is provided at the end of the book’s introduction.

CRAFT Techniques & Projects

In the mood to do something crafty but not quite sure what?   Well this is the perfect book for you!   From  DK Publishing, this is over 300 pages of all things crafty, broken down into 6 main sections: textile crafts, papercrafts, jewelry, ceramics & glass, candles & soap, and eco crafts!  With more than 50 different crafting techniques, there will definitely be something here to get you crafting.

Each main section begins with a photo colage and one page description of the crafts included, followed by six or more pages of Tools & Materials needed for each.  Then you get easy to follow, full color photo instructions for each technique with suggestions on how to turn your finished piece into a project – some simple and some moderately advanced.

The final 20 pages include project templates, information on the 17 authors’ websites or blogs, a list of craft supply web sites, and a very thorough index.   From dip-dying fabric, lino printing, working with polymer clay and precious metal clay, to creating mosaics, the inspiration goes on and on!  This is definitely a book I want to add to my collection!

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