Most crafters know the feeling. You have a favorite craft or hobby, but when you do too much of it for too long you start feeling burned out. You’re stuck in a crafters rut. There is a simple way out though. Spend a day or a week or two experimenting with something new to get your creative juices flowing again.
ICPL has a great collection of craft books. Just wandering through the New Books on the second floor in the 600′s and 700′s you’ll find all sorts of new things to try:
Big Little Felt Fun: 60+ projects that jump, swim, roll, sprout, and roar by Jeanette Lim. Are you looking for a craft that doesn’t require a sewing machine? A bit of fun hand sewing? Jeanette Lim has put over 70 of her “feltie” patterns in this sequel to Big Little Felt Universe. Divided into 10 fun and unique sets – from cupcakes and dinosaurs, to pets and bowling pins, there is bound to be something here that entertains you. Everything is hand sewn so really all you need is some felt, scissors, a needle and thread to get started.
Crochet with One Sheepish Girl by Meredith Crawford. The 25 cute and colorful crochet projects in this book are divided into three sections: Living, Giving and Wearing. The book starts with a 26 page introduction covering the materials and tools needed, well photographed introductions to each of the three basic crochet stitches, as well as other things needed to complete the projects in the book. Unfortunately, while introduction is full of photographs, each of the projects themselves has only one photograph of the finished product. The step by step written instruction seem clear, and might be enough for an experienced crochetist, however.
Designer Cross Stitch Projects from the editors of CrossStitcher Sometimes I wonder who chooses the cover art for books. The feathery image on the cover of this book does not even hint at the collection of fun zany patterns inside. From mustaches, and scrabble tiles, to Volkswagen buses and instamatic cameras, this is a collection of really great ideas. Each project contains a materials and treds list, as well as a pattern that contains not only symbols but colors, making them very easy to follow.