Arts and Crafts
Crafting a meaningful home: 27 DIY projects to tell stories, hold memories, and celebrate family heritage by Meg Mateo Ilasco; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy — We all want our homes to be reflections of who we are, but sometimes it's hard to know what will make that happen. This book has a variety of projects that you can make personal by incorporating your own fond memories or keepsakes. For a quick peek, check out this book trailer.
Creating glamorous jewelry with Swarovski elements: classic Hollywood designs with crystal beads and stones by Jean Campbell — The idea of making jewelry seems easy enough, but so often the product is something that screams "I made it myself!" and for some events, you want jewelry that doesn't make such a loud statement. The projects in this book are all inspired by famous actresses' jewelry, including earrings worn by my personal fave, Audrey Hepburn, in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Check out Rich Traditions: Scrap Quilts to Paper Piece and 40 Bright and Bold Paper Pieced Blocks for more infromation on this technique.
Sewing school: 21 sewing projects kids will love to make by Amie Petronis Plumley & Andria Lisle; photography by Justin Fox Burks — This book is a perfect place for any kid to start to learn to sew. For that matter, it's so easy to follow and well-designed, it's a great start for a sewing novice of any age. Covering hand-stitching and basic sewing machine techniques, you can learn to make a pincushion, a pillow, and a stuffed animal just to start with.
Refresh your home: simple projects and tips to save money, update, and renovate by editors of the Family handyman — Do you ever watch home improvement shows and then look around at your house and think that it's never that easy in your own home? This book has 500 projects, ranging from installing a dimmer switch to mixing your own window cleaner to building a deck planter. It also includes a ton of tips for choosing the best tools and products for the job.
Flowers: style recipes by David Matheson, Nicole Sillapere, Samantha Moss
Check out Rich Traditions: Scrap Quilts to Paper Piece and 40 Bright and Bold Paper Pieced Blocks for more information on the technique.
From 8:00-8:45 we will have discussion on quilting. If any one has something they have made or are making bring it to share with the group.
Simple times by written by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello — Fans of Sedaris' I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence will not be disappointed by her latest guide. Now is the time to be thrifty and to embellish your life with your crafty skills while you scrimp and save. No one crafts like Amy Sedaris, but you can try to imitate her by following her instructions. BONUS: the images in this book are simultaneously gorgeous and hilarious, and there are even illustrations by renaissance guy Justin Theroux.
Illustrated guide to sewing home furnishings : expert techniques for creating custom shades, drapes, slipcovers and more — Have you ever seen a gorgeous fabric in the store but thought you didn't have the skills to make it into curtains, a pillow, or a slipcover? Look no further, this book has clear instructions that will allow you to teach yourself as you go. It includes a variety of techniques as well as instructions for calculating yardage and other seemingly tricky parts of the process.
Stitch 'n bitch superstar knitting : go beyond the basics by Debbie Stoller ; with photography by Gabrielle Revere ; [illustrations by Adrienne Yan.] — Debbie Stoller is a bit of a knitting rock star, and when you see "Stitch 'n Bitch" in the title, you know there are going to be some hip, fun projects inside. This book has a ton of techniques that those who know the basics will be eager to learn. You can also use this book as a trouble-shooting guide: have difficulty getting your intarsia to lay flat? Problem solved. Puzzled by how to read lace charts? All set. And the projects are awesome! I'm not a sock-knitter, but the Skull Isle Socks might just make me a convert.
Sock yarn one-skein wonders by edited by Judith Durant — So often I find myself with just one skein of a gorgeous yarn. It can be hard to know what to do with it, and running short just shy of completing a project is not a place I want to be. I also love sock yarn, but I'm not a sock-knitter, so I love these projects that allow me to use that gorgeous fiber in other ways. I have added many of these items to my queue!
Handmade beginnings : 24 sewing projects to welcome baby by Anna Maria Horner — This lovely book has a variety of projects for the mother- and father-to-be, the baby, and the baby's nursery. The creations are photographed in a simple, elegant style, and the instructions and patterns are all very clear and easy to parse even for a beginning sewer.
Design it, knit it : babies by Debbie Bliss — It can seem daunting to knit clothing, especially when that clothing is for a baby who may outgrow the item quickly. This book offers a wide variety of ideas for projects that will fit babies of all sizes. There is also information about choosing yarns that are soft enough for babies but also durable enough to handle repeated washing.
Felt me a smile-- for you by Toyoko Sugiwaka — There have been a lot of books about how to make cute stuff lately, and this one rises to the top for its unique approach. The first section includes photographs of the creations - vignettes of each object in its own little world or scene. Later in the workshop section, there are detailed instructions (with step by step photographs) so that you can create your own. Just flipping through this book will make you smile.