Arts and Crafts
Art cloth : a guide to surface design for fabric by Jane Dunnewold
This book contains detailed how-to instructions for embellishing your own one-of-a-kind fabrics. From dyes to paints, stamps to stencils, screenprinting to resists, there are a myriad of techniques here with which you can make your fabric unique and beautiful.
New England knits: timeless knitwear with a modern twist by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre
When I think of New England and knitting, my first thought is of bulky cabled sweaters, but this book offers a wide variety of projects in a range of styles. Nothing here is oversize or stiflingly heavy, and there are even a number of small projects, like a the Brattleboro Hat and the Groveland Satchel.
Scandinavian needlecraft: 35 step-by-step projects to create the Scandinavian home by Clare Youngs — Scandinavian embroidery has such a distinct, appealing look, and now this book shows us how to achieve it at home. Included here are a variety of projects for household items embellished with machine or hand embroidery in the Scandinavian style. Basic instructions on the techniques are also included, so these projects should be manageable for crafters at all skill levels.
Knitting mochimochi : 20 super cute strange designs for knitted amigurumi by Anna Hrachovec ; photographs by Brandi SimonsThis totally cute book includes patterns for twenty adorable knitted creatures and objects. It also includes basic knitting instructions and even has information about how to make sure your cute critters are safe for kids. I think my first project will be the Squirrels on Wheels. There are also some free patterns available on the Mochimochi blog (right sidebar).
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One-yard wonders : look how much you can make with just one yard of fabric! by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins ; photography by John Gruen ; photo styling by Raina Kattelson
Ever find yourself with just a yard of a truly excellent fabric but no idea how to use such a small amount of material? Wonder no more - this book is filled with over one hundred projects that use no more than a yard of fabric. There are things to wear and use around the house, and lots of clothing and items for children. Don't miss the very first project in the book, written by metro Detroit local Bethany Nixon of Reware Vintage and Handmade Detroit.
Built by Wendy dresses : the Sew U guide to making a girl's best frock by Wendy Mullin, with Eviana Hartman
Like Wendy Mullin's previous books, this one offers easy-to-follow instructions and patterns for a few basic designs which can be played with and expanded on in a myriad of ways. She includes three essential dress styles here, the sheath dress, the shift dress, and the Dirndl dress. From these, you can make as many unique dresses as you can imagine. The instructions are simple to understand and clearly illustrated, making this a great book for a beginning sewer, and a delight for those more experienced.
Confessions of a compact camera shooter : get professional quality photos with your compact camera by Rick Sammon
Looking to improve your snapshots? This book has a wealth of tips and tricks for the amateur digital photographer using a compact digital camera. Wondering if you need to use flash outside on a sunny day? The answer is probably yes, depending on where the sun is in relation to your subject. Ever wonder if all those modes your camera provides are actually useful? They can be very handy if you know how to make the most of them. These tips and many more are included in this easy to use guide.
A rainbow of stitches : embroidery and cross-stitch basics plus more than 1,000 motifs and 80 project ideas by Agnès Delage-Calvet ... [et al.] ; photography by Frédéric Lucano
Organized by color, this book offers a tremendous number of ideas for embroidery and cross-stitch projects and motifs. The designs range from cute to elegant, craftsy to modern, satisfying a wide range of tastes. I have been wanting to learn more about embroidery for awhile and I think this book will be a great place to start.
Appliqué your way: 35 pretty sewing projects and patterns by Kayte Terry; photographs by Jennifer Causey
This book is chock full of stylish projects you can make yourself from easy to find materials. There are items you can wear, to decorate your home, and to give as gifts. There are also easy-to-interpret instructions and some patterns and templates are included. My favorite project is the Woodland Felt Ornaments which remind me of some handmade tree ornaments we had when I was a kid.