Arts and Crafts
Simplicity simply the best sewing book: the essential reference for all home sewers by [illustrations by Kuo Kang Chen]This book is a terrific place to start for those wishing to begin sewing with commercial patterns. It also includes a lot of general sewing information that will be useful whether you're using patterns or not. If you're wondering how to achieve a particular technique or need to know how to decipher some sewing instructions, this book will likely have the information you're looking for.
Closet monsters: stitch creatures you'll love from clothing you don't by written & illustrated by John MurphyWe all know that closets are havens for scary monsters that come out after dark, but did you know that your closet can also be the source for making your own terrifying creatures? These critters are all made from clothing, so you can re-use your old stuff, or maybe drop by our local Goodwill to find some monster fodder. This book gives step by step instructions for 13 unique creatures, and from there you can customize them to make them as scary or cute as you'd like.
Zombie felties: how to raise 16 gruesome felt creatures from the undead by Nicola Tedman & Sarah SkeateWho doesn't love a cute zombie? This book has a whole cast of the adorable undead, from the Thrilla, Classic, and Bunny Zombies seen on the cover to zombie kitties, babies, brides, and many more. These crafts are easy to make and a lot of fun besides. Find more about zombie felties on Facebook.
The bust DIY guide to life: making your way through every day by Laurie Henzel & Debbie Stoller — This book covers the gamut: all the things you love about BUST magazine and more. Crafting, cooking, and beauty tips are just the start. There is also info on being a landlady, polishing your resume, traveling, and much more. This is way more than a contemporary home economics book!
Have you ever made a terrarium? They're all the rage lately and they're so easy to make. Check out this tutorial for terrarium ornaments, and take a look at some of the resources we have here at the library:
Terrarium craft: create 50 magical, miniature worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello & Kate Bryant; photography by Kate Baldwin
The new terrarium: creating beautiful displays for plants and nature by Tovah Martin and Kindra Clineff
Furoshiki: the art of wrapping with fabric by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts — A furoshiki is a piece of cloth about one meter square. It is used to carry objects, and the art of wrapping furoshiki was established sometime in the 12th-14th century. The art of furoshiki is also heavily associated with gift giving, and the wrapping itself becomes part of the gift. This book contains specific instructions for wrapping objects of varying shapes, and the different knots that are required to secure the fabric. There are even techniques especially for carrying one or two books! Also included are patterns for embroidering your furoshiki.
Circles, squares, diamonds or rectangles, we have books that show all the angles. Triangles, ovals, octagons too, these books will teach them all to you!
All sorts of shapes by written by Hannah Reidy; illustrated by Emma Dodd; reading consultant, Susan Kesselring
Bear in a square by written by Stella Blackstone; illustrated by Debbie Harter
Circle dogs by Kevin Henkes; illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
AUSTENtatious crochet: 36 contemporary designs from the world of Jane Austen by Melissa Horozewski; photography by Chris Hynes — Are you a fan of Jane Austen? This book provides patterns for a wealth of crochet designs inspired by all six of Austen's classic novels. Also included is background information on the roles of fashion and needlework in Austen's time. Included are romantic sweaters, delicate necklaces, cozy afghans, and many more projects to keep your hands busy while you listen to Jane's works or watch on DVD.
Sewing in a straight line: quick & crafty projects you can make by simply sewing straight by Brett Bara — What could be easier than sewing in a straight line? This book is a great choice for a beginner, since each project teaches you how to do a handful of techniques, but none are so complicated as to be overwhelming. There are garments, blankets, accessories, household items, and more, so there's bound to be at least one project that appeals to you. Check out the author's website for more info and videos about some of the projects.
An Evening with Nicholas Delbanco at Nicola's Book Store (Ann Arbor) on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 PM. Enjoy an evening with Nicholas Delbanco for a discussion regarding his latest non-fiction book:
Lastingness: the art of old age by Nicholas Delbanco — one of America's most celebrated men of letters profiles great geniuses in the fields of visual art, literature, and music-Monet, Verdi, O'Keeffe, Yeats, among others — searching for the answers to why some artists' work diminishes with age, while others' reaches its peak.
Wendy knits lace: essential techniques and patterns for irresistible everyday lace by Wendy D. Johnson — Knitting lace doesn't have to be complicated. Even the most simple-to-learn lace knitting techniques can look extremely impressive, and a knitted lace accessory can bring a real flair to your wardrobe. There are projects for all skill levels here, and items ranging from scarves to shawls to sweaters to socks and more.
The knitting book by Frederica Patmore, Vikki Haffenden — This large book includes a wealth of information of value to beginning or experienced knitters. From tools, materials, and equipment to stitch patterns and techniques to actual projects for knitters of all skill levels, this book has it all. Bright, crisp photographs make it a treat to look at as well as being a useful resource.
Martha Stewart's handmade holiday crafts : 225 projects and year-round inspiration for everybody's favorite celebrations by from the editors of Martha Stewart Living — Every year is full of celebrations, and this book includes crafty projects you can make to help celebrate ten of the most commonly honored holidays. Many of these projects are also adaptable enough that you could use them for birthdays, anniversaries, and other get-togethers. Some are even possibilities for any time, like the embroidered cards and flowery notes.
Knitting in the details : charming designs to knit and embellish by Louisa Harding — There are a variety of techniques you can use to bring a little something extra to your knitting projects. This book covers embroidery, duplicate stitch, beading and a number of other such techniques. It's amazing what a difference a seemingly small effort can make.
The Star Wars craft book by Bonnie Burton — Star Wars fans, get ready! This book contains a Millennium Falcon-full of awesome crafty projects. Star Wars maven Bonnie Burton is back with instructions to make your own Wookiee sock puppet, AT-AT herb garden, R2-D2 crochet beanie, Jabba the Hutt body pillow, and a ton of other way cool projects. Many of the projects are easier than bulls-eying womp rats, while others may require you to use the force (or perhaps have a helping hand from a parent or Jedi).
Lacy knits : 20 delicate projects in soft, luxurious mohair-silk yarns by Alison Crowther-Smith ; photographs by John Heseltine — Knitting lace can seem intimidating, but it really doesn't have to be difficult. There are many lace stitches that are almost as simple as knitting a basic rib pattern. Lace knits feel so indulgent and can be a great way to spoil yourself or someone you care for. This book includes patterns for scarves, wraps, shrugs, and even pillows and corsages.
Closely knit : handmade gifts for the ones you love by Hannah Fettig — Are you looking for ideas for quick-to-make holiday gifts? There are a number of them in this book, as well as projects for speedier knitters or those whose gift-giving occasion is further in the future. Hats, scarves, bags, sweaters, and a few special unique items are included here.