Embellish Me by Laurie Wisbrun

To close out our blog series on crafting titles, here’s a neat little book called Embellish Me: How to Print, Dye, and Decorate Your Fabric by Laurie Wisbrun.

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Full disclosure: I have never used any of the techniques in this book, but now that I’ve read it I want to try them all!

“Embellish Me is the ultimate guide to achieving the perfect surface finish for your fabric-based projects. Comprehensive step-by-step instructions are accompanied by detailed illustrations that illuminate an extensive range of fabric alteration and embellishment techniques. Learn tie-dyeing, bleaching, and shibori; block, silk-screen, and digital printing; and beading, embroidery, and applique. This information-rich guide will equip you with all the information you need to apply these techniques to any number of fabric projects, from tote bags and clothes to cushion covers, lampshades, toys, and home furnishings.”

 

Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog

A blog series on crafting books wouldn’t be complete without a knitting title, this week Amy Herzog’s Knit to Flatter: The only instructions you’ll ever need to knit sweaters that make you look good and feel great!

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This is a wonderful book of patterns that help you make the most flattering sweaters possible. A must-read for any knitter.

“There’s nothing worse than spending countless hours on a handmade garment, only to find that the fit is horrible and unflattering. Knitwear designer Herzog, known for her online and in-person workshops on creating well-fitting knitted garments, compiles years of experience into this confidence-building book. After some self-analysis, knitters will easily be able to determine their own body type-top-heavy, bottom-heavy, or proportional-as well as sweater designs that complement each shape. Herzog not only shows each design on a model, she explains why the design works for that body type, allowing women of all shapes and sizes to find garments with similar elements. The directions for the sweaters are clear, and Herzog presents suitable modifications for each garment.”

Clever Crocheted Accessories: 25 Quick Weekend Projects

To continue our series on crafting books, I’d like to turn our attention to crocheting with Clever Crocheted Accessories edited by Brett Bara.

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If you’re anything like me, you like quick projects. I may have the desire to knit or sew or crochet but it needs to be a manageable piece or I get bored and/or frustrated–also my skills just aren’t up to those big projects anyway. 😉 If you like to crochet this is a great book that includes 25 weekend projects.

“Crocheters will satisfy their hunger for unique small projects with former Crochet Today editor Brett Bara’s Clever Crocheted Accessories . Brett collected 25 delightful, practical pieces that make perfect gifts–though you may be tempted to keep them all to yourself! The ideal curator, Brett shares a first-rate lineup of projects. Whether you are a beginner or experienced crocheter, there is something for everyone: hats and caps, including a cloche, porkpie hat, and tam; scarves, shawls, and cowls, from chunky to drapey to snug; eye-catching mittens and arm warmers; delicate lace socks and cozy man-slippers; flirty bags; and sparkly jewelry.”

Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends

To continue our blog series on crafting books, here’s Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends by Lindsay Conner.

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I have always loved the idea of a quilting circle. A group of people connecting and creating beautiful quilts. If you’ve ever wondered about starting your own quilting bee, this should be your go-to text.

“Create. Grow. Connect. This how-to book features 13 projects for a virtual one-year quilting bee. Crafted with a modern aesthetic, the patterns are inspired by traditional quilt blocks as well as bits and pieces of daily life. As you quilt along with this book from month to month, you’ll master sewing techniques of increasing difficulty from easy to advanced. Each project includes instructions for assembling the block and for finishing a full-size quilt. You’ll also find a comprehensive section on quilting basics and plenty of tips on organizing your own virtual bee.”

 

Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Wraps

This January the blog will  be highlighting craft books, to kick things off here’s Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Wraps by Jennifer Playford.

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I just discovered this fascinating book and I can’t wait to head to the fabric store so I can start adding a little something extra to the gifts I have to give.

“Discover how to use a simple square of fabric to beautifully wrap gifts of any shape or size–with Wrapagami . In this gorgeously photographed book, award-winning designer Jennifer Playford, inspired by the traditional Japanese fabric wraps known as furoshiki , shows exactly how to use fabric to create modern, eco-friendly (they’re reusable) gift wraps. It’s so easy–all you need is a square piece of fabric– and with a few simple twists and ties, you can creatively wrap a wide variety of shapes from simple rectangles (such as books) to more challenging shapes (bottles) to things you might previously have thought un-wrappable (melons). Clear written instructions, easy-to-follow diagrams, and beautiful photos of the finished wraps make it easy to wrap expertly the first time. Jennifer shows the basic techniques for every shape, and presents twenty-five stunning wraps, complete with decorative embellishments for every occasion, from weddings to birthdays. Also included are innovative ideas galore for using wrapagami every day (carry your lunch, and then use the wrap as a picnic blanket) and reusing the wraps (to wrap again,or repurpose in a multitude of ways). Let Wrapagami inspire you to start a new tradition!”