Guest Post | Craft Book Collection

Monday, 30 March 2015

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In my last review I talked about Cut Out + Keep: Around The USA In 50 Craft Projects, the latest edition to my craft book collection. Today I thought I would follow on from the review and share another sneak peek at some of the craft books I own!

Patch!, Cath Kidston (2011)
In true Cath Kidston fashion this book is full of pretty projects to decorate your home and give as gifts to family & friends. Patch! details the 'traditional tecnhiques' such as Crazy Patchwork and Hand Applique and also comes with some samples of Cath Kidston's famous fabrics to use on a patchwork tote bag or cushion.

Tutorial highlights include: the Triangle Patch Pillowcase - a striped and checked triangle patchwork cover with a nautical feel, the Child's Pentagon Ball - a clever patchwork toy that's safe for toddlers, and the Bunny Sweater - an applique project that adds a floral rabbit design and elbow patches to a simple grey jumper.

Print Workshop, Christine Schmidt (2011)
This book details all kinds of printmaking techniques from classic to modern, and includes in depth guides on how to use them to create original pieces. A glossary for printing terms and templates to get you started are also provided at the end of the book.

Tutorial highlights include: the Water-Slide Decal Jars - cleverly created using packing tape these are perfect for kitchen decor, the Moon + Trees Solar-Plate Print - a beautiful design transferred using sunlight and the Veggie Picnic Set - created with stamps made from sweet potatoes!

Making Stuff, Ziggy Hanaor (2006)
Subtitled 'an alternative craft book', Making Stuff features a whole host of unique project ideas from a selection of different crafters covering clothing, jewellery, home decor and kids projects. In addition to these ideas the book also includes how-tos for the basics of knitting, sewing, crochet, applique and more.

Tutorial highlights include: the Puppet Junkie, a great upcycling idea that uses 'junk' to create unique puppets, Record Breaking Notebooks - another clever upcycle using old record sleeves, and the Eco Shopper - a tote cleverly made from a bed sheet.

Wild Jewellery, Sarah Drew (2012)
This unique title is perfect for those that love both upcycling and jewellery making as it is full of tutorials and inspiration for turning found objects into wearable statement pieces. The ideas are split into three sections based on where you will find the materials to make them; Beside The Seaside, Into The Woods & Urban Day Out.

Tutorial highlights include: Crocheting With Plastic - a unique twist on this classic craft and Free-form Wirework - a technique that allows you to turn simple twigs into a pretty beaded bracelet.

Makery, Kate Smith (2012)
With beautiful photography and an easy-to-follow layout the first Makery book shares ideas for fashion, gifts and the home - there really is something for everyone! Again the basics are covered, this time through simple step-by-steps and line illustrations, and a fold out of patterns is included for some of the projects.

Tutorial highlights include: Shrinky Dink Jewellery - rubber stamps are used to create intricate designs on these unique pieces and Book Ends - a unique take on the classic fabric cube book ends these are adorned with text from a favourite book!

Craft Show & Sell, Jayne Torie (2014)
If you're looking for a beautifully designed book full of tips on building your own craft business and selling both online and at fairs Craft, Show & Sell is the book for you. Covering everything from creating the right workspace to branding, photography and promoting on social media the book has a little bit of everything, there's even a few useful storage tutorial ideas thrown into the mix as well!

Tutorial highlights include: the Lino Block Rubber Stamp - perfect for creating your own unique packaging, and the Pinterest famous Upcycled Storage Jars - these glass jars adorned with pastel bunnies are both handy and adorable!

Do you have any favourite craft books?
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Post author: Erin

Erin has been blogging since 2010 but recently launched new blog A Natural Detour. Back in 2012 she teamed up with Ria to create Blogger's Bookshelf after rediscovering her love of books and hasn't looked back since! Her favourite reads include Ready Player One and Dangerous Girls.

6 comments :

  1. I was just recently thinking I wanted to get some crafty books! These look great! Thanks, Erin!

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  2. Rachael Adams12:30 pm

    I love the Liberty book of sewing, and all the Cath Kidston ones! I have way too many craft books to remember, though! :)

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  3. I flicked through the Liberty book recently and was very tempted, it looks beautiful! Thanks for the recommendation :)

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  4. Perfect timing! Hope this post gave you some good ideas :)

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  5. Jenna2:52 am

    I love crafts!!!!!!! I need to check out these books :) I love making jewelry and diy clothes <3
    -Jenna <3
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  6. If you enjoy a variety of crafts I'd definitely recommend the Makery books :)

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