Book Club: April

Book Club - April

Modern Granny Square Crochet and More

By Laura Strutt

$19.95, Ryland, Peters, & Small

This book provides you with plenty of inspiration to get back to basics and reignite your love of granny squares, circles, triangles, and more. Learn to make pillow covers, afghans and throws, a granny circle rug, and even a book bag and coin purse. The basic stitches and techniques you need are all fully illustrated and explained, so you just need the yarn and a hook to be able to create these beautiful pieces.

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Hand-Printing Studio

By Betsy Olmsted

$24.95, C&T Publishing

Create irresistible designs for your home with hand printing! Bring out your inner artist with 15 modern projects for your home, from a galvanized planter to glass vases and sweet floral curtains to a printed coffee table. A complete visual guide will teach you the secrets of block printing, screen printing, and disperse dye transfer techniques.

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Knitless

By Laura McFadde

$18.00, Running Press

This clever book gives yarn lovers 50 fun ways to use their stashes without taking out their knitting or crochet needles! The projects are easy and simple, but with a modern aesthetic. Projects include an updated office chair, pop art pieces, an infinity scarf, and more.

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Book Club: March

Book Club - March

Collage This Journal

By Eleanor Shakespeare

$14.99, Potter Style

This irrisistibly iteractive journal is filled with dozens of clever ideas for recording your life, such as “Make balloons out of photos from special and happy occasions” or  “Fill the genie’s lamp with wishes.” The author/illustrator’s wonderfully layered photo-illustration montages invite readers to mix media, too, and make this keepsake truly their own.

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Banners, Buntings, Garlands & Pennants
by Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio

$17.95, Lark Crafts

Festive and eye-catching, banners, buntings, garlands, and pennants add visual fun to almost any type of celebration or space. These 40 quick and easy projects—made of paper, fabric, felt, and more—make beautiful displays. Use them for special events, for holidays, when entertaining, or even just to spice up a room. A basics section gives beginners a primer on the materials and techniques they need.

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Macrame Jewelry and Accessories

By Lucy Hopping

$19.95, Ryland Peters & Small

Macrame is back! Lucy Hopping has created a macrame project for every mood and outfit— there are chic and simple rings, a vivid feather necklace for festivals and carnivals, and delicate pearl and seed-bead bracelets to brighten up a work outfit or for a dinner date—each one will add a unique, hand-made touch to your wardrobe. All the projects are made with easy-to-learn macrame techniques and many of them use basic materials, such as embroidery floss, yarn, ribbon, and beads.

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Book Club: February

Book Club - February

The Hand Embroidered Haven

By Megan Frock

$22.99, KP Craft

In this book, Megan Frock shows you how to stitch, sew and applique your way to fun, funky home decor that will add style to your space. Whether you want to give small handmade touches to towels and tablecloths or stitch larger, functional works of art such as pillows and quilts, this book has all the instruction you need to create something special for every room.

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Knot Nordic

By Eline Oftedal

$19.95, Collins & Brown

Traditional Nordic patterns have become all the rage, and this fashion-forward collection from designer Eline Oftedal offers a modern spin on four iconic Norwegian patterns: Marius, Voss, Setesdal, and Fana. Twenty contemporary projects range from an iPad and phone cover to a teddy bear and hot pants. Oftedal delves into the inspiration behind the designs, exploring their origins and worldwide appeal.

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Adventures in Pompom Land

By Myko Diann Bocek

$17.95, Lark Crafts

Enter the wonderful land of pompoms, where cute critters and creative adventures await you. All the projects in this unique collection begin with handmade pompoms, and every step is beautifully laid out with easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of images. Crafters can then create 25 charming creatures—from a sweet little bluebird to a lop-eared bunny—out of wool yarn, roving, and felt.

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Book Club: January

Book Club - January

 

Wall Art: 35 Fresh and Striking Projects to Decorate Your Walls

By Clare Youngs

$19.95, Ryland Peters & Small

Update your interiors with these innovative, contemporary projects, some of which can be created in an afternoon. There are 3D paper flowers, a simple macrame wall hanging that, moving paper horses that gallop when you pull their tails, paintings, stencils, papercrafts, tapestries, hanging plants, and more. So all you need to do is find a bare wall and you can get started right away!

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Craft-a-Doodle

By Jenny Doh

$19.95, Lark Crafts

Using a simple doodle as a starting point, 18 artists take readers on an inspirational, crafty journey! Filled with inventive prompts designed to fuel the imagination, these 75 exercises motivate crafters to pick up a pencil, brush, or marker, and explore their artistic voice. From quick “try it” ideas using shapes and patterns to doodled portraits and contour drawings, these step-by-step projects are wild creative fun.

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Sew Serendipity Sewing Workbook

By Kay Whitt

$22.99, Krause Books

This sewing handbook is filled with great little seasonal projects to get the sewing juices flowing, and tons of handy tips and worksheets to get the sewer planning each step of the sewing project. With timelines, fabric charts, quick projects, and skill-builder tips, this workbook is packed with value.

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Book Club: December

Book Club - December

 

Stitched Whimsy: A Playful Pairing of Felt & Fabric

By Heidi Boyd

$24.99, F+W Media

Make adorable hand-stitched projects featuring woodland creatures, colorful creations, fuzzy foodstuffs, and more. The 20 fun sewn, stitched and felted projects come complete with clear instructions, illustrations, and patterns. They include a variety of fun techniques including embroidery, appliqué, felting, hand-stitching, and classic sewing.

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Uncommon Cards

By Jeanne Williamson

$20.00, Running Press

The right greeting card is hard to find, but with the most basic sewing machine and a few recycled materials, you’ll have cards for every occasion in a snap. With 52 sewn designs made from easy-to-follow instructions, you can show just how much you care with a beautiful, handmade creation! This DIY guide contains eight sheets of cardstock and basic stitch patterns that can be transform a blank card into a one-of-a-kind design.

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Designer Crochet

By Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

$22.95, Lark Crafts

Designer Crochet contains sophisticated and figure-flattering garments with great drape and shape. Using lightweight yarns and a beautiful variety of stitch patterns and motifs, you’ll create jackets and cardigans, a layering tank and a floor-sweeping skirt, and more. This is a complete wardrobe in a single book for sizes small through 5X.

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