Crafty Book Reviews

Fall is almost here, which means new craft books abound at the stores. Check out the following titles for ideas and inspiration that will carry you through the season. The list is long, the content is clever, and overall, these page-turners are oh-so-worthy. Visit to buy them!

Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe, by Wendy Mullin, Eviana Hartman and Beci Orpin (Bulfinch, Bk&Acces edition, 212 pages, $25.99 hardcover): Self-taught seamstress, Mullin, leads a new generation of sewing enthusiasts sewers down the path of handmade clothing, using three simple patterns and dozens of variations.

The Impatient Beader Gets Inspired: A Crafty Chick’s Guide to Instant Inspiration, by Margot Potter (Northlight Books, 127 pages, $19.99 paperback): Whimsical, colorful ideas for creating wild, dangly and kitschy necklaces, rings and bracelets. Perfect for pop-culture crafters.

Knitting Under the Influence, by Claire LaZebnik (5Spot, 416pages, $12.99 paperback): Fictional, funny and heart-tugging story about three 20-something Los Angeles women who drink, cry and, of course, knit together whenever they can.

Simply Green Parties: Simple and Resourceful Ideas for Throwing the Perfect Celebration, Event, or Get-Together, by Danny Seo (HarperCollins, 160pages, $19.95 hardcover): Chic, environmentally friendly offerings for party favors, centerpieces, gifts and decorations.

Get Your Sparkle On: Create and Wear the Gems That Make You Shine, by Lindsay Cain, Sarah B. Weir, Rachel Stone and Ellen McDermott (Chronicle Books, 120pages, $19.95 paperback): Cain, an owner of a popular design-your-own jewelry boutique in New York City, shares high- end beaded jewelry designs for every kind of personality.

Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters, by Lisa Kartus (Interweave Press, 112pages, $19.95 hardcover): Cooler temperatures mean the knitting needles are going to go into overdrive. This book is there to help with the glitches.

Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal, by Janice Taylor (Penguin, 272pages, $19.95 paperback): Taylor lost 50pounds by turning to art, instead of food. She shares how she did it with craft projects, musings and tips.

Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).

Love & light,

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