The mail has been coming in swift over here, lots of new books coming out! Here’s some of my favorites. A few of these have been out for a few months, but they are new to me! Look for these titles at your local craft store, bookstore, author websites or at online booksellers! OK, let’s do this!
1. Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion
by Kristen Nunez
Publisher: King, Laurence Publishing
Publication date: 5/20/2014
Author Kristen Nunez runs the site, StudsandPearls.com. Just like the name suggests, she offers a balance of hard and soft, girly-meets-gritty. The book follows suits with a collection of easy and stylish DIY project for fashion forward chicas. From painting shoes to leather earrings and sparkling shades, this book has it all covered. Check out her web site: StudsandPearls.com
2. BiblioCraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects
by Jessica Pigza
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
Publication date: 3/18/2014
OK, it took me a few minutes to get the gist of this page-turner. This book so super clever in that the author – and reveled librarian – Jessica, shares her love of the library as inspiration for DIY project. For example, from the synopsis: “Whatever the quest—historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, or historic millinery instructions worked into floral fascinators—anyone can utilize library resources to bring their creative visions to life.” Very cool indeed. I am very pro-library and work with my local branch on events every year. This is just one more reason to celebrate libraries and craft. Thank you, Jessica! By the way, visit her web site for more literary goodness: Handmade Librarian.
3. Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny & Aaron: Create Incredible Art Journals and Handmade Mixed Media Treasures with Two Master Crafters
by Jenny Heid, Aaron Nieradka
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Publication date: 11/12/2013
This one goes above your average craft book! Jenny and Aaron are brilliant artists and have taken time out of their busy production business to design and share some wonderful mixed media projects. From adorable realistic-looking faux doughnuts to colorful and clever journal ideas, you’ll feel like you’re sitting down to a day of messy-fun workshops. I think what makes all of these projects so appealing is they look scrumptious. Jenny and Aaron’s magical talent with illustration is breathtakingly fabulous! Visit their web site: Everyday is a Holiday.
4. The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects
by Cliff Currie, Andrea Currie
Publisher: KP Books
Publication date: 10/31/2013
If you are looking for something silly, fun, wacky…and sentimental – smile. You found your peeps. Cliff and Andrea Currie run the blog, Handmake My Day – it’s like a kooky his and her showdown with glitter, scissors and anything else you can think of! AND – you know this book is a good one, because Andrea is one of the winners of the TLC series, Craft Wars. (I wish we still had that show, it was so fun!). The projects in this book stick to the his and her theme, which makes them perfect for date night, or even family crafting day. I think they would be fun to do for a wedding party – a get-together, weeks before the event to get everyone to know each other. You know one can find out a lot about a person just by crafting with them…am I right? Visit their web site: Handmake My Day
5. 20 Ways to Draw a Doodle and 44 Other Zigzags, Hearts, Spirals, and Teardrops: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers
by Rachael Taylor
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication date: 6/1/2014
Series: 20 Ways Series
Part of the 20 Ways series, this latest contribution does not disappoint. Doodling has becomes everyone’s favorite past time more than ever, and this paperback will only add to the excitement. Rainbows, zigzags, flowers, twists and twirls – enough ideas to get through that next boring office call. The best part about this craft book – all you need is a pen and paper. Check out the author’s web site, Rachel Taylor Designs.
6. Makery: Over 30 Projects for the Home, to Wear and to Give
by Kate Smith
Publisher: Octopus Books
Publication date: 6/3/2014
This book appealed to me because it has a lot of unexpected ideas, as well as those I’ve always wanted to try. Free-motion sewing of a coffee cup on canvas. Why, sure!. There’s another one of book end pillows. The vintage tape measure brooch project looks simple and would make a great gift bag embellishment that has dual purpose! There is a lot of easy sewing, as well as decoupage, rug making and knitting. Did I mention the thread spool wreath in the shape of a heart? Visit Kate’s store (or at least her Facebook page), The Makery, located in Bath, England.
7. Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love
by Blair Stocker
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 3/11/2014
Author Blair Stocker has an impressive background of textile and apparel design and eventually ended up in a happy place where she shares DIY tutorials of thrifted goods on her site, Wise Craft Handmade. The projects, as well as Blair’s storytelling is so heartfelt and personal, you’ll feel instantly connected! She shares ideas for giving new life to secondhand treasures, and random objects in daily life. Visit her web site: Wise Craft Handmade.
8. Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon, and Cords
by Lorelei Eurto, Erin Siegel
Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/19/2012
I haven’t seen a copy of this one, but just met the author, Erin, online. I LOVE her style and you know I’m all about boho-style! I thought I’d share this title in case you feel the same way. There are a lot of cords and ribbons, soft and hard textures. so lovely! I’m excited to buy a copy! Visit her blog here: http://erinsiegeljewelry.blogspot.com/