With the holidays just around the corner (where did the year go) this month we decided to share some of our favorite craft books that wold make excellent gifts for the crafters in your life.
As my sister calls it, I am a multi-passionate crafter which in layman terms means that I have a variety of crafts in which I dabble. Below are just a few of the craft books that I love. These are some of the ones that made it through my big craft book purge last year. For as much as I do use Pinterest and the internet to find information I just could not let go of these books. Please note that book names link to Amazon for informational purposes only!
For the knitter in your life
Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine - there are actually six of these Stitchionary books and I own four of them. I have used this one to find different stitch patterns for making dishcloths and socks but also it is a great for just practicing different stitches.
Huge & Huggable Mochimochi: 20 Supersized Patterns for Big Knitted Friends by Anna Hrachovec - I love her Mochimochi patterns and this book is perfect for making toys for those little ones in your life although I will admit that I want to make them all for myself.
Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters by Deborah Newton - I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Deborah Newton a few years ago and I am the proud owner of a signed copy of her book.
Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits by Wendy Johnson - my favorite sock making book. I only make toe up socks and I love the variations in this book.
For the sewing guru
The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing - 1100 Full-Color How-To Photos by Singer - I have had this book for very long time and I still refer to it. It has everything that you need. This edition seems to only be available used as I believe there is a newer revised edition.
Sew Liberated by Meg McElwee - Fun quirky patterns that use the art of applique. This is a fun book for that seamstress in your life who wants to break away from the ordinary. She also has a website by the same name.
Simple Bags Japanese Style: 20 Designs to Sew by Akiyo Kajiwara - Simple but beautiful bags. I made the Furoshiki bag as Christmas gifts one year and they were a big hit! I would say that I would not recommend this to a beginner as the instructions are not as detailed and you have to have some knowledge of cutting and sewing to figure some of it out. I really need to revisit this book and try some more of the patterns.
For the paper crafter
Creating Handmade Books and Unique Handmade Books by Alisa Golden - Wonderful books on how to make your own unique journals etc. The books have lots of great ideas for decorating and making them into works of art.
The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss - This is based on the author's blog by the same name. Great ideas for when you just don't know what to do with that brand new, blank sketchbook. Here's a novel idea, why not make your own handmade book and then use the challenges to fill it.
And of course my list would not be complete without the oh so popular adult coloring books. This is just three of my favorites from my stash.
The Official Outlander Coloring Book by Diana Gabaldon - hey don't judge. It's the closest I will probably get to that kilt!
Splendid Cities: Color Your Way to Calm by Rosie Goodwin and Alice Chadwick - Real and imagined cities await you in this wonderful coloring book.
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford - I absolutely love this coloring book. Each image has hidden creatures and objects that you have to find.
Sharing and writing about these has really reinvigorated my creative spirit. I really need to pull these out more often and play.
Now let's see what wonderful favorites Francine came up with to share!
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
"May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all".