Here are some cool crafty books I’ve come across. Most of them I’ve never seen, yet, but hope to some day. I realize that I need a little more “in my hands” type inspiration for the gifts I’d like to create. Maybe I’ll need to hit McKay’s craft book section sometime soon to see if I can find any of these. Better yet, maybe I’ll take this list to the bookstore and peruse till my hearts content. For now, its a list to be investigated. (update: I went to McKay’s and unless you like “sewing with Nancy” on PBS, then you’re not going to find up to date sewing books there. Went to Barnes and Noble and perused till my heart was content)
Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew by Amy Karol. I really want to see this book. Amy Karol’s angry chicken blog is chock full of creative ideas. You almost feel crafty just by reading her blog. (update: One I found at Barnes and Noble, its great! I got the impression that the instructions are not as detailed as they could/should be. But I don’t think I’d have a problem making the projects. I love her short cuts, this is one book that I would completely read cover to cover.) (update: I now own it and love it. I’ve read it cover to cover and love all of the fun an witty things she includes in her book. I’ve yet to try one of the patterns, but that will come sooner or later!)
Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics by Francesca DenHartog. I first came across this book while reading Jeannette’s blog. She made a cute skirt and her description of the book intrigues me. I love skirts, especially in summertime and want to learn how to sew without a pattern. (update: My parents gave this to me for Christmas. I must make at least one skirt for myself this summer, I already have the fabric too. Too many projects, too little time!)
Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. This book suggestion came from Amber. And it looks like it would be such a fun one! Its by one of the sisters at The Purl Bee. (update: I looked at this book at Barnes and Noble, well maybe I should say I drooled over it. It is fantastic! I can’t wait to get it.) (update: I own this now and love love it! Its been an invaluable tool in helping me make the many baby quilts I’ve been working on lately. This is one book I’ll use a ton!)
Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects by Denyse Schmidt. Found this on Amazon. Joelle Hoverson also recommends it in the back of her patchwork book. I looked through it at Barnes and Noble and it looks like a great quilting resource book. It also has some good projects. (update: I now own this one too, and love it. Its a wonderful resource and inspiration for helping me plan my own quilts. I especially love her pictures and instructions on binding a quilt. Her “how to” section is fantastic.)
Heirloom Machine Quilting, 4th Edition: Comprehensive Guide to Hand-Quilting Effects Using Your Sewing Machine by Harriet Hargrave. The library has this, so I’m going to check it out. Joelle Hoverson suggests this book saying that its the most comprehensive and detailed book on machine quilting that she’s seen. Sounds like a good one.
The Modern Quilt Workshop: Patterns, Techniques, and Designs from the Funquilts Studio by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle. Book suggestion from the back of Joelle Hoverson’s book.
Color Harmony for Quilts: A Quiltmaker’s Guide to Exploring Color
by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle. Book suggestion from the back of Joelle Hoverson’s book.
Quilting Basics by Celia Eddy. Amazon find, reviews anyone?
Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew, and No-Sew Projects by Cynthia Treen. Amazon reccommended this book to me. Anyone have any personal reviews of this book?
Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals by Therese Laskey. Another Amazon suggestion. The cute little ones on the cover drew me in. “From Japan to Israel to Chile to Texas, each artist brings a wicked sense of fun to the 25 cute, weird, edgy, or artful creations offered here: a cupcake pincushion; delicate snow bunnies; a peculiar robot; and many more quirky creatures.” I looked at this in Barnes and Noble. Its cute, but not great. There are some fun little creatures to make in here, but seems like a lot of it you could just come up with on your own. Though these would make fun baby gifts to give along with a purchased gift. (update: saw this in the bookstore, its cute but I wasn’t blown away by it. Its got a lot of quirky little animals to make, could be fun, but not a must have.)
The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule. A not yet released (coming 4/08) book by the author of SouleMama.