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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Books
That crafts and gardening books belong in the same spotlight will become evident as readers pick up and enjoy the following crafts and gardening titles, all reviewed in Booklist between December 15, 2012, and December 1, 2013. What is evident is that crafts and gardening are all part of the world of working with your hands to create something both beautiful and meaningful.
The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry. By John Sartin. 2013. Quayside/Creative, paper, $24.99 (9781589237360).
If any crafter has reservations about learning to make metal jewelry, Sartin knocks those reservations out of the water in a very savvy approach to the subject.
Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs: Creative Techniques for Joining Motifs of All Shapes. By Edie Eckman. 2012. Storey, $19.95 (9781603429733).
This is smart publishing: a spiral-bound pattern and instructional book that actually lies flat, so that avid needleworkers can practice while reading instructions.
Journal Your Way: Designing and Using Handmade Books. By Gwen Diehn. 2013. Sterling/Lark, paper, $17.95 (9781454704119).
Diehn teaches readers how to create the blank book most suited to one’s needs through a series of questions and selections from eight different personal journals.
Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You. By Amanda Thomsen. 2013. Storey, paper, $16.95 (9781603429863).
Thomsen’s entertaining and vibrant approach to landscaping as a form of self-expression provides solid horticultural information and lots of creative ideas via delightful color drawings and witty commentary.
Paper Blooms: 25 Extraordinary Flowers to Make for Weddings, Celebrations and More. By Jeffrey Rudell. 2013. Sterling/Lark, paper, $17.95 (9781454703501).
The author’s latest book hands us the how-to’s for creating 25 fanciful blooms for any occasion.
Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City. By Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates. 2013. Chelsea Green, paper, $19.95 (9781603583992).
Toensmeier and Bates recount their creation of a hardy, self-sustaining fruit and vegetable garden on their postage-stamp lot in a small New England city.
Planting: A New Perspective. By Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury. 2013. Timber, $39.95 (9781604693706).
Top garden designers Oudolf and Kingsbury consider twenty-first-century gardening trends and challenges in this essential, informative, and inspiring guide.
Sewing Solutions: Tips and Techniques for the Savvy Sewist. By Nicole Vasbinder. 2012. Interweave, paper, $19.95 (9781596685987).
Vasbinder knows exactly how to set novices at ease while also providing near professionals with a handy reference.
The Speedy Vegetable Garden. By Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz. 2013. Timber, $18.95 (9781604693263).
Diacono and Leendertz showcase 50 fast-growing and delectable vegetables and herbs in this guide to a convenient kitchen garden.
Touch a Butterfly: Wildlife Gardening with Kids. By April Pulley Sayre. 2013. Shambhala/Roost, $19.95 (9781590309179).
Children’s author Sayre offers instructions for attracting wildlife great and small to backyards of various sizes and locations along with creative activities to help children enjoy and appreciate nature’s bounty.
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