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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Books
The zestiest crafts and gardening books of 2012 celebrate the pleasures of creativity and of working with one’s hands to infuse everyday life with beauty, nourishment, comfort, and inspiration, whether they offer instructions for crocheting sweaters, making jewelry, or growing vegetables.
American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens across America. By Michelle Obama. Crown, $30 (9780307956026).
Obama shares the vision, history, and hands-on efforts involved in creating the White House kitchen garden, a beacon of healthy eating and living, in this warmly informative and exuberantly illustrated volume.
The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables: The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden. By Marie Iannotti. Timber, $19.95 (9781604691887).
Esteemed garden writer Iannotti presents an enthusiastic, useful, and gorgeously illustrated guide to growing and enjoying exceptionally flavorful and alluring heirloom vegetables.
Creating Decorative Paper. By Paula Guhin. Stackpole, $24.95 (9780811736466).
Guhin is informative, helpful, and playful in this colorful how-to that features creative projects diverse in design and options yet quickly made and affordable, thanks to her clever use of household items.
Custom Crocheted Sweaters: Make Garments That Really Fit. By Dora Ohrenstein. Lark, $22.95 (9781600597985).
Ohrenstein, founder-editor of crochetinsider.com, guides crocheters through the tricky process of making sweaters that actually fit and provides 10 sweater designs.
Gemstone Settings: The Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Styles & Techniques. By Anastasia Young. Interweave, $29.95 (9781596686366).
British jewelry-maker Young provides sparkle and substance in this excellent, visually stunning guide to contemporary design, more than 30 groups of gemstones, and various craft techniques.
Improv Sewing: A Freedom Approach to Creative Techniques. By Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut. Storey, $19.95 (9781603427401).
Blum and Immergut’s lively approach to personalized sewing projects is all about serendipity and enjoying the process, from making patterns to choosing fabric to using innovative embellishments.
“A Rich Spot of Earth”: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. By Peter J. Hatch. Yale, $35 (9780300171143).
Thomas Jefferson’s beloved home, Monticello, is a monument to his passion for vegetable gardening, an endeavor Patch, director of gardens and grounds there, chronicles with invaluable insights in this photograph-rich homage.
The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. By Janisse Ray. Chelsea Green, $17.95 (9781603583060).
In her timely look at heirloom seeds, nature writer Ray notes that in the last 100 years, 94 percent of seed varieties available in America have been lost; explains why this poses a threat; and explicates her own seed-saving habits as well as those of gardeners across the country.
Stash Happy Appliqué. By Cynthia Shaffer. Sterling/Lark, $16.95 (9781454702801).
Scraps, bits, notions, and leftover fabrics take on transformative powers with appliqué in Shaffer’s latest enticing addition to the Stash Happy series.
Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works. By Atina Diffley. Univ. of Minnesota, $24.95 (9780816677719).
Diffley chronicles the demanding work required to produce organic fruits and vegetables on her family farm and the battles they waged to save precious Minnesota acreage from developers and the construction of a crude-oil pipeline.
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