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Find more Top 10 Craft and Hobby Books
Crafts still rule, and the proliferation of crafts books continues unabated. Use the 10 titles listed and annotated below, all reviewed in Booklist over the past year, as a guide to keeping your craft collection up to date.
Bookbinding: Techniques and Projects. By Josep Cambras. Barron’s, paper, $26.99 (9780764160844).
Beginning with a historical overview, continuing to an explanation of tools and materials, Cambras showcases his expertise in chapters devoted to half a dozen techniques and the same quantity of paper-painting methods.
A Fine Fleece: Knitting with Handspun Yarns. By Lisa Lloyd. Crown/Potter Craft, $30 (9780307346834).
It is clear that Lloyd is conducting a love affair with Aran designs, those wonderful cable knits from Ireland..
Painting on Glass and Ceramic. By Karen Embry. Sterling, $24.95 (9781402752643).
With so many new paints and glazes on the market, it’s as easy as having a free afternoon to make your own designer ceramics without the complications of a kiln or a potter’s wheel. Embry presents a helpful rundown of these paints and glazes.
Pretty Little Pincushions. By Susan Brill. Sterling/Lark, $17.95 (1-60059-144-2).
Stitchers with a yen to whip up something different for the local craft fair or for an irresistible gift need look no further.
Quilting, Patchwork & Appliqué: A World Guide. By Caroline Crabtree and Christine Shaw. Thames & Hudson, $45 (9780500513736).
The subtitle of this luxurious but greatly educational book is an accurate indication of its contents; the scope is indeed international, as the authors, experienced in what they write about, have gathered abundant, vibrant color illustrations to wed to their comprehensive yet fluid text.
Son of Stitch ’n Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit & Crochet for Men. By Debbie Stoller. Workman, paper, $15.95 (9780761146179).
Superstitious knitters speak with foreboding of the dreaded “sweater curse,” which holds that if you knit your boyfriend a sweater, he will soon be an ex-boyfriend. With this latest book in the Stitch ’n Bitch series, women knitters may have a talisman against the sweater curse.
200 Crochet Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets. By Jan Eaton. St. Martin’s, $27.95 (0-312-36187-4).
Eaton works her expert magic in compiling a jam-packed every-page-worth-perusing reference that even experienced crafters will return to again and again.
Understanding Watercolor: Creative Techniques in Watercolor. By Marica Moses. Sterling, $23.95 (1-4027-2574-4).
Watercolor is a strong, robust medium, and understanding the color part of the term watercolor is essential to using the medium to its most expressive heights. Moses gives both the beginner and the practiced watercolorist a complete course in color.
Uniquely Felt. By Christine White. Storey, paper, $24.95 (9781580176736).
Like most textile crafts, felting has great appeal, not only because of its tactile sensibilities but also because it gives crafters plenty of room for creative designs. White offers background on the history of felting in various cultures and useful information on wools and other materials while still getting to the nitty-gritty of how to make things.
Victorian Flower Style: Arrangements for Every Occasion. By Diane Wagner. Sterling/Hearst, paper, $14.95 (9781588166319).
Flowers can add to your decor with color, texture, and aroma, and the perfect floral arrangement can be a stunning touch for dinner parties, holidays, or simply celebrating.
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