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May 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Books
200 Skills Every Fashion Designer Must Have: The Indispensable Guide to Building Skills and Turning Ideas into Reality. By Aisling McKeefry.
2016. Barron’s, $24.99 (9781438008967).
The skills outlined in this book—divided into sections focused on design, illustration, fabrics, garment construction, branding, and career skills—are intended to be a start-to-finish guide for the aspiring fashion designer.
The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being. By Kathi Keville. 2016. Timber, $24.95 (9781604695496).
Fragrances attract or repel, so are important in the natural and social worlds. The photographs accompanying these aromatic-plant profiles are lovely and inviting to gardeners who wish to plant and nurture a fragrant garden.
Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself. By Carin Oliver.
2016. Quirk, $14.99 (9781594749414).
Fun and thrifty possibilities for cats are featured here, including not just hideouts but also scratching objects and a geometric pleated tunnel.
Crochet Geometry: Geometric Patterns to Fit and Flatter. By Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby. 2016. Lark, $17.95 (9781454709190).
These inventive and playful designs are all built on rectangles, circles, and triangles as foundation; it’s all about having fun with geometry.
Essential Pruning Techniques: Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers Rev. ed. By George E. Brown. 2017. Timber, $49.95 (9781604692884).
In contrast to the previous edition, entries here often feature one or more color photos of a highlighted plant—nearly 700 images in all—along with, as before, pruning tips and notes on habit.
Freeform Crochet with Confidence: Unlock the Secrets of Freeform Crochet with 30 Fun Projects. By Carol Meldrum.
2016. Barron’s, $18.99 (9781438007007).
This guide to crocheting without true patterns allows readers to investigate the possibilities of free-form crochet in an organized manner, offering instruction, tips, and 30 projects.
Fresh from the Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and Herbs in Cold Climates. By John Whitman.
2017. Univ. of Minnesota, $49.95 (9780816698394).
This an excellent resource for home gardeners at any level, especially beginners, offering a thorough introduction to the basics of organic gardening.
Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants in Your Garden. By Noel Kingsbury.
2016. Timber, $40 (9781604695656).
This work details the history of each genus’ cultivation, from ancient to modern times; varieties; growing conditions; literary references; and culinary and landscaping uses, among other topics.
Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties and Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat. By Barbara Pleasant.
May 2017. Storey, $19.95 (9781612125787).
The heart of the book is a showcase of 28 “pantry” vegetables, from asparagus to winter squash, and throughout, author Pleasant reconnects our imagination to our soil to our labor to our mouths.
Wise Craft Quilts: A Guide to Turning Beloved Fabrics into Meaningful Patchwork. By Blair Stocker. 2017. Roost, $29.95 (9781611803488).
Vintage or secondhand fabrics, whether from cherished events and persons or thrift-shop finds, provide the foundation for Stocker’s collection of 21 quilts, all with amazing stories attached.
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