Monday 29 April 2013

10 Craft Books I'm Excited About

My "craft books I want to buy" wish list is starting to get quite long as there are some AWESOME-looking craft books coming out this year.

Some of these titles have just been published or are due out in the UK very soon but most of them are due out in the late summer or autumn which luckily gives me lots of time to save up my pennies!

Stitched Blooms: 300 Floral, Leaf & Border Motifs to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Polka & Bloom. I am really looking forward to this book coming out as I adore Carina's embroidery designs and her use of colour.

Stitched in Scandinavia: 39 Contemporary Embroidery Projects by Karin Holmberg (spotted via Carina's Flickr photostream). I do like a nice bit of Scandinavian stitching and this book looks particularly lovely!

Woodland Knits: 20 Enchanting Projects to Make and Share by Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits. Stephanie's designs are always super adorable and my wardrobe definitely needs some more forest-y themed things in it.

Sew and Stitch Embroidery: 20+ Simple Sewing Projects With 30+ Fresh Embroidery Designs by Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish. I think I am going to die from the cuteness in this book, but in a good way. Just look at that fox! Serious cuteness.

Hoop-La!: 100 things to do with embroidery hoops by Kirsty Neale of Ginger & George. This is such a fun idea! I can't wait to see all the creative projects Kirsty has dreamed up for this book.

Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction by Abigail Patner Glassenberg of While She Naps. Abby's blog is always such a great read, she comes across as a lady who really knows her stuff. I'm excited about the new designs I might be able to create with this book in my library!

Felt Fantastic: Over 25 brilliant things to make with wool felt by Sarah Tremelling of Blooming Felt. Sarah and I have joked that our felt-y craft books will be doing battle when they're published this autumn, haha! I am so looking forward to seeing the projects she's designed from all the gorgeous supplies she sells in her shop.

1, 2, 3 Quilt: Shape Up Your Skills with 24 Stylish Projects by Ellen Luckett Baker of The Long Thread. This is another book with a lovely looking cover, and my quilting skills could definitely use some shaping up!

Quilting Happiness: Projects, Inspiration, and Ideas to Make Quilting More Joyful by Diane Gilleland of Craftypod and Christina Lane of The Sometimes Crafter. I am very intrigued by the "making quilting more joyful" concept of this book, it looks like it'll be quite different to more "standard" quilting books with set instructions to follow. I'm really looking forward to reading it and (hopefully) using it to inspire lots of creative projects.

And last but by no means least, Quilt Improv: Incredible quilts from everyday inspirations by Lucie Summers of Summersville. I'm a big fan of Lu's fabric designs, her quilts are always seriously swoonworthy and judging from the cover artwork the projects in this book all look pretty fantastic. A definite Must Buy for me!

Have you spotted any exciting new craft books lately? Please do share them in the comments :)

(PS just to let you know, the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links so if you buy a book through one of them I get a teeny percentage for the referral)


Blooming Felt said...

Ahh - thanks so much for the mention. Let battle commence - haha x ps. that one about the embroidery hoops look fab x

Anonymous said...

I want the one about stuffed toys. Abigail is a very generous person with a fabulous blog with great attention to detail. I know her book will be a good one.

Abby Glassenberg said...

Thank you so much for including my book in this fabulous list. I love craft books so much. I have trouble restraining myself! I hope people enjoy my new book and like designing and sewing some new softies.

Lynn Holland said...

Thanks for all the new book tip offs

Diane Gilleland said...

Wow! Thank you so much for including Christina's and my book in this list! I hope you'll enjoy all the "Happiness stuff" (as we came to call it) that we created - writing those exercises, quizzes, interviews, and creative tools was just a ton of fun.

maricesworld said...

Thank you for sharing your reading list, can't resist a good crafty book. Clicked over to Amazon to see them, oh I wish I could have had a sneak peek into the books - just to wet my appetite... added a few to my wish list and will just have to wait patiently ;0)

Kay said...

Can't wait to have a look at them all, a girl can never have too many craft books.

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks for the comments everyone - and to all you craft authors, you are totally welcome! I am so looking forward to all your books :)

Maricesworld - I expect the sneak peeks will be available later in the year! I know a lot of books that are due out this autumn won't actually have been 100% finished yet (mine only had its final proofreading, etc done about a week ago) :)