Imagine the scene… you are browsing craft books in a bookshop or on Amazon and they all look so interesting and inspiring! You want all of them but you don’t have the shelf space (plus your significant other wouldn’t be best pleased). But when you actually look at the projects in them, would you really make more than a couple of them?
Particularly with Mother’s Day coming up (in the UK), here are my recommendations for craft books that you will return to again and again because the projects are lovely and honestly all of them are either very useable or great gifts to make.
Containing 26 fibre-craft projects on the theme of birds, there are lost of great ideas for gifts or ornaments to bring fun or whimsy into your home. The crafts used vary from knitting to quilting to felting so there is always an option to try something new. Each creation is by a different designer so the style varies from the fun little purple budgie to a scandi style cushion. Every project has its own appeal but I particularly love this easy wreath:
Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker
I learnt to crochet with this Debbie Stoller book (thanks to my sister who gifted it to me). I had never picked up a crochet hook before but I found the diagrams easy to follow and the text is not at all dry. The projects start easy and progress to difficult which pushes you forward from beginner to experienced. There is even a small stitch catalogue with instructions. My favourite pattern is Ladylike Gloves – I just love the triangle pattern which you don’t often see in crochet:
Little Crochet: Modern Designs for Babies and Toddlers
Linda Permann’s designs are all lovely and I have made just about every pattern in this book, some of them three times. Linda writes such easy to follow patterns which make the stitches work really hard for you, for example this bell sleeve cardigan which is simply created with varying stitch height. There are small motifs to sew onto clothes, baby blankets, accessories and soft furnishings. She really is my favourite designer! (can you tell?!).
My Rag Doll
This book contains patterns by Corinne Crasbercu for a doll and variations for the hair plus an entire wardrobe of adorable clothes and accessories. There are even instructions to make a suitcase for her. I’ve added a tiny crochet teddy bear for my daughter’s doll. The outfits range from traditional-verging-on-historical to modern, for example denim dungarees. I’m trying to learn to knit so I can make the ballet cardi and I’ve already made the raincoat (twice – once for my daughter and again for my niece).
I hope that has given you some gift ideas and whet your appetite for a new project, or craft even. Which are your favourite craft books? I’m always on the look out for new ones for my shelf.