Archive for the ‘Book Reviews and Introductions’ Category

Book Introduction: Scrubs & More

Sponsored Content When I thought of scrubs in the past, I thought of monotonous, shapeless clothes; that is until I looked at Scrubs & More. Now I see them as one big crafty canvas! The book shows many ways to spruce up your scrubs including applique, basic reconstruction, image transfer, and more! There are instructions […]

Book Review of The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin

I love so many of the books by Storey Publishing so I was so excited when Kari Chapin contacted me a while back to interview me for a book she was writing for them. (If you love well written “how to” books that are also beautiful to look at, you should take a look at […]

Book Introduction: Simple Serger Sewing

Sponsored Content Using a serger can seem pretty intimidating, but Simple Serger Sewing edited by Julie Johnson is full of tips, techniques, and good information to ease your nerves and get you stitching in no time. The book covers a lot of basics like tension setting and different types of stitches; things that are translatable […]

Book Introduction: Start With Scraps

Sponsored Content Start With Scraps by Carol E. Loessel is definitely one of those books that will become many crafters’ best friend. Not only will it help you use up all that scrap fabric hanging around, but it will do so in a way that doesn’t just create MORE scraps! Many times, a project focusing […]

Book Introduction: A Rainbow of Stitches

A Rainbow of Stitches features over 1,000 patterns for embroidery and cross stitch, arranged in color themes. Each color corresponds to a style (Green: bright, fresh, lively. Pink: sweet yet chic. Blue: timeless delights. White: a touch of elegance.). This provides for a variety of styles and themes, making this a great book for holiday […]

Book Introduction: The Polymer Clay Cookbook

Do you love those miniature foods made from polymer clay that you see posted here on Craftster? Would you like to make your own tiny food charms? What’s not to like about tiny, fancy food with no calories? It’s all sweet and no regrets! With this book you can easily follow the step by step […]

Book Introduction: The Picture Framing Handbook

In The Picture Framing Handbook professional framer Andy Parks sets out to demystify the process of framing photos, art, and other objects. He lays out the equipment and techniques to make framing an accessible project for beginners or those experienced in framing. His clear, illustrated, step-by-step tutorials will give you the knowledge and courage to […]

Book Introduction: Crochet Adorned

Crochet Adorned by Linda Permann just might change your life. OK, maybe not your life, but definitely your wardrobe and probably your appreciation of crochet. It is absolutely chock full of awesome ideas to revamp your clothes and your home with crochet embellishments. Linda includes easy instructions and plenty of background information, so even a […]

Book Introduction: Clay So Cute by Sherri Haab

We are happy to introduce another book and free project excerpt from our sponsors at Watson Guptill. This book, Clay So Cute by Sherri Haab, is geared to 8-12 year old girls, and makes it fun for crafty Moms, Grandmas, and even Big Sisters to involve the tweens in their lives in crafting. The projects […]

Book Introduction: Hat Heads

I have a new goal: become friends with Trond Anfinnsen. Having just read his fun new book, HatHeads I have concluded that Trond is a generous, fun, talented and entertaining guy, who made hats for everyone he knows! This book not only includes 50 knitted hat projects, but some very interesting stories about Trond and […]

Book Introduction: Kanzashi in Bloom

OK, I admit it. I have been admiring those gorgeous kanzashi flowers around for a few years now, and I have been afraid to try them. I have swapped and bought a few, and looked up tutorials, but I have been afraid to try. There, I said it. Can you still respect me? Well, I […]

Book Introduction: Chain and Bead Jewelry; Creative Connections

Scott David Plumlee’s second book, Chain and Bead Jewelry: Creative Connections, New Techniques for Wire-Wrapping and Bead-Setting covers eight techniques for creating chain maile and wire wrapped jewelry with beads. Each technique includes several projects which acquaint the reader with the technique, using a basic project (usually earrings) and then increase in difficulty as skills […]

Book Introduction: Paperie for Inspired Living

We are very happy to introduce another book from our awesome sponsors at Potter Craft. This one is Paperie for Inspired Living, by graphic designer Karen Bartolomei. This lovely book is full of elegant paper projects for sophisticated entertaining. Using examples of festive occasions, such as a Parisian dinner party, wine tasting, Oscar Night party, […]

Book Review: Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting

This book by Lorna Miser, of Lorna’s Laces, features projects she has made to commemorate the important relationships in her life. The stories are heartwarming, and the photography is exquisite. The stories behind each project are very personal, and range from funny to sad, and often spiritual. It’s a book of inspiration from life and […]

Book Review: One Ball Knits:Purses

This book by Khadija, Fatema, and Hajera Habibur-Rahman includes twenty knitting patterns for adorable purses that can be made from one skein, hank or spool of yarn. The patterns are divided by season (five patterns each) but could easily be used year-round. The book starts with easy to follow explanations of the tools, materials, and […]