The knitter’s bible: knitted bags: 25 irresistible projects from frivolously fun to smart city chic by Claire Crompton, published by David and Charles
Knitted bags come in all shapes, colours, patterns, textures and sizes and many of them are in this book. There are knitted woven bags, bags knitted from crazy fur yarn, decorated with beads, felted and with frills. On the flipside there are some more sombre and stylish bags such as a black and white striped bag decorated with a red knitted flower, and bags that focus on knit technique rather than decoration, such as a fair isle purse with antique silver clasp and a shoulder purse with a bow stitch in a plain grey wool. The outstanding favourite for me though would have to be a clever little bag that is clipped onto a belt, it has a couple of pockets for phone and keys and a larger area for your purse. Lots of great designs in here, definitely something for everybody.
Purse Pizzazz by Marie Browning published by Sterling.
This book is about decorating and adorning purse ‘blanks’ or converting other objects, like boxes, into purses. Sewing skills not essential for this book. There is a lot of painting and glueing going on, with supplies needed like paper, trim, tassels and buttons, and tools like hammers and pliers and hot glue guns. There is plenty of room for fun in this book and I can see it would be easy to get carried away with overdoing it a bit at times. the book as good instructions with clear explanations of technical terms and methods. Projects include decoupaged wooden box, which has a purse handle screwed into the top. Converting commercially available blank tote bags and vintage cigar boxes into purses. Decorative techniques include faux beading, painting faux leopard print, stamping and block printing, as well as decoupage, image transfer, lacquer and applique. This is book is little bit crazy and wild but obviously lots of fun.
Vogue knitting: Crocheted Scarves Two
Huge range of crocheted scarves for all skill levels. Small size book is convenient to carry around, there is a pattern in here for all tastes, some crazy flower scarves and other simpler more stylish designs.