best books 2009: for the younger crafter

by kath_red on 10/12/2009

in Books

I have reviewed a heap of books this past year – thank you to all the writers and publishers for sending these my way. Every year I like to do a little roundup of my favourite books for the year – perfect for gifts for your crafty family and friends. Here are my fave 2009 books perfect for the younger crafter [and you too of course!].

Felties: How to Make 18 Cute and Fuzzy Friends by Nelly Pailloux. Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 20, 2009)

Here are some tiny little felt characters sure to win your hearts, with their engaging personalities and almost manga aesthetic, with their big heads and eyes and funny simple style.

Bend the Rules with Fabric: Fun Sewing Projects with Stencils, Stamps, Dye, Photo Transfers, Silk Screening, and More By Amy Karol. Potter Craft (August 25, 2009).

Amy’s second book – continuing along the ‘Bend-the-Rules Sewing‘ theme, tests the boundaries of traditional crafts – making use of all the very cool tools and products that are available now. Not just a sewing book – it also includes fabric printing, collage and mixed media. How to alter and design your own fabric and mix it up with heaps of cool ideas.

Clay So Cute!: 21 Polymer Clay Projects for Cool Charms, Itty-Bitty Animals, and Tiny Treasures by sherri Haab. Watson-Guptill (July 21, 2009).

I don’t see many polymer clay books around – so was delighted to find this one so friendly. With a really good tools and techniques section for beginners, and taking you through the basics with projects ranging from super sweet and simple to more complex fiddly projects.

Urban Paper: 26 Designer Toys to Cut Out and Build by Matt Hawkins. Published by How; Pap/DVD edition (April 21, 2009).

What a fantastic book – chock full of paper toy designs to cut out and make (with a DVD to print out more once the ones in the book are all used up.)

Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give.

Diane Gilleland introduces us this Japanese traditional craft.

It Girl Knits: 30 Fresh Styles for the Young and Fabulous by Phoenix Bess, Potter Craft (October 14, 2008).

Knitting designs all designed by a 16 year old knitting designer, Phoenix Bess, for her peers. The designs are fresh and sweet without being cloying or suggestive.

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration by Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Potter Craft (March 31, 2009)

What a mammoth book, every conceivable craft you could possibly think of.

Magic Books & Paper Toys: Flip Books, E-Z Pop-Ups & Other Paper Playthings to Amaze & Delight by Esther K. Smith, Potter Craft (November 18, 2008).

After the huge success of Esther K Smith’s previous book How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book which was probably my favourite craft book from last year. I was super keen to see what she did next. This book is smaller, but no less packed full of fantastic ideas for paper.

Softies Only a Mother Could Love: Lovable Friends for You to Sew, Knit, or Crochet by Jess Redman & Meg Leder with numerous contributors. Published in the US through Perigee / Penguin (February 3, 2009)

Despite the softie frenzy on the blogs, the galleries and the book market, the projects in this book manage to still be fresh and original. [Australian’s can get the Aussie version in bookshops]

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1 sooz December 12, 2009 at 4:19 am

Not sure if you are aware Kath but might be worth mentioning to readers that this last book – the softies only a mother could love – is the US edition of the Australian book Softies by Penguin. It is the same book content wise, just rebadged for the US. I’d hate anyone here in Oz to buy it when they could get the local version!


2 kath_red December 12, 2009 at 4:04 pm

thanks sooz


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