Some craft books worth your while to check out.
Felted Jewelry: 20 Stylish Designs (Lark Jewelry Book) by Candie Cooper. Lark Books (April 6, 2010).
This book showcases a variety of felting techniques to make innovative and unique jewelry pieces. With so many styles and techniques at work here you are sure to find something to your taste. From felted flower hairpins to crochet and felt chokers, beaded felt balls and an exotic wild poppy necklace. As well as the projects there is an inspiring gallery section + a pretty good techniques section too.
The Feisty Stitcher: Sewing Projects with Attitude By Susan Wasinger
I really like this book – it combines sewing techniques with some more unusual and hard wearing materials. Its a sewing book for those who want to take their stitching to the next level and experiment with and incorporate materials that are traditionally thought to be a bit more difficult to work with. Such as leather and industrial felt. Make a leather storage box that snaps together, use jute upholstery webbing to make heavy duty floor cushions, sew on paper to create interesting designs for a lampshade, refashion t-shirts, felt and chop up sweaters, make your own original buttons, how about a faux fur lined trappers hat, and recycle those plastic bags into fabric to make a shopping tote. There are lots of great ideas in here, the patterns are written in an accessible easy to understand way, and they look good too.
Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Tea Towel by Nathalie mornu
The second in Larks craft challenge series – the first being: Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase
Lovers and collectors of tea towels are sure to get inspired by this book (or they might be shocked at all those lovely tea-towels getting chopped up!). With projects from clever and easy to original and quirky there is something here for everyone. I was particularly inspired by the use of the beautiful tea-towels to make some very simple things – its amazing how the choice of materials used can really alter the finished item. From simple kids skirts, to house slippers, summer tops and aprons, to the more quirky kitsch kitchen clocks and puppy back pack to the picnic bag featured on the front cover. There is lots to love in this book.
Leather Jewelry: 30 Contemporary Projects (Lark Jewelry Book) By Nathalie Mornu. Lark Books (April 6, 2010)
From super stylish to chic to sweet to casual, there is a range of styles and difficulty levels of leather jewelry in this book. My taste is more at the simple end and there are a few projects perfect for me, for those who like a bit of fur and flash there is that too! Some really interesting and clever techniques are showcased many of which I am dying to try, and for someone who has never worked with leather before – I don’t feel daunted to give these a try.
[bonus projects from Lark books are available here]