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Get Crafty!

craftsLooking for new activities for your library’s craft-ernoon? Look no further than these new books from St. Martin’s Griffin:

200 FUN THINGS TO CROCHET: Decorative Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, Butterflies, and More! by Lesley Stanfield, Betty Barnden, Jessica Polka, Kristin Nicholas & Victoria Lyle
This irresistible collection of cute little crochet projects for all levels of ability are inspired by nature, quick to make, use hardly any yarn, and are perfect to use as stylish embellishments or give away as gifts!

200 FUN THINGS TO KNIT: Decorative Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, Butterflies, and More! by Jessica Polka, Kristin Nicholas, Lesley Stanfield & Victoria Lyle
If you prefer to knit, choose from any of these 200 delightful small projects inspired by nature (knitted flowers, birds, bugs, leaves, and even sea creatures!) that are suitable for all skill levels.

MAKE YOUR OWN NAIL DECALS: Create Easy Waterslide Decals and Stickers for Your Digits by Janelle Estep
Want amazing nails without messy nail polish or spending a fortune on manicures? Janelle Estep of fashion blog Elle & Ish shares everything you need to design, create, and apply your own waterslide nail decals at home. The book includes dozens of templates to scan, designs to color and embellish, advice for creating your own look digitally or by hand, as well as photographic step-by-step tutorials showing exactly how to apply and embellish designs.

Happy Crafting!

Stitch, Cook, Build…Repeat

The holidays are coming! Prepare your patrons (and yourself) with these craft books full of projects to stitch, cook, and build:

CROCHET SNOWFLAKES STEP-BY-STEP: A Delightful Flurry of 40 Patterns for Beginners by Caitlin Sainio
No experience is necessary to crochet sensational snowflakes! Clear, easy-to-follow photo sequences linked to charts will teach readers how to crochet as they go along.

CROCHET STYLE: Over 30 Trendy, Classic and Sporty Accessories for All Ages by Jennifer Dougherty
This intermediate-level book includes stylish patterns for winter weather essentials, such as Texture Weave Beanie with matching mittens and the Powder Puff Slouch with matching boot cuffs. Plus, each pattern includes directions for sizes baby, toddler, child, teenager, small adult or large adult.

A TOUCH OF FARMHOUSE CHARM: Easy DIY Projects to Add a Warm and Rustic Feel to Any Room by Liz Fourez
Get the trendy and wildly popular rustic country look at home with 70+ beginner-friendly, one-of-a-kind decorations and furniture projects, including: Vintage Breadboards and an Herb Planter Box in the kitchen, Fabric-Covered Books in the office, Hanging Crate Storage or Pressed Fern Art in the bathroom, Vintage Map in the kids’ playroom or a Wood Toy Crate in the kids’ bedroom, and more.

EFFORTLESS ENTERTAINING COOKBOOK: 80 Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests Without Stress by Meredith Steele
Stress-free cooking for a party?! It’s possible with Meredith Steele’s ingenious recipes for easy-to-cook meals that have a large wow factor. Recipes include a Shaved Asparagus Salad that tastes like it has a pantry full of ingredients, when really it only has a handful; Bourbon Vanilla Peaches that seem like they have been cooked for hours when really it’s only minutes; and Easy Duck Confit that takes the guesswork out of this once difficult task and turns it into a technique to use at any occasion with ease.

MAGICAL MINIATURE GARDENS & HOMES: Create Tiny Worlds of Fairy Magic & Delight with Natural, Handmade Décor by Donni Webber
The playful and imaginative trend of miniature & fairy gardening caught fire in the craft world several years ago, and it has only grown in popularity. Webber shares ideas and tutorials to easily create seven one-of-a-kind mini gardens full of tiny plants and 70+ DIY decorations sourced from low-cost/low-care/long-lasting plants, natural materials, and commonly found craft supplies.

Books for Crafty Librarians

Calling all crafty librarians! Here are some new books to help make your programming more creative:

This gorgeous collection of classic crochet blocks highlights several patterns (including the iconic granny square in many variations), and provides tips on how to select yarn and color combinations. Each block is flagged by skill level, accompanied by a short description focusing on its special features and characteristics, as well as charted and row-by-row instructions. Perfect for beginners and advanced crocheters.

BEAD-OPEDIA: The Only Beading Reference You’ll Ever Need by Kerrie Berrie
This easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to everything beading gives users the know-how to create gorgeous jewelry and accessories. The book covers the basics, plus intermediate and more advanced beading and knotting techniques (all with step-by-step instructions and clear images), along with 25 projects that utilize the latest and most popular beading techniques.

MAGICAL SHETLAND LACE SHAWLS TO KNIT: Feather Soft and Incredibly Light, 15 Great Patterns and Full Instructions by Elizabeth Lovick
Learn to knit feather soft and beautifully warm Shetland lace shawls in this book which features full and complete patterns and instructions for 15 shawls that range from mini-wraps for beginners right up to a light-as-air wedding stole. readmoreremove

Calling all Crafty Crafting Librarians!

Jump start your homemade holiday gifts with these 3 titles:

100 COLORFUL RIPPLE STITCHES TO CROCHET: 50 Original Stitches & 50 Fabulous Colorways for Blankets and Throws by Leonie Morgan
In this wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide with simple to advanced patterns, making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colors and textures has never been easier. Perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories or anything you want to put a zig-zag, ripple, and/or wave on.

50 RIBBON ROSETTES & BOWS TO MAKE: For Perfectly Wrapped Gifts, Gorgeous Hair Clips, Beautiful Corsages, and Decorative Fun! by Deanna Csomo McCool
Ribbons… they’re not just for dancing! With detailed instructions for beginners to advanced crafters and stunning photos for projects such as decorative bows, jewelry, and super hair accessories, McCool’s book also explains the different types of ribbon and the tools needed for your project.

THE SEWING MACHINE EMBROIDERER’S BIBLE: Get the Most from Your Machine with Embroidery Designs and Inbuilt Decorative Stitches by Liz Keegan
Sewing machines can seem really complicated—what is that stitch even for? Thankfully Keegan deciphers the mystery of the embroidery function on your machine and shares details about the types and formats of available embroidery designs, how to stabilize your fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and how to use the patterns creatively for stunning results.