Books for Crafty Librarians

Books for Crafty Librarians

Calling all crafty librarians! Here are some new books to help make your programming more creative: 150 ALL-TIME FAVORITE CROCHET BLOCKS by Sarah Hazell 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 […]

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Calling all Crafty Crafting Librarians!

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 […]

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Get Crafty!

Get Crafty!

Calling all crafty librarians! We've got new books to inspire your latest arts & crafts projects:

GAME DAY: 50 Fun Spirit Fleece Projects to Sew by Cindy Cummins
This fun guide gives you advice on the tools and different kinds of fleece to work with, as well as tips for easy sewing and serging techniques in addition to the projects designed for Tailgating, Game Time, Men & Women, Kids & Baby, Man's Best Friend, and even some No-Sew projects.

FLORAL KNITS: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs by Martin Storey
Inspired by lush garden flowers, the book includes 25 gorgeous knitted garments (sweaters, shrugs, scarves, etc.) and accessories (cushions, throws, etc.) from top Rowan Yarns designer Martin Storey.

LOOM KNITTING AFGHANS: 20 Simple & Snuggly No-Needle Designs for All Loom Knitters by Isela Phelps
Loom knitting maven Isela Phelps' latest book shows off clear, easy-to-follow instructions and new patterns for afghans, throws, and blankets for beginner knitters up to advanced levels.

THE UPHOLSTERER'S HANDBOOK: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques by Alex Law
Whether you're re-covering some simple dining chairs or restoring a family heirloom, this book contains all the guidance and techniques—both traditional and modern—you'll need to complete your upholstery project in an easy-to-use format. 

Happy crafting! 

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Cooking & Crafting 2013 – MONSTER KNITS!

Cooking & Crafting 2013 – MONSTER KNITS!

Calling all crafty librarians! You know who you are. This one's for experienced knitters who want to make adorable winter wear for their little ones. We are in looove with MONSTER KNITS FOR LITTLE MONSTERS by Nuriya Khegay--just look at the precious little Yoda-like guy on the cover!

Unfortunately, Anne doesn't know how to knit, so she can't demonstrate this one for you. (She's more of a counted cross-stitch kind of gal.) But if you do, you'll find a treasure trove of goodies here: an adorable monster hat, gloves, and socks with little claws!
monster knits
Click here to download a PDF of the "little monster" hat, mitten & bootie project.

If someone knits these for us in a grown-up size we'll be your best friends forever. Remember, Anne can trade for cookies.

Happy crafting and don't forget that from now through December 15 you can enter to win MONSTER KNITS and a bundle of other cooking and crafting books! Read on for more info.

UPDATE 12/16: Congratulations to our winners, Sarah Bourg of Hamilton North Public Library in Cicero, IN and Pam Aghababian of Ashland Public Library in Ashland, MA!

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