Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Get Crafty!

We've written plenty about reading challenges for 2012-how about a craft challenge?  You could participate in the Virtual Crafting Challenge, the Iron Craft Challenge, the Monthly Apparel Challenge, the ABC Book of Me Scrapbooking Challenge, or make up one of your own!

Or maybe your goal is get to get more crafting done this year?  Perhaps you'd like to come to one of the library's crafting groups?  Or perhaps you'd like to discover the perfect hobby for you based on the personality quiz in Get a Hobby!: 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle.

Whatever your crafting goals for 2012 might be, here are some recommended reads to get you started!


Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs: 144 Circles, Hexagons, Triangles, Squares, and Other Unexpected Shapes by Edie Eckman

Crochet So Fine: Exquisite Designs with Fine Yarns by Kristin Omdahl

Comfort Knitting & Crochet : Afghans - More than 50 beautiful, Affordable Designs Featuring Berroco's Comfort Yarn by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter, and the Berroco Design Team

60 More Quick Knits: 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220 Sport

Wendy Knits Lace: Essential Techniques and Patterns for Irresistible Everyday Lace by Wendy D. Johnson

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding by Fiona Goble

A Knitting Wrapsody by Kristin Omdahl

75 Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield

Brave New Knits: 26 Projects and Personalities from the Knitting Blogosphere by Julie Turjoman

Cowl Girls: The Neck's Best Thing to Knit by Cathy Carron

The Happy Hooker: Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet by Debbie Stoller

Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi: More than 40 Itty-Bitty Minis to Knit, Wear, and Give  by Anna Hrachovec

Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks  by Melissa Morgan-Oakes

Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain

Domiknitrix: Whip Your Knitting into Shape by Jennifer Stafford

Anticraft: Knitting, Beading, and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister by Renée Rigdon, Zabet Stewart

Knitting with Balls : A Hands-On Guide to Knitting for the Modern Man by Michael del Vecchio

Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater by Anna-Stina Lindén Ivarsson, Katarina Brieditis, Katarina Evans

Simple Knits with a Twist: Unique Projects for Creative Knitters by Erika Knight

Candy Crochet: 50 Adorable Designs for Infants and Toddlers by Candi Jensen

Positively Crochet: 50 Fashionable Projects and Inspirational Tips by Mary Jane Hall

Sweet Shawlettes: 25 Irresistible Patterns for Knitting Cowls, Capelets, and More by Jean Moss

Around the World in Knitted Socks: 26 Inspired Designs by Stephanie van der Linden

A Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi

Domino Knitting by Vivian Høxbro


The Art of Embroidery: Inspirational Stitches, Textures and Surfaces by Françoise Tellier-LoumagneFrançoise Tellier-Loumagne

Stitch Sampler by Lucinda Ganderto

Stitchy Kitty Fuzzy Puppy : 60 Motifs to Stitch Everywhere by Ayako Otsuka

Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain


Weekend Sewing: More than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching by Heather Ross

Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins

One-Yard Wonders: Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins

Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt by Megan Nicolay

The Feisty Stitcher: Sewing Projects with Attitude by Susan Wasinger

Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer

Chic Bags: 22 Handbags, Purses and Accessories to Make by Marie Enderlen-Debuisson & Caroline Laisne

Amy Butler's Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to Make 26 Wonderful Bags by Amy Butler


The Joy of Scrapbooking by Kerry Arquette

Scrapbooking Your Family History by Laura Best

Classic Scrapbooking by Vera Rosenbluth

The Altered Book Scrapbook by Susan Ure

The Decorated Page: Journals, Scrapbooks & Albums Made Simply Beautiful by Gwen Diehn


Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello & Kate Bryant

Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-Off Socks by John Murphy

Not-Quite-So-Easy Origami by Mary Meinking

75 Chinese, Celtic, and Ornamental Knots: A Directory of Knots and Knotting Techniques-Plus Exquisite Jewelry Projects to Make and Wear by Laura Williams and Elise Mann

Altered Art: Techniques for Creating Altered Books, Boxes, Cards & More by Terry Taylor
Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures by Amanda Blake Soule

Photojojo!: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas by Amit Gupta with Kelly Jensen

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration by the editors of Martha Stewart Living
Glamorous Beaded Jewelry: Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, and Rings by M.T. Ryan

La Casa Loca: Latino Style Comes Home - 45 Funky Craft Projects for Decorating and Entertaining by Kathy Cano-Murillo

Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have  by Danny Seo

Ready Made: How to Make (Almost) Everything - A Do-It-Yourself Primer by Shoshana Berger


Selling Your Crafts

The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin

How to Sell Your Crafts Online: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Sales on Etsy and Beyond by Derrick Sutton

Local craft stores with classes!

1 comment:

Ania said...

I love the post! I didn't know there are so many local craft stores with classes! Ania from