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Our Little Farm: Adventures in Sustainable Living

Most likely of interest to only the readers who have already embarked on self-sufficient farming and want detailed information.

The Little Book of Flower Pressing: All the Basics Plus 11 Projects To Inspire You

With its overview of flower pressing’s rich history and a beginner-friendly guide to getting started, this book is a bona fide garden of delights that’s sure to inspire creations rooted in the past, yet flowering in the present.

Blackwork Embroidery in Colour: A Colourful Modern Twist on a Traditional Technique

Best for readers experienced with blackwork techniques and comfortable with doing their own material selections.

Animal Granny Squares: 40 Cute Crochet Blocks To Make into Decorations, Homewares, Blankets and More

Each project produces adorable results. A great addition for all crochet collections.

Palette Knife Painting in Acrylics: Projects, Techniques & Inspiration To Get You Started

A great starter guide for readers wanting to learn to paint with a palette knife; they will learn all about the additives, mediums, and other items Fisher has experimented with to achieve the effects that enhance his works.

Anyone Can 3D Crochet: 20 Fun Animal Designs and 8 Adorable Projects

The book’s cute animal designs include sloths, dinosaurs, unicorns, rabbits, foxes, and a veritable menagerie of animal friends, so there’s sure to be one that fits any child’s unique interests and imagination or a nursery’s theme. This book is as joyful and simple as its title suggests.

Dressmaking: The Easy Guide

Essential for libraries supporting a fashion design program. Also useful for programs such as 4-H, Extension Homemakers, and others wanting to go to the next level.

Palette Knife Painting: Deep Impasto: Paint Beautiful Masterpieces Using a Palette Knife and the Impasto Technique

Far from a how-to for beginners, this book includes projects that expertly teach processes, such as color blocking, blending, and multiple effects that can be executed with a knife. This will likely be a popular addition to craft collections.

Painting Abstract Nature on Canvas: A Guide to Creating Vibrant Art with Watercolour and Mixed Media

An outstanding instructional art book with pictures that illustrate each step. Creative readers of all skill levels will likely love this title.

Art for Self-Care: Create Powerful, Healing Art by Listening to Your Inner Voice

This is an excellent companion for those who may need to express themselves and heal but aren’t sure where to start. Worthwhile to have in any library, especially for readers who may be hesitant to reach out.

Coastal Kitchen: Nourishing Seafood Recipes for Everyday Cooking

This is a must-purchase for coastal libraries or those with access to fresh seafood.


Painting Calm: Connect to Nature Through the Art of Watercolour

A great title for beginners or readers looking for new inspiration in watercolor techniques. The illustrations are all nature-based, making it an excellent option for the summer season.

Wallace & Gromit: Cracking Crochet

This book includes delightful patterns, but it’s niche in topic and its UK terminology may hinder some readers’ ability to finish their projects.

Chinese Brush Painting Four Seasons: Paint Flowers, Birds, Fruits & More with 24 Step-by-Step Projects

A great addition for arts or craft collections. The featured projects will likely keep novice painters interested, and there are clear instructions for absolute beginners.

Draw Kawaii Style: A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide for Drawing Super-Cute Creatures, Whimsical People, and Fun Little Things

This easy-to-follow approach to kawaii drawings will likely have even nonartists feeling inspired and confident enough to get started.

Summer Knitting for Little Sweethearts: 40 Nordic-Style Warm Weather Patterns for Girls, Boys, and Babies

Suitable for libraries with robust selections of knitting books but not for the faint-of-heart fiber artist.

Sew for Yourself: 50 Great Garments from Recycled Fabric, Using 5 Basic Patterns

This book will likely appeal to readers of all sewing levels, especially those who are environmentally conscious and interested in learning to sew with recycled materials.

No Kiln, Handbuilding Clay Projects: 50 Elegant Projects To Make for the Home

Purchase where craft books are popular.

Easy, Beautiful Handmade Rag Rugs: 16 Illustrated, Step-by-Step Techniques with Dozens of Patterns and Projects

A wonderful overview of rag rugs and how to create them. A perfect complement to titles that solely contain patterns.

The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook: How To Write Great Patterns That Knitters Will Love To Make

Good for public libraries with robust craft collections. Many readers might view this as a compact reference book.

Design for Jewellery Makers: Inspiration, Development and Creation

A comprehensive overview of jewelry design that also offers creative exercises for aspiring artists.

Norway’s Knitted Heritage: The History, Surprises, and Power of Traditional Nordic Sweater Patterns

Likely to appeal more to those studying the history of clothing than to the casual knitter.

Macramé Christmas: 24 Festive Projects Using Easy Knotting Techniques

Crafters interested in adding macramé touches to their homemade Christmas decor will likely enjoy this book. This is a strong selection for libraries with well-circulating holiday craft collections.

Hand-Stitched Quilts: Choose from 27 Block Designs and Hand-Piece Your Own Unique Quilts

An excellent guide for beginning quilters and for those wanting to return to basics.

Special Effects Lettering and Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Amazing Lettered Art

A great lettering and calligraphy resource that’s filled with inventive ideas, rather than traditional approaches. Readers interested in exploring creative lettering will likely find this to be a helpful title for getting started.

The Kew Book of Nature Samplers (Library Edition): 10 Embroidery Projects with Reusable Iron-On Transfers

This book is exquisite eye candy for fiber artists of all levels. Libraries with craft book collections can’t go wrong with this purchase.

Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs: The Scrap-Smart Guide to Finishing Quilts with Two-Sided Appeal

Quilters, or those aspiring to be, will find something to fit their style and their skill level.

Amigurumi Chocolate Cozies: 20 Crochet Candy Covers To Gift & Love

A well-structured title filled with detailed instructions and photos. The book’s projects would make cute gifts, but its focus may be a little too narrow for some collections.

Cozy Coastal Knits: 21 Shawls, Sweaters, Ponchos and More

Perfect for rookie knitters and all craft collections.

Animal Amigurumi Adventures, Vol. 2: 15 (More!) Crochet Patterns To Create Adorable Amigurumi Critters

Crocheters of all skill levels will be able to produce cute creatures that any child (or adult) will beg to cuddle. Librarians should add all of this author’s books to their crochet collections.

Creative Wanderlust: Unlock Your Artistic Potential Through Mixed-Media Art Journaling Techniques

An exuberant introduction to art journaling for self-expression and well-being.

Easy Shibori Tie Dye Techniques: Do-It-Yourself Tying, Folding and Resist Dyeing

The projects are great for those new to shibori techniques, but readers are likely better off choosing titles that are more current and less focused on the use of a specific kit.

Crochet Impkins

Crocheters will truly delight in picking features for their own creations of Impkins.

Mending with Kids: Patching, Painting, Sewing and Other Kid-Friendly Techniques

A fun book for eco-conscious parents who aren’t afraid of a little extra work in order to extend the life of their kids’ clothes. Children can help with these projects as well.

Granny Squares To Crochet

All levels of crocheters can benefit from this title. A valuable addition to any library’s selection of crochet guidebooks.

The Innovative Artist: Capturing Light: Creating Radiant Landscapes in Watercolour

For experienced watercolor painters. This book, illustrated throughout with Beale’s beautiful landscapes, will provide ample inspiration and instruction.

Enchanted Garden Cross-Stitch: 20 Designs Celebrating Birds, Blossoms, and the Beauty in Our Own Backyards

An excellent book for readers entering anew into the world of cross-stitching or for those who may be looking to rekindle a hobby.

Modern Watercolor Botanicals: A Creative Workshop in Watercolor, Gouache, & Ink

A highly recommended title that offers an impressive array of watercolor, ink, and gouache techniques for beginner and advanced artists.

Farm & Folk Quilt Alchemy: A High-Country Guide to Natural Dyeing and Making Heirloom Quilts from Scratch

This is a worthwhile purchase for quilters who are searching for either simple strategies or inspiration.

Homegrown Flax and Cotton: DIY Guide To Growing, Processing, Spinning & Weaving Fiber to Cloth

This book takes readers through the process, from start to finish, of making cotton and linen clothing. Many crafters and readers interested in sustainability will likely enjoy this one.


Pro Tips & Techniques for Drawing Animals: Make Lifelike Drawings of 63 Different Animals

Readers with advanced drawing skills may find this title and the author’s anatomical expertise beneficial.

The Beginner’s Guide to Decorating Pottery: An Introduction to Glazes, Patterns, Inlay, Luster, and Dimensional Designs

Functional and beautiful, this book will likely inspire readers want to perfect their pottery techniques. An excellent and useful purchase for libraries with vibrant art communities.

The New Knitting Stitch Dictionary: 500 Patterns for Textures, Lace, Aran Cables, Colorwork, Motifs, Edgings and More

This is a sumptuous reference volume that not only offers a plentitude of patterns but also contains helpful photos for each stitch for knitters to easily visualize and incorporate into their own original creations. This handy guide can enhance the abilities of all knitters.

The Colour Mixing Companion: Your No-Fuss Guide to Mixing Watercolour, Acrylics and Oils

Useful for beginners or as a quick-lookup guide.

The Beginner’s Guide to Brush Lettering: An Interactive Workbook for Creating Beautiful Art

For beginners just getting the feel for using brush pens, Latta’s simple exercises offer an accessible place to start.

Retro Crochet Style: 15 Beginner-Friendly Patterns To Create Your Vintage-Inspired Closet

This book shows exactly how fun, fashionable, and flattering retro crochet garments can be. Its patterns are suitable for all crochet skill levels, making it the perfect addition to any library’s catalogue of crafting books.

A Beginner’s Guide to Colored Pencil Drawing: Realistic Drawings in 14 Easy Lessons

Artists interested in learning colored pencil techniques could hardly find a better resource, but librarians should be aware of this title’s removable practice pages.

10 Step Drawing: Kawaii

Both novices and advanced artists can greatly benefit from this title filled with whimsical and adorable Kawaii drawings.

Creative Embroidery and Beyond: Inspiration, Tips, Techniques, and Projects from Three Professional Artists

A quick-start intro guide to the craft of embroidery. Best suited for right-handed beginners who want to dive right into projects. Left-handed readers and those who have already mastered the basics but are interested in improving their skills are advised to look elsewhere.

Fair Isle Knitting: 22 Traditional Patterns from Where the Atlantic Meets the North Sea

This excellent work is chock-full of helpful and fascinating facts about a popular knitting technique. Ideal for intermediate and advanced knitters, and an essential purchase for crafts collections.

Seed to Table: A Seasonal Guide to Organically Growing, Cooking, and Preserving Food at Home

For his first print book, Ghafari, who created the Urban Farm and Kitchen blog, has written an approachable, deeply useful work for beginner gardeners that is enlivened with recipes and great images.

Dogs Demystified: An A–Z Guide to All Things Canine

A foreword by Jane Goodall and quirky dog drawings enhance this title. For comprehensive collections of materials on dog studies, animal cognition, and psychology and for general readers who love their pet dogs.

Kitty Language: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Your Cat

While the information in this book isn’t particularly new or groundbreaking, its straightforward language and expressive illustrations of many different cat species make it a helpful read for families with children who are getting their first pet cat or for new cat owners looking for an easy manual to help guide their understanding of their new feline family member.

Trees of the West: An Artist’s Guide

A glossary and further reading for field guides and species accounts will satisfy the scientific reader, and artists are well served by the beautifully presented artworks and Hashimoto’s tips and personal insights. Consider also for displays on nature-related travel destinations.

Rebel Gardening: A Beginner’s Handbook to Organic Urban Gardening

Make space for this volume; it’s the kind of book that can hook a reader.

Tiny Felt Cuties & Creatures: A Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafting More Than 12 Felt Miniatures—No Machine Required

This book is full of adorable projects that are perfect for gifts. This title complements introductory sewing and embroidery how-to books well.

Foolproof Sketching & Painting Techniques for Beginners: For Pencil, Pen and Watercolors

Despite a few flaws, this is an eminently usable manual that will appeal to budding cartoonists and those looking to add 3D to their work.

Quilt Your Own Adventure: Modern Quilt Blocks and Layouts To Help You Design Your Own Quilt with Confidence

This is a great resource for quilters of all skill levels and for libraries that support a community of innovative artists.

The Best of Jelly Roll Quilts: 25 Jelly Roll Patterns for Quick Quilting

As jelly rolls continue to be popular, this book would be a great choice for any quilting collection.

A Knitter’s Year: 30 Modern Knits for Every Season

A solid addition to the craft genre and public libraries with robust craft collections. Perfect for both beginners and more adventurous knitters.

A Sweet Floral Life: Romantic Arrangements for Fresh and Sugar Flowers

A great resource for readers interested in art, crafts, and floral arrangements.

Seasonal Family Almanac: Recipes, Rituals, and Crafts To Embrace the Magic of the Year

Families interested in developing a stronger connection with the natural world will find a wealth of enjoyable recipes and activities in this well-organized guide.

Design and Create Contemporary Tableware: Making Pottery You Can Use

Experienced potters interested in tableware will benefit the most from this book, which assumes a working knowledge of pottery tools and techniques.

Tiny Worlds in Fabric: Sew Enchanting Fairy Houses & Miniature Masterpieces

Libraries with an already established machine sewing collection will find this an enchanting title to have available as a next read for their patrons. This is a fun resource for beginners to use to learn and practice new skills and for seasoned sewists to try something different.

How To Be a Rule-Breaking Letterer: A Guide to Making Perfectly Imperfect Art

This upbeat book provides clear guidance about the shape of letters, the layout of a page, and much more. It cleverly shows readers how to transform letters that fit their personalities and styles while embracing progress, not perfection.

Lovely Lace Knits: Learn the Art of Lacework with 16 Timeless Patterns

Knitters will welcome this book. It is an excellent addition to any public library crafts collection.

Contemporary Kogin-zashi: Modern Sashiko Beyond Filling in the Gaps

This time-honored method to artistically enhance clothing presents a new opportunity for intermediate or even new sewers. The book is a useful addition for all library collections, especially when paired with library programming.

Cross Stitch Celebrations, Graduation: 35+ Patterns for Cross Stitching Unique Graduation-Themed Announcements and Gifts

A nice collection of information and patterns, but the niche subject matter of the designs doesn’t make this book an essential item for craft collections.

Crochet Collage Garden: 100 Patterns for Crochet Flowers, Plants and Petals

Purchase where crochet-motif books are popular. For patterns and ideas, Kate Eastwood’s Crocheted Wreaths & Garlands is a great choice.

Polymer Clay Jewelry: The Ultimate Guide to Making Wearable Art Earrings

While this is a great resource for getting started and includes a variety of gorgeous and creative pieces, true beginners should be prepared for some complex projects that require additional patience and skill.

Pocket Book of Crochet

This simple short book, while imperfect, is a nice addition for larger crafting collections. Libraries should be warned that there are several places where readers are encouraged to write in the book to chart their own crochet journey.

Quilt It, Crochet It!: Sew and Stitch 14 Colorful Designs

The pairings in this book will likely inspire readers to mix craft techniques, create uncommon, interesting projects, and consider scraps, fabrics, and fibers in new ways.

Nina’s Favorite Mittens and Socks from Around Norway: Over 40 Traditional Knitting Patterns Inspired by Norwegian Folk-Art Collections

Perfect for adventurous or experienced knitters, libraries with robust craft collections, and readers interested in knitting history.

Timeless Textured Baby Crochet: 20 Heirloom Crochet Patterns for Babies and Toddlers

An essential purchase. Crocheters will love this book and its classic designs.

Lei Aloha: Celebrating the Vibrant Flowers and Lei of Hawai‘i

General readers, historians, and flower lovers will enjoy this book’s ability to take them on a virtual visit to the islands of Hawai‘i, where they can learn about the rich heritage of the lei.

Fun with Fat Quarters: 15 Step-by-Step Projects with Essential Techniques To Kick-Start Your Sewing

A well-written title with excellent basic sewing directions geared toward moderately experienced sewists. Purchase where fat-quarter books are popular.

Creative Stained Glass: Make Stunning Glass Art and Gifts with This Instructional Guide

An essential how-to book for beginning stained-glass artists.

Modern Resin Jewellery: Over 50 Inspiring Easy-To-Make Projects

A thoughtful and thorough resource that will have readers crafting with resin in no time.

Crochet Southwest Spirit: Over 20 Bohemian Crochet Patterns Inspired by the American Southwest

This stunning book will likely compel readers to imagine the past as they work on the towels, baskets, blankets, and more that will keep traditions alive.

More Crochet Iconic Women: Amigurumi Patterns for 15 Incredible Women Who Changed the World

A charming, fun book that is recommended for crochet collections.

Drawing Class, Animals: Learn To Draw with Simple Shapes and Online Tutorials

Fun and easy-to-follow, this book of techniques can be enjoyed by children, teens, and adults.


The Re:Fashion Wardrobe: Sew Your Own Stylish, Sustainable Clothes

Many sewists have an interest in sustainability and the environmental impact of fashion. This book provides thoughtful guidance for repurposing a variety of garments and textiles. Recommended for all sewing collections.

Quilting Bold and Beautiful: How To Have Fun with Hawaiian Quilt Designs

Quilters, whether experienced or new to the art form, will love making these projects that highlight the natural beauty of Hawai‘i.

Pocket Book of Knitting

This book will appeal to visual learners. Best for beginners or knitters who want a refresher course.

Watercolour Flowers for the Absolute Beginner

This is a practical guide for beginning watercolor painters who want to learn, improve, and apply their techniques. A solid addition to arts and crafts collections.

Macramé: The Power of Knots

A wonderful resource for beginning and advanced macramé artists. Ideal for well-circulating DIY craft collections.

Knitting Almanac

An ambitious idea that stumbles in its execution.

Plein Air Techniques for Artists: Principles and Methods for Painting in Natural Light

This resource is a great addition to crafts collections. Suitable for both experienced artists and novices interested in this artistic practice.

Patchwork T-Shirt Quilts: The Fabric-Lovers’ Approach to Quilting Keepsakes and Preserving

This book is suited for readers interested in learning how to create quilts in general or T-shirt quilts specifically.

Only Yoking: Top Down Knitting Patterns for 12 Seamless Sweaters

Perfect for both beginner and experienced colorwork knitters. Recommended for all public library craft collections.

Flowers for All: Modern Floral Arrangements for Beauty, Joy, and Mindfulness Every Day

What is great about this book is that it stresses the benefits of floral arrangements in a clear, approachable way. Designs are welcoming, accessible, and mindful of the environment. From the simple to moderately complex, these projects offer something for all levels.

Truly Simple: 140 Healthy Recipes for Weekday Cooking

Desirable for Cavallari fans and those looking for healthy or gluten-free options. Purchase where there is interest.

How To Build a Treehouse

This book is full of practical advice, such as notifying the neighbors before construction begins and the need to research local building codes. However, it is not for true beginners, as it requires a basic understanding of woodworking, tools, and construction terms. There’s also only one specific architectural plan. If readers want to make a different type of treehouse, they may need to consult a professional or another resource.

Kintsugi: The Wabi Sabi Art of Japanese Ceramic Repair

The technical aspects of kintsugi are best directed to artists interested in learning the Japanese techniques. For the layperson, there are other methods of repairing ceramics that mimic the look of kintsugi without the expense and difficulty.

How To Promote Your Book: A Practical Guide to Publicizing Your Own Title

A beneficial purchase, of particular use for self-published and small-press authors, with information that will be helpful for anyone seeking to boost the visibility of their work.

Ikebana: The Zen Way of Flowers

This visually striking art book will appeal to all who appreciate the beauty of ikebana and might inspire readers to try their hand at creating their own hanaike using Ueno’s techniques.

A Table Full of Love: Recipes To Comfort, Seduce, Celebrate & Everything Else in Between

Whether readers are looking for the perfect dish to woo or a way to comfort through food, McAlpine provides the tools and recipes to say it with love from a kitchen.


Armchair travelers and fans of the brand will enjoy this title cover to cover, and serious home chefs will delight in the multifaceted, complex yet rewarding recipes. Instructions are in metric measurements, which will detract for some readers but not devotees.

A Generous Meal: Modern Recipes for Dinner

Flynn may be Canada’s best-kept secret, with her laidback attitude, entertaining chops, and deceptively simple dishes. She will be a popular fresh new voice for cookbook shelves.

Cooking for the Culture: Recipes and Stories from the New Orleans Streets to the Table

Part memoir, part cookbook, this is a work that readers will devour cover to cover in between trying Boudy’s recipes in the kitchen. Boudy fans will come for the memoir and stay for the food, while other library patrons will come for the recipes and be delighted by Boudy’s journey.

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