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Gertie’s Charmed Sewing Studio: Pattern Making and Couture-Style Techniques for Perfect Vintage Looks

For intermediate to advanced sewists, but beginners may also appreciate the book’s fashion history sections. This resource’s digital patterns will relieve librarians of having to keep track of pattern pieces.

Rainbow Quilt Color Method: Learn the Art of Creating Multi-Color and Monotone Quilts with 15 Modern Patterns

For quilters who love colors. The target audience is beginners, but this recommended title also contains detailed technique guidance for quilters interested in advancing to an intermediate level.

Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting: How To Add Texture, Design, and Style to Your Quilts

Mortensen’s patterns for 12 popular quilt blocks, varying in complexity, can be used to practice quilting and developing one’s personal style, a bonus of this highly recommended book. Readers with quilting machines will especially enjoy this title.

Making Bird-Friendly Birdhouses: Step-by-Step Instructions and Plans for 15 Specific Birds, Including Bluebirds, Wrens, Robins & Owls

This book comes with easy-to-follow tips on building habitats for common bird species, suggestions for how children might participate, and safety tips when making the birdhouses. An excellent introduction and first stop for families and individuals interested in becoming bird watchers or at-home environmentalists. Highly recommended.

Radiant Raffia: 20 Inspiring Crochet Projects Made with Natural Yarn

A lovely, recommended book for crocheters with intermediate or advanced skills, but acquiring the recommended materials might be difficult.

Tunisian Crochet: The Japanese Way

A solid addition to collections of fiber arts books. With an appealing design and a variety of beginner-level projects that look advanced when completed, this title offers clear instructions, beautiful photos, and inspiration for readers interested in this style of stitching techniques.

Draw Like a Mangaka: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Learning To Draw Manga

This title gives beginners plenty of guidance on how to draw in the manga art style. The book’s illustrated instructions are a highlight, and there are even QR code links to Kühn’s YouTube tutorials for additional help and support.

Nature Imprinted: A Complete Guide to Lino Printing, with 10 Nature-Inspired Designs

Accessible and eminently practical, this is an essential guide to linocut printing. What makes this book’s projects and directions exemplary is the freedom it gives beginners to personalize and choose their subject matter.

Birds and Flowers in Colored Pencil: Step-by-Step Tutorials and Techniques

Filled with clear and easy-to-follow instructions, this book works for beginning to intermediate artists, along with experienced artists who are looking to explore a new artistic medium.

A Beginner’s Guide to Modern Calligraphy & Brush Pen Lettering

Both novice and experienced crafters of hand letters will find practical inspiration and guidance in this colorful, beautifully designed collection.

Elevate Your Sewing: Brilliant Techniques for Adding Personal Style to Any Garment

This is the book for sewists who want to move beyond the basic level and perfect intermediate and advanced techniques. Highly recommended.

Cottage Cross-Stitch: 20 Designs Celebrating the Simple Joys of Home

A well-put-together volume with charming designs to keep stitchers happy with year-round projects. Cross-stitchers of all levels will enjoy this book, but beginners will especially benefit from the colorful chart that shows them how to do basic stitches.

Making Things: Finding Use, Meaning, and Satisfaction in Crafting Everyday Objects

This is a book for makers and for readers passionate about recycling, upcycling, and crafting. Highly recommended.

Origami Polyhedra for Beginners: Amazing Geometric Paper Models from a Leading Japanese Expert

Readers who want to explore creating geometric models and evolving beyond traditional toy building will enjoy this book.

Amigurumi Loveys and Blankets: 16 Adorable Animal Projects To Crochet and Snuggle

A gush-worthy crochet title containing projects that can be personalized and enlarged; a must-add.

Let’s Move the Needle: An Activism Handbook for Artists, Crafters, Creatives, and Makers

This is a practical manual for aspiring activists, crafters or otherwise, who want to make a difference in the world around them. This stimulating, thoughtfully-organized guide to craftivism will appeal both to activist-minded creatives and noncrafters looking for practical steps to help turn their intentions into action.

All-New Twenty To Make: Felt Flowers

A small but mighty book filled with felt flower projects that will boost the confidence of first-time crafters.

Crafting a Better World: DIY Projects and Inspiration for Craftivists

Several creative projects are included in the book, but the general purpose is to inspire crafters to use their own perspectives and preferred techniques to create art that speaks to current events and movements. Activist crafters will find abundant motivating forces and community in this collection.

Rocking Smocking: A Guide to Smocking for the Modern Sewist

An engaging book that combines clear instructions with detailed photographs of colorful garments created with the English smocking technique. For a modern makers of all levels who love a classic art form.

Housesketching: Learn To Create Energetic and Expressive Architectural Drawings

Kiefer’s words of encouragement for new artists, coupled with his whimsical sketches, make this a practical resource that is a pleasure to peruse.

Going Fast and Fixing Things: True Stories from the World’s Most Popular DIY Repair Expert and Car Aficionado

This title is part memoir, but it’s also an intriguing and insightful perspective that bounces from topic to topic as he conveys his messages about social media and typical societal practices in the U.S.

Squeegee Art Revolution: Scrape Your Way to Amazing Abstract Art

Artists and crafters of all skill levels will be intrigued by the surprising effects that this simple technique can create. The projects’ minimal, easy-to-acquire supplies provide a low barrier for entry as well.

Essential Knit Sweaters: Patterns for Every Sweater You Ever Wanted To Wear Every Day

For knitters who already have general knowledge about standard terms for this craft form. Readers interested in understanding how and why different construction elements are employed will especially enjoy this title.

Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner’s Guide to Macrame

A must purchase for macramé collections. Beginners will love this.

Kawaii Birdies: Learn To Draw 80 Adorable Feathered Friends

This title’s easy-to-follow directions will have artists of all ages happily doodling adorable birds in no time.

The New Silversmith: Innovative, Sustainable Techniques for Creating Nature-Inspired Jewelry

This is a good addition for libraries that support jewelry making or metalsmithing programs. Beginners, however, may need to first start with a more basic guide, such as Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers by Elizabeth Bone.

My Crocheted Home: Hand-Made Baskets, Pillows, Throws, Wall Hangings, Placemats, and More

For experienced crocheters who are looking for something to create for their homes.

Tuft the World: An Illustrated Manual to Tufting Gorgeous Rugs, Decor, and More

This gorgeous, colorful manual for tufting rugs, decor, and wearable art is best suited for intermediate crafters.

The Modern Embroidery Handbook

This book’s easy-to-follow images are a big plus for readers to learn how to execute basic or more advanced embroidery stitches. For all levels.

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Lessons To Create Anime and Manga Characters

Great for beginners and intermediate artists and for fans of anime, manga, and the web series High Hopes, Low Rolls. Best for readers who prefer visual over written instructions.

DIY Thrift Flip: Sewing Techniques for Transforming Old Clothes into Fun, Wearable Fashions

A must-have. This amazing title will thrill readers who enjoy thrift-shopping for clothes they can upcycle. Bonus: readers can refer to this book for sustainable living and craftivism ideas.

Start Here: Draw: 50 Ways To Be an Artist Without Trying

Filled with valuable takeaways. This book shines in the way it teaches readers how to draw projects for friends or keepsakes for the home.

Inky Meditations: Learn To Create Mindful Mesmerizing Paintings with Water and Ink

Readers seeking a new dimension to painting may enjoy trying their hand at this distinctive art style. This book also makes a good choice for readers looking for a new project that requires minimal supplies and expense.

Crochet Baby Sets: 30 Patterns for Blankets, Booties, Hats, Tops, and More

Filled with crochet patterns that are straightforward and sweet. This book makes it simple for readers, no matter their skill level, to crochet blankets, hats, onesies, vests, and booties.

Vegan Candles: 21 Soy- and Plant-Based Candles for Beginners

Beautifully illustrated and clearly presented, this book is perfect for readers who want to recreate the magic of their favorite candles for a fraction of the cost, for vegans concerned about the ethics of ingredients in store-bought votives, or for scent-sensitive readers who can’t ever find just the right balance of earthy, floral, spicy, and sensual notes in store-bought candles.

Making Fairy Garden Accessories: 22 Enchanting Projects for Your Backyard

A delightful and highly recommended book that offers crafts projects that turn outdoor spaces into something magical. Gardeners may gravitate toward this book as well.

Wonderful World of Amigurumi: 15 Adorable Amigurumi Creations

Atypical, cute designs and precise instructions make this title a standout.

Watercolor Your Way: Techniques, Palettes, and Projects To Fit Your Skill Level and Creative Goals

Appealing, colorful projects and a clean layout make this book a great resource for beginning watercolor painters.

Stash Statement: Make the Most of Your Fabrics with Easy Improv Quilts

A quilting book that urges crafters to keep their scraps, instead of throwing them away. Filled with helpful tips, tool lists, and clear instructions, this title is great for beginners and more advanced quilters looking to try something different.

Huggable Amigurumi: Crocheting Teddy Bears and Other Cute, Cuddly Friends

For crafters looking to make amigurumi toys big enough for a child to wrap their arms around and hug. There’s much to enjoy in this title, but libraries may want to wait and purchase the reprint.

Well Worn: Visible Mending for the Clothes You Love

A solid how-to manual for mending techniques.

Flowering: Easygoing Floral Design for Surprising Contemporary Arrangements

This highly recommended title includes a wide array of arrangements that are all presented with flawless photos and directions.

Dynamic Character Design: Draw Faces and Figures with Pencil, Markers, Digital Tools, and More

A colorful, well-thought-out, easy-to-follow character design guide by an excellent artist. For experienced artists or dedicated beginners looking to learn technique.

Watercolor Textures for Artists: Explore Simple Techniques To Create Amazing Works of Art

This title’s focus on texture provides beginner painters with excellent projects for practicing techniques without worrying about accurately depicting flowers, animals, and other aspects of nature. It will have readers longing to break out their brushes.

Dreamy Anime Hair: 30+ Cute & Easy Styles from the World’s Most Beloved Anime Characters

Despite the scanty information on terminology, hair dying, and maintenance, Yan’s fans and lovers of anime will find much to like in this guide to anime hairstyles.

Crocheting Reversible Amigurumi Projects: Adorable 2-Way Patterns Using Fur Yarn & Easy Methods

Perfect for people with basic crochet experience who are looking for playful yet challenging amigurumi patterns.

Cosplay the Marvel Way: A Guide to Costuming Culture and Crafting Basics

A comprehensive, beginner-friendly guide to the exciting and creative universe of Marvel cosplay.

The Flower Yard in Containers & Pots: Creating Paradise Season by Season

Parkinson’s love for plants, gardening, and wildlife shines through in this conversational, lovely book. Most useful for intermediate or advanced gardeners.

The Encyclopedia of Cut Flowers: What Flowers To Buy, When To Buy Them, and How To Keep Them Alive Longer

A distinctive ready reference that will provide an abundance of positive takeaways and tips for both novices and the most seasoned florists.

Elevate Your Scrap Sewing Projects: 20+ Beautiful Techniques Using Your Fabric Stash

For libraries that cater to experienced sewists who want to try something a little different, this collection of projects certainly fits the bill.

Crochet Furry Friends: 12 Faux Fur Amigurumi Animals To Make

The inclusion of fur yarn for these patterns differentiates this resource from other amigurumi books. Great for experienced crocheters.

Kawaii Doodle Café: Learn To Draw Adorable Desserts, Snacks, Drinks & More

Readers will likely be inspired to spend countless hours drawing and composing Kawaii characters and capturing their own dining establishments and experiences.

All-New Twenty To Make: Knitted Baby Hats

From the practical to the whimsical, these cute items are perfect for gifts and for new and weekend knitters. Also great for readers looking for a fresh way to keep their baby’s head warm this winter.

Knitted Socks: 20 Gorgeous Patterns Inspired by Places Around the World

From lace to cables to complex colorwork, sock knitters will be sure to find something that appeals to them in this beautifully photographed and delightful collection of patterns. Perfect for intermediate to advanced sock knitters looking to take on a challenge.

The Embroidery Stitch Companion

A well-organized and thoughtful embroidery guide. Great for beginners wishing to learn an exciting new skill. Also for experienced embroiderers who need or want to brush up on their techniques and improve their skills.

‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ Im-peck-able Crochet

Something a little different from standard amigurumi crocheted characters and books. A must for crafty fans and collectors of whimsical Chicken Run memorabilia.

Forage & Stitch: Using Natural Materials in Textile Art

An excellent addition to craft and DIY collections. For readers who would like to expand their knowledge of making textile art with foraged materials and a variety of techniques.

InstaKnits for Baby

Whether readers are looking for last-minute gifts or projects to keep them busy during a TV show, this book delivers cozy, cute creations. Some projects are practical or whimsical, whereas many check both of those boxes.

Cute Creature Art Class: Learn To Draw Over 50 Magical Monsters

A one-stop shop for some beginners and experienced artists who want to learn how to draw creatures in an anime style.

Beginner’s Guide to Rug Tufting: Make One-of-a-Kind Rugs, Wall Hangings, and Décor with a Tufting Gun

A fun option for readers who want to learn how to create colorful rugs, wall hangings, and contemporary home furnishings.

Modern Day Quilter: 16 Patchwork Quilts and Projects for Everyday Life

A great book for beginner quilters, and intermediate quilters can learn from this title too.

Ultimate Binding and Edge-Finishing Guide for Quilting and Sewing: More Than 16 Different Techniques

For beginner and seasoned quilters who want to learn new techniques. A good addition to collections.

Dust Collection Systems and Solutions for Every Budget: CompleteGuide to Protecting Your Lungs and Eyes from Wood, Metal, and Resin Dust in the Workshop

Beyond a simple buying guide, this highly recommended volume provides essential dust-control and safety information for a wide variety of workshop set-ups.

The Soul of Gift Wrapping: Creative Techniques for Expressing Gratitude, Inspired by the Japanese Art of Giving

A mindful option that takes back the commercialism in gift giving and makes it a personal experience again. These ideas will fit everyone’s budget, and the book is sure to be a joyful experience.

Rags to Rugs: 30 New Weaving Designs for Repurposed Fabrics

A superb offering for readers who want to repurpose and recycle materials in a creative way.

Knit a Mini Ocean: 20 Tiny Sea Creatures To Knit

A whale of an addition to the world of amigurumi. Knitters who enjoy the ocean and the tiny creatures who live in it will appreciate these delightful projects.

Pocket Guide to Sashiko and Boro Stitching: Carry-Along Reference to Stitches, Tools, and Projects

For readers who want to see the potential in their used clothing, this quick guide is small but mighty. Marvelous for beginners but also ideal for people with embroidery knowledge who need some reminders while they work.

Punch Needle Tattoo Designs

An easy-to-follow guide that is sure to excite both aspiring and experienced crafters.


Amigurumi Family Adventures: 4 Cute Dolls To Crochet, with Summer & Winter Outfits

Simple and straightforward. A good recommendation for crocheters of any skill level.

Colourwork in the Round: All the Techniques You Need Plus 5 Stunning Projects

An excellent primer for creating colorwork projects that’s size-inclusive and for all skill levels. Knitters will also be able to apply this versatile technique to Fair Isle, Icelandic, Norwegian, and many other knitting patterns and designs.

Quilt Your Story: Honoring Special Moments Using Uniforms, Scrubs, Favorite Shirts, and More To Make Memory Quilts and Projects

Quilters will learn how to give new life to old items. Beginner memory quilt projects are included, but ideal readers are those with basic knowledge of textiles and the know-how to create with them.

Retro Curved Pieced Quilts: 15 Throwback Designs for Today’s Quilter

For serious quilters who are looking for detailed patterns and new and different designs to try.

Realistic Painting with Alcohol Ink: Learn Intermediate and Advanced Techniques with 17 Animal, Landscape, Still Life, and Portrait Projects

Experienced artists interested in painting with alcohol inks will be well served by this book’s thoughtful advice and beautiful examples.

Vibrant Watercolor: A Creative and Colorful Exploration into the Art of Watercolor Painting

Perfect for readers who want to dabble in a new art form or for those in need of a refresher.

30 Day Challenge, Embroidery: A Day-by-Day Guide To Learn New Stitches and Create Beautiful Designs

This book is squarely aimed at right-handed embroidery novices with no prior experience, whom it shows how to start and complete embroidery projects in a few hours.

Projects in Leather: Techniques, Patterns, and Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Over 20 Projects with Endless Variations

A great resource for readers who want to start or continue creating leather crafts.

Exploring Tunisian Crochet: All the Basics Plus Stitches and Techniques To Take Your Crochet to the Next Level

A great purchase about Tunisian crochet, suitable as an introductory guide but also for those experienced in the craft.

Sewing Perfect Little Bags and Totes: Fine-Tuning Essential Techniques from Cutting Out to Hardware

Good for experienced sewists who are looking to expand into bag making.

All-New Twenty To Make: Amigurumi Animals

A great collection of projects for crochet or animal lovers that would make excellent gifts or decorations.

Painting Cats: Curious, Mindful & Free-Spirited Watercolors

Still, this joyful book will inspire cat-loving creatives to pick up their paint brushes.

Beginner’s Guide to Glass Painting: Learn the Easy Reverse Technique for Making Endless Works of Art

Mistry’s thorough guidance and the vibrant project examples are certain to inspire many readers to take up glass painting as a new hobby.

How To Draw Super Cute Things with Bobbie Goods

For parents, teachers, and whimsical souls looking for instruction and inspiration. Also recommended for younger artists ready to put down their coloring books to make their own cute cartoons.

Modern Papermaking: Techniques in Handmade Paper

A great introduction to papermaking that enables practitioners to develop their skills. Ideal for public libraries and academic papermaking programs.

Embroidering Plants and Flowers for Beginners: 33 Plants To Stitch

Best for readers who have never tried embroidery, but those looking for some new patterns or inspiration will benefit from this title too. A welcome addition to crafts and hobbies sections.

Hooked on Shakespeare: Crochet Projects Inspired by the Bard

A perfect addition to the crafty reader’s shelf. Will have Shakespeare readers and English teachers crocheting characters in no time.

Wear It Well: Reclaim Your Closet and Rediscover the Joy of Getting Dressed

A thoughtful approach to showing readers how to tackle their closets, lean into their personal values, and let go of some of their concerns about style.

Start Painting Now: Discover Your Artistic Potential

This book will appeal to artists of all experience levels or to readers who are interested in using art as a means of self-expression.

This Is a Book for People Who Love Cats

Written in an engaging and entertaining tone, this selection is suitable for feline fans of all ages.

A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor Painting: Step-by-Step Lessons for Portraits, Landscapes and Still Lifes

A wealth of practical and clever advice that beginner artists will find useful.

Made To Measure: An Easy Guide to Drafting and Sewing a Custom Wardrobe

A welcome addition to sewing technique and pattern books. Readers interested in creating their own wardrobe will seek out this title.

Painting with Brusho: Create Vibrant & Expressive Paintings Using Watercolour Ink Powder

While some artists may not have the skills to draw similarly beguiling images, Thomas’s Brusho techniques are appealing enough to be used for abstract pieces or simply for enjoyment of the painting process itself. Many readers will certainly be inspired to give Brusho a try.

Knitting California: 26 Easy-To-Follow Designs for Beautiful Beanies Inspired by the Golden State

Bates’s collection of patterns will appeal to knitters who enjoy stranded colorwork, nature-inspired motifs, or knitted hats.

Manga Art Fashion Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Making Stylish Artwork in the Manga Style

An unusual but highly insightful guide that also looks at artists who do this kind of drawing and their multiple career paths. An essential purchase where drawing books and manga are popular.

Watercolor Made Simple: Techniques, Projects, and Encouragement To Get Started Painting and Creating

An innovative, highly useful work for beginning watercolorists.

Capture Your Own Life with Collage Quilting: Making Unique Quilts and Projects from Photos and Imagery

A great choice for beginning collage artists or readers who wish to take the craft to another level.

55 Fantastic Japanese Knitting Stitches

Knitters drawn to blends of color and texture will enjoy the new horizons opened by Hayashi’s stitch patterns. Those who specialize or create works using the brioche technique will be drawn to this title too.

Art of Custom Sneakers: How To Create One-of-a-Kind Kicks; Paint, Splatter, Dip, Drip, and Color

A sure hit. For aspiring custom shoe designers.

Drawing 100 Years of Disney Wonder

This well-researched, intriguing drawing guide is essential reading for Disney fans and for those who want to learn more about animation, its history, or the world of Walt Disney. A valuable purchase.

Painting Skies in Pastel

A great title for refining or learning pastel sky techniques. Best for artists who already have some experience working in this medium.

Cat Mania Embroidery: Zany and Fun Feline Motifs

Cat fans and readers who are completely new to embroidery will gain a solid set of skills by the time they work their way through this book. Experienced embroiderers will find adorable patterns that could be easily replicated or adapted.

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