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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Sweet Floral Life: Romantic Arrangements for Fresh and Sugar Flowers

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Pocket Book of Knitting

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Knitting Almanac

An ambitious idea that stumbles in its execution.

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

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

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.

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.

Macramé: The Power of Knots

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

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.

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.

The Everlasting Meal Cookbook: Leftovers A–Z

Unique and practical, Adler’s title encourages home cooks to achieve what seems impossible: clean out the fridge, not into the garbage but into an appealing meal.

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.

Professor Pincushion’s Beginner Guide to Sewing: Garment Making for Nervous Newbies

The clear instructions, attractive photos, and graphics make this an essential starting place for sewing and a foundation to continue to build on.

Kawaii Doggies: Learn To Draw Over 100 Adorable Pups in All Their Glory

This book is as much fun to read as it is instructive. Recommended for public libraries that serve beginner and experienced doodlers and illustrators, along with general readers interested in this adorable art form.

Modern Calligraphy: Learn the Beautiful Art of Brush Lettering

A very useful book for individuals looking to learn about calligraphy. Recommended for public libraries.

Go with the Flow Painting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Spontaneous Effects in Watercolor

An essential book for public libraries. It will appeal to beginner watercolor artists and those wanting to try Win’s loose, go-with-the-flow style of watercolor painting.

Needle Felting Dolls: A Complete Course in Sculpting Figures

A top resource for needle felting and a wonderful addition to any crafts collection.

Yarn Spinning with a Modern Twist: How To Create Your Own Gorgeous Yarns Using a Drop Spindle

This book may be intimidating for readers who have no experience with or easy access to raw wool. It is geared much more to those who are already spinning wool and seeking more specialized advice.

Scandinavian Style Easter Knits

A charming book for experienced knitters.

The Ultimate Guide to iPhone Photography: Learn How To Take Professional Shots and Selfies the Easy Way

This is a short, detailed, easy-to-read book filled with great photographs as examples. Perfect for readers looking to take their iPhone photography up a few notches.

Origami and Kirigami for the Home: Paper Art Decorations, Gift Wrapping and Handmade Cards

This is a thorough entry into the world of paper crafting, with beautiful photos to accompany each project and enough pieces for readers of every skill level to enjoy.

Leather Sewing: 8 New Projects for Leather Crafters of All Levels

A good choice for readers who enjoy exploring new crafts or those merely curious about leatherwork.

Maybe Swearing Will Help: Relax and Curse Your Ass Off in Cross-Stitch

This is a short but comprehensive and enjoyable companion piece for cross-stitch fans looking to add a little humor to their next project.

Macramé Jewellery: 20 Stylish Modern Projects Using Simple Knots

Strambio’s appreciation for the art of macramé and her encouragement for readers to give knotting a try and let mistakes be part of the unique quality of a hand-crafted piece make this book a celebration of creativity from start to finish.

Restyle & Restitch for Little Ones: 30 Simple Projects from Preloved Clothes

As recycling and sustainability keep growing in importance, this is a creative way to avoid ditching clothing that readers aren’t ready to give up.

The Innovative Artist: Art of Pyrography; Drawing with Fire

This well-structured primer will appeal to artists looking for a new medium, as well as beginning to intermediate–level pyrographers interested in adding new skills and techniques.

Embroidered Crochet: Enchanting Projects To Crochet and Embroider

While the crocheted instructions are adequate, and there are useful sections on blocking and finishing, the book contains several technical errors and omissions with the embroidered topstitching instructions. Only recommended for libraries where there is demand for the author’s books.

Satisfying Stitches: Learn Simple Embroidery Techniques and Embrace the Joys of Stitching by Hand

Highly recommended, especially for libraries looking to expand their beginner-embroidery offerings.

You Can Draw Cute Animals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing and Coloring Adorable Creatures

This book is great for artists with the desire to learn more about drawing.

Hand Quilting Techniques for Farmhouse Style: Easy, Stress-Free Ways To Quickly Hand Quilt

A truly excellent beginner’s guide that will have readers quilting with confidence.

Friends: The One with the Crochet; The Official Crochet Pattern Book

A truly fun reference book for readers to use to make gifts for Friends lovers in their life or themselves.

Love Fat Quarter Quilts: 20 Delightful Precut Projects for All Skill Levels

Recommended for public libraries that serve a strong, active quilting community.

Sweet Pea Crochet: 20 Beautiful Baby Blankets & Matching Gifts

Although the designs are beautiful and the patterns well written, one drawback is that the book is written in UK crochet terms that may be confusing for those who are used to American crochet ones, but there is a conversion chart. On the plus side, the blanket border instructions are written without a stitch count to allow for differing tensions. An illustrated techniques section is also included.

Sew Maddie: The Adorable Rag Doll Who Loves Fun and Fashion!

Any age will be able to enjoy creating a variety of pieces to complete Maddie’s or another doll’s wardrobe.

The Herbarium of Fabric Flowers: Twenty Flower Brooch Projects Translated from Nature

This book functions as both an art book and a how-to for crafting, which makes it an excellent inclusion in public libraries.

Japanese Motifs in Stumpwork & Goldwork: Embroidered designs inspired by Japanese family crests

Nicholas’s pieces are beautiful, but they’re best for embroiderers with experience in surface embroidery, stumpwork, and goldwork. For a thorough grounding in the basics of these techniques, beginners should start with the Royal School of Needlework’s guides.

Create Naturally: Go Outside and Rediscover Nature with 15 Makers

An interesting study of art inspired by and integrating nature. Not an essential purchase for an art section but will likely be of interest to many artists and makers.

Colour Crochet Unlocked: The Ultimate How-To Guide

Overall, a fair introduction to colorwork for the experienced crocheter up for a challenge. Given the intended audience (UK and experienced crocheters), this book is best for larger libraries’ crochet collections.

Made with Love: Get Hooked with 30 Knitting and Crochet Patterns

There is plenty to like about this book. Its only drawback is that it is written exclusively for right-handers. Experienced left-handed crafters must do their own conversions, and left-handed beginners are advised to look elsewhere. An optional purchase for libraries with craft sections.

Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish: A Whole Brunch of Recipes To Make at Home

An information-packed delight. This is a book to give as a housewarming gift, treasure in one’s kitchen where it will quickly become flour and lox stained, and to make sure is in every library collection.

Home Detox: Make Your Home a Healthier Place for Everyone Who Lives There

Committed environmentalists interested in upping their game and being better citizens of planet Earth will find this guide useful. Highly recommended for all libraries.

Marie Kondo’s Kurashi at Home: How To Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life

This book moves beyond the home to include everyday activities and lifestyle. It’s likely to be in high demand due to Kondo’s popularity.

Sundays with Sophie: Flay Family Recipes for Any Day of the Week

The Flays have slayed it with a casual family cookbook that covers the basics for beginners, but it is full of surprises for veteran home chefs.

Fishermen’s Knits from the Coast of Norway

For experienced knitters and those interested in textile history.

The Embroidered Closet: Modern Hand-Stitching for Upgrading and Upcycling Your Wardrobe

A must for beginners and libraries with patrons interested in sustainable crafts.

Drawing for Illustration

A robust bibliography and index are included. The result is an appropriate update for art collections, particularly for universities and large public libraries with teens and adults interested in this craft.

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock, Revised Edition: An All-Natural Approach to Raising and Breeding Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers

Recommended for readers interested in homesteading, organic living, and sustainable and eco-friendly poultry farming.

Gateau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes

Full of charming gouache illustrations and a wonderful friendly tone to the text. Public-library patrons will like this one.

The Beginner’s Guide to Hand Building: Functional and Sculptural Projects for the Home Potter

Geared toward the absolute novice, this book will appeal to those interested in working with clay but are not looking for glazing or firing instructions.

Essential Sashiko: A Dictionary of the 92 Most Popular Patterns

A thorough guide to the art of sashiko that will inspire hand-embroidery enthusiasts, as well as hand- and machine-quilters looking for geometric designs.

Watercolour Lessons: How To Paint and Unwind in 20 Tutorials

An asset for all library collections that include art tutorials for beginners testing the waters of a new hobby.

Make Your Own Crochet Animals: Create Your Own Unique Animals and Patterns

A great introduction to amigurumi crochet and crafting three-dimensional creatures. Recommended for most public libraries.

Ghetto Gastro Presents Black Power Kitchen

A wonderfully written and beautifully produced book. In keeping with Ghetto Gastro’s multidisciplinary approach, this volume will offer readers an engaging excursion into food history and culture, with a myriad of appealing recipes. Best for those interested in culinary and cultural histories.

P.S.—We Made This: Super Fun Crafts That Grow Smarter + Happier Kids!

Highly recommended for parents and teachers who are looking for low-cost, easy, fun creative projects for preschoolers to preteens.

The Oil Painter’s Color Handbook: A Contemporary Guide to Color Mixing, Pigments, Palettes, and Harmony

Casey’s thorough and well-designed guide provides an extensive overview of color theory and the ways color can be used in art. Although there’s some beginner-friendly content, it’s best suited to artists with some experience with oil paints.

Holistic Homesteading: A Guide to a Sustainable and Regenerative Lifestyle

For those interested in living off their land and starting a homesteading lifestyle, this book does a great job providing practical tips, recipes, and inspiration to get started on a sustainable path.

Lace Knit Shawls, Sweaters, Socks & Hats: 26 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns

The patterns and instructions are lovely. The gimmicky, surface-level nods to Japanese culture are not.

Romancing the Home: Stylish Interiors for a Modern Lifestyle

Interesting and enjoyable, this book is a welcome addition to art and design collections.

Knitting the National Parks: 63 Easy-To-Follow Designs for Beautiful Beanies Inspired by the US National Parks

Buy where there is reader demand for intermediate-level knitting projects, with the caveat that this is for experienced right-handed U.S. knitters; left-handed and non-U.S. knitters will need to know how to do their own conversions and where to look for stitch abbreviations.

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