March 2013 Best Crafts, Hobbies, & Home Books

Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists by Jenny Doh

Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists by Jenny Doh

Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips

Book Description
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Hand-lettering techniques are a popular and visually dynamic way to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. Sixteen accomplished contributors—including calligraphers, painters, collagists, card makers, fiber artists, and graphic designers—give their personal perspectives on lettering. They all offer their favorite tools, how they use them, their signature technique with step-by-step instructions and photos, and an alphabet sampler of their own font. Gorgeous gallery images of each contributor’s work are also included.

About the Author
Jenny Doh is the former Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio magazine and the President and Founder of crescendoh.com. Jenny serves regularly as keynote speaker across the nation to deliver messages related to creative passion, authentic leadership, effective communication, and focused compassion. For her leadership in publishing and the art and crafting community, Jenny was recognized by Folio magazine as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing industry. Jenny is the author of several books, including Hand in Hand and We Make Dolls (both Lark). She lives in Santa Ana, CA.

 

The Welcoming House: The Art of Living Graciously by Jane Schwab, Cindy Smith and Bunny Williams

The Welcoming House: The Art of Living Graciously by Jane Schwab, Cindy Smith and Bunny Williams

The Welcoming House: The Art of Living Graciously

Book Description
Release date: March 19, 2013
The owners of the acclaimed stores and decorating firm Circa Interiors present eight stylish, beautiful homes blending comfort, beauty, and function with classic Southern hospitality. A house with an open door is like a friend with an open heart: inviting, generous of spirit, and constant at the core. In their first book, Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith present beautifully arranged interiors in which the trademarks of their style—subtle color palettes, graceful furniture, an emphasis on comfort and entertaining—harmonize to create fresh yet classic rooms. Walking the reader through each home with their characteristic Southern charm, they share their vision and process, from big-picture topics such as room flow and furniture plans, to the importance of entryways and setting a beautiful table. The lessons also extend from the interior to the garden, as Schwab and Smith discuss how outside spaces can become natural extensions of the home for entertaining. Throughout, they share specific ideas for arranging rooms to welcome one, two, or four people as comfortably as fifty, establishing multifunctional, adaptable gathering places that are both gracious and functional for the family of the house as well as their guests.

 

Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots & Stripes: 24 New Projects Made with Shot Cottons and Striped Fabrics by Kaffe Fassett, Liza Prior Lucy and Debbie Patterson

Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots & Stripes: 24 New Projects Made with Shot Cottons and Striped Fabric

Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots & Stripes

Book Description
Release date: February 26, 2013
In Kaffe Fassett Quilts Shots and Stripes, quilt master Kaffe Fassett and coauthor Liza Prior Lucy present 24 projects—small and large, beginner and advanced—made with iridescent solid-colored cotton fabrics (called shot cottons) and woven striped cotton fabrics, all photographed in and around his weekend home on England’s southern coast. Inspired by worldwide travels and a plethora of ethnic textiles, including Amish quilts in America, Japanese indigo patched work clothes, and African weavings, the projects featured include full-size bed quilts as well as smaller pieces that can be completed more quickly, such as throws, wall hangings, table runners, and pillows. With Shots and Stripes, Fassett answers the current call for quilts that make bold graphic statements but are not necessarily as time-consuming as some of the work for which he has been previously celebrated.

Praise for Kaffe Fassett Quilts Shots and Stripes:

“Kaffe Fassett is a superstar in the world of textiles.” —Craft Gossip

“As with all of Kaffe’s books—whether quilting or knitting or needlework—the photos and lay-out are lavish. It is a treat for the senses.” —Getting Stitched on the Farm

“Kaffe & Liza did it again! It’s amazing to have another pattern book so soon, following . . . Kaffe’s fascinating memoir, Dreaming in Color. Do you really need yet another Kaffe book in your library of quilt books? Why, yes, you do.” —Meg Cox

 

Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More by Annie Sloan

Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More by Annie Sloan

Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture

Book Description
Publication Date: March 14, 2013
With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to transform everyday furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint. Annie Sloan is a paint legend and one of the world’s most popular experts in the field of decorative painting. In Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and more, Annie presents 40 new projects and ideas, showing you the easy way to update tired furniture and transform your home. Working with her own range of chalk paints, Annie shows how to mix colours and how to achieve certain looks. Whether your taste is for colourful boho chic or restrained Swedish hues, cosy and comforting rustic shades, a modern and contemporary approach or an elegant French look, here you will find a project to suit you. Start off by mastering the simple art of colourwashing, and work your way up to transfer printing, gilding, stencilling and glazing. There are even instructions for dyeing fabric using paint. As well as painting furniture, the projects range from a staircase painted in a rainbow of colours to stencilled walls, transforming floors with a coat of paint to dyeing linen curtains and even painting a vintage chandelier. Throughout the book, Annie offers expert tips, techniques, shortcuts and guidance, showing you the easy way to create a stylish home.

 

Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More by Aimee Ray

Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko

Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond

Book Description
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
In her first two Doodle Stitching books, Aimee Ray proved that doodling isn’t just for paper anymore! Now she brings her irresistible art to a variety of embroidery techniques in a timeless resource for anyone with a needle and thread. Appealing to stitchers of all levels, the beautiful decorative stitches and techniques here include stumpwork, appliqué, Shisha, cutwork, and Sashiko. They’re all presented in Ray’s fresh, accessible, and whimsical style, with more than 20 fun projects and extra motifs so readers can personalize their creations.

About the Author
Aimee Ray is the bestselling author of Doodle Stitching and Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection (both Lark). Her fans follow her work at her popular blog dreamfollow.com. She lives in Lincoln, AK.

 

Paris Flea Market Style by Claudia Strasser

Paris Flea Market Style by Claudia Strasser

Paris Flea Market Style

Book Description
Publication Date: March 1, 2013
Shop and dream Paris style

If you love French interior design and bargain hunting, Paris is the place where your shopping daydreams come true. Claudia Strasser takes us on a winding tour through the Parisian flea markets finding decorative pieces all along the way.

Strasser discusses ways to bring the look to your home by building collections and looking for furniture and accessories to reflect your individual style whether it’s Napoleon III, Louis XV, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Moderne or Belle Epoque. Whatever it is, you’re sure to find rare pieces that will be treasured in your home. Shop and dream your way around the Paris flea markets with this deliciously colorful stroll through the city’s best markets and take home special pieces that are destined to become heirlooms.

A stylized map gives readers the lay of the land and Claudia shares her tips on where to find what, trade secrets, her favorite dealers and advice on shipping items home. So, now take a seat and take a trip to Paris!

Claudia Strasser began her career in 1993 when she opened a boutique in New York City’s East Village and filled it with French boudoir furniture and accessories. She painted and repaired flea market finds, reincarnating them into the sparkling treasures. Now she travels to Paris throughout the year, taking small groups shopping and sharing resources. She works on books and articles while designing a furniture line and doing some decorating projects. Claudia’s style and business have been featured in scores of magazines. She is the author of The Paris Apartment: Romantic Décor on a Flea Market Budget (1997).

Claudia splits her time between New York, Paris, and Miami.

 

Tilda’s Fairytale Wonderland: Over 25 Beautiful Sewing and Papercraft Projects by Tone Finnanger

Tilda's Fairytale Wonderland: Over 25 Beautiful Sewing and Papercraft Projects

Tilda’s Fairytale Wonderland

Book Description
Publication Date: February 25, 2013
Transport yourself to a magical world of princesses, soldiers and adorable animals with this collection of beautiful projects inspired by fairy tales you know and love.

  • Over 25 charming sewing and papercraft designs including gifts, decorations, toys and accessories for your home.
  • Cute characters from classic fairy tales, such as Pinocchio, The Nutcracker, Bambi, Swan Lake and The Princess and the Pea.
  • Gorgeous photography, creative ideas and pretty designs, all in the unique Tilda style.

 

The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs by Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner

The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

The Beautiful Edible Garden

Book Description
Release date: February 26, 2013
From the founders of landscape design firm Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area comes a stylish, beautifully-photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.

We’ve all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don’t want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it’s possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces—from large yards to tiny patios—this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.

 

The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions by Dora Ohrenstein

The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions

The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs

Book Description
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Tunisian crochet is hot! Open the door and discover many designers and 30+ Tunisian stitch patterns.

Tunisian crochet, a technique dating back to the nineteenth century, has recently been making its way back into the hands of crocheters. Here, author Dora Ohrenstein presents more than 30 Tunisian stitch patterns and 11 projects, updating historic concepts and introducing innovative techniques using contemporary styles and yarns. The door has officially been opened for those interested in rediscovering this treasured craft.

In The New Tunisian Crochet, you’ll begin with Tunisian stitch patterns to create a variety of beautiful fabrics you’ll love. Next, follow the inspiration of some of crochet’s masters with projects that showcase these stitches in a variety of garments, accessories, and home decor projects. Get ready to explore a craft that’s received a fresh jolt of inspiration and insight in The New Tunisian Crochet.

 

Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long

Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long

Mastering the Art of Embroidery

Book Description
Release date: February 26, 2013
Embroidery is back in a big way! This comprehensive guide covers everything readers need to know with 30 illustrated, step-by-step tutorials for all the essential techniques, plus a section on digital and free-motion machine embroidery. More than 500 color images showcase a range of contemporary applications alongside inspiring artist profiles, a dictionary of embroidery stitches, and sections on other needlecrafts such as crewel, appliqué, and cross-stitch. Mastering the Art of Embroidery is the new go-to resource for crafters of all skill levels to keep on their bookshelf.

About the Author
Sophie Long had the honor of embroidering the much-publicized wedding dress of Kate Middleton for her marriage to Prince William. A graduate of the Royal School of Needlework, Long now works as a freelance hand embroiderer and teacher.

 

 

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