I’ll admit, I love crafts, and I especially like seeing what kind of new books are out there to help get me ideas. Here’s the latest bestselling craft and hobby books released this month.
Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures Paperback – by Lara Spencer
4 stars, 21 customer reviews
#1 Best Seller in Home Furniture
Focusing on nine different rooms (including her own recently purchased Manhattan apartment), Lara Spencer shows readers that all it takes is planning, shopping know-how, and a little imagination to create beautiful and comfortable homes that reflect their personal style. She takes readers through the step-by-step process of overcoming the challenges of the room, offering helpful tips and lessons along the way. She identifies the design dilemma; comes up with a decorating plan; makes a mood board for inspiration; compiles a shopping list; scours flea markets for furniture and accessories that fit the bill; restores, repurposes, and reinvents the pieces she finds, giving them new life; and brings all the elements together in the gorgeous, finished space. With illuminating before, during, and after photographs of her DIY projects and the room installations, Lara demystifies the decorating process and allows readers to envision endless possibilities for what they can do in their own homes.
Gertie Sews Vintage Casual: A Modern Guide to Sportswear Styles of the 1940s and 1950s – by Gretchen Hirsch
The mid-20th century was an amazing time for American women’s fashion! Following the war, women started looking to American designers rather than French couture houses for inspiration and to demand clothing they could move in, even play in. In this follow-up to Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch celebrates the classic casual styles that icons like Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, and Rosie the Riveter made famous—think wide-legged trousers, fitted capri pants, beach rompers, shorts, knit tops, jeans, and day dresses. In Part I, Hirsch introduces key techniques for sportswear construction—from working with knit fabrics to the intricacies of pant-making—and in Part II, she showcases a 30-plus-piece vintage-inspired casual wardrobe.
Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids – by Merrilee Liddiard
5 stars, 3 customer reviews
#1 Best Seller in Puppets & Puppetry
Perfect for after school or a rainy Sunday, Playful is a charming collection of 26 unique, modern projects for adults to make with and for young children. Divided into five categories—Playful Dress Up, Playful Toys, Playful Paper Crafts, Playful Repurposing, and Playful Art—the low-skill, high-style, low-cost projects include a tiger piñata, a parade of paper puppets, and a dollhouse made out of cardboard and bright duct tape. Sweet and straightforward, this enchanting book is sure to inspire many happy, colorful hours of making—and make-believe—among adults and the children they love.
Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 – by Roderick Kiracofe
Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950–2000 is a stunning collection of approximately 150 eccentric and extraordinary quilts made predominantly by anonymous quilters in the US during the second half of the 20th century. Collected by renowned quilt authority and collector Roderick Kiracofe, they represent a 20th-century quilt movement that remains mostly undocumented. Unlike the familiar quilts that replicate traditional patterns of earlier centuries, these surprising textiles represent a freer, more casual, utilitarian style that departs from (and returns to) a multitude of norms and standards. Peppered with essays by renowned experts that help to contextualize the quilts’ surprisingly modern aesthetic, Unconventional & Unexpected is a groundbreaking celebration of 20th-century quilting that picks up where most other quilt histories leave off.
Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection: Embroidery Projects & Designs to Celebrate the Seasons – by Aimee Ray
5 stars, 4 customer reviews
#1 Best Seller in Embroidery
Happy holiday doodles! This cheery installment in the popular Doodle Stitching series by powerhouse author Aimee Ray gives embroiderers a festive collection of motifs to try. Of course, it’s filled with super-cute Christmas ideas, from Santa’s sleigh to the Nutcracker ballet, but also with designs for New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Hanukkah, and more. Loaded with more than 20 how-to projects and 300+ new motifs—in the book and on the CD—this is the ultimate year-round stitching resource.