Get Your Craft On - New Crafting Books

by Beth

Hey Crafters! The 2019 ICPL Arts & Crafts Bazaar is on December 7th. Donations can be dropped off at the Help Desk on the first floor through November 30th. Here are some of our new crafting books to inspire you.

Cute needle felted animal friends : adorable cats, dogs and other pets

Sachiko Susa

746.0463 /Susa

"Cute Needle Felted Animal Friends shows you how to create lifelike felted figures that remind you of the pets you love--using a little wool roving, a felting needle, and a few basic tools and techniques. Even more than this, it shows you how to capture their adorable expressions when they're playing hard, napping, or just happy to see you. A sweetly cocked head, perky ears, and a tail that makes you think it's actually wagging--the charm of these miniature figures is all in the details! Easy step-by-step instructions and photos show you how to make the basic shapes and components, then how to add details like long or curly hair, spines, and stripes, as well as little faces that are utterly irresistible. With a bit of practice, you'll be able to portray the unique poses and expressions of beloved pets from your own life."--Publisher's website.

DIY for dog lovers : 36 paw-some canine crafts

Kat Roberts

745.5 /Roberts

From a cute Pomeranian mug to a bone-shaped welcome mat, this companion to Crafting for Cat Ladies features 36 charming projects for dog lovers and their four-legged friends. There are irresistibly adorable items to decorate your home, accessorize your outfits, entertain guests, and (of course) pamper your pooch. And they're all easy to make, thanks to plenty of step-by-step photos, templates, and beginner-friendly crafting techniques. Bring whimsy to your wardrobe with Dalmatian-print trousers, customize a leash and collar for your cherished pup, design a dachshund shopping bag, create sweet "paw-ty" favors, and so much more! --Publisher

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Simple fun dog-ish crafts for all ages (with a little help).
- Beth

Feminist cross-stitch : 40 bold & fierce patterns

Stephanie Rohr

746.443 /Rohr

Make a statement and smash the patriarchy, one stitch at a time with these 40 feminist-themed cross-stitching patterns!

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Good introduction to cross stitch for beginners, with lots of easy patterns. The Rosie The Riveter will give you something to shoot for!
- Beth

Gingermelon's embroidered animals : heirloom animal dolls to sew, embellish and treasure

Shelly Down

745.5924 /Down

"An exquisite collection of toy sewing patterns to make stuffed animals to treasure! These stunning animal dolls are easy to sew and then embellish with simple hand embroidery stitches to beautiful effect. The dolls and their cute outfits all use small amounts of fabric, so are great for using up scraps. With step-by step instructions and full guidance on the embroidery stitches and full-size pattern pieces to trace from the page, this super-accessible book will help you make future heirlooms that will stay in the family for generations." --

Japanese paper flowers : elegant kirigami blossoms, bouquets, wreaths and more

Hiromi Yamazaki

745.54 /Yamazaki

This book shows you how to create decorative works of floral art from the least expensive and most versatile craft material available colored paper! Japanese kirigami (cut paper) flowers are among the most delicate and beautiful examples of paper art in the world. This inspirational how-to guide showcases 31 gorgeous Japanese floral designs that can virtually pass for the real thing although they never wilt! Are you looking for a creative way to add a touch of beauty to your home or workplace, or to create low-cost decorations for a wedding or other special event? All of the most popular blossoms are represented here, including: 5 different romantic roses, Frilly carnations, Sensuous tulips, Dramatic anemones, Flashy dahlias, 3 types of cheerful daisies, 3 types of bold sunflowers, 3 types of graceful lilies. And many more! Simple instructions and colorful step-by-step photos show novice paper crafters how to make each flower, as well as how to gather them into jaw dropping bouquets. There are even instructions describing how the flowers can be used in 18 amazing ways for decorating, selling, gift giving and entertaining - including: Spectacular wreaths, Decorative ornaments, Floral pens, Customized photo frames, Individualized bookmarks. Japanese Paper Flowers has all the information and all of the necessary patterns you need! Simply cut the papers into the appropriate shapes, curl and arrange the leaves and petals as indicated, and use a dot of craft glue to create realistic paper blossoms and bouquets. Create breathtaking paper flowers in no time at all!

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If you like cutting paper snowflakes you should give this a try. Kirigami - the art of Japanese cut paper flowers.
- Beth

Knitted animal friends : over 40 knitting patterns for adorable animal dolls, their clothes and accessories

Louise (Knitting designer) Crowther

746.432 /Crowther

There are a total of 13 knitted animals - each with their own unique personality and style. The animals all have the same basic body, with a few colour variations and tail additions, so the clothes can be mixed and matched between them to create endless outfit possibilities.

Mini hoop embroideries : over 60 little masterpieces to stitch and wear

Sonia Lyne

746.44 /Lyne

Stitch a multitude of embroidery designs--all within a cute and tiny mini hoop! Following the simple instructions inside, learn how to create over 60 tiny masterpieces in a wide range of styles by original mini embroidery hoop creator Sonia Lyne, founder of Dandelyne. Using these little hoops as your canvas learn to stitch it all, from classic embroidered flowers and appliqué animals through to abstract stitch 'n' paint shapes and tasselled creatures. Then, proudly frame and decorate your stitched art and turn them into eye-catching jewellery pieces, or display them in your home for ultimate hoopy gorgeousness.

Taste of Home handmade Christmas.

745.59412 /Taste

Handmade surprises touch hearts and make memories. From whimsical elves made of felt to clever greeting cards crafted at home, the inspired ideas in the all-new Taste of Home Handmade Christmas promise to make everyone's holiday merry and bright. Whether you're new to crafting or a longtime pro, you'll enjoy projects such as Magnolia Leaf Wreath, Memory Wire Bracelets and so many others. These are the crafts you'll enjoy creating for family, friends, neighbors, teachers - everyone on your Christmas list. -- Provided by publisher.