Crafts

Tired of picking up digs at Sears? Get started on your custom wardrobe with the mix-and-match style of this cool pattern book. With basic overviews of different design elements, this book is the perfect intro for the budding dress designer. My first project will be the Zigzag Shirt Dress on page 125, no alterations needed. So cute!

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Megan
$29.99
ISBN: 9780770434946
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Published: Potter Craft - June 16th, 2015

This book is a compendium of beautiful quilt squares complete with written instructions, diagrams, and alternate color suggestions. Start one of the six sampler projects or enjoy the freedom to mix & match and quilt your way to a more colorful life. I SUPER ULTRA love this book!

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Megan
$25.95
ISBN: 9781607059516
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Published: C&T Publishing - November 7th, 2014

I've been stenciling Lotta designs on my furniture and walls forever and have made dozens of Simple Sewing’s curtains over the years, so this book is a little like seeing the design of my home in clothing form. But the beauty of this collection lies not in the oh-so-Lotta printed fabrics but in the wonderful simplicity and range of the patterns. Straightforward looks, all modeled by Lotta and her close friends—real women with real lives who want real and accessible wardrobes. But fear not, beginners! The author is a self-professed sewing novice; this truly is a book for everyone. These timeless styles are easy to sew and universally flattering.  —Kimberly

By Lotta Jansdotter, Jenny Hallengren (Photographer)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781617691744
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - November 3rd, 2015

When I’m not knitting, chances are I’m thinking, talking, or reading about knitting. In between reading the stories in Knitting Pearls, you could be knitting one of the many patterns that are part of the book. And as much as I think everyone in the world should learn to knit, these stories aren’t just for the knit-obsessed. These essays by some of my favorite creative people are about love, heartbreak, family, personal identity, and making sense of it all. —Megan

By Ann Hood (Editor)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393246087
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 9th, 2015

This collection of quilt patterns, inspired by geometry in everyday life, is beautiful, modern, and accessible. I love quilting but I’m far from an expert. I can honestly say that not only do I want to make every quilt in this book, I feel like I can because the construction is so simple and clearly detailed. Try a few of Heather Jones’ patterns, then take inspiration from your own neighborhood and see what you come up with!  —Megan

By Heather Jones, Jenny Hallengren (Photographer), Denyse Schmidt (Foreword by)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781617691768
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - October 6th, 2015

You can never go wrong with a book on cats, especially when it comes with instructions on suiting them up in stylish hats. Perfect for those who knit, crochet, or anyone who dreams of having a horde of banana-bedecked kittens in their life.
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Rachel
$16.95
ISBN: 9780762456635
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - March 24th, 2015

The best DIY, anti-consumer homemaker guide out there. Easy to use, compact, realistic, and not for hippies. Want to save money and avoid toxic chemicals while cleaning your stuff and yourself, but still want your hair to shine and your toilet to sparkle? Includes everything from non-toxic lip balm recipes to what kind of dish soap you can recycle into your gardening.  

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Julia
$21.00
ISBN: 9781605294629
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Published: Rodale Books - April 26th, 2011

This is a good book. It's about people who are happy and depressed and ecstatic and regretful and loving and bored, and how they are brought together in this book with ink and pain and blood and everything they’ve experienced. Pen & Ink is sparse and gorgeous, the illustrations allowing the narratives to take center stage.  

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Rachel
$22.00
ISBN: 9781620404904
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 7th, 2014

Cirilia Rose is a crafter after my own heart. This collection of patterns is organized with 3 sections based on the three main types of knitting projects (Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads) and broken up further by smart and relatable personal essays on the creative process. No matter your knitting mood, you'll find a perfect pattern in this awesome book. 

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Megan
By Cirilia Rose, Jared Flood (Photographer)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781584799535
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - November 4th, 2014

Fashion and color are inextricably linked, as color is usually the first thing our eyes fix on. For years, designers have turned to color experts Pantone for inspiration, and this new book neatly displays the relationship. Organized by each distinct hue, with the classic Pantone color strip running along the bottom of each page, designs of every style grace these pages. Pantone on Fashion is a bright and glamorous look at over a century of fashion.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452115351
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 16th, 2014

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