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Summer Reading 2021 Arts & Crafts Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Summer 2021 here.

Modern Quilting: A Contemporary Guide to Quilting by Hand by Julius Arthur

Modern Quilting is a beautiful look at quilting as an art form and as a part of community building. Complete with easy-to-follow patterns and personal stories for each pattern, this is a great place for any quilter to begin exploring the fiber arts world. Experienced quilters will also find new ways to use old techniques. — Jae

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ISBN: 9781784883942
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Published: Hardie Grant - June 1st, 2021

Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers by Ellen Lupton, Farah Kafei, Jennifer Tobias, Josh A. Halstead, Kaleena Sales, Leslie Xia, and Valentina Vergara

Although written for graphic designers (of which I am one), I recommend Extra Bold for an even wider readership. This thought-provoking book is filled with essays, profiles, and images by a broad range of contributors who address the ways that design has, and more importantly, has not, practiced antiracism, feminism, inclusion, and nonbinary thinking. New voices who are focusing on the question “How do we engage people with all different points of view into this making process?” are especially powerful in this handbook. — S.B.

Mending with Love: Creative Repairs for Your Favorite Things by Noriko Misumi

There are a lot of mending books on the market right now, which just makes me giddy, to be honest. I love seeing people mend, and this book goes a little bit deeper than the basics of mending, covering wool roving, curved surfaces, and socks. Mending with Love is a great place to start your mending journey and love your clothes longer. — Jae

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ISBN: 9780804854030
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - April 6th, 2021

Circular Fashion by Peggy Blum

This stylish manual is a must-have for any student of fashion or sustainable design. Replete with case studies of industry leaders and sleek infographics on recycled materials and best practices, Circular Fashion empowers the consumer to pick materials and brands that fit with a worldview of modest consumption and to find items that don’t take more than they give. — Celeste 

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ISBN: 9781786278876
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - April 20th, 2021

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