I love my library. Absolutely love, love, love my library! There is a wonderful children's book section with comfy chairs and big bins on the floor so Owen can search through the board books on his own. There's even a playground next door! I check out so many craft books that my friendly librarian Meg now suggests more every time I'm in! It's wonderful!
I thought it might be fun to show you the ones I check out and give a quick review periodically. If you like this idea and it's helpful, let me know and I'll be happy to do it more often. (Especially if it means having to go back to my favorite place!) Here's the first batch of books:
Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross
Cliffs Notes Version: Informative, but not inspiring
Rating: 1 (out of 5) golden paintbrushes
Thoughts: If you're a beginning sewer or if you're someone who likes to follow meticulous details and patterns, you'll like this book. I didn't get much out of it. The projects and pictures are beautiful, but not original. I liked the way Heather diagramed her sewing machine, for the beginners to know which parts she's referring to. I also liked the description of fabric with "drape" vs. "body".
ReadyMade by Shoshana Berger and Grace Hawthorne
Cliffs Notes Version: Good for a lesson on the history of crafting materials and a laugh
Rating: 3 golden paintbrushes
Thoughts: This was one of the more informative and funny craft books I've ever read. It is broken down in six categories of raw materials (paper, plastic, wood, metal, glass and fabric), giving each material's history, facts about the material I'm certain you've never heard before, then they explore different projects. They even included projects that turned out to be big flops, which were really funny. The plastic section included an article on face exercises you can do to avoid plastic surgery... sure to induce some laughs and possibly more smile lines!
Most of the projects were completely original, although not really my style, they were very creative.
Eco Craft by Susan Wasinger
Cliffs Notes Version: Re-freshingly original look at Re-cycle, Re-craft, and Re-styling
Rating: 3 1/2 golden paintbrushes
The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer
Thoughts: I would recommend checking this book out if you're at all interested in recycling old things to make new things. Usually I'll get only a couple good ideas from a craft book. This one had me bookmarking like crazy! Susan came up with very original ideas that are right up my alley. I don't think I would buy this book (an accolade reserved for only the very best craft books!), but I would recommend looking at her projects because they are so unique.
Cliffs Notes Version: Tons of sewing techniques demystified
Rating: 5 golden paintbrushes
Thoughts: This is one book I need to own! Beautiful pictures, easy step-by-step instructions, inspiring projects, this book modernizes old tried and true techniques and actually inspired one of my New Year's goals this year: tackle a tough stitching project! I love how Ruth takes something simple, like sewing on a button for example, she shows me how to do it, then shows me ways to start thinking outside the box to make it more unique. See the buttons with decorative stitches below? I had a moment on almost every page!
This book is not going to go out of style quickly either. She's made it timeless and beautiful. I can't wait to try my hand at this circular skirt!
The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket
Cliffs Notes Version: Inspiration at its best
Rating: 5 golden paintbrushes
Thoughts: I've talked about this book before. Every inch of it is inspiring to me. The colors and the pictures are almost spell binding. I just jump right in to Jane's world through this book and I love it there! In addition to the earlier post I wrote about this book, I also love that she included this picture of a mother teaching her children and the title is "A Life Well Spent." Amen! I've looked at it plenty of times and it never fails to choke me up! I highly recommend adding this one to your collection. It's the perfect book for getting past a crafter's block.
Want me to review a craft book you've heard about? Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send a comment my way and if it lives among the pages at my library you can be sure I'll go pick it up!