How to find a helpful craft book…
January 17th, 2013
So here is a list of my favourite craft books, from knitting to sewing and everything else. I’ll take through each subject and explain why these books can help you so much like they have me.
I have created such a huge collection over the year of starting my blog, some have turned out to be a bit rubbish and quite frankly useless but others are life savers. I’m writing this post to save you all from spending the money you don’t need to and giving you a short heads up to what actually does improve your talents.
I’m not forcing you to buy these particular books but I think its always handy to know what makes a crafty tutorial book really helpful. Then you can go out knowing what you’re looking for and can choose the right book for your needs.
1. CRAFT by Kirstie Allsopp
If you’re British you would have heard of Kirstie Allsopp. If not check out Kirstie’s Vintage Home program, if will give you an over all view of her work. I love the way this book is written. It clearly explains each step in a craft tutorial rather than others that don’t use the right words or ones with double meanings that can easily confuse you. I find if I don’t get something right I get stressed and agitated which means you won’t enjoy your craft making, and that is exactly why we do it no? There are a fair few of kitch, vintage style crafts inside which I like as this is my style. Ideas you think ‘wow, I would never have thought of that!’. What we learn from this book is to choose clear instructions and one that suits your style. Make sure you flick through a few pages before you commit to buy… ALWAYS!!
2. The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
This book covers me for all my sewing needs. This book I love as its professional teaching for a novice exactly like me. This is good for improving my sewing skills as well as making this I will actually use or give as presents. This book tells us not to rule out brands you recognise as you know you are getting the professional help.
3. Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench
I am yet to start to crochet as you may know by the lack of posts about it but they will be coming soon thanks to this book. Its great for a new starter like me as it has very detailed pictures. There is also a great variety of projects so if you don’t like one thing or don’t feel confident enough to try something there are plenty more to move onto. I love that it takes lots of different angles on things. This means we should be looking for something with variety and new/different aspects on subjects we know and love.
4. Knitting Vintage by Chloe Montgomerie
The reason I bought this book is in the title, I love vintage. And being able to make something for myself that is exactly my style is key to my work. It takes you throught the decades of the 1900s giving you the background into the era and what the styles were like so you learn a little something along the way. Also this book is super cheap. I’ve seen you can get it online from as little as £3. We definitely don’t wanna break the bank on a book we actually never use. This book tells us its ok to stick to within our budget, no matter how small, and to consider learning more along the way than we expect.