The Needlecraft Shelf.
Debbie Tomkies, author
Barron's Educational Series, inc.
250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppage, NY 11788
9781438001715 $24.99 www.barronseduc.com
"Complete Knitting Skills" is a knitter's guide book of 27 online teaching clips from Online Movie Book Guides, an educational series. Readers can either use handy color photograph guides to a sampler of knitting stitches and skills or they can follow Web links to view free how-to movies, or they can scan the codes with a smartphone to watch instant playback of demonstrations. A compact sampler of knitting skills, "Complete Knitting Skills" gives good instructions for different ways to make best use of the text and online resources. Chapters on equipment and yarn, getting started, finishing, taking it to the next level, advanced knitting techniques, knitting SOS (fixing and avoiding errors), and the knitting community are colorfully illustrated and clearly presented. A must-have text for a new knitter, "Complete Knitting Skills" will help to bring a new generation of knitters to their coming of age with a full arsenal of acquired knitting skills.
Crafty Canine Projects
c/o American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781604600346, $19.95, www.AmericanQuilter.com
Crafty Canine Projects offers some 11 easy projects that can be completed in a day or less and which revolve around dogs. From a reversible raincoat to a bean bag bed or dog-walking equipment, this projects fun sewing projects that are directed to dog owners and to those who like creating useful accessories for them, and provides a range of pet products where color photos supplement easy directions. Highly recommended!
1651 Challenge Drive
Concord, CA 94520-5206
Carol Doak's CREATIVE COMBINATIONS: STUNNING BLOCKS & BORDERS FROM A SINGLE UNIT (9781607055648, $29.95) tells how to use rectangle units to maximum advantage, showing how one rectangle unit works in both blocks and borders with full-size paper-piecing patterns. Patterns on an accompanying CD provide flexibility to change the size of quilt or to design a personal pattern, while keys to cutting make for a powerful set of versatile quilting skills perfect for any who would gain the most from quilting rectangle manipulation. Amy Walsh and Janine Burke's IN LOVE WITH SQUARES AND RECTANGLES (9781607056430, $21.95) provides ten fun quilt projects and easy piecing and construction directions that focus on squares, rectangles and strips and teach how to alter a pattern by resizing blocks and changing colors. The result is a quilting guide that moves beyond more projects to teach some basics, supported by the project but applicable to any quilting endeavor.
Martingale & Company
19021 Avenue NE
Bothell, WA 98011
Rebecca Silbaugh's SEAMINGLY SCRAPPY: GET THE LOOK YOU LOVE WITH FAT QUARTERS AND PRECUTS (9781604682458, $16.99) comes from a popular blogger and designer of scrappy quilts, and focuses on easy methods for assembly from precuts and fat quarters. From selecting reproduction prints to using modern fabrics, this teaches the basics in a format that pairs a full-color photo of the completed quilt with facing pages of step-by-step assembly. With its many different patterns and approaches, this is a top recommendation for any looking for an easy method of using fat quarters in quilting projects. Debby Kratovil's PAPER PIECING PERFECT POINTS: 13 FABULOUS QUILT PATTERNS (9781604882236, $27.99) tells how to move beyond squares and give a quilt sharp points using striking paper pieced designs and updated variations on classics. From Mariner's Compass and Flying Geese to using large-sized blocks, this provides a range of paper-pieced works that are solid winners for any quilter looking to move to the next step. Donna Lynn Thomas' PATCHWORK PALETTE: NO-FAIL COLOR PLANS FOR CAPTIVATING QUILTS (9781604681437, $26.99) shows how to create vivid designs using three easy methods for choosing fabrics. Some thirteen multi-fabric quilts are created in a fine guide that outlines three principles of fabric selection - hue, value, and scale of print - and shows how to create matching blocks using these values. The result is a fine collection of color plans quilters will find useful and specific.
American Quilters Society
PO Box 3290
Paducah, KY 42002-3290
Sumiko Minei's FOUNDATION-PIECED DOUBLE WEDDING RING QUILTS (9781604600308, $19.95) is translated by Ayu Ohta and provides an easy step-by-step series of photos that demonstrate the author's own Top Pressed Piecing method, which allows you to see what you're sewing on foundation paper without flipping. 11 gallery quilts can be used 'as is' or as inspiration, with yardage charts for 8 variations accompanying a wide range of designs. Three continuous line quilting designs with many ingredients for variation and customization complete a package that will delight any looking to make a wedding quilt, and collections catering to avid quilters. Willa Baranowski's REDWORK FOR QUILTERS (9781604600667, $12.95) provides an easy 31-page pamphlet/booklet offering over fifty redwork patterns that can be stitched in different colors. Penny squares are quick and easy forms for quilters; especially for beginners: this booklet comes packed with all the full-page patterns needed. Helen Squire's QUILTING DESIGNS FOR SASHING, BLOCKS & BORDERS (9781604600780, $12.95) packs in some 30 quilting patterns and placement diagrams to help quilters learn how to fold patterns to make perfect border designs. Some 31 pages hold full-page simple patterns quilters can easily use to produce key border pieces with professional, polished results. Pat Yamin's SIMPLE SUPER ONE-PATCH QUILTS (9781604600681, $12.95) focuses on scrappy quilt blocks grouped by ease of piecing - ten easy, seven medium in difficulty - and provide a wide range of quilting options. Sample quilts and full-size templates make their construction easy in a strong recommendation for any quilter. Robert DeCarli's HILL & VALLEY LOG CABINS (9781604600537, $24.95) provides a fine selection of Log Cabin quilts that use the traditional Log Cabin block in a different style. Robert DeCarli teaches the basics of using multiple Curved Log Cabin block inserts for designs, teaching variations and offering complete instructions for some 13 quilting projects from wallhangings to full-sized quilts. Bea Oglesby's WILDFLOWER APPLIQUE AND EMBROIDERY (9781604600810, $12.95) provides some 14 wildflower patterns that can be adapted to all kinds of needlework projects, describes each flower's characteristics, and shows how to sew 12" blocks for single use or combinations in projects ranging from place mats to wallhangings. Patterns are accompanied by color photos and easy step-by-step instruction in a manner beginners, especially, will find revealing. Trish Bowman's EASY MEMORABILIA QUILTS (9781604600568, $24.95) shows how to incorporate ties, t-shirts and photos into a memory quilt project for family or friends, and offers layouts ranging from wallhangings to bed quilts. From T-shirt quilts to blending in photos, this is a fine pick for any quilter's collection. All are fast, easy picks beginners especially will find useful!
The Needlecraft Style Directory
250 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, NY 11788
9781438001036, $24.99, www.barronseduc.com
The Needlecraft Style Directory: A Visual Reference of Over 50 Needlecraft Styles and the Stitches That Go With Them provides needleworkers with full-color, close-up illustrations packed with stitches. Accompanying these pictures is an introduction covering methods and uses of the stitch, discussions of fabrics, threads and needles, and a concluding line on related stitches and techniques that can be considered. The result is a 'bible' of stitchery that goes beyond teaching technique to address the underlying purposes of applications and use - a fine style directory highly recommended for both beginners and advanced needleworkers who want to consider all the options and alternatives.
Scraps Plus One!
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
9781600855191, $24.95, www.amazon.com
Quilting is a traditional, practical, and artistic form of needlecraft that continues to enjoy a huge and enduring popularity. Compiled and presented by quilting expert Joan Ford, "ScrapTherapy (R) Scraps Plus One!: New Patterns to Quilt Through Your Stash with Ease" is a superbly illustrated, 208 page compendium showcasing twenty major quilt making projects utilizing all manner of fabric scraps. The first major section is replete with practical advice on getting started, selecting, shaping, and sorting fabric scraps, piecing the quilt, and more. The second major section showcasing individual quilt making projects that even the most novice of beginners can follow thanks to the clarity of the step-by-step directions afforded by the author. Enhanced with two appendices (Quiltmaking Basics & Quiltmaking 101: Machine Quilting), a Glossary, a Metric Equivalents chart, and an Index, "ScrapTherapy (R) Scraps Plus One!: New Patterns to Quilt Through Your Stash with Ease" is enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library Needlecraft reference collections and Quilt making supplemental reading lists.
Tanya Bernard, author
Angel Gray, photographer
161 John Roberts Road
South Portland, Maine 04106
9781416208921 $19.95 www.sellerspublishing.com
"Crochet Cool: Fun Designs for Kids Ages 1-6, 20 Cool Patterns for Boys and Girls" is a fun collection of patterns and instructions for clothing and accessories for all seasons. These pattern designs for both sexes come with complete instructions, materials list, difficulty key, and size range. Hence we have a Star Stitch Sundress, for girls, surfer shorts for boys, a chevron poncho, and a Toasty Tot Beanie and Scarf. Charming color photographs accompany all patterns, along with specific materials and color numbers. One stunning project that charms wearers of both sexes is the Houndstooth Fedora, which is sure to result in delighted modeling by the lucky child who is the designated recipient. "Crochet Cool" is full of crochet projects in bright, modern colors with universal appeal.
Crochet One-Skein Wonders
Judith Durant & Edie Eckman, editors
210 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
9781612120423 $18.95 www.storey.com
Featuring step-by-step instructions, easy-to-follow diagrams, and a wealth of full-color photography, Crochet One-Skein Wonders lives up to its title with 100 crochet patterns categorized by fiber weight, designed expressly to transform one's extra skeins into creative delights suitable for everyday use or gift-giving. Coasters, scarves, purses, fingerless gloves, hats, cowls and capes, doll clothes, tea cozies and more fill this elegant, creative, and practical-minded project guide. Highly recommended for intermediate to advanced crocheters (the reader's familiarity with the basics of crochet is presumed).
Fabulous Feathers & Fillers
Sue Nickels, author
American Quitter's Society
P.O. Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002
9781604600605 $24.95 www.americanquilter.com
"Fabulous Feathers & Fillers: Design & Machine Quilting Techniques" is a fascinating how-to craft book about designing feathers and other motifs in machine quilting stitching patterns, usually shown on solid color fabrics, to display the quilting design. Chapters are presented on Supplies, Designing Feathers, Machine Quilting Feathers, Machine Quilting Fillers, Quilting the Quilt - Start to Finish, and Feather Patterns and Projects. The last chapter has patterns and instructions for 10 projects plus a border quilting pattern and a pattern for a 1/4 inch crosshatch grid. This surprisingly complex fabric art form is carefully displayed, dissected, and demonstrated in elegant completed projects and lovely color photos.alongside clear black and white pattern diagrams. "Fabulous Feathers and Fillers" is a specific how to book that will find an appreciative, ambitious audience.
Easy Openwork Knit Tops
Kennita Tully, author
306 East Parr Road, Berne, IN 46711
9781596357419 $15.95 AnniesCatalog.com
"Easy Openwork Knit Tops" is a collection of 5 openwork projects complete with instructions and diagrammed patterns that feature drape and texture flattering to women in all sizes. Here are five lovely stylish shrugs, sheer vests and coverups, titled Star Mesh, Sheer Comfort, Garter Ease, and Captivating Mesh Duo, a sleeveless undersweater and overjacket. All patterns begin with a sidebar listing skill level, sizes, finished measurements, and materials needed, followed by step by step instructions and pattern notes. Several display photos of each sweater project are exquisitely displayed. This is a collection of treats for the intermediate skilled knitter.