Best Books 2011: Fiber Crafts

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Selected by Nanette Donohue, Champaign P.L., IL

Briar, JC. Charts Made Simple: Understanding Knitting Charts Visually. Glass Iris. ISBN 9780983079200. pap. $17.95.
Knitters who are intimidated by the shorthand found in knitting charts need look no further. This sounds like dry material, but Briar’s zeal for her topic makes this title not only a useful reference but also a surprisingly readable book about the art of knitting. (LJ 4/15/11)

Ford, Joan. Scrap Therapy Cut the Scraps!: 7 Steps to Quilting Your Way Through Your Stash. Taunton. ISBN 9781600853333. pap. $24.95.
Ford’s system, designed to help quilters organize (and use) every last usable bit of fabric, is a godsend for thrifty quilters who cannot seem to throw away scraps. Her book is a fun blend of advice, techniques, and attractive scrap-quilt projects, suitable for quilters of all skill levels. (LJ 5/1/11)

Gardiner, Wendy & Lorna Knight. The Sewing Machine Accessory Bible. Griffin: St. Martin’s. ISBN 9780312676582. pap. $22.99.
Get to know your sewing machine books are a dime a dozen, but few provide the extensive coverage of sewing machine accessories needed by both beginning and experienced sewers. Gardiner and Knight describe the wide variety of sewing machine feet in detail, and photos of each foot allow for easy identification: excellent. (LJ 3/15/11)

Parkes, Clara. The Knitter’s Book of Socks: The Yarn Lover’s Ultimate Guide to Creating Socks That Fit Well, Feel Great, and Last a Lifetime. Potter Craft: Crown Pub Group. ISBN 9780307586803. $30.
Knitter’s Review editor Parkes hits another home run with her latest, an exploration of the ins and outs of sock yarn and sock knitting. Parkes’s in-depth research and attractive knitting patterns from some of the biggest names in sock design will delight knitters. (LJ 8/11)

Post-Quinn, Alasdair. Extreme Double-Knitting: New Adventures in Reversible Colorwork. Cooperative Pr. ISBN 9780979201776. pap. $29.95.
Double-knitting may be the next big trend, and experienced teacher Post-Quinn puts a conversational, accessible spin on a complex technique. His expert guidance, combined with a variety of attractive, well-written patterns, will introduce knitters to this fascinating technique. (LJ 11/15/11)

Prain, Leanne (text) & Jeff Christenson (photogs.). Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery. Arsenal Pulp, dist. by Consortium. ISBN 9781551524061. pap. $29.95.
Prain’s examination of the world of alternative, free-form embroidery is both inspiring and educational. Part art book, part guide, it will appeal to crafters who are looking for something beyond the stamped patterns available in big-box craft stores. (LJ 10/15/11)

Tregidgo, Jan. Torchon Lacemaking: A Step-by-Step Guide. Crowood, dist. by Trafalgar Square. ISBN 9781847972019. $39.95.
Handcrafters are starting to rediscover the art of bobbin lace, and experienced teacher Tregidgo provides an extensively detailed overview of lace-making tools and techniques. The bobbin lace books in most libraries date from the 1970s, so this is a worthwhile update. (LJ 7/11)

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