Scheckel, Paul. Homeowner’s Energy Handbook: Your Guide To Getting Off the Grid. Storey. 2013. 288p. illus. ISBN 9781612120164. pap. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781603428477. DIY
We all want to lower our energy bills, but alternative energy can be a bit daunting. This great manual is a fantastic introduction to what’s possible and practical. Energy auditor Scheckel (The Home Energy Diet) makes the topic approachable. The first third of this intelligently organized book covers techniques for making existing homes more energy efficient before moving on to address solar, wind, and hydro energies as well as biofuels. All chapters feature how-tos, and the text is complemented by simple illustrations. Included are case studies exemplifying both good and bad experiences with alternative energy use. VERDICT Chock-full of practical advice and realistic assessments of alternative energy, this book is superior to others on the topic due to its accessibility, organization, and balance. Homeowners can easily pick and choose from projects without fear of becoming overwhelmed. Highly recommended.
Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World. Storey. 2013. 288p. (One-Skein Wonders). ed. by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman. illus. index. ISBN 9781612120423. pap. $18.95; ebk. ISBN 9781603428668. fiber crafts
Well-known crochet designer Eckman (Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs) and “One-Skein Wonders” series editor Durant (Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders) team up for a collection of 101 crochet projects. The projects are organized by yarn weight, making it easy for crocheters to find projects that correspond to their preferred yarn type. As with other volumes in the series, there’s a diverse assortment of projects in a variety of styles and skill levels, so there’s something to suit most tastes. Step-by-step instructions, including charts when appropriate, and full-color photos accompany each project. VERDICT The latest installment of this popular series is sure to please crocheters looking for projects suitable for their favorite skein of yarn.
Dupernex, Alison. Knitting for the Absolute Beginner. Search. Apr. 2013. 142p. illus. index. ISBN 9781844488735. spiral. $19.95. FIBER CRAFTS
Duperne, a UK-based textile designer, provides a straightforward guide to knitting fundamentals in this heavily illustrated primer. Starting with basic skills and projects, the book’s segments build on previous lessons, and knitters who follow through to the end will have the necessary skills to construct a variety of garments and accessories, including sweaters, hats, and scarves. The exploration of more advanced techniques is fairly brief, but there’s enough instruction for beginners to get a feel for the fundamentals of cables and lace. VERDICT This guide will give beginning knitters all the information they need to get started, as well as patterns for some simple projects to reinforce what they’ve learned.
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The Practical Handbook of Color for Artists. Barron’s. 2013. 240p. tr. from Spanish by Michael Brunel & Beatiz Cortabarria. illus. ISBN 9781438001968. pap. $24.99. ART INSTRUCTION
The Ultimate Handbook for Paper Crafters. Leisure Arts. 2013. 192p. illus. index. ISBN 9781464700521. pap. $24.95. crafts
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Practical Duct Tape Projects. Skyhorse. Apr. 2013. 208p. ed. by Noah Weinstein. illus. ISBN 9781620877098. pap. $12.95. DIY
Goldsmith, Becky, and Linda Jenkins. The Best-Ever Appliqué Sampler from Piece O’ Cake Designs. C&T. May 2013. 96p. illus. ISBN 9781607054719. pap. $28.95. fiber crafts
Rezendes, Cheryl. Fabric Surface Design: Painting, Stamping, Rubbing, Stenciling, Silk Screening, Resists, Image Transfer, Marbling, Crayons & Colored Pencils, Batik, Nature Prints, Monotype Printing. Storey. 2013. 320p. illus. index. ISBN 9781603428118. pap. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781603428729. fiber crafts
Zander, Laura. Sew Red: Sewing and Quilting for Women’s Heart Health. Sixth & Spring. 2013. 144p. illus. index. ISBN 9781936096558. $22.95. fiber crafts
Gueniau, Charlotte Hedeman. Happy Home: Everyday Magic for a Colorful Life. Rizzoli. 2013. 192p. illus. ISBN 9780847839919. $40. Interior design