March is designated as a time to celebrate crafting and all manner of do-it-yourself creativity. From knitting clubs and reading book groups to displays highlighting their deep and expansive collections, libraries have many ways to join the celebrations. Even just sharing information about new craft holdings is a great way to support the local crafting community. Here are five books to introduce, each offering a different form of the art.
- The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Unbelievably Realistic Paper Blooms by Livia Cetti (Melanie Falick: STC Craft).
Advanced far past the stage of prom tissue and crepe paper flowers, Cetti is a master at conjuring what seem to be living blooms from standard craft supplies—and a few flower-specific materials. The author’s creations are astonishing, and she shares how to make them through step-by-step instructions that guide users through the process of forming 26 flowers. Once these designs are achieved, Cetti’s concluding segment presents a number of projects to combine them in multiple ways.
- Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community by Rachel May (Storey).
Modern quilting reimagines circles, blocks, and triangles and moves the expression of quilts into a more free-form mix of shapes and designs. The many artists gathered in this book, each an expert at the craft, share their work, philosophies, and artistic practices. Projects are included as well, offering quilters new to the movement plenty of assistance and inspiration.
- The Jewelry Maker’s Design Book: An Alchemy of Objects by Deryn Mentock (Quarry: Quarto).
Known for her web presence and courses, Mentock creates eclectic and intriguing mixed-media jewelry. Her information-packed book covers the principles of design, techniques and tools, and a vast range of projects, with clear instructions and helpful notes. Beginners and advanced jewelry makers alike should find much to inspire them among the earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more.
- The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe (Interweave).
Font as craft is reborn from its 1970s heyday with this accessible guide to crafting unique lettering styles. Mixing pens, inks, paint supplies, and other tools, Sharpe guides readers through the standard lettering models and then demonstrates ways to make each reflect individual expressions. The book also includes examples of how to incorporate lettering into other types of projects.
- Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love by Blair Stocker (Running Pr.).
Filled with doable projects mined from leftovers and thrift store finds, Stocker’s book brings upcycling to the craft world, turning shirts into blankets and old sweaters into modern versions of Christmas trees. From crochet to quilting to paper and glitter, the text features a range of easy-to-accomplish techniques as well.