From Acrylics and Little Gifts to Constantinople Quilts and Improv | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 15, 2015


Evans’s painting how-to will be appreciated most by beginning and intermediate artists; Hartmann’s Hot Knots shows that macramé is both simple and versatile; granny square–themed projects and a few surprises

Chinese Brush Painting, Ideas for Printmaking, DIY Furniture Styles, Outdoor Kitchens, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 1, 2015


Traditional styles of Chinese brush flower painting; a variety of techniques for working with paper; an excellent introduction to outdoor kitchens; recycling, refinishing, and repurposing furniture; a diverse collection of projects knit in lace-weight yarns

Developing Creativity, Crafting Naturally, DIY Wardrobe Makeovers, Home Decorating | Crafts & DIY Reviews, April 15, 2015


Guides to creativity, paper-pieced quilt patterns, hand-painted yarns, step-by-step walkthroughs for a variety of clothing repair and tailoring tasks, dwellings showcasing the skills used to create a comfortable home in a small space.

The Organic Artist, Homemade Body Products, Knitter’s Fashion, & Home Décor | Crafts & DIY Reviews, April 1, 2015


Ahnert provides instruction to make candles, lotions, and soaps with beeswax; Neddo challenges the reader to be engaged with the outside world; Herzog’s classic-in-the-making will inspire knitters to make sweaters that fit well.

How To Paint Realistic Objects, Create Handmade Books, Design Quilt Projects, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, March 15, 2015


Crilley’s guide challenges readers to see the beauty all around them, Ekrem pushes the boundaries of bookbinding and book creation in her debut title, Yudina’s designs give amateurs distinct inspiration for their own homes.

Perspective Drawing, Artful Embroidery, Designs for Coastal Living, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, March 1, 2015


Gain insight into drawing everyday objects; create craft projects using recycled or upcycled materials; a thorough primer on dyeing and printing silk scarves; a useful encyclopedia of basic embroidery stitches; inspiring interior design ideas.

Needlepoint, Jewelry Making, Hexagon Quilts, Korean Architecture | Crafts & DIY Reviews, February 15, 2015


Beginning and intermediate realistic painters should try Forkner’s A–Z of Bird Portraits, Katz’s jewelry projects are sophisticated in both style and technique, an updated edition of the essential Needlepoint Book.

Origami, Crochet, Country Knits, Country Living | Crafts & DIY Reviews, February 1, 2015


Harrison presents techniques for monochrome and color drawing, a fresh look at a traditional genre of origami, Cameli focuses on shape-based designs, standout sweaters from Gibbs, Lim’s fun felt creations make perfect gifts for children.

Watercolours, Paper Crafting, Knitting, Home Decorating | Arts & Crafts Reviews, January 2015


Leman’s book will have a direct impact upon beginning, intermediate, and advanced watercolorists; Neel’s easy-to-customize patterns will be welcome on sock knitters’ bookshelves; Richardson inspires readers to tackle their own interiors.

Get Started Painting, Gift Wrapping, Crocheting, Decorating | Crafts & DIY Reviews, December 2014


Longtime city dwellers and urban newcomers alike can use Hennessy’s guide; crocheters who appreciate a kitschy, midcentury aesthetic will enjoy Crawford’s simple, colorful projects; Roberts succeeds in his desire to explain his approach to design.