Location Drawing, T-Shirt Crafts, Chicken Coops, First Homes, & more | Crafts & DIY Reviews, September 15, 2015


Art instruction with wide appeal potential; a must-have in libraries serving home builders; Leins’s standout quilting book stand out; clearly presented heirloom sewing techniques; clever ideas developed by amateurs will motivate others to tackle their own spaces

Messy but Pretty DIY, Quilting, Woodworking, Knitting & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, August 2015


Life drawing that readers can try virtually anywhere; you don’t have to have a crafty bone in your body to enjoy Mr. Kate; English delivers a solid understanding of woodworking; Smith’s clever DIY ideas in more than 300 images

Drawing Manga, Quick Crochet, Wooden Locks, Coastal Crafts | Crafts & DIY Reviews, July 2015


An accessible manga crash course for all skill levels; exquisite beaded shawls for adventurous knitters; quick, stylish crochet projects; sage advice for quilting-related mishaps; coastal inspirations for interiors

Graphic Clay, Concrete Gardens, English Paper Piecing, Boutique Bags, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, June 15, 2015


Smith and Snyder take concrete projects to a new high; Gilleland’s guide is essential for quilters of English paper piecing; animal lovers will enjoy Muir and Osborne’s quirky knitted pets; Verroca’s thoughtful re-creations of antique quilts

Projects To Create Joy, Geek Knits, Freeform Wire Art Jewelry, plus Bohemian Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, June 1, 2015


Creating tiny five-inch square paintings; instruction in a variety of homemaking-related skills, including cooking, sewing, and handicraft; how to produce jewelry using a freeform style of wire manipulating techniques

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.

Needle and Thread: Five Books To Refresh Your Collections | Wyatt’s World

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“Sewing” books range from dress patterns to appliqué, from needlepoint to embroidery. Here are five key titles that will update collections and please sewists of all kinds.

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.