Best Books 2015: Crafts & DIY

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By Heather Halliday, Nanette Donohue, Karen Ellis, and Gayle A. Williamson Art Instruction Gregory, Danny. Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways To Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are. Chronicle. ISBN 9781452135472. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781452140582. Gregory helps readers take back a little time for art-making in their lives by offering ample short […]

Art Clubs, Creativity with Children, Vintage Homes, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 1, 2015

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With the help of Montiel’s playbook, artists will loosen up their creative thinking; DIY, Dammit, for crafters who dislike the Pinterest-perfect, overly styled aesthetic; an excellent reference to modern design history

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

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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

Sharpie Art, Arm Candy, Deck Construction, Handmade Interiors, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, September 1, 2015

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Sharpie Art holds wide appeal for young, mature, beginner, and seasoned artists alike; Gibson’s quilting book is a winner; a thoroughly unexpected, deeply charming debut from Redmond; decorative accessories for the home

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

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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

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

Art as a Career, Vintage & Winter Knits, Modern Mountain Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2014

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A useful resource for emerging artists and creative people of all ages; a fun survey of 20th-century fashion; beyond-the-basics designs for jewelry makers; building experts on hemp concrete, or hempcrete; newly constructed homes in mountain settings.

Drawing Basics, Manga, Modern Crochet, Embroidery, Quilting, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews

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An innovative artistic medium that combines sewing and drawing; realistic sketching basics; a quirky, humorous website-in-print book; a contemporary look at Old World–style European interior design and landscaping.