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

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


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


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.

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.