Crayon Art, LEGO Christmas, Crochet To Calm, Home Decor | Crafts & DIY Reviews, October 15, 2016


Novelty-seeking adult readers of every artistic skill level will appreciate The Art of Crayon; LEGO building provides numerous options for creative fun; Schlosser’s expertise successfully combines with the uncommon focus on professional-quality home decor projects

Encaustic Art, Bead Sparkle, Leathercraft, Kid’s Play, Lingerie Design, Vern Yip | Crafts & DIY Reviews, September 15, 2016


Aristides guides readers through centuries-old methods of painting realistic images; attractive designs that explore the possibilities of leatherwork; adventurous knitters will be drawn to Jurgrau’s exquisite lace designs; Powell provides a wealth of information for home sewists

Mandala Art, Hubble Stitch, Harry Potter Crafts, Sundressing, Rustic Homes, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, September 1, 2016


Mandala for the Inspired Artist(s); a unique blend of self-care and expression; guidance and encouragement for experienced weavers; Sulcoski shatters myths; the country decorating style continues to appeal

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 1, 2016


From beginning photography to Creative Cut Cards, fan favorites Neil Gaiman and the Ramones at 40, plus best memoirs, spies and espionage, with Gooley, Pilkey & Co., and Schwartz on water scarcity issues

Sketching People, Hand Drawn Lettering, Timber Framing, Homemade Skin Products | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 1, 2016

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An invaluable manual from an Urban Sketcher on how to sketch people and faces; an unusual guide that handwriting fans, calligraphy dabblers, and letter buffs of all ages and abilities will enjoy; an excellent book on timber frame construction; an essential source for homemade herbal products, and more crafts & DIY books

The Property Brothers’ Guide to Fixing Your Home, Drawing Comics, and The Joy of Stitching | Crafts & DIY Reviews, March 15, 2016

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An essential guide that informs readers on how to sell, buy, and potentially remodel any residence; a dynamic how-to manual for drawing comics; a fun collection will appeal to needleworkers who enjoy a combination of folk art flair and homemade, quirky charm, and many more crafts/DIY books

Vintage Sewing, DIY Natural Hair Coloring, and Ellen DeGeneres | Crafts & DIY Reviews, March 1, 2016

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Follow Ellen Degeneres’ tours of homes she’s decorated, learn how to color your hair with natural ingredients, learn how to knit, sew vintage dresses and more with this wonderful collection of craft and DIY books

Optical Illusions, Cardmaking, Floral Arrangements, & More | Craft & DIY Reviews, February 15, 2016


A user-friendly Photographer’s iPad; mixed-media artists will appreciate Cardmaking‘s image-based tutorials; Chezar’s loose, natural arrangements are fabulous; Hammersen’s knits are exquisite

Pop Painting, 3D Origami, Beadweaving, HomeMade Modern, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, January 1, 2015


Pop Painting for younger artists; an appealing and achievable HomeMade Modern; quilters of all skill levels have much to gain from the Quilter’s Academy; Guéniau provides ideas and a personal approach to decorating and entertaining

Color Concepts, Origami Jewelry, Handmade Soap, Shetland Lace Knitting, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, December 1, 2015


Expanding readers’ understanding of color; a sense of how painting is taught at the Art Students League of New York; a guide to one of the world’s great lace-knitting traditions; have fun and experiment with Simply Stitched Gifts