LJ Best Books 2017

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Best Books 2011: Crafts

Selected by Nanette Donohue, Champaign P.L., IL

The Complete Book of Home Crafts: Projects for Adventurous Beginners. Skyhorse, dist. by Norton. ed. by Carine Tracanelli. ISBN 9781616083229. $24.95.
The highlight of this collection is the large amount of territory covered, including picture framing, decorative painting, decoupage, tile work, and beadwork. Both directions and projects are included, and the information is sufficient to get novice crafters started on a new hobby. (LJ 7/11)

Creating Keepsakes: Scrapbook Tips & Techniques. Bk. 2. Leisure Arts. ISBN 9781609001636. pap. $19.95.
Creating Keepsakes magazine is a leader in the scrapbooking industry, and this is a strong entry in its quality series on scrapbooking. As in other titles in the series, this work features plenty of clever, creative tips for design, most of which do not involve specialized equipment or supplies. (LJ 6/15/11)

Golden, Alisa. Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms. Lark: Sterling. ISBN 9781600595875. pap. $19.95.
Golden updates and combines her two earlier books in this introduction to the fascinating world of artist’s books. The combination of bookmaking history and lore, inspiring examples, and useful instruction will pique the interest of crafters. (LJ 3/15/11)

Grummer, Arnold E. Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking. Storey. ISBN 9781603425476. pap. $16.95.
Grummer’s friendly, accessible guide to papermaking contains everything amateurs need to get started with this enjoyable‚ and ecofriendly‚ craft. Most of the simpler projects involve readily available household objects, and Grummer provides plenty of assistance on everything from technique to troubleshooting. (LJ 2/1/11)

Jackson, Paul & Miri Golan. Origami Zoo: 25 Fun Paper Animal Creations! Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423620167. pap. $19.99.
Jackson and Golan’s colorful zoo is fun for children and adults alike, and the designs will draw in beginners and challenge origami enthusiasts. It’s easy to lose your way in paper folding, and the authors avoid that pitfall by providing written and illustrated instructions. (LJ 5/15/11)

Mabray, Angela & Kim Otterbein. Polymer Clay 101. Creative Pub: Quayside. ISBN 9781589234703. $24.99 with DVD.
Polymer clay has a low threshold for entry‚ the supplies are relatively inexpensive and easy to purchase, and basic techniques are fairly simple. Artists Mabray and Otterbein provide ample guidance for new polymer clay artists, mixing technique with projects. (LJ 3/1/11)

Tapper, Joan (text) & Gale Zucker (photogs.). Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the New Community of Handmade…and How You Can Join In. Potter Craft: Crown Pub. Group. ISBN 9780307586629. pap. $22.99.
There are numerous books about crafting for charities and causes, but none has explored the intersection of craft and altruism with this level of detail. Tapper introduces crafters who work in a variety of techniques, and each profile is followed by a project. (LJ 9/1/11)

Taylor, Louisa. The Ceramics Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques. Chronicle. ISBN 9781452101620. $40.
This comprehensive guide to ceramics techniques provides an abundance of information on everything from hand building to mixing clays and glazes. Novices will find step-by-step instructions to help them get started with ceramics, and artists familiar with the medium will appreciate the additional tips and ideas. (LJ 12/11)

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