Crafts & DIY Reviews | March 1, 2013

Barta, Melinda. Mastering Peyote Stitch: 15 Inspiring Projects. Interweave. 2012. 160p. illus. index. ISBN 9781596686335. pap. $24.95. crafts

Barta (editor, Beadwork magazine) explores the three variations of peyote stitch (flat, tubular, and circular) in this collection of patterns that showcase the versatility of this simple stitch. After a thorough introduction to the basics of beadwork, Barta provides an equally thorough introduction to each peyote stitch variation, along with projects that highlight the characteristics of the stitch. The projects include a variety of necklaces and bracelets ranging from simple, straightforward designs to statement pieces; many incorporate a variety of beads and semiprecious stones. VERDICT Beginners will appreciate the easy-to-follow stitch diagrams, while more experienced beadweavers will find the advanced techniques and finishing information useful.

Library Journal Reviews starred reviewLittle, Jamie & Danielle McCormick. Essential Car Care For Women. Seal Pr., dist. by Publishers Group West. Mar. 2013. 176p. illus. index. ISBN 9781580054362. $27.95. DIY

Not everyone grew up with a father who taught car basics before handing over the car keys. Sports reporter Little and British author McCormick (Essential Car Care For Girls, 2008) provide sound instruction to car novices. Explanations of automobile systems are concise and clear. The emphasis is on the important bits—what owners should do to keep their vehicle in good condition and when to turn it over to a professional. Emergency fixes and how to buy a new or used car round out this nifty manual. ­ VERDICT This is a good update for Julie Sussman & Stephanie Glakas-Tenet’s Dare To Repair Your Car. As it lacks an overwhelming amount of mechanical instruction, this book proves useful and approachable. It will appeal to high school to adult audiences, male or female, though guys may be leery of the pink cover. Very strongly recommended.

Weston, Madeline & Rita Taylor. Sweater Girls: 20 Patterns for Starlet Sweaters, Retro Wraps, and Glamour Knits. Taunton. 2013. 143p. illus. ISBN 9781600854941. pap. $21.95. FIBER CRAFTS

Veteran knitters Weston (Country Weekend Knits) and Taylor (Knitting: 200 Questions and Answers) update a variety of knitwear patterns for modern knitters. Inspired by garments from the 1930s to the 1950s, the designs are feminine and fitted—just as you would expect from the era. The “updates” are, essentially, rewrites of the patterns using contemporary yarn and needle sizes—the designs are very true to the originals, and have a definite vintage feel. Basic information for knitters interested in adapting vintage patterns from their own collections is also provided. VERDICT The size range is limited—the largest bust size is 42” for selected patterns—and the styling tends toward the costume-y, but knitters with a taste for fitted, bombshell-style sweaters will gravitate toward this collection.

The following titles are reviewed in the March 1 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


Nash, Julie. Cats & Kittens in Acrylics. Search. 2013. 48p. illus. index. ISBN 9781844487165 pap. $17.95 ART INSTRUCTION

Apps, Paul. Dogs & Puppies in Acrylics. Search. 2013. 48p. illus. index. ISBN 9781844488162 pap. $17.95 ART INSTRUCTION


Abegg, Alexia Marcelle. Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt and Sew Featuring Liberty of London Fabrics. Stash: C&T. 2013. 160p. illus. ISBN 9781607056263. pap. $26.95. FIBER CRAFTS

Barnfield, Jo. The Vintage Pattern Selector. Barron’s. 2012. 192p. illus. index. ISBN 9781438001029. pap. $24.99. FIBER CRAFTS

Doak, Carol. Carol Doak’s Creative Combinations: Stunning Blocks & Borders from a Single Unit. C&T. 2013. 112p. illus. ISBN 9781607055648. pap. $29.95. FIBER CRAFTS

Doyle, Rachel. Canvaswork. Search Pr. Apr. 2013. 96p. illus. index. ISBN 9781844485871. $21.95. FIBER CRAFTS


Azzarito, Amy. Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History & 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them. Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Mar. 2013. 144p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781617690204. pap. $27.50. interior design