11 Craft Books for Winter DIY Projects

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If you have a budding artist, a crafter, fiber arts lover or just want to delve into one of your favorite hobbies or discover a hidden talent, check out these books.


Add some yarn and needles to the fiber arts books, some paints and brushes for the art/drawing books or create a starter kit with some beads for the Jewelry titles for a fantastic and well-rounded gift.

BOOKS FOR ART & DRAWING


HOW TO DRAW WITHOUT TALENT (North Light Books; Nov. 26, 2019) — Want to draw but don't think you have the talent? This book is for you--no experience or formal training required! Danny Gregory, co-founder of the popular online Sketchbook Skool, shows you how to get started making art for pleasure with fun, easy lessons. Get started fast with just a pen and paper, learn to see your subject with new eyes, and enjoy the creative process.

DRAW GREAT CHARACTERS by Beverly Johnson (Search Press Ltd; Oct. 31, 2019) — is packed with scores of fun exercises that will really motivate young beginner artists who are just getting interested in drawing for animation, comic book art, or just for pleasure. In a series of beginner-friendly exercises, she explores how to conceptualize wonderful, convincing characters and shows how to translate ideas into great professional-looking drawings.

PLAYING WITH PAINTS—WATERCOLOR: 100 Prompts, Projects and Playful Activities by Sara Funduk (North Light Books; Dec. 10, 2019) — Get creative expressing yourself with watercolor paint by focusing on having fun and getting to know this versatile medium. More than 100 lessons help those who have never picked up a paintbrush before enjoy the pleasure of watercolor.

PLAYING WITH PAINTS—ACRYLICS: 100 Prompts, Projects and Playful Activities by Courtney Burden (North Light Books; July 2, 2019) — Break the rules and explore acrylic paint in a free and fun way. This book encourages you to get over the fear of the blank canvas and the anxiety over the outcome so you can focus on the process of painting and the pure joy of creating. Whether you're a novice who doesn't know how to get started or a classical painter looking to try something new, you will benefit from the activities in this book, which range from quick, messy and expressive exercises to relaxing and meditative paintings.

BOOKS FOR JEWELRY MAKING



50 BEADED BRACELETS: Step-by-Step Techniques for Beautiful Beadwork Designs by Tammy Honaman (Interweave; July 2, 2019) — Discover Beadwork magazine's most popular designs! This gorgeous guide is a must-have for aspiring and experienced jewelry artists alike. Featuring projects for all skill levels, 50 Beaded Bracelets showcases the top techniques and styles from one of the country's most beloved beading magazines.

50 BEADED EARRINGS: Step-by-Step Techniques for Beautiful Beadwork Designs by Tammy Honaman (Interweave; Dec. 10, 2019) — In this ultimate collection, the team at Interweave has pulled together your favorite must-stitch earring designs into one essential resource, which features: Bite-sized projects that allow you to learn new beadweaving techniques without a huge time commitment; Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for projects that range from beginner-friendly to expertly designed; and more

NEW WIRE CROCHET JEWELRY: 17 Elegant Invisible Spool Snitting Designs by Yael Falk (Interweave; Dec 10, 2019) — Wire Crochet Jewelry is your new, must-have guide to creating smart, sophisticated designs jewelry with hook and wire. Beautiful crochet jewelry can be made of thread or yarn, of course, but you really expand your options when you learn to crochet with wire and beads.

BOOKS FOR KNITTING/FIBER ARTS


KNITS FROM THE GREENHOUSE: Knitting Patters for Plant-Based Fibers by Cornelia Bartlette (Interweave; November 19, 2019) — The properties of plant-based yarns--cotton, linen, hemp, and others--are unique, naturally. They don't behave the same as wool yarns; to show off their best characteristics you need the right project. Knits from the Greenhouse is here to help you cultivate these fibers into beautiful finished designs.

100 KNITS: Interweave’s Ultimate Pattern Collection by Interweave Editors (Interweave; October 2, 2019) — Page after page of knitting patterns are at your fingertips with 100 Knits, giving you a nearly endless supply of projects you'll be excited to cast on. From hats to shawls, cardigans to tanks and tees, explore a massive variety of Interweave's most popular knitting patterns all in one source! In this ultimate knitting pattern collection you'll discover:

THE KNITTER’S DICTIONARY: Knitting Know-How from A-to-Z by Kate Atherley (Interweave; Sept 2018) - From "alt" to "yrn," knitting patterns have a unique language of abbreviations and knitting techniques. The Knitter's Dictionary is your comprehensive resource to understanding the language of knitting in a quick-reference guide that no knitting bag should be without. For beginner and skilled knitters alike, the Knitter's Dictionary puts an expert knitting instructor in the palm of your hands to help you navigate any pattern.

MY STITCHES: A Knitter’s Journal (Interweave Editors; Dec. 24, 2019) — Journal your way through your knitting projects! The act of knitting is a deeply personal and creative one. With long lengths of yarn, needles, and pattern in hand, we spend hours, weeks, months, and even years making for ourselves and loved ones. Whether alone or with friends, around those moments and projects a great deal of life happens, too.

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