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Inspiration Board : Designs and Patterns from Muhu Island

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Just the cover of this book is reason enough to want to own it (my photo doesn’t really do it justice). But inside you’ll find more wild, bright color combinations; amazingly intricate knit, embroidered and crochet textiles; and a very interesting introduction into the folk art and traditions of the small island of Muhu. It …

Our Library : 'Embellished'

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I really love my newest book . It is  British textile designer Karen Nicol’s  very unique collection of objects, swatches, trimmings that – directly or indirectly – inspire her beautiful textile designs. They are personal, and unusual and show various techniques such as ‘tufts’ ‘fagotting’ ‘pleats’ and more. And though this book isn’t a ‘how to’ book, it …

Our Library : Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies

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  Just in time for the start of Fashion Weeks for Fall/Winter 2013 (starting here in New York this week, followed by London, Milan and Paris), here is the book of an amazing, influential designer – the milliner Philip Treacy. As if the cover isn’t striking and inspiring enough,   … there are beautiful photos …

Our Library : Shane Powers New Book

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We are excited about Shane Powers book Bring the Outdoors In, which goes on sale today.  You may have caught a sneak peek at the book in our February issue, where Shane showed us how to make the beautiful framed pressed botanicals that appear on the cover.  The book contains 20 craft projects with a …

Handmade Holiday Crafts Book

Celebrate : Handmade Holiday Crafts Book

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Our new crafts book has arrived! Just in time, too—Halloween is just around the corner. After that, it’s a whirlwind of celebrations: Thanksgiving, Hannukah, and then Christmas! If you are inspired to make something for the holidays, we’ve got you covered from A to Z—or rather, from New Year’s Eve to Christmas Day. No more worrying …

Craft Books

Our Library : Craft Books

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Here in the Crafts department we have quite a collection of vintage craft books. These never cost much, so I’m in the habit of buying them whenever I see them. Many of them are amazingly dense with information and detailed projects, so they really are a great resource. I also love the covers and titles …

Clip Art resources

Our Library : Clip Art resources

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One of our most useful resources here in the Crafts Dept. is an enormous collection of clip art books. For those that don’t know, clip-art is basically copyright free imagery, and takes many many forms. I think of our clip art collection as a vast library of visual material and use it constantly as reference …

Our Library : Vintage Inspiration

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Above is a selection from our library of vintage books… always inspiring and entartaining look through! The first is an early book on paper flowers, which the crafts dept has made many varieties of over the years. I always think of Jodi when I see them. This book is really sweet and has good instructions. …