We love nothing better than getting a new craft book, settling down and working out which project we are going to start with. Luckily for us we stock a ton of great books covering anything from Printing to Manga and Jewellery to Quilting. Here are 5 of our favourites at the moment.
Expert crafter and lover of Scandinavian design Clare Youngs presents a stunning collection of home wares, gifts, accessories, bags, clothes and more to stitch. Fans of the clean, elegant lines of traditional Scandinavian style are sure to be inspired by the 35 sewing projects in this book. Incorporating the finest elements of Scandinavian crafting traditions, inspiration is taken from a range of backgrounds including classic folk art and local needlework, as well as more contemporary sources.
Print & Pattern: Kids celebrates beautiful surface design created with little people in mind. This book documents the work of the best designers in the filed, featuring both successful commercial designs and previously unseen work. Children’s design is an exciting marketplace, full of cute and colourful patterns, wallpaper, fabrics, clothing, ceramics, greeting cards and in fact just about anything aimed at kids (much of which, of course, also appeals to adults!)
Home baking is hugely popular, and Cressida Bell’s Cake Deisgn – 50 Fabulous Cakes takes the fun a step further. Offering a startlingly innovative and original take on the art of cake decoration, these appealing designs are totally contemporary in feel and look but they also reflect Cressida’s honourable artistic inheritance as the scion of the famous Bloomsbury Group of artist. In this book Cressida has gathered together the best of her fabulous creations to inspire everyone from the home-baker to the professional caterer.
#4 Paper Only
Jam packed with 20 projects to kick start your creativity, Paper Only is an ode to and celebration of paper. From block printed wallpaper to handmade flowers, this book encourages you to scatter your sketchbooks with inspiration and take artistic risks.
#5 Hand Job
In Hand Job, graphic designer and hand typographer Michael Perry curates a selection of work from fifty outstanding designers, illustrators, and typographers, who integrate hand-drawn type into their designs. Each entry is shaped entirely by the artist’s hand and unique process, including the unplanned “accidents”of line, color, and craft. In addition to exhibiting a spectrum of styles and approaches, Hand Job also includes photographs of found type and artists’ studios to give readers a stronger understanding of what goes into creating hand-drawn type.
Why not take a look at the rest of our book section here.