I take a look at First Knits: Simple Projects for Knitters (First Crafts) in this video-based book review.
Knitless: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects by Laura McFadden is published by Running Press. The copyright date is October 2015, and the retail price is $18 US or $22.50 CAN. It is a big, chunky paper back packed with 50 project that use yarn but do not require any knitting (or crochet) skills to accomplish.
The projects in the book are divided into 4 areas: For the Home, Wearable Accessories, Yarn Art, and Stationery and Gift Ideas. There is no technique section, as you might see in most craft books, because the techniques used are pretty simple. All the projects are really geared toward very basic yarn manipulation such as wrapping yarn around an object (such as a frame); making pom-poms (which are secured to a chair); braiding yarn (to create a rug); or stitching with yarn (to attach to objects like a lamp shade).
If you’ve been looking for simple projects to use up bits of yarn, want a way to decorate your home or create simple gifts that use yarn, or are in need of easy projects to do with crafters who have limited skills (like children or newbies), then I think there is a lot to offer in this fun book.
In this video book review, I take a look at the very cool book called AmiguruME: Make Cute Crochet People by Allison Hoffman.
I have a new video book review up! This one combines my love of crochet and jewelry making: Bead Crochet Jewelry: Tools, Tips and and 15 Beautiful Projects
Here is my latest video book review for Paper Jewelry: 55 Projects for Reusing Paper.
I discuss the book Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet: 30 Stylish Shoes, Booties, and Sandals to Crochet for Babies in this video book review.
Coloring Dream Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation is published by Ulysses Press and retails for $10 in the US and $11.95 in Canada. The author is Wendy Piersall. I hesitate to refer to her as just an author because, obviously, she is a very talented artist as well.
I was not really surprised to receive this book as a review copy from the publisher because coloring books for adults is a super popular trend right now, especially among those who enjoy creating and crafting. It is suppose to help relieve stress, and of course, creative people are drawn to colors so it’s a good fit.
This is her third book of mandalas created with the idea that the read/user is able to color inside the book. The designs are all fairly intricate, and many of them also include inspirational saying such as “Follow Your Dreams They Know the Way.” Images she has drawn in the mandalas include dragons, fairies, castles, lots of wonderful fantasy-themed elements.
Wendy is making this a collaborative and interactive book by inviting readers to share their finished colorings on her Facebook page:
And you can also share images through Instagram by tagging them with #wendypiersall or #coloringdreammandalas .
This is a super fun book, and I’m thinking that this and a box of colored pencils might be a wonderful gift for a few people on my holiday gift list.
In this video, I review a book published by Lark entitled Sock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn.