Book Review – Mollie Makes: Embroidery

Mollie Makes is a well known name in the craft community, and there's a good reason for it. Mollie Makes constantly produces original and high quality content. How cute is this kitty cat tea cozy by Samantha Stas? I have all the other Mollie Makes books (I reviewed the Woodland Friends and Christmas books) and they are all really fantastic. But when I saw that they were releasing an embroidery book, I was thrilled! It does not disappoint at all, it quickly shot it's way to the top of my favorite embroidery books list. I loved this silk ribbon embroidered ... Read More

Book Review – Amigurumi at Home

I've been doing a lot more crocheting lately because I am trying to finish Mira's blanket. I try to limit my yarn projects I have at any given time because I'm not as good about finishing them as I am with embroideries and cross stitches. However, once I finish this blanket I am going to be making something from Ana Paula Rimoli's new book Amigurumi at Home: Crochet Playful Pillows, Rugs, Baskets, and More. This book has an amazing selection of really unique patterns, there isn't a single granny square to be found. But there is a cupcake rug, a tooth pillow, a robot ... Read More

Book Review – New Tatting: Modern Lace Motifs and Projects

I have been curious about tatting, the art of creating lace by looping threads together with a tool called a shuttle, for some time now and as luck would have it, I was given the opportunity to review Tomoko Morimoto's new book, "New Tatting: Modern Lace Motifs and Projects". The book is simply gorgeous and all of the projects have a really fun and modern flair. With knowledge passed down from her mother (famous Japanese tatter Teiko Fujito,) Morimoto has taken the traditional craft in new and exciting directions. It should be mentioned that tatting is difficult! ... Read More

X Stitch – Book Review

The UK seems way ahead of America with needle craft trends. There are so many amazing embroiderers and cross stitchers in the UK and one that I've admired for a long time is Sarah Fordham. I was so excited when she wrote her first book X Stitch, and even more excited when I received a review copy! Sarah shows that cross stitching can be fun and different and doesn't have to be traditional samplers, you can do so much with cross stitch! I love these graph paper drawn images of the different cross stitching supplies. Sarah does a great job adding in her own humor and ... Read More

Review – MiniEco

MiniEco: A Craft Book by Kate Lilley is so much fun! Kate's blog, also named MiniEco, is consistently filled with fantastic craft projects and ideas and the aesthetic is so bright and colorful. The book is no different, the projects are extremely fun and varied. I love how many different types of crafts this book encompasses, some are more simple little ideas while others are more in depth with patterns. Each project's skill level is rated with stars to show the difficulty. The fuse bead projects in this book are what made me go and buy a huge tub of them, I really ... Read More

Book Review – Modern Baby Crochet

I came across Stacey Trock's book Modern Baby Crochet: Patterns for Decorating, Playing, and Snuggling right after Mira was born and I was immediately interested in checking it out. So I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to review it. Stacey is the designer behind Fresh Stitches, so while I was familiar with her amigarumi animals, I was really excited to see her take on baby crochet items. I was looking for patterns for baby items for Mira and I felt like I kept coming across the same things, Stacey's book offers a lot of fresh new alternatives. While the book ... Read More

Book Review – Hand Embroidered Haven

I received a copy of The Hand Embroidered Haven by Megan Frock to review, and I fell in love. One of the first things I look at in any craft book is the tutorial section. I want to see how they've illustrated how to do stitches or any other special skills necessary. To me, this is one of the most important parts of a craft book, great patterns and designs mean nothing if you can't teach the reader how to do them. Megan Frock's basic stitches and techniques section is spot on, it is illustrated really well and is very clear and concise. The book covers hand ... Read More

Review – Craft-a-Day

Quirk Books is a publishing company that prides themselves on giving more unique books a chance. (They have a book on crafting with cat hair!) I loved their book Pom-Poms! 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects so I was excited to get the opportunity to review another title, Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects by Sarah Goldschadt. This book features 365 different projects, each small enough that you could easily make it in a day. Each week is given a theme and there are a series of crafts in that theme. I love this because it makes this the perfect book to do with ... Read More