New Arrivals · Crafts

September 14, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Knit blankets : 25 colorful & cozy throws.

September 13, 2019
96 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm.
Includes index.
Bias stripe afghan -- Woven stitch blanket -- Mosaic blanket -- Feather-and-fan lace blanket -- Heart blanket -- Mitered squares blanket -- Change of pace blanket -- Garter and rib blanket -- Slip stitch rib blanket -- Chevron throw -- Modular afghan -- Star blanket -- Entrelac pinwheel blanket -- Square in a square blanket -- Leaf afghan -- Vertebrae stitch afghan -- Water lilies -- Color waves -- Half and half -- Color in motion -- Entrelac crayon box -- To the point -- Shadow angles -- Tilted triangles -- Sequence stripes blanket.

The Kansas City star quilts sampler : 60+ blocks from 1928 to 1961

September 11, 2019
Lafayette, CA : C&T Publishing, Inc., [2018]
263 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"Historical profiles by Barbara Brackman."
"Explore the archives of the Kansas City Star newspaper's quilt-block patterns with the best designs from 1928-1961"--Back cover.

Colorful knit soxx : 26 sock patterns for warm, happy feet

September 9, 2019
Balke, Kerstin, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Stackpole Books, [2019]
192 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 21 cm
Bright, colorful socks to knit! The 26 designs in this book will ramp your sock knitting from ho-hum to WOW! Each pair of socks is a masterpiece of luscious color, but the repeating patterns ensure that the knitting is still relaxing and easy to track. Divided into five color sections--bright, maritime, natural, pastel, and classic retro--there are patterns to please every taste. Wonder what the socks would look like in other colors? Check out the inspirational chapter showing some of the socks knitted in other color schemes, and then choose your own color combinations to try. New to sock knitting? We've got you covered! Explanations of sock knitting techniques--from the anatomy of a sock to how to work the heel and toe--are included, along with illustrations. Your feet will be doing a happy dance every time you wear these beautiful socks you knit yourself!

First-time quiltmaking : learning to quilt in six easy lessons .

September 6, 2019
135 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Previous edition: 2006.
"Can you make your first quilt simply by reading through the pages of this book? Yes, you can! Discover how easy it is to begin quilting with an illustrated guide to fabrics, tools, and techniques. Inside you'll find step-by-step instructions with photos and diagrams for learning to quilt in six easy lessons--based on actual introductory quilting classes! Perfect for the first-time quilter, First-Time Quiltmaking is also a great refresher course. This book presents everything a beginner needs to know to get started--all in an easy-to-follow, clearly illustrated fashion. Inside, you'll find instruction on rotary cutting, sewing accurate seams, piecing basic blocks, and assembling and finishing the quilt top. Plus, instructions to add the binding, a sleeve for hanging, and a personalized label! Also included are seven simple projects that are perfect for any beginner, so you can practice your newfound skills. An easy teach-me/show-me format gives you just what you need to know to start and finish--so you can point to your first quilt and say, "I made it!"."--provided by publisher.

Embroidered life : the art of Sarah K. Benning

August 27, 2019
Barnes, Sara, 1985- author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2019]
137 pages ; 24 cm

Japanese knitting stitches from Tokyo's Kazekobo Studio : a dictionary of 200 stitch patterns

August 14, 2019
Hatta, Yoko, author.
Tokyo [Japan] ; Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, [2019]
128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm

Dresden quilt blocks reimagined : sew your own playful plates : 25 elements to mix & match

August 14, 2019
Grisham, Candyce Copp, 1954- author.
79 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Expanding and exploring the Dresden plate quilt block -- The basics of the Dresden wedge and plate -- Tools and supplies -- Fabric choices -- Planning and cutting wedges -- Dresden plate edges and centers -- Edge variations -- Straight-edge plate -- Pointed-edge plates -- Curved-edge plate -- Three-sided edge plate -- The Dresden center -- Stabilize the center opening -- Make the center -- Dresden block edges: construction steps -- Dresden 201 : pieced designs -- Strip-set piecing -- Symmetric-pieced wedges -- Two fabrics -- three fabrics -- Asymmetric-pieced wedges -- Two fabrics -- cogwheel Dresden -- Four fabrics -- bull's-eye Dresden -- Adding single-fabric wedges -- Compass rose -- Single-wedge piecing -- Split-wedge Dresden -- Sawtooth Dresden -- Flying geese Dresden -- There's more to be done -- Layered blocks -- Partial blocks -- Borders or straight piecing -- Extending the size of the wedge -- Repurposed fabrics -- Fun ideas for using Dresden blocks -- Gallery -- Everything you need to know -- Troubleshooting -- Glossary of terms -- Clipping tool for chain piecing -- Pressing bar -- Center placement tool -- Centering tool for points -- Template patterns.
"Mix and match the 4 edge treatments, 16 sizes, and endless fabric combinations to make Dresden Plate quilts"-- Provided by publisher.

Stitch your story : six complete alphabets to quilt in your own words

July 30, 2019
Fielke, Sarah, author.
Louisville, Colo. : Lucky Spool Media, 2019.
127 pages : illustrations (color) ; 26 cm.
The chubby alphabet -- The spiky alphabet -- The formal alphabet -- The back to black alphabet -- The improv alphabet -- The cursive bias tape appliqué alphabet.
From politics to poetry, the hottest trend in quilting today is using fabric and letters to say something on quilt tops. Quilters everywhere are excited to incorporate their favourite phrases, song lyrics, inspirational words, political statements, or just simple personalisation on a gifted quilt. And when creating heirloom quilts for family, quilters everywhere are looking for ways to personalise, customise, and use text to show their unique perspective. From award-winning quilts containing powerful messages to sweet portions of poetry for a baby's bedroom, these alphabets encourage complete freedom to piece one-of-a-kind quilts using the structure of the patterns Sarah Fielke provides. More than just a collection of letters, Sarah has been careful to provide something for everyone. From paper-piecing to applique to improv, her six alphabets allow readers to create symmetrical chunky block letters, sophisticated cursive, and whimsical improvisationally pieced letters - all supplied in both lower and upper case. It's the perfect blend: quilters will love having the structure and reliability of patterns with the possibility of total customisation.

DIY crafts & projects for your instant pot : lip balm, tie dye, candles, and dozens of other amazing ideas

July 30, 2019
Murphy, David (Cook), author.
New York, NY : Racehorse Publishing, [2019]
xvii, 117 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Lynette's best-loved stitcheries : 13 cottage-style projects you'll adore

July 24, 2019
Anderson, Lynette (Textile designer), author.
Bothell, WA : Martingale, [2019]
96 pages 27 cm
General techniques -- Sunshine and flowers pillow -- Meadow cottage tote -- Redwork pillow pair -- Blossom tree wall hanging -- One-stitch-at-a-time sewing caddy -- Springtime needle case and scissors holder -- Count your blessings mini-quilt -- Four seasons wall hanging -- The potting shed journal and cover case -- Home sweet home redwork.

Super-quick colorful quilts

July 18, 2019
Mount Joy : CompanionHouse Books, [2019]
240 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Materials, techniques, and tips -- Fresh colors -- Colors -- Bright colors -- Pastel colors -- Primary colors.

Patchwork USA : 24 projects for the perfect sewing getaway ; daytrips, weekend getaways, and long vacations

July 17, 2019
Staples, Heidi, 1977- author.
Pleasanton, CA : Lucky Spool Media, 2019.
127 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Chapter one: Patchwork begins at home -- Chapter two: Daytrips -- Chapter three: Weekend getaways -- Chapter four: Summer vacation -- Chapter five: Share the journey -- Conclusion: Coming home -- Resources + acknowledgements
Planning a sewing getaway? Heidi Staples of sewing blog Fabric Mutt presents everything needed to have a successful trip, including helpful packing and organizing tips. Each section of this fun, colorful book is organized with travel in mind, offering small, medium, and large projects to be achieved while on the perfect sewing retreat: -- Daytrips : Small projects include a Bookmobile Sleeve, Road Trip Pillow, Snapshot Needlebook, Sewing Bee Pincushion, and Coffee Shop Coasters -- Weekend Retreats: Bigger projects include a Patio Pillow, Beachcomber Pouch, Kitchenette Set, Scout’s Honor Pouch, and a Color Book -- Summer Vacations: Extended projects include a Big Bear Cabin Quilt and Palm Springs Bag. Get ready to have a fabulous sewing retreat!

Collage workshop for kids : rip, snip, cut, and create with inspiration from the Eric Carle Museum of picture book art

July 11, 2019
Merenstein, Shannon, author.
152 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Beginning -- Familiar faces -- Places and spaces -- Nature -- Contrast -- Construction -- Wearables -- Tell me a story -- Experiementing with materials.
Collage Workbook for Kids pairs highlights from the collection of the Eric Carle Museum of Children's Book Art with instructions on collage technique. Chapters explore favorite art themes for kids and demonstrate how to work with colored tissue paper, newspaper, fabric and buttons, painted paper, torn paper, and more.

Macramé for home décor : 40 stunning projects for stylish decorating

July 11, 2019
Grenier, Samantha, author.
Mount Joy, PA : Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Inc., [2019].
144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Supplies -- Tips and tricks -- Knot guide -- Home décor -- Mats -- Plant hangers -- Wall hangings.
"Macramé for Home Decor shows how easy it is to make upscale, modern home décor using natural macramé craft cords. Readers will discover the 12 essential knots they need to create gorgeous macramé. 40 stylish projects range in skill levels from easy to advanced, so there's something here for everyone. This book is filled with cool, contemporary ideas for rugs, throws, coverlets, room dividers, boho plant hangers, and much more. Mixed-media projects are also included that incorporate fun and interesting materials like beads and rings. Step-by-step illustrations, clear instructions, and beautiful color photographs make macramé simple and fun." -- Provided by publisher.

One-stitch baby knits : 22 easy patterns for adorable garments and accessories using garter stitch

July 11, 2019
Pierce, Val, author.
Mount Joy, Pa. : IMM Lifestyle Books, 2019.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Hints, tips, and techniques -- Projects.
"Contains information on simple knitting techniques, as well as basic materials needed. Also includes 22 one-stitch knitting patterns to make for infants"-- Provided by the publisher.

Raffia crochet : 10 contemporary crochet patterns with raffia yarn

July 9, 2019
Wool and the gang, author.
Pynes Hill, Exeter, UK : Sewandso, an imprint of F+W Media, International, 2019.
71 pages : illustratons (some color) ; 28 cm
First published in the UK and USA in 2019.
Back to WoolSchool -- Meet Ra-Ra Raffia -- Projects: Worn this way summer hat ; Paper gangsta market bag ; Oh la la plant hanger ; Money honey clutch bag ; Love game yarn basket ; Perfect illusion placemat ; Poker face cup holders ; Speechless phone case ; Superstar backpack ; Just dance no hands bag -- Techniques -- About WATG -- Index.
Slide into summer with this collection of contemporary crochet projects from DIY fashion brand Wool and the Gang. Raffia is a breakthrough eco-friendly yarn that is light, vegan, biodegradable and sustainable, as it's made form 100% long wood fibre. The extra structure this adds to crochet makes it perfect for summer hats, bags and accessories. From a versatile tote to a desirable clutch, a stylish sun hat to a hardwordking phone case, the 10 patterns included in this book are all made using Wool and the Gang's Ra-Ra Raffia yarn in a range of colours. And once you've finished your crochet, you can try your hand at embroidering onto the projects in a contrasting raffia colour. With step-by-step guidance and clear illustrations, you'll be a raffia master in no time and ready to hit the beach!

Organic free-motion quilting idea book : 170+ designs - tips for longarm & domestic machines - plus plans for sashing, borders, motifs & allover designs

July 3, 2019
Murphy, Amanda, 1971- author.
190 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Nautical quilts : 12 stitched and quilted projects celebrating the sea

July 3, 2019
Anderson, Lynette (Textile designer), author.
Pynes HIll, Exeter, UK : SewandSew, 2019.
127 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.

Granny square flair : 50 fresh, modern variations of the classic crochet square

June 28, 2019
Husband, Shelley, author.
Narrawong, VIC, Australia : Shelley Husband, 2018.
106 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Granny Square Flair is a collection of 50 variations on the classic crochet square. With innovative techniques and inventive combinations of basic stitches, Granny Square Flair is an essential addition to every crochet reference library. Inside you'll find... 50 crochet square patterns in both chart and written format. At least 3 colour options for each of the 50 patterns. Hints and tips for seamless crochet and how to make your crochet sing. Joining options. 11 projects you can make with everything explained. Guidance on making your own projects from choosing patterns to planning layout as well as choosing yarn and calculating yarn requirements. Glossary of all stitches and techniques used with full explanations. With Granny Square Flair at your side as your indispensable crochet companion, you and the special people in your life will be wrapped in crochet love that is distinctly yours."--Publisher's description.

Sunday best quilts : 12 must-make quilts you'll love forever

June 24, 2019
McConnell, Sherri, 1966- author.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Red-and-white quilts: Remembrance -- Linen and berries. Christmas quilts: Gladdening -- Delight. Scrappy quilts: Driftwood drive -- Sweet confetti. Favorite star quilts: Starling -- On a whim. Pineapple quilts: Pier 44 -- Dayflower -- Courthouse steps. Rainwashed -- Nantucket.

Fray : art + textile politics

June 21, 2019
Bryan-Wilson, Julia, author.
326 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Introduction: Textile politics -- Queer handmaking. The Cockettes' crafty genders ; Harmony Hammond goes down -- Threads of protest. Cecilia Vicuña's concepts and quipus ; Arpilleras, "tapestries of defamation" -- Remains of the AIDS quilt. Piecing the names, 1985-1992 ; Crafting conflicts, 1992-present -- Afterword: The currency of cloth.
In 1974, women in a feminist consciousness-raising group in Eugene, Oregon, formed a mock organization called the Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society. Emblazoning its logo onto t-shirts, the group wryly envisioned female collective textile making as a practice that could upend conventions, threaten state structures, and wreak political havoc. Elaborating on this example as a prehistory to the more recent phenomenon of "craftivism"--The politics and social practices associated with handmaking--Fray explores textiles and their role at the forefront of debates about process, materiality, gender, and race in times of economic upheaval. Closely examining how amateurs and fine artists in the United States and Chile turned to sewing, braiding, knotting, and quilting amid the rise of global manufacturing, Julia Bryan-Wilson argues that textiles unravel the high/low divide and urges us to think flexibly about what the politics of textiles might be. Her case studies from the 1970s through the 1990s--including the improvised costumes of the theater troupe the Cockettes, the braided rag rugs of US artist Harmony Hammond, the thread-based sculptures of Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña, the small hand-sewn tapestries depicting Pinochet's torture, and the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt--are often taken as evidence of the inherently progressive nature of handcrafted textiles. Fray, however, shows that such methods are recruited to often ambivalent ends, leaving textiles very much "in the fray" of debates about feminized labor, protest cultures, and queer identities; the malleability of cloth and fiber means that textiles can be activated, or stretched, in many ideological directions. The first contemporary art history book to discuss both fine art and amateur registers of handmaking at such an expansive scale, Fray unveils crucial insights into how textiles inhabit the broad space between artistic and political poles--high and low, untrained and highly skilled, conformist and disobedient, craft and art. --! From book jacket.

Singular stars : Judy Martin's book of Lone Star quilts

June 21, 2019
Martin, Judy, 1950- author.
159 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Helps & how-to's. Introduction to Singular Stars -- The language of Singular Stars -- Pattern pointers -- How to make a Lone Star quilt -- Quilting your Lone Star -- Bound for glory -- Singular patterns. Wintry Lone Star -- San Francisco Lone Star -- New Orleans Lone Star -- Gradated Lone Star mix & match -- Traditional Lone Star -- Sea breeze -- Spiral radiant star -- Spiral-block mix & match -- Skewed nine-patch -- Shiloh -- Galileo's star -- Harvest Lone Star -- Supernova -- Simple little Lone Stars -- Midnight Lone Star -- Star of wonder -- More simple little Lone Stars -- Colorado Lone Star -- Appalachian spring -- Queen of diamonds -- Wave on wave.
The Lone Star has long been a grail quilt, a bucket-list quilt, something quilters aspire to make. Now with Judy Martin's sensational new Singular Stars, Lone Star quilts are both more impressive and more achievable! She gives you the guidance you need for mastering Lone Stars, including strip-pieced patterns, tips for matching joints, new methods for rotary cutting oversize background patches, instructions for making an oversize pressing board and covers to hold the heat in and keep the work flat for perfectly pressed patchwork, precision sewing methods, including using the stable, lengthwise grain, quilting ideas with large, detailed photos. -- Adapted from publisher's description.

Modern quilts : block by block

June 19, 2019
Dennis, Emily (Quilter), author.
Instanbul, Turkey : Tuva Publishing, [2018]
104 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
12 modern quilt projects.
In Modern Quilts Block by Block readers will find 12 quilt projects using just one or two repeating block designs. Find basic blocks along with some new designs in these striking modern quilts. Traditional blocks get a modern update with the use of color and design. Both the beginner and novice will enjoy quilting up these quilt patterns.

Doodle quilting mania : 250+ new free-motion designs for blocks, borders, sashing & more

June 14, 2019
Malkowski, Cheryl, 1955- author.
Lafayette, CA : C & T Publishing, Inc., [2019]
127 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm

Beautiful beadwork from nature : 16 stunning jewelry projects inspired by the natural world

June 7, 2019
Shippee, Melissa, author.
New York : Lark Books, 2019.
vii, 168 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
"Drawing from the shapes, colors, and beauty of the natural world, award-winning jewelry designer Melissa Shippee has fashioned a breathtaking collection of wearable art. From delicate earrings made of graceful beaded flowers to a showstopping crystal fringe necklace inspired by ancient stalactites, each striking project uses popular materials such as seed beads, crystals, and Czech glass beads. Along with illustrated step-by-step instructions, a basics section provides a refresher on essential beadweaving techniques. A gallery of works from top artists offers additional inspiration."

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