New Arrivals · Crafts

November 16, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Patches of stars : 17 quilt patterns and a gallery of inspiring antique quilts

November 15, 2019
Sitar, Edyta, author.
128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm + 1 pattern sheet (80 x 104 cm, folded to 20 x 26 cm)
The third book in Edyta Sitar's best-selling "Patches" series celebrates a quintessential quiltmaking motif: the star. Star blocks first take center stage in a gallery of breathtaking antique quilts, from modest, make-do designs to astonishing showstoppers. Then, Edyta shares instructions for 17 star-studded quilts; many of the designs were inspired by her antiques collection. From the humble Sawtooth Star to dazzling renditions of Lone Star, Feathered Star, and more, the latest book from Laundry Basket Quilts will inspire quilters to reach for the stars.

The book of wizard craft : in which the apprentice finds spells, potions, fantastic tales & 50 enchanting things to make.

November 13, 2019
New York : Sterling Children's Books, 2019.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published:New York : Lark Books, c2001.
Includes index.
"Gather close and let the Wizard tell you all of his secrets, for contained within these enchanting pages is everything you need to know to become the next great wizard, including directions for crafting a selection of marvelous gear, room decorations, concoctions, and good-luck spells. Silently disappear and reappear in a hooded cloak as light as butterfly wings. Time the simmering of potions with an hourglass pendant. Broaden your powers by whipping up such hard-to-find wizardly supplies as Mermaid Gas Bubbles and Eye of Newt, plus potent slimes and potions. And just for fun and a few shivers, the Wizard shares myths and legends of centuries past along with spine-tingling adventures of his own."--Provided by publisher.

The book of wizard parties : in which the wizard shares the secrets of creating enchanted gatherings.

November 13, 2019
New York : Sterling Children's Books, 2019
143 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published:New York : Lark Books, c2002
Includes index.
You're invited... to learn the Wizard's secrets for creating fantastical and enchanting parties! Every sorcerer worth his wand knows you don't spend all your time doing good deeds and making magic by yourself. You get together with other magicians to have fun, too! So the Wizard is sharing his tricks for throwing great theme parties and seasonal celebrations. Construct a Throne of the Realm for Merlin's Birthday Parley, build a Merry Maypole for a Welcome Springtime Fairy Frolic, munch marvelous Mandrake Cupcakes, and much more!--

Threads of life : a history of the world through the eye of a needle

November 4, 2019
Hunter, Clare, author.
New York : Abrams Press, [2019]
xi, 306 pages ; 22 cm
Beginning -- Unknown -- Power -- Frailty -- Captivity -- Identity -- Connection -- Protect -- Journey -- Protest -- Loss -- Community -- Place -- Value -- Art -- Work -- Voice -- Ending.
From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry, World War I soldiers coping with PTSD, to the AIDS quilt, Hmong story clothes, and pink pussyhats, women and men have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances. Hunter chronicles how identity, protest, memory, power, and politics can be told through the stories of needlework. She takes us over centuries and across continents to celebrate the age-old, universal, and under-explored beauty and power of sewing. -- adapted from jacket

The mindful maker : 35 creative fabric projects to focus the mind and soothe the soul

November 1, 2019
Youngs, Clare, author.
London ; New York : Cico Books, 2019.
128 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Includes index.
A project book to engage your imagination with 35 specifically designed meditative makes. All the projects incorporate elements of mindful practice, including concentration, repetition, and creativity. -- back cover.

Why we quilt : contemporary makers speak out : the power of art, activism, community, and creativity

October 31, 2019
Knauer, Thomas, author.
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2019]
xi, 211 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
We quilt to connect with a rich tradition -- We quilt to explore and express our creativity -- We quilt to move beyond modern consumer culture -- We quilt to create a connection with loved ones -- We quilt to change the world -- We quilt because we can-and because we cannot help but do so -- Epilogue : We quilt for all these reasons and more .
"In this tribute to today's vibrant quilting community, prize-winning quilter and teacher Thomas Knauer showcases a stunning collection of quilts from a wide range of contemporary makers, accompanied by their testimonials about what inspires and imbues their craft with meaning. Why We Quilt blends bits of this history with the stories and work of today's leading quilters, highlighting themes of tradition, community, consumerism, change, and creativity"-- Provided by publisher.

The knit vibe : a knitter's guide to creativity, community, and well-being for mind, body, & soul

October 29, 2019
Howell, Vickie, author.
New York, NY : Abrams, [2019]
205 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
A love letter to knitting (and a little crochet, too). Interviews, patterns, and a holistic look at the creative potential of knitting. Including 16 beautiful projects to knit and 8 to crochet, along with all the mind, body, spirit advice every knitter--and would-be knitter--craves.

Beginner's guide to Tunisian crochet : with 10 modern projects for you and your home

October 24, 2019
Guess, Emma, author.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent : Search Press, 2019.
96 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Learn how to do Tunisian crochet and make 10 fabulously stylish projects for you and your home. Tunisian crochet is a great way of producing stunningly creative textiles and Emma Guess shows you how in this book. Offering the perfect challenge for seasoned and new crocheters alike to learn a new skill, this book takes you from the absolute basics of Tunisian crochet, and progresses to demonstrate how to adapt your skills to create unique designs and textures. Starting from the basic stitches accompanied by clear, step-by-step photography, Emma then shows you how to combine stitches and colour changes to create exciting new textures. There are three easy projects to put your new skills intro practice, followed by ten stylish and modern projects made using the skills taught throughout the book. You can make a beautiful chunky blanket, a pair of mittens and matching scarf, a stylish shoulder bag, a chevron cushion and more. Emma's style is fun, exciting and instantly alluring and these sleek and sophisticated projects will complement your home and make lovely gifts. --Publisher

Top-down knit sweaters : 16 versatile styles featuring texture, lace, cables, and colorwork

October 24, 2019
Ferguson, Corrina, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Stackpole Books, 2019.
vii, 112 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Top-down tips -- Tantalizing texture -- Captivating colorwork -- Lovely and lacy -- Clever cables.
Scrumptious texture, winding cables, and mesmerizing colorwork will take your knitwear wardrobe to the next level of fashion. All of these pieces are designed to go from office to errands to weekends. They are polished yet comfortable, closet staples with interesting details that will make you feel well-dressed every time you put one on. From textured pullover to cabled raglan to wrap-front cardigan, the 16 designs in this book will take you anywhere you want to go. --Provided by publisher.

The embroidered art of Chloe Giordano.

October 22, 2019
Giordano, Chloe, author.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent : Search Press Limited, 2019.
176 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Equipment & materials -- Inspiration -- Conposing an image -- Thinking about color -- Preparing the hoop -- Transferring the design -- Starting to work -- Finishing an embroidery -- The embroideries. Hares -- Foxes -- Fawns -- Rabbits -- Deeper into the forest -- Last word.
This stunning and inspiring book walks you through Chloe Giordano's unique way of working and provides sumptuous galleries of her exquisite textile art. Taking one project from conception through to completion, see how Chloe plans her designs, chooses colors, selects threads, blends colors and works in order to create her beautifully detailed embroideries. An indepth, practical guide to the exquisitely detailed textile art of Chloe Giordano.

The best of contemporary quilts.

October 18, 2019
Asheville, N.C. : Lark Books, 1995-
v. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Quilt National is an international exhibition of art quilts displayed in Athens, Ohio and then other museums and galleries throughout the country.
"Coproduced by Lark Books and the Dairy Barn Southeastern Cultural Arts Center."

Finger knitting for kids : super cute & easy things to make

October 14, 2019
Teranishi, Eriko, author.
Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing ; [2019]
63 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.

Journal it! : take hold of your life by journaling

October 14, 2019
Tipton, Gwendolyn Carole, author.
Eugene, Oregon : RESOURCE Publications, [2019]
xi, 83 pages ; 22 cm.

Sarah Payne's quilt school : new ways to start patchwork and quilting

October 14, 2019
Payne, Sarah, author.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent : Search Press, 2019.
128 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.

Vogue knitting : the ultimate quick reference

October 11, 2019
New York : Sixth&Spring Books, [2019]
184 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Has been designed to provide knitters with the most-used knitting information from the completely revised and updated edition of Vogue Knitting: the Ultimate Knitting Book in a compact, portable guide"--Page 6.
"Completely revised & updated" on cover and title page verso; "First edition" on title page verso.
Basic techniques -- Advanced techniques -- Understanding instructions -- Correcting errors -- Finishing -- Designing -- Embellishment.

Modern heritage knits : sweaters, shawls and accessories inspired by American-made yarns

October 10, 2019
Danaee, Christina, author.
143 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Waves and knots : patterns inspired by yarns of the Northeast -- Lace and texture : patterns inspired by yarns of the Mid-Atlantic and South -- Wild color : patterns inspired by yarns of the west coast.
Take a journey to more thoughtful, sustainable knitting with Christina Danaee's gorgeous patterns. Discover the story behind your knits, from the way the fiber was produced to the yarn that inspired the design. Striking details like easy-to-execute lace, clever colorwork and extra-plush ribbing turn these simple projects into handmade heirlooms you'll wear today and keep forever. The classic striped sweater gets an update in the Odiorne Point Pullover, complete with a comfortable, flattering shape and a cinching cowl neck for blustery days. Style blends with function in the Point Richmond Cap, a warm, double-layered hat topped with a modern Nordic-inspired pattern. The Trescott Slippers, featuring a chevron texture that knits up quickly using bulky yarn, are perfect for beginners. If you're looking for a masterpiece, try the Celo Cardigan: the allover hexagon pattern creates a stretchy, luxurious fabric that's easier to make than it looks! With accessories, shawls and even tunics, these are versatile patterns you'll return to through the seasons. Christina's tips for creating meaningful, durable knits, substituting yarns and sourcing local fiber at any price point make this an essential guide for any knitter.

Edward's menagerie : the new collection : 50 animal patterns to learn to crochet

October 9, 2019
Lord, Kerry, author.
[New York, NY] : Lark Crafts, 2019.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"Fans of Kerry Lord's popular Edward's Menagerie series will rejoice in these 50 new crochet patterns for spectacular animals from around the world. From familiar favorites, such as the kangaroo and snow leopard, to more exotic critters, including the echidna and Malaysian tapir, this fresh collection of irresistible crochet patterns features an amazing collection of creatures. As in her previous books, Kerry Lord includes charming biographies for each animal companion, and her finished pieces are sure to melt hearts. With projects divided into three difficulty levels -- including Erica the Camel and Steve the Tapir (One); James the Meerkat and Hannah the Mouse (Two); and Gabriel the Baboon and Aurora the Arctic Fox (Three) -- every crocheter will find ideas to enjoy and complete. Those new to the craft will also find guidance on essential techniques with helpful tutorials. All patterns will be written with US crochet abbreviations." -- Provided by publisher.

My little crocheted Christmas : 25 projects to make the season bright

October 8, 2019
Eisterlehner, Doerthe, author.
Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, Inc., [2019]
96 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"This Dover edition, first published in 2019, is a new English translation of the German edition published as Mein Häkelweihnacht in 2018."
Candy wreath -- Pretty affectionate -- A place for cookies -- Candy jar -- Heart Advent calendar -- Donuts 4 you -- Tempting chocolates -- Little nibbles -- Polly the polar fox -- Animal Santas -- Cupcake pincushion -- Little elf stockings -- Heavenly wrist warmers -- Decorative cozy -- Finger puppets -- Steadfast snowman and busy Santa Claus -- Here comes a little bird -- Mouse concert -- Bright stars -- Snowy candle cozy -- Fruity ornaments -- Sweet bells -- Sleepy mice -- The stable in Bethlehem -- Fairy tale mushrooms -- Round good luck charm.
"Add a little handmade warmth to Christmas with these charming crocheted decorations, toys, and charms. The projects include tree ornaments, a cuddly fox and animal Santas, a mouse quartet, a tabletop nativity set, finger puppets, gingerbread "hearts," and many other delightful ornaments. These projects are suitable for crocheters at every level of experience -- a How-To section explains the basic techniques, so even beginners can whip up many of these items. Each features detailed instructions and full-color photos of the completed piece. The handmade items will be lovely gifts with a personal touch for friends and family as well as keepsake additions to your own holiday decorations."-- Provided by publisher.

Jelly filled : quilts from 2 1/2" strips ; all skill levels

October 4, 2019
Goertzen, Vanessa, 1984- author.
Lafayette, CA : Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing, Inc., [2019]
128 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Raid your fabric pantry! The best-selling author of Charm School is back with eighteen projects using precut 2 1/2 strips. Vanessa Goertzen's fabric recipes will help you cook up basic blocks and more advanced designs--triangles, log cabins, hexagons, and even curves--from precut strips. Slice into convenient fabric rolls, or create your own strips from yardage. Whether you are newer to quilting or a seasoned pro, you'll spend less time cutting, and more time creating!

Handmade candles & smudge sticks : 35 inspiring step-by-step projects

October 3, 2019
Hardy, Emma, author.
London ; New York : CICO Books, 2019.
128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.

Quilt art Chinese style : decorate your home with creative patchwork designs

October 2, 2019
Shuang, Qiao, author.
New York, NY : Better Link Press, [2019]
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm

Easy knitted fingerless gloves : stylish japanese knitting patterns for hand, wrist and arm warmers

October 1, 2019
North Clarendon, VT. : Tuttle, [2019]
84 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm

One skein crochet: de-stash beautifully, one skein at a time

October 1, 2019
Gormley, Ellen, 1972- author.
Blue Ash, OH : Interweave, [2019]
111 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm

Beginner's guide to kirigami : 24 skill-building projects using origami & papercrafting skills

September 26, 2019
Descamps, Ghylenn, 1968- author.
Mount Joy, Pennsylvania : Fox Chapel Publishing, 2019.
94 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
"Gives instructions for making 24 kirigami projects. Also offers tips on using papercrafting tools, paper selection, and folding techniques"-- Provided by publisher.

Rainy day sewing : 18 sewing projects to brighten every day

September 25, 2019
Sinibaldi, Amy, 1974- author.
Istanbul, Turkey : Tuva Publishing, 2019.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Cover title.
Spotlight cushion -- Raindrops potholder -- Johnny Appleseed quilt -- Gifted bag -- Sidewalk quilt -- Playtime tuffet -- Fabric button cards -- Cottage needlebook -- Love you to the moon and back mobile -- Little critters cross stitch tote -- Doll mattress, pillow -- Doll quilt -- Chloe cat -- Plum mouse-- Thimble basket -- Bless you tissue box cover -- Olivia pencil case -- Portfolio tote.

feed —Subscribe to the Crafts feed .


For Teens

For Kids


Electronic Resources



Large Print