Tempting crafty books

Being of a crafty bent I feel that I am very lucky to be the Librarian who gets to buy the art and craft books for the library.  With  Christmas looming on the horizon, publishers are turning out some wonderful looking books to tempt us into a creative frenzy.  I thought I would share with you some of the titles that we have recently ordered for the library that look particularly tempting.

The complete book of retro crafts :Collecting, displaying and making crafts of the past  by Suzie Millions.

Forty retro-inspired projects run the gamut from glitter frames and matchbox purses to bottlecap men and teacup ladies, plus lovable plastic flower pixies; and the sparkling sputnik and its desk-top compadre, the beauty orb, amongst exciting others.

How could you possibly resist such a wonderful trip down memory lane?

 Yarn bombing :The art of crochet and knit graffiti  by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain was another title that caught my eye.

Yarn bombing ” n. The surreptitious or unauthorized placement of knitted objects on statues, posts, and other public structures’, sounds great fun, and as the Arts Festival here in Christchurch had great examples of crochet flowers in Cathedral square, we can perhaps look forward to seeing  more of these colourful additions to our bland city scape? Check out this blog to see what they got up to.  Also check ou the Yarnbombing blog to see what is happening in other parts of the world.

 Patchwork style :34 simple projects for a cozy and colorful life  by Suzuko Koseki, is definately on my list.  I am about to embark on a quilting course at Primrose’s and I think I will need all the help I can get; the book description has me imagining all types of creative and beautifully made items coming out of my craft room.

The projects’ minimalist style, attention to detail, and simple aesthetic speak to our desire to create a warm and authentic life at home. Each project is presented through stunning photographs that exemplify the creative, calming, and enriching qualities of the craft.

Unfortunately my sewing prowess doesn’t usually engender calmness, more like rage and frustration, so I definitely need this book!


Lastly I wanted to mention Felting for baby : 25 warm and woolly projects for the little ones in your life by Saori Yamazaki.    Who could resist these gorgeous little shoes or the blankets toys and clothes that are highlighted in this book.  It is also International day of Felt on October 3, so all the more reason to have a go at this fun craft.

Line dancing in Cathedral Square – Friday 25 September

BodyFestivalbootsLast year, we danced in the Square in all our 80s finery to celebrate The Body Festival and attempted to break the world record for the world’s largest synchronized dance routine.

This year on Friday 25 September, it’s time to don Stetsons, shout out a hearty Yee Ha and line dance a welcome to this great dance event. There’s a Youtube video clip to help you learn the moves, or you can download them from The Body Festival site.

Let’s face it. a bit of Willie Nelson never goes astray. There’s a little bit of Country in all of us (but I may be biased since I’m country enough to have lived in Gore and participate in the Gold Guitar Awards – not the yodelling section though).

If you feel the need for line dancing tips, tricks and inspiration, look no further: