Interested in learning a new crafting skill? Looking for a gift for a crafty friend—or want to DIY all your gifts this year? Our crafting section has a variety of new, used, and discount titles on knitting, woodworking, sewing, and more!
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Material: Making and the Art of Transformation by Nick Kary, $23
If you’re interested in the more philosophical side of crafting, try this beautiful new title from Nick Kary. A master craftsperson explores the ways in which working with our hands reveals the essence of both our humanity and our relationship with the natural, material world.
Macramé Plant Hangers: Creative Knotted Crafts for Your Stylish Home by Chrysteen Borja, $17
Macramé plant hangers are the perfect little touch to accent your cozy, designer home. Macramé –the art of knotting made popular in the seventies–is now on a revival, bringing trendy boho vibes into your living room, bedroom, and more. And there’s simply no better way to display your hanging plants than stringing them up in handmade woven knots.
Spark outings and offer creative ways for you to explore your personal style and interests with these handmade Japanese bookbinding projects! Make treasure hunts even more special with a personalized Treasure Hunt Collection Bag and Notebook. Take notes at the beach with a Waterproof Book made with Tyvek pages. Make a canvas-covered Camping Songbook to take with you to the campsite. Great for learning from home activities, or gifts for book-loving friends.
Heirloom Wood: A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons, Bowls, Boards and Other Homewares, by Max Bainbridge, $15
Heirloom Wood is a love letter to wood’s form and function through simple woodworking projects. Combining traditional techniques with contemporary design, Max Bainbridge teaches you how to identify wood types, source timber, and set up a basic toolbox, then offers step-by-step carving and cutting techniques for making your own pieces. With little experience and very few tools, you’ll learn to create hand-carved bowls, cutting boards, spoons, knives, and spatulas, perfect for adding a touch of the handmade to your home.
Infuse your everyday style with more color, more pattern, and more personality. Printmaker and textile designer Jen Hewett presents her distinctive process for block-printing yards of fabric with garment sewing in mind. Explore the process of designing and printing fabric through step-by-step instruction on carving blocks and printing pattern repeats. Hewett makes creating custom, hand-printed fabric approachable and doable.
Wabi Sabi Sewing: 20 Sewing Patterns for Perfectly Imperfect Projects by Karen Lewis, $10
Capture the essence of Japanese style in your sewing with this collection of projects inspired by the wabi-sabi concept of ‘perfect imperfection’. This collection of 20 sewing projects for home decor and accessories is based on the popular Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi which celebrates the beauty in the ordinary and imperfect.
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