Crafts & Hobbies

Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan

Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan

In Patchwork Loves Embroidery, Australian designer Gail Pan enjoys putting thread to fabric, and these 15 whimsical designs combine her love of both embroidery and quilting. The designs in this book make for happy stitching!

Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen

Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen

Do you prefer knitting outside, surrounded by trees? Do woodland creatures inspire and delight you? If so, you will certainly enjoy Woodland Knits, by Stephanie Dosen. Stephanie has been designing patterns for many years under the name Tiny Owl Knits and filling the world with little woolly wonders. This new collection of patterns contains many favorite patterns as well as a handful of new ones.

The Foxfire Book

The Foxfire Book

Anybody interested in DIY projects or maker culture or just getting back to basics should take a gander at the Foxfire series of books. Beginning in the late 60s and continuing on through today, a class at a rural Georgia high school decided to take a different tack at English class and create a magazine.

They had no money so the venture needed to pay for itself. As there was little market for poetry or short stories found in ordinary high school magazines, they decided to print folklore and folk ways gathered from people in their own community. It was the beginning of something amazing.

Handmade Gatherings: Recipes & Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations & Potluck Parties by Ashley English

Handmade Gatherings: Recipes & Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations & Potluck Partie

Beautiful in its design and content, Ashley English’s Handmade Gatherings offers splendid ideas for entertaining year-round and to intrigue all ages. She includes not only delicious recipes for earthy yet traditional foods, but she also finds crafty ways to feature the glories of each season.

If You Enjoyed Candy Crush Saga

If You Enjoyed Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga, the tile-matching clone of the classic game Bejeweled, is the most popular “free” game on Android and iOS. As a hardcore mobile gamer, I'm here to tell you there are far better alternatives to Candy Crush with deeper gameplay, better graphics, and, in a few cases, actual game narratives.

Tilda’s Fairy Tale Wonderland by Tone Finnanger

Tilda’s Fairy Tale Wonderland by Tone Finnanger

For me, the sign of a good craft designer is a distinctive style. Norwegian designer Tone Finnanger started her company, Tilda, in 1999 at the age of 25. With her background in graphic design, her books are full of projects for both the fabric and paper crafter. Lovely, soft colors and whimsical dolls and animals populate her books. Check out her Sew Pretty series and Tilda’s Fairy Tale Wonderland to fall in love with Tilda’s fanciful style.

Baby Crochet by Sandy Powers

Baby Crochet by Sandy Powers

I could not resist the cover shot of the sleepy baby wearing the hat with shamrocks hanging on each side. It is just too cute. Photographer Tara Renaud complements the projects of Sandy Powers’ Baby Crochet with utterly adorable photos. This book has 20 crochet patterns for newborn babies up to 24 months. The patterns range from hats, bunting, booties, sweaters, diaper covers, and afghans to adorable “cocoons.” The book has creative designs for both boys and girls.

Rappahannock Reads: Made By Hand

Rappahannock Reads: Made By Hand

The Fredericksburg area is a community of Makers, people collaborating and creating together, following their passions, and for just plain fun!

On the afternoon of September 14, 2013, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will be celebrating this creative spirit at Rappahannock Reads: MADE BY HAND

We are excited to have Mark Frauenfelder, the author of the book, Made By Hand: My Adventures in the world of Do-It-Yourself (also read our review). Mr. Frauenfelder is editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine and co-editor of the collaborative weblog Boing Boing. Join us at 2pm for a talk and book-signing, followed at 3pm by the FESTIVAL OF COMMUNITY MAKERS.  We are inviting community groups to showcase their creativity, either with demonstrations or hands-on activities throughout the England Run Branch Library that afternoon.  We would love for your group to participate!  And hopefully folks will also be thrilled to consider joining some of the groups that share their passions!  Feel free to share your schedule of upcoming events, meetings, and workshops, or anything else you would like to spread the word about.

Mark Frauenfelder's talk is at 2pm. The Festival of Community Makers is from 3-5pm.

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Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself by Mark Frauenfelder

Cover to Made by Hand by Mark Frauenfelder

In the course of dealing with an older house and raising a family on a budget, I’ve read quite a few do-it-yourself books, but never one like Made by Hand, by Mark Frauenfelder.  For example, they’ve never started with a mad dash to a tropical island. That’s where the author, his wife, and young children headed after the dot-com crash left them looking for a simpler, presumably cheaper life. After all, they were writers and theoretically writers can telecommute from anywhere, even the second most gorgeous island in the world.

How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittlemark and Sandra Newman

How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittlemark and Sandra Newman

Have you ever wanted to become a writer and brave the strange and confusing world of trying to sell your work to the publishing industry? Do you feel you might need a refresher course in creating a marketable thriller or romance novel?  If you are curious about improving your writing technique to make your work more compelling, concise, or appealing to publishers, you may benefit from How Not to Write a Novel, a writing guide from Howard Mittlemark and Sandra Newman.  This guide is a compilation of examples of common writing mistakes that can make novels confusing, boring, or unappealing to read.  Humorous and well-organized, this book is both a great educational resource and a good comedic read.