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.
Each chapter in Fairy Tale Wonderland is themed on a classic children's story, such as “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “Bambi,” “The Nutcracker,” and “The Princess and the Pea.” Projects include doll designs (ballerinas, princesses, soldiers and various animals), as well as gifts such as stockings and pincushions and decorations using the latest range of Tilda fabrics and products. Even if you are not a crafter, this book can take you on a nostalgic journey through fairy tales and Christmas memories.
I never recommend a craft book until I have made one of its projects. Although sometimes her directions take a little thinking through, I fell in love with the teaspoon ladies—little dolls holding spoons while sitting in pretty teacups. Everybody is getting one for Christmas this year since I made 14 of them! Always unique, her books have patterns that inspire the crafter create new projects.