Look at what I made!

Got the itch to try a new craft? This list features beginner-friendly books that will help you learn how to knit, crochet, quilt, spin, weave, sew, draw, and make jewelry.

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Charm School: 18 Quilts from 5” squares : a beginner’s guide / Vanessa Goertzen

Put charm squares to the test with 18 quilts using precut 5" x 5" squares. Start with fresh, beginner-friendly patterns and build your skills to sew snowballs, stars, flying geese, and more. Using precuts from your stash or your own charms cut from scraps or yardage, you'll learn tips to take the guesswork out of piecing. (NBN)

 

Crocheting for Dummies / Karen Manthey and Susan Brittain

Presents an introduction to crocheting, describing materials, tools, basic and advanced stitches, techniques for borders, pockets, and buttons, blocking, joining seams, and troubleshooting mistakes. (Baker and Taylor)

 

Draw like the masters / Gabriel Martin

Since the very first artists began creating masterpieces, students have been hoping to learn the secrets of their craft. Copying drawings by the masters was, is, and will continue to be a common practice among students of Fine Arts. Besides being an exercise of tremendous value and training, it is also an excellent way to analyze, understand, and appropriate techniques, effects, and resources from accomplished artists. (Barron’s)

 

The Everything Art Handbook : a Comprehensive Guide to More than 100 Art Techniques and Tools of the Trade

A refreshing, accessible compendium of materials and techniques, The Everything Art Handbook is the perfect all-inclusive resource for beginning artists wanting to experiment and play with a variety of art mediums and techniques. (Grand Central Pub.)

 

Fashion Jewelry : a Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making / Courtney Legenhausen

Bead stringing. Wire wrapping, Pearl knotting. This beginner-friendly guide, created by Courtney Legnhausen (owner of Lotus Jewelry), teaches all the basics of fashioning fun and attractive bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings. (Sterling)

 

Hand Weaving : the Basics / Lynn Gray Ross

Covering all the essential techniques, from preparing the loom, basic weaving on a frame and starting and finishing off, to advanced methods and design suggestions such as adding texture and found objects, Practical Weaving is the perfect guide for all beginner weavers working on a frame loom. (McMillan Palgrave)

 

Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares : for Beginners and Up : a Unique Approach to Learning to Knit / Che Lam

Shares step-by-step tutorials and charts to demonstrate essential knitting skills, counseling beginners through a series of square activities to introduce incrementally challenging techniques that can be used to create stylish accessories. (Atlas Pub.)

 

Mandala for the Inspired Artist : Working with Paint, Paper, and Textures to Create Expressive Mandala Art / Marisa Edghill

Learn how to create your own beautiful mandalas using a variety of tools and mediums. One part inspiration, one part how-to, Mandala for the Inspired Artist is chock full of unique and inspirational prompts, exercises, and approachable step-by-step projects that are perfect for crafters of any skill level. (Grand Central Pub.)

 

Respect the Spindle : Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool / Abby Franquemont

Why would modern spinners choose to make yarn with a prehistoric tool? Abby Franquemont explores one of the world's most productive, versatile, and convenient devices and teaches readers to make yarn using it. (Baker and Taylor)

 

See Kate Sew : 24 Learn-to-Sew Projects You Can Make In an Hour / Kate Blocher

The founder of See Kate Sew, a sewing and DIY brand, presents a beginner sewing book that teaches a new skill with each 60-minute-or-less project and provides detailed instructions, step-by-step illustrations, tutorials and more to ensure success. (Atlas Pub.)

 

If you're looking for even more ways to get your craft on, then check out this list of crafting-related eBook titles in Overdrive.