Books for Creatives
October 21, 2013
Hello! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent part of it at a bookstore alone with a cup of java (one of my most favorite things to do evah) in the Home & Craft section and purchased two new texts to add to my growing stash. I’ve been enjoying a few others that I purchased online in the past few months, I find myself drawn more and more to these kinds of books written by skilled creatives and DIYers.
I have such respect for those who fine tune their craft and then publish their expertise in a beautiful text. I love all the freebie how tos we find on the internet and amen for Pinterest but a really nice reference book on crafting, sewing, or creating is always a worthy investment to me. Today I thought I’d share a few recently discovered favorites.
The first is Paper to Petal by husband and wife team Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell. The book is a collection of 75 paper flower projects crafts from poppies and peonies to other creative blooms and bouquets.
The botanicals are beautiful and the photographs are amazing! I’m left inspired by the beauty you can create with crepe and tissue papers. There are detailed tutorials plus a list of materials and templates you can use.
I’ve followed Spruce Upholstery for years and was so excited to get my hands on the book by founder Amanda Brown who followed her dream and creative instincts and taught herself to upholster furniture. Now she teaches students in Austin, Texas and shares her expertise in this excellent and much anticipated book Spruce: A Step by Step Guide to Upholstery.
Inside you’ll discover how to do it all yourself and it addresses everything from coil springs to webbing, determining yardage, stapling, sewing, padding and tufting. Plus there’s an extensive list that includes the tools you’ll need to get the job done. How wonderful to have such valuable information all in one place!
My skills are intermediate when it comes to sewing so I’m always looking to better my abilities. Two favorites for me are Sewing Made Simple by Tessa Evelegh and Sewing Solutions: Tips for the Savvy Sewist by Nicole Vasbinder. The first is comprehensive on the basics, but the second is equally as useful for learning the ins and outs of sewing techniques such as piping, invisible zippers, etc.
And if you’re looking for inspiration, I’m loving One Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins, published a few years ago but really great.
The book comes with pattern pieces and dozens of ideas for using a yard or less of fabric, plus tutorials inside to walk you through the projects. Great for someone like me with so many extra pieces of fabric!
I picked up Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long since I used to do embroidery projects a lot in my youth and would like to pick it back up again someday. It includes all the stitches from basic chain to advanced raised or textured elements (think crewelwork).
The text provides some history and plentiful inspiration for all types of embroidery, the tutorials guide you chapter by chapter. It’s comprehensive and beautifully arranged.
Two books that are helpful for crafters or artists trying to make a living in the crafty world are Handmade to Sell by Kelly Rand (with contributing writers) and I Just Like to Make Things by Lilla Rogers. The first is a guide to starting a business and selling online and includes marketing tips too. The second is helpful at providing strategies for artists and getting to know the various marketplaces.
What about all of you? Are you enjoying any arts and crafts books or read any helpful texts for entrepreneurs getting started in the craft business? I’d love to know what you’re reading in this genre!