Inspiration abounds on the internet these days, but I still find great comfort in picking up a real book. I have loaded up the shelves in my craft room with some great reads for the beginning and green crafter. Here are my top recommendations.
- ReMAKE ReSTYLE ReUSE: Easy Ways to Transform Everyday Basics into Inspired Design by Sonia Lucano – elegant, modern ideas for transforming what you already own into something you want to keep
- ReadyMade: How to Make [Almost] Everything: A Do-It-Yourself Primer by Shoshana Berger, Grace Hawthorne – a basic primer for making almost anything from six raw materials: paper, plastic, metal, wood, glass, and fabric
- Button It Up by Susan Beal – tons of projects to make a dent in you vintage button stash
- Eco-craft: Recycle Recraft Restyle by Susan Wasinger – eco projects that look good and make you feel good
- Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book by Ziggy Hanaor – over 50 projects made with traditional and thrifted materials
Sewing and Fashion
- Sew U: The Built By Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by Wendy Mullin – 3 basic patterns for a thousand different looks
- Sewing Green by Betz White – 25 projects made with recycled and organic materials
- Rip It!: How to Deconstruct and Reconstruct the Clothes of Your Dreams by Elissa Meyrich
- Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store Threads into Street Couture by Melissa Rannels, Melissa Alvarado, Hope Meng (the self-proclaimed Stitch B*tches)
- Printing By Hand by Lena Corwin – great book on the basics of printing by hand including tools and techniques
- Lotta Prints by Lotta Jansdotter – inspiring projects and patterns from an icon in hand printing
- Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco – a must read for every crafter who plans to sell their goods for hobby or for a living
Do you have a favorite craft book? Please comment and share your book list with us!