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    Favorite Craft Books

    ***Edited by artgeek: After you've shared your favorite crafty reads in this thread, please provide your contributor info here. Thanks!***

    Here are a few I think are good enough to post:

    Eco Art!
    It's a recycler's dream, especially if you want to get your kids involved. I've known of this book since I was little. My mom and I used to work on the projects together. It has the basics, making a birdhouse with 2liter bottles/rock paper weights/wormfarms/& more. It's for kids around 6th grade and under (but I still like to use projects from it :] ).

    Here's a link to buy/more info at Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Ecoart-Earth-F.../dp/0913589683

    Stitch n' Bitch
    This is what I used to first learn how to knit, it's awesome for beginners, the pictures and text are easy to follow, but it also has awesome patterns to follow for those who already know what they're doing.

    Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stitch-N-Bitch...e=UTF8&s=books

    Knitting Pretty
    Similar to Stitch n' Bitch, it helped me along with learning how to knit. It has easy to follow instructions for newbies and cool patterns that range from easy to advanced.

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Prett...e=UTF8&s=books

    I'll post some more when I can think of them.

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    this is great

    Thanks, peggysue! Let's just keep the list going. I have a few crochet titles that will work nicely, as well as some cookbooks.

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    BOOKS I LOVE:

    BOOKS I LOVE TO CHECK OUT FROM THE LIBRARY TIME AND TIME AGAIN!
    TEASE- 50 INSPIRED TSHIRT TRANSFORMATIONS
    (I convinced my library to buy at least one copy!)

    BOOKS SO AWESOME I HAD TO BUY THEM:

    GENERATION T: 108 WAYS TO TRANSFORM A TSHIRT
    great book! very informative!

    99 WAYS TO CUT, SEW, TRIM AND TIE YOUR TSHIRT INTO SOMETHING SPECIAL...
    WOW!!! amazing book!!! amazing designs..

    HARDWEAR: Jewelry From a Toolbox.
    Totally awesome stuff, make it from junk left over from your dad's garage! Just kidding! Go buy some new stuff (or use new stuff left over from diy home projects) at the hardware store. (used to visit this one as well at the bookstore...)

    COMPLETE GUIDE TO ALTERED IMAGERY
    Such a cool book for ideas and reference. I used to say hello to the bookstore copy every time I visited until someone really generous (my mom!) gave me a gift certificate!

    CREATIVE BATIK
    Very thourough! (sp??) Great ideas and reference...

    SIMPLE SCREENPRINTING: BASIC TECHIQUES & CREATIVE PROJECTS
    Very informative, great ideas, projects and great for reference.

    DIGITAL ART STUDIO: TECHNIQUES FOR COMBINING INKJET PRINTING WITH TRADITIONAL ART MATERIALS

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    Not exactly crafting, but The Joy of Cooking.

    Every other cookbook I have seen, purchased or coveted has been nice, but that is where it all starts for me. It provides a solid foundation in just about everything I have ever wanted to cook.


    And as for crafting...let's be sure to support our own

    Get Crafty: Hip Home Ec by our fearless leader Jean Railla

    Art de la Soul from the lovely and talented Kathy Cano Murillo

    Super Crafty by Susan Beal et al

    (all fabulous books even if they weren't affiliated with this site)

    anyone else I am forgetting?

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    This book sort of encompasses many genres.
    It's basically a recipe book for house care/cleaning, skin/body care, gardening and of course hobbies. It contains many recipes for cleaners, body lotions, skin creams, sunblocks, etc.

    Anyway, it's called "Better Basics for the Home" by Annie Berthold-Bond.
    I had to order it on-line as it wasn't available in my local bookstore. It was published in 1999.

    Great book!

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    All the Judith Montano crazy quilting books. Wonderful instructions and incredibly inspiring just to look at. She also has some nice videos out as well. Titles--Crazy Quilt Odyesey, The Crazy Quilt Handbook, and several others. I own them all and they would be the first ones I would grab from the book shelves if I had to evacuate my apartment.

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    I just got a copy of Amy Sedaris's book and it has receipes, hints, craft projects, and lots of funny stuff. Totally worth taking a look!

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    The Gifts in a Jar series from G & R Publishing is wonderful. The books have recipes in the form of lists of dry ingredients to put inside, and gift tags to copy for the outside of the jars. You can buy books for specific types of recipes like cookies, soups, slow cooker meals, etc. or they also sell a book full of holiday gifts in a jar. They are available on Amazon.com

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    more craft books

    Last Minute Fabric Gifts by Cynthia Treen
    This book has great sewn and felted projects. They are simplefor various skill levels and have great style.

    Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Haverson
    This book has some great patterns for simple scarves, hats etc that can be improvised upon and embellished.

    Knitting Beyind the Edge by Nicky Epstein
    For people who are making thier own patterns- or looking for ways to embellish other people's patterns- here are multiple and well-illustrated ideas for ways to do collars, edges, closures (like buttonholes) and edges for all sorts of fun projects.

    Making More Plants: the Science, Joy and Art of Propagation by Ken Druse
    I love making cuttings of plants - it is one of those miracles of gardening! This book is beautiful and is an incredible reference for people who love to garden and want to learn more about how to propagate any type of plant.

    450 Knitting Stitches The Harmony Guides
    This is an incredible reference for knitters. Shows and gives patterns for 450 different knitting stiches including lace patterns, rib patterns, cables and edging.

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    and because i believe you can't have one without the other:

    The Happy Hooker (Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet) by Debbie Stoller


 
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