You’ve Got Mad Craft Skills: 6 New Crafts to Try This Fall

Hey all you creative patrons.  The weather is getting colder and we are all looking for ways to have some fun indoors this winter.  Why not try a new craft?  You’ll gain a new hobby, hours of pleasure and learning, and maybe even a great gift to share with a friend or loved one.  Try one of these 6 new craft books that we have recently added to our collection here at the libraries.


Needle Felting For Beginners: How to Sculpt With Wool

Roz Dace


Check out this hot new craft to create small animals with felt.  There are some great projects here to try, including a cute kitty and an adorable llama.




Punched: Techniques and Projects For Modern Punch Needle Art

Stacie Schaat


Discover the primitive craft of punch needle as seen through the eyes of a contemporary artist giving the technique fresh, modern appeal. Yellow Spool’s Stacie Schaat shares all you need to know to take a stab in Punched.

With Stacie’s guidance you’ll learn:

•Simple tools and basic techniques can make a range of trendy home goods.
•Step-by-step mini-lessons that take you from beginner to pro in no time.
•When to follow the rules and when to break them for knock out results.
•How to combine quick, repetitive stitches with composition and color for a modern aesthetic with a dozen must-make projects.
Explore the traditional and untraditional methods of punch needle with projects that can be displayed, used, and loved for generations. You’re sure to be pleased as Punched.   — Barnes & Noble




The Modern Embroidery Studio: 20 Stylish Designs to Stitch, Wear, and Share

Lauren Holton


Carve out time for you with The Modern Embroidery Studio.

If you love all things handmade and you’re looking to quench your creative thirst, this is the book for you. Now more than ever, we need to slow down, unplug, and make something with our hands. Embroidery requires patience and attention to detail, but this tactile experience gives back in a much larger way: it centers our minds, helps us feel recharged in our fast paced lives, and provides us with fabulous pieces of art to wear, share, or hang.

Although hand embroidery has been around for millennia, The Modern Embroidery Studio will help you dive into the craft in a fresh, modern way. In the early chapters, all the basics are covered, from picking the best tools and supplies to mastering a handy library of stitches. Next, you’ll find the step-by-step projects, each bursting with color and arranged by theme. Browse eye-catching patterns to find your favorite and follow the simple directions, accompanied by author Lauren’s instructional tips and tricks for embroidery success. Finally, learn how to apply and customize the designs to make them truly your own.

If you’re a novice stitcher, you’ll be able to learn and progress as you go; if you already have some embroidery experience, The Modern Embroidery Studio has plenty to keep you engaged. Regardless of your skill level, let embroidery bring an extra dose of happiness to your day.  — Barnes and Noble




Stained Glass Projects For Beginners

Lynette Wrigley


Stunning to look at and exciting to make, stained glass work is perennially popular. Discover the rich and versatile craft of stained glass with this complete beginner’s guide. Bestselling author and professional stained glass artist Lynette Wrigley shows you everything you need to know to make beautiful decorative pieces for the home. Thirty-one step-by-step projects range from copper foiled and leaded window panels to candle holders, mirror and picture frames, lightcatchers, and more. Expert methods for cutting and polishing, tracing patterns and soldering are explained with the novice in mind. Even if you’ve never cut a piece of glass before, Stained Glass Projects for Beginners will inspire you with the fascinating potential of stained glass.  — Barnes and Noble





Taste of Home: Handmade Christmas

Taste of Home


Touch hearts and make memories this season with simply enchanting homemade gifts. 

From whimsical elves made of felt to cleverly custom greeting cards, the inspired ideas in Taste of Home Handmade Christmas promise to make everyone’s holiday merry and bright. Whether you’re new to crafting or a longtime pro, projects such as Canning Lid Coasters, Pinecone Fire Starters and Silver Chain Earrings are presents enjoys creating and receiving. You’ll even find simple crafts kids can help with, yuletide décor perfect for gift giving and dozens of other no-fuss treasures friends and family will simply adore. This year, turn to Taste of Home Handmade Christmas and create easy, fun, heartfelt gifts for everyone on your list.


Deck the Halls: Home décor makes for ideal hostess gifts

Easy Jewelry Ideas: You don’t have to be a pro to create these impressive pieces

Nature Inspired Surprises: Share your love of the great outdoors with family and friends this year.

Kitschy Christmas: From silly toys to treats for Fido, these smile-fetching gifts are at the top of everyone’s wish list.

Holiday Cards, Wrapping & More  — Barnes and Noble




Easy Home Melt & Pour Soaps

Jan Berry


Create Beautiful Herbal Soaps The Safe, Easy & Fast Way 

Feel good about pampering yourself with these artisanal soaps featuring natural botanicals, colorants and exfoliants. This comprehensive, beginner-friendly guide to melt-and-pour soapmaking from Jan Berry, author of Simple & Natural Soapmaking, includes 50 inspiring recipes plus design tutorials and a stunning natural colorant gallery. Her method is incredibly easy; all you need to do is melt your soap base, infuse it with healing herbs or flowers, add essential oils and natural colorants, and pour it into a beautiful mold. As soon as your soap is dry, it’s ready to use!

This method is a safe soapmaking technique that doesn’t require handling lye. Plus, because it’s so simple, many projects make for excellent family-friendly crafts. Kids will love helping out with simple soaps like Sunflower Sunshine Bars or playing with Aromatherapy Soap Dough. As you work through the projects, Jan leads you through a variety of techniques step by step. From simple herbal infusions in Wildflower Honey Soap to advanced methods of layering and swirling as in the Ocean Waves Soap, there’s always another project to excite beginner and advanced soapmakers alike. Here, you’ll find all the information and inspiration you need to make soaps that are gentle on your skin and fun to make!  — Barnes and Noble

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1 Comment

  1. Jamie November 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

    These all look so fun! I’m going to pick up one of these later today. Thanks for sharing.


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