The holidays are just 4 short months away! If you like to make gifts for family and friends, now is a good time to get started – or at least, get planning. The Cheshire Library has a vast assortment of books on all types of hand-made crafts located downstairs in the Reference Department.
Most popular are books on knitting (located in 746.432) and crocheting (located in 746.434). Quilting (located in 746.46) is also very popular.
- 30 min-knits: what can you knit in half an hour or less? by Carol Melfrum
- Knitting Simple Jackets by Marilyn Saitz Cohen
- Weekend Knitting: 50 unique projects and ideas by Melanie Falick
- Mom and Me Knits: 20 pretty projects for moms & daughters by Stefanie Japel
- Animal Hats by Vanessa Mooncie
- The New Crochet: A Beginner’s Guide by Marion Madel
- Crochet One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant
- Clever Crocheted Accessories: 25 quick weekend projects
- Creative Crochet Jewelry by Esther Zadock
- Crocheted gifts by Kim Werker
- Quilting Happiness by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland
- The Magic of Crazy Quilting by J Marsha Michler
- New Ideas for Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel
- Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley
- Simple Contemporary Quilts by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
Jewelry is another popular item for gift-giving. You can choose from books on beading, or soutache, or just general jewelry making. All are located in the 745 area of Reference.
- Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewelry Making Techniques by Vannetta Seecharran
- 30 Minute Necklaces by Martha Le Van
- The Complete Book of Jewelry Making by Carles Codina
- Hip Handmade Memory Jewelry by Kathy Jakicic
- Memory Jewelry by Liz Eaton
Books on beaded jewelry:
- Soutache by Anetta Valious
- Beading with Charms by Catherine Duncan Aimone
- Simply Beautiful Beading by Heidi Boyd
- 200 beading tips, techniques & trade secrets by Jean Power
- Complete Beading: jewelry and accessories by Jemma Hewitt
Take a look at all the library has to offer on crafting and have fun with whatever you choose!
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Ahh! Four months! I just picked up a beginner’s guide for making wire-wrapped jewelry. I’m going to have to work fast if I want to make anyone gifts in time for the holidays! Come watch my try at my blog http://pandaslittlejewelrybox.wordpress.com/ It should be a hoot at the very least! Though I can’t promise I’ll create anything too grand..