Lately I’ve been enjoying the used book store across the street from where I work. So I’ve gotten quite the collection of craft books .
Before I get started on the sharing of books, here is a sharing of food! Will made it a few weeks ago, but it was pretty darn delicious. Pork chops, the sauce was fantastic and had dates in it.
This is going to be pretty picture heavy, I hope you appreciate it because the wordpress uploader is being a big meanie to me and it took way longer than it should have…
There are macrame, needlepoint/embroidery, crochet, and motif/cultural focused books. I don’t know why I feel like sharing all of these, I guess I’m just happy with the way my craft library is growing. I think I might make a page dedicated to showcasing the volumes I have acquired.
First up is an Embroidery magazine issue from 1976:
There was this article about a designer who loved to embroider, but she wanted more control over the qualities of the material that she used so she started to knit using machine knitting, the pictures are so whimsical and beautiful.
Also, this one piece really .. well it’s just fantastic.
Along the lines of embroidery and needlework is this needlepoint book. It has so many graphs and colorwork patterns that I think would be amazing to convert into a crochet or knitting pattern.
I like Macrame books that have unique things in them.. not oodles and oodles of plant hangers.
Another sweet macrame book I bought is this “Macrame Why Knot” ( don’t you just think the title deserves special recognition?)
A couple crochet-oriented books.
The Workbasket is a cute little magazine with lots of needlecraft patterns, ideas and cute vintage advertising.
I bought a book full of motifs of Ancient Mexico and another that showcases Central Cree and Ojibway Crafts. And the piece de resistance (or however you say it):
This one is dripping with 70’s cheese and hippy-ness. BEHOLD!
Geez, aren’t I creative with the captions? not as creative as this lady’s shirt:
I also got a Basket making book today. I don’t have reeds, nor the desire to get some, so I’m thinking of rigging up some wire and yarn/plarn maybe into some fancy baskets.
I will leave you now with this picture 🙂