Craft Book Review 5

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I had something fun to share today but my plans came to a screeching halt when I got a phone call from my son’s school saying he had just thrown up on the playground. :( He’s laying next to me watching tv and getting some rest.
Since I couldn’t share my idea, I thought I’d give my 2 cents about craft books that I’ve recently checked out. Thank heavens for the library because all of the (craft) books I’ve checked out lately, I haven’t liked. Bummer.
Let me be clear, I have a lot of craft (mostly sewing) books and so I might be more harsh than the average person. At this point, it would take a lot to want to go purchase another craft book. Having said that, here are the ones I checked out:

by Cath Kidston
I normally like Cath’s style. It’s so feminine and colorful at the same time. But this book was just way too simple- there wasn’t a lot of “meat” to the book.

The Feisty Stitcher by Susan Wasinger
This one was a bit too simple. There are some cute ideas but I wouldn’t buy it on my own.

Carry Me: 20 Boutique Bags to Sew by Yuka Koshizen
I was so excited about this one but it didn’t cut it for me. Some of the bags are gorgeous but it was more confusing than some books (I’m not an advanced seamstress so this could be the problem). I then read in reviews that it was translated and that could be part of the problem as well. Overall, good book for a more advanced sewer.

Fashion Geek by Diana Eng
Maybe we just don’t share the same style. I read the reviews on Amazon and obviously others disagreed. I think she’s innovative (she was on Project Runway) but just wouldn’t buy the book to keep.

On my wishlist:
Handmade Beginnings
by Anna Maria Horner

you can get a free nesting cubes pattern here from Amazon
Sewing Bits and Pieces by Sandi Henderson
The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin
I’ve heard great things about this book and I want to get it for the Queen Bee Market.

by Camille Roskelley
Can’t wait for Camille’s book! She’s a blog friend from way back and I’m so thrilled with all of her success. To say I adore her work is a huge understatement. She makes me want to quilt.

SO-what craft books do you recommend? Not recommend?
You can check out my other craft book reviews here.

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  1. kelliemorgan says

    Handmade Beginnings is insane!!!!!!!!! I bought it without seeing a single pattern. It is overwhelmingly delicious!
    Can't wait for the Simplify, Amy Butler's new one, and the girl behind Oh, Fransson.

  2. Brianne says

    Thanks for the reviews. I looked back through all of your review posts and put quite a few of the books on hold at my library. The library has quickly become my favorite place for craft books.

  3. Tasha says

    I totally want Simplify too! I am going to look into some of these others. I hadn't thought about looking up craft books from my library. I don't know why not? I am totally going to go see what I can get! Awesome.