March is not only when Springtime begins, but it’s also National Craft Month, so why not celebrate by checking out the latest craft and creative books on the market?
The following list includes quite a variety, you’ll find new creative books inspired by comics, Japan and the Golden Girls as well as craft books on quilting, flowers and printmaking.
Here are some new craft and creative books that caught my interest this March.
New Craft and Creative Books for March 2017
In Yellow Owl’s Make It Yours, you’ll learn techniques for bringing personal touches to objects all around your home. Upgrade your plain scarf with a colorful abstract design. Turn a dresser into an eye-catching art deco showpiece. Whip up a desert-inspired quilt to enliven your living room. Expert printer and Yellow Owl Workshop founder, Christine Schmidt, shares her trade secrets for creating gorgeous projects using unexpected materials, from gold leaf to cake fondant.
Filled with simple craft projects and fun tips inspired by her daily life in Tokyo, Japanese blogger, crafter, and designer Ebony Bizys captures the humor and originality of the eclectic Japanese experience in this charming handbook. Perfect, pretty projects come together quickly and easily, and they require just a few simple materials to make. This easy-to-follow book offers ideas galore to inspire beginner and advanced DIYers alike. Although published in Australia in 2015, this book is available for the first time in the USA.
Every hero needs a villain. But not all villains are dangerous—some are incompetent, comical, or just . . . weird. In his follow-up to The League of Regrettable Superheroes, author Jon Morris presents over a hundred of the strangest, most stupefying supervillains to ever see print in comics. Meet D-list rogues like Brickbat (choice of weapon: poisonous bricks), Robbing Hood (steals from the poor to give to the rich), Swarm (a crook made of bees; Nazi bees), and many more. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains affectionately and hilariously profiles oddball criminals from the history of comics.
Studio and study spaces are special places – full of creative spirit and practical potential – and there’s never been a greater demand for a book that shows you how to carve out a corner that allows you to not only practice your craft but inspires and facilitates the very work you create. With detailed chapters that outline the vital pieces needed to create a functioning and inspirational studio space, as well as an in-depth look into different styles of studios for craft and creative activities. With Studio, Sally Coulthard shows you that spaces for creativity can be easy to make, beautiful to look at, and fitted into any home.
Brooklyn-based florist Ingrid Carozzi reveals her secrets for creating flower arrangements that are modern, original, and organic in style. Organized by season, the book presents simple step-by-step instruction (how to measure, cut, and place each bloom) for making more than 35 arrangements. Whether you want to learn how to work with chicken wire and tape to create a simple framework or try your hand at arranging delicate and oversize blooms, Carozzi offers a detailed tutorial on her tricks of the trade. Readers are encouraged to source, make, or upcycle unexpected containers, such as rough-hewn wooden crates or vintage pots, jars, and vases. Full of natural floral compositions that marry the modern with the rustic, Handpicked is a lushly photographed, practical guide to creating your own exceptional flower arrangements at home.
Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia and Rose. They’re all here, those feisty older ladies who all lived, laughed, loved and ate cheesecake together. So grab some colored pencils or markers, sit on the lanai and put your coloring skills to use. Whether you are a skilled artist or a casual doodler, you will enjoy these pen-and-ink illustrations of memorable characters and scenes from the long-running ABC hit television show, The Golden Girls.
Stitch together 10 of the world’s mightiest, most adorable superheroes to save your crafting space! The 48-page instruction book has step-by-step directions and color photos to help you bring these characters to life. Die-cut templates, felt, stuffing, embroidery floss, and a needle are all included so you can make Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, and seven other champions of justice. Dive into the Marvel Universe with these fun, collectible characters!
Glittery straws, ice cubes with edible flowers, butterfly wallpaper: Welcome to the colorful world of Happy Home, written by the creator of the RICE lifestyle brand, Charlotte Guéniau. Step inside her kitchen and cook her delicious, easy recipes for your friends and family: Spongy Lemon Cake, Sweet Potato Hummus, Chocolate Kisses, Chicken Curry in a Hurry, and many more. To follow her mantra Play Together, Stay Together, she offers 10 child-friendly activities for every day or special days—birthdays, parties, or even just tea for two!
Explore, adapt and create 10 patterns that are perfect for begining quilters, afternoon projects and mini quilt swaps with blogger Christopher Thompson. Using diverse patterns and a flexible approach, readers will uncover their ever-expanding, personalized style. Readers will engage in new strategies that highlight fabric selection, machine quilting, raw-edge applique and photography. Each project further enhances the quilting experience by featuring extras like hand-stitching embellishments, miniaturizing patterns and how to apply new techniques to partner swaps. Modern Mini’s empowering approach to mini quilting will result in fresh and personalized designs that match the maker.
This is the ultimate tell-all, show-all guide to making a living by making things. Featuring 25 profiles of illustrators, jewelry designers, ceramicists, painters, clothing designers, and printmakers, How to Make It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the daily rituals and best practices that keep these creative entrepreneurs on track. With Q & As, insider tips, and DIYs from each maker, these pages offer guidance and encouragement to artists just starting their careers and to professionals looking to take their creative business to the next level.