The perfect solution to the February doldrums? New craft books, of course!
Besides, as a book lover, do you really need an excuse to make a trip to the bookstore–or library?
Here are seven new craft books (as well as an art-related one) that you’ll want to check out–and possibly buy–this February.
New Craft Books for February
Although this list isn’t comprehensive, I chose to feature these particular new craft books based on those I found most interesting or unique. Let me know in the comments if you think there are any new craft books that should be added to the list!
From the description: Prepare to be inspired by this collection of over 50 alphabets in a wide range of styles. Designer, illustrator, and hand-letterer Thy Doan will guide you through each alphabet with easy-to-follow steps so you can capture all the charm of each design. This is everything you need to know to create your own lettering designs, from sketching it out to inking it up.
From the description: In this gorgeous collection, each project highlights garter stitch in its detail work, as a supporting role for other stitches, or as the star of the show. In projects such as Be True Fingerless Mitts and the Flapper Cloche, the beauty is in the details created with the use of the garter stitch. In the Beachcomber Braided Poncho, the Santa Monica Cardigan, and more, you’ll discover how perfect the garter stitch can be for offsetting other stitch patterns. And when used as the main stitch in designs such as the Festival Halter Top and the Autumn Evening Shrug, the texture and lovely repetition result in stunning finished pieces.
From the description: Pin It! gives short- and long-haired fashionistas the know-how to create 20 colorful bobby pin hairstyles for everything from an afternoon trip to the mall to an elegant party. Step-by-step photos make it easy for anyone to follow along.
Make Your Own Nail Decals: Create Easy Waterslide Decals and Stickers for Your Digits by Janelle Este
Featuring dozens of templates to scan, designs to color and embellish, and advice for creating your own look digitally or by hand, Janelle Estep of fashion blog Elle & Ish has tons of tips for taking your nails to the next level.
From the description: This activity book combines fun and focus, entertainment, and mindfulness using collage techniques. It includes a brief history of collage and practical tips and ideas on how to cut and paste, draw and paint, and sew and stitch using paper and everyday objects.
From the Description: Fabulous Fabric Jewelry covers a wide variety of tastes from pastel and floral to tailored and professional, and every style in between. Like all of her books, Temple includes excellent step-by-step instructions and inspiring photos so anyone can create the featured customized accessories like bracelets, earrings, and necklaces.
Although this book isn’t a new craft book, it is about a subject that is often overlooked–women artists. I’m on the hold list for this book at the library and hope to be able to read it or give a brief synopsis of my thoughts about it in an upcoming post.
From the description: Who hasn’t wondered where–aside from Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo–all the women artists are? In many art books, they’ve been marginalized with cold efficiency, summarily dismissed in the captions of group photographs with the phrase “identity unknown” while each male is named.
Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven of these forgotten artists, among the best of their day: Gertrude Abercrombie, with her dark, surreal paintings and friendships with Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins; Bay Area self-portraitist Joan Brown; Ree Morton, with her witty, oddly beautiful constructions; Loïs Mailou Jones of the Harlem Renaissance; Lenore Tawney, who combined weaving and sculpture when art and craft were considered mutually exclusive; Christina Ramberg, whose unsettling works drew on pop culture and advertising; and Louise Nevelson, an art-world superstar in her heyday but omitted from recent surveys of her era.
These women fought to be treated the same as male artists, to be judged by their work, not their gender or appearance. In brilliant, compassionate prose, Seaman reveals what drove them, how they worked, and how they were perceived by others in a world where women were subjects–not makers-of art.
Hope this list of new craft books (and a few other kinds of books) gave you some ideas or inspiration to help you make it through the winter!