SHOW + TELL: My Favorite Craft Books

My Favorite Art & Craft Books #inspiration #craft #books
The past week has been grey and rainy here in the Pacific Northwest; our last week of ‘normal’ weather before we dive head first into summer (I can’t wait!). This last week of spring has me curled up on the couch, sipping tea and looking through my favorite books. To be honest, I’m not much of a reader, but I have a great collection of books I find inspiring in my library. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite craft books with you! These have been on my shelves for years and are something I love getting out when I’m in need of some crafty eye candy.

1. Bead Simple by Susan Beal

My friend Alissa recommended this book when I was interested in making jewelry for Camp Smartypants. Bead Simple shows tons of different techniques and jewelry patterns you can easily customize for your own projects. Great for beginners and jewelry makers interested in learning new techniques.

2. I Just Like To Make Things by Lilla Rogers

Lilla Rogers is a world-renowned art agent and creative genius. I picked up her book after I signed up for her online course, Make Art That Sells. The book is a perfect companion to her e-courses and a great resource to anyone interested in turning their creative hobby into a business some day. One of Lilla’s mantras is, “People buy your joy.” Having fun and being passionate about your work is such an important part of the creative process. In I Just Like To Make Things, Lilla discusses this and much, much more!

3. Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People by Amy Sedaris

I am a HUGE fan of Amy Sedaris. Her first book, I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence, is what first sparked my passion for planning and hosting parties. Her second book, Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People is equally great. Amy lets her humor and creativity run wild as she shares tons of hilarious and fun craft projects.

4. Find & Keep by Beci Orpin

I’m a huge fan of Beci Orpin, an Australian artist and graphic designer. Her style is so fresh and playful. Her book, Find & Keep is bursting with colorful and unique craft projects and inspiration for you to feast your eyes on.

My Favorite Art & Craft Books #inspiration #craft #books

5. How To Make Books by Esther K. Smith

Bookbinding has been a much-loved craft activity for me. I love making my own journals and notebooks. This book by Esther K. Smith provides great instruction for a variety of bookbinding techniques including accordions, stab stitch, chapbooks, long stitch and more. I love that she uses unlikely materials like fabric, envelopes, recycled papers, and vintage postcards to create unique journals, albums and notebooks.

6. Vintage Craft Workshop by Cathy Callahan

I absolutely love vintage crafts and this book definitely gives me my retro crafty fix! Not only are the projects fresh takes on crafting techniques from the 60’s and 70’s, I also love her “Crafty Lady” features where she shares a little history about crafty pioneers like Aleene Jackson (inventor of Aleene’s Tacky Glue) and Hazel Pearson (Queen of Kaboodle craft kits).

7. Happy Voodoo Gris Gris by Mademoiselle de la Brindille and Anne-Claire Leveque

I remember this being an impulse buy at Powell’s, but I’m so glad I have it on my bookshelf. Happy Voodoo Gris Gris is a wonderful book with over 45 fun projects for the free spirited. Learn to make good luck charms, talismans, amulets, and more.

8. Mend It Better by Kristin Roach

This book is written by my friend, Kristen Roach of Craft Leftovers. It features sewing projects that use recycled or reused materials. Kristin discusses the basics of mending and altering as well as featuring sewing projects by her and other crafters. Check out page 204, where I share a fun tutorial on how to transform an old pair of jeans into a bleach-dyed skirt!

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  1. Jeanie says

    Thank you for sharing some of your books. I’m going to be adding a few of those to my own collection.

    • says

      Jeanie- So glad you liked this post! I would love to hear about awesome craft books you have in your collection! Feel free to share them with us!