Beat the Winter Blues and Try Something New

Want to keep busy with a fun indoor activity this winter? Learning a new craft or skill can be a great way to stay inspired and lift your mood during the colder months. Here are some great instructional books for various crafts to help you get started.

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

Whether you just bought your first sewing machine or have been sewing for years, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts will open your eyes to an irresistible range of ideas. A comprehensive visual reference, the book covers everything a home sewer wants: the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honoured crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects that reflect not only Martha Stewart’s depth of experience and crafting expertise, but also her singular sense of style.

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Amazing Furniture Makeovers: Easy DIY Projects to Transform Thrifted Finds into Beautiful Custom Pieces

by Jen Crider

If you’ve ever wanted to upcycle your secondhand bargains into stunning statement pieces Amazing Furniture Makeovers helps you give your antique pieces new life without losing any of their vintage charm. Jen Crider breaks down everything you need to know about furniture makeovers from basic chair reupholstery to remaking coffee tables into benches. This book makes it easy to transform whatever old or wobbly furniture you have into something better than new. Each chapter walks you through unique projects to illustrate Jen’s straightforward approach to furniture styling and repair, and these techniques can be used on a variety of pieces. Every new technique will give you the confidence you need to get remarkable results on your first makeover, and every makeover after.

Vogue Knitting: The Learn-to-Knit Book

Vogue Knitting is a great book to teach you how to knit if it’s something you want to try. The editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine share their guide to learning all about yarn, needles, patterns, and, of course, those two basic stitches: knitting and purling. Follow along with beautiful step-by-step photographs that teach how to cast on, bind off, and knit up a collection of stitches ranging from basic stockinette to basket weave, bobbles, cables, and more.

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Knitting Without Needles: A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting

by Anne Weil

Knitting Without Needles is an all-in-one resource for a new kind of craft; this book shows you how to loop yarn with your fingers or your forearms with thirty patterns that are simple to follow and produce stylish results. Best of all, many of them knit up fast—in less than an hour! Even if you’ve never picked up knitting needles, you can easily master the techniques to make fun knits with kids and for kids and even last-minute gifts.

The Crochet Book

The Crochet Book has everything you need to crochet a gorgeous array of clothing, soft furnishings, and toys. Learn how to do your first crochet hook, work a range of classic granny squares, and discover how to craft delicate lace and openwork pieces and many more with over 130 key techniques and 80 patterns!

Practice your newly learned skills on simple projects as you move through the book, or dive straight into the dedicated projects chapter, which includes amigurumi and toy designs, blankets and cushions, and individual clothing for children and adults. Happy crocheting!

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