Craft Focus - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 94)

81 BOOKS YOU CAN CROCHET WITH BELLA COCO By Sarah-Jayne Fragola £14.99 9781782219453 Search Press Sarah-Jayne Fragola is the creator of Bella Coco Crochet, which she started in 2011. She specialises in teaching people to crochet, using simple and structured methods so that anyone can learn how to start! If you’re looking for a comprehensive, beginner’s guide to crochet, this is a great book for you. Starting with a section on hook types, your essential crochet kit and the yarns you’ll need, you’re guided by Sarah-Jayne through the key crochet stitches you’ll need before you get stuck in. Each stitch described using UK terms is accompanied by clear stepby-step instructions and photographs, and handy quick-stitch boxes that include key stitch details as well as the US equivalents. Once you’ve conquered your stitches, get stuck into your first projects, starting from the easiest designs to the more complex ones to crochet. These 12 projects range from sweet and simple coasters and scarves, to a stunning hexie pillow and hat ‘n’ mitten set. With each new project, learn a new technique to gradually build your knowledge and familiarity with crocheting. To reward your efforts, Sarah-Jayne then treats you to a section on advanced stitches that you can use to crochet her ‘Showstopper Blanket’ a beautiful, textured blanket that you’d be proud to drape on your bed or sofa. We say: These gorgeous patterns will inspire crochet novices and more confident crocheters alike. Crochet PUNCH NEEDLE RUG HOOKING By Amy Oxford £25.99 9780764360152 Schiffer Publishing The queen of the craft Amy Oxford offers to beginners and advanced crafters alike a one-stop resource! This is the guide you’ll keep at your fingertips while you learn, and throughout your punch needle adventures for years to come. Enjoy Amy’s amazingly effective instruction, tips, inspiration, and in-depth info about every aspect of enjoying punch needle rug hooking. Create her colourful contemporary pomegranate project and ginkgo project and learn to skillfully turn your work into long-lasting treasures like wall hangings, chair pads, rugs, cushions, stair runners, and whatever else your imagination can dream up. Enrich your work with fascinating info on things the other books don’t include: the top secrets about the craft that beginners need, and careful step by step photo instructions for doing it right—from choosing your first project’s materials, to creating a lovely result the first time, finishing techniques, mounting, adding complexity, and making your own designs. We say: Enjoy the history of the craft of rug punching, gorgeous photos of works by today’s biggest names, fun interviews with top makers, how to handle the unexpected, and much more. Punch needle FUN WITH FAT QUARTERS By Wendy Gardiner £9.99 9781800920545 Search Press Sewing guru Wendy Gardiner brings you this comprehensive guide to sewing with fat quarters. Delve into a brilliant techniques section, guiding you through a variety of essential techniques, from inserting a zip and sewing buttonholes to creating patchwork. Each is fully explained and combined with easy-to-follow step-by-step photography. Once you’ve brushed up on your sewing skills it’s time to get sewing. Choose from 15 inspiring projects: from doorstops and drawstring bags to tablemats, aprons and cushions. Each fun fat-quarter project contains colourful photographs, instructive hand-drawn illustrations and a stash of handy hints and tips. Full-size, traceable templates are supplied at the back of the book. We say: Whether you’ve treated yourself to a fat quarter bundle or are using up leftover fabric, there’s a project for you. Sewing 3D EMBROIDERY By Ashley Denn £12.99 9781800921252 Search Press A beginner’s guide to modern raised stitches, 3D Embroidery is a curated collection of over 30 raised embroidery stitches and techniques, taught within the context of 20 inhoop embroidery projects. The patterns featured offer contemporary designs for today’s modern maker. With step-by-step guides, embroidery artist Ashley Dunn takes you on a pop-up journey and introduces you to the art of raised embroidery, identifying the materials needed for you to be successful, and including a directory of raised stitches and techniques. This wonderful must-have collection is perfect for both newbies and seasoned stitchers looking to add new techniques to their stitching inventory We say: This book provides the reader with an inventory of stitches and knowledge of how to apply those stitches to 20 different projects and includes iron-on transfer sheets in an envelope on the inside back cover. Embroidery