#Crafters go loom-y or back to the 70s

Arm & finger knitting: 35 no-needle knits for the home and to wearWant to do something with loom bands?  Inspire your creativity with  100 pin loom squares by Florencia Campos Correa It’s a practical guide to combining yarns, colours, and weaving techniques to help you achieve exciting results. There’s 15 stylish projects from scarves and bags, to coasters and place mats. Or make a cute creature with rubber bands, a hook and a loom. You can hang them from a bag or sit them on your desk: Loopy loom rubber band animals: 25 fun designs for jewelry and accessories by Lucy Hopping

Go back to the 70’s with ….

 Tie dip dye by Pepa Martin and Karen Davis – 100 pin loom squaresSounds like a serious book. Dip dyeing, shibori, ombre and classic circles, this book contains all the essential skills you need to create contemporary textiles using simple techniques. Features step-by-step photographs and a pattern directory showing how to achieve a myriad of beautiful effects, alongside stunning projects for clothing and homewares.

 Arm & finger knitting: 35 no-needle knits for the home and to wear by Laura Strutt – If you like large-scale knits or you appreciate the bigger stitches and open texture you can achieve by knitting with your arms or fingers, then you will find plenty of inspiration in ‘Arm and Finger Knitting’. Breaking free from the constraints of normal needle sizes, Laura Strutt demonstrates how to do all the usual stitches and techniques using just your arms and hands, from plain garter stitch to moss stitch, increasing and decreasing, and knitting with two or more strands of yarn at a time.

 Beanies & bobble hats: 36 quick and stylish knitsBeanies & bobble hats: 36 quick and stylish knits by Fiona Goble –The results might be like David Beckham’s hats. Walk down any street and count the number of beanies and bobble hats you see – they are everywhere, and not just on cold winter days, but as a fashion statement to be worn throughout the year. Now Fiona Goble has designed 36 fun and fast-to-knit hats for you to make, for yourself or your friends


Need some inspiration for kids’ activities over Christmas? #Crafts #Baking @Child_Leeds

Fun Christmas crafts to make and bake: over 60 festive projects to make with your kidsKeep the kids entertained WITH CRAFTS AND BAKING

 100 Christmas Things to Make & Do by Fiona Watt is full great ideas with really simple step-by-step instructions for novel cookery and craft projects, including snowball truffles, bouncing snowmen Christmas tree decorations and an advent calendar designed as a castle published by Usborne, market leaders for children’s craft books.

Fun Christmas crafts to make and bake: over 60 festive projects to make with your kids by Annie Rigg. Christmas is the perfect time for kids to get creative – so let them craft and bake their way The Christmas bookto the most magical of Christmases

Depending on the children’s age, you could try some Christmas cookery. The Christmas Book by Rita Storey – where Christmas came from, Father Christmas, mince pies, and more! You’ll be able to impress everyone with your Christmas knowledge. Also filled with lots of festive craft activities and recipes, you can follow the simple step-by-step guides and make gifts for all your friends and family.

Or try Christmas Fairy cooking by Leonie Pratt – Christmas treats include snowflake biscuits, Christmas fairy kisses, jewelled fairy muffins, Christmas fairy crowns and a Christmas castle cake

Knit your way to Christmas

Knitted fairy tales: recreate the famous stories with knitted toys

New books this week for anyone interested in making knitted toys and more for Christmas  – fairy tale characters, farmyard animals and stylish vintage knits. If you’re good at it, why not make a business out of crafts.

If you prefer to sit and read, try the novel, The great Christmas knit off, see below for a heart warming easy read.

Keen, Sarah Knitted fairy tales

Made from washable, readily available DK yarn, these knitted characters will bring the fairy tales to life for young children, encouraging imaginative play and conversation. You will find all the information you need on techniques, tools and materials, plus there are plenty of photographs of each character from different angles so you can clearly see how your knitting should look as you work your way through the projects

Muir, Sally, Knit your own farm 

Knit your own farmA collection of new patterns for farm animals-  cows, bulls, horses and pigs as well as cute chicks, lambs and piglets. Easy to make, it only takes a few evenings to create yourself a loveable companion. These knitted animals in miniature are much easier to look after than the real things – they don’t need feeding, they won’t make a mess and they take up hardly any room.

Vintage knits for him & her

A fabulous collection of garment knitting patterns for men and women, styled by top fashion magazine Marie Claire. The 30 designs are inspired by knitwear designs from the 1950s to the 1970s, but are fully updated for today’s knitter, using modern yarns in contemporary colourways and are fun to knit and even more fun to wear

The great Christmas knit offPullen, Fiona – Craft a creative business

Successful craft business owner Fiona Pullen, owner of the Sewing Directory, explains how to turn a pastime, skill and talent into a fulfilling and rewarding commercial success. Anyone wanting to turn their hobby, craft or art skills into a successful business should read this clear, accessible and thorough guide

Brown, Alexandra The great Christmas knit off

Heartbroken after being jilted at the altar, Sybil has been saved from despair by her knitting obsession and now her home is filled to bursting with tea cosies, bobble hats, and jumpers. But, after discovering at work that she may have perpetrated the cock-up of the century, Sybil decides to make a hasty exit and, just weeks before Christmas, runs away to see an old friend in the picturesque village of Tindledale