If you want to get craft-y for Christmas, these books can help

You’ve still got time to make some Christmas cards, knit a dog or make some crafty presents. Here’s some suggestions, including three brand new books (first three) to help you get creative. Or take it further and start a business!

Jessica Sharpe – How to make jewellery charms from polymer clay

Ruth Maddock – Hooked on crochet 

Embroidery 20 projects for friends to make

Sophie Simpson – Stitch the halls!: 12 decorations to make for Christmas

Books for Crafters

Craft: techniques & projects

If you’re like us, start now for Christmas but no doubt there will be lots of great crafters out there who can polish these projects off much more quickly. These are all recently added to stock and have been given a top rating by Leeds readers.

Craft techniques and projects From textile crafts to beadwork and soap making to glass work, ‘Craft’ is crammed with over 50 inspiring projects and over 300 techniques for crafters.


ReCraft: how to turn second-hand stuff into beautiful things for your home,Little needle-felt animals family and friends 50 projects to give old things a new lease of life and is a way of recycling things you might otherwise throw away – or things other
people have given away. Using your hands and imagination ‘ReCraft’ transforms the most uninspiring objects into soft toys, candles, secret boxes, precious jewels, cushions and bags

Crochet: the complete step-by-step guide: essential techniques, more than 80 crochet patternsKnit-and-crochet garden: bring a little outside in: 36 projects inspired by flowers, butterflies, brids and bees

Crochet – complete step-by-step guide
80 projects

Little needle-felt animals – Needlefelting is fast becoming the most popular and easiest way to create cute and quirky characters and curiosities. In this book you can learn to make 30 adorable little animals










Sew love these books

  A little course in  sewingIf you are a beginner or want to improve your sewing, these are rated by Leeds readers 4or 5 star.

A little course in sewing This title takes you from complete beginner to being able to complete over 30 beautiful projects. Start simple with lavender hearts and pin cushions, build on your skills with bunting and tote bags and show off with a child’s skirt and purses. The step-by-step pictures show you what other courses only tell you and the practice projects keep you on the right track

Half yard heaven: easy sewing projecys using left-over pieces of fabric Debbie Shore has a passion for sewing, and her fresh, contemporary designs coupled with simple, easy-to-follow instructions make this title a recipe for success. All of the projects use just half a yard of fabric, making them ideal for using up scraps and oddments left over from other projects or sold off cheaply by your favourite fabric store

   Merchant & Mills sewing book: projects, techniques, guidance, instructions, tools, notions, choosing cloth, the sewing machine, hand sewing, the art of pressing, our philosophy 15 step-by-step stylish and useful projects aimed at guiding the reader through the basics of sewing, using different techniques, choosing and sourcing the right fabrics for the job, and using the right tools Make & mend: a guide to recycling clothes and fabrics

 Sewing machine secrets: master presser feet and make your machine do more ‘Sewing Machine Secrets’ is an indispensable resource for sewers at all levels, showing the reader how to choose, use and maintain their sewing machine, mastering sewing techniques and learning handy tips along the way

Make and Mend Packed full of projects, from aprons to curtains, t-shirts to jewellery, this book shows how, with a little knowledge and creativity, you can make a wide range of fantastic items from those old clothes you can’t bear to throw away
















ReCraft: how to turn second-hand stuff into beautiful things for your home, family and friends