Saturday, February 22, 2014

Crafturday: Mail Call

Awhile back I got on a mailing list for Harper Design and their craft book series; what this means is every now and then I get some craft books from them in the mail. So I thought I would share them with you!

My latest box included two new titles. The first is Calamity-Free Crochet: Troubleshooting Tips and Advice for the Savvy Needlecrafter.

From the title I assumed this book would be aimed at the experienced crocheter, but as I looked through it I found it to be a great step-by-step guide for the beginner! Author Catherine Hirst goes through everything from yarns, tools and different kinds of accessories- even including stitch conversion charts, and I don't even know what that means- to what looks like a pretty complete array of basics and reference material. I don't know how to crochet (yet) but this book makes me want to try!
The other book I received is Gretel Parker's Little Needle-Felted Animals: 30 Cute and Easy-to-Make Friends. Needlefelting is a craft in which I have some experience; I once made a cat, and a Santa, and an elf. So this one wasn't so foreign. The patterns, for bears, rabbits, mice, giraffes and more, are adorable, but do look like things you need a little experience to make. Needlefelting is a craft that involves taking wool roving and stabbing it repeatedly with barbed needles- great if you're an angry person but you want to make something cute. This book will show you how.

You can visit Parker's blog here for more needlefelting goodness.

I am sure I will use both of these books soon! Thank you Harper Design for the package!