My favourite craft porn

Last updated 10:09 04/07/2012

My bookcase groans under the weight of books - by and large my books, seeing as my husband reads at the pace of a snail and I can chew through one in an afternoon. But recently we shelled out for a new one, partly because my collection of crafty magazines and books was getting, shall we say, a little out of hand. I am now the owner of a bumper collection of books on any number of things but there are some which just set my heart aflutter whenever I pull them out. I have been known to get tetchy when someone paws them without due respect.

But anyways, I thought I might share some of my favourites with you in the hope that you will do the same. These books are at the centre of my craft porn collection and I have been known to thumb through their pages at inappropriate times (not that kind of inappropriate time!). So, here they are though not in any order of preference...

1. Kirstie Allsop Craft

What I like most about this book is that it's the bookscrafting equivalent of a degustation dinner - you get lots of bits of delicious things. It's perfect for someone like me who is Jill of all trades, mistress of none. You really do get an insight into loads of different projects from glass blowing, jewellery making (see my effort), needle felting and more.

2. Cath Kidston in Print

Given to me secondhand by a male colleague who had been sent it to review, this book now takes pride of place on my bookshelf. There's something about it that just floats my boat aesthetically. There's very little by way of words to read but plenty of visual stimulation and it gives great ideas on how to make creative use of colour and pattern in your home.  It's a joy.

3. The Crafty Minx, Kelly Doust

For me, this is a great guide to reusing, upcycling and generally taking another look at things. Doust made me view the mundane as less so. Why should a blanket be just a blanket when it can be a thing of beauty too? For crafty types, this book is The Great Time Waster and is guilty of keeping me from actually doing projects as I get caught up in the loveliness of the pages within. Bliss in a book.

4. The Handmade Marketplace, Kari Chapin

For anyone who has ever considered a foray into online retail, it's a good and inexpensive little book to help you get started. It covers the basics of marketing, branding and online networking plus has case studies of others who have tried and succeeded.

5. My First Craft Book, (author unspecified but published by Cico Kidz)

Don't laugh. I have used this book extensively both for finding ideas of projects to undertake with the offspring on a rainy day but also as a guide on how to do simple tasks which come in useful in more complicated projects. Okay, I'm blushing as I write but, hey, it has helped me learn a trick or two.

bookpileThere's another tome I seek and it's an oldie but a goodie. I am after an elusive Reader's Digest sewing guide published sometime in the 1970s if anyone knows where I can find one? I thumbed through a friend's copy with envy. I'd love to hear what other peeps refer to or have read that have helped them in some way? Actually, the help element is almost superfluous. I'm just after more craft porn. Suggestions, people, suggestions!

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LW   #1   10:30 am Jul 04 2012

As it happens I too love to buy craft books! Always with the best intention of actually making an item within the book. Sadly, a great number of those books end up being thumbed through and nary an item made - maybe once I retire.

I too have an oldie but goodie! :) When I was very young, I would borrow a book on making dollhouses from the library. Many years later it was up for sale in the cancelled book sale. I bought it. :)

Even though I don't have time (nor the spare cash) to make crafts at the moment, it still gives me a great deal of pleasure to flick through the pages and imagine one day I will make them.

Anna   #2   11:06 am Jul 04 2012

I love books! I have sooooo many knitting books (patterns and books!) when my Mum passed away I inherited hers as well! also have lots of craft and recipe books but will also I go to the local library and spend hours deciding which craft books to take home and then spend hours going through them and usually never make anything out of them but they give me some great ideas! I loved Kirstie Allsop's craft programs on the living channel, she also did a craft series for making everything to do with Christmas. I have also been known to troll through second hand shops and school fairs looking for more books!!

MJ   #3   12:54 pm Jul 04 2012

I would have lots of knitting pattern books... But they are too expensive! So I borrow books from the library and photocopy the patterns I want.

Thus, I have a very fat ringbinder!

Elle   #4   01:06 pm Jul 04 2012

I drift longingly through the craft section of my library... have had The Crafty Minx and another of Kirsty Allsop's books, am always on the lookout for anything new that includes crochet

me   #5   05:02 pm Jul 04 2012

If you trade me search for "sewing books , readers digest" you should be able to find the sewing and knitting one AND the complete sewing one .. yes I have both *blush*

Colleen   #6   06:25 pm Jul 04 2012

elle, would the other Kirstie Allsop book be Kirstie's Homemade Home? I have that too *blush. Craft books are about the only kind of books I actually buy these days. For readers I head straight to the library or download them. I have zero interest in downloading ebooks for craft titles I like, half the fun is thumbing the pages.

And LW, I have earmarked about 40 projects in ONE book which will never see the light of day but I don't feel an iota of guilt. The way I look at it, I could be putting money in a slot machine or buying ciggies or something else bad for me. Puts the odd $30 for a book in perspective for me. And I'm positive that the amount of pleasure they give me is good for my health. So in that respect I guess I could (at a stretch) consider it an investment?

Sarah   #7   10:47 pm Jul 04 2012

Try finding a bookarama in your area - I see the readers digest complete guide to sewing nearly every time I go to one, and have picked up a mint condition of that + the complete guide to needlework at them for less than $3 each.

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