My favourite craft porn

22:09, Jul 03 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 crafting 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.

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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.

There'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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