Inspiring Paper Flowers | Guest Blog Post by Livia Cetti

Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations

Master crafter Livia Cetti is here to share the story of how she came to create her exquisite paper flowers.

Take is away Livia!


Growing up in the mountains of Santa Barbara, I’ve always been drawn to nature. As a child, I spent a lot of time playing with flowers and I created my first bouquet for the wedding of family friends at 7 years old. I began working for a floral shop in high school and went on to study fine arts at the San Francisco Institute of Art, always working for florists along the way. After graduating, I continued to hone my floral skills in various places and cities.

I knew I didn’t want to have a floral shop of my own – the market is already saturated with so many great florists. I became the senior style editor at Martha Stewart Weddings, and after a career in magazines I fell into freelance floral styling, which I really love because of how detail oriented it is. I made my first paper flower for a client and have been making paper flowers ever since.

I have always been interested in the movement towards handmade objects and had been looking for something I could make in my basement so that I could be close to my children and paper flowers were it.

Charm peony

I think about each flower for a long time before I make it. I’m never trying to copy the flower identically, but instead am trying to capture what I love most about the flower. Overtime the way I make different paper flowers develops and changes. I’m really excited to be able to share the way my paper peonies and roses have evolved in my second book. When I first began making peonies, it was difficult for me to figure out the right system for creating volume in the petals. Eventually I created a method of layering, fanning, and darting, which allowed me to create more realistic looking peonies. The same method has translated into the way that I make paper roses. I’ve loved the way the roses have continued to develop – there’s so much diversity and infinite possibilities, and in the end they always look like a rose.

Eden rose

Livia’s new book; The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations: Playing with Size, Shape, and Color to Create Spectacular Paper Arrangements is out now. Pick-up your copy in all good bookstores and start your own crafting story.



Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk | Labels are for Canned Peaches, Not People.

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk

Labels are for Canned Peaches, Not People.

The following is an expert from Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa.

Labels are sticky. They’re great for organizing your cupboard; but when people put clingy, hard-to-remove labels on themselves, it can prevent creative growth. And sometimes labels have incorrect information! That’s why what’s inside the can matters. Your inner critic may have slapped on any number of labels: “Imposter,” “Just a Mom,” “Cubicle-Dweller,” “Self-Taught Amateur,” “Art School Dropout.” It’s time to get some warm, soapy water and start peeling those limiting labels off, so that we can see what’s actually inside.

Before we talk about the contents of the canned goods, let’s take a closer look at some of the most common labels. These are a handful of the stickiest culprits who, for some misguided reason, think they get to cover the entire surface of the can. Well, I’m sorry, but labels can’t have that kind of real estate. You can be more than one thing at a time! You’re not “just” a mom, a student, an accountant, a retired schoolteacher. You’re so many things— including creative. Let’s take a peek at the fine print:

Inner Critic_pans

“I’m a parent.”
This is big. But wearing this very important label doesn’t mean that you can’t be other things, too. Being a parent can be all-consuming. It can also be—it will also be—exhausting. And when you’re consumed and exhausted, it’s likely that your art practice or even all your creative urges will get pushed to the back burner. It’s difficult to find time and energy for creative pursuits when you have your parental label on, but you will be a happier parent and a better one if you give yourself time and space to be a creative person, too. The key in this situation is speed! You don’t have time for huge creative projects (don’t worry, you will again), so finding quick hits of creativity is what you need. An Instagram a day is a great place to start, because let’s face it, you probably have your phone out to take zillions of photos of those sweet little faces in your life. (There is a list of thirty jump-starter ideas in chapter 8 if you need a little help deciding what to photograph each day.)

Another thing that your artist’s soul will thank you for: one hour a week that is just for you. Not one hour to catch up on errands, or sleep, but one hour to feed your creative needs. Ask your partner to stay with the kids, or get a sitter. Now leave the house! Spend that weekly hour in a place that inspires you creatively: a gallery, a beautiful bookshop, an artsy café, the beach. Bring a notebook and jot down any thoughts that come to mind. As the kids get older, these outings can happen more frequently and last longer. And then, when you emerge from the sleep-deprivation stage, you won’t be starting from scratch— you will have enough of these inspiring hours under your belt that when you do have a bit more time, you’ll be ready with an entire notebook full of starting points.

“I work in a cubicle.”
This just in: You can be a creative person who also works in a cubicle. It’s true. All sorts of people have “non-creative desk jobs” and are insanely creative the minute the clock strikes five. Whether you enjoy your day job or not, making time and space to be creative will bring you joy. You are probably tired at the end of a long day, and the weight of your “I work in a cubicle” label may be dragging you down, but it should not be used as an excuse. It’s as simple as this: If you want to create, make time to create. Schedule it. Use the program you book meetings with to book creative meetings with yourself. Thirty minutes a day, one hour a day, whatever you can fit into that week. Mark Bradley-Shoup, a practicing artist and lecturer at the University of Tennessee, has some really smart advice for his students who are about to graduate. He tells them that, even once they have a full-time job, they also need to treat their studio practice like a job. It’s not frivolous; it’s important. He advises them to block off as many hours each week as can fit into their schedules, and then commit to being in the studio for that amount of time. No excuses. You show up on time for your desk job every day, and you need to show up on time for your creative life, too.

“I live in a tiny town.”
Hey, me too! And also, who cares? Thanks to the Internet, the world has gotten a whole lot smaller. Publishers in New York can find you through your blog, and galleries in Paris can find you through your Instagram feed. I have to be honest: For a long time, I worried that I wouldn’t be taken seriously as an artist or curator unless I lived in a cool loft in Brooklyn. As much as I love New York, that delusional excuse isn’t even close to the truth. Can you imagine if every creative person in the world lived on the same corner of the planet? Different places give different perspectives. No matter where you are, own that perspective, and see it as a strength.

“It’s too late.”
You don’t have to drop everything you’ve been doing for the last however many years, go back to college, write the next great fiction novel or paint a masterpiece for the Louvre by next week. Start by adding thirty minutes of creativity to each day. That may mean one drawing per day, one photo per day, or even plating the perfect meal each evening—whatever it is, make a tiny bit of time for this new creative endeavor. It may lead to an entirely new life that you didn’t even know was waiting for you.

“I’m a fraud.”
No matter what field you’re in, you may feel this way; it doesn’t apply only to the creative world. Any time you push yourself to do something new, something out of your comfort zone, you run the risk of feeling like a fraud or an imposter. What if people do find out that you weren’t trained at the best culinary school in France? You just happen to be really good at making pastry. And this is not just an issue for self-taught people, either. Someone with a BFA in painting might feel like a giant imposter if he/she decided to take up photography, or wedding planning, or even art curating. I was walking around with a giant “Imposter” label on my forehead when I curated my first few shows. I don’t have a PhD in curatorial studies; what if someone found out? They did.

No one cared. I worked hard and loved what I was doing, and, slowly but surely, the imposter label slid right off (maybe it was all the sweat). Ask for help, or fake it till you make it—either way will work. If you love what you’re doing, keep doing it. Eventually you’ll become an expert.

These are a few of the most common labels that we slap on and may have a hard time seeing beyond; but, as you will see, there is so much more to each of us than these one-liners. Acknowledging, and owning, these labels is the first step in transforming them from creativity-halting excuses into a fascinating part of your unique story: You may be a parent from a small town who is also an insanely talented painter, or a self-taught musician who works in a cubicle by day and plays in blues clubs at night. Decide which part of the fine print you’re proud of and which bits are slowing you down. This is a description of you, after all. Make sure that all of your information is included and correct.


Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative by Danielle Krysa | Chronicle Books | Out Now.

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk

Reinventing Ikea | The Train-Track Tree

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Redecorating your little one’s room?

How about creating an interactive train-track tree with this Ikea hack from Reinveting Ikea by Isabelle Bruno and Christine Baillet.

The Train-Track Tree

In this project, wooden train tracks are transformed into a tree to decorate a child’s room. Make sure you don’t run off the rails—lay out your design piece by piece on the floor before mounting it on the wall!

Train-track tree
© Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

From Ikea:

  • Several Lillabo toy train rail sets (we used five)


  • Polyurethane glue or construction adhesive
  • Nonmarring tape
  1. Design the tree by laying out the tracks on the floor.
  2. Glue the first piece to the wall, starting at the bottom (above the baseboard if there is one), and add the others one by one. Tape each piece in place with a nonmarring tape such as Frog Tape while the adhesive dries.
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This project is one of 70 projects from the new DIY bible; Reinventing Ikea. 

Ikea is a destination for everyone who wants to simplify the process of decorating a home. Offering modern, ready-to-assemble furniture, Ikea proves that spaces can be functional and affordable. But sometimes you’re left wanting more: furniture that’s adaptable, creative, and most importantly, in line with your taste. Reinventing Ikea shows you how. The book features 70 customisation projects conceived from popular Ikea products. Authors Isabelle Bruno and Christine Baillet share the best DIY projects for every room in your home—from the bedroom to the kitchen, the living room to the office. Organised by four levels of difficulty (easy, intermediate, advanced and expert), the projects are perfect for anyone interested in quick crafts—like a cake stand—or the more involved—like constructing a kitchen island or a Mondrian-inspired desk. With a complete list of the materials needed and easy to follow step-by-step instructions and photographs, Reinventing Ikea is the essential guide to personalising your home with Ikea furniture.

Available now.

Reinventing Ikea


The Raven

Once upon a midnight dreary,

while I pondered weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

While I nodded, nearly napping,

suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping,

rapping at my chamber door . . .


Paper engineer, David Pelham, has re-imagined Edgar Alan Poe‘s haunting poem; The Raven, through incredible paper craft; he is here today to share the process and inspiration for creating this awe inspiring book.


In the grey drab days of the late 1930s my earliest memory took shape from within the confines of an iron-framed, high-sided hospital bed. Three years old and recovering from an emergency operation, I was visited by a very kind but rather gaunt giant of an uncle in a dark overcoat. I can still see him looming above me as he reached deep into his pocket, slowly withdrawing the most wonderful, the most dazzling and exciting toy I had ever seen: a toy that awoke in me a visual sense that has influenced and enhanced my life ever since.

It was a magical clockwork butterfly, its shiny tin wings printed in rainbow colours. To me it was the toy-most toy imaginable, joyful and strange, with wings flapping, colours blurring and merging to make more colours. This thrilling piece of clockwork poetry delighted me as it flitted noisily about upon my bed-tray, while outside the dark clouds of war were gathering ominously.

Today, over seventy years later, I still vividly recall my infant joy at the sight of my wonderful tin butterfly, and I believe that something of its bright colours and the visual excitement it gave me during those dark days have stayed with me, and have had a strong influence on my novelty books for the young.

I have had a lifelong passion for kites; their design, construction, performance, and, of course, their bright colours. In the mid 1970s while art director of Penguin Books I wrote The Penguin Book of Kites which is still in print today. This book later led on to a further large-format volume called Kites to Make and Fly, published in 1981 by Pan Books. When detached, the pages could be cut, folded and glued to create ten kites.

During the process of designing these paper kites I became captivated by the creative potential offered by the simple, low-tech immediacy of constructing three-dimensional sculptural forms out of nothing more than folded paper and glue. After an intensive period of self-instruction and exciting experimentation I found that my hitherto flat creative efforts were almost magically lifting off the page as pop-up entities into a dramatic extra dimension. This discovery had set me free, and my love-affair with pop-up books and paper engineering began.

The Raven Book Cover

The idea of treating Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven in pop-up form was first suggested to me in 2013 by my wife, Jacqui Graham. Jacqui works closely with Clive James and would regularly check James’s sales on the Amazon bestseller list and elsewhere. While doing so she was struck by how often The Raven topped the poetry charts both in the UK and the US. After some further checking she was also struck by the number of distinguished translations of the poem that exist.

The Raven: A Pop-up Book

As she knew that my interest in the works of Edgar Allen Poe goes back to my schooldays, and that I had previously considered other Gothic ideas, she suggested that The Raven might make an interesting proposition. As usual she was right, and I spent the next six months or so pondering on the notion, assessing how best to distribute the eighteen wonderful stanzas of the poem through the seven spreads of the book in such a way as to maximise the drama, impact and dimensional potential of each spread while completely respecting and staying true to the text.

So vivid is the imagery of the text it was not long before I had the book planned and, while the paper engineering had its challenges, the structure of each individual tableau began to slowly emerge from the seven spreads of the book.

The Raven

Pop-up books vary widely in complexity, and the degree of complexity obviously very largely governs the cost to the publisher, The Raven is a complex book with some very challenging assemblies and, while designing the book wasn’t easy, the real work starts when the printer is sent a blank dummy of the proposal. This assembled blank is accompanied by a make-up sheet showing all the die-cut shapes arranged jig-saw style. The pieces are grouped along with the concertina pages into which the pieces will eventually be fitted.

These sheets are generally referred to as ‘nesting sheets’, and if the complex die-cut pieces exceed the available area on the sheet then it’s back to the drawing board for modifications. This takes time of course, so the designer is then caught between – not so much as a rock and a hard place – but more between a budget and a schedule.

On receiving the designer’s blank dummy and the nesting sheet, the printer then cuts and assembles a number of copies of the blank, carefully timing the assembly process in order to help establish an overall manufacturing cost.

Several of these dummies are then sent to the publisher and the designer for approval. Much later they will send out printed proof sheets for the approval of the designer and the illustrator.

The Raven: A Pop-up Book

From the outset of The Raven project I had hoped to persuade the artist and engraver Christopher Wormell to illustrate the book. I had admired his work for many years yet had neither met nor worked with him. Prior to our first meeting – in order to convey something of the illustrative technique I wanted – I prepared a further dummy by montaging each spread with blowups of Victorian engravings to suggest the mood I had in mind. To my delight Christopher was very enthusiastic, and I knew at that moment that this book was no longer ‘my’ book but ‘our’ book, and that with Christopher on board it could become very special.

Communicating mainly by email I would send Christopher the refined die-cut shapes showing my rough drawings, along with reference material and so forth, and by return I would receive his preliminary sketches. These were magnificent, strong and assured drawings of such confidence and brilliance that they constantly brought to mind my complete dismay that drawing, the rudimentary skill of visual creativity, is – to our shame – no longer taught in our art schools.

The Raven_Internal

Drawing is the discipline that lies at the very root of creative endeavour, as important to artists, designers, architects, engineers and scientists as is the written word. Similarly in music the understanding, appreciation and practice of scales and chords must form the rudiments of any real musician’s craft, so the ability to draw is essential to any real artist or designer.

The study of drawing not only concerns itself with making marks, it also develops scrutiny and perception, sharpening our ability to look rather than to simply see. It is an essential skill; a means of enhancing our perception of the physical world around us; a skill that helps us not only to observe, but also to convey, develop and present our creative concepts.

Although Christopher had never previously tackled the demands of a pop-up book he took to the task quickly and positively, constantly providing work that far surpassed that which was expected from the brief.

The Raven_Internal

Some months later I was holding an assembled pass-proof, apprehensively turning each page, carefully scrutinising each little tableau in turn, checking that every one of my detailed adjustments had been carried out by the printer, the die makers and the assembly teams. All was in order. I was holding the result of three years of intensive work in my hands and it felt good.

The Raven: A Pop-up Book is out now. Find out more and buy your copy on our website.


A&CB Book Club | February 2016

Love Haikubes

Hi wonderful book lovers,

Happy February, a month full of LOVE, pancakes and pancake love! Did you find inspiration for our January Reading Challenge? 52 Small Changes for the Mind has us feeling rejuvenated and inspired and ready to start our February Reading Challenge. This February we are challenging you to read a memoir.

Our suggestion? Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World By Clara Parkes.



Over the last decade, Clara Parkes has clocked so many travel miles that she’s essentially taken off from or landed in a new city every two weeks. In Knitlandia, she takes readers along on 17 of her most memorable voyages, big and small, from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris’s 13th arrondissement, from a noisy spinning mill in Taos to a fledgling festival in Edinburgh. With her usual mix of eloquence and humour, Parkes weaves a masterful narrative that is both personal and universal, touching on the heart of what it means to be a knitter.

Part travelogue, part knitting companion and something totally new for us!


Let’s celebrate the #joyofreading! Let us know what you pick to read using #ACBookClub.

Plus, come find us on Twitter to enter our A&C Book Club GIVEAWAY*! This month we are giving away a copy of Knitlandia!



*T&C Apply.

Offer limited to residents of Europe. Competition closes 12pm Friday 26th February. Giveaway limited to one copy of Knitlandia. Limited one entry per person. Not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, postage due, or misdirected requests.

Spread the Crafty-Love this Valentines Day

Don’t give generic cards to the people you Love (with a capital L) this Valentines Day. Give them something personal, with a little help from Sally J Shim’s Be Mine: 25 Paper Projects to Share the Love!

How about a Peek-a-boo heart card?


Say “peek-a-boo!” The photograph hidden under the heart on this card is a fun surprise for the recipient. Photo booth strip pictures are the perfect size, but you can use any small photo that will send a heartfelt message.


1 piece of coloured cardstock, 2½ by 4¼ in/6 by 10.5 cm

1 photograph, 2 by 2 in/5 by 5 cm

1 piece of gray cardstock, 4¼ by 5½ in/10.5 by 14 cm


Pencil with eraser


Self-healing cutting mat

X-ACTO knife

Bone folder

Glue stick


  1. Using the pencil and ruler, draw a heart that is 2 by 1¾ in/5 by 4.5 cm in the center of the col­ored cardstock.
  2. Place the colored cardstock on the self-healing cutting mat and, using the X-ACTO knife, cut around the edge of the entire left half of the heart. Erase any visible pencil marks.

Remember, showing love is not just for Valentines Day! Send unique, hand-crafted messages of affection ALL year round with this adorable little book on your shelf!

be mine


Text copyright © 2015 by Sally J Shim
Photographs © 2015 by Chronicle Books LLC

The Making of One Bear Extraordinaire.

Author and artist Jayme McGowan is here to talk about how she made her beautiful picture book; One Bear Extraordinaire.

One Bear Extraodinaire

One Bear Extraordinaire is the story of Bear, a rambling one-man band, who wakes up one morning with a song in his head, but as he tries to play it, discovers that something is missing.

He packs up his camp, stuffs all of his instruments into his backpack and sets off in search of the mysterious missing thing. He meets other musicians along the way and comes to learn that every song sounds sweeter with friends by his side.

The seed of the story sprouted from an image I had drawn of a bear with a backpack over-stuffed with musical instruments. I developed the text of the story from there and the rest of the images followed.

One Bear Sketch

I created the art using a process called “three-dimensional” illustration: I begin with a rough graphite sketch. Then, using colored pencils, I fill in the sketch – trying out different combinations of color to find the right palette. Once I’ve settled on a palette, I pull colored paper from my ever-growing collection of new and repurposed paper. I also hand painted many of the paper elements using watercolors.


I use graphite transfer paper to move the sketch outline onto the colored paper and then add details with ink and colored pencil. I cut out each piece of paper by hand and carefully assemble the pieces using tweezers and glue in order to build my characters, layer by layer. I then stage miniature scenes in a paper theater, using wire and clothespins to hold everything in place. When the scene is complete, I take dozens of photographs with a variety of camera settings, lenses, and light.


Fox Rabbit Raccoon


and Volià! One Bear and his friends come to life!


Fantastic Cities

Fantastic Cities Artwork
Steve McDonald is an artist and lifelong traveller who has lived in cities and countries all over the world. His large-format, photo-based, detailed drawings of cities are collected in the new adult colouring book Fantastic Cities, out TODAY!

I’ve always loved drawing buildings. When I was young, I even had aspirations of becoming an architect, but ended up as an illustrator instead. When creating a piece of art, the most appealing part for me has always been the line-work. Even when I’m working on a painting, the part I enjoy most is always the initial drawing. I really love lines, and I think that shows in the work.

Fantastic Cities

I have my daughters to thank for how Fantastic Cities came together as a colouring book. After creating artwork focusing on individual and small groups of buildings, I started to veer toward larger groups and then aerial views of cities. My daughters saw this work and told me that they thought it would be fun to colour in the lines themselves (whereas I might normally keep going past the line-work stage to colour it myself).

Steve Drawing

I realised that it might be a perfect vehicle to share my work more widely, with people who might not otherwise see my paintings, for instance. I also really like that people everywhere could become a part of the creative process. That’s very exciting and fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing how people might choose to colour the images in.

In my city drawings I always try to accentuate the characteristics that make a city unique. For example, the organised chaos of a favela in Brazil, the towering majesty of a skyscraper in New York, or the historic façades of Parisian row houses. I try to capture something that illustrates something unique about that place.


I love to draw on-site with pencils or ink and I always try to take a lot of photographs. (For sites I haven’t visited, I’ve been fortunate to work from the material of many noted photographers.) I take these back with me to my studio, and it’s there that I really create the compositions using a range of analog and digital means, including ink on paper, stylus work on a tablet, and wall projection. The size of the original work really depends on the composition and detail of the image. Sometimes they are quite large. 24 inches square is the smallest I work while sometimes they are as big as 6 feet square ! Even if I’m drawing with the tablet I like to do the drawings bigger than I need to. This allows me to really get into some of the detail required on some of them.

City Drawing

I know that lots of people find colouring to be meditative and relaxing. What do I do when I want to unwind? I draw! I also love nature and travelling. By that, I mean living in nature and travelling to cities. I’ve been a lifelong traveller ever since my family moved to the Middle East in 1979. I’ve lived in Saudi Arabia, Italy, India and Indonesia, visited dozens of countries and spent the better part of twenty years travelling and painting my native Canada coast to coast by bus, car, helicopter, canoe, by ship and on foot. My wife and kids and I just spent two years in Bali, where my daughter and I learned how to surf, and we really enjoy it.

Among my favourite illustrations for the book are the Rocinha Favela in Rio (there’s an organised craziness to it that is immensely appealing to me), the Amsterdam street corner, because I love drawing that city, and the super-dense San Francisco drawing from above, which was kind of nuts and definitely the biggest challenge in the book. I can’t wait to see how they get coloured in.

Loose yourself in Steve’s incredible colouring book, order your copy today!

Fantastic Cities by Steve McDonald | £10.99 | Chronicle Books

Blog post originally featured on Chronicle Books Blog July 17, 2015

#FiveYearsOfBooks | Top Five Craft Books


With books for every type of craft imaginable we had a hard time whittling down our list to our Top Five. But with books from Kaffe Fassett to Lena Corwin we think we managed it!

Baby Wrapping for Beginners
Andrea Cornell Sarvady, photographs by Bill Milne, foreword by Fern Drillings
Chronicle Books

From Kids to Craft. (To crafting with kids!)

Baby-Gami is a gem of a book from Chronicle that has helped parents cocoon their little ones into swaddles and slings for years!

Origami meets the age-old art of swaddling in Baby-Gami and no longer does baby wrapping have to be an intimidating undertaking. Easy-to-follow instructions illustrated with step-by-step diagrams and unbearably cute photographs make it a cinch to execute flawless wraps.

Famous Frocks
Famous Frocks
Patterns and Instructions for 20 Fabulous Iconic Dresses
Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt
Chronicle Books

Famous Frocks provides everything fashionistas need to re-create favorite iconic dresses by hand – from Audrey’s little black dress, to Marilyn’s summery white halter, Farrah’s sexy wrap dress, Stevie Nicks’ fringed frock, and even Madonna’s sexy ‘Like a Prayer’ number!

With it’s full-size patterns and how-to illustrations it is no wonder this inspiring book for crafters of all levels is part of our Top 5 Craft books!

Printing by Hand
Printing By Hand
A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens
Lena Corwin

In this classic Abrams craft title craft guru Lena Corwin teaches us how to create our very own hand-printed fabrics. Using step-by-step instructions and up-close photos, Corwin teaches crafters everything they need to know to master stamping, stenciling, and screen printing, from making their own printing devices to trouble-shooting when plans go awry. Her inimitable collection of projects ranges from stamped stationery and simple-to-sew pouches, to stenciled tote bags and furniture, to screen-printed bed linens and upholstery fabric.

Paints at the ready!

Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts
Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts
23 Original Quilt Designs
Kaffe Fassett

A name synonymous with craft, our Top 5 Craft books list would not be complete without a title from Kaffe Fassett.

In Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts, Kaffe demonstrates how basic geometric forms – squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, circles and quarter circles – found in natural and man-made environments inspire his quilt designs.

With 23 magnificent designs to create this books is a quilters dream!

Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing
Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing
A Modern Guide to Couture-style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques
Gretchen Hirsch

An extension of her hit blog, Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing this book is a hardworking reference book, packed with techniques our great-grandmothers could have done in their sleep but have been forgotten over the decades, all shown in step by step photographed and illustrated tutorials.

This book is a must have for serious seemstresses Gertie gives us 14 customisable wardrobe essentials inspired by Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing, many shown in several different variations, for a total of 25 projects.

Three cheers for Gertie, the last of our Top 5 Craft books!

Did you favourite craft books make the cut? No? Tell us which books you love!