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Enter giveaway for chance to win copy of 'Cozy Knits'

It’s that time of year when you probably want to knit warm accessories, and “Cozy Knits, 50 Fast & Easy Projects From Top Designers” (Interweave/18.95) offers a unique collection of simple patterns to make it all so ‘easy.’ The book’s author, Tanis Gray, former yarn editor for “Vogue Knitting,”  has included a range of patterns for shawls, … Continue Reading →

Make '60 Quick Luxury Knits' with Cascade Yarns

If your knitting skills are at the intermediate or advanced level and you enjoy making and wearing high-end knitted items, then “60 Quick Luxury Knits (Sixth & Spring Books/$17.95) has “easy, elegant, projects” that’ll make you the envy of fellow knitters this fall and winter. The featured patterns are designed with “The Venezia Collection from Cascade … Continue Reading →

Create 'Fabric Blooms' with book by Megan Hunt

Looking for a way to liven up last year’s spring and summer wardrobe, or want to add more color to your home decor? If so, “Fabric Blooms, 42 Flowers to Make, Wear & Adorn Your Life” (Lark/$17.95) can help you do just that while having lots of fun adding your own sense of creativity. Author Megan Hunt, … Continue Reading →

Please help me find the top of my desk!

Hmmm…, just wondering if I can get a bit of help clearing some of these craft books off my desk? If interested, just email me at jbrown@detroitnews.com, and let me know what crafts you’re interested in, like spinning, sewing small items, beading, quilting, weaving, knotting, pom poms, metal jewelry making, sewing for the home or dressmaking. I … Continue Reading →

Enter giveway for chance to win copy of 'Crochet Red'

The title of the book is “Crochet Red, Crocheting for Women’s Heart Health,” but you’ll, undoubtedly, be inspired to make many of the garments and accessories featured in other colors, as well. With forewords by Deborah Norville and Vanna White, this “is the third book published as part of the Stitch Red campaign, created by Jimmy Beans … Continue Reading →

Enter giveaway to win copy of 'The Art of Seamless Knitting'

If you’re an experienced knitter who doesn’t mind following charts, then “The Art of Seamless Knitting” (Interweave/$26.95) by Simona Merchant-Dest and Faina Goberstein will keep you in stitches making a wide range of textured knitwear. Projects featured in the book include cardigans, socks, handwarmers, tunics, cropped sweaters, jackets, hats and more. For a chance to win … Continue Reading →

Longtime crafter has supplies to give away

Kathryn of Birmingham just called to say she has tons of various craft supplies to give away to individuals or groups. A crafter for “over 50 years,” Kathyrn says her stash includes fabric, wreath forms, yarn, knitting needles and LOTS more. She feels it’s all too nice to toss in the trash, and that there has to be … Continue Reading →

Need help cleaning off desk, again!

O.K., once again, I’m in the process of cleaning off my desk. If you happen to be a crafter who’s interested in pottery, Tunisian crochet, metal jewelry-making, chain maille, spinning, bead crochet, cross-stitch or tie-dye — well, I may have a book for you! Just email me at jbrown@detroitnews.com and tell me which book(s) you’re interested in … Continue Reading →

Make 'Flip Dolls & Other Toys'

There’s lots of fun to be had with all the wonderful ideas and patterns found in “Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go” (Lark/$19.95) by designer Laura Wilson. What better way to use your scrap fabric than to make something exciting for a small child? Wilson takes you on an … Continue Reading →