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Curbly Gift Guide: Best Crafty Gifts for Fabric and Yarn Junkies

Curbly Gift Guide: Best Crafty Gifts for Fabric and Yarn Junkies

Crafts. There are SO many to choose from, it would be virtually IMPOSSIBLE to put together a gift guide to cover them all. So, for the sake of space (and my sanity), we've pared 'crafts' down to the big three: Knitting, crocheting and sewing. 

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Now, gift cards for yarn shops, craft stores and fabric boutiques make great gifts for knitters, crocheters and seamsters, but for something a bit more personal, check out these ideas we've amassed for the fiber junkies on your Christmas list.  

Going in alphabetical order, we'll start with the crocheters. This first one is a personal favorite and indispensable guide for ANY crocheter, experienced or beginner. The Crochet Answer Book ($9) is always beside me when I start a new crochet project.

Storey Publishing: The Crochet Answer Book

Staying in the library, here's another book I happen to own and highly recommend: The Crochet Stitch Bible ($20). It'll take that crocheter to the next level. (Beautiful book, spiral-bound.)

The Crochet Stitch Bible

A couple of new titles that came out this year that I wouldn't mind owning include Around the Corner: Crochet Borders ($12) and Crochet Master Class ($16).

Any avid crocheter would LOVE Interweave's new 2011 Crochet Calender, which features one motif (and its pattern) for each month of the year ($8).

Whether your crocheter has joint issues or not, these aluminum hooks with bamboo handles from Susan Bates are the cat's meow ($3 each). The difference between these and the old, all-aluminum kind is striking. 

Crocheters--like knitters--like to have a lot of supplies within reach when working on a project. This ArtBin Floor Caddy ($30) keeps tools organized and at your fingertips and it's totally tote-able.

 

Now for the knitters. The Knitting Answer Book ($10)  is another title I own and, like its crochet counterpart, it is INDISPENSABLE. 

Debbie Stoller came out with another Stitch 'n Bitch this year, entitled Superstar Knitting ($12). It picks up in 'technique difficulty' where her earlier works left off.

 

Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond the Basics

I had a chance to peruse the new Vampire Knits ($13) and it is gorgeous. The patterns have a gothic/romantic quality about them that--like Edward--are irresistible. 

Other new knitting titles that came out this year that I'd like to add to my knitting library include Modern Top Down Knitting ($18), Warm Knits, Cool Gifts ($16), Brave New Knits ($16), and More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts ($18).

Vogue's Vogue Knitting Stitch-a-Day Calendar ($13) will certainly enrich a knitter's repertoire. 

Vogue Knitting Stitch-a-Day: 2011 Day-to-Day Calendar

The Knit Kit ($22) is the Swiss Army Knife for knitters, and I want one BAD.

The Knit Kit

For a break from knitting, this Knitter's Delight ($18)  jigsaw puzzle is just the thing. (Check out the one with a 'sewing' theme.)

Knitter's Delight

And on to those that sew. Martha came out with an Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts ($19) this year that'll make any fiber nut squeal with delight.

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z

Also new to bookstores this year is the very handy 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips ($14). 

If your seamstress sews for kids, then Sewing Clothes Kids Love ($16) is a must-buy. 

For those who like to get their applique on, Sew Liberated ($16) is so perfect.

How about a bit of motivation ($16)? (PosterPop has one for quilters and knitters too!)

Personalized Keep Calm and SEW ON Print 11x14 (Ebony featured)

Light! Let there be! And for me, it's my OttLite. I have a desk lamp style in my craft room, but their Craft Plus Floor Lamp would be a welcomed addition to any sewing room. The quality of the illumination of OttLites is unparalleled, as they throw a bright, white, natural light that's cool and doesn't glare or distort color. It reduces eye strain too. I highly recommend them. Prices start around $36 and go up to $210, like for this floor lamp. HOWEVER, they're often on sale at Michael's and JoAnn's, and if they aren't, you can use their handy coupons! 

 

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DesigningMom on Dec 03, 2010:

More info, it's called Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. Pictures galore. If you can get your hands on one, go for it. It's a wealth of information. There's more than one version, but the one linked is the year I have.


DesigningMom on Dec 03, 2010:

Oh I think I need the 1,000 Clever Sewing... whatever book. I know many tricks taught to me by my Mom and her sisters that worked in garment factories ages ago, but one can never know enough. Especially when one has decided to sew for a living. Thanks Maven. 


Oh and Readers Digest used to have a fabulous Needle Art book that might still be available. I have my Mom's.


DIY Maven on Dec 03, 2010:

Hey EJ! Glad you're back!! 


I do love my craft books! And those new knitting titles are fab. I must admit, I had already judged the Vampire book before I picked it up, thinking it would be a little over the top. The projects are beautiful. Although there is a 'bloody' scarf that is a little out there. :)


elseajane on Dec 03, 2010:

OMG! (Yes, I'm back, last wed. wonderful trip and all). Any why...This is fabulous adding all these great books of stuff to buy and give. My group of friends hold a weekly stich 'n bitch at the shows we're at, and I use my stich bibles "religiously". I am so glad to be back home...


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