The Best Craft Books Around

Adorn: 25 Stylish Fashion DIY Projects’ by Kit Lee and Shini Park (Hardback) – Written by fashion bloggers Kit Lee ( and Shini Park (, both renowned for their über cool and quirky blogs, ‘Adorn’ has a mixture of twenty five ‘stylish fashion DIY projects’ (as it states on the front cover) from up-cycling an old denim shirt with a few studs on the collar (or wherever you fancy, really) to redesigning a dress that has only seen the light of day once. There is pretty much something for every fashion DIY scenario in here.


Source: Park & Cube

Now, I am never one to judge a book its cover but ‘Adorn’ is truly a gorgeous book with an eye catching design that is fresh and fun. Inside there are tips and tricks from Kit and Shini including must-have materials and tools for the fashion projects. The instructions are clearly laid out with gorgeous photographs to accompany each DIY project.

‘Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking’ by Tilly Walnes (Hardback) – This book is great for all those who are, let’s say, ‘afraid’ of sewing.  With jargon-free instructions simply laid out, there are hundreds of great tips for beginners in sewing including how to setup your sewing machine, which can be hard work the first time round and when you’re just getting the hang of it.  ‘Love at first stitch’ is overflowing with projects including a head scarf, and even a handy pair of pajamas (all very simple, I can assure you).

Love At First

Source:  Made Peachy

The book is laid out in chapters, with lots and lots of detail going into each garment or accessory, with what fabric you should choose, laying out the pattern pieces (these all come with the book) onto the fabric, as well as stitching the garment together (again, very detailed and accompanied with images throughout).  ‘Love at First Stitch’ is written by DIY and sewing enthusiast and previous contender of the BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee, Tilly Walnes (, who states that this book “offers a refreshing approach to dressmaking for modern makers”.


Source:  Tricksy Knitter

‘Ultimate Knitting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques’ by Sharon Brant (Hardback) – For those of you wanting to learn the art of knitting, well this is the book for you.  The author, Sharon Brant, shows you many variations of yarn and needles you can work with.  Included also within the contents is knitting basics (with hand-drawn illustrations helping you along the process), as well as a helpful glossary and conversions for those who may be just starting out.

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