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CrafterNews Holiday Gift Guide 2010


Turkey has been devoured, leaves have been raked, winter coats have been resurrected from closets. That can mean only one thing: The holiday season has officially begun! We here at CrafterNews know the holidays can be stressful, so we’ve provided you with some gift ideas for all the crafters on your list. Whether they’re into jewelry, fashion, or indie crafts, we’ve got them covered! Additionally, in the spirit of the holidays, we will be giving away one copy of every book on the gift guide to the CrafterNews reader who leaves us the best comment as to why they or someone they know needs the book. So curl up with some hot chocolate, start a project of your own, and enjoy the season!

For the Yarn Lover:

From cashmere and merino wool to angora and baby alpaca, you simply cannot have enough yarn—your yarn stash is overflowing, and precious skeins hide in every nook of your home. As soon as winter’s chill sets in, you’re ready to beat the cold with your knitting needles or crochet hook and a basket of (yarn) goodies.
For the Yarn Lover

Mastering Color Knitting
Melissa Leapman shows you how to achieve breathtaking colorwork

Vampire Knits
Gorgeous, dreamy knits for crafty vampire fans
Get the Tourniquet Scarf pattern from Vampire Knits on

Knitting Block by Block
Use 150 gorgeous block patterns to create Nicky Epstein’s stunning designs
Get the Snowflake Hat pattern from Knitting Block by Block on

Crochet Lace Innovations
A collection of 20 stylish designs that give classic crochet methods a modern twist

Stocking Stuffers:
Toe-Up Socks in a Box
Fabulous sock patterns for knitters on the go, from Wendy Johnson
View the Bouquet Socks pattern from Toe-Up Socks for Every Body on

Lily Chin’s Knitting Tips & Tricks
Simple solutions to everyday knitting problems

For the Crafty Fashionista

Always on-trend, you covet the latest looks from the runways and your favorite fashion mags. Armed with your sewing machine, a few baubles, and plenty of style, you’re able to create your own of-the-moment ensembles and still afford those new stilettos.
For the Crafty Fashionista

The Party Dress Book
Learn to sew a fabulous frock that can be personalized for every taste and occasion

The Earring Style Book
Make the designer earrings the celebs pay big bucks for
View the Betty Earring pattern from The Earring Style Book on

Built by Wendy Dresses
Wendy Mullin shows you how truly simple making dresses can be

Fresh Fashion Knits
Knitwear patterns from the fashion-forward Rowan Studio Collection

Stocking Stuffers:
Dylan’s Candy Bar Journal
A sweet way to record your thoughts

Land Your Man
50 flashcards that reveal the secrets behind what his body language really means

For the Indie Crafter

With your inimitable tastes—a little quirky, a little edgy, a bit retro-inspired—you never mind standing out in a crowd. You’ll scour Etsy shops, thrift stores, and, yes, even learn how to do-it-yourself to come up with finds that are entirely, uniquely you.
For the Indie Crafter

Dare to Be Square Quilting
Quilting gets a rock ‘n’ roll style makeover with Boo Davis’s take on traditional patterns
View the Op Art Floor Pillow pattern from Dare to Be Square Quilting on

Knitting Mochimochi
Super-cute knitted toys inspired by Japan’s most popular, quirky characters
View the Baby Gator pattern from Knitting Mochimochi on

Print Workshop
Creative, simple hand-printing techniques for stylish design projects
View the Pin Prick Stationery project from Print Workshop on

The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer
Get in on the latest indie-art trend: handmade paper dolls
View the Holly and Ivan pattern from The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer on

Stocking Stuffers:
The Emergency Gift Book
DIY-on-the-fly novelty gifts every procrastinator can use

Lit Libs
Passages from the classics are revised by YOU in this modern, fun, fill-in-the-blanks mashup

For the Jewelry Maker

An incorrigible magpie, you adore all things sparkly and shiny. But why drop a fortune on the latest bling when you can let your imagination run wild and create your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece? You’ll be party-ready just in time to ring in the new year.
For the Jewelry Maker

The Art of Metal Clay
The source for jewelry makers who want the latest information on the moldable clay that becomes pure metal—with a bonus DVD!
View the Ring Bezel for Stones project from The Art of Metal Clay on

Simply Gemstones
Design and make stunning jewelry using precious and semi-precious stones
View the Three-Strand Tourmaline necklace project from Simply Gemstones on

Chain and Bead Jewelry Geometric Connections
Learn how to create original designs with jump rings, all inspired by geometric shapes

The Beader’s Color Palette
220 palettes for beaders seeking color inspiration for their jewelry designs

Stocking Stuffers:
Adventures in Wonderland Dream Journal
Detail your weird and wonderful nighttime wanderings in a journal inspired by the dreamy world of Alice in Wonderland

Antiquarian Note Card Book
Gorgeous marbelized notecards for every occasion mimic the tradition and look of antique bookbinding

For the Classic Crafter

Timeless, simple, and beautiful—whether it’s sewing, embroidery, or knitting, you invest in quality and time-honored traditional crafts. With patience and practice, you create beautiful heirloom pieces that will be cherished for generations to come.
For the Classic Crafter

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts
Two decades of the best of Martha Stewart Living magazine’s craft projects, from A to Z

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
A comprehensive visual reference guide for every home sewer that includes sewing, appliqué, quilting, dyeing, and printing techniques
View the Heirloom Tomato Pincushion project from Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts on

Embroidery Companion
Stitch patterns and beautiful household and wearable projects featuring decorative, counted cross-stitch and crewelwork embroidery inspired by vintage motifs and folk-art traditions
View the Embroidered Throw Pillow pattern from Embroidery Companion on

Warm Knits, Cool Gifts
Inspiring, family-friendly designs for everyone on your shopping list—along with expert techniques, tips and heartwarming personal stories
View the Hooded Scarf Pattern from Warm Knits, Cool Gifts on

Stocking Stuffer:
Botanical Drawings Note Cards
A gorgeous collection of flower-themed cards for any special occasion

Provencal Labels
Beautiful French Provencal-style labels for crafting and organizing

For more great gift ideas visit Books=Gifts.


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Fran Rickenbach December 21st, 2010

Sorry not to see Crochet So Fine included… the butterfly shawl is awesome!



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