Summer Reading List: Creative Books

Looking for your next great creative read? I decided to put together a little summer reading list of creative books for you, so look no further! These are some of my favorite creative reads and they always get me inspired. summer reading list creative books - bibliocraft by jessica pigza

BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects by Jessica Pigza. I've definitely recommended this book before, but I still haven't gotten over it. If you can find this book at your local library, or place an order for it through interlibrary loan, you're in for a treat. Jessica has compiled a collection of gorgeous projects inspired by library resources and books. For instance, did you know that anything published in the United States before 1923 is public domain? This means you can research, copy, tweak, and change to your heart's content - those old embroidery patterns can be given new life and used to embellish a thrifted top, etc.

summer reading list creative books - anne weil

Knitting Without Needles by Anne Weil. The concept here is simple - you will learn to knit without needles. Trust me, you WILL learn, because there's bound to be at least two projects you will want to make. For me, it's the rope rug. Yes. Please.

summer reading list creative books - steal like an artist by austin kleon

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. I first picked up this book at the art museum gift shop I used to work at. It was amazing! I love the format and how everything is laid out, and Austin's tips are so helpful and interesting. Definitely worth borrowing and marking with a million sticky notes.

summer reading list creative books - learn to crochet, love to crochet by anna wilkinson

Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet by Anna Wilkinson. This book was an impulse buy at Barnes & Noble a few months ago, and it did not disappoint! From the gorgeous layout and bright colors of the cover to the variety of creative projects within, Learn to Crochet is a new favorite.

summer reading list creative books - new order by fay wolf

New Order: A De-Cluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) by Fay Wolf. When I first laid eyes on this book at the library, I knew it was a must-read. And it was! This book inspired me to finally create a filing system, throw away receipts from 3 years ago, organize projects, and more. I highly recommend it - you will be marking dozens of pages for certain.

summer reading list creative books

There you have it! Think others will appreciate this mini summer reading list of creative books? Go ahead and pin it, or share it via Facebook/Twitter! And if you have recommendations of your own, leave them in the comments - I am always looking for my next creative read.

Book Review: Makery, Sewing

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Welcome to a mini book review! Today I'm reviewing Makery: Sewing by Kate Smith. Can we just talk about this lovely book for a sec. It is so good! From the beautifully laid out cover to the very last page, I fell in love with this book from the moment I picked it up. There are so many gorgeous ideas inside, I could hardly choose! But choose I did - I recommend the fabric pendants, myself. What a great idea! And I always wondered how to make fabric pendants like this - the technique is both extremely simple and also something I never would have thought of.

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Aren't they cool? You can use any fabric you have, or even bits of cross stitch fabric, or I bet even burlap (embroidered burlap!?) would be cute! (Did I just inspire myself for a future DIY? Yes, I did.) If jewelry isn't your thing, there are also several other amazing patterns for a tool apron, a colorful book cover, a doily cushion, guest towels, and even a handmade tie for your guy.

Definitely highly recommend this book! The instructions are easy to follow, the photographs are beautifully done, and there are even pull-out patterns in the back. Find it at your local library, or buy it here!