New Craft Books To Buy & Preorder

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Here’s a round up of some new cute and fun craft books to keep you busy over the summer – some are are out now and others are available to pre-order. I’ve included Amazon links below but you can get the ISBN there and order through other sites, like The Book Depository (free worldwide shipping) or Bookshop (UK / US)  which supports independent bookshops near you.

craft books - kawaii crochet garden

Kawaii Crochet Garden (UK/US) is the latest book in the series by Melissa Bradley and promises 40 super cute amigurumi patterns. There really is everything you need for a kawaii garden with flowers, potted plants, cacti, gardening tools and even some bugs! Out now.

craft books - bird crochet patterns

Mini Amigurumi Birds by Sarah Abbondio (UK/US) would make a great companion book to add some tiny little birds. It has 25 crochet patterns for everything from owls and robins to puffins and peacocks. Pre-order now – published 30th June/5th July.

craft books - crochet dolls

My Pretty Brown Doll by Yolonda Jordan (UK/US) is the first pattern book for making African American crochet dolls that can be customised in many ways so everyone can have a doll that looks like them. It has different options for skin tones, hairstyles and eyes, plus loads of outfit ideas from everyday and careers to mermaids. Out now.

craft books - baby cross stitch patterns

We’re all big fans of Mollie Johanson (Wild Olive) and she has a new book out soon called Cross Stitch Celebrations: Bundle of Joy! (UK/US). It’s full of adorable patterns for baby-themed gifts and birth announcements, plus lots of individual animals and borders that you could use for other projects. Pre-order now – published 5th July.

craft books - cross stitch patterns

Or maybe you’re more suited to Cross Stitch Or Die Tryin’ by Kate Blandford (UK/US)? This includes 30 super cool patterns for hip hop lovers with some really fun alphabets and motifs. Pre-order now – published 22nd September/15th October.

craft books - punch needle patterns

Simply Stitched With Punch Needle by Yumiko Higuchi (UK/US) looks like a very cute book for punch needle or embroidery fans who want to try something new. There’s 11 patterns for food and nature-themed designs that are smaller than usual and use embroidery floss rather than yarn. Turn them into brooches, pouches, coasters, samplers, pillows, and hoop art. Out now.

craft books - travel journaling

With the world opening up, we’re all dreaming of travel again and The Art of the Travel Journal by Abby Sy (UK/US) is sure to have you looking up flights. It includes techniques, tips and inspiration to help you create a one-of-a-kind travel journal using drawing, painting, lettering, ephemera, and more. Pre-order now – published 9th August.

how to draw books

If you’re new to art and still finding your style, the Sketching From the Imagination book series (UK/US) can be really helpful. Each book has a theme but is full of art by many different artists so you can see all the different ways you can draw the same things. It’s a great way to discover what you like, and you can use them for reference when practicing. The newest book is Magic & Myth but there’s also Anime & Manga, Fantasy, Creatures & Monsters and more.

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2 responses

  1. Suzanne avatar

    I’d never heard of Sketching from the Imagination, that sounds like a great series!

    1. Marceline avatar

      Me neither! My friend made a video flipthrough of one of the books recently and I thought it looked really cool. It’s public if you want to watch: https://www.patreon.com/posts/new-artboook-65650168

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