Thursday, May 6, 2010

Preferred Reading

I have a bit of an addiction to crafting books, I admit it. It is the same reason that I love to look at beautiful blogs. How-to books are just like my favorite blogs in that there is so much inspiration on each page. The difference is that I can hold them in my hands. I can comfortably read them in bed. I can take them to the beach.

Crafting books have taught me something that is invaluable, they taught me how to sew. Of course, my mother taught me sewing basics. She showed me how to stitch a straight line. I made some pretty good pillows after her instructions, thanks mom! But craft books have taught me the rest. I learned how to gather and how to do patchwork. I learned how to print and how to paint on fabric.

It is no wonder I am addicted to collecting them. The wonderful women who have written the books have become my teachers; the kind of teachers that you grow to love and admire. The ones that you want to "become". Craft books saved me in a sense. I know that sounds dramatic...but if feels that way at times. Do you ever feel the same way about something? What are your favorite crafting books?


Elizabeth said...

Hi Kristen. I'm new to your blog (found it via Crumpets Scrumpets) and I really into your sewing asthetic! I am also an avid hunter of fabrics. I have such a collection and I too find SO much inspiration from craft books! I actually have that book Quilts too and made my first quilt using on of her patterns :) Have a great weekend.

Becky Farley said...

I really love craft/sewing books! Anna Marie Horner is probably my favorite, not only are her fabrics incredible, I just love her and her family - they seem so fun and in love!

Concha said...

Kristen, I understand you completely!

My mother taught me how to use a sewing machine but the rest I learnt from craft books and the internet.

As for my favoutite craft books... I love QUilts by Denyse Schmidt, Bend-the-rules Sewing by Amy Karol, the ones by Amy Butler... and many more! :)

Concha said...

I mean Kristin! You'll have to forgive me...! :)

Michelle said...

I'm the same - I have a ridiculous amount of craft books but I love them all. My mum keeps telling me to have a sort through and get rid of them but I can't even get rid of the ones I don't like!

Kristin Ann said...

I love Amy Bulter and Denyse Schmidt, too, Concha!

Michelle, don't ever get rid of your books! They are a treasure!