Craft Books

When you’re in the mood to start a DIY project or make something new, craft books can be helpful resources that will save you bunches of wasted time and materials. The following craft books are some of the best and most helpful titles we’re aware of:

Candle Making Books

Candle Making Basics: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started, by Eric Ebeling

If you want to learn how to make candles, including scented candles, container candles, rolled beeswax candles or dipped candles, Candle Making Basics is exactly the book you want to buy. This book features helpful tutorials and step-by-step photos that explain exactly what to do — and what not to do — to get perfect results with candle making.

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Make & Give Home Candle Making

Home Candle Making by Stephanie Rose, published by Leisure Arts
Home Candle Making by Stephanie Rose, published by Leisure Arts

This stylish new craft project book has 2 main focuses. The first is presenting you with step-by-step instructions for making the prettiest candles imaginable. The second: Inspiring you with ideas for presenting these candles as gifts to your loved ones. If you’re interested in candle making because you want to give candles as gifts to your colleagues, friends and family, this book is exactly what you need.

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Books on Soap Making + Other DIY Personal Care Products

Make & Give Home Soap Making

Make & Give Home Apothecary

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion

Crochet Books

I have a real weakness for crochet books. In fact, I’m so enthralled with them that I have an entire website dedicated to the topic of contemporary crochet books — plus another website where I cover the topic of vintage and antique crochet books. I invite you to visit Crochet-Books.com if you are interested in up-to-date crochet books featuring patterns you’d want to make right now; or Antique-Crochet.com if you’re interested in delving into the history of crochet and other needlecrafts. At Antique-Crochet.com, I’ve shared countless photos from vintage craft books and women’s magazines — mostly from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, as those are the patterns I personally enjoy most.

Hand Knitting Books

I maintain an extensive list of my picks for the best hand knitting books at KnittingandCrochet.net. If you enjoy knitting, I hope you’ll check it out.

Loom Knitting Books

Round Loom Knitting in 10 Easy Lessons Book, published by Stackpole Books
Round Loom Knitting in 10 Easy Lessons Book, published by Stackpole Books

I haven’t reviewed an extensive number of loom knitting books, but there is one go-to loom knitting reference I can highly recommend. It is Round Loom Knitting in 10 Easy Lessons, published by Stackpole Books. This book features excellent projects — stylish accessories, home decor items and gift items that you’ll be excited to make. The photography in the book is excellent, and the lessons and projects are truly wonderful. If you want to learn how to loom knit, I think you’ll find this book really helpful.

Quilting Books

Farmhouse-Style Quilting

Farmhouse-Style Quilting
Farmhouse-Style Quilting

Would you enjoy learning how to make a variety of beautiful quilts that would all look right at home in a modern farmhouse? If so, check out Farmhouse Style Quilting, published by Annie’s. This book features delightful quilting patterns for making functional and beautiful bed quilts, quilted placemats, table runners and more. The book features projects ranging from beginner-friendly to intermediate level.

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So there you have it: Those are our top picks for excellent craft books. We can enthusiastically recommend all of these titles.

About Your Book Reviewer: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a studio art minor; and she has also obtained another degree in textile design. Amy has been crocheting and making crafts since childhood, and knitting since her teenage years. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, KnittingandCrochet.net and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

This page was last updated on 8-29-2019.

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