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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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 if you are interested in up-to-date crochet books featuring patterns you’d want to make right now; or if you’re interested in delving into the history of crochet and other needlecrafts. At, 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 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.

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

This page was last updated on 5-1-2019.

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