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We all know one—that person who makes the perfect gifts every year without fail. This year, why don’t you return the favor! Whether you want to please a Jill-of-all-trades or the hardcore artist, these books are guaranteed to delight any DIY maven on your list.
There’s no better way to make someone feel special than with a unique and personalized gift. But creating a one-of-a-kind handmade offering doesn’t always have to be time-consuming! This weekend, pull out your craft supplies and channel your loved ones with one of our favorite quick and easily customizable projects.
The first time I saw super-talented illustrator Sun Young Park’s work in Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, I thought “I need to wallpaper my office in these illustrations.” And now, I can—and so can you! Sun is now offering prints of some of her favorite illustrations from the book in her new Etsy shop, and STC Craft blog readers are in for a treat—a Gertie giveaway! To enter to win a copy of the book along with an 8 x 10″ print of the illustration above, leave a comment below telling us about a vintage or vintage-inspired piece you love by November 1 at 1 PM EST. One winner will be chosen at random.
These last few crisp, fall evenings have really put us in the mood for warm beverages and cuddly knitwear. I know we’re not the only ones ready to hole up with a few bundles of wool, which is why we’re so thrilled to present this “knitted” trailer for The Knitted Slipper Book by Katie Startzman. We are sure that this short story of slipper-making and love will enchant you. (You’ve got to check out the sets, which Katie and her sister designed and built out of wool and cardboard–and then there’s the amazing sound, including the click clack of needles, the chirp of a cuckoo clock, and the crackling of a fire).
Whether your warm-weather plans consist of lounging in the sun or cozying up to your air conditioner, summer is a perfect time to load up your e-reader or smartphone with new reads for the season. And with the launch of Open Road Integrated Media’s 150 Summer Steals promotion, it’s easier than ever to while away your extra few hours of sunlight with your favorite patterns from STC Craft!
All of the covers we design at STC Craft have their own particular challenges. Which image is the best representation of the book? Will one beautiful image suffice, or do we need more? Should we include a burst calling out a special feature, or find a way to incorporate it into the subtitle? The answers to these questions can sometimes take months to answer, and the cover for Knit to Flatter was no exception.
Almost exactly one year ago, I got into a car wtih Jared Flood and Karen Schaupeter, both of whom I had brought on board to photograph and style Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook. We were headed to Simon Leach’s house in rural Pennsylvania, and I must admit, we didn’t have much of a plan. Many people know Jared Flood as the creator of the yarn line Brooklyn Tweed, but what many don’t know is that he is also an amazing painter and a fantastic photographer–a true lover of art and master of light. And for the styling, Karen Schaupeter is our go-to girl, always adaptable, versatile, and loads of fun to have on set. Basically, I had my pottery photoshoot dream team, and we were headed to the countryside to shoot on the fly. We had a one-page shoot list that broke down the book by chapter, and we had a pretty good idea of what we hoped to photograph when we arrived, though we had no idea what would actually be waiting for us when we got there.
As the days grow warmer and the trees and bushes begin to fill out, it’s hard to think of a more promising season than Spring. Admittedly, I’ve always had a bit of a black thumb when it comes to nurturing my plants, but the excitement of watching tiny green knobs emerge from my own pots this year has inspired me to turn over a new leaf (pun intended). Whether you have a great expanse in which to plant or are working from a few little pots on a windowsill like I am, here are some of our favorite gardening essentials sure to get you in the mood to grow.
Choosing a cover from all of the lovely photographs taken for each book is often one of the hardest parts of the bookmaking process, and creating something to define Lynne Barr’s third groundbreaking book, The Shape of Knitting, was no exception. With Thayer Allyson Gowdy’s beautiful photography as a starting point, designer Mary Jane Callister got to work.
Created by Dawn “The Doodle Queen” Sokol, Art Doodle Loveis an interactive fill-in book full of prompts that will motivate you to discover yourself while developing your artistic skills. The pages provide fun, colorful backdrops that are sure to jumpstart your creativity.
Eager to put markers to paper, we picked a prompt from the book and challenged some people around the office to let their creative juices flow, doodling what they saw within the splotches and drips. We were amazed by the different ways each person interpreted and altered the page. See what we came up with over on the STC Craft Blog.