This Week at the Library

I work just a block away from the library, so I go there pretty often. I shuffle through craft books pretty quickly, about 10 or so a week. I pick up 4, return 3, that sort of thing. So I decided that I should show you my favorites and that once a week I could review the ones that I picked out and kept! And better yet, maybe these books will be available in your library so you can give them a look too.

This week I held on to three books:

I really like this Rush and Basketry book. There are a lot of neat projects and it was published in 1983 so it has to be a winner (that’s the year I was born). Really there is more to it than that. It is filled with great illustrations as well as projects. It goes over several types of ways to make baskets and even has some cute woven wheat projects. Check out that crown!

Rush and Basketry Techniques

The Ultimate Basket book starts a bit more at the basics and gives a great overview of tools and materials with many full color pictures. There is a great variety of projects, all of which stay in a more traditional basket shape. It really ranges from beginning to advanced intermediate. All the projects are by different basket makers and so there is a nice range of styles. There are many I would like to try to make. I think I would really like to add this book to my library.

The Ultimate Basket Book

And then there is the Visual Quickstart Guide to Adobe Illustrator CS2 book. I have the one for InDesign CS3 and had the ones for Quark 2 and Photoshop 7 back in 2001. They are a great series of books and I highly recommend any in their Adobe series.

Definitely worth a look in all three cases.


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Happy Crafting!

3 thoughts on “This Week at the Library

  1. I visit our public library all the time, too! It’s the most terrific public library every, with a drive-up where you can pick up the requests you made online, and when they don’t have something you want, they almost always buy it for you right then and then you get to check it out first. Well, they wouldn’t buy the Spanish-language zine about Hispanic girls’ abortion experiences that I wanted, but they did just buy me both Amy Butler’s In Stitches and Jinny Beyer’s Patchwork Balls.

  2. this is a great idea! I love getting craft books from the library and will appreciate the recommendations. Where would one purchase basket-weaving supplies? Hobby Lobby? have you made any? Are the supplies expensive? I guess I’ll go look around now.

  3. Reviewing Library Books is a wonderful idea. I write a weekly craft column for 2 local magazines and review library books every 6 weeks or so. It’s one of the most popular features.Try before you buy makes so much sense.

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