We get very excited here at Folksy HQ each time a new CICO Book catalogue is released. You can always be sure of some fab crafting titles, and this Autumn there seem to be more than ever. Among this season’s new craft books are Modern Granny Square Crochet by Laura Strutt, Modern Cross Stitch by Hannah Sturrock, Sew Scandinavian by Kajsa Kinsella and Wall Art by Clare Youngs.
Now normally we would just review one book, but when these four books all landed on our desk it was too tricky to just choose one – they’re all so good. So we thought we’d review all four instead and give you the chance to win all of them!
So read on to find out what they’re all about and enter the competition…
Modern Granny Square Crochet by Laura Strutt
Modern Granny Square Crochet is packed with inspiration and project ideas for crochet fans. It takes the humble granny square as the starting point, and shows you how to use the basic shapes that every crocheter learns to make floor cushions, blankets and other home accessories. There’s also a ‘Clothes & Accessories’ section where you can learn how to crochet a coin purse like the one above, plus bags and shawls. Everything is fully illustrated and explained, you’ll just need hooks and yarn, time and a cup of tea!
Modern Cross Stitch by Hannah Sturrock
In Modern Cross Stitch, Hannah Sturrock from Bobo Stitch takes fancy new innovations like glow-in-the-dark thread, stitchable iPhone cases and soluble canvas and uses them to bring a contemporary twist to this traditional technique. As cross stitch becomes ever more popular, this is a great book for beginners looking for fresh ideas, as well as more experienced stitchers – all the patterns are skill-rated so you can find a project to suit your ability.
Sew Scandinavian by Kajsa Kinsella
The trend for all things Scandinavian shows no sign of fading, which based on the beautiful projects in this book is a very good thing. Sew Scandinavian by Kajsa Kinsella is full of hand-stitched makes inspired by her very creative childhood in Sweden. Think Dala horses, Sami slippers, Scandi hearts and folklore motifs. The book is divided into four sections – The Home, Accessories, The Nursery and Celebrations – and every project has clear step-by-step sewing instructions and detailed images of each step. Kajsa’s introductions are very evocative too and will leave you longing for a Swedish childhood filled with creativity, stitching and the smells of home baking. If only.
Wall Art by Clare Youngs
Anything Clare Youngs writes is well worth having in your craft room, and Wall Art is no exception. The project range from the super simple like the washi tape hare on the front cover to more complicated weavings and appliqué wall hangings. If you’re feeling more adventurous you could even try the DIY marquee light. For a taster project, try this Little Blackboard Town Tutorial.
Closing date for entries Friday 3oth October
Modern Granny Square Crochet by Laura Strutt, photography by Caroline Arbor
Modern Cross Stitch by Hannah Sturrock, photography by Jo Henderson
Sew Scandinavian by Kajsa Kinsella, photography by Penny Wincer
Wall Art by Clare Youngs, photography by Joanna Henderson. All published by CICO Books.