Frankly, The Folksy Magazine


The BEST craft books for Christmas

by Emily. Average Reading Time: almost 3 minutes.

We’re constantly sent books to review on Frankly so it’s only fair we have a good nosey through them over a few cups of tea and report back on our favourites. Get your Wish lists out folks, there are some corkers here.

Remake It: Clothes rrp £16.95

This is a comprehensive book that encourages makers of all abilities to indulge in a little dressmaking. “It’s a common misconception that in order to make clothes it is important to be skilled at sewing…but the game has changed dramatically” says author Henrietta Thompson. With plenty of inspiring design examples as well as step by step guides to making your own little fashion statement Remake It: Clothes is a must for anyone with a passion for handmade fashion. (Images Christopher Raeburn and Gary Harvey)

Learn to Knit, Love to Knit by Anna Wilkson rrp £14.99 

I don’t like the word ‘stylish’ but the projects in Anna Wilkinson’s first book are exactly that. If two tone fingerless mittens, chunky bobble hats and pretty lace collars are your thing then this book has to be on your Christmas Wish list. (images Laura Edwards)

Sewing Book by Merchant and Mills rrp £20

Top of my list this Christmas will be the Sewing book by Merchant & Mills. Mentioned already on Frankly I don’t need to tell you again why it ticks all my boxes. (images Roderick Field)

The Gentle Art of Stitching by Jane Brockett rrp £20

This is the kind of book I think Kirstie Allsopp would like, it’s gentle by name and gentle by nature so if you want something wildly exciting from your craft book, this one is not for you. It does feature methods inspired by other cultures which is it’s real attraction – Sashiko, Kantha style quilting and a little vintage embroidery are my favourites. (Images Christina Wilson)

The New Jewelers by Olivier Dupon rrp £24.95

Dupon’s last book The New Artisans had me all in a tiz this time last year so I was pretty excited to receive his latest offering The New Jewelers. If you’re a jewellery maker, lover or aspiring maker this book is crammed full of glorious images to feed your imagination. His enduring sense of quality craftsmanship and unique design makes this an impressive collection of some of the worlds most talented jewellery makers. A perfect Christmas gift. (Images Massimo Izzo and Regina Dabdab)

Material World by Perri Lewis rrp £18.99

Lewis has not been shy in calling her book “The Modern Craft Bible”. It is the new testament of the traditional craft book, a bold step towards a more contemporary understanding of the word ‘craft’. And for that I salute her. Featuring tips, advice and guidance on paper-cutting, dress-making, printing, encrusting, leather work and tailoring Lewis has enlisted the help of some of our most famous ‘makers’, from Emma Bridgewater to Grayson Perry, to show us how it’s done. Enter to win a copy of this book here.

Mollie Makes Christmas rrp £9.99

This is not a book for your Christmas Wish List. This is a book for NOW. Full of gorgeous knitting, crochet, sewing and papercraft makes, as well as ideas on how to turn your junk-shop finds into festive wonders this is the best book for those of us wanting to fill our homes with handmade decs this year. Go and get it now, look I’ll even give you the Amazon link. Enjoy!