A Handmade Tale

Stephanie's picks for getting crafty

There's something about the promise of a new creative project that Stephanie just can't resist. She aspires to tending a lovely garden, giving hand-knitted gifts, even writing a great independent film. But her family of four, full-time job at the library, and love of the outdoors get in the way of finishing what she starts. Luckily, we have a great collection of books to keep her inspired, like these titles that have her busy at the moment:

Textiles

Making Rag Rugs : 15 Step-by-Step Projects by Clare Hubbard

Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece : Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting and Other Creative Techniques by Gail Callahan

Gardening

Organic Gardening in Cold Climates by Sandra Perrin

Epic Tomatoes : How to Select & Grow the Best Varieties of all Time by Craig LeHoullier

Writing

The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format by Christopher Riley

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder

Knitting

The Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters : a Knit-to-Fit Workshop by Lynne Vogel

Favorite socks : 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave by Ann Budd

Alterknit Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel

Paper

The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery : Mixed-Media Techniques for Collage, Altered Books & More by Karen Michel

Painted Pages : Fueling Creativity with Sketchbooks & Mixed Media by Sarah Ahearn Bellemare

Altered Art : Techniques for Creating Altered Books, Boxes, Cards & More by Terry Taylor

Household

The Best Natural Homemade Soaps by Mar Gomez

Homemade Beauty : 150 Simple Beauty Recipes by Annie Strole

Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair

Find other staff picks here.