Here on Re-Nest, the month of September was all about handmade. For the craftier among us, we featured DIY How-Tos and for the not so crafty we talked about how to be a DIBSHA and spotlighted great eco aware designers to support. Since you can never have too much inspiration, we also shared our favorite handmade blogs to follow. To round things out, and keep the inspiration flowing, here are 5 fantastic Handmade How-To books we have come across along the way.
1 Linen, Wool, Cotton: 25 Simple Projects to Sew with Natural Fabrics, $10.00 by Akiko Mano: In Japan, the art of handmaking goods for the home is called Zakka. In her book "Linen, Wool, Cotton," Akiko Mano demonstrates how to make simple but lovely zakka items for the home. From dish towels to duvet covers, all projects use naturally beautiful materials and showcase the designer's easy and elegant aestetic.
2 Weekend Handmade, $27.50 by Kelly Wilkinson: Even if you don't have much time to spare, this book shows you quick and easy ways to make things for your home and family. From enhancing the look of your home to putting together decor for an impromptu get together, the author has tips and ideas that can be done quickly.
3 Printing by Hand, $19.77 by Lena Corwin: This very visual book features big, bright, beautiful images that show how to print using handmade stamps, stencils and silk screens. Techniques are all clear and easy to follow and project ideas will inspire ideas that would make perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday season.
4 Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures , $14.78 Amanda Blake Soule: Focusing on reusing and repurposing materials already on hand, this book is filled with design ideas for adults and kids. The author teaches crafting as a lifestyle to help connect the ideas of appreciating what we have, consuming less and connecting with family.
5 Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style, $19.77 by Lotta Jansdotter: In this book, Swedish designer Lotta Jansdotter shares her decorating secrets, design resources, entertaining tips, and family traditions. Her designs are functional and practical but her hope is that in making them, it will teach us to slow down a bit to enjoy the simple things in life.
(Images: 1 & 3. Liana Walker 2,4,5. As linked)