Crafty Books on The Point with Mindy Todd

December 30, 2020

This morning on the monthly book show on The Point with Mindy Todd we had the pleasure of Kellie Porter, librarian at the Woods Hole Library, joining us to talk about books focusing on crafts. After a very difficult year, we thought some crafty books would inspire us to be more crafty in 2021 as a way to focus on something other than 2020! As written in Craftfulness: mend yourself by making things by Rosemary Davidson and Arzo Tahsin: “As  long as we are making and creatively fulfilled we are equipped to deal with all the rest that life throws at us.” In the photo attached to this blog, you will see Mindy’s Fa La La Felt bird, and my sixth grade puppet, both of which are now Christmas ornaments on my tree every year. My puppet, by the way, was Belle, who I was cast as in a sixth grade play reading (with puppets) of A Christmas Carol by Dickens. You’ll also see a WCAI mug which was made by Tessa Morgan of Flying Pig Pottery.

Below you will find a list of all the books we mentioned, and a few for which we did not have time. If we missed your favorite craft book, feel free to leave us a comment below.

Here is a link to the program on WCAI ‘s website so you can listen anytime.

Mindy’s Picks

Fa La La Felt by Amanda Carestio. Amanda’s follow-up to this was Heart-Felt Holidays

Not A Box by Antoinette Portis

Kellie’s Picks

Craeft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands
The Foxfire Book edited with an introduction by Eliot Wigginton
51 Things to Make with Cardboard Tubes by Fiona Hayes
Paper Goods Projects by Jodi Levine
Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book by Jason Thompson
BIBLIOCraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects by Jessica Pigza
The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life by Lisa Occhipinti
Foxtails, Ferns, & Fish Scales: A Handbook of Art and Nature Projects by Ada Graham


By Hand
Pompom Quarterly
Making Stories

No time for but they’re really great:

The Paper Hat Book by Alyn Carlson
Every Day’s a Holiday: Year-Round Crafting with Kids by Heidi Kenney
The Geometry of Hand-Sewing by Natalie Chanin
Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together by Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown
Socks Appeal: 16 Fun & Funky Friends Sewn from Socks by Brenna Maloney

Jill’s Picks

(You’ll notice that Kellie and I had lots of overlap!)

Cattastic Crafts by Mariko Ishikawa
Crafts By the Sea by Larissa Costello
Art and the Seafarer: a historical survey of the Arts and Crafts of Sailors and Shipwrights. General editor Hans Jürgen Hansen.
Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands
Book Art by Clare Youngs
BiblioCraft by Jessica Pigza
D.I.Y. Dollhouse by Alexia Henrio
Out of the Box by Jemma Westing
15 Minutes of Flame: a Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery by Christin Brecher
Craftfulness: mend yourself by making things by Rosemary Davidson and Arzu Tahsin


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