SMP Craft
6 May

Happy Pub Day!

We’ve got a double whammy for you today! Two fantastic craft books are in stores now: Game Day by Cindy Cummins (who also happens to be our author of the month!) and Floral Knits by the incomparable Martin Storey!

Game Day Floral Knits

Game Day With so many fleecy products to choose from in the fabric stores, particularly team-licensed prints for favorite professional sports teams, the time is right for a guidebook that addresses the super-easy sewing techniques needed to create your own “go team” spirit gear. Game Day

Filled with a wide array of ideas for everything from scarves and mittens to blankets and pennants, you’ll always have something handmade to show off on game day. Game Day

The more than 50 easy projects are designed for men and women, kids, and even man’s best friend, and there are some no-sew projects as well, in case you don’t feel like picking up a needle after a full afternoon of tailgating.

Pick up Game Day: 50 Fun Spirit Fleece Projects to Sew today!

Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books

Also out today is the latest from top Rowan designer Martin Storey: Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs. These 25 projects offer a mix of designs: some with applied flowers and some with floral designs knitted into them, others with the designs embroidered on top. Floral Knits

The fun wearables range from sweaters, boleros, and shrugs to scarves, bags, and berets. There’s also a small bouquet of delightful home accessory projects, like cushions, throws, and table runners, so you can also festoon your home with spring blooms. What’s not to love?

All of the stunning full-color photographs are fresh and pretty, and the styles are right in tune with current fashion trends. Floral KnitsAnd all the projects are made with yarns from Rowan, some of the bestselling yarns in the country. You can’t go wrong with this brand-new beautiful book of flowery fun–just in time for spring!Floral Knits What are you waiting for? Pick up Floral Knits today, and bring some lovely little colorful May flowers into your life!

Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books

Check out our May and June titles:

Barnes & Noble

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17 Aug

Preview our upcoming book 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet by Betty Barnden

75 Floral Blocks to Crochet (click on cover to buy)
Beautiful Patterns to Mix and Match for Afghans, Throws, Baby Blankets, and
by Betty Barnden

$21.99/$24.99 Can.
144 pages, trade paperback

Bring the beauty of the garden indoors with our upcoming book 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet by Betty Barnden. Due out September 18, 2012, we’re giving our blog readers an exclusive sneak-peek at some of the gorgeous floral block designs that are featured in the book.

Blocks of all shapes and sizes abound: squares, triangles, circles, diamonds, hexagons, and more—all containing beautiful, eye-catching floral themes. Pair traditional blanket squares decorated with petals and rosebud accents with colorful, three-dimensional blocks featuring flowers and leaves that pop, creating interesting textures and details. There’s something here to inspire every crochet fan and is perfect for crocheters on the go. The book also includes written patterns and color charts, a crochet refresher course of basic techniques, and a creative projects section.

View and enjoy our sneak preview below!

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6 Aug

Create a Bouquet of Beautiful Fabric Flowers

Handmade Fabric Flowers (click on cover to buy)
32 Beautiful Blooms to Make
by You-Zhen Lu
$24.99/$28.99 Can.
160 pages, trade paperback

Handmade Fabric Flowers is the latest book in our Spring-Summer 2013 craft book list. This unique book shows you how to create gorgeous flowers using a range of fabric, and flower irons to manipulate and shape the fabric. The techniques are clearly explained using step-by-step, close-up photographs and clear diagrams and illustrations, so even newbies will never get lost.

A complete overview of flower irons is given, showing you how to use your iron correctly and safely. And as sizing is a big component of these fabric flowers, different sizing options are covered as well. Applying sizing to the fabric before you use your flower iron will not only make the fabric easier to form, but it will also help your finished flowers keep their shape.

Summer Wine Rose using cotton and voile


The range of fabrics you can use and the flowers you can create is truly stunning. Variation suggestions are given throughout the book, so you can make bouquets of all kinds using endless combinations of unique and interesting textures. For example, check out the Carnations below. The first one uses a pale purple cotton, while the second Carnation was made using delicate white eyelet fabric for a completely different look.


A Carnation made using cotton and chiffon ribbon


A Carnation made of white eyelet fabric


And the lush Peony below uses a mixture of satin and basketweave fabric for an interesting visual impact.


Peonies using satin and basketweave fabric


The gorgeous photography in the book gives you tons of ideas for how to use your beautiful, new floral creations. Personally, I’d love to attach the Peony above to a headband for an eye-catching fascinator. Also, with a wedding coming up, I think that the Orchids below look  like the perfect understated centerpiece, with a tasteful bit of bling: a gorgeous rhinestone chaton acting as the Orchid’s stigma.


Satin Orchids with a rhinestone chaton “stigma” are attached to a branch to make up an elegant decoration


What will your first fabric flower creation be?


A Gerber Daisy made of faux leather, cotton, cotton slub fabric, and pearl trim makes the perfect brooch


An adorable, little nosegay of Forget Me Nots made of cotton slub fabric with beaded stamens


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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!



Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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