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Arts & Crafts Books and Resources

This guide is intended to help you find books and other materials to assist your creative inspiration! It was also created with the beginner in mind and we have highlighted many beginner books and matched various crafts with Creativebug classes. Creativeb


Master embroiderer and fine artist, Rebecca Ringuist, shares 31 days of stitches in our first ever Daily Embroidery Challenge. Using her “Drawing Stitches” sampler as a basis, Rebecca’s embroidery style is vibrant, original, and simple enough for all skill levels to follow along. You’ll start with basic stitches, then move on to groups of stitches that create textural effects, like confetti, fancy chains, zigzags, flowers, and filling stitches. Each day, you’ll expand your knowledge of embroidery and build on techniques to combine elements that look complex but are easy to execute. Best of all, at the end of the month not only will you have learned loads of new techniques, but you’ll also have a finished sampler!


Hand sewing - Garments

On Creativebug you can learn how to construct dresses, t-shirts, and homewares using cotton jersey and simple hand stitches from Natalie Chanin, the brilliant designer behind Alabama Chanin. Also learn more advanced techniques such as stenciling and applique. 

Hand sewing - Mending

Sashiko is traditional Japanese embroidery that is used in mending. These techniques are beautiful in their simplicity. Take this awesome sashiko class on Creativebug and follow it up with these books from our collection!