On the list of things that I love most, books take a very close second to crafting. So, if you too are just as likely to be found in a library reading room as you are in your local yarn and fabric store, BiblioCraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects, a new book from STC Craft, written by New York Public Library rare book librarian Jessica Pigza, will definitely be right up your alley!
Today’s project, the Radish Love Tote, was inspired by an article that Jessica read about Victory Gardens, and her subsequent research into the the artists who created the bold, eye-catching designs in World War II’s propaganda campaigns. If you’re not already familiar with these inspiring images, there’s a great example of a Hubert Morley poster from 1945 included in the project PDF.
Make it today! Download a PDF of the project—plus everything you need to know to get started—here:
|Download the Radish Love Tote Project PDF
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This project was excerpted from BiblioCraft, by Jessica Pigza, and was shared with kind permission from STC Craft.
There is untold wealth in library collections, and, like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share. In BiblioCraft, Pigza hones her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources. In Part I, she explains how to take advantage of the riches libraries have to offer—both in person and online. In Part II, she presents 20+ projects inspired by library resources from a stellar designer cast, including STC Craft authors Natalie Chanin, Heather Ross, Liesl Gibson, and Gretchen Hirsch, and Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney. Whatever the quest—historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, or historic millinery instructions worked into floral fascinators—anyone can utilize library resources to bring their creative visions to life.
About the author:
Jessica Pigza is a rare-book librarian at the New York Public Library. As an avid crafter, she also hosts the library’s popular monthly DIY event series called Handmade Crafternoon. She has been a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and featured in Martha Stewart Living, as well as a guest blogger on Design*Sponge. She speaks at library conferences on design and craft inspiration in libraries and was a panelist at 2011’s BookExpo America on the topic of craft programming and collection development.
Jessica also blogs at Handmade Librarian.
For further information about the book or to purchase a copy of your own, check out BiblioCraft on the publisher’s website.