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Hundreds of free pdf books on sewing, crafts, needlework, knitting, hobbies. Subject collections and suggested titles for each pastime.

Book Collections for Crafts and Hobbies

Handicrafts Collection

Free books on handicrafts, published over about the last 40 years. Many kinds of crafts are represented. You can use the “search this collection” box to search for books on a particular type of craft. Some books: Forgotten Arts and Crafts, How-to-do-it Encyclopedia (many volumes), Formulas, Methods, Tips and Data for Home and Workshop, Origami, Home Handyman, Indian Crafts and Lore, Knitting, Home Repair and Improvements, Holiday Handicraft, Leathercraft, Mechanical Projects for the Handyman, Off-loom weaving, Celtic Crafts, Macrame, Jewelry, Treasury of Christmas Ideas, Foxfire (many volumes), Simple Printmaking, many more.

Hobbies Books : Search Results at Internet Archive

Free books on hobbies. Some book titles: Geeky Lego Crafts; Pastimes and Toys; Maker Dad .

Hobbies Books : Search Results at Open Library

About 1,230 free books. Some book titles: Everyday Flowers: Flowers to Beautify and Decorate the Home; How to make beautiful buttons; Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts, and More.

Crafts : Search Results at Internet Archive

Free crafts books. Some book titles: Tapestries & Textiles; Printmaking; Dazzling Duct Tape Designs.

Crafts : Search Results at Open Library

About 7,400 free books. Some book titles: Design & Dye; Cool Outdoor Arts & Crafts; Craft Beer Revolution.

Paper Crafts Books : Search Results at Internet Archive

Free books on papercrafts. Some book titles: All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects; Ultimate Papercraft Bible; 10-Fold Origami.

Paper Crafts Books Free : Search Results at Open Library

About 140 free books. Some book titles: Printmaking; Modern Calligraphy; Simply Papercutting. Free books on papercrafts.

Clay Modeling : Search Results at Internet Archive

Free books on clay modeling. Some book titles: Polymer Clay: 30 Terrific Projects to Roll, Mold & Squish; Let’s Model; Clay Characters for Kids.

Clay Modeling : Search Results at Open Library

About 120 free books. Some book titles: Earth-friendly clay crafts in 5 easy steps; Play-Doh Fun And Games; Step-by-step: Clay Modelling.

Home Brewing – Collection

Free books for brewing beer at home. Some titles: Basic Homebrewing, Home Brewer’s Handbook, Brewing Made Easy, 50 Great Homebrewing Tips, Complete Homebrew Beer book.

Revell Catalogs

Small collection of Revell plastic model catalogs, from 1960s to 2018. Cars, motorcycles, aircraft, ships, boats, tanks, etc.

Estes Rocketry Catalogs

More than 50 catalogs of model rockets from the Estes Corporation, ranging from the early 1960s to 2021. They appear to be annual catalogs.

Lego Catalogs

More than 100 catalogs from the Lego company, 1965-2020. Many are not in English. Plastic building pieces.

Toy Train Catalogs

About 20 catalogs of hobbyist’s miniature trains, from six German companies. Dates range from the 1960s to 2008. Companies are: Kuehn, Berliner, JAGO, Tillig, Roko, Zeuke.

Jewelry Making : Search Results at Internet Archive

Free jewelry making books. Some book titles: Complete Guide to Making Wire Jewelry; Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads; The Jewelry Recipe Book.

Jewelry Making : Search Results at Open Library

About 530 free books. Some book titles: Complete Illustrated Guide to Beading and Making Jewelry; How to make jewelry charms from polymer clay; Small Beads Big Jewellery.

Cake Decorating – Collection

Free books on Cake Decorating. Some titles: Quick and Easy Kids’ Cakes, Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Cake Decorating, Spectacular Cakes, Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating, Say it with Sugar, Amazing Party Cakes.

Leatherwork – Collection

Free books on Leatherwork. Some titles: Leathercraft, Beautiful Leather Jewelry, The Art of Hand Sewing Leather, Complete Leatherwork, Native American Leather & Bead Crafting, Home Tanning & Leathercraft Simplified.

Model Railroads – Collection

Free books on Model Railroads. Some titles: The Ultimate Guide to Model Trains, Tack Layouts, The Scenery Handbook, Basic DCC Wiring for Your Model Railroad, Basic Model Railroad Benchwork, Collecting Toy Trains, Next Steps in Railway Modelling.

Toy Train Catalogs – Collection

A collection of scanned vintage catalogs dedicated to toy trains and toy train accessories.

Bookbinding : Search Results at Internet Archive

Free books on bookbinding. Some book titles: Handmade Books for Everyday Adventures; Embroidered Books: Design, Construction, and Embellishment; Handmade Decorative Books.

Bookbinding : Search Results at Open Library

About 770 free books. Some book titles: Make your own books; Bookcraft: Techniques for Binding, Folding, and Decorating to Create Books and More; Bookbinding Techniques and Projects.

More Collections on Handicrafts Topics

Suggested Books for Crafts and Hobbies for Adults

Stained Glass for the Beginner

Alfuth, Dan
Krause 2003

Readers refer to more than 200 color photographs, accompanied by easy-to-understand instructions and full-size patterns, to successfully complete a few simple projects. Explore each step of the stained glass-making process with this timeless reference guide. A straightforward approach to teaching stained glass-making techniques.

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Hobbyist Sourcebook: A Descriptive Guide to Sources of Information on Hobbies, Pastimes, and Avocational Pursuits of All Finds

Allard, Denise M.
Gale Research 1990

Covering books, magazines, catalogs, videos, software, and more on 43 major hobbies. Information associations, camps, special collections and museums. Designed for both the beginner and the experienced enthusiast. Special juvenile category helps children start hobbies. Information on turning pastimes into profits. – Book cover.

Compendium of Celtic Crafts

Balchin, Judy et al
Search 2008

This complete reference shows how Celtic themes can be applied to a range of contemporary crafts. Beginning with Celtic illumination, the guide carefully leads crafters through the intricacies of Celtic design, with thoughtful instruction for constructing and decorating a selection of knotwork, spiral, key, and zoomorphic patterns. After covering the basic principles of Celtic lettering and decoration, this book shifts toward the subject of traditional designs and ancient jewelry, further exploring Celtic knotwork, glass painting, and paper crafts.

Decorating with Decoupage

Besso, Francesca
Sterling 2001

Transform ordinary household objects into unique objects d’art using the age-old craft of applying paper or fabric cutouts to rigid surfaces. Decoupage can be used to decorate a wide range of materials, such as wood, porcelain, ceramics, earthenware, plastic, metal, and glass. From flower pots and picture frames to furniture and walls, there are endless ways to use decoupage. Filled with inspiring full-color photographs, this irresistible guide provides in-depth information on decoupage basics and includes instructions for 12 projects, including a toy chest, dessert bowls, and a tea caddy.

The Crafts Supply Source Book

A comprehensive shop-by-mail guide for thousands of craft materials

Boyd, Margaret A.
Betterway 1996

Brief descriptions and contact information are provided for some 2,000 vendors in 59 categories, among them: bead crafts, ceramics, jewelry making and lapidary, kite making, leather crafts, rug making, spinning and weaving, stenciling, and woodworking. A resources section includes listings of publications, associations, and companies selling supportive materials and aids.

The Handmade Marketplace : How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online

Chapin, Kari
Storey 2014

This best-selling guide has been completely revised and updated to include solid information on the latest on-line and social media opportunities for sales and marketing, as well as fresh advice and invaluable tips from successful crafters and artists.

The Flower Workshop : Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits, and Foraged Materials

Chezar, Ariella
Ten Speed 2016

Written by a celebrated floral designer and lavishly illustrated with full-color photography, this book provides step-by-step instructions for more than 45 stunning floral projects from simple to spectacular and equips you with the skills to customize arrangements at home. Ariella Chezar walks you through the nuts and bolts of creating a variety of small flourishes, tonal arrangements, branch arrangements, handheld bouquets, wreaths, garlands, grand gestures, and more — all accompanied by detailed photography.

Printing by Hand : A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens

Corwin, Lena
Stewart, Tabori & Chang 2008

Using step-by-step instructions and up-close photos, Corwin teaches crafters everything they need to know to master stamping, stenciling, and screen printing, from making their own printing devices to trouble-shooting when plans go awry. Her inimitable collection of projects ranges from stamped stationery and simple-to-sew pouches, to stenciled tote bags and furniture, to screen-printed bed linens and upholstery fabric.

The Big Book of Holiday Paper Crafts

Crafts Media LLC
Leisure Arts 2011

Major holidays and all the seasons are the focus of more than 450 paper crafted cards, gift bags, boxes, wall hangings, mini albums, journals, frames, party d’cor and more.

The Flower Chef: A Modern Guide to Do-It-Yourself Floral Arrangements

Cylinder, Carly
Grand Central Life & Style 2016

a modern, comprehensive guide to floral design that caters to all readers–from beginners who have never worked with flowers before and are looking for a new creative outlet, to decorators, party planners and photographers looking to liven up their spaces. This book teaches you everything you need to know about flower arranging including tips on how to buy and care for flowers, how to cut and prepare them, and how to use floral foam, vases, and various other decorative elements in your arrangements.

The Joy of Home Wine Making

Garey, Terry A.
Avon 1996

Your comprehensive guide to the most up-to-date techniques and equipment, readily available and affordable ingredients and materials, aging, bottling, racking, blending, and experimenting dozens of original recipes for great-tasting fruit wines, spice wines, herb wines, sparkling wines, sherries, liqueurs, even homemade soda pop.

Homemade Fun: 101 Crafts and Activities to Do with Kids

Grant, Rae
St. Martin’s 2010

Offers a generous collection of classic activities for kids and families who enjoy making creative projects at home, paired with delightful vintage art throughout. Parents, especially moms who are juggling kids, time, and a budget, can use this book as a resource when looking for ways to enrich and entertain their kids. Featuring a versatile compilation of classic crafts, games, and activities that are family and kid-oriented, the book can be used for many different situations including camp activities, after-school activities, birthday parties, rainy day events, and vacations as well.

The Calligrapher’s Bible: 100 Complete Alphabets and how to Draw Them

Harris, David et al
Barron’s 2003

Whether you want to improve your penmanship, practice calligraphy as a hobby, or create your own hand-lettered art, this informative, gorgeously illustrated calligraphy guide is a go-to for anyone interested in learning the art of hand lettering. A calligraphy kit designed for self-teaching, it contains 100 sections, each complete with an A-to-Z calligraphy alphabet, lessons on correct pen strokes, and advice on avoiding errors. Beginners will find sound basic instruction, while experienced calligraphers can extend their repertoire with letter styles that range from classic Roman to clean and elegant contemporary styles.

Crafts and Craft Shows : How to Make Money

Kadubec, Philip
Allworth 2007

Easy-to-follow instructions make it a snap to select the best shows to attend, create an appealing booth, and offer good customer service. The book includes new information on branding, creating products that can compete in today’s marketplace, selling on the Internet, and taking promotional photos, as well as creating new marketing strategies for pricing and moving merchandise. Easy to read, full of practical wisdom and entertaining stories.

The Complete Book of Origami: Step-by-Step Instructions in Over 1000 Diagrams

Lang, Robert J.
Dover 1988

Hours of enjoyment await with this big book of origami fun. Whether you’re an experienced paperfolder or you’re just entering the origami world, you’ll find 37 captivating models galore right here, in all their well-illustrated glory. Robert J. Lang, a veteran origami artist, accompanies his step-by-step directions with more than 1,000 detailed drawings, plus a photograph of the finished model. The author includes an introduction to the history of origami, plus helpful hints on tools and materials and a key to the folding symbols.

Teach Yourself Visually Scrapbooking

Ludens, Rebecca and Schmidt, Jennifer
Wiley 2006

Scrapbooks are the perfect, personal way to preserve precious memories and create lasting keepsakes. This visual guide walks you through choosing albums and papers, organizing and cropping photos, and more, and explains step-by-step essential techniques like journaling, designing appealing pages, and using embellishments to add pizzazz. The layout gallery gives you great ideas for travel, family, heritage, and other pages, while a chapter on organizing your stuff helps you keep everything in its place. Detailed color photos demonstrate each step.

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts

Martha Stewart Living Magazine
Potter Craft 2009

contains complete instructions and brief histories for more than 30 techniques, detailed descriptions of the necessary tools and materials, and easy-to-copy templates. Martha and her team of crafts editors guide readers through each subject, from botanical pressing and decoupage to rubber stamping and wreaths, with characteristic clarity and unparalleled attention to detail.

Teach Yourself Visually Jewelry Making and Beading

Michaels, Chris Franchetti
Wiley 2007

With this book, you’ll learn to craft designs that are chic but inexpensive. With hundreds of detailed photos, this book covers tools and supplies, bead stringing and weaving, wire wrapping, and more. Terrific projects will get you started and inspire you to create your own jewelry and beadwork designs. Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill. Detailed color photos demonstrate each step.

The Complete Book of Retro Crafts

Millions, Suzie
Lark 2008

This is the definitive guide to the fun and quirky world of retro crafts, written by a diva of the style. It’s jam-packed with history and wonderful images from vintage pamphlets, collections, and flea market hunts. Everything memorable is included, from the ridiculous to the sublime, along with the lowdown on collecting, Junking 101, and creating a crafting group. Forty retro-inspired projects run the gamut from glitter frames and matchbox purses to bottlecap men and teacup ladies, plus lovable Plastic Flower Pixies etc.

Easy Origami

Montroll, John
Dover 1992

Here is a collection of 32 simple projects for novice origami hobbyists — clearly illustrated and with easy-to-follow instructions that even beginning papercrafters can follow with success. Subjects range from an ultra-simple hat, cup, and pinwheel to the more challenging (but still unintimidating) penguin, pelican, and piano. Also included are the figures of a swan, lantern, cicada, pigeon, fox, rabbit, and other popular origami subjects.

How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time

Palmer, John J.
Arcadia 2006

How to Brew is the definitive guide to making quality beers at home. Whether you want simple, sure-fire instructions for making your first beer, or you’re a seasoned homebrewer working with all-grain batches, this book has something for you. John Palmer adeptly covers the full range of brewing possibilities–accurately, clearly and simply. From ingredients and methods to recipes and equipment for brewing beer at home, How to Brew is loaded with valuable information on brewing techniques and recipe formulation.

BiblioCraft : The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects

Pigza, Jessica
STC Craft 2014

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.

200 Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets: An Indispensable Compendium of Technical Know-How and Troubleshooting Tips

Power, Jean
St. Martin’s 2009

Whether stringing, wiring, or beadweaving, step-by-step photographs, diagrams, and clear instructions will guide you through each stage of your work. Learn about creative knotwork, quick and easy stringing, and how to work with wire. Mix vintage and modern beads, incorporate charms and findings in your work, and rescale and design your own patterns.

Introducing Pottery: The Complete Guide

Rhode, Dan
University of Pennsylvania 2010

Introducing Pottery begins with a brief history of world ceramics and a practical discussion of the fundamentals of clay chemistry and composition. The guide quickly moves into step-by-step instructions for working in clay. It covers throwing and handbuilding methods, and even shows how to set up a clay studio. Readers will learn about the differences between firing techniques, and how to use them in variety of kilns. Each method is illustrated with full color photographs of professional ceramicists at work in their studios.

Railway Modelling: The Realistic Way

Rice, Iain
Haynes 2007

The ideal companion for today’s railway modeler, as it combines traditional modeling techniques and advice with full details of all the new technology that has transformed the hobby in recent years. There can be no better handbook for any model railway enthusiast, novice or expert.

101 Projects for Your Model Railroad

Schleicher, Robert
MBI 2002

A treasury of weekend projects for all model railroad enthusiasts, spanning everything from bench framing to wiring, assembling buildings, creating realistic ground covers, detailing locomotives, and running the railroad. Each project includes a handy table explaining the time (one to eight hours), tools, materials, money, skill level, and space required for successful completion.

The Art of LEGO Design: Creative Ways to Build Amazing Models

Schwartz, Jordan
No Starch 2014

Author Jordan Schwartz explores LEGO as an artistic medium. This wide-ranging collection of creative techniques will help you craft your own amazing models as you learn to see the world through the eyes of some of the greatest LEGO builders. Each concept is presented with a collection of impressive models to spark your imagination—like fantastic dragons, futuristic spaceships, expressive characters, and elaborate dioramas.

The Ceramics Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques

Taylor, Louisa
Chronicle 2011

Brimming with more than 700 full-color photos and illustrations, this is the new definitive guide for serious ceramics practitioners. Inside are step-by-step instructions on molding, firing, and glazing techniques, generously accompanied by detailed photographs. Also included are beautiful examples of contemporary work, plus plenty of historical information, artist profiles, troubleshooting tips, and an extensive resource section. Perfect for students, artists, and collectors, this is a tremendously valuable addition to the vibrant world of ceramics.

Modern Calligraphy : Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy

Thorpe, Molly Suber
St. Martin’s Griffin 2013

Breaks the calligraphy process down into simple steps so anyone can learn to create their own stunning wedding invitations, thank you cards, gift tags, and more. Starting with an overview of the supplies—from paper to ink to pens—you will learn how to form letters, words, and then phrases. After mastering letter forms using a pointed pen and ink you can take it to the next level by learning how to use watercolor and gouache, or how to digitize your calligraphy. 20 projects.

Wheel-thrown Pottery

Van Gilder, Bill and Biasucci, Cara
Lark 2006

Lifelong potter Bill van Gilder has a bounty of time-tested advice on all the basics, and a plethora of fantastic techniques. That means novices will enjoy the advantages of a master teacher guiding them through each stage of the process–while intermediates will eagerly soak up every new idea he has to offer. With van Gilder’s help, beginners can try hand building, and progress onto the fundamentals of wheel-throwing. They’ll get expert tips on shaping spouts, handles and feet; adding texture, color, and luster; and combining techniques to create a variety of attractive projects.

Candlemaking for the First Time

Sterling 2004

This guide for beginners…contains basic techniques in the question-and-answer format….Projects include the currently trendy multiwick candles and candles with embedded materials. 30 projects.

The Artful Parent : Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity

Van’t, Hul, Jean
Roost 2013

Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids’ art activities. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids’ art activities to soften everyday transitions. Projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids.

The Complete Modern Blacksmith

Weygers, Alexander G.
Ten Speed 1997

Teach yourself the lost arts of blacksmithing, tool design, and tool repair. Design, forge, and fix your own tools, hardware, and household accessories with master craftsman and teacher Alexander G. Weygers. The Complete Modern Blacksmith contains clear, step-by-step instructions and hundreds of the author’s own detailed drawings, bringing scores of time-honored techniques to modern artisans – experienced craftsmen and beginners alike.

Book Collections for Sewing

Sewing Books PDF – Collection

A search of Internet Archive books for “sewing” resulted in this collection of free online books, published over about the last 40 years. Find “Topics & Subjects” in the left column and click on “More” to further narrow the search. Some books: Simply Sewing, Singer Sewing Essentials, Complete Guide to Sewing, 501 Sewing Hints, Innovative Sewing, Sewing with Yarn, 103 Sewing Machine Shortcuts, Easy Guide to Sewing Jackets, many more.

Machine Sewing Books – Collection

Here are about 200 free online modern books that relate to “machine sewing”. Some books: Get the Most from Your Sewing Machine, Complete Photo Guide to Sewing, 20 Easy Machine-made Rugs, Pattern-free Fashions & Accessories, Pillows for Beginners, Know Your Sewing Machine, Timesaving Techniques and Shortcuts for Busy Sewers, Project Teen, Children’s Clothes Toys & Gifts Step by Step, many more.

Vintage Sewing Books – Collection

This Hathi Trust collection contains over 200 books, published from 1875 to the end of the 20th Century. All those published before 1924 are in the public domain and can be accessed. However, none of those published after the 1950s appear to be accessible, and only some of the books from 1925 to the 50s are accessible.

Quilting Books Free – Collection

Free online modern books on Quilting. Some books: Curve Patch Quilts made easy, How to Create Quilting Designs, Quilting Shortcuts, Patterns & Techniques for Quilting, Lap Quilting, Quilting in Squares, Quilting Bible, Great American Quilts, Patchwork Quilt Designs, The Sampler Quilt, Template-Free Quilts and Borders, many more.

Suggested Books on Sewing

The Experts’ Book of Sewing Tips & Techniques: From the Sewing Stars of America–Hundreds of Ways to Sew Better, Faster & Easier

Amig, Marya Kissinger
Rodale 1995

This book is filled with helpful hints and tips from America’s top sewing experts. Learn their trade secrets as they share time saving methods, smart shopping suggestions, how-to-information on sewing for a professional look.

Contents: Organizing your sewing space — Appliqué — Battenberg lace — Bedding — Bias — Buttons and buttonholes — Closures — Collars — Color theory — Curtains and drapes — Cutwork — Darts — Decorative machine stitching — Elastic — Fabric — Freezer paper — Hems — Interfacing — Linings — Machine quilting — Matching plaids and stripes — Mitering — Necklines — Needles and pins — Patterns — Pillows — Pleats — Pockets — Presser feet — Pressing — Ribbonwork — Seams — Serging — Sleeves — Smocking — Table toppers — Thread — Trims — Waistbands — Zippers — Glossary of sewing terms — The sewing experts.

The Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques

Bednar, Nancy
Sterling 1999

If the sewing machine does it, then the technique is here! Anyone looking for advice on those indispensable basics will find a variety of ways to do bias binding, buttonholes, edge finishes, gathering, hem finishes, mitering corners, seam finishes, topstitching, and zippers. Or sewers can learn how to make any item eye-catching with an array of creative touches, crisscross chain stitching, eyelet embroidery, and lacework. Every technique comes complete with machine setups and guidance on fabrics, stitching, needles, threads, tension, and the presser foot.

Teach Yourself Visually Fashion Sewing

Camp, Carole Ann
Wiley 2011

For aspiring fashion sewers who learn faster by seeing and doing than by wading through tedious instruction books. You’ll get visual guidance on the specialized tools and skills you need to move beyond the basics to advance to garment sewing. Photo by photo and stitch by stitch, you’ll learn how to make darts, pleats, and gathers; work with facings and underfacings; and so much more. Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review Detailed color photos demonstrate each step Helpful tips provide additional guidance.

Sewing 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing

Editors of Creative Publishing
Quarry 2002

Sewing 101 is a modern-day primer on the basic skills and techniques of sewing. This book is geared toward the absolute novice and assumes you know little or nothing about the craft. You will learn terminology used regularly in sewing, as well as all the basic skills that are the building blocks of the art. Each new technique is taught via the creation of an actual project, such as a pillow, window treatment, t-shirt, or baby blanket, thereby allowing you to learn a new skill and create an item to wear, display or use in your home.

First-time Quiltmaking: Learning to Quilt in Six Easy Lessons

Johnston, Becky, Hungerford, Linda
Landauer 2006

A primer for newcomers to the world of quilting uses six simple lessons and four easy projects to demonstrate the art of quilting, with sections on selecting fabric, cutting fabric, sewing straight seams, layering the quilt “sandwich,” quilting and tying, and binding and labeling, along with tips on essential tools, optional techniques, step-by-step photos and diagrams, and more.

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts : Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, dyeing, and Printing, Plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z.

Martha Stewart Living Magazine
Potter Craft 2010

A comprehensive visual reference, the book covers everything a home sewer craves: the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects. With gorgeous color photographs as well as expert instruction, this handy guide will surely encourage beginners and keep sewers and crafters of all experience levels wonderfully busy for many years to come.

The Quilter’s Bible

Patrick, Ruth, ed.
Chartwell 2009

Contains illustrations and specific instructions for everything ranging from the most basic quilting techniques to the more complicated multi-patterned projects. For novices and experts, the advice in this book includes samples and precise instruction charts. The essential quilter’s companion, packed with practical information; hints and tips on tools, batting, and fabric; technical advice on construction and stitching; and dozens of inspirational designs. Details on sashing or lattice strips, blocks, borders, backing, and materials like stencils, hoops and frames.

The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing : 1200 Full-Color How-To Photos

Singer Sewing Machine Company
Creative Pub. International 2009

The one reference every sewer needs. Its 352 pages and 1200 photographs cover every aspect of fashion and décor sewing. Sections include choosing the right tools and notions, using conventional machines and sergers, fashion sewing, tailoring, and home décor projects. Included are step-by-step instructions for basic projects like pillows, tablecloths, and window treatments. Sewers from beginners to the skilled will turn to this book again and again.

Quilting: Design, Techniques, 140 Practical Projects

Stanley, Isabel and Watson, Jenny
Anness 2012

The timeless crafts of quilting, patchwork and appliqué are brought together here in one volume. The projects are divided into four themed sections, presenting different styles of work; historical, country-style, ethnic and contemporary.

Vintage Books on Sewing


The Tailors’ Guide: Containing Systems of Draugting Frock and Sack Coats …

Pants, Vests and Shirt, with Valuable Improvements, Warranted Superior to anything ever offered to the Trade

Cole, L. E.
Milwaukee: Starr 1868

Home Manufacture of Furs and Skins …

A Book of Practical Instructions Telling how to Tan, Dress, Color and Manufacture or Make into Articles of Ornament, Wear and Use

Farnham, Albert Burton
Columbus, OH: Harding 1916

This handbook describes many procedures that presumably were very similar to those used on the frontier a century earlier to make items of clothing from furs and skins. There are many illustrations.

Book Collections on Needlework and Knitting PDF

Knitting Books PDF Collection

About 1,400 free online modern books on Knitting. Some of the titles here: Elle Knits: 50 exclusive designs from France; Stitch ‘n bitch superstar knitting: go beyond the basics; Knits extraordinaire; SimpleChic : designer knits, SuperQuick!; Folk knits; Find your style and knit it too; Dorian Scott’s Australian designer knits; Great gifts: purses, pillows, mittens & more.

Crocheting Books Collection

About 450 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Crocheting. Some of the titles: Creative crochet: clever ways to use your yarn stash; Step-by-step crochet: a complete introduction to the craft of crocheting; How to crochet; Afghan inspirations; Glorious crocheted sweaters; Treasury of crochet techniques and patterns.

Embroidery Books Collection

About 900 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Embroidery. Some of the titles here: First steps in embroidery; Original designs for silk ribbon embroidery; Kaye Pyke’s classic cushions; The encyclopedia of stitches : with 245 stitches illustrated and 24 exquisite projects; Shay Pendray’s needlecraft projects; Art and stitchery: new directions; Creative back-stitch.

Needlework Books Collection

About 600 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Needlework. Some of the titles here: The art of the needle: designing in fabric and thread; Stitchery for children: a manual for teachers, parents, and children; The complete guide to needlecraft; Victorian style needlecrafts; Quilting, patchwork & applique: a world guide; McCall’s needlework: 150 best-loved Christmas ornaments.

Knitting Pattern Books Collection

Nearly 300 booklets containing Knitting Patterns and covers of such booklets, collected within the Knitting Reference Library at the University of Southampton Library. They appear to include examples published throughout nearly the entire 20th Century.

Vintage Crochet Manuals and Crochet Pattern Books – Collection

56 books and booklets published in the 19th and very early 20th centuries about crochet and needlework.

Vintage Needlework Books – Collection/h3>

38 books and booklets at Hathi Trust published in the 19th century, about embroidery, lace-making, tatting and crochet.

Victorian Knitting Manuals Collection

About 60 knitting manuals, collected within the Knitting Reference Library at the University of Southampton Library. They appear to have been published in Great Britain throughout much of the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

More Collections on Needlework Topics

More Free Books at Internet Archive on Needlework Topics


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Suggested Books on Needlework

The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns : More Than 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters

Beyer, Jinny
Breckling 2009

Providing quilters, researchers, and design enthusiasts with a comprehensive tool for finding, identifying, and drafting more than 4,000 unique patterns, this encyclopedia of quilt block designs presents a method of categorizing designs that eliminates duplication and allows quilters to understand exactly how each one is constructed. Each design is analyzed in terms of the grid on which it is drawn, making it easy recreate the pattern in any size or color scheme desired.

The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns : Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges

Budd, Ann
Interweave 2002

Offering charts and plans for making infant- through adult-sized projects, this unique book provides knitters with a complete resource of more than 350 patterns for caps, tams, scarves, vests, sweaters, mittens, gloves, and socks that are written for multiple gauges to accommodate all weights of yarn from bulky to fingering.

Ultimate Crochet Bible : A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques

Crowfoot, Jane
Collins & Brown 2010

A definitive reference for all aspects of crochet – from the first chain to the care and maintenance of your projects. The first two chapters are packed with useful information such as choosing and using a hook, how to read a pattern, holding the yarn and basic stitches. Once you are armed with the basics, you can go on to learn about a wide range of techniques.

The New Guide to Needlecraft Skills and Techniques : A Complete Course in Embroidery, Needlepoint, Patchwork, Quilting, Applique, Knitting and Crochet

Ganderton, Lucinda
DK 1999

Contains practical instruction and a complete teaching course for all the classic thread and wool crafts.

Teach Yourself Visually Knitting

Turner, Sharon
Wiley 2010

You’ll get visual guidance on the basic knit and purl stitches and advance to bobbles, cables, lace, and fancy color work. Photo by photo and stitch by stitch, you’ll learn how to knit socks, hats, mittens, sweaters, and more. Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill. Detailed color photos demonstrate each step, and helpful tips provide additional guidance.

The Best of Vogue Knitting Magazine: 25 Years of Articles, Techniques and Expert Advice

Vogue Magazine
Sixth & Spring 2007

Practical, comprehensive, and inspiring, this richly illustrated treasury presents invaluable workshops on beginner and expert techniques, as well as smart tips on the design process. Look no further for advice on proper gauging, altering patterns, sketching and scale-drawing, hemming, stitching sleeves, shaping the garment, sweatermaking, and more. And from beloved knitwear designer Elizabeth Zimmermann and daughter Meg Swansen: their most memorable essays and seminars ever, available again.

Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting

Werker, Kim P. and Keim, Cecily
Wiley 2008

This VISUAL guide makes it easy to pick up a hook and a ball of yarn and get stitching, with clear, step-by-step presentations of techniques accompanied by detailed color photos that show readers exactly what to do. The book’s more than 20 patterns–everything from blankets to mittens to a man’s necktie–appeal to hip, modern crocheters.

Knitting Without Tears : Basic Techniques and Easy-to-follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes

Zimmerman, Elizabeth
Scribner 1971

Elizabeth Zimmermann comes to the rescue with clever solutions to frustrating problems and step-by-step instructions for brilliant, timeless designs. You’ll find elegant designs for: Color-pattern Norwegian ski sweaters, Seamless patterned-yoke sweaters, Hooded garter-stitch jackets for babies, watch caps, socks, slippers, mittens, and more!

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