Plano Reads: Make your Autumn Crafty

Changing weather inspires new hobbies or resurrecting old ones! This fantastic list contains books about different crafts that you can try as well as fiction with characters that take these crafts seriously (almost too seriously). Some of these books might even inspire you to make gifts to give to yourself or to others in the coming holiday season.

Cloth Crafts

November Knits: Inspired Designs for Changing Seasons by Kate Gagnon Osborn: Fall is an ever-popular season for knitters; learn to knit warm and stylish garments and accessories to make the season a little cozier. |Print|

Harriet’s Journey from Elm Creek Quilts: 100 Sampler Blocks Inspired by the Best-Selling Novel Circle of Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini: Quilting patterns based on the Elm Creek Quilts books. |Print|

Geek Knits: Over 30 Projects for Fantasy Fanatics, Science Fiction Fiends, and Knitting Nerds by Toni Carr: Are you ready to embrace your inner geek? This fun and fashionable compendium of knitting patterns include projects ranging from easy to advanced—there’s something here for everyone: sci-fi geeks, dice rollers, and fantasy enthusiasts alike. 

Sashiko: 20 Projects Using Traditional Japanese Stitching by Jill Clay: This book contains all you need to know about how to get started on making Sashiko patterns. It will not only teach you but inspire with some great visuals. |Print|

Brewing, Feasting, and Smoking

Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter by Nigel Slater: A collection of 110 vegetarian autumn and winter recipes that provide quick, easy, and filling plant-based suppers while paying homage to the seasons. |Print|

The Apple Lover’s Cookbook by Amy Traverso: A celebration of apples, fall’s favorite fruit, in all their incredible diversity, including biographies of 70 popular apple varieties, and over 100 scrumptious recipes. |Print|

The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz and Michael Pollan: Sometimes you need some great visuals to really understand how to ferment. This book has great instruction about how to make food through fermenting. Check it out to add some great side dishes to your table.  |eBook|Audiobook|

All-Natural Perfume Making by Kristen Schuhmann: Learn to make your own signature scent! This book is good for beginners and has some great pictures. |eBook |

Dappled: Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers by Nicole Rucker: Wonderfully fresh fruit desserts from noted Los Angeles pastry chef Nicole Rucker—perfect for fall. |Print|

Wisdom for Home Preservers: 500 Tips for Pickling, Canning, Curing, Smoking and More by Robin Ripley: Food going bad will be a thing of the past. Check out how to pickle, can, cure, a smoke your foods. |Print|

Seasonal Celebrations

Day of the Dead: 20 Creative Projects to Make for Your Party or Celebration by Paula Pascual: Be inspired this fall by the rituals, flavors, motifs, and costumes of Mexico’s popular Day of the Dead celebrations. |Print|

The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van’t Hul: Presents a year’s worth of art projects, activities, and recipes for simple family-friendly crafting  |Print|

Extreme Pumpkin Carving by Vic Hood: Presents a brief history of pumpkin use for Halloween, step-by-step instructions and photography for relief-carving pumpkins, a gallery of pumpkin art, and a selection of carving patterns. |Print|

Photocraft: Things to Do with the Pictures You Love by Caroline Herter: Don’t forget your pictures on your electronic devices! Make them front and center with some creative ideas. |Print|

Autumn Gardens

The Garden in Autumn by Allen Lacy: Lacy’s distinctive, vibrant writing style enlivens this survey of fall gardens. |Print|

Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season Into Autumn by Nancy J. Ondra: Embrace the jewel-toned fruits, flaming foliage, and woody plants of the fall garden with practical design ideas, plant advice, and 10 complete garden plans in this autumnal gardening guide |Print|

Fictional Escapes

The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini: The first book in Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilts fiction series, currently on order. These do not need to be read in order. Round Robin, The Cross-Country Quilters, and Runaway Quilt are the next in the series, which has 21 books.  |Print|

Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert: Fall in historic Taylorsford, Virginia, bring colorful leaves and the annual Heritage Festival—and this year, the death of a renowned artist, and a cache of forged paintings. Blue Ridge Library director Amy Webber must enlist her staff and friends to solve this mystery, the second in a series. |eBook|


For more fall activities and craft inspiration, check out the variety of eMagazines available on the Libby and PressReader apps!

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