Katie Haegale is a talented lady. You may know her as a writer for Snippets, but she is an author and poet in her own right, independently producing zines which she sells on her website.
Obsolete is a zine filled with an entire alphabet of poems. Each one inspired by a dead word, such as Dangerful, Obtortion and Zodiographer. It's an enjoyable little read and a great way to expand your vocabulary, no matter however irrelevant it may be today.
The zine, along with Katie's other creations can be purchased from her website The La La Theory.
The toy truck is made from beer cans and has bottle caps for wheels. It even has a little can band inside.
Learn how to make your own here.
If you've ever wanted an inexpensive, yet creative and individual way to brighten up your home, then Sonia Lucano's ReMAKE ReSTYLE ReUSE is right up your street. Personalize household items, with techniques such as engraving glassware or painting on tableware, embellish soft furnishings with embroidery and various printing techniques, or spruce up your storage solutions with simple decorative techniques.
The book will teach you the skills for many useful crafts, from engraving and dying, to painting and printing on different varieties of materials.
With unique projects such as Test Tube Vases and the very stylish, Chandelier Tablecloth, you wouldn't be surprised to find these items in a decor magazine, or with a hefty price tag in an art gallery.
If you're a bit of a star-spotter then you will love Knitted Icons by Carol Meldrum. Including patterns for stars of the stage and screen, such as Madonna, King Kong, Audrey Hepburn, Mr. T and Elvis, these cute knitted tributes would make great presents for friend-fans.
With a combination of knitting and sewing, you have to be slightly multi-talented, but don't worry too much because the book contains diagrams and instructions for all of the skills you'll need.
This is one seriously cute little read. So, who'll be on your A-list knit list?
You can pick up a copy of the book from Collins & Brown now! CO+K member offer: Order a copy of Knitted Icons for only £7.99 including free UK p&p. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1028.
Second-Time Cool by Anna-Stina Linden Ivarsson, Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans is a great beginners guide to revamping unwanted clothing. Covering the key areas of embroidery, knitting and crochet, the book provides neat and easy tricks for sprucing up and adding bling to less stylish pieces.
Taking inspiration straight from the catwalk, the book explains how to reuse and recycle materials to create your own, which makes this a really inspiring read. With projects such as a necktie made from a V neck jumper and a coat made entirely from pompoms, some of the looks are better suited to outrageous and confident fashionistas, though there are pieces to suit the more timid dresser too. Even if you don't initially find something to make straight away, I'm sure you'll be inspired to use these techniques to create something unique and wonderful for yourself in the future.
It just goes to show that one woman's trash is another woman's couture!
We're pleased to announce a new feature on CO+K for finding crafters who live near you. This can be handy for those of you wanting to set up craft clubs and knitting groups. We've also added a member map which plots out members by their location across the world.
If you've ever toyed with the idea of starting your own creative business, or pondered trying to sell your handy crafts, then Meg Mateo Ilasco's latest book, Craft, Inc will explain everything you ever needed to know for making it a reality.
Designed for the absolute business beginner, the book holds your hand through intimidating subjects such as production, marketing and publicity, while helping you focus your ideas and discover what your real talent is. One of the nice touches of the book are interviews with artists and crafters who have already made it about how they got where they are today.
Combining common sense with business know-how, the book aims to calm your fears and give you the needed push for taking the plunge with your creative hobby.