Recommended by Rachael

 

On this page I provide links to books I love. I am an associate member to Amazon, so if you click the link and buy the book then I will  make a few pennies. I have taken the time to really get to know each book, and only recommend books that I love and use on a regular basis.

Crochet 

 

The Crochet Handbook and Stitch Guide: Ruth Patrick

This book has clear instructions and lots of pictures for all of the basic stitches and techniques, as well as a stitch library at the back to help you experiment with different stitches and styles of crochet. This is a great all-rounder reference book and the one I recommend in all my workshops.

 

Crochet Workshop – Learn how to crochet with 20 Inspiring Projects: Erika Knight

This book contains lots of basic information at the beginning, and a selection of stylish projects aimed to increase your confidence and skills as you work through them.

 

Ergonomic Crochet Hook Set

I really like these crochet hooks, they have soft and squidgy shaped handles which make them comfortable to use, and the set has all the frequently used sizes at a reasonable price

 

 Sewing

The Bag Making Bible: Lisa Lam

This is my go-to book for anything bag making. Each chapter focuses on a new technique, and there are lots of clear photographs illustrating each step. Techniques are explained well with just the right level of detail and make it easy to customise your own makes. There is also a full size pattern paper for you to trace out the patterns in the book. The great thing about Lisa Lam’s patterns are that if you a small scale maker (i.e. not a factory) then she is happy for you to make and sell the bags you make from her patterns.

A bag for all reasons: Lisa Lam

Lisa’s second bag making book, some of the techniques are the same as in the first book, however there is a really good selection of new designs, I especially like the foldaway shopper (as you will see in my blog posts) and I am looking forward to making the time to make satchel at some point…….

Dressmaking to flatter your shape: Lorna Knight

This book was a recent find from the library – I will be buying my own copy very soon. I am not a standard size (broad back, bust bigger than a b-cup and a tummy that is bigger than I would like) so this book was great – it takes you through everything you need to know step-by-step from basic pattern cutting and assembly of a pattern, to adjusting the paper pattern to suit your measurements and then how to fine tune your adjustments to get the perfect fit. I have had a lot of dressmaking books from the library, and most I wouldn’t bother with, however I love, love. love this one.