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BiblioCraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects
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BiblioCraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects

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by Jessica Pigza
 

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Voted a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal
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

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Voted a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal
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.

Editorial Reviews

MAKE/CRAFTzine.com

"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!"
Creature Comforts blog

"When I discovered that it is no ordinary craft book…but one that encourages creative projects inspired by vintage or long forgotten books from the library (or even your own bookshelf), I was captivated!"
About.com

"Rarely does a decorating or DIY book make my heart flutter, but Jessica Pigza really knows how to charm a bibliophile whose passion is crafting and decorating."
Michigan Live

“Crafty library lovers must check out BiblioCraft . . . If you consider yourself a bookworm and enjoy time spent in the stacks, treat yourself to this book.”
Chicago Tribune

“Making beautiful things from books.”
Los Angeles Times

“Pigza showcases an array of designs by master craftspeople and artists that were all inspired by the holdings at the New York library—referencing the originals, of course—and includes instructions so you can make your own.”
BookPage.com

“Libraries are full of inspiration and resources and there’s a new book that tells exactly how to mine them.”
Mollie Makes

“A Top Read.”
mom.me

“Moms looking to get crafty need look no further.”
Our Daily Craft

“Combining books and crafts? Sign me up.”
Getting Stitched on the Farm

“What we all liked about this book is that it had what I call ‘meat’ or maybe you might call substance. In the beginning of Bibliocraft, [Pigza] explains things about libraries that I didn’t know existed. From the library system (branch, research, special collections), to how to find the right library for you (mindblowing info here), to how to plan a library visit (yes—there is a proper way), to how to search. Bibliocraft explains things that I think only librarians know and she does it in a way normal people can understand.”
Library Journal
★ 02/01/2014
Pigza, a rare-books librarian at the New York Public Library, connects her two passions—libraries and crafting—in this collection of book-inspired craft projects. Each project uses books and library collections (often vintage) as a jumping-off point, turning things as commonplace as marbled endpapers into a pretty sewn pouch or drawing inspiration from children's book illustrations for a fanciful child's dress. Photographs of the primary sources that provided ideas for the projects are incorporated, allowing crafters to see the "ancestry" of each item. Pigza has assembled quite the cast of crafting luminaries, such as Gretchen Hirsch (Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing), Liesl Gibson (Oliver + S Little Things To Sew), and Heather Ross (Heather Ross Prints), and these varied projects include everything from sewing and embroidery to papercraft. Copyright issues relating to craft making—a frequent cause of heated arguments in crafting communities—are concisely and intelligently covered, and there's plenty of material on types of libraries and ways to use libraries as a source of creativity and information. VERDICT Though bibliophiles and fans of libraries will be drawn in by the theme of the book, crafters who haven't visited a library since childhood will be thrilled with the wealth of talented artists whose projects are featured. (Bibliophiles will also be pleased that no books are harmed in the making of these crafts.) [See author Q&A, p. 74.—Ed.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617690969
Publisher:
STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,397,098
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Jessica Pigza is a rare book librarian at the New York Public Library. The host of the library’s monthly DIY event series, she has been featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine, has guest-blogged on Design*Sponge, and has lectured at library conferences on design and craft inspiration. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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BiblioCraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspires you to go to the library and find new items for creative purposes. There are also good resources mentioned.