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Resources [books]

My own personal library of arty crafty resources

Design & Mixed Media:

  • La Bibbia dei Motivi Celtici by David Balade
  • The Complete Guide to Designing & Printing Fabric by Laurie Wisbrun
  • Design Parts Sourcebook – Romantic (Rockport Publishers)
  • Linocuts, engraving & printing linoleum blocks by Albert Chapman
  • Il Nuovo Manuale dell’Artista by Ray Smith
  • How to Draw 101 Funny People by Dan Green
  • How to Draw & Paint (Ebury-Press)


  • Tecniche per Manga Digitali by Hayden Scott-Baron
  • Computer Arts – Lavorare con la Grafica (Sprea Italy)

Floral & Biedermeier decorations:

  • Decorare con i Fiori Freschi by M.G.Montaini, A.Romanelli Rupi (Demetra Press)
  • The New Book of Wedding Flowers by Joanne O’Sullivan (Lark Books)
  • Arredare con i Fiori Secchi by Carol Petelin
  • Ghirlande decorative (i manuabili)

Generic Crafting:

  • The Book of Creative Crafts (Octopus Books)


  • Creare con le Perline by Francesca Ghidini, Gabriella Lucietto & Ornella Quartaroli (Gribaudo Press)
  • Beautiful Wire Jewellery for Beaders by Irina Miech (KalmbackBooks)
  • Contemporary Copper Jewelry by Sharilyn Miller (Interweave)
  • Chic & Unique Beaded Jewellery by Naomi Abeykoon (D&C Press)
  • Magical Metal Clay Jewellery by Sue Heaser (D&C Press)


  • My Little Book of Binding by Kimberly Knowles
  • Handmade Decorative Books by Sue Roddis (Search Press)
  • D√©coupage by Laura Pasi & Francesca Rocchini (Gibaudo Press)
  • Creare con Carta Pirkka by Ad Maiora (Demetra Press)
  • Carta Pergamena by Patrizia Nave Cerutti (Fabbri Editori)
  • Manuale Di Cartonaggio by Valeria Ferrari-Ersilia Fiorucci
  • Twirled Paper by Jacqueline Lee (Klutz Press)
  • Marmorizzare la Carta by Gina Cristanini Di Fidio, Wilma Strabello Bellini(Demetra Press)

Polymer Clay:

  • Polymer Clay by Angela Mabray & Kim Otterbein
  • The Art of Polymer Clay by Donna Dato


  • Ricicla in Musica by Rossana Rossena (Demetra S.r.l. Press)


  • The Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking Techniques by Karen McIvor & Sarah Mason
  • Scrapbooking for Dummies by Jeanne Wines-Reed & Joan Wines


  • Felting Fashion, Creative & inspirational techniques for feltmakers by Lizzie Houghton
  • Crafting Christmas Gifts — by Tone Finnanger [ David & Charles Publishers (NB. The items presented in this book can be made for personal use only)]
  • Start to Felt by Ewa Kuniczak (Search Press)
  • Layered, Tattered & Stitched by Ruth Rae
  • Patchwork senza ago by G.Valli Berti, R.Ricolfi (Fabbri Editori)
  • Manuale di Cucito (Burda Press)
  • McCall’s Sewing in Colour (Hamlyn Publishing Group)
  • The Complete Guide to Needlework Techniques & Materials (Quill Publishing)


  • Understanding Antiques by Lucilla Watson (W.H.SMITH Exclusive Books)


  • Making Authentic Country Furniture by John G.Shea
  • The New Dolls’ House Do-It-Yourself Book by Venus & Martin Dodge (D&C Press)
Made by Hand

When you buy something from an artist, you are buying more than an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experiments. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are not only buying a thing, but a piece of heart, a part of the soul, a moment in the life of someone.

by Giacomo Cinque
'La Sartoria Antica'
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