Sunday, March 10, 2013

Craft Month and Youth Art Month

Did you know that March is Craft Month? It's also Youth Art Month. I'm a strong believer of craft-as-art, so today we're celebrating both!


The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Jim Rugg. When she moves to a new town, Jane meets a group of girls (all also named Jane) and they start a guerrilla art movement. However, they're quickly labeled menacing vandals by the police. Don't forget the sequel, Janes in Love.

Girl Overboard by Justina Chen. Syrah sees her father on the cover of magazines more than she sees him in person. Her mother gives her everything a golden child could want, without asking what Syrah actually wants. The only place she feels at home is snowboarding, but she was lucky to survive last year's accident. While she tries to regain strength in her knee, she has to discover what else she has in her life. While this isn't a novel about art or craft, Syrah draws her journal-- it's a manga book of her life.

Chicks with Sticks: It's a Purl Thing by Elizabeth Lenhard. They don't run with the same groups of people, but they all meet at KnitWit and their love of yarn and knitting turns them into friends. It's a fun novel of friendship and boys, but readers who knit will also love the included patterns. The fun continues in Chicks with Sticks (Knit Two Together).


Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To by Jenny Hart. I am a HUGE fan of Jenny Hart's designs and instructions. Her work spans the gambit from cute to edgy, modern to traditional, and everything in between. After decades of struggling, her book taught me how to do a French Knot easy-peasy. Teens will easily learn embroidery from her book, and will love her fresh take on the craft. Be sure to check out her store for supplies, tutorials, and more designs at Sublime Stitching.

Hip to Crochet by Judith Schwartz. The worst part about some craft books that are for "the cool, new, younger crafter!" is that they try too hard to be cool and the projects don't appeal. This is not the case here! Easy to follow instructions on crochet, and fun projects, including some fun new twists on basics and standards, this is a great book for the beginner and more experienced crocheter. Be sure to check out the other books in the Hip To...

Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller. Published for adults, but cool enough for teens, Stoller covers the basics of knitting, as well as some very fun projects, in a wide range of skill levels. Be sure to check out her other Stitch 'n Bitch books.


Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden. Because what's better than an amigurami zombie? NOTHING. You'll need some crochet skills to execute these projects, but what better motivator do you need?

Horrorgami: Creepy Creatures, Ghastly Ghouls, and Other Fiendish Paper Projects by Chris Marks. Time to dust off your origami skills, because the projects in this book are super fun (and super creepy.)

Cool Beaded Jewelry by Pam Scheunemann. This one skews towards the younger side in design and voice, but readers of all ages will learn the basics of beading and jewelry making and find some cool projects in this book

What are your favorite books about craft or art for teens?

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