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


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

  • ISBN: 9781617690969
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2014


Price: $27.50

Uncover a treasure-trove of crafting tips and inspiration with help from a rare book librarian and examples from Natalie Chanin, Liesl Gibson, and more.

A Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Deep in the stacks of any library is a wealth of inspiration waiting to be uncovered, and a plethora of projects ready to be tackled. In BiblioCraft, crafting aficionado and rare book librarian Jessica Pigza shares her secrets to scouring those musty collections—both in person and online—for everything from vintage needlepoint magazines to historic watermarks and Japanese family crests. As a host of the New York Public Library's Handmade Crafternoon series, Pigza has helped creative people of all types take advantage of these hidden riches.

BiblioCraft also presents more than twenty projects inspired by library resources from a stellar cast of designers, including Alabama Chanin founder Natalie Chanin, Liesl + Co. founder Liesl Gibson, Charm Patterns founder Gretchen Hirsch, illustrator and fabric designer Heather Ross, Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney, and others.

Whether your passion is pillows or coasters, fascinators or fabrics, Pigza will show you how to turn your local library into a global crafting goldmine.


"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!"

"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!"
Creature Comforts blog

"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."

“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.”
Michigan Live

“Making beautiful things from books.”
Chicago Tribune

“Jessica Pigza’s BiblioCraft is beautifully designed and full of both doable and aspirational projects by some of the hugest names in the craft world . . . I’m positively drooling.”
Starred Review from Library Journal

“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.”
Los Angeles Times

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

“A Top Read.”
Mollie Makes

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

“Combining books and crafts? Sign me up.”
Our Daily Craft

“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.”
Getting Stitched on the Farm

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