Beautiful Books

I am passionate about how-to books. The making process fascinates me.

Some of these beautiful books form part of my large personal collection.

Others are on my wishlist *.

The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Unbelievably Realistic Paper Blooms


This book is a treasured part of my personal collection.  Full of tender, fresh, blooms

Paper Blossoms: A Book of Beautiful Bouquets for the Table


Beautiful Paper Flowers: Elegant – and Easy to Make – Blossoms



The Flower Recipe Book



Paper + Craft: 25 Charming Gifts, Accents, and Accessories to Make from Paper

A great resource.  (Try the rather elegant tissue paper hat for an appropriate occassion)

Modern Paper Crafts

I enjoyed the challenge of making the Chevron Wall Decoration.  But I used it as a window treatment instead 🙂

Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book

One of the first book paper resources I came across early in journey into book art.

Playing with Paper: Illuminating, Engineering, and Reimagining Paper Art

Full of all sorts of paper art. Clear info about paper pleating and sculpture

Creative Paper Art: Techniques for Transforming the Surface

It’s amazing just how many ways paper can be decoratively treated. 

Creative Handmade Paper

All about making your own paper.  I took the advice in the section on making objects with paper and made some delicate book paper bowls.

Creative Paper Cutting: Basic Techniques and Fresh Designs for Stencils, Mobiles, Cards, and More (Make Good: Crafts + Life)
A great resource of paper cutting patterns and ideas

The Practical Illustrated Encyclopedia of Origami: The Complete Guide To The Art Of Papermaking

This encyclopaedia taught me the basics of origami folding – It took me through the first of the (probably) hundreds of lilies I have since created.

Ultimate Papercraft and Origami Book

An enormous book – filled with a variety of ideas

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Community: The Structure of Belonging

Rethink: The Way You Live

Pages of thought provoking loveliness

Craft Art in South Africa

Graphic humble examples of making the most of what you have in your daily life.

Shibori Designs & Techniques


Full of salivatingly beautiful Shibori dyeing techniques

Experimental Textiles: A Journey Through Design, Interpretation and Inspiration


Out the box textile thinking

Handmade Graphics


Trendy non-digital graphic installations

Rain Book of Natural Soap Making


Looking forward to making some soap soon.  I have the ingredients and the book!  Watch this space 🙂

100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet: A Collection of Beautiful Blooms for Embellishing Garments, Accessories, and More


Therapy with a hook.  Quick and pretty botanical crochet

Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts! Lacy Crochet


Japanese simplicity and style at it’s best.  A favourite crochet book of mine

The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art

A defining book for me personally 🙂

The Hidden Art of Homemaking

An old book, but hugely revelational to me, and a real favourite