Jessica provides a wealth of information about making the most of what a library readily offers. In the first third of the book, you'll learn to find and utilize specific collections both in person and online for your own creative inspiration and information. She writes clearly and with authority... I especially appreciate the way Jessica takes the mystery out of copyright.
Arts and Crafts Ex Libris Set - Anna Bondoc
As for the projects section, Jessica called upon crafters and designers to provide original ideas and instructions for making modern items based on vintage library collections. Each highlights the rich potential that awaits inside a research library.
Marbled Fabric Pouch - Jodi Kahn
Sixteen makers, including the author (you might recognize quite a few names from the online craft and design world) created an appealing variety of doable projects that feature sewing and embroidery, fabric stenciling, paper cutting, stamping, working with felt, just to name several techniques. There's even a quilling project - more on that in a moment.
The styled photographs of completed projects are lovely and the detailed text instructions include some line drawings. Templates are provided where necessary. Note there are no step-by-step photos, if they are something you particularly look for in a craft book.
Ornamental Penmanship Embroidery with historical inspiration - Mary Corbet
I found it fascinating to read about each artist's carefully considered inspiration. The stylish, marbled fabric pouch by Jodi Kahn, for example, was launched by the sight of decorated papers. Calligraphy and penmanship inspired the gorgeous flourishes of Mary Corbet's bird embroidery on a vintage tea towel. Anna Bondoc created a useful cut paper bookmark and bookplate set, and animal illustrations and natural history sparked the idea for delightfully quirky votive holders by Grace Bonney.
Antiquarian Animal Votive Holders - Grace Bonney
She thought they might offer filigree (quilled) design possibilities and sent over images from the British Library's online database of book bindings that showed branches and leaves. One glance at a bent willow pattern and I was off and running... the result was this spiral pendant made with modern day, gilded-edge quilling paper imported from England. And in case you are wondering, yes, it's very sturdy.
Quilled Willow Pendant - Ann Martin
Jessica is doing quite a bit of traveling around the U.S. in conjunction with the release of BiblioCraft... check her calendar to see if she will be making an appearance in your city and go if you can... some form of hands-on crafty goodness just might be involved!