Crafty fiction stitches together lives and friendships. Consider knitting mysteries that ravel in knots but always end with the much-craved happy ending and heartwarming plots centered around quilts shops and sewing circles; these novels feature plots that pull characters into places of security and comfort — or ask them to risk and try something completely new and scary. Great for a summer beach read, we’ve found a few unique and popular crafty fiction books that will inspire you and your crafts. Be sure to make a beach tote bag or even a DIY swimsuit to complete your crafty ensemble.
This recently published novel (by one of CraftFoxes’ own writers) features a woman who buys a farm in the Oregon countryside in the hopes of starting a craft retreat business, only to learn her cheating ex-husband owns a vineyard just down the road. Can Hazel get her fledgling craft retreat business off the ground, survive winter's muddy thaw—and make peace with her ex?
Get your own eBook copy of "Mud Season," and pair it with this DIY garden project made from orphaned materials.
In this craft-inspired fiction, the main character, Star, threatens her family’s restaurant, a place known for inspiring food and art, and the only way she can redeem herself is to compete in a local craft competition with two other women. A novel about friendship as much as crafting, this read also comes as an audiobook, great for listening to while crafting.
Buy a copy of "Waking Up in the Land of Glitter," and check out Kathy Cano-Murillo's (a.k.a The Crafty Chica) Cinco de Mayo paper flower brooches here at CraftFoxes.
In this ensemble-esque crafty fiction, several women gather weekly for a New York City knitting group while also sharing the trials of their lives. Georgia, the main character and owner of the yarn shop where the group meets, is a single mother who uses the group and knitting to cope when her ex comes back, demanding to know his daughter.
Buy your copy of "Friday Night Knitting Club," and pair it with this knit bikini top (a free knitting pattern) here at CraftFoxes.
This baking novel features a woman, Wynter Morrison, rocked by a recent divorce (her husband cheated with her best friend) who moves to Seattle on a whim. She also lands a job as a baker and spends the early, early parts of the day mixing flour and mending her heart. A romance threatens her safety, and Wynter must decide between comfort and risk in order to find happiness.
Buy a copy of "Bread Alone," and pair it with this friendship bread recipe.
In the first installment of this bestselling series, Kelly Flynn arrives in a Colorado town for her aunt’s funeral, a death Kelly soon begins to doubt is as it seems. Her aunt’s farmhouse has been turned into a knitting shop, the House of Lambspun, her eventual source of comfort and inspiration as she attempts to understand how her aunt really died.
Buy a copy of "Knit One, Kill Two," and pair it with a cozy knit shawl, great for those colder nights spent around a beach fire.
Four Connecticut women connect via a quilting shop, owned by Evelyn Dixon — a divorcee running as fast and as far as she can from her marriage and her former Texan home. Through the shop, Evelyn attempts to start a new life while also forming friendships and creating amazing quilts.
Buy a copy of "A Single Thread," and pair it with this felt heart bookmark.
Image credits (from top): Flickr.com/AAFromAA, Aaron Brassea, Hachette Book Group, Nellys Li and Nicole Laroche, Clair Naylon Vaccaro, Berkley Hardcover and Kensington Books