I love craft fantasies--books in which the characters make things with their hands, books in which crafty creativity is the cornerstone of a character's being, or in which craft production drives the plot. A particular sub-genre of these that I love are textile fantasies--with weaving, sewing, knitting or other textile arts front and center.
I've just bitten the bullet and made a new "textile fantasy" label. There you'll find the following books:
Avielle of Ria, by Dia Calhoun
The Spellcoats, by Diana Wynne Jones
Tom Ass, by Ann Laurence
Brightly Woven, by Alexandra Bracken
Silksinger, by Laini Taylor
and two that kind of stretch the boundaries of my definition:
Princess of the Wild Swans, by Diane Zahler (nettle shirts)
Princess of Glass, by Jessica Day George (lots of knitted charms)
Here are other textile fantasies that I haven't read/reviewed (many recommended by you all back when I started with this):
A Curse Dark as Gold, by Elizabeth Bunce
Weaveworld, by Clive Barker
Gathering Blue, by Lois Lowry
Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George
The Broken Thread, by Linda Smith
Sandry's Book, by Tamora Pierce
Crewel, by Gennifer Albin (I'm not sure this is going to count, since the textiles involved seem to be the fabric of time....)
Any other recommendations? Why aren't there more books with magical embroidery?
Someday I'll have a whole nother page up at the top of Craft Fantasies...glass blowing, metal working, pottery....feel free to pass on suggestions for any of those too! Not that I have time to read and review a fraction of what I want too, but still....