October book reviews

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tanya Blake reviews the hottest craft books for October



Vintage Craft Workshop: Fresh Takes on Twenty-Four Classic Projects from the '60s and '70s 
by Cathy Callahan,
Chronicle Books £12.99

ISBN: 978-0-81187-532-5

Vintage Craft Workshop takes a fun and fresh look at retro crafts, tastefully and reverently updating projects for a modern audience. Author Cathy Callahan's talented group of contributors each offer us their own contemporary interpretation of a retro project, complete with before and after photos, how-to illustrations and perforated templates so that you can easily create your own version. Each chapter focuses on projects made with a different material or technique; expect raffia, papier mache and macramé galore. This book is a tribute not only to the style and craft techniques of the 60s and 70s but also to the influential makers of the time. Each chapter opens with a short biography of a different 'crafty lady' discussing her work and influence in the crafting community. Truly inspirational for vintage fans and makers alike.

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Home Sewn Home: 20 Projects To Make For The Retro Home  
by Sally Walton, GMC Publications £14.99

ISBN: 978-1-86108-840-6

Modern life has taken a nostalgic twist and we're once again finding worth in the one-off and handmade. However, many of us no longer have the sewing skills our Nans attempted to pass on to us as children. But don't despair or curse your childhood self; Sally Walton is here to show us that it's never too late to learn. Home Sewn Home contains 20 practical and simple step-by-step projects for the home that are suitable for the absolute beginner. There is a whole chapter dedicated to teaching basic hand and machine sewing techniques and demystifying sewing terms, as well as listing useful blogs, suppliers and what you'll need to include in your basic sewing kit. The book is divided into projects for the Living Room, Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom and contains pretty, vintage inspired items, complete with full size paper patterns that are sure to ignite your love of making all over again.

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Recycled Home: Transform your home using salvaged materials 
by Rebecca Proctor, Laurence King Publishing £14.95 

ISBN: 978-1-85669-896-2

Rebecca Proctor, author of Recycled Home, believes that for the committed crafter almost anything can be repurposed and re-made into something useful and beautiful for your home. She shows us how to create 50 stylish and eco-friendly craft projects that range from sewing and knitting to needlework and woodwork, and will make you think twice about throwing out that old jumper! The chapters cover each aspect of life at home, such as Sleeping, Bathing, Utility, and Kids with a mix of practical and pretty projects for every room; my favourites include the patchwork tweed blanket and crate bathroom cabinet. With invaluable sections about useful materials, tools and a glossary of terms to get you started plus tips about how each project can be personalised, this book is the perfect place to begin making unique crafts with a conscience.

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The Handmade Marketplace: How to sell your crafts locally, globally, and online
by Kari Chapin, Storey Publishing £9.59

ISBN: 978-1-60342-477-6

Knowing how to set up your own craft business can seem daunting; how do you decide on your branding, plan a marketing strategy or tackle the huge resource that is the Internet? It's easy to feel lost and confused in what is now such a competitive marketplace, but author Kari Chapin along with her Creative Collective of successful artists and business people, is here to guide you with in-depth, easy to follow advice. The book contains three main sections to help you determine what kind of business will suit you best, how to spread the word about it and the all-important business of selling. From picking a name, to making valuable connections with others in the craft community all bases are covered. Plus with top tips throughout from impressive craft figures such as the vice president of Etsy, Matt Stinchcomb, and a brilliant resources section you'll find the inspiration and knowledge to take the craft world by storm.

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