Wednesday Book Review 4 and a giveaway

Have you noticed, there’s a general trend among crafty types that we can’t stick to just one craft?  This was particularly true for me when I was a little girl.  Every Christmas and birthday some new kit came along – candle making, glass painting, soap making, that clay stuff you cook in the oven, those little plastic beads you iron together… and of course the usual sewing, knitting, crochet.  Most of the stuff’s long gone now, but every so often I feel the urge to pick one of those crafts up again.  The last time this occurred, it  was embroidery.  And therefore I bought this book:

Let’s just get one thing straight – none of the projects in this book approach anything like the complexity of the design on the cover.  Depending on what you’re looking for, that may reassure or disappoint you.  It was the latter for me, but once I’d got over it I discovered quite a nice little book.

In fact, nice is the word for these projects, as in “oh, that’s quite nice” – nothing amazing, but consistently sweet.  There’s a good introduction, with lots of pictures of the different stitch types involved (which I absolutely needed):

And then the projects.  Maybe the reason I didn’t love this book is that most of the items are things I don’t particularly need or want – an eye mask, a headband, ID holder, lampshades, bookmarks, storage bags, and so on.  But the designs are really cute, and you could easily use them on whatever you wanted. 

I don’t have any projects to show from this book, but I was inspired by the napkin idea below – I embroidered a set of 6 for my brother and sister-in-law for their first married Christmas.  Instead of the circles though, I used a monogram of their initials designed for their wedding.  Wish I  had a picture to show them off, because I was super proud of how swish they looked!

Nice projects, nicely written book – but I don’t think I have much more use for it.  So… it’s up for grabs!  Would you like it?  Then leave a comment below to answer the following question:

Is there a particular craft you used to do, but gave up on?  Would you ever have another go at it?

This giveaway will be open for the next week, and I’ll announce the winner (as determined by a random number generator, if there’s more than one reply) in next Wednesday’s book review.

7 thoughts on “Wednesday Book Review 4 and a giveaway

  1. Fabulous giveaway! I used to do tons of scrapbooking. I think I would definitely revisit it but sewing takes up most of my time nowadays (and I really love sewing–so it would have to be a short scrapbook for me to take it up again in earnest) 🙂

  2. I used to crochet a lot, in my late teens I started making squares of bright (we’ve talking neon) colours with the plan that I would stich them all together into a jumper! (really! what was I thinking?) took ages, and I got bored of the idea and realised that’d never wear it anyway… a few years ago a freind and I had the idea of rolling them up and putting them in frames – which make some good “art” that I really like.
    Haven’t realy crocheted much since mostly fixing holes in jumpers etc, more into sewing these days. Would love to learn some more embroidery stitches – I only remember chain stich these days.
    Helena

  3. I have so many crafts I used to do. I used to do cross-stitch but haven’t had time / inclination to do it for a long time. My favorite craft that I used to do is lampworking. That is, making glass beads with a torch. I have all the equipment, but my shop / sewing area is so messy the lampworking bench is buried under a pile of junk. I started lampworking because I used to blow glass for a hobby before I was pregnant with my now 9 year old son. I quit glass blowing because of the risk of all the heat you work around directed at your abdomen. So I switched to lampworking instead.

  4. I think you’re right. Many of us just have too many hobbies we’ll pursue when given the chance. I think I’ve set aside scrapbooking and stamping more than other hobbies. I have empty photo albums waiting for pictures, but just can’t make myself get around to it. So, I guess the answer to your last question is that I *hope* to get back to it. Otherwise, I’ll keep having empty albums.

  5. Oh I’d love that book! Thanks for giving it away. I did lots of art and craft as a child but had to give up when I started my A-levels and then I lost confidence and didn’t do anything until last year, when I started sewing. I don’t know if you’d call it a craft, but drawing was my favourite activity.

  6. I use to crochet alot when I was first married, then stopped for many, many years. I am trying to learn how to knit and got very frustrated and went back to crocheting.

  7. I used to do a lot of cross stitch but I haven’t done one in over two years. I stopped doing it because I preferred sewing and knitting because when I finish a project I can wear it out in public and (hopefully) get lots of comments, whereas with cross stitch, it would just hang on my wall where no one could ever see. I think I’d like to have another go at it, especially at designing my own cross stitch pictures.

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