In my kitchen at home is a book my mum gave me when I moved out. It’s now covered in marks, grease stains, filled with page markers and scribbles, torn pages. It’s used – day in day out – when I forget roast timings, or want to reuse that ricotta cheesecake recipe. Even when the covers fall off and the pages are loose, that book will be my cooking bible.
It’s how I feel about Material World. Whether you’re a long term craft fan, or just getting started, it’s one you’ll refer to time and again. And gosh is it pretty.
From the very basics – scissor types and stitches, through to advice from experts on creating your own craft business, everything is covered.
So much personally rang true; I found myself agreeing with the entire foreword. Perri herself admits craft isn’t thrifty, it really isn’t. Ask anyone with a sewing machine, knitting needles or crochet hook, but it is pleasurable, environmentally sound and the craft community is one of the most solid I’ve come to know. We all want to help each other and that’s what this book is about.
Perri speaks to those who have made a massive success of their craft and want to spread the word – from Grayson Perry to Tatty Devine, from Kaffe Fassett to Philip Treacy. The interviews and tips only go to reaffirm what I love about arts and crafts, everyone wants to help others learn, enjoy and grab hold of craft with both hands. You cannot beat the satisfaction you get when a finish product is sold, gifted or you simply finish adjusting that skirt you loved in the charity shop but it was just a bit too big on the waist….
If it’s possible to fall for words and pictures on paper, then I’ve done it. For me the pleasure is not just in what it teaches me, but it’s an absolute joy to read, just as a narrative. And if you’re still unsure, see the review from Cupcakes for Clara and this game of blog tag continues with Skulls and Ponies review tomorrow.
However, I am a generous soul. And having indulged my need to purchase this book myself, there is the small matter of having two copies…. (three actually as it’s on my Kindle as well). So….
As the winner failed to contact me with their details, this giveaway is once again active. I will include original entrants and new entrants, you have until 12pm tomorrow – 26 April 2013 – to post your comment and enter. Terms and Conditions have been updated.
Would you like a copy of this absolutely stunning book? Looking for something for mum for Mother’s Day? This might just be your saviour. As ever with my giveaways entry is super easy. Just comment below and I’ll enter you in the electronic hat.
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