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Homemade Christmas and Festive Decorations: 25 Home Craft Projects [Paperback]

Ros Badger , Elspeth Thompson
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Book Description

11 Oct 2012

Add a touch of personality and creativity to your home with projects for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s and birthdays.

Complete with step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography, learn to make extra special festive decorations – such as a birthday pinata, knitted angels, fragrant rose petal stuffed hearts or an Easter tree. Shop-bought decorations just can’t compare!

25 fun and simple projects to make, perfect for beginners.
Complete with patterns, and knitting, sewing and craft basics.
Includes a directory of suppliers and resources

The content of this book is adapted from Homemade by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson, first published by Collins in 2009.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007489552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007489558
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 15 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ros Badger has been designing for over 25 years.
Having learned how to crochet at the age of eight, Ros has made things all her life, customising clothes, restoring old furniture, growing food and flowers and cooking everything from bread to vegetarian feasts.
In recent years, as well as working as a stylist for magazines and newspapers,including the Telegraph and Sunday Times. Ros has begun holding workshops and weekly classes teaching adults and children how to knit and sew.
She teaches sewing masterclass courses regularly in France at Chateau Dumas http://www.chateaudumas.net/home/home.htm.
Ros's most recent book, Homemade: Gorgeous Things to Make with Love, co-authored with Elspeth Thompson is published by Harper Collins in the UK and Skyhorse Publishing in the USA.
Ros has also author of two successful knitting books, Little Badger Contemporary Classics (Ebury press) and Instant Expert Knitter (Octopus books).
Her mail order business Little Badger specialized in fashionable hand knitwear and T shirts for children and had a pioneering approach, using logos and imagery previously not associated with childrenswear:
Little Badger's customers were world wide and included celebrities from Nicole Kidman to Bono, as well as many figures in the fashion world.
An ex-designer for Betty Jackson and Marks & Spencer among others, Ros also did a stint as knitwear expert on the C4 Big Breakfast programme,

Ros hosts Pop Up Shops under the trade name 'Its Loveliness Increases'. Scouring markets and sale rooms across the UK and France. She sells vintage finds, from furniture, paintings and textiles to objet d'art and mid century contemporary pieces.
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Ros Badger has an incredible eye her sales are full of wonderful things, every single one something you want to live with; each object or picture or textile treasure with its own history. Badger's vision is life enhancing and so are her sales.

Daisy Garnett, Vogue journalist June 2010

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‘There could hardly be a better time to relearn the joys of the home-made. Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson have put together a book filled with ideas for economising or simply wiling away a lovely afternoon.’ Telegraph’s Stella magazine on Homemade

‘This beautiful book would make a lovely gift in itself, if you can bring yourself to give it away! It’s packed with all kinds of craft projects.’ Simply Knitting on Homemade

About the Author

Elspeth Thompson wrote a weekly gardening column and features for the Sunday Telegraph, and also the Guardian. She wrote numerous books on gardening, homes and interiors. Since her sad death in 2010, the Gardening Against the Odds Awards and a bursary set up in her name by the National Gardens Scheme are helping to preserve her legacy. Ros Badger is a designer, freelance stylist and buyer. She’s also the author of several knitting books and teaches knitting and sewing classes. Ros also owns children’s knitwear company Little Badger.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what expected 29 Nov 2012
By snowy
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Bit disappointed as not as good as expected and most of the ideas I have already come across. Win some lose some!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy 22 Jun 2013
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good book for those cold autumn/winter nights when there is nothing on the TV, plenty to keep you busy and it good fun
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Festive decorations 1 Dec 2012
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A neat little book. Easy to follow and comes complete with templates and stitching instructions for basic sewing. Nothing too complex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book with lots of different ideas 1 Dec 2012
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Great book with very easy to understand instructions and beautiful pictures. Covers Easter, Valentines day and lots of other ideas.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor selection of projects 2 Nov 2012
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Not impressed with the selection of projects, found a lot were repetitive from other books nothing really new in here for me to make, a bit disappointed!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY disappointed 14 Feb 2013
By Fari
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What a waste of money. A craft magazine such as "sew magazine" is far better than this book. The projects are similar to other books. Nothing new. The instructions are not easy to follow and are vague. I am even disappointed with the size of the book. It is a small book and the patterns are small and need to be enlarged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, a must have for Xmas! 12 April 2014
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A really nice and simple book to follow.

It makes amazing decorations, generally simple to make.

Can be used for your home or even for little pressies for your friends.

A must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 12 Mar 2014
By BethanW
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A beautiful little book, small enough to carry in your bag for inspiration when out and about. Love the others in this series too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy.
Lots of brilliant ideas. My friend works at a Care Home and she will be able to use lots of the ideas in the book.
Published 4 months ago by Avril Jean Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Homemade Christmas and festive craft book
Seems a very handy book, for some you enjoys crafting I bought it as a present and was very pleased
Published 4 months ago by glenda davey
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
This book really disappointed me.

I bought several craft books and this really was a poor example. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MJM
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I quite like this little book. It has quite a lot of ideas, many very traditional, for festivities throughout the year. Clear instructions too. Read more
Published 6 months ago by LesleyH
5.0 out of 5 stars just brill
great book a must for you crafters' not just for xmas but ideas can be used any time, good value and a good size book .good instuc.
Published 13 months ago by mr s
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Crafty Person
There are some good ideas for craft projects throughout the year, mostly using things you'd have in hand, so not expensive. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Ja Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Gifts to make
Nice little book, lots of different items and goodies to make for the festive season. Will make some with my craft class :)
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but...
This is a lovely book with some very nice ideas but there are actually very few Christmas projects, which was what I bought it for. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. L. Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars busy knitting
only Just learned to knit in 2012,at age of 61,and have not been able to NEVER be knitting,this book is full of little wonders,and I ordered it too late for Christmas 2012,but have... Read more
Published 14 months ago by amberlover
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