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Homemade: Gorgeous Things to Make with love [Paperback]

Ros Badger , Elspeth Thompson
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Book Description

27 May 2010

A contemporary take on gorgeous things to make

Making it yourself rather than buying it off the shelf has never been trendier. Whether driven by eco considerations and anti-consumerism or by the desire to own or give something personal rather than uniform, many more of us are getting out the knitting needles and sewing kit, and taking pleasure in lavishing some TLC on our homes, our friends, our children and ourselves.

Homemade is packed full of ideas for things to make that make life that little bit better. From crocheted coat-hangers to cordials and cupcakes, from cushion covers made from vintage blankets, old shirts cut up to make summer bunting or beautifully simple decorating ideas for an old-fashioned Christmas tree, here are over a hundred ways of adding individuality to your home and to the things you give. You'll save some money along the way - and using materials you have to hand not only saves the cash, it also means building a little bit of your history, whether from a favourite worn-out skirt or pebbles you've collected on holiday, into the things that surround you.

While the book is practical and project-based, covering everything from knitting gloves to making natural moth repellents and devising the most gorgeous hand-made gift wrapping, it is also aspirational and chic - a key requirement is that the finished result has to look better and more desirable than a shop-bought version.

Many of the ideas are incredibly simple and can be done in minutes; some are more of a labour of love; all have clear instructions and gorgeous accompanying photographs that cannot fail to inspire you to get going and add some homemade glamour to your home and your life.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007360576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007360574
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,750 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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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 previously owned a children's knitwear company, Little Badger, and is now a freelance stylist, as well as teaching at the Design Museum.

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware - this is a re-issue! 5 Nov 2010
Whilst I've given this book 5 stars, I'd also like to vent a 1 star irritation issue! This is a reprint of an earlier book - with a different title. How disappointing. If you have Homemade: Gorgeous things to make with love then you already have this book. I can't give the book less than 5 stars as I really like it - which is why I bought what I thought was a new one by the same authors. I'll write a proper review later, but simply wanted to warn those of you who may have the original book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good range of crafts 4 July 2011
I like the book, it has a good range of crafts, but I still havent been so inspired as to make something out of this specific book. For example it has a page on soap, but I'd rather pick something out of a soap book so I did that, it has a bit of crochet in it, so I looked at other crochet designs to try. All in all a great book if you want something with a little bit of this and that, but I prefer to learn more about a craft before I try it out!
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 21 Sep 2010
NOTE: this is my review for the hardback version, but the comments still apply.

I'm not normally a moaner but after buying this book I feel I have to warn people so they can at least buy at their own peril! And I will try to be more specific than the other negative reviews (for the hardback).

I did make nice one thing from this book - the knitted teacosy for my grandma. There is also a cupcake recipe which seemed good, but I already have the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook for all my baking needs!

But the other projects are either
1. A nice idea, but dont really warrant a 'how-to' - patchwork quilt? sew some square patches together. decorate your clothes with buttons? sew some buttons on (ditto patches). paint something on a t-shirt with fabric paint. bored of flowerpots? plant your flowers in an old watering can. and so on...

2. Just a bit awful - knitted coat-hangers. 'for valentines day find a heart shaped pebble and paint I Love You on it'. tin-can lanterns - clean a tin can, punch some holes in, insert candle. an embroidered 'keep out' door sign for your teenager?! and a truly horrendous garden chair made from denim.

Sorry again but I hope that helps some people save their money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely - a bit of everything 17 Jan 2012
I bought this book as a gift for my mother who wanted a craft ook with a variety of projects. Lots of lovely photos and funky things to make but using traditional crafts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 3 Feb 2011
I love how the ideas are seasonal. Gives great ideas.
Made quite a few of them already and they are very easy to follow.
Great pictures.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice ideas 2 Aug 2010
By sparrow
I really like this book - it has some lovely ideas, some of which I might find tricky as beginner, but equally some great basic projects.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Suzie S
My mum gave me this for Christmas & I love it.

"Sass" (disappointed reviewer below) might be full of so much crafty know-how s/he doesn't need instructions, but I'm not, & this book gave me lots of inspiration. The writers seem friendly & down-to-earth, & their instructions are well thought out. They anticipate fumbly fingers like mine, pre-empting potential problems & giving me the confidence to just mess about & make something.

Instead of starting with "go to the shop & buy x, y & z", the projects (mostly) use "ingredients" that you'll find lying around. This is especially useful when you're poverty-stricken but want to make your home look nice.

The punched tin lantern is actually lovely, casts pretty shadows on the walls & looks sort of home-made gypsyesque. A couple of the projects are a bit twee for my taste (& I agree with Sass on incompatibility of teenagers & embroidery!), but most are very attractive, modern in an uncontrived, homely way. They're not ground-breaking, per se, but they have given me ideas that I'd have never thought of alone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homemade: Gorgeous Things to Make with love 21 Jan 2011
Bought for a Christmas present on my daughter's wish list. So handy! She loved it. Lots of lovely things to make.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Would not really recommend it there was nothing in it that inspired me at all. I don't think ill ever make anything from it!
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. C. Worby
4.0 out of 5 stars Homemade
Borrowed this so many times from the library I decided that I should get my own copy which would be cheaper than all the library fines!
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. P. Killingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Can't believe I haven't bought this book before now .. Lovely projects and although I haven't got round to making anything yet, I've still loved sitting and flicking through... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Craft book
Ordered this book as a gift that was requested so had a good look through it as well , brilliant ideas and well worth the money.
Published 15 months ago by Pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars Craft book
Lovely book, well presented. Bought for my son's fiancé who likes crafts. Very interesting book which gives you lots of ideas, not just sewing, but covering a vast range... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs E
4.0 out of 5 stars Good all-rounder
Good little book for people who want to try crafting. Has a little bit of everything. Also some great ideas for upcycling. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Fizzpopbang
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
As the blurb discussed crochet, I bought this book because I thought in addition to giving me ideas for projects, it would also show me the basics of crochet. It does not. Read more
Published on 14 May 2012 by J. Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful
I love the items described in the book, it gives a home feel. I just keep it in my kitchen to look at whilst I'm cooking.
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Mrs. Karin Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
If you are into all things crafty and homemade then this is the book for you. Such beautiful, current ideas that will inspire you to try something new or revamp a room in your... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2011 by looba1503
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