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Homemade: Gorgeous things to make with love [Hardcover]

Ros Badger , Elspeth Thompson
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Book Description

30 April 2009

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.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007284799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007284795
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,207 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
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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and beautiful 3 May 2009
Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson must be congratulated for creating a work of great style and integrity. These authors obviously know their stuff. It makes me think nostalgically of a time when all these activities were the norm in most households, and perhaps we should take note that they had it right- to be creative with what we have, to recycle and ultimately to enjoy the process of making things yourself. Not to say this isn't contemporary- it could hardly be more relevant in the current climate to be encouraged to make your own. A truly inspiring, useful and beautiful book.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and Green 8 May 2009
Beautifully produced, with gorgeous photography and loads of ideas for creative projects requiring little cash, often re-using materials from around the home or scavenged from nature. Arranged seasonally, there is a wealth of ideas here, things to sew, cook, knit, paint: from crocheted blankets to sloe gin. Perfect for rainy days, holidays - simply and stylishly re-invigorating the art of the homemade. Forget Blue Peter, this is the chic side of crafts, and this lovely and very timely book would made a fantastic present for anyone - if you could bear to give it away!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book 11 May 2009
Everything about this book is gorgeous. From the retro feel of the cover, the natural photography by Benjamin J Murphy, the styling and the inspirational ideas. I have made the newspaper pots today and will be making the bunting for our summer party. Both ideas are practical, economic AND stylish. Love it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 8 Dec 2009
By beccalikesbooks TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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 and than the other negative reviews.

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Homemade 22 Jun 2009
This is a lovely coffee table book which will inspire me to make lots of things - instructions seem pretty clear and there is a variety of skill levels required.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A BIT TOO MUCH COOKING 6 Sep 2009
By Red hen
I bought this book with the expectation it would be packed with new craft projects. Actualy, there are lots and lots of recipies which I didn't really want. Some lovely photographs but not many really original projects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and classy 10 Nov 2009
I bought this because of the colour, layout and inspiration more than the individual projects. I love the jam recipe- it truly is foolproof! It's a book I keep going back to but a lot of it kind of relies on you having a 'craft room' i.e. lots of bits and bobs ready to be turned into something special. So I'm giving it a 3.5 really as I've not made a great deal from it yet but I know I'll keep coming back to it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars homemade 14 July 2009
Beautifully presented book with easy projects. I made the strawberry jam and it was delicious. Crafts are approached with a seasonal theme. Really nice book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply adore this book
ITo put it simply...I adore this book. I bought it over a year ago and always look at it for inspiration. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by MillieMooshu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for homemade fun!
I bought this book to give some ideas for homemade Christmas presents. I've recently taken up knitting and it has a cool idea for a knitted i-pod cover and wrist warmers which I... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by SuzieR
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of ideas but quite basic
This book is filled with lots of ideas and projects across a broad range of crafting skills, from knitting to renovating chairs, Christmas ideas to making jam and chutney. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2010 by T. Alexander
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it should have been
I am not so in love with this book as other reviewers. I found the pictures dull, flat and sometimes deceptive. They do not always relate to the content. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2010 by Mrs. Katharine Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspiring
I liked the look of the preview pages of this book, and the reviews sounded good so I bought a couple for Christmas presents and was not disappointed. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by C. McAlister
3.0 out of 5 stars basic but beautiful
very lovely book, with feel appeal, presented beautifully with nice projects... But would have to agree with the review that said not 'gorgeous'. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2009 by Mrs. B. Handford
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly gorgeous
This book contains a few nice things to make but generally is a bit average, certainly not "gorgeous". Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2009 by Boat Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect inspiration for all things creative
This book is amazing and has really inspired me to get creative now that the autumn nights are drawing in. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2009 by Helen Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Lovely book, ordered 2 by mistake and was about to send back when a friend snatched it up.
Some of the presents are a little twee but most are really useful and more... Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2009 by Caroline E. Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and interesting
I'd been looking at a variety of craft books and this one caught my eye. I was not disappointed, this book has many interesting and lovely things to make and offers quirky ways to... Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2009 by L. Harris
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