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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007284799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007284795
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.6 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,750 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.
For further information visit
www.rosbadger.com
www.itslovelinessincreases.com

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 By Teajenny on 3 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By L. Bryce on 8 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By greenhouse girl on 11 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By beccalikesbooks on 8 Dec. 2009
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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 By justjane on 22 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By Red hen on 6 Sept. 2009
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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 By greentrianglegirl on 10 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Cooke on 11 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing and has really inspired me to get creative now that the autumn nights are drawing in. I love the way that the book is separated out into the seasons and suggests ideas for creating things with materials readily available in each season.

If baking, sewing, knitting and crafting things is your thing then this is definitely the book for you. I've already made autumn chutney, sloe gin and plum jam and am planning to start work on a patchwork quilt soon...

A real feel good ideas book for the creative amongst you.
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