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Homemade Knit, Sew and Crochet: 25 Home Craft Projects [Paperback]

Ros Badger , Elspeth Thompson
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Book Description

11 Oct 2012

Get out your knitting needles, crochet hooks and sewing machines and learn to make something truly original!

Complete with step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography, these projects - from knitted fingerless gloves to upcycled vintage summer bunting - will add individuality to your home and wardrobe, and also make perfect gifts.

25 fun and simple projects to make, perfect for beginners.
Complete with patterns, and knitting, sewing and crochet 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: 0007489536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007489534
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 15 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,974 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

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
I borrowed from the library before buyig and won't buy as it is an old book rejigged - how many times can a book be republished under a slightly different guise? Read the book description and you will find it is adapted from Homemade - first published in 2009. You can find instructions to make something unique - not to be confused with making something new.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not so great... 14 Oct 2013
I bought a collection of "home-made" books just to get busy and also perhaps start on some home-made gifts.

I bought this book as it looked nice and was relatively cheap. And that is just the value what I got out of this book.

It contains only one or two okayprojects. Most are too simple and too old-fashioned. Please be aware of quite a few typing errors in it as well.

Perhaps a book for the really basic beginner but I would invest in a more expensive book. This was just not for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars homemade knit 5 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A useful little book, would have liked more small items to knit,
Made the tea cosy to start with and then will do others
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