9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A lovely book with lots of different crafts to try,
This review is from: Makery: Over 30 Projects for the Home, to Wear and to Give (Paperback)
I was in Bath a few weeks ago and came across The Makery Emporium and instantly fell in love with the shop, then found that they were bringing out a craft book and I was sold straight away! When I ordered it I hadn't actually seen the contents of the book but love crafts and liked the idea of different projects including gift ideas. When I got this book I wasn't disappointed at all, it was far better than I'd even imagined as it covers a wide range of crafts and has lots of lovely projects from glasses cases and jewellery to floor rugs and slippers. The crafts in this book range from knitting, machine sewing, crochet, paper craft and even a shrink plastic project.
The best thing about this book is that it comes with full size patterns in the back of the book - no need to photocopy and enlarge or download and print out on reems of paper (like some other craft/sewing books), all you need is some tracing paper or similar (I used some parchment paper I had hanging around for one of the projects). The only thing I would have liked is a flap/envelope or pocket to store the pull out patterns as once you've taken them out of the book I'm worried I'll loose them.
The instructions are easy to follow and the book suggests alterations you can make and more ideas, such as on the fabric keyrings the designs used are initials with an alphabet included on the pattern sheet however they suggest looking for other alphabets or designs and suggest a larger seam allowance when using other designs which is really helpful.
This book is great for someone either new to crafting or who wants to widen their crafting skills as it doesn't repeat skills so if you can't crochet or knit (or don't want to, as it has tutorials in the back for crochet and knitting) you are not going to find there are lots of things you can't make. It's much better than wanting to try a craft, buying a book solely on that skill then finding you can't pick it up and then the book ends up gathering dust on the bookshelf.
I've already made keyrings from this book and am looking forward to making the coasters, knitted rug and knitted wrist warmers. If you are a crafter you will no doubt have a lot of the things needed hanging round and will only need to purchase a few extras.
I can't wait for follow up books and will definately be pre-ordering!