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The Gentle Art of Domesticity Hardcover – 4 Oct 2007
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A gorgeous visual feast of domestic perfection, packed with ideas for creating your own idyll. (Eve Magazine)
The book... packed with jewel-bright pictures of her work, from shimmering iced cupcakes to knitted carrot-coloured tea cosies, is an eccentric delight. (Evening Standard)
Good for an interesting read, but even better for cute domestic projects and light-hearted words of wisdom. (House & Home (Eire))
A visual feast, celebrating everything that is wonderful about life.See all Product description
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If you want detailed instructions on how to make quilts, knit socks and bake cakes like Jane Brocket, she has written other books with patterns and instructions for these things, but what marks her out is the way in which she locates each thing she makes in a creative hinterland, and explains how she comes up with inspiration, and why she makes what she does. This is the book that got me into knitting and quilting and wildly eccentric cake icing quite late in life and with no previous form - I love it and go back to it on a regular basis if I need a bit of inspiration and colour in my life! My teenage daughter loves it too.
But, I cannot give it five stars because it is so frustrating to use. There are no knitting or quilting patterns in the book. You cannot make the items she has made without going and buying another book and some of the books she refers to are out of print. Also, there is no index. Whilst the way she has themed the chapters is charming, it is hard to find a recipe if you want to cook it.
However, the book is very beautiful to look at.
The term used in the title is repeated so often through the book, it became very annoying and lost the meaning altogether. I must confess that I didn't finish the book, I looked at the pictures and flicked through the last 70-odd pages, but the book just became more of the same to me - rather simplistic and self-centred. I do appreciate the fact that all literary output IS, in fact, subjective, but there could have been a balance somewhere there; so maybe the title of the book should have been "The gentle art of domesticity according to me".
I , too, knit, crochet, sew, quilt, bake, try my hand at different crafts, as this is what they are. They probably amount to domesticity, but I wouldn't call them art.
The 2 points I give the book are for the photographs - very good for a coffee table type book.