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Homemade: Gorgeous things to make with love Hardcover – 30 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • 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: 576,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I spotted this book on a shelf in my local bookstore and as I had a chance to peruse it I decided to order it from Amazon. It has a good old fashioned feel to the book, both tactile and with the contents. I liked the photography and the layout of dividing the items into seasonal groups. This could allow you, with others, to choose what inspires you to do at this time of the year. You do not get step by step images to guide you but what the hec, have a go and enjoy the process. It covers a little sewing, knitting, cooking, planting, fabric painting, crochet, renovating and using buttons and shells etc to enhance an item. I would enjoy receiving this as a present and I will be using it to inspire an art group in the autumn.
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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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This book contains a few nice things to make but generally is a bit average, certainly not "gorgeous". What I really needed was a book full of projects to sew, knit, model, or bake that would make nice gifts for friends and family, or would keep children busy and engrossed for an afternoon - this was not it.
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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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