- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: LOM Art (5 Oct. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910552658
- ISBN-13: 978-1910552650
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.7 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Making Winter: A Creative Guide for Surviving the Winter Months Hardcover – 5 Oct 2017
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You're engaging not only with the natural world but with the year's cycle in a way that grounds you in time and place and makes something from the here and now ... I believe that's something that can have vast - and perhaps unexpected - value ... That a book should act as inspiration or catalyst to even one reader makes the writing of it worthwhile ... [This book] will reach thousands (Melissa Harrison Caught by the River)
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Making Winter will encourage you to banish winter blues and embrace the frosty months by cosying up with Emma Mitchell's nature-inspired collection of crafts.See all Product description
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This isn't some sort of enthusiastic how-to craft guide - Mitchell is subtler than that. It doesn't contain hundreds of projects - it has five recipes, two alcoholic drinks, five knitting or crochet projects, and about ten arty crafty things to do. The recipes include Plum, Orange and Ginger Blondies, or a Blackberry and Almond Streusel Cake, which I will attempt, but the yarn projects are completely beyond my limited powers.
However I think Emma Mitchell is trying to get us, more than doing some nice cooking and crafts, to try to see ways for getting through the dark winters of our Northern homeland. So for example, I went to the park the other day, because she was talking about nature walks and diaries in the book, as a way of combatting a sense of seasonal loss and narrowing. We gathered up leaves of various colours and then arranged them in a rainbow - much like Emma does on her blog. It was just so intensely memorable, enjoyable, and therapeutic. And if you buy the book, she tells you how to preserve the leaves so you can keep their fabulous bright colours (which fade almost within hours of being brought inside).
The projects in the book are really nice, but I think it's really in keeping with the tone and philosophy of her blog that there aren't a hundred of them. It isn't about offering you tons of amazing options. It's about trying to be where you are, and seeing it more clearly and with a more appreciative eye. It's about actively trying to organise things that get you through the winter months, sewing circles or a regular nature diary. I may even learn to crochet, you never know.
I felt very inspired by this book to get out more into the natural environment around me and make note of the little changes in flora and fauna as Winter approaches.
There is a good variety of projects for all but I feel it works as a guide to use nature as a starting point to create during the colder periods.
I'm looking forward to log fires, country walks and crafty evenings and feel I now have all the tools to thoroughly embrace Winter.
Thank you Emma for such a beautiful, inspirational book.
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