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REVIEW: Homemade


by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson by Teresa Dickson ofwww.mimipearl.co.uk


This book really is handmade with love. It would make a great addition to any home, perfect for the whole family to dip in and out of.


Handmade is written by Ros Badger author, stylist and knitwear designer and the late British writer Elspeth Thompson, who was an expert on all things gardening, interiors and greener living.


The ethos of “homemade” is to use objects that we already have to hand, without the need to go and buy lots of materials – just start with what we have already about the house and garden. It’s recycling at it’s best – keep everything no matter how small, you never know when it will come in useful.


Mixing traditional crafts with a 60 | ukhandmade | Spring 2011


practical make do and can do attitude, this book is bursting with creativity. From the simplest of tasks of sowing seeds in newspaper pots to a more advanced project of knitting a pair of fingerless gloves – there is something for everyone.


Divided into four seasons, covering no less than 101 beautiful activities such as:


Spring: Easter tree table centrepiece, Elderflower cordial.


Summer: A child’s summer dress, restoring a garden table, fool-proof strawberry jam.


Autumn: Knitted tea cosy, easy pom- poms, sloe gin for those shortening days.


Winter: Stunning Christmas wreath made easy, advent calendar, wrapping ideas.


Towards the back of the book, the authors provide useful, detailed sections on all the basic equipment and know how required for: General craft, Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting, Cooking and Gardening.


There are six sets of simple templates, most requiring enlarging on a photocopier. There is even a handy section for your own notes.


I chose to make the felt egg cosies (page 20) as I had scraps of felt leftover from a previous project. It’s easy, fun, no fancy tools required, just my hands, fabric, trim, needle and thread. The end result is a pretty, practical egg cosy for my weekend


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