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REVIEW: A Green Guide to


Country Crafts by Emma Rafter of Yumptatious


In this beautifully presented book, Nicola Gouldsmith and Jacqueline Mann have sought, in their own words, to “create a visual treat that would inspire and excite – a book that you'd want to refer to again and again” and I think they have certainly achieved that.


The book is as much a celebration of the traditional domestic arts as it is an instructional guide, with each chapter accompanied by stylishly inviting photographs. In these times of austerity, where we are striving to both cut back on our excessive consumption whilst looking for products created with a bit of love and soul in them, this is a timely book, harking back with a practical nostalgia to a slower, more thoughtful time where slow crafts were more the norm. Shoehorning


114 | ukhandmade | Autumn 2011


this concept into our busy modern lives may be tricky, or it may just give the respite we need.


There are 35 projects in all, within seven chapters covering everything from Soap-Making, Patchwork and Quilting to Candle-Making, Weaving


and Natural Dyeing.


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in the


more specialist crafts of soap and candle making and natural dyes, in which this book excels, with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions accompanied by beautiful photography to safely deliver you to the finish line.


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