Now that the Nostalgic Mix Fair is (sadly) over, I’m trying to catch up on one or two projects – one of which is completing some book reviews. I’ve been sent some great new books that I’d like to share with you .. and offer you the chance to win as well. Thought I’d start today with a lovely book from Jade Sims of “Craft Hope”.
Craft Hope, founded by Jade Sims, is a US project which aims to share handmade gifts with those who need them. The book offers 32 projects from different designers that are designed to be fun to make, and also to give to a charity of your choice.
Each project is linked with a particular charity, most of which are US based, though I’m certain these gifts would be suitable for all sorts of charities worldwide. The book recognises that not all readers will be American and also contains helpful tips on how to give locally and globally, how to give thoughtfully and appropriately, and how to empower those you are helping.
I really love this book – the pictures are a joy, as are the stories from various charities, and it’s certainly started me thinking about helping in other ways than simply putting a donation in a collecting tin (though that’s fine too of course!). These little pups are one of my favourite projects, though there are loads to choose from – fun, modern and definitely with a hint of zakka style.
Love these baby kimonos…..
and these fleece gloves … very festive … might pop a pair in the gift box I’m making for our local appeal for Christmas boxes.
… these little dolls are one of my favourites …
Crafts include sewing, knitting, soap making, stencilling, seed balls and tie dying, so something for everyone I think. I have a copy of this book to give away and yes, I will post worldwide, so if you’d like the chance to win then please leave a comment below telling us all which charity you support (and a bit about it if you’d like). I cannot trust Ben to do the draw as his tongue is far too long and his tummy far too greedy so I will have to resort to more traditional methods of choosing a winner – and you have one week – until midnight (BST) Thursday 21 October to enter.
Sorry offer now ended.
You can still purchase the pattern by visiting Bustle & Sew
And finally … I promised a special blog reader offer for my latest pattern, the Country Gardens Applique. I’ve finished writing it up and am offering it to you at just $1.75 (that’s half price) for the next month. Just click on the button above to buy – it’s an instant download so your pdf file containing full instructions, diagrams, templates etc will be with you as soon as you’ve completed your purchase. And of course if you do have any questions or queries about the design, or any of the materials or techniques used then just contact me and I’ll be happy to help.