This book is wonderful because it is filled with beautiful, practical things to make and also invites the reader into the home of the author. Handmade Home is written by Amanda Blake Soule and the focus of the book is her children and it is inspired entirely by their family life. Each project is introduced with a story which explains how they came across the craft and how they have personalised it.
This book is divided up into five sections, Nourish, Nurture, Play, Seek and Retreat. All of the projects have been designed to encourage imagination and growth, a sense of adventure and exploration. Contained within these pages you will find step by step instructions to make woollen hats, a pillowcase dress, a hot water bottle cover, garlands, wall pockets, a bag to keep treasure in and lots more besides.
These original projects use a mixture of different materials and crafts, including decoupage, papier mache and woodworking, but are predominantly textiles based. Some makes are simple adornments to existing garments and others are made from scratch. In particular there are some fantastic ideas to help you use your children’s artwork in your projects.
This book shows you how to make the everyday into something really special. The book starts with a brilliant quote, which sets the scene perfectly : “Each day provides us with the opportunity to create something”.
Handmade Home is published by Shambhala Publications Inc and you can pick up your own copy from Amazon. If you like the sound of this book and purchase it through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!