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I was looking for a book for me to get into crafting. I have never been a particularly crafty person and I really wanted to change that but many of the books I was looking at were either very specialised (i.e. soiely about knitting, crochet, sewing, papercrafts, etc) or too basic (iron on transfers, paperw snowflakes, etc) and what I was looking for was a general craft book that would teach me the techniques of crafts so I could try out a few and see which ones I wanted to pursue.
This book certainly does that! It is split into sections and each technique comes with a lesson on how to use it, giving you the knowledge in order to do the craft, plus a project page for each of the techniques ? so you can practise. It is split into sections as follows: Textile Crafts ? this has no knitting or crocheting and is the only category I was a little disappointed with. Some of the crafts seem a bit outdated, such as dip dyeing or tie dyeing, but it also offers projects on ribbon weaving, applique, silk painting, upholstery and more. Papercrafts ? whilst none of the guides are comprehensive ? and if you're looking for a certain craft I'd certainly buy a book geared towards it ? this book offers a look at a lot of the techniques that would be handy to know whilst pursuing a hobby in papercrafts, from decoupage to how to make pop up cards. Jewellery ? unlike a lot of jewellery books I have had in the past, this book is not just about beads and what you can do with them. It teaches you techniques with clay, both polymer and metal, loomweaving and wirework. In fact, there is only one project that revolves around beading alone.Ceramics and Glass ? from mosaics to painting vases, the techniques contained in this chapter would make great gifts and offers practical suggestions about what to make when engaging in these crafts.
Candles and Soap ? once again, offers the technique before it suggests projects. This was most important for me in this chapter as I didn't want to follow the project perfectly and then be left with loads of the same candle or soap. This chapter gives you the foundations you need that once you have tried to project, you can mix it up, adding new scents and colours to the mix ? without it going horribly wrong. Eco Crafts ? this chapter shows you how to recycle ugly or useless things into something crafty. From pressing flowers to be used later in crafts to using eggshells in your crafts. I particularly like the ideas for using flowers in crafts. This book is currently seven pound in WHSmith which I think is well worth it for a basic introduction into the world of crafts.