Tasha Tudor's Heirloom Crafts

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In TASHA TUDOR'S HEIRLOOM CRAFTS, author Tovah Martin and photographer Richard Brown take us back to Corgi Cottage, this time going inside to watch Tasha create the handmade items that are an integral part of her legendary nineteenth-century lifestyle. Here, surrounded by her wonderful collection of American antiques and collectibles, Tasha spins flax, dyes wool, and weaves on one of her seven looms. She dips candles, makes soap, presses cider, and dries herbs. Her Nubian goats supply milk for cheese and butter; her bantam hens offer eggs for cooking and decorating. Using only original tools and almost forgotten techniques, Tasha Tudor never has idle hands. For this book, Tasha also created a series of paintings in the style that has made her one of America"s best-loved children"s book illustrators. "Tudor would probably already be a "national living treasure" if our government bestowed the equivalent of Japan"s accolade for individuals of outstanding artistic achievement" (BOOKLIST).

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Tovah Martin is one of this country's best-known garden writers and lecturers. She is the author with Richard W. Brown of Tasha Tudor's Garden which won the highest award from the Garden Writers Association of America. She holds the gold medal for horticulture from the Massachsetts Horticultural Society.

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That idle hands make for idle minds is an old-fashioned notion, but such a sentiment is at the root of Tasha Tudor's philosophy and lifestyle. A sequel to Tasha Tudor's Garden and not to be construed as a traditional how-to, her latest book follows the children's book illustrator in and outside her farmhouse, Corgi Cottage, as we follow and watch her daily activities through the text of Tovah Martin and the camera lens of Richard Brown. Her crafts routines are enough to make a lesser human lie down and rest for a year; they include hand-dying wool from a friend's sheep, working on a patchwork quilt that will be many years in the finishing, harvesting eggs from the Rhode Island reds, and whipping up cookies, cakes, and pies. An introduction to the joys of self-sufficiency. Barbara Jacobs

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