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This richly illustrated companion to country crafts, ranging from quilt making and basketweaving to ceramic painting and punched tin, provides a marvelous introduction to the work of today's leading artisans. Arranged by Needlecrafts, Wood Crafts, Decorative Crafts, and Kitchen Crafts, the book also features 20 delightfully simple projects, including a checkered game board, a cottage birdhouse, and a gilded lampshade. Complete with step-by-step instructions for each project and 250 gorgeous color photographs, this is a book for anyone whose heart is in the country. Miranda Innes is the author of Ethnic Style, Rags to Rainbows, Country House Decorating, The Candle Book, The Ornamental Garden, and Medieval Flowers.
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The tradition of country crafts stretches back thousands of years and has always had its roots in practical uses in the homestead. This book is a wealth of information on the handiworks that people cherish as collectibles, and can still use in everyday living. Many illustrations.
Twenty crafts and 20 artisans: Innes' latest contribution melds curiosity about celebrated practitioners as well as information about the specific craft to a bona fide how-to project for readers to explore. All of the items presented are truly professional in quality and style; it is difficult to dismiss painter Emma Whitney's feline chimney board, even though it is simply a matter of combining decoupage and basic woodworking. Every craft is introduced by both a history and a series of visuals; we learn, for instance, that Paul Revere's Massachusetts workshop sported a copper codfish weather vane on its roof. Artists represent Innes' United Kingdom as well as the U.S., and all are unusually adept at applying their talent to a second career of sorts. Proof, indeed, that crafts are "a means of escaping the fuss of life." Barbara Jacobs
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Book Description Conran Octopus, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1850299005
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-1850299005