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A Green Guide to Country Crafts 35 Beautiful Step-by-Step Projects by Nicola Gouldsmith, Jacqui Mann

A Green Guide to Country Crafts 35 Beautiful Step-by-Step Projects



A Green Guide to Country Crafts 35 Beautiful Step-by-Step Projects by Nicola Gouldsmith, Jacqui Mann

The techniques of yesteryear remain relevant today, with the current emphasis on thrifty living and a yearning to return to a simpler way of life. The 35 projects in this book can be endlessly adapted and will equip you with lifelong skills that you, too, can pass on. The book has seven chapters, beginning with Soap-Making, in which you can learn how to make soaps such as rose and geranium soap (especially good for mature skins) and a lavender shampoo bar. If you've always wanted to learn Patchwork and Quilting, step-by-step instructions show how to create quilted deckchair covers and a vintage denim patchwork windbreak. In the Candles chapter, you'll see how easy it is to make candles with country herbs in vintage glassware, while in Weaving, weave with fabric to make a simple cushion, or try your hand at traditional Rag Rugs. Turn to Natural Dyeing, and you'll discover recipes for vibrant and rich colours. Finally, Reinvent will inspire you to take pre-loved items and give them a new purpose.

About the Author

Nicola Gouldsmith is the founder of Halfpenny Home, an art and crafts shop which has also had an online presence since 2010, in the website of the same name,, and in her blog, Nicola loves making things, growings things, and living in the countryside. Recently, the Halfpenny Home shop has relocated to a disused water mill, where Nicola runs popular classes on natural dyeing, sewing and other crafts. She is also the co-author of A Green Guide to Country Crafts (ISBN 978-1-907563-17-1).

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Publication date

10th March 2011


Nicola Gouldsmith, Jacqui Mann

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CICO Books an imprint of Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd


192 pages


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