Craft Porn

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.

I don’t know about enlightened but I’m certainly expanding my repertoire, and with that comes more books, more blog posts, more crafting magazines….so does that equate to more voices in my head, ghost voices of people who inspire me to try more things??? I guess it does.

Yesterday my parcel arrived from the book people and I ripped it open with glee. It was filled with christmas presents for relatives, a Santa surprise for my son, and joy of joy’s three books for me. So I have Kirstie’s Vintage Home which has been receiving some pretty mixed reviews, Super-Cute Felting, and Granny Square Crotchet.  I was in heaven!

I love Kirstie’s books, not because they necessarily show me new things – but check out the felt rug idea a winner! – but really because they are so beautifully presented. They are the porn of the crafting world. We crafters don’t get turned on by a flash of boob or a shot of a rampaging cock. Oh no it’s Fifty Shades of Madeira Thread for me. I opened the pages and was immediately going ooh, ahhh, mmmm – verging on the side of a soft porn soundtrack. It’s the carefully thought out colour scheme, all faded tea stained pages, stamped titles and faded labels, and a wonderful aroma of freshly printed pages. As for the actual content, well there’s some fun ideas, ones that are frankly amusing – my brother is a willow artist and there is no way you could weave something useful if you have no idea what you are doing – and some that are rehashes of old ideas. £20 in this current climate is more than I wanted to spend, but the book people’s kinder £6.99 is well worth it!

 Super-Cute Felting was something entirely different. Bright colours, simple designs, no on trend vintage stuff,     but love it. I have just discovered the joys of working with felt as previously in the world of costume this material is looked down upon; unless of course it’s a heavy wool felt being used for some dashing young dandies coat then we’re all for it. However I’ve tried using it for my felted birds and fell in love with the fabric so wanted to get some ideas – looking for little pressies to make for family. This book has loads – not always in the colour schemes I would choose, and I’m sure Kirstie would choke a little – but you can change that. So now I’m armed let the felting commence!

Last and sadly prehaps least Granny Square Crotchet. It’s a nice book – in the way that we say it’s a ‘nice’ dress. It does nothing to offend out right, but it also does nothing to excite. I’ve been crocheting for a number of years now and quite like to make things up as I go along, but I remember my Gran every Christmas producing some granny squared item, and I guess I was hoping this book would give me a bit of that back. Well it just goes to show that there really is only so much you can do with a granny square, and really would rather they didn’t!! I will however be making the flannels – loved them, and a longer project of the blanket. Glad I got this at a knock down price.

Hang on, whats that – ohhhh another parcel. Ahhh a guilty pleasure, something from Amazon. I know I know I shouldn’t be ordering from them but it’s so hard not to – and I did use a seller using Amazon rather than them. So only half bad. Oh yes, mmmmm just there, oh god that’s good…… ahhh Supersize Stitches by Jacqui Pearce I’m off to bed!!!

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