Book Review: Material World by Perri Lewis

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Whether you dip in and out of my blog or are an avid reader you’ll know that I like to try different crafts. So when the opportunity to get my stitchy fingers on Material World: The Modern Craft Bible by Perri Lewis came along I couldn’t resist.

If you don’t know Perri she’s a journalist, editor and champion of all that’s good in the craft world. With her relaxed style of writing along with her enthusiasm for craft (not to mention ability to engage the right people) I was interested to see if her first book would live up to its full title.

I think it needs to be said that this is not a “how to…” guide for all the disciplines but rather a taster. If there is a maker in your life who likes to dabble in various crafts or has itchy fingers this book is perfect to give them for wee projects to try out. Then, if they enjoy one of the projects and wish to investigate further there will be other books, by other authors that will satisfy the need for further instruction.

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Anyway, back to Material World. What Perri has managed to do is marry instruction with ideas. This allows the reader to sample each craft and then use their own imagination to carry on. Her chatty introduction includes the basic tools, being green and some good techniques to get you started.

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From there each chapter looks at a specific craft and offers the reader a project to try with clear instructions, diagrams and photos of the finished item. I especially like the tips from the experts (we’re talking Philip Treacy, Elle & Mr X Stitch to name but a few) some of which are transferable to the other disciplines and they help embellish the idea given for each craft.

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I think my favourite chapter is the one called Tailoring as it allows you to use some of the techniques you might have tried from other chapters, gives some more simple but effective ideas and lets you make something unique.

Now, don’t just take my word for it, get to your local bookshop and have a look. It’s published by Virgin Books and retails between £12-19.

Thanks again to Perri Lewis and Hannah Robinson of Ebury Publishing for giving me a copy.

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