Victoria Woodcock admits that when she wrote her first book “Making Stuff: an Alternative Craft Book”, it felt like a call to arms; like she and other makers had to shout to be heard, to carry forward a manifesto that fit with the new way of making and selling. If Making Stuff was the determined teenager of craft books, State of Craft is it’s more grown up, mellowed elder.
It begins with a series of six How To’s, which start with the absolute basics and end with a few more tricky alternatives to try – 4 needle knitting for example. You’re then into a collection of over fifty projects to make at home plus interviews with eight talented designers – DIYcouture’s Rosie Martin, Mr Wingate’s Sam Wingate and Tatty Devine’s Rosie Wolfenden & Harriet Vine to name a few.
The projects vary in difficulty so this book is great for seasoned makers as well as crafty beginners. It features the obligatory plushie, fabric coaster and bunting but the majority of the projects are new, quirky and look to be loads of fun to make. It’s also lovely to see so many contributions from Folksy designers like Janine Basil and Helen Rawlinson. The office copy has been well thumbed through already and we may be drawing straws to see who gets to take it home first…….
My favourite projects are shown below.