For crafters (or would-be crafters) seeking to branch out from their usual medium, this book contains a treasure trove of projects. Most of them are simple, many of them are charming, and all are laid out clearly with carefully worded instructions.
The projects included cover rotary printing, screen printing, machine sewing, hand sewing, knitting, crochet, tea dyeing, tie-dyeing, batik, marbling, appliqué, soap making, fabric painting, rag rugs (crocheted and braided), embroidery, fabric origami, brass and silk jewelry making, beading, candle making, weaving, stuffed toy making, and basketry coiling. That's a lot to pack into one book, but Corwin does a fabulous job orchestrating and unifying them.
And of course I still have some lovely sage green dye left over. It would make a pretty baby blanket. I could also make some tie-dyed pillow cases. Maybe this Christmas will have a sage green theme.
The projects are all set out in 3 - 8 steps, just right for a beginner. But even an experienced knitter might be tempted to craft a hedgehog cat toy (ask me how I know), and I imagine the same might be said for Sian Keegan's stuffed radish toys. What a wonderful overview of many things you can make by hand!