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Garden Crafts
Elizabeth Letcavage

Stackpole Books (Distributed in the UK by Search Press)
2 March 2015 / ISBN 9780811713030
How-To Books/Mixed crafts

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Fill your garden with practical and fun items using a range of craft skills such as woodwork, mosaic, painting, sewing and more. This will appeal to anybody with a taste for DIY and the tools to go with it; due to the wide range of different crafts featured. The book is divided into sections for different garden areas such as the patio, walls, al fresco dining, paths and my own favorite attracting wildlife. Bird feeders, wind spinners, wreaths, decorated glassware, wind chimes, stepping stones and more use various objects that can be easily sourced or recycled. Some of these include pipes, garden stakes, leftover house paint, tree bark, old picture frame, garden twine, pebbles and more. Each project is handsomely illustrated with color photos showing many stages and a large picture of the item in situ. There are panels about some of the materials used, a list of both supplies and equipment needed and a handy shot of the materials and tools. This is obviously not a book for beginners as it does not teach woodwork or other core skills although not too much experience is needed to tackle the projects, just the basics. Other craft skills are described in more detail if they are simpler to master such as the decoupage chairs or macramé pot holder. If you want to add the finishing touch to your garden and impress guests with your talents then this is a good book covering a subject not often featured.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015