Whenever I get the chance to visit Bath, I always pop into The Makery. It is one of those shops that you wish was in your home town with beautiful stock and inspiring. Part emporium, part workshop, it was one of the first new style of craft concept shops when it opened in 2010 and as well as fabric it stocks stamps, jewellery findings and more. Last week I was sent Makery: Over 30 Projects for the Home, to Wear and to Give to review and it represents the same spirit that can be found in the shop
It is a mix of crafts from crochet and knitting, to sewing, to jewellery making to decoupage. You can see from the contents page it is jam packed full of projects , most of them quick and relatively easy to do.
The layout reminds me of the shop, each project has a photo page depicting the resources beautifully laid out. These are for the Shrinkles tags made with stamps (you can see my efforts in the top picture next to the book cover.
A more advanced project, Stag head. The pattern pieces for this and other projects are full size (hurrah!) in a pullout sheet at the back.
The instructions are clear and well written and a lot of the acitivities would work well for new crafters or to do with children as there are lots of quick fix activities which don't need lots of specialist items. There are basic technique guides at the back and detailed resources list, although a quick click on to ebay or amazon or even a trip to WHSmiths will find you brooch backs, Modge Podge, shrinkles paper and the like.