7 Mar 2016

Review: The Craft Studio books + Giveaway (CLOSED)

We have a review for you today and a little Giveaway, yey (only UK residents this time, sorry).  The Craft Studio books from Thames & Hudson and are out today!  So hot off the press just ready for you to win them, more about that at the end of this post.

There are four books in the series at the moment, but I am sure there will be more.  The books are; Tote Bags by Sonia Lucano, Brooches by Corinne Alagille, Decorating with Pompoms & Tassels and Stamping & Printing by Emilie Greenberg & Karine Thiboult-Demessence.  Each are priced at £9.95 each and so not too expensive either which is always nice.

 Each of the four books contain 20 easy to follow projects with beautiful pictures and an easy to read layout.  They are not too large a book, so they fit neatly on your bookshelf while also being useful for those 'what project shall I do today' times.

The contents page just makes you want to dive in more.  Lovely photographs and a simple to find contents page is always a great thing in my mind.

There are some Tips & Techniques in the books, to get you started and help you if you are a complete beginner.  If not a beginner, then you can dive on in to the rest of the book without a problem.

I just picked out a few of the pages from the books, this sequinned tote bag looks so fun to make and will make a great gift for someone.  The projects are broken down into what you need and how long it is going to take you which is always nice as then you can decide which project you want to take on in that spare few moments.

Onto a Pompom mobile, what a great project for a children's bedroom or wedding decoration.  Some of the projects have handy hand drawn details to go with the written instructions, handy for the more complicated parts.

This Origami brooch is definitely on my list of makes.  I am not a big brooch wearer, but they look so fun to make, I might change my mind.

Last but by no means least, this simple to print polka dot tableware set is so cute!  I am all about the ceramics at the moment as you may have noticed from my pottery class post and so this project is also on the make list.

I love that the four books give a good range of skills for people to pick up, even if you only had one of the books you can learn new techniques and gain some new ideas.  The projects inside range from very simple to more complicated projects for the beginner and more experienced crafter, which makes them perfect as gifts or just to keep for yourself.

Speaking of which, that Giveaway.  You can win all of these books, yes all four!  One lucky winner will get these books to be able to go through the projects all by themselves.  Which one will be your favourite?

All you need to do is comment on this post with the skill you would like to learn the most with these books (remember to leave your email address).  If you like us on Instagram and twitter (if you don't already) you will get an extra entry for each one you follow us on - so those people who already do will get an extra entry too.  The Giveaway will be open until Friday 18 March 2016 at 12am (midnight GMT).   This time I am afraid the Giveaway is only open to UK residents - sorry international readers.  We will have something for you soon, promise.

We will add all the names into a hat (I know, so retro) and pick our winner and email you, so don't forget your email address when you enter.  Then we can post them off to you for you to enjoy.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Good luck
H & Sammy, xxx

A few Rules:
The competition closes at 12am midnight GMT on Friday 18 March 2016.  No entries after this time will be counted.
The winner will be picked by ourselves and will be picked at random.
If we do not hear back from the winner by Monday 21 March 2016 at 12noon GMT, we will redraw and another winner will be picked.
This competition is only open to UK residents this time- sorry!


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14 comments:

  1. These books look gorgeous! Love the photography. I love making pompoms but never know what to do with them - some clever ideas would be great!hey@surpriseboxclub.com

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  2. I'd love to have a go at some stamping & printing! 😊 Kate x daphnerosaflowers@gmail.com

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  3. Stamping & printing for me!😊 Kate x daphnerosaflowers@gmail.com

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  4. Oh those books look fabulous!! Love the styling and layout. I am currently looking to learn more about printing, so I'd love to have a gander through that gorgeous book on stamping and printing!
    Joanna :-) x
    adventuresandteaparties@gmail.com

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  5. Wowee! these books look great - I love a good craft book! Even the spines are beautiful with that gorgeous grey and bright title section. I think the 'stamping and printing' one would be my first stop as I would love to learn about it all in more depth, especially if it talks about printing on fabric! Oooo the possibilities! elistonbutton@hotmail.com

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  6. I'd like to brush up on my printing technique.

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  7. I follow you on twitter (@jowynj)

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  8. I follow you on Instagram (@jowynj)

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  9. Oh my gosh i'd love these! I make tote bags and pom poms and would love these books! I follow you on instagram @fantasticcraftyfox! �� Fantasticcraftyfox@outlook.com xx

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  10. Wow what a fab review! I'm all about fabric and printing so definitely love the idea of learning more about printing .. My Instagram is @fuzbuzlightyear my email is fuzbuzlightyear@googlemail.com ...fingers crossed!! X

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  11. These look gorgeous! Honestly, I would love the whole set, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be the pom pom and tassel book. I love how playful pom poms are! shelley_george[@hotmail.co.uk]

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  12. These books look great, I really like the look of the stamping and printing one and I am obsessed with making pom poms so that one looks fab as well. clementine.rocks14@gmail.com

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  13. These look AMAZING! I've been challenged to make a whole load of tote bags for a charity stall at our carnival this summer...so the tote book would be a blessing! Follow you on Instagram and twitter as @under_glass_sky too!

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  14. All 4 books look great! I am especially keen on reading the Tote Book. With the 5p carrier bag charge I have found myself 'pimping' up my old plain totes so they look a little more jazzy and have some personality.

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