A Year Of Creativity: A Craft Date Planner to Meet, Share, and Create by Petra Hoeksema, Lidy Nooij, Miriam Catshoek, & Bregji Konings
I have been really enjoying this book. The general idea is to create craft dates. They can be day long, surprise, weekend, etc. All you need are a handful of crafty friends. If you have a community center, pass this fun idea along to like minded crafters & see where it takes you! It's a great way to get to know people & maybe even make a few friends. In a time where people get together so they can all stare at their smart phones, isn't it time to get together with crochet hooks & a cuppa instead? The phone will always be there, but a craft date wont.
There are twenty five projects. Some are very simple while others will take a bit more planning. The majority of the projects are done with yarn (mostly crochet). There is also a bit of sewing. If you enjoy paper crafts, most of the packaging ideas for each craft date utilize paper crafts.
This book has not only provided me with fun crafts to set up with others but it has also given me ideas for additional crafts. An example is the adorable pattern weights project. This is a sewing project that is super easy. I decided to make one wee change to the pattern & make triangle shaped little toys for my cats. I stuffed them with catnip & valerian root that I also happen to grow sans chemicals on my little farm. Once complete, I realized they also could resemble Christmas trees, so I'll be looking into some suitable organic cotton fabric to take this little project further. Another fun project is as simple as Granny Squares. The trick is everyone makes their own squares. You then put them all together for a blanket or throw. It makes the project unique. In fact, that is a big part of the book, these craft dates may have the same project, but each person puts their own individual touch into it making it unique to their personality. A great example of this is the Green Yarn project. Everyone made their own cushions out of green colored yarn. They all look great & I love them, but I'm just crazy about the round cushion Miriam made. She even made a matching rug. Very inspirational! I even had a lovely inspiration thanks to one of the packaging ideas. I have a bunch of sturdy packing paper that I'm just itching to play with. Never thought I'd say that to anyone!
The book also includes five recipes so you have something to serve while everyone is crafting. Personally, I'm not crazy about the recipes as I don't cook from a box, I'm a farm to table kind of gal, but I know the average person would probably enjoy these types of recipes. The recipes, like the projects, can also give you ideas to work off of.
The majority of the projects instructions are printed at the back of the book.
An important bit I'd like to point out taken directly from the beginning of the book:
"It is a book for everyone with a basic knowledge of crocheting, knitting, & sewing. We are not going to teach how to crochet or explain how a sewing machine works. There are plenty of other books for that & many videos on the internet. What we do do is try to make everyone enthusiastic about getting together & crafting because it's so much better doing it together than alone..."
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get crafting with friends & would love to make new crafty friends. Anyone want to join me?
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