Nordic Crafts

nordic craftsMy wonderful local library had this fabulous little book hot off the press.  Nordic Crafts by Mia Underwood is brimmed full of crafts of all types, 30 projects in all.  Mia is half Danish and half English and manages to combine the best of both in her work and even has an Etsy store.

IMG_2012There are many different projects to choose from, boxes, trays and very handy items for the home.  Well explained and at the front each technique used within each project is shown with useful diagrams.

IMG_2016The swan nuno felt scarf is my favorite item in the book, so beautiful and a perfect Christmas gift!

IMG_2020Fabric star bunting would be perfect all year round.

IMG_2014The viking ship is a great project to make with a child and uses recycling, scraps of fabric, felt & buttons.  A wonderful decoration and one project I am going to make this week – I have 3 nephews that would love this!  The Danish love of coziness and comfort – ‘hygge’ – is reflected in patterns for felted slippers, embroidered mittens, and snoods for both adults and children.  Finally, there are things to make for the celebrations that come round every year, including the all-important Christmas decorations, and ideas for decorating your home at Easter, in the Scandinavian way.

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If you enjoy felting, knitting and sewing this is a perfect book to have on your book shelf, the one and only criticism is that most of the templates at the back do need to be enlarged by some 200% and is my one bugbear with many publishers – one just can not be spontaneous unless blessed with a full photocopying machine at home.  But in all that is just a tiny side, a really lovely book for any time of the year.

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