Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love
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Wise Craft is a guide to the homemade life, turning old things into special new objects that enhance the home. Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren't quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her home—and yours . The book is divided into four seasonal chapters, with designs that reflect different holidays and the changing seasons, allowing you to update your home according to the weather outside. Many projects are portable or perfect to do during a family movie night, making the Wise Craft lifestyle an easy one to attain.
Sixty projects include May Day cones and recycled floral mirror frames—perfect for a teenager’s room—plus throw pillow updates, a picnic blanket made from a pile of men’s shirts, spooky Halloween dishes, advent calendars, and recycled gift jars. Beautiful photography and illustrations make each project a snap, no matter your crafting background.
how this one feels to me. The simple, understated beauty of faux bois (French for “false wood”) really lends itself to hand stitching, so it felt right to make the stitches the star of the quilt. A whole-cloth quilt is a simple construction, very doable for all skill levels, with no fussy piecing or patchwork. By using a repurposed cotton bedsheet for both the front and back of the quilt, it’s a very low-cost project. Relax into the hand stitching on a project like this one; it’s worth taking
pieces. Cut open the sweater at both its side seams so you’ll have two panels. Lay one panel on your work surface, right side down, and pin the paper template you made onto it, also right side down. If possible, orient the top of the boot warmer so that its cuff—the visible part sticking out over the top of the boot—will be the rib trim of the sweater. (Tip: If you are using a patterned sweater and want the pattern to show at the top of your boot, lay your template accordingly.) Trace around the
Mirror, 34, 35–36 Sinister Ceramics, 104, 105 Spooky Dishes, 102, 103 Spooky Silhouettes, 98, 99 Sweater Lampshade, 112, 113 Tagged Toile Memo Board, 122–124, 123, 124 Updated Oil Paintings, 68, 69 Vintage Decal Kitchen Pieces, 60, 61 Whoville Holiday Trees, 148, 149 Hooks, Aspen Branch, 114, 115 Hostess Flowers, 146, 147 Hot Plate Novels, 22, 23 Hottie Rice Pillow, 141–143, 142 Hunted and Gathered Posies, 62, 63 J Jars Summer Bloom Specimen Jars, 70, 71 Upcycled Gift Jars, 136,
77 Pinpoint Oxford Eiderdown Coverlet, 50, 51–53 Place Mats, Hand-Loomed, 44, 45–46 Plants. See Natural objects, projects using Pot Handle Covers, 26, 27 Q Quilts and blankets Avalon Quilt, 170–174, 170, 171 Faux Bois Quilt, 128, 129–131 Knitted Swatch Blanket, 167–169, 167, 168 Pinpoint Oxford Eiderdown Coverlet, 50, 51–53 Summer Sherbet Picnic Blanket, 90–93, 90, 92 R Rain Boot Warmers, 156, 157 Recycled Flower Mirror, 34, 35–36 Renewed Chair Seats, 66–67, 67 Resources for
projects Z Zombie Barbies, 110, 111