Author(s): Clare Youngs
A Year in Crafts is packed full of innovative projects that you'll really want to make. Be inspired with 52 beautifully simple step-by-step ideas to get you crafting throughout the year. Whatever the time of year, whether you begin in January with a handmade diary so you can start the year fresh and organised, or in March when you can revamp your home for the annual spring clean with a colourful rag rug or a vintage handkerchief throw, you'll find plenty of inspiration in A Year in Crafts. In April get creative with your Easter table, and in May try some basic printing techniques for the pretty paper butterflies and moths. Get outdoors in July with the Mexican keep-it-cool bags and if you're going on holiday, why not make some retro luggage labels to stand out from the crowd? September has pretty paper folders and a painted pencil case to keep those back-to-school blues at bay. In October, it's time for Halloween, and you can celebrate with some glowing skull paper lanterns for your porch. November is the best time to start preparing for Christmas, so start making your presents now and you won't have to be in a rush at the last moment. Don't forget to make the tiny clog advent calendar, which will make the holiday season really special. Make a beautiful festive stag in the first week of December, and as it gets closer to the big day, take some time out to create some delicate silver-leaf pinecones for your dinner table. You'll be truly inspired with Clare Youngs' lovely projects, so whether you want to make each project in turn as the year progresses, or dip in and out of the book, you'll never be bored with A Year in Crafts.
Clare Youngs studied graphic design and has worked in packaging design, illustration, and book jacket design. Her other books include Folded Book Art, Mobile Art, Wall Art, Book Art, Letter Art, Make Your Own Woodland Creatures and Folk Art Needlecraft (all published by CICO Books). She is based in Broadstairs, Kent.