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Between Friends: Craft Projects to Share
     

Between Friends: Craft Projects to Share

by Charlotte Lyons, Steven Randazzo (Photographer), Steven Randazzo (Photographer)
 
In an Era when women set aside very little leisure time for themselves, let alone for their friends, Between Friends provides the perfect excuse to invite the girls over. Talented writer and designer Charlotte Lyons has brought together an imaginative array of craft projects that will help celebrate both your creativity and your most valued friendships. Between

Overview

In an Era when women set aside very little leisure time for themselves, let alone for their friends, Between Friends provides the perfect excuse to invite the girls over. Talented writer and designer Charlotte Lyons has brought together an imaginative array of craft projects that will help celebrate both your creativity and your most valued friendships. Between Friends presents ideas for 40 handmade craft projects, and all of the projects are perfect for sharing with a close friend or a group of friends. These delightful endeavors allow you to experiment with papier-mache, collage, decoupage, knitting, needlework, painting, sewing, rug hooking, quilting, scrapbooking, and doll-making. All projects are easy to make and lovely enough to inspire a lifetime of creative pursuit. Most are excellent gift ideas; better still, the materials needed can often be found right inside the pantry or craft basket. Projects are organized according to the amount of time they require: some (like the place card holders or frames) can be completed in an hour; others (like sachets, potato prints, and dressing room organizers) fill a leisurely afternoon. More complicated projects (such as scrapbooks, needlepoints, and friendship quilts) are to be savored over a weekend or longer. Between Friends offers plenty of inspiration along the way. Overflowing with lavish full-color photography, the book also includes profiles of the author's friends and their crafts; there are even a few recipes to enjoy while you work. With its easy-to-follow format, Charlotte Lyons's Between Friends is ideal for any kind of casual gathering, even if the get-together consists only of you and your closest friend. So make your phone call -- and let the fun begin!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743214094
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/30/2002
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.73(d)

Read an Excerpt

from Chapter 5

As Long As It Takes

The process of celebrating our friendships is one that carries us away in new directions. Some of our crafts and hobbies are the same way. Like dear friends, they grow with time to fill special needs in our creative lives, fostering self-discovery and fulfillment. Getting together in a group, in a pair, or simply working alone with a dear friend in mind, women can stretch the boundaries of traditional craft with fresh, original interpretations.

We delight in the making of beautiful, artistic things because it lets us share who we are -- our quirkiness, talent, joy, and affection. These projects that require so much time should especially reflect your particular talents and ideas. Use the patterns as inspiration for uniquely expressive versions. Try adapting a project to your own vision with your choices in materials or modified designs.

Many of the projects in this chapter are, indeed, labors of love. They take more time, more imagination, more hands, more soul. That is the best part, I think. Made as a gift, the finished piece amounts to far more than the combination of simple materials, design, and workmanship. In such a grand, personal effort, the message is unmistakable "I cherish you, dear friend, so very much."

Copyright © 2002 by Charlotte Lyons

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