A Year of Creativity: A Craft Date Planner to Meet, Share, and Create

A Year of Creativity: A Craft Date Planner to Meet, Share, and Create

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Overview

Do something creative every day! In A Year of Creativity, learn how to throw the perfect creative party with your friends—with organizing tips, 25 project ideas, and even recipes for snacks.

A "craft date" is a fun get-together with a handful of creative friends in which you surprise each other with craft and DIY projects using cool materials, inspire each other, and make beautiful things together. At each date, a group of participants share a self-made project to be re-created by the other attendees. Materials are individualized for each participant and given as a unique personal gift along with the instructions for the project. A craft date is different than a workshop since you get to choose the lovely people that you invite, and as the organizer, you get to participate in all the projects. Invitees can put their own spin on the project by using their favorite colors, materials, or techniques. This way you end up with a range of different interpretations and results, leading to new inspiration and ideas.

A Year of Creativity is a book for everyone with a basic knowledge of crocheting, knitting, and sewing. It does not teach you how to crochet or explain how a sewing machine works. There are plenty of other books for that. What it does do is inspire crafting enthusiasts to make something together, learn from each other, and have fun doing it. You'll find within:

  • An introduction to craft dates and how they work
  • Tips on planning your craft date events
  • Plenty of project ideas (short, long, and cooperative)
  • Plus recipes for party dishes that keep the creative juices flowing
You will share ideas, discover new inspiration, and find new friends while creating uniquely beautiful aprons, knit garlands, infinity scarves, haberdashery bagscardspencil cases, and more.

    Have you had a great craft date or are you working on a neat project and want to show it off? There’s a place for this in the craft dates community. On Instagram, for example, you can tag your photos with, or search for the hashtag  #craftdates. You can have a look at each other’s work, drum up inspiration for your own dates, invite your Insta-friends, or organize a "blind date" with creative people from your town or city that you don’t know yet. A whole world will open up. A very creative world is waiting for you in A Year of Creativity.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781631598173
    Publisher: Quarry Books
    Publication date: 07/23/2019
    Pages: 144
    Sales rank: 1,186,429
    Product dimensions: 8.05(w) x 9.95(h) x 0.65(d)

    About the Author

    Petra Hoeksema has been crafting since elementary school. When she turned four, her grandmother gave her a toy sewing machine and her first project was a dress for her sister, which she even wore. She taught herself to embroider and crochet with the help of books and magazines borrowed from the library. And with the help of her great grandmother’s old sewing machine, she learned how to sew clothes. Burning out from her job in the technology sector, Petra turned back to crafting and hasn't stopped since. She  started up a blog to get in touch with other creative types and in 2010 started an online store that sold creative materials. She has contributed to  Mollie Makes and continues to teach herself more techniques including felting, weaving, crocheting, knitting, sewing, woodworking, graphic design, and doll making.
    Instagram: bypetra

    Craftiness is happiness for Lidy Nooij. She has been creating for her entire life. When she was twelve, she got her first sewing machine and started sewing clothes for her dolls, decorated jars with embroidered bits of felt, and made perfume from rose petals. At school, she organized crafting afternoons with friends for other kids. Lidy's crafting is multi-faceted and focuses on many techniques and she is always learning new ones. Over the years, she has participated in a variety of workshops on things including crocheting, leather tanning, lace making, painting, quilting, and dressmaking. Petra is self-taught, and enjoys the process most of all. For the past few years, she has been a member of the Craft Kitchen team. Together with other Craft Kitchen ladies, she attends conferences and blogs at www.craftkitchen.nl.
    Instagram: lidynooij
    Blog: lidynooij.com

    Miriam Catshoek started to sew her own pants, knit simple sweaters, and alter clothes from a young age. In her house, you got your own sewing machine on your sixteenth birthday! She draws inspiration from the piles of fashion, interior design and styling magazines, and books she buys (for which she continues to have a weakness). She enjoys working with paper, stamps, and punches to make cards, cool labels, and packaging. Her style is basic and robust with nothing fiddly, no complicated patterns, just beautiful yarn in simple patterns in her favorite colors of grey, old rose, and green. Miriam usually has at least four projects going at once time. 
    Instagram: miriamcatshoek

    Bregje Konings has been crafting and fiddling around with cloth, thread, paper, and paint for as long as she can remember. Her passion is working with textiles. She got her first Singer sewing machine when she was eight years old and has not stopped since. Bregje trains teachers in the area of drawing and textile methods. She graduated from school in Holland with a focus in fashion and clothing. Her specialty is to make items that are reversible and can be worn inside out and feature subtlety in color, detail, and finishing. She almost never throws things away because anything can be used to make something! 
    Instagram: bregjekonings
    Blog: needlesbybregje.blogspot.nl

    Read an Excerpt

    CHAPTER 1

    MIRIAM'S CROCHET GLASS VASES

    [Handmade)

    WITH LOVE

    You can never have too many containers ... I love them! I collected a whole bunch of square, glass vases at the thrift store. You can find them there in all sorts of sizes. Use chunky wool or rustic jute to crochet a sleeve for the container, a fun and simple project. Give everyone a plant to go in it and you're all set. I personally love doing this kind of project and really enjoy giving the finished project as a gift.

    What follows is a pattern for a fairly tall container. For shorter containers, adjust the pattern yourself accordingly. Use a combination of the rows described below until you achieve the desired height.

    Crochet a row of chain stitches and finish with a slip stitch. Measure your vase to see how long the circle needs to be. Be sure not to make it too loose!

    Close every row with a slip stitch.

    Row 1: Make 1 chain stitch and make 1 single crochet in every chain stitch.

    Row 2: Make 2 chain stitches and make 1 half double crochet in every stitch.

    Row 3: Make 1 chain stitch and make 1 single crochet in every stitch in the back loop.

    Row 4: Repeat the row above.

    Row 5: Make 2 chain stitches and make 1 half double crochet in every stitch.

    Row 6: Repeat the row above.

    Row 7: Make 3 chain stitches and make 1 double crochet in every stitch.

    Row 8: Make 2 chain stitches and make 1 half double crochet in every stitch.

    Row 9: Make 1 chain stitch and make 1 single crochet in every stitch in the back loop.

    Row 10: Make 1 chain stitch and make 1 slip stitch in every stich.

    Secure the loose yarn and slip the crochet sleeve on to the vase.

    SUPPLIES

    Square vase Borgo de'Pazzi Bulky (about 3.5 ounces [100 g] for a large square vase) Hoooked Natural Jute (optional) Crochet hook N/P-15 (10 mm) Darning needle

    SUPPLIES FOR LABEL

    Sturdy Kraft paper/cardboard Craft Dates die cutting template or pinking shears Craft Dates stamp and stamp ink Fabric hole punch Robust yarn or thin string Green version is from Natural Jute (Hoooked)

    LABEL

    To finish off your project perfectly, add a sewn-on label to your crochet sleeve. Punch (Craft Date die cutting template COL1445) a label out of sturdy cardstock or cut out a 2.25 x 1.75 inch (5.5 x 4.5 cm) label using pinking shears. Stamp a cute image or text on to the label.

    Punch holes on the sides using the hole punch and fasten your label to the sleeve with string or strong cotton yarn. Your container is now ready for use. Fill it with a cool plant, a nice bouquet of flowers, or your collection of crochet hooks.

    Enjoy your hip, Craft Dates crochet vase!

    PACKAGING INSPIRATION

    Put all of the balls of Bulky yarn and some Natural Jute, if you are using it, in a large basket and place it in the middle of the table.

    Set out the glass vases across the table and place a paper bag, decorated with patterned paper, stamps, and punched out figures, next to each vase.

    These bags shown contain the (succulent) plants and a few prepunched labels that can be sewn on to the crochet sleeve later.

    BREGJE'S PATTERN WEIGHTS

    THEY KEEP YOUR DRAWING PAPER IN PLACE WHEN YOU'RE TRACING A PATTERN

    SUPPLIES

    Scraps of cotton or linen fabric Scissors Craft Dates stamps or rubber stamps Waterproof stamp ink (StazOn)
    Aquarium gravel for the filling, preferably not sand Pins Needle and thread

    Pattern weights are little bags filled with a weighted filling. They keep the pattern drawing paper nicely in its place when you're tracing a pattern from the original. Place a few here and there on your drawing paper so that it will stay put when you're tracing. They are super handy to have!

    Cut the fabric scraps into 2.75 x 4.75 inch (7 x 12 cm) rectangles. This includes a 0.5 inch (1 cm) seam.

    Stamp a small motif exactly in the middle of the square. It can be landscape or portrait orientation; it does not matter. Let the stamp dry.

    Fold the rectangle, good-side facing inward, into a 2.5 x 2.75 inch (6 x 7 cm) square. Sew the side opposite to the fold closed. Sew one of the sides closed as well. You now have a small bag. Turn the bag.

    Fold the open side over to create a 0.5 inch (1 cm) seam inward and smooth it out using your nail. This makes it a bit easier to pin it shut after you have filled it.

    Fill the bag with a bit of gravel, just short of full. You'll need to twist it to sew the last seam closed to give the bag its pyramid shape.

    Fold the open seam shut in such a way that it is perpendicular to the bottom — not parallel to the bottom, which will create a straight bag, not a pyramid. The pinned side seam is now in the middle on the back of the weight.

    Pin the top with the previously folded 0.5 inch (1 cm) seam shut and sew the upper edge with small stiches, by hand, to close it.

    Use this method to make as many weights as you'd like. Six of them will do a good job of holding a pattern in its place while cutting it out.

    PACKAGING INSPIRATION

    SUPPLIES

    Kraft paper take-out containers (packaging materials)
    Double-sided tape Small plastic bags Craft Dates die cutting template Cardstock Craft Dates stamp and stamp ink Twine or kitchen string White acrylic paint or chalk markers Sticker Black labels Wax stamp, sealing wax

    Find nice fabrics for each person. Cut all of the fabric to size. Using double-sided tape, neatly stick the fabric rectangles to a piece of cardboard in layers.

    Fill small plastic bags with the gravel filling.

    Punch or cut out a piece of cardstock to use as a needle book, fold in in half, and affix a piece of fabric, or not, to the inside in which to stick needles and pins (see page 39). Stamp a sewing machine or some other appropriate image on it.

    Punch a small card on which to wrap thread in colors that match the fabrics. Put all of these items, along with the printed-out instructions in an envelope, in the take-out container. Wrap the container in twine and hang a small label on the twine with a sticker on which you write the name of the recipient. Write a lovely quote on the black label using white chalk marker and hang this on the box as well.

    Finally, heat a small amount of the black sealing wax until it is fluid and pour this on to the closure on the lid of the box. Stamp the melted sealing wax with a nice wax stamp.

    THIS IS HOW WE CROCHET A BLANKET

    It's fun to plan a Craft Date where everyone works together on a single project — a lovely granny blanket for a mutual friend whose birthday is coming up, for example.

    AFFORDABLE GRANNY BLANKETS BY FOUR LADIES

    Of course, it's always nice to work with beautiful, natural yarn — it's what we prefer — but when you want to make a bigger project, it can end up being very expensive. Thankfully, these days, there are a variety of acrylic yarns available that are machine washable and still feel soft. Bravo from Schachenmayr is an example of this kind of yarn that we like to work with, and it's available in an array of lovely colors. For this blanket, we each designed our own granny square. These squares can also be used for other projects.

    SUPPLIES

    Bravo, 4 different colors, 5 balls of each Bravo, 1 joining color, 8 balls Crochet hook 7 (4.5 mm)

    The instructions for making the four different granny squares and for putting the blanket together can be found on pages 128–131.

    MIRIAM'S INSPIRATION BOARD

    Paint the wooden board, as well as the cork coaster, using matte paint, in different colors, if you'd like. Decide on what you want to include on your inspiration board and organize it in a way that makes sense to you.

    It's easiest to affix the coaster first by gluing it to the board. Cut your measuring tape to size and attach it to the board with tacks. Measure the things you want to insert behind the measuring tape (cards or pictures, for example) so that you can space out the tacks accordingly. Make a loop using the remaining measuring tape and attach the loop to the board with a tack. You can use the loop to hang yarn samples, among other things. Have a good look again at where you want to hang everything and attach the binder clip, hook, and screw eye/metal ring in the corresponding places.

    A small screw should fit exactly through the hole in the binder clip. Use the bradawl to make a hole in the wood and screw the binder clips to the board.

    Now the "styling" of your board can begin. Pin cards that you like and pictures, etc. to your board. Hang your nicest scissors on the hook and make paper labels around which to wrap your favorite color combinations of yarns. You can hang these labels on the metal ring. It's always handy to be able to bring your best colors with you to stores or to Craft Dates.

    Hang up your inspiration board in a good place in your craft room, hobby room, or studio or prop it up on a shelf where you can enjoy it fully!

    SUPPLIES

    1 wooden board, 15.75 x 17.75 inches (40 x 45 cm)
    Bradawl Large cork placemat (from IKEA or Albert Heijn)
    Matte paint (Dekor Paint Soft from Pentart), paint brush Good glue (HT2 Gütermann Creativ)
    Nice measuring tape to cut to size Screw-in hook, screw eye, tacks, screws Metal ring, binder clip Nice scissors Screwdriver, hammer

    TIP

    Using a softer type of wood makes it easier to insert the screws and tacks.

    PACKAGING INSPIRATION

    Cover the table with a nice-looking vinyl table covering and place the wooden boards on top. On each board, place a nice, transparent, bag with a small piece of pretty wallpaper inside with "Craft Date" stamped on to it. Place all of the materials you'll need into this bag. In the middle of the table, place a rustic crate that contains all of the paints and brushes. Everyone should also get a small glass pot for a bit of water.

    FOUR "ITALIAN" SCARVES

    LINEN WITH A CROCHET EDGE

    These "Italian" scarves get their name from the Italian origin of the linens used and the yarn.

    Crochet Goodness

    All the instructions for making these beautiful scarves can be found on pages 137–139.

    LIDY'S CANADIAN APPLE PIE

    A Craft Date isn't complete without treats. Chatting, crafting, and treats! That's the foundation of any successful Craft Date. But many creative-types don't like spending too long in the kitchen. This apple pie is delicious and is super easy and quick to make. I'm a big fan!

    INGREDIENTS (serves about 8)
    4 apples
    14 tablespoons (13/4 sticks, or 200 g)
    butter
    21/4 cups (250 g) self-rising cake flour
    11/4 cups (100 g) oatmeal
    1 cup (225 g) brown sugar Nuts (optional)
    EQUIPMENT
    8 x 2" (20 x 5 cm) springform pan Parchment paper

    TIP

    If you have a Craft Date planned for a big group of people, just double this recipe and make the pie in a sheet pan, spreading the dough out across the entire pan.

    DIRECTIONS

    Wash the apples well.

    Finely chop the apples, leaving the skin on.

    Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave (do not overheat it).

    Combine the self-rising flour, oatmeal, and brown sugar fully in a large bowl. Add the melted butter and stir well.

    Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4).

    Line the springform pan with parchment paper. S pread 3/4 of the dough across the bottom of the pan and the sides, pressing it down firmly. Top the dough with the apple pieces, sprinkle the apple with a bit of cinnamon, and crumble the remaining dough over the top.

    Bake the apple pie in a preheated oven for about an hour.

    Bon appétit!

    MIRIAM'S TOOL STATIONS

    PRETTY AND USEFUL ADDITIONS TO YOUR CRAFT DATES TABLE

    Here's a handy and fun tool station for the table during a Craft Date or even handier for your own craft table! I prefer not to have a bunch of loose items lying around on my work surface. If you're working on something creative with a group of people, your table will end up covered in materials and tools pretty quickly. That's what makes this handy tool station so great — it keeps all your tools in one place and looks great next to a vase of fresh flowers.

    METHOD

    Paint your tray in a color of your choosing and allow it to dry fully. Crochet a sleeve for the large jar (using the pattern for the square glass vases, for example).

    Stick a piece of Aslan self-adhesive film to the back of your paper. Punch or cut out a nice label from your paper.

    Add a nice stamp to your label or write something on it. Carefully remove the backing on the Aslan self-adhesive film and stick the label on your (fully degreased) small glass jar.

    This is how you make the pincushion: fold your fabric in half with the reverse sides together and sew three sides. Leave one side open a bit so that you can turn it right-side out. You can also stitch in a label or a ribbon loop there. Turn your pincushion right-side out, stuff it with filling, and sew the opening closed by hand. Stick a few colorful pins into it and you're done!

    Place crochet hooks, scissors, or markers in the large, crochet jar and place stitch markers, stitch rippers, threads, or flowers in the small one.

    There are so many options and makes such a great gift to give!

    SUPPLIES

    A simple, wooden candle tray or small serving tray Matte paint, Dekor Paint Soft from Pentart, for example, and paintbrush Empty, clean, glass (jam) jars Cotton crochet yarn, Durable Double Four Crochet hook Darning needle Aslan self-adhesive film (to make stickers)
    Nice paper Craft Date stamps and stamp ink Fabric, about 6 x 11.75 inches (15 x 30 cm)
    Sewing thread and a sewing machine Ribbon for labels Filling for pincushion Pins

    TIP

    Matching the colors of all the elements of your tool station yields the best result. Try to pick paint, fabric, paper, and yarn colors that are complementary.

    LIDY'S HABERDASHERY BAG AND NEEDLE BOOK

    SUPPLIES FOR THE HABERDASHERY BAG

    Unbleached cotton, 2 pieces, 7.5 x 6 inches (19 x 15 cm) each Craft Date stamps and-stamp ink Piece of twill tape or ribbon Pins Needle and thread or sewing machine Iron Binder clip Craft Dates paper Craft Date die cutting templates Notebook Pencil

    SUPPLIES FOR THE NEEDLE BOOK

    Sturdy (Craft Dates) paper Craft Date Stamps and stamp ink Felt Hand-binding stapler Sewing needles and pins

    Punch or cut out a 3.5 x 2.5 inch (9 x 6.5 cm) rectangle out of the paper, fold it in half, and stamp something cute on the front. Punch or cut (using pinking shears) a 2 x 1.5 inch (5 x 3.5 cm) piece of felt. Affix the felt to the inside of the card using a staple. Insert the needles and pins into the felt. Done! The needle book can now go in the haberdashery bag.

    This is a great option for neatly packaging up all the notions and items (the haberdashery) you'll need for a Craft Date.

    Make a bag from two pieces (7.5 x 6 inches [19 x 15 cm]) of unbleached cotton. Stamp and fold a piece of twill tape or ribbon and pin this between the two pieces of fabric as a label.

    Sew the two pieces together on three sides, trim the corners, and turn the bag right-side out. Iron the bag flat and leave the opening unfinished.

    Stamp the word haberdashery (using the Craft Dates stamp) on to the bag.

    Fill the bag with whatever notions you'll need (for example, a tape measure with a stamped round sticker stuck on to it, a self-made needle book, and stitch markers).

    Fold the top of the bag over to close, hold the fold in place with a binder clip, and tuck a few labels (made with Craft Dates paper and a Craft Dates die cutting template) under the clip, as well.

    Buy a notebook and pencil and stamp some appropriate text on to in.

    This makes a nice, stylish set to house supplies and it is a real gift for your guests.

    (Continues…)


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    Table of Contents

    Introduction 7

    Foreword 8

    The Authors 10

    How it All Began 13

    How Does a Craft Date Work? 14

    Craft Dates-Styling 40

    Craft Dates-Materials 140

    Our Favorites 142

    Sponsors 143

    Recipes

    Lidy's Canadian Apple Pie 34

    Miriam's Quick Soup 54

    Petra's Salad with Candied Walnuts and Raspberries 82

    Petra's Chic Sandwiches 84

    Bregje's Quark Tart 108

    Techniques

    This is How We Crochet a Blanket 128

    Green Yarn 132

    Italian Scarves 137

    Projects

    Short projects

    Longer projects

    Weekend or cooperative projects

    Miriam's Crochet Glass Vases 18

    Bregje's Pattern Weights 22

    This Is How We Crochet a Blanket 26

    Miriam's Inspiration Board 28

    Four "Italian" Scarves 32

    Miriam's Tool Stations 36

    Lidy's Haberdashery Bag and Needle Book 38

    Petra's Crochet Basket 41

    Lidy's Coat Rack 46

    Miriam's Placemats 50

    Bregje's XL infinity Scarf with a Twist 56

    Petra's Hurricane Lights 60

    Lidy's Craft Dates Inspiration Book 63

    Green Yarn 66

    Lidy's Crochet Bag 70

    Lidy's Slow-Stitch Wall Hanger 77

    Miriam's Jute Bottle Hanger 86

    Bregje's Apron 90

    Lidy's Knit Garland 96

    Miriam's Crochet Scarf 100

    Bregje's Craft Cards 104

    Petra's Oilskin Project Bag 110

    Petra's Project Bag with Imprint 115

    Dying Yarn 118

    Lidy's Pencil Case 124

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    A Year of Creativity: A Craft Date Planner to Meet, Share, and Create 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
    lelesurfer 3 months ago
    Let your creativity flow "A Year of Creativity. A Craft Date Planner to Meet, Share, and Create" compiled by Petra Hoeksema, Lidy Nooij, Miriam Catshoek, and Bregje Konings and published by Quarto Publishing - Quarry is a book that wants to bring friends together to recreate a project prepared by one of the participants. This approach is different than a workshop where one might know or might not know the other participants. The goal of those craft dates is to meet, share, and create. The book starts with basic information such as "How it All Began", "How Does a Craft Date Work?", or "Craft Date - Materials", that will help readers to set up their own craft dates with their friends. It also includes five recipes that can be enjoyed as snacks while crafting and some information about the techniques used. The book contains 25 projects, e.g. cards, bags, scarfs, and decorations, which are color-coded in the table of content according to the amount of time needed (short projects, longer projects, and weekend or cooperative projects). These projects use various techniques such as crocheting, sewing, or knitting and include ideas how to pack the craft supplies. I appreciated this creative approach of working together where the invitees can put their own spin on the proposed project and so individualize it. The book contains inspirational photographs and is presented in a great design. Even the packaging of the project provides inspirations to the readers. The book can be recommended for readers with basic skills since the projects are not too complicated but can be used also by advanced crafters. The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #AYearofCreativity #NetGalley
    Kaitie-Maday 3 months ago
    A Year of Creativity: A Craft Planner to Meet, Share and Create by Petra Hoeksema, Lidy Nooij, Miriam Catshoek, Bregje Konings I was given an advanced reader copy of this by Quarry Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I love the whole idea behind this book and I loved how it was executed. There is a great variety of projects in different craft types including: crochet, sewing, inspiration boards, recipes, knitting, painting, inspiration books, embroidery, and yarn dyeing. It goes through how to organize different types of craft dates as well as how to create tool stations for the day's project. It also goes through how to package the completed project. I want to make several of the projects from this book including Bregje's Apron, Miriam's Crochet Scarf, and Petra's Oilskin Project Bag. This is a great book for anyone that like to craft in groups and like to have themed projects.
    ADonovan 4 months ago
    I love the idea of craft dates and getting together with friends to work on individual or larger group projects. However, I felt this book was less focused on what I consider "crafting" and quite heavy on projects for knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Out of the 25 projects, I think only about 5 of them didn't have these methods as the main portion. There were just a few recipes. It's a beautiful book, lots of photos, and nice instructions for projects. I would have rated the book higher if there were a wider variety in the types of projects and more projects to choose from. If you enjoy crocheting and knitting, it is a great book. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    MugsyMae 4 months ago
    A Year of Creativity is a beautifully put together book that explores the concept of the "craft date," where a group of friends get together to combine their creativity and come up with some great projects from crochet afghans, to bags and cards, to candied raspberry salad. There is something to spark everyone's creativity along with directions for all the crafts shown. I got a lot of ideas I want to try out of this one!
    rc1836 5 months ago
    Wonderfully original book Written by Petra Hoeksema, Lidy Nooij, Miriam Catshoek and Bregje Konings this is a great collection of unique projects. Wonderful pictures and complete instructions for the crafter. I received an advance reader copy.
    LMLong 5 months ago
    “A craft date with friends” was too appealing to pass by this avid hostess of girls night craft parties. A Year of Creativity is a quick flip through with about 25 projects, including a few recipes, to host a craft night. Just make sure that your friends have crochet, knit or sewing skills first, as the projects are not for beginners. The projects in this book would not work for my circle of crafting friends but I can see it being used by groups that meet up in yarn shops, etc. Many thanks to Quarto and Netgalley for this ARC for my honest review.
    JAMuckley 5 months ago
    "A Year of Creativity" by crafters Petra Hoeksema, Lidy Nooij, Miriam Catshoek, Bregje Konings presents the ideas of "craft dates," getting together with a group of close friends to do something creative with friends and treats. These dates are filled with lots of laughter, deeper connection and everyone gets a lovely creation they made out of it. The book is chock full of projects, more than 20 different ideas to follow, requiring varying amounts of time with relative degrees of difficulty. Some projects have little instruction and are fairly straightforward, while other are meticulously outlined. The book is full of helpful photos to guide the reader through steps and to capture the "look" the makers intended. There are even some tasty treats and comfort foods that are sprinkled throughout the book for the craft dates. This is book is perfect for a tight-knit group of crafter friends looking for some new ideas and challenges to tackle together. I received this eBook free of charge from Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry Books via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
    PanglossMystic 5 months ago
    A wonderful idea for crafters: get together with friends, have pre-packaged (and, of course, color-coordinated) materials ready for each attendee, and spend time making a craft together. This is a beautiful book with lots of terrific ideas. I especially liked the usefulness and practicality of the crafts featured. All of the crafts can be done in the space of a couple of hours. A few recipes are featured, as well. I hope this idea catches on!
    MandyGA 5 months ago
    This book read just like watching an episode of something crafty on tv. With a focus on bringing friends together for an activity and fellowship regardless of skill level, it makes everything approachable. The crafts themselves seemed very simple and vanilla for a seasoned crafter, but it is well suited for a variety of people to work on something together. The crafts also seem yarn heavy, so easy to get supplies. I really like the idea of this book being written together by women with different styles, showing how everything comes together nicely. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for a digital ARC to review.
    CharJones2525 5 months ago
    I am not crafty whatsoever, but if I were and had a lot of crafty friends, I would scoop up this delightful book in a heartbeat, featuring such gorgeous photos and design. It offers 25 fab ideas for creative parties with project ideas and even snack recipes. Invite your friends to make infinity scarves, knit garlands, haberdashery bags, colorful aprons, and more — all while enjoying delicious party dishes. There’s an online instagram community where you can post photos of your creations using hashtag #craftdates. Even suggests inviting Insta-friends you don’t yet know for a “blind date” crafts party to expand your friendship circle and array of creative ideas. A whole new crafty world awaits! 5/5 Pub Date 23 Jul 2019 Thanks to the authors, HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #AYearOfCreativity #NetGalley