Review By Maggy Woodley of Red Ted Art
As a keen crafter, I am always looking for new and wonderful crafty themes. When I was asked if I fancied reviewing the Crafted Garden by Louise Curley, I jumped at the chance. I expected lots of garden crafts, like little terracotta pots or fairy gardens, but this book is actually so much more exciting than that, it is all about creating beautiful things from the garden or with nature.
I love that not only does it show you what you can make, it also has a strong ethical theme running through encouraging you to craft responsibly (e.g. don’t raid bark and moss from where it is growing, or be sure to take windfall items).
The book is full of such lovely projects – both small and big – such as the Posy Napkin Ring decorations that are so easy to make yet so effective and adorable.
I found that as well as great projects The Crafted Garden is also incredibly informative. I’ve already touched upon the ethos of the book of using things in a considerate manner, but there is so much more information packed in, such as a section on edible plants and flowers and teaching you the difference between sealed terrariums and open air terrariums, and what sort of plants you need for each.
The book is structured by Seasons, which makes it super handy to find projects that are relevant to right when you need them, which makes sense when you consider that plants are seasonal too. I loved the idea of having daisies in a teacup for for Spring and the idea of foraging in th Autumn (again noting the importance of foraging ethically and considerately). There are tips for using living plants, for drying plants, and for preserving them.
As you can probably tell, I’m very excited about this book; it isn’t just useful for craft inspiration, it’s also a really good read. It’s a book that I want to sit down with, with a good cup of tea, and engage with properly, rather than having a quick browse through trying to pick out the best projects.
The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley, photography by Jason Ingram
Published by Frances Lincoln