Monday, August 8, 2011

Craft Challenge - Scarves: Book Review and Giveaway


Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. We enjoyed some sunshine here in Seattle and spent time outdoors: hiking in Discovery Park, washing the car, eating lunch on the balcony, spotting the Blue Angels doing their show for Seafair... Lovely mellow weekend! I know Angel is busy getting ready for Ian to start first grade next week. Are any of your kiddos starting school this week?

Another thing I did this weekend is make a project from the book Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves. A couple of months ago, Lark Crafts sent me a copy for review and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you. Lark Crafts is also giving away a copy of this book to a lucky reader, so make sure to check the end of the post and leave a comment for your chance to win!

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Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves
by Nathalie Mornu

The Craft Challenge series of books inspires readers and sewists to repurpose a specific material in myriad ways. In this book, scarves are the base material and the author presents 30 projects to get ideas rolling: skirts, dresses, tops, accessories, and more.

As you know, we love repurposing projects on this blog! In addition, I really appreciate a craft book that is flexible and creative, and encourages me to "show us what you can do". When opening this book, I expected a narrow focus on scarves. However, I found that it both motivated me to experiment with repurposing scarves AND provided project patterns that are totally doable with materials other than scarves. Thumbs up to that!

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I found the projects hip and approachable. The repurposing ideas are clever and diverse. The book offers uses for a wide range of different scarves, anything from a winter scarf to sarongs and vintage commemorative scarves. It made me antsy to go to the thrift store and hunt for some fun material!

There is a quick and helpful "nitty gritty" section at the beginning of the book that provides an overview of the techniques you might need for the projects. I loved the features about different types of vintage scarves, for example Vera scarves, map scarves, etc. I now feel like I have some solid scarf knowledge with which to go thrifting.

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I like how most projects include a tip or two for sizing and how to work with different types of scarf material. The instructions for each pattern are very clear and thorough.

Here are two projects I plan on making in the near future, after I find some time to go browse my local thrift stores for scarves:

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In summary, I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and enjoyed reading through it. I also had fun making a little project from it! My niece is about to turn 2 and I wanted to make her a sweet gift. I've had my eye on the "Hoppy" bunny from Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves ever since Lark Crafts posted it as a free project on their website. This was the perfect opportunity to get working on it!

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I unfortunately did not have any scarves to repurpose, doh! Over the years, I have diligently given away any accessories that are not in regular rotation. This includes scarves, and I'm now kicking myself for not saving some that would have been perfect for this book's projects!!

I made do, and decided instead to use some of my stash fabric. I picked a grey quilting cotton with little white circles (I think it's a Robert Kaufman print?), some blue and cream felt, grey embroidery floss and buttons.

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I followed the instructions to a T and it was the simplest project ever! It came together without any problems and I was done in just a couple of hours. I love it and am so excited about this little bunny! Isn't it cute?!

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Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves to a lucky reader! For a chance to win, you can have up to 3 entries:

1. Just leave a comment (and if you'd like, tell us how you would repurpose a scarf)
2. Subscribe to the Lark Crafts blog, "like" them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter -- and leave a comment here telling us you did so.
3. Blog, tweet or post about this giveaway on Facebook -- and leave a comment here telling us you did so.

Don't forget to include an email address so we can contact you if you win! We'll leave comments open through Saturday 8/13 and will announce the winner here. Good luck! Giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to our lucky winner Elena!

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  1. Love the idea of recycling scarves that are a bit too loud to wear as they are, or have a hole in them.
    I do this with calenders making them into envelopes and its a nice smug feeling you get.
    Lovely book.

  2. I, as a Muslim, go through plenty of scarves. It would be awesome to recycle them, and considering I have little girls I think I could make so many cool things for them.
    Thanks for the chance to win

  3. I like Lark Crafts on facebook. That's how I learned of the giveaway :)

  4. What a great book!! Love the idea of recycling and re-using. I would like to repurpose a scarve in a little purse like the one showed on the book's front page
    Thank you so much for this chance to win :)

  5. What a cute book and what a great idea. I would make softies with my scarves. So soft!

  6. And I already follow Lark on FB too!

  7. Love this idea of repurposing!! I would make myself some sort of bag.

  8. THis book looks awesome! I'd use old scarves to make head bands.

  9. I posted the Give A Way & followed Larks Crafts on FB & Twitter.Found Give A Way from your site(subscribe to).I alwasy loved scarves for making anything.I collect old scarves that look new at my local thrift

  10. I already follow Larks Crafts on FB. That is how I got here

  11. I love to re purpose things. Depending on the fabric, you can make scarves into purses, bags, for a quilt etc. I would love to see the ideas in this book.

  12. Would love to see how they upcycle..

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  13. Like them on FB

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  14. I love books about working with fabrics. At the moment I use my old scarfs to sew skirts for my little daughter...



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