22Jun

Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft Review & Giveaway

*Giveaway now closed*

I was more than happy to join Crafty Magazine’s blog tour of Pearl Lowe’s new book Vintage Craft, not least because I had recently purchased it myself and had been drooling over the projects all week…

I really love Pearl Lowe’s style. I think because I love anything unique or with a story behind it and partly because I am a gypsy at heart too. I don’t like restrictions or following set rules and this is the way I like to craft. I am also a sucker for details, those small items that reflect who we are (or wish to be); a bunch of flowers in a vintage glass jug, a child’s picture book read a hundred times to sleepy children, an old cup and saucer that makes you wonder about the tea drinkers before you. That is what I love most about vintage and, to me, that is what this book is about.

If you love vintage that leans towards bohemian gothic you will love this book whether you craft or not. It’s packed full of beautiful snap shots of Pearl's home, tips on how to use vintage pieces and where/how to shop for vintage items.

As for the crafts, there is a great variety. The projects I most want to try include: handmade vintage style tiles, jewelry shadow box, screen printed wallpaper and I’d love to create an office in a wardrobe! But there are also lots of projects that could be created easily in an afternoon: candles, tea towel, apron, bunting and cushions.

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But what drew me to this book the most (and what I associate most with Pearl Lowe) was the vintage lace, beautiful brightly coloured lace. The book has a good few pages on tips for using and dying lace and I'd wanted to try it for a while so this gave me the perfect opportunity. 

I had a search around the charity shops for something I could experiment on and came across this round table cloth. It was slightly damaged in the middle but for 99p I thought it would be perfect. I purchased some Dylon (the type that goes in your washing machine) in Flamingo from a fabric store. I couldn’t really be sure what the cloth was made from but thought it was most likely cotton (polyester will not take dye).

I love the way it turned out, although the edging was obviously stitched in polyester, as this remained white – but I like the effect! The colour is stunning. I was quite nervous about using the dye in my machine but after a quick wipe around with some bleach and a high wash it was fine. (phew)

So here's the before:

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And after, hanging in the sun:

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And decorated with another project from the book ‘Bohemian herb planters’ some French lavender in a vintage trifle dish – love!

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If you’d like to hear more about or see photos from the book then have a look at the other review posts from these gorgeous blogs:

Heart Handmade
Vintage Folly
Burkatron
Vintage Brighton

And if you’d like to be entered into a draw to win my spare copy of Pearl's book all you have to do is leave a comment below. This giveaway is open to UK residents only (sorry) and will be open until midnight 29th June 2013 when a winner will be picked using Random.org.

Bye for now. Em xx

 

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