Book Review – The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley

The Crafted Garden 
By Louise Curley
Photography by Jason Ingram
ISBN: 978-0-7112-3629-5
Published by Frances Lincoln Limited

The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley, with photography by Jason Ingram. Published by Frances Lincoln Limited.
The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley, with photography by Jason Ingram. Published by Frances Lincoln Limited.

The Crafted Garden is a book full of ideas of flowers, seed pods, twigs, pinecones, and other lovely things, that you could find (and grow) in your garden or at your allotment, and use in simple craft projects.  The activities are arranged according to the season, to help you find craft ideas and inspiration for every time of year.   The author, Louise Curley, includes lots of hints and tips to help you to ensure success in whatever you decide to make, both in the introduction of the book and alongside each project.

The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley, with photography by Jason Ingram, features craft projects inspired by the seasons, all created using natural materials, most of which can be found in the garden, or at your allotment.
The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley, with photography by Jason Ingram, features craft projects inspired by the seasons, all created using natural materials, most of which can be found in the garden, or at your allotment.

The craft projects featured in The Crafted Garden are simple and straightforward to make, this is not a bad thing, – each project produces an attractive and effective end result and the projects don’t take up too much time to complete – ideal for working, busy people, having said this, I wouldn’t recommend this book as a gift for an experienced crafter, it’s more suited to novice or younger crafters, or those looking for simple, yet attractive, craft ideas to do with children.  At the start of each project there is a clear list of what you’ll require to construct your chosen project, and there are easy to follow instructions which guide you through every step, from start to finish – so you can’t go wrong.  If you’re looking for a gift for someone entirely new to crafting, I think this book would make a lovely present, it would also be ideal as a gift for a family, or for someone with an appreciation and love of nature, but with little time to dedicate to their interest.

The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley is filled with simple, yet effective and attractive craft ideas and inspiration.
The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley is filled with simple, yet effective and attractive craft ideas and inspiration.

There are a variety of different craft activities included in The Crafted Garden, there are fifty ideas altogether, from adornments for napkins and table centrepieces – ideal for someone who enjoys entertaining, to a floral headdress and a fairy – lovely for everyone, but perhaps especially so for children.

The Crafted Garden is a beautifully presented book, it’s full of lovely photographs and inspiration for even the most novice crafter.  There is a useful resource section at the back of the book to help you find any additional craft or plant materials you might wish to acquire.

The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley features simple, yet effective, craft projects, all created from natural materials. Pictured is the inspiration for a floral headdress.
The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley features simple, yet effective, craft projects, all created from natural materials. Pictured is the inspiration for a floral headdress.

The Crafted Garden would make a super gift for someone new to crafting, this book is full of simple, but very pretty, fun ideas to use the natural wonders of nature from your garden and create your own wreaths, decorations and other tributes, to celebrate the joy of each season.  It’s lovely to find a gift that celebrates the year, offering activities and inspiration for every season.

Here's a small vase I made from a small pumpkin, this activity, using Dahlias, instead of Honeysuckle, and different squashes, features in 'The Crafted Garden' book by Louise Curley.
Here’s a small vase I made from a small pumpkin, this activity, using Dahlias, instead of Honeysuckle, and different squashes, features in ‘The Crafted Garden’ book by Louise Curley.
The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley, with photography by Jason Ingram, is published by Frances Lincoln Limited.
The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley, with photography by Jason Ingram, is published by Frances Lincoln Limited.

To order The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley at the discounted price of £13.99 including p&p* (RRP: £16.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG355. *UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas. 

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