Monday, October 21, 2013

Made By Hand:: Review & Giveaway

Happy Monday. It's fine day to make something... and I'm thrilled to share a brand new book that just hit the shelves: Made By Hand by Lena Corwin

 Printing by Hand, Lena Corwin's first book, was a huge inspiration for me when I began working with ink and textile paints. You can imagine how excited I was to hear she was writing a second book. Made By Hand celebrates the many crafts that Lena is currently interested in... from sewing, weaving, and knitting to printing, dyeing and so much more! Most artists and crafters (that means YOU!) seem to have an appetite for learning new skills... this book is a fabulous collection of just that.  It's filled with a lovely line-up of artists and workshop leaders sharing the how- to's for some of their favorite projects. I even spied some dear friends... like Cal and Liane! The diversity of offerings within theses pages makes you feel like you're at a retreat with too many good things to choose from... except you get to make them all! The photography is clean and simple. Gorgeous- really. The instructions are clear with a step by step approach using photos to illustrate the process. This is a good one, folks... and Lena- you've done it again!
 We are moving into crunch time to begin making gifts for the holidays... and now I have a bunch of fresh ideas!
I always love seeing the behind the scenes photos and there is a great gallery right here. And here's the trailer...

 

Made By Hand's publisher, STC Craft, is generously offering a free copy to one of you, my super creative readers. Please leave a comment before Thursday 10/24 at 5pm. A random winner will be selected and announced on Friday. I'd love to hear what new project your hands are itching to make!


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102 comments:

  1. I've seen this book in my feed quite a bit and it all looks very beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity!!

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  2. Well, who wouldn't enjoying winning a new book of inspiring craft ideas?!
    Thank you for the chance!

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  3. Oh I was reading about this book just yesterday! It looks SO good!

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  4. I actually already ordered this book as I just couldn't resist. It looks fantastic and features so many artists and makers I love and admire. (I'm itching to try the coiled bowls and some fabric printing). I would, however, love you win this copy to gift to one of my crafty friends who would probably adore it as much as I know I will.

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  5. It's already on my Amazon wishlist. I enjoy learning new things and then passing those new skills on. I'm particularly intrigued by the rolling pin printing and I think it is something that my kids would also enjoy doing.
    Thanks, Annabelle

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  6. This book looks like the inspiration I need to make more time for my creating. I'm going to have to add it to my books-to-read list. :-)

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  7. Ooh, it looks lovely! I would love to make some braided rugs!

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  8. Would love a copy, especially for the directions for braided rugs-- mine never seem to come out!

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  9. What a great book! Please count me in! I'd love to try crochet and also printing!AriadnefromGreece!

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  10. Looks like an amazing book! I'd so love to have this!

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  11. Wow, I just fall in love with it just because of the trailer!!

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  12. The projects all look amazing and if the book is as artful as the trailer, it will fast become my favorite craft book. If I don't win the giveaway, I'm putting this book in the "something to read" category of my christmas wish list. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. I'd seen the book on the STC Craft newsletter, and it went on my wishlist right away! Thing is, I don't have enough time as it is for all the craft projects I'd like in my favourite techniques - knitting and sewing - so I don't know whether I should open up to so many more! Thank you and the publishers for the giveaway.

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  14. It looks like a lovely book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. I hadn't heard of this, but it looks fabulous.

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  16. I'm interested in trying to create stamps by carving them myself. I'm also interested in printing my own fabric.

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  17. I would love to have and use this book!

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  18. The jewelry looks awesome.
    naomil1@verizon.net

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  19. I saw the trailer on the SCT Craft newsletter and it looks great! What a treat this book would be.

    margie

    margiedicroce(at)rogers(dot)com

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  20. this would be the perfect book for the coming advent season to make lots of presents

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  21. Looks like a great book! I am looking for new projects for tshirt yarn!

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  22. oh my goodness!! how beautiful. i have such a passion for learning more about all my favorite crafts and this books seem to include all of them and more! thank you for the opportunity!

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  23. Oh, this looks like a lovely book! My hands often look like the cover hands: covered in paint or dye! haha

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  24. That big chunky crochet hook(?) has me intrigued, I'd love to win a copy of the book to find out more about it!
    ~ joey ~

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  25. I loved her first book! So excited to check this out ... thanks for the heads up :)

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  26. What a wonderful looking book. My hands are itching to make a couple of little machine embroidered birds to go in some tiny frames I found the other day. Probably a Nightingale and a Linnet.

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  27. What a fantastic opportunity! I need more creativity in my life right now; this sounds like just the right medicine.

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  28. what a great looking book. I'd love to try my hand at the coiled bowls S:)

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  29. I would love this book! It looks like it has great ideas!

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  30. What beautiful images and inspirational projects...I'd love to have a go at so many of those ideas!

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  31. I would love to win this book, I have a copy of her first book and I love it to pieces. Thanks!

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  32. I would love this book. Beautiful pictures and some great inspiration!

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  33. This book is so beautiful!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. This book looks so great! I hope I win!!

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  35. Gorgeous!! For a long time now I have been wanting to make a rug!!

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  36. Ooh, I've been dying to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  37. ooh, pick me. I am an art teacher always looking for more creative ideas.

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  38. What a great opportunity ~ thanks so much!

    Those crocheted/braided rugs look dreamy!

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  39. Coiled bowls! Reminds me of growing up.

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  40. I've been itching to get more creative ... this book looks like the inspiraiton I need! :)

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  41. Oh I would love to win this book - it looks soooo inspiring. Thanks for the chance to enter!
    x Helen

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  42. Beautiful projects and pictures! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  43. Ah, I need some inspiration to make these days! Anything I can do while cozying up next to my woodstove will do just fine. Thanks!

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  44. This looks like such a beautiful book with a great variety of projects. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. love those coiled bowls! I'm just all itchy to knit these days. thank you for the giveaway. nancywalters44@hotmail.com

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  46. That looks like fun! I would love to learn to print on fabric.

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  47. I just started a new kombucha company. My work is fun and rewarding but I needed to put all crafting on hold for a while. I'm now finding my new rhythm to life and crave ANY crafting, especially knitting. It's cold here and my head would like a new hat.

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  48. I'd love to do some dying, but right now I'm readying to make natural insect houses and butterfly nets with my Brownie Girl Scout Troop. Thank you for the chance to win what looks like an inspiring book.

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  49. Thanks for the chance to win! I'd love to work through some of the projects in this book with my crafty son.

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  50. Oh yeah! I see some nice gifts waiting to be made!!! Thank you for giving us this opportunity!!!

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  51. I am number 39 in line for the library's copy of this book.....would love not to wait that long to dive into it! Thanks for the chance!

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  52. I don't know where to begin; between the weaving, the dying projects and the DIY printing, I see multiple projects that would keep me busy for months!

    Looks like a lovely book! Congrats on publishing and sharing these great projects with the world.

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  53. I have some fantastic sock yarn to start. I'd love to be able to spend 15 minutes a day of my commute being productive (I carpool so mostly I end up socializing, but maybe I could do both?).

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  54. Ooh wow!. Looks beautiful. I have her first book and would LOVE this one!

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  55. Hi,
    My hands are itching to get started with the projects ! I would love to own this book!

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  56. Oooo this book looks wonderful! I could sure use some inspiration for Christmas gifts! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  57. That looks amazing! Especially the rugs & coil bowls - I'm crossing my fingers!

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  58. It does look amazing! The pictures seem so clean and gorgeous: the proff that you don't really need much fuzz around an image. Adorable!

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  59. A lovely book to be sure. i would love to try the braided rugs and the coil bowls. I have my fingers crossed. Such a wonderful opportunity, thanks so much.

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  60. Looks like a great book! Good variety, good pics. Crafts that would be fun to try.

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  61. I'd love to make the coiled baskets! I've seen them out and about but it never occurred to me that I could make one too! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  62. Loved her Printing book too. These new collaborative books are so interesting and diverse. Can't wait to see this one, and would love to own it!

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  63. Those rope coil baskets look like fun to try.

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  64. This book looks amazing - lots of new and interesting ideas!

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  65. I have Lena's earlier book and love it - I didn't realise she'd written another!!
    I'd love to try the coil baskets!

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  66. I would love to win this book, I already want to learn some of those projects. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  67. I would love to have this book -- lots of fun and interesting ideas!

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  68. Made by Hand has something for everyone. The coiled bowls looks very interesting and cool. I would love to get my hands on it. Love, love it!! Thank you for having this give away!

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  69. Wow! Thanks for the chance!

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  70. The question for me is - what don't I want to make? I love trying new things, but then need to make time for the old things. I make baskets and quilts and knit and dabble in sewing clothing. Would love to do some metal work, glass work, welding, sculpture, you name it. Should get busy with this Christmas presents, though. Would love to plan to make every one.
    This book looks awesome. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  71. Thanks for the opportunity! I would love to have this inspirative book.

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  72. My hands are itching to make a felted wool owl... and a burlap fish...and some of that very cool-looking brass and silk jewelry. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  73. Thanks for this! I'm really will love win that book!

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  74. I made those coil baskets when I was a kid! I would love to make a braided rug. I love their bulkiness - the texture and color.

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  75. The rolling pin prints especially caught my eye. I was beginning to gather materials to make some of your buckets and thought I'd check in on your site. Thank you for introducing the book!

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  76. I am captivated by the thought of making a rug (1st pic). I can't wait to see what materials she uses for it! Thank you for this opportunity!

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  77. I would love this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  78. Oh WOW! My mind is on overload with ideas for Christmas - I would love this book for inspiration! YOU are also such an inspiration Maya! THANK YOU!

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  79. This looks fantastic! I have never been underwhelmed by any book I've bought on your recommendation - this is clearly no exception! .. and my birthday is coming up... hmm...

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  80. Visiting Amy Howe up in NH Amy shared your site with me...wonderful. Immediately ordered your book through my library. Would love to win a copy of Handmade, too! Good work and I love re-purposing. Thank you! Kathy

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  81. Wonderful photos, even from just the glimpse you've posted. I hope to win! Thanks, Maya.

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  82. yikes! Christmas really is lurking around the corner.... definitely in need of some new ideas! Looks like a great book!

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  83. Would love to have that book! thanks for the giveaway!

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  84. Oh my....what a wonderful looking book and the timing is perfect!

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  85. Lovely looking book. Would be great to try projects by such creative, smiling ladies!

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  86. I would love to win this book! I'm itching to try doll making - something in the style of Mimi Kirchner perhaps! I would also love to try paper printing as shown in your post - so cool. Thanks for the chance! xo

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  87. What a fantastic looking book, and filled with so many great crafts! Thanks so much for the chance to win it Maya!! lubna_2112@hotmail.com

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  88. The book looks just beautiful and how wonderful it would be to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  89. Oh my... it looks beautiful! Will cross my fingers! Thank you for the chance!

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  90. That books looks beautiful. Like a coffee table book but more practical!

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  91. Would love to try the coiled baskets and braided rugs...the jewelry too, I'd love a copy of this book.

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  92. This book looks very good. I love to try my hand at all kinds of crafty things, so I would love to win this book.

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  93. Thanks for the chance!! I'd love to get my hands on a copy of this book!

    Michele ~ miracle512420@yahoo.com

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  94. Thanks for this chance! I am a farmer and beginner crafter, and I'm super excited about the upcoming winter...lots of time for crafting!

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  95. wow - this looks like such an awesome book!

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  96. Stamping with a rolling pin, why didn't I think of that? Brilliant, I've got to try that.

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  97. Great giveaway book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  98. What a great looking book. Beautiful photography to inspire! With winter weather looming ahead here in Iowa, I'm feeling the itch to sew some cozy hats for my two tots. I have some worn out polos and sweaters that are begging for new life :)

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  99. Those coiled bowls! So lovely! Fingers crossed…

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  100. Beautiful book! Thanks for sharing the chance to win.

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