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Book Review: Craft Corps by Vickie Howell

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Craft Corps is a book that will let you learn about over sixty different celebrity crafters and designers. You’ll learn about who they are, why they craft, what they like, what challenges them and what recommendations and suggestions they have to offer you.

Each chapter in this book is set up like an interview with a different crafter or designer. The interview includes a photograph of the crafter and how the author knows them or their work. The author goes through a variety of questions that really let you understand who the crafter or designer is and how they came to be who they are today. There are also beautiful color photographs of several pieces that they’ve created and a photograph of their craft room or studio along with more information about their favorite craft items, etc. You’ll also have a link to go to online in order to see more of what each person creates.

My favorite part of this book is that scattered throughout the interviews with famous crafters and designers are *Words to Craft By* which are little boxes containing introductions to a variety of every day crafters and their blogs or websites. You’ll learn about who they are, their favorite crafts, where they live and what their blog link is so you can go connect with them and learn more.

I have had so much fun with this book. It’s the perfect way to get inspiration when I’m not feeling all that creative or a way to spend a couple hours on a lazy rainy afternoon. The way the interviews are written really lets you get to know the crafters and designers. Including the links to sites and blogs means that I can connect with the people I feel can offer me more inspiration. Listing their favorite crafts means that I can search out people who enjoy the same types of crafts that I do. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are a variety of male crafters included in the book as well. This is a great way to spend the afternoon!

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