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Book Review: Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause by Jade Sims

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Crafting is one of the ways I enjoy relaxing. I don’t necessarily craft because I want the item I’m creating. It’s the process that I enjoy the most. Many times I give my crafts as Christmas gifts or birthday presents when I can but other times I find myself holding onto crafts I’ve created because I’m not sure what to do with them.

Craft Hope by Jade Sims is a book about crafters who have used their passion for crafting to help those in need. This book is a result of her creation of www.crafthope.com which is an organization that combines a love of crafting with a desire to help others. Tens of thousands of crafters in more than one hundred different countries follow the website and make a variety of handmade goods for causes around the world.

Contained in the book are a variety of different crafts including note cards, jewelry, seed balls, clothing, soap, pillows, and lots more. Each project includes a photograph of the finished project, a materials list, and detailed directions for completing the item. Included in the back of the book are patterns that can be enlarged to create each item. Also included with each project is a look at who the charity is that the project has been made for along with suggestions of other places you could donate your craft once it’s created. There is a resource section in the back with contact information for each charity.

I really love the selection of projects included in Craft Hope. There is something for every type of crafter whether you enjoy sewing, knitting, jewelry making, tie dye, or something else. Some of the projects are suitable for crafting beginners, such as note cards or tie dye, and some require a bit more experience like the sock monkey or the smocked dress. I’m glad the book recognizes that crafters of all abilities want to make a difference with their efforts.

This is a wonderful way to make a difference. Even better, $1 from the sale of this book will be donated to Global Impact.

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.