I'm so excited to be a part the blog tour for Cathy Callahan's new book, Vintage Craft Workshop: Fresh Takes on Twenty-Four Classic Projects from the '60s and '70s (published by Chronicle Books. Cathy is Cathy of California where she covers vintage crafts and design on her fantastic blog. There's no need to scour antique fairs for that vintage look you need. With this book, Cathy and a handful of top crafters show you step-by-step how to recreate 24 stylish vintage craft projects.
The chapters of the book are broken up into easy to digest sections related by materials or theme. They are: Chapter 1: Make It with Burlap...and a little Felt, Chapter 2: Ideas for Raffia 'n' Yarn, Chapter 3: Stitching: Crewelwork, Craft Kits, and Applique, Chapter 4: Craft Trends of the 60's and 70's, Chapter 5: Create with Paper, and Chapter 6: A New Look at Papier-Mâché (featuring this lady vase project pictured above).
You can even take certain vintage elements from the book and apply them to your fashion life. The raffia flowers featured in the Loomed Flower Wall Hanging project (p. 35) are the perfect adornment for a beachy summer straw tote. The applique techniques for the Tulip Apron (shown above, p.59) are the perfect adornment to a little girls dress.
Pattern templates are also included at the end of the book so you can easily photocopy them to use for your craft projects. I love the inspiring profiles of famous crafty women of the 60's such as Aleene Jackson creator of Aleene's Tacky Glue (my favorite glue). Pick up this book today if you are a craft lover. There are so many fun and easy projects to make!
One lucky Coquette reader will win a copy of Vintage Craft Workshop by Cathy Callahan. Just leave a comment to this post letting me know why you want to win this book. All comments will be closed by 5 pm PST on Friday, May 20, 2011. The lucky winner will be chosen randomly and announced later on the site. Good luck!
Cathy and I have been friends for about 5 years now and I first met her at Maker Faire back in 2006 when she was a vendor at Bazaar Bizarre. I took this quick snap of her at the time and now this photo is something we smile and look back on. It's been amazing to see her grow her business over the years and cheer her on for her appearance on Martha Stewart a couple of years ago.
If you are in the Bay Area, Cathy will be at Maker Faire Bay Area this Saturday at 3pm for a presentation at the CRAFT booth and for a book signing of Vintage Craft Workshop afterwards. Don't miss it!
Here are her famous pincushions which adorn a shelf on the wall of my home office.
Don't miss the other blog tour stops happening the rest of this week with some of my crafty friends:
This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered! The winner is Sharon from San Francisco, CA.