After reviewing cozy mysteries for the last couple of weeks, this week I’m highlighting a guide to handicrafts with a country touch. Prairie Girl Gifts: A Prairie Girl’s Guide to Skills both Practical & Whimsical highlights nine projects to make for yourself or for gift giving. Simple knitting skills are shown with the intent of knitting a shawl, as well as instructions for lavender water, scented soap, lemon verbena cologne, candle making, a drawstring gift bag, plus several other edible gifts. This slim volume is actually just a selection from a bigger book titled A Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life. The pages are set with larger type and clearly printed instructions. An anecdote or fact about country life on the prairie years ago usually accompanies each new project. Sprinkled throughout are snippets of old-fashioned terms and phrases with a modern explanation. There are only a few illustrations, and no photographs, so this book is not for the absolute crafting beginner. However, for a quick homemade gift idea this book at only 29 pages can provide easy inspiration. This paperback was published in conjunction with Threads magazine, and other selections from the same publisher can be found in the back.
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Prairie Girl Gifts: A Prairie Girl's Guide to Skills both Practical & Whimsical by Jennifer Worick
ISBN: 9781621139492, 29 pages, color illustrations
Adult Non Fiction, crafting