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Four of the best books for parents

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Posted: 11 January 2013
by Fiona McKim

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Material World by Perri Lewis (Virgin Books, £18.99)

Here at Junior we are champions of the arts and crafts revival, but in some circles the pastime still can’t shake off its twee reputation, which lingers on like a macramé doily glitter-glued to the sole of one’s shoe. We would like to implore those non-believers to pick up this weighty volume and prepare to be surprised. Consulting with fashion and design experts including Philip Treacy and Rob Ryan, Lewis has compiled a truly stylish craft bible full of chic ideas for the modern sophisticate. The tone is relaxed and non-dictatorial and there are 15 extra technique lessons offering inspiration for your very own crafty projects.

Page turner Jewellery-making tips and ideas from Lara Bohinc and customising lessons by Topshop are surprisingly easy to execute.

Page turn-off Lewis is a journalist, crafter, author and part of a guerrilla knit outfit – the stuff inferiority complexes are made of.

Typical Phrase “I like to think of this as the Jamie Oliver approach to craft. Whack in a bit extra of what you fancy, cut back on the elements you don’t like, or don’t have handy. Don’t fret too much about the rules, so long as what you end up with is perfect for you.”

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