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Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause Paperback – August 3, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160059624X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596247
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jade Sims is the founder of www.crafthope.com and author of the popular blog Chickaustin. Jade's website and blog have been featured in Parenting magazine and Sew Hip.

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The book contains very detailed instructions with nice pictures to help you in the creating process.
Amy
Use the book as a starting point for your own ideas and creations, or contact the charities Sims' lists in each project's directions.
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You can easily see in Craft Hope how these little gestures of kindness can add up in very large ways.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amy on July 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Have you ever wanted to make crafts for other people but were unsure where to start? Well then this is the book for you. With over 30 projects, there's really something for everyone. Every project is accompanied with a charity that you could give the item to or ideas of where it could be of use in your community. The book contains very detailed instructions with nice pictures to help you in the creating process. "Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause" also chronicles the beginning of [...], an online community with projects that help people around the world, as well as the Earth itself with its most recent project, Project 8, helping to clean the animals caught in the gulf coast oil spill by donating washcloths to help in the cleaning effort. Please support this great cause and help other people by buying this book! I can't wait to get started on projects of my own from this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 22, 2010
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I got my book a couple of days ago, and have already started searching my stash for materials. The instructions are clear, with beautiful pictures of finished projects so I know what I'm getting myself into. I love to sew, but I can only give so much to friends and family, so I am excited to look into the suggested charities and start helping people while enjoying my hobby.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Nock (margknittinaround) on July 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm so excited to see the crafty projects in this book. There is something for everyone and great potential to change the world, raise awareness, and provide a handcrafted item to someone in need. These are projects for both local and global communities. You'll enjoy the motivating family projects to teach children the importance of giving, creating, and sharing. Savor the photographs, projects, designers, illustrations, templates and overall feel of the book for years to come. It's great to see Craft Hope - the book. I'm hoping for Craft Hope- the movie in the future -just sayin'...continued success with all of your endeavors. Margaret Nock (margknittinaround)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on September 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
The title alone of this "crafty" book is intriguing. The concept of "spreading hope, one stitch at a time" is empowering and enlightening. I am a crafter; in fact, I an addicted one! I create, usually in crochet, sewing or jewelry, even when I do not have a person in mind as a recipient. Jade Sims' book, and her organization, which can be found at [...], solved that dilemma for me forever. Her approach is down to earth, her ideas easy and usable, and her list of charitable organizations that will accept well-made hand-crafted donations is extensive.

Two things I admire in Sims' writing and compiling of this book: Firstly, she is a mother and a crafter herself. She is not advocating something that she does not practice herself. Secondly, before you begin any of the projects in the book, she has a wonderful chapter on Crafting Hope with Care. In this chapter, she discusses honestly and in detail the responsibility we have as donors to "give in a way that is respectful, responsible, and empowers the recipient..." Take time to learn about the culture or religion of the people to whom you are donating your creations. Give locally whenever you can--contact local shelters, food banks, women's abuse centers, and churches for ideas about where you can make this happen in your town.

The projects in the book are varied; knitting, (but no crocheting, a lack for me, since I don't knit!) sewing (dolls, simple pillowcase dresses, quilts, pillows), soap, toys, jewelry, book bags...all have a place in these pages. There is even a charming dog tug toy to make and donate to your local animal shelter! Use the book as a starting point for your own ideas and creations, or contact the charities Sims' lists in each project's directions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By alexinmadison on April 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm part of a Crafting for Charity group and we've used this book for a variety of our projects. The patterns are easy to use and follow. We particularly like that there are projects simple enough for even the most "beginner" of us to make.

My one complaint is this, a number of the charities recommended in the book do not accept "in kind" donations (ie: donations of THINGS as opposed to money.) I'm not sure why these charities would even be included. For example, we made a number of the pillow case dresses and checked out the three charities that the book suggested to receive this project. The organizations from India and Africa had no information on in-kind donations on their websites so I contacted them via email. Both said that they do not accept items - only money. So, two of the three charities had no mechanism for handling donations of this kind. The third, a Christian charity that services children in a particular region of Mexico, does, in fact, take in-kind donations and has items that they're looking for on their site. Clothing is not included. I have an email out to them to see if they'll be willing to accept our pillow-case dresses.

So, my point is this... the book is awesome but don't think that it will be as easy as completing a project and boxing it up for the recommended charity listed at the end of the pattern instructions. You'll need to do research and/or start your project with a charity already identified.
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