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Tasha Tudor's Heirloom Crafts Paperback – October 24, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618083510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618083510
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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That idle hands make for idle minds is an old-fashioned notion, but such a sentiment is at the root of Tasha Tudor's philosophy and lifestyle. A sequel to Tasha Tudor's Garden and not to be construed as a traditional how-to, her latest book follows the children's book illustrator in and outside her farmhouse, Corgi Cottage, as we follow and watch her daily activities through the text of Tovah Martin and the camera lens of Richard Brown. Her crafts routines are enough to make a lesser human lie down and rest for a year; they include hand-dying wool from a friend's sheep, working on a patchwork quilt that will be many years in the finishing, harvesting eggs from the Rhode Island reds, and whipping up cookies, cakes, and pies. An introduction to the joys of self-sufficiency. Barbara Jacobs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A beautiful book. . .should be on the Christmas list of everyone who enjoys Tasha Tudor and the old ways of doing things." --DELPHOS (OHIO) HERALD

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I loved the sweet watercolor illustrations of the classic fairy tale stories.
Sammy Madison
The book showcases many talents and arts that have been for forgotten by the world and lets the reader have a glimpse into something a little magical.
Miss Lark
She will love it, she leafed through one at a co-workers house and had to have it.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Wisner on March 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I spend hours looking through this book and marveling at Tasha Tudor's 1830's lifestyle. This is truly a book of dreams -- well...my dreams anyway. Travel through the seasons with Tasha as she cards linen to be woven, sews, stitches, spins, weaves, knits, and cooks.
The photographs are lovely. You will marvel at Tasha's creations. And you'll end up wanting to see her other books in order to get a further glimpse into her life, her home, and her gardens.
This is not a book of crafting instructions or patterns, but it will still be an inspiration to those, like me, who long for a simpler life and who wax nostalgic for the past.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Tasha Tudor is a kindred spirit and this book is a treasure, full of photographs and text on her life and loves, from making baskets, to processing wool from her sheep, milk from her goats, or baking with the eggs her hens provide. Candle making, drying flowers, growing and processing flax into linen, making pottery, raising a vegetable, herbs and flower gardens as well as making hand cream and sewing everything from quilts to clothing.
I guess one reason I wanted and love this book is it shows that one can in 2002 still savor the arts of the past and provide a lot of what one needs to survive day to day. And being small homesteaders in the Sierras I felt as if I were reading the diary or how to journal of one of my older neighbors. The book is one that I can really identify with.
This is a book that anyone who loves making things with their hands will love. And it is a wonderful book for reminding people of what is really important in life.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elayne Hoover on June 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
Wow! I have always been fascinated by the processes of making things by hand and really starting from the ground up. Tasha Tudor lives her entire life this way, starting with flax seeds and ending up three years later with a hand woven, hand sewn linen shirt.
Little did I know, at age six, reading The Doll's House, that the illustrator of this lovely children's book was also a kindred spirt. I wish I lived closer to Vermont and could go visit and learn from this amazing wise woman!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sammy Madison on August 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I was very young, my first book was "The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairy Tales". I loved the sweet watercolor illustrations of the classic fairy tale stories. It was obvious that Mrs. Tudor loved dogs and foxes and Puss in Boots, and the flower illustrations that surround the text are so perfect and true-to-life! As an older child, I was surprised to find that Tasha Tudor had also illustrated my editions of "The Secret Garden" and "A Little Princess". When, as an adult, I received the book "Tasha Tudor's Garden" as a gift from my mother, I realized that the illustrator lives just as wonderful a life as what she portrays in her illustrations. Now, in "Tasha Tudor's Heirloom Crafts" the reader can find out more about Mrs. Tudor's unique life, a re-creation of the simple and beautiful way of life of the 1800s. There are beautiful photos of Mrs. Tudor carding and weaving and making her own cosmecuticals from the products of her own plants and animals. This is not a how-to book, but a book of inspiration for those of us who love the idea of doing for ourselves and living closer to the land.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By andylynn on March 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
As with all of the books about Tasha Tudor this one is beautiful. The scenery and written text are enriching in their content. Once again I was inspired by her life and her creative abilities. The only flaw I could see was the fact that there was little explanation of HOW she did any of the things she mentioned. I'm not suggesting she give detailed instructions on spinning and weaving, woodworking and all the other things she is so wonderfully gifted with. But a few more details on how some of the simpler projects would have been fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Esther H. Powell on September 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you want a peaceful interlude at the end of a hectic day...if you want to step back into a simpler time (just for a while)....this is the book for you.
Tasha Tudor lives in the world she wants to live in, the world she has created & kept. This book lets you get to know her & all about the arts & crafts that she loves & wants to keep alive. As a crafter of some of the dying arts, I love this book. Not only does the reading hold your interest, the photography is excellent. A very good read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary on October 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've owned this book for years, and I do love it, but I find Tovah Martin's snide digs at suburban life rather off-putting. Especially because Tudor's fan base is made largely of middle-class women.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Henderson on October 28, 2007
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As a Tasha Tudor fan.... all I can say is that I loved the book. The photos are beautiful, and it takes us back to where we all should go... back to nature.
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