Spun Cotton Crafts: 25 Vintage Projects for the Nostalgic Crafter by Valerie Lloyd

Title:  Spun Cotton Crafts: 25 Vintage Projects for the Nostalgic Crafter by Valerie Lloyd
Author: Valerie Lloyd
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Genre:  Crafts & Hobbies
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 144
Date of US Publication:  24 May, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

I’ve always loved decorations like this, they’re the type that I saw as a very young child at the home of one set of my grandparents and I haven't seen similar in about thirty years. 

I looked through this, at the photos, read the instructions on making decorations similar to the ones my grandparents had,  and all the memories of those childhood holidays came flooding back as I read this charming crafts book. 

The photos and how-to’s are helpful, the added templates are an addition that could definitely lead to hours of enjoyable making. 

I’m planning on getting a print copy of this and making some of these for next Autumn and Winter, and I’m looking forward to a few weeks of slow crafting. 

I feel like many of these could be made to be child friendly (8+) once certain pieces have been purchased or created (faces for certain decorations) even though adults will need to deal with glass glitter, etc. alone.

eARC kindly provided by Fox Chapel Publishing and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Learn the nostalgic, easy-entry craft of spun cotton and make the perfect handmade decorations! Spun Cotton Crafts features more than 25 adorable step-by-step projects, organized by season, using affordable materials, including vintage Easter cake picks, crescent moon fairy lights, a Halloween cat, retro elves, a toadstool candy container, and so much more! Also included is a brief history of spun cotton, an insightful section on essential materials, and technique tutorials for adding color, making armatures, applying cotton, and making spun cotton balls. Accessible for anyone to accomplish no matter their skill level, this guide is a fun and festive introduction to making charming spun cotton ornaments! Author Valerie Lloyd is the owner of Smile Mercantile Craft Co. where she sells quality craft goods to passionate makers, from twine and paper mache to spun cotton craft shapes, holiday novelties, and more. Her popular YouTube channel by the same name is where she offers an array of imaginative and easy-to-follow craft tutorials.


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