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Win a copy of ‘Made by Yourself’

by Camilla

made by yourself, book review, peter fehrentz, DIY project, concrete lamp base, tutorials

If you’re a fan of DIY tutorials, you’re going to love this. Made By Yourself by Peter Fehrentz is a book filled with 48 creative makes for your home – from cardboard vases and wire animal sculptures right through to concrete lamp bases and metal clothes rails.

It’s split into eight sections: glass and ceramics, wood, leather, paper, fabric, metal, stone, and plastic. The double-spread photographs, step-by-step tutorials, lists of materials, time and cost ratings make it simple to follow. But it’s not really about following instructions to the letter – it’s about inspiring you to make and create. Even the intro encourages you to be creatively subversive: “A good cook does not religiously follow a recipe. The same principle applies to every creative action. Dare to be different!”

The whole book is beautifully photographed and put together, with a soft industrial aesthetic where bare concrete walls sit next to chintzy florals and porcelain dogs. It’s a delight to look at and dream through.

We’re thrilled to have three copies to give away (unless we decide to keep one for ourselves… Folksy HQ could do with some dip-dyed curtains). To be in with a chance of winning, leave a comment on this post or email us at competitions@folksy.co.uk with the subject line “I want to make it!” The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 30th March. Winners will be chosen at random on Monday 1st April.

In the meantime, here’s a taster project from the book to try out…

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Rope Tray
This beautifully ethnic tray looks like the real thing, but instead of hemp we used poly hemp rope – it’s easier to work with, and cheaper as well!

LEVEL 02      TIME 04 H      COST 03

15 m poly hemp rope diameter 16-mm,
35 m braided line diameter 3-mm,
hot glue

1 large leather sewing needle,
hot-glue gun

Step 01 / Shape one end of the rope into a tight spiral, securing it every so often with a dab of hot glue.

Step 02 / Carry on coiling the rope around the centre. Thread the braided line through a large needle and sew two layers of rope together every few centimetres, pulling the work tight as you go. Don’t place the stitches too close together.

Step 03 / Carry on stitching and gluing in this way. Prevent the rope coil from unravelling by gluing the rope layers together every 8 cm or so.

Step 04 / When the base is large enough (about 45 cm in diameter), start building up the border using the same stitching and gluing technique. To finish off, shape the end of the rope into a loop and glue to the rim of the tray. Secure the end with a few stitches and cut the braided line.

Tip / Seal the end of the poly hemp rope with a few dabs of hot glue to prevent it from fraying.

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Made By Yourself by Peter Fehrentz is published by Jacqui Small (£18) and is out now.

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Maria March 19, 2014 - 1:15 pm

It sounds a great and inspirational book. I wholeheartedly agree with this ‘“A good cook does not religiously follow a recipe. […] Dare to be different!”’

Amanda Davies March 19, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Always love to have new inspiration and learn a new skill. If I don’t win I’ll have to get myself a copy ;)

Penny-Sue Wolfe March 19, 2014 - 1:19 pm

I want to make it!

Christina Stone March 19, 2014 - 1:20 pm

I want it! I love it! I need it! I’m just setting up my own business and I need all the help and inspiration I can get! X

Fiona Clements March 19, 2014 - 1:25 pm

I love books! Kindles are great but they can never beat the smell, texture, feel & the simple extravagance of a beautiful hardback book, I could offer one of your copies a loving home

sianuska March 19, 2014 - 1:48 pm

make stuff not war

Ange Shepherd March 19, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Fingers crossed xxx

Sarah Waring March 19, 2014 - 1:53 pm

I want to make it! What an inspirational book!

Helen Louise Ellis March 19, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Looks like a lovely book :) is this how I enter? Xxx

Camilla March 19, 2014 - 2:26 pm

It is!

Selina Daniels-March March 19, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I want it! Starting out as a rookie crafter, I would love this book 2 help point me in the right direction and help the creative juices flow! Id sew love a copy ;)

Gayle McDonald March 19, 2014 - 4:41 pm

This book looks wonderful and I’d love to be in with a chance of winning a copy! Although there is such a wealth of ideas online, you still can’t beat a book in my opinion!

Hannah preece March 19, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Just what I need to help make the new house feel like home!

Katie Davies March 19, 2014 - 5:12 pm

I love finding new craft books! And this one looks like it will have lots of inspiration for our Thursday night ‘craft club’. Please pick me!!

Marlies Haselton March 19, 2014 - 10:33 pm

I love books like these!! You can never have too many :-)

Nicola Thompson March 19, 2014 - 11:14 pm

I definitely want to make it!

driftwood March 21, 2014 - 7:06 am

looks fantastic, lot’s of new crafts to try!

Julia K Walton March 22, 2014 - 12:47 pm

I can’t resist craft book and this one sounds like it has some fab ideas to try in it :)

Yana Kolmogorova March 22, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Looks so inspiring! I want to make it :)!!

Lisa Stubbs March 22, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Looks like a fab and inspirational book!

Alice March 22, 2014 - 12:58 pm

I want to make it! This looks like a really awesome book :) xx

melissa March 22, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Wow, it looks amazing! Keeping my fingers crossed ;-)

Leigh Marshall March 22, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love this book please xxxxxxxx

Antonietta Bizzari March 22, 2014 - 1:16 pm

I want to make it!

Marie March 22, 2014 - 1:18 pm

“I want to make it” – what a great book, brilliant and inspirational, great reference book for my collection :-)

Fiona Hobson March 22, 2014 - 1:25 pm

It would be incredible to win this book!

Kathy S March 22, 2014 - 1:28 pm

inspiring—thank you

Kerry March 22, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Wow, it sounds like an amazing book, would love to win a copy. :)

Bekk March 22, 2014 - 1:35 pm

This book looks great. Id love to own it, it looks very inspirational!

Gayle Worswick March 22, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Would love to win this! My crafty fingers are itching! :)

Leanne Cooper March 22, 2014 - 1:40 pm

I want to make it! I would love this book for some fab ideas for around my home

Lita Ashley March 22, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Crossing fingers and toes, the book looks wonderful!

Clara Smith March 22, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Love the tray, want to have a go straight away!

Fiona March 22, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Looks like a fantastic book with lots of great makes!

Pauline burke March 22, 2014 - 1:49 pm

What a lovely looking book, I want it!

Deb March 22, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Wow this book would be perfect. Just got in to upcycling furniture and this would take it to a new level. Also loving the Mothers Day ideas. Thanks

Jowyn Jenson March 22, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Really like the cover of this book, and the rope tray is fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway.

Helen March 22, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Nice looking book, fingers crossed and good look everyone!

Kristina March 22, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Im so curious whats inside that book! Rope tray looks great. I have too see other ideas!

Charlotte Tessla March 22, 2014 - 2:32 pm

I have everything crossed including my eyes!!!

Teresa March 22, 2014 - 2:35 pm

I want to make it!

Anne Bennett March 22, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Looks a great book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Jess March 22, 2014 - 2:48 pm

I’m in. I looove the book!
thank you

Irene March 22, 2014 - 3:07 pm

The book and particularly the rope tray instructions look very interesting. Just a thought – using a slightly smaller diameter rope and omitting the border you could make some matching table mats!

Charlotte Vallance March 22, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Sounds like a lovely inspiring book! I love to make presents for birthdays and Christmas so it would be great to have some fresh ideas :)

Tracey Hodges March 22, 2014 - 3:27 pm

What a fab looking book. The tray project looks great and I’m sure you could resize it to use in other ways.

Charlotte March 22, 2014 - 3:42 pm

I want to make it!

Kirsty March 22, 2014 - 3:48 pm

I want to make it! Looks great fun

emma elliott March 22, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Always looking for fab new ideas. Awesome giveaway :)

Marie March 22, 2014 - 4:33 pm

“I want to make it” I am sure I will find things to add another unique aspect to my products,

Hilary March 22, 2014 - 4:34 pm

I want to make it . cos I love making things….

Sheila T March 22, 2014 - 5:00 pm

It sounds great !! I too would love to win it and have a go at any of the ideas. Keeping my fingers crossed also xxxx

Aprille Broomhead March 22, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Ooh, I would very much like this book please.

kate smith March 22, 2014 - 6:37 pm

brilliant. i want to make it.

Marika Rajah March 22, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Count me in! This book would keep me busy for days!

Clare March 22, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Could do with some inspiration, looks like a great book. I do actually want to make it!

Helen March 22, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Would love to win this book!

Sharon Spink March 22, 2014 - 8:02 pm

I want to make it.
I would love to win this because I love handmaking things and my home could really use some inspiration right now.

Colleen March 22, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Ooh yes please …

Katy Hewitt March 22, 2014 - 8:12 pm

I want to make it! Looks like a fab book:)

Kara Woodhouse March 22, 2014 - 8:55 pm

I want to make it
This is a great book idea. If I win this book I will share it with my Mum, we love having things that we’ve made. So different and more interesting than having store bought mass market stuff.

Ms. J. Farrow March 22, 2014 - 8:56 pm

I want to make it too! I could do with some inspiration :0)

Jen March 22, 2014 - 9:02 pm

I want to make this tray! Would love to see what else I can make in this book!

Maggie March 22, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Love making all types of objects, would love this book………..

Anthony Houghton March 22, 2014 - 10:11 pm

The possibilities are endless. My mind is running away now with things I could make for my new house. I want to make it.

Mary March 22, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Beautiful book! Lots of inspiration, looking forward to giving the rope tray a go :)

Kat O'Connor March 22, 2014 - 11:26 pm

You dangled the rope and I grasped it! Wow amazing rope tray and book! Would love to win this and get crafting again!!! An inspiration! :)

Tania March 23, 2014 - 12:44 am

Would love a copy of this book x

emma March 23, 2014 - 2:20 am

Loves great i’d love this!

yvonnezoe March 23, 2014 - 3:10 am

I want to make it! :D Please let me win this!

Linda March 23, 2014 - 7:42 am

Sounds so inspirational, would love to win!

Sharon Gebhard March 23, 2014 - 8:11 am

I would love one of these.

Lucie March 23, 2014 - 9:19 am

I love to mix up my crafts. I’m always on the look out for new things to try.

Jennifer March 23, 2014 - 10:00 am

Would be so lovely to win this super book and share the inspiration on every page with my grand daughter who is a budding craftaholic like me.

Catherine March 23, 2014 - 10:11 am

I want to make it! please…..

Anne-Marie van Wyk March 23, 2014 - 10:11 am

Thank you Folksy. What a fabulous site! I love arts and crafts and would love to have this stunning book. Thank you for giving me a chance by entering in your competition.

Alice March 23, 2014 - 10:44 am

I want to make it! Would love to add this to my library – and make it ALL!
Inspiration for letting out some creativity – bring it on :)

caryn willmott March 23, 2014 - 10:54 am

Just looks lovely wish it was mine!

Pavlina March 23, 2014 - 11:36 am

I want to make it!

Amy C March 23, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Looks full of amazingly creative projects – fingers crossed!!

Jacqui Tatnall March 23, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Wonderful inspirational book…..would really like this please.

Natalie Astbury March 23, 2014 - 6:44 pm

I’d love this! x

Kate March 23, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Oh no, another book I’m going to have to make room on my shelves for ;-)

Niamh Woollard March 23, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Id love to win a copy of this. Thank you.

Allie Bellamy March 24, 2014 - 9:06 am

More new skills and tricks to learn – I can’t wait. Please please please let it be me xx

Emma Newson March 24, 2014 - 9:12 am

What a brilliantly inspiring book!
I definitely want to make it!! :-)

Angharad March 24, 2014 - 9:41 am

Oh, I soo need this book in my life! I want to make them all!!

Lorraine March 24, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Looks like its a great book, fingers crossed I win! :)

Caroline Wylie March 25, 2014 - 1:28 pm

On days when my mood needs a lift or if the drizzle outside won’t stop, this book would be just what I need. To win it would simply make my month! Thank you muchly.

Richie March 26, 2014 - 1:11 pm

I want to make!

jo March 27, 2014 - 9:52 am

Looks great, I’d love a copy :)

Yulia March 27, 2014 - 10:59 am

I really want to make it!

Kelly Braun March 27, 2014 - 8:15 pm

I could always use some inspiration! This book looks filled to the brim with good ideas~ thank you for the opportunity to snag one!
Cheers :o)

tracy elliott March 30, 2014 - 10:34 pm

I want to make it! I want to glue it! I want to shimmy it! I want to glitter it!
All I wanna do is create it!!

Camilla March 31, 2014 - 3:22 pm

The competition is now closed! Thanks to everyone who entered, and we’ll be announcing the winners very soon!

Camilla April 2, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Congratulations to April Hollier, Tracey Hodges and Charlotte Tessla! You are the winners, and your books are on their way.

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