We take a closer look at this new craft book by Perri Lewis
Perri Lewis was once described on Twitter as “…what you’d get if the WI was run by MacGyver.” She’s one quarter of the Knit the City guerrilla craft group, a journalist and regular contributor to Mollie Makes. So, as you’d expect, her first book Material World is a rebellious sort of endeavour – very different to the usual craft fare.
“I’ve not filled it with step-by-step projects that you must follow word for word…” says Perri in her introduction, “Instead, I’ll teach you 15 different techniques so you can go away and use these to make whatever you want, however you like it.”
It’s an approach that works really well, giving Perri ample space to flex her journalistic muscles, searching out not only the techniques we want to master, but interviewing a definitive list of today’s crafting talent and book-ending each chapter with informative craft features.
It’s a good job Perri’s writing style is so enjoyable to read as Material World is no picture book. The project ideas are beautifully styled but take up very few of the pages.
The illustrations, too, are clear and to the point. Nothing is flowery; it’s a no-messing prose and witty, too. We applaud her for it! It makes for a classic craft book.
As you make your way through Material World, regardless of your crafting know-how, you’ll learn so much. Even if you’re familiar with the techniques, the vast array of tips and interviews divulges a lot of insider secrets.
She tackles craft and feminism too, as well as advice from craft magazines about how to be active within the community – which includes our very own Editor in Chief, Jane Toft. All in all, Material World is a joy, and very Perri. Highly recommended.