Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Janita Singh The Maker by Ta­mara Maynes (Mur­doch Books), $59.99 out now in bookstores and on­line

TA­MARA Maynes is known as the queen of craft­ing, so it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore she put to­gether a book on ev­ery­thing a home­maker needs to know about craft­ing their own unique space.

Her first book, The Maker, is about the maker and the making.

“It’s about what can I craft with my own hands that will make my space spe­cial,’’ Maynes says.

The au­thor hopes to stir ‘the maker’ in read­ers, en­cour­ag­ing them to con­nect with their home.

“The book cov­ers pretty much ev­ery craft out there, in their fun­da­men­tal forms at least, and I have tried my hand at most, ex­cept the more se­ri­ous forms of wood­work and met­al­work,’’ she says.

“My first love is sewing and em­broi­dery,’’ Maynes says.

“Sewing is the foun­da­tion of my own prac­tice. Sewn pieces are a key in­clu­sion in any space, but un­for­tu­nately due to the ex­is­tence of fac­to­ries and cheap labour I don’t think its pres­ence or skill is hon­oured like it used to be. Rather than go out of fash­ion, I think it’s been de­val­ued.”

For those new to sewing, Maynes sug­gests start­ing sim­ple like try­ing stitch­ing a ba­sic cush­ion.

“But we want the reader to think more uniquely and con­sider print­ing, dye­ing or knit­ting your own fab­ric first be­fore sewing it to­gether to form the cush­ion,” she says.

“It’s not about cut­ting your­self off from en­joy­ing the out­put of other makers, the beauty of in­her­ited or found pieces, or even mass pro­duced items – it’s about in­ject­ing a very in­ti­mate part of your­self into the mix and quite lit­er­ally making your space yours.”

The book talks about all forms of craft such as wall art, ce­ram­ics, light­ing, and fur­ni­ture and the work and words of 48 makers.

“Making can be in­cred­i­bly lay­ered and re­ward­ing if you al­low your­self to really mas­ter the var­i­ous tech­niques it has to of­fer,” Maynes says.

Im­ages of some of the easy-to-achieve craft projects fea­tured in (inset)

by Ta­mara Maynes which is avail­able now in bookstores and on­line through Mur­doch Books.

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