The Irish Country Women's Association Book of Crafts: Review and Giveaway

I could pretty much review this book using just one word: 

but, in case you'd appreciate a few more details, here are a few more words to go with that one.

The ICA's Craft Book, published by Mercier Press, is beautifully bound with a hardback cover and stuffed full of  projects suitable for crafters of  all abilities. The photography is sublime and, if you're anything like me, you'd nearly be tempted to buy it for that alone. But there are so many more reasons to buy this book.

There are 40 different projects featured including; crochet, embroidery, knitting, sewing, jewellery-making, leather work, felting, weaving, paper crafts and many more. There is definitely something for everyone. Many of the ideas are simple enough for beginners to attempt and others are more advanced and would be a labour of love to complete. I love books like this because I'm a bit of a 'jack of all trades' crafter and like to try new things from project to project. The ideas were all submitted by ICA members around the country and, not only are they beautifully photographed, but there are clear step-by-step instructions for each piece, illustrated where appropriate, too.

My particular favourites are the redwork embroidery, the tissue paper pom-pom, the felted necklace, the covered file box and the circular disc banner. Though there are a heap of other projects I'd love to do too. I know this is a book I will dip into time and time again. I can also see my mother and grandmother, keen crafters both, enjoying this book very much. *makes mental note to put that on the Christmas list*

The Irish Country Women's Association Book of Crafts would make a fantastic gift for the crafter in your life this Christmas. It's available from all good bookshops at a price of €22.99 or direct from Mercier Press for €17.99 (plus P&P, I assume).

I am thrilled to have gotten my hands on a review copy but, in case you were feeling jealous, the generous folk at Mercier Press have also said I can have an extra copy to giveaway to one of my lovely readers!

Please feel free to enter below, I do hope you win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was given a copy of The Irish Countrywomen's Association Book of Crafts for the purposes of review and another copy to give away. All opinions are my own and I was not paid to give them.


  1. Gorgeous prize, good luck to everyone xx

  2. Done, I tweeted but I could safe the url

  3. Great prize, count me in please!

  4. My Nan is in ICA and always makes the most wonderful crafts. She does handmade birthday cards for me and the paper pictures in my mothers house. I'd love this book to match up to her craftiness (or at least try to anyway!). Thanks for the lovely giveaway Sadhbh :) x

  5. would not mind winning. would come in very handy

  6. Oh looks so lovely, please count me in :)

  7. Can I bribe you?! no? Darn!! :-P

  8. That book looks amazing. I love the layout and the colours. A fabulous prize. I have the very person in mind who would love this.

  9. Great giveaway, thanks to you and Mercier Press! Méabh


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