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20 Crafty Makes - Book Launch

30 October 12 words: Alison Emm
The knitters, stitchers, pasters and creators have spilt their secrets for a charity craft book
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If there’s one thing about the people of Nottingham, it's that they like a good crafting.  With most weekends comes a craft fair in some nook or cranny of Nottingham and the stalls are overflowing with some pretty smart stuff that’s put together by some rather clever hands all over town. No longer the shameful, odd smelling places of days gone past, craft in the 21st century is a bright and beautiful thing indeed.

Katie Brosnan, a local artist and craft lover, is part of a team at The Stroke Association who have been rushing all over town to capture the knitters, stitchers, pasters and creators and force them – OK, ask them nicely - to spill their secrets for a charity craft book, 20 Crafty Makes. The book features a medley of craft projects for all ages and skills with step-by-step guides and photos.

The proceeds of the book are for Stroke Association, a charity that campaigns for improvements in care, supports people in recovery, and funds research for new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. It’s not just something that affects old people, Katie told us, “Someone has a stroke every five minutes in the UK. Many people see it as an older person’s disease, but a quarter of stroke survivors are under 65. We chose to raise money for the charity because we want to raise awareness of how to prevent strokes to a younger audience.”

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A stroke is caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain which causes an attack because the blood supply to the brain is cut off. Around 150,000 people have a stroke in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. The severity of attacks varies massively but there are over 1million people in UK living with the effects of stroke.

A worthy cause indeed, it’s one of those charitable things that you can do and benefit from yourself. With Christmas’ big red-nosed head looming ever nearer, this book is a great idea for the two types of people in this world: the crafters and the non-crafters. Think you’re a bit nifty with the tape, scissors, glue and paper? Buy the book for yourself and get cracking on making some fab gifts for your friends and family. Hate getting messy and run screaming at the mere mention of glitter or knitting needles? Buy it as a present for someone else to do all the hard work and then reap the rewards when they gift you a nice record clock. It’s a gift that will keep on giving.

20 Crafty Makes is a mere £5 and will be sold on Folksy and at local craft fairs. You can also reserve a copy by emailing [email protected]. Or, because it’s a bit more fun, pop down to The Orange Tree for their launch party where you can get one in hand. There will also be a raffle on the night to win a ready–made version of all of the ideas in the book, made by the creators themselves. Since we’re officially out of the recession, there’s no excuses, dig deep. 100% of the proceeds of the book and raffle will go to the Stroke Association to support local stroke survivors.

20 Crafty Makes launch party is at The Orange Tree, Shakespeare Street, on Thursday 1 November from 5-8pm.

Stroke Association official website
20 Crafty Makes @Folksy
20 Crafty Makes launch party facebook page

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