Scandinavian Needlecraft by Clare Youngs. CICO Books, $19.95, 2010; cicobooks.com I love every single project in this gorgeous book inspired by traditional Scandinavian design. Clare Youngs has created a beautiful and diverse set of projects, whether it’s a seat cushion embroidered with a stunning bird, a sweetly stitched dress for a little girl, or an elegant quilt made from found textiles. She’s remained true to the clean materials (felt, linen, waffle-weave cotton) and clean look of the far North, but uses bright colors and easy techniques to make objects anyone would love. I have Finnish heritage and friends from Finland, Sweden and Norway, so the book has totally captured my imagination, but even if your familiarity with Scandinavia is limited to Ikea, I suspect you still won’t know which project to start on first. We’re sharing a pattern for making a felt bag embroidered with an abstract floral design inspired by an antique wooden trunk. Download the project excerpt PDF to make this charming embroidered felt bag and enter the giveaway after the jump.
Download the PDF (Right click to save the PDF to your desktop. Having problems? Please see our directions on downloading PDFs.) Book Giveaway Time! One lucky Craft reader will win a copy of Scandinavian Needlecraft. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. The lucky winner will be chosen randomly and announced later on the site. Good luck!