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Saturday, November 19, 2005


A Laurel Burch Christmas

A Laurel Burch Christmas: Color the Season Beautiful with 25 Quilts and Crafts

By Laurel Burch, C&T Publishing, 2004, 80 full-color pages, List Price $24.95

Laurel Burch, former Haight-Ashbury jewelry maker and now internationally known for her whimsical designs featuring flying cats and dogs and other beasts in incandescent jewel tones, has written a book of Christmas projects that are sure to brighten your house and satisfy your creative urges.

Using a wide variety of materials, from fabric paint to fusible applique, Laurel presents instructions for several small wall hangings, an advent calendar, a felt wreath, tree ornaments out of both glass and fabric, a stocking full of stuffed critters, a mantel runner, tree skirt, table runner and a "Dear Santa" tote bag. It's quite a tour de force.

All of the designs are in Laurel's unmistakable (if occasionally cloying) style, and run an amazingly wide range of moods, from peaceful to exuberant. My favorites include the mantel runner (with winged cats) and a 24" X 30" wall-hanging called "Matisse and Tiger" ( a dog and cat) who pose together in a luxurious holiday bow.

Many of these projects are simple and colorful, and would make great Christmas projects to do with kids, especially the "Surprise a Day Tree Calendar." Complete instructions, tips, and templates are included.

Available at a discount from Amazon.

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