A Loom of One’s Own {book giveaway}

A Loom of One’s Own

I don’t mind the month of January. I have a proper spring clean after I’ve taken the Christmas decorations down and have a big clear out too. This year we’re changing our living room round and have had an amazing tidy up due to losing lots of storage. I want to have a simplified house with less clutter – although there will always be room for my crafts!

I’m looking forward to trying new crafts this year and have already enjoyed a little macrame. I love that you can create something with a few simple knots and I will be making a lot more in 2023.

My readers love to craft too, so today I’m sharing a sweet giveaway for a fun craft book. A Loom of One’s Own: Crafts for Book Lovers by Virginia Wool. This book is the perfect gift for fans of classic novels, crafting and puns.

A Loom of One’s Own is a crafting celebration of literary classics. Packed full of designs, these crafts are all uniquely created by cutting, painting and slicing those old, under-loved books you have lying around, giving your novels a new lease of life in the form of beautiful crafts.

We love to craft with the pages of old books and have bought several just for the beautiful illustrations. There was the vintage Star Wars paperback I used to back the Lego Hans Solo and Princess Leia art we made, and the vintage book page I used to celebrate World Book Day a few years ago. I love to recycle and there are some fun projects for recycling the printed word into art.

Win A Loom of One’s Own

I am delighted to offer one reader of the gingerbread house the chance to win a copy of A Loom of One’s Own. To enter my giveaway you must answer the question via the Rafflecopter widget below and leave a comment to win, there are some bonus entries too. The giveaway is open to those with a UK postal address only and ends on 1st February. The winners name will appear on this post. Good luck!

Don’t forget to check out my other giveaways on my competition page. Good luck!

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    Siobhan N
    January 13, 2023 at 7:45 am

    I would love to try macrame again! It’s probably over 35 years since I last tried!

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    Lisa Davies
    January 13, 2023 at 8:07 am

    I would like to try felting but I don’t know whether I would be any good at it!

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    Alice Dixon
    January 13, 2023 at 10:40 am

    I would like to try needle felting this year.

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    Ruth cartwright
    January 13, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Needle felting sounds really good

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      Suan Watts
      January 13, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      Punch needle embroidery

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      February 1, 2023 at 12:55 pm

      Resin crafts look interesting would love to give them a go

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    Rebecca Sutton
    January 13, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Sewing, I use to do it but waiting for an operation on my shoulder so once that is done I will be straight back on it!

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    January 13, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    Needle felting – did try once but never got the hang of it but feel ready to give it a go again

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    Claire Carter
    January 13, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    Needle felting – I was bought a kit as a gift but haven’t got around to trying it yet!

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    Karen K
    January 13, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try glass painting for years, so hopefully 2023 will be the year I get round to it!

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    January 13, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    I would love to try crochet again. I am a big knitter and always have something on the needles, but I could never get the hang of crochet! So once I’ve finished my blanket, I have promised myself to give crochet a proper try again!

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    Rachel Butterworth
    January 13, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    I would love to try needle felting. It actually looks quite relaxing.

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    Emilia Nastaly-Howard
    January 14, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Needle felting is on my list

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    Sharon Hirst
    January 14, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Got a cross stitch kit has a present, hoping to start soon

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    January 14, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    I would love to try jewellery making because it looks like so much fun and theraputic!

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    Victoria Lovell
    January 14, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    I would love to try crochet

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    Nicki Ramsay
    January 14, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    I would like to try willow weaving this year

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    Amy Bondoc
    January 14, 2023 at 10:04 pm

    Needle felting

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    January 15, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    I would like to crochet a hippo from the book I got

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    lynn neal
    January 15, 2023 at 9:33 pm


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    Eilean Fraoich
    January 16, 2023 at 7:32 am


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    Sheena Batey
    January 16, 2023 at 9:52 am

    I do a lot of crafts but never really got going with crochet so this year is the year

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    Kim Murray
    January 16, 2023 at 10:53 am

    I’d love to paint watercolours in the summer of the garden x

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    Joyce Willis
    January 16, 2023 at 11:35 am

    I would love to be able to make crds to send to friends and family – so much more meaningful than a bought card

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    Susie Wilkinson
    January 16, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    I’d love to try marquetry, I could make some lovely looking gifts

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    claire woods
    January 16, 2023 at 6:09 pm


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    Mark R
    January 16, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    If I can find the time I’d like to start making my own birthday cards.

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    fiona waterworth
    January 16, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    I am trying to learn knitting but casting on is a problem

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    Patricia Avery
    January 16, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    I would love to make my own clothes again. I used to make them all as a teenager as there was no money for shop bought clothes. Now getting on a bit I find that shops don’t really cater well for my age group.

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    Margaret Gallagher
    January 17, 2023 at 7:38 am

    Needle felting would be fab

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    Chris Andrews
    January 18, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    tell me a craft you would love to try in 2023. . . always been interested in calligraphy

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    Helen Arlow
    January 18, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Embroidery. I bought a beginner’s kit last year to give it a go, but haven’t used it yet

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    Leanne Baker
    January 19, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    I Would Love To give crochet a go

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    Lisa Wilkinson
    January 20, 2023 at 9:09 am

    I’ve been teaching myself to knit for the past couple of years. I’d like to continue this and learn some more advance techniques

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    Angela Kelly
    January 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    I’m really big on cross-stitching and I’m happy continuing with that. I would like to try embroidery some day.

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    Carole Nott
    January 22, 2023 at 10:12 am

    I usually try out most crafts and projects in a year.

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    Roger Bufton
    January 22, 2023 at 11:13 am

    I might start knitting again

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    Ms C Bryan
    January 22, 2023 at 11:16 am

    I would like to learn to sew with a sewing machine to make all sorts

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    John Taggart
    January 22, 2023 at 11:38 am

    I would like to learn more advanced woodworking

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    Dale Dow
    January 22, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    I’d like to try crochet, it’s one thing I’ve always fancied doing

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    D Prettyjohns
    January 22, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Jewellery making

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    Caroline Howard
    January 22, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    I want to learn to to cross stitch.

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    Natalia S
    January 22, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    I’d love to try embroidery – keep watching some channels and cannot stop admiring it

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    lauren read
    January 22, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    needle felting something nee to try

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    Amanda Jane Hart
    January 22, 2023 at 9:04 pm

    needle felting for me

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    Nicola Maycock
    January 22, 2023 at 10:06 pm

    i’ve always wanted to learn how to knit, it looks so much fun, especially making the big chunky throws

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    Louise A
    January 22, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    I want to try macrame, I’ve bought the supplies, just need to find some quiet time to concentrate on it

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    Wendy Lam-Vechi
    January 22, 2023 at 11:28 pm

    I want to start sewing this year and make T-Shirts for my kids with the designs of characters they like. I think it’s so much more personal if they wore something I made for them

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    January 23, 2023 at 5:18 am

    would love to try some tapestry

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    Helen Thurston
    January 23, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    Would love a go at mosaic this year – tried it at a craft session a few years ago and really enjoyed it.

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    Susan B
    January 23, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    Smocking! I used to be quite good at it but my interest drifted and I have now forgotten how to do it. Would love to try making a few small smocked gifts this year.

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    January 23, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    Try to get into crochet and learn the basics ♥

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    Kathleen Marsden
    January 25, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    Crossstitch looks interesting

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    January 29, 2023 at 8:36 am

    Mixed-media journalling

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    January 29, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    I would love to try crosssitching

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    Tammy Tudor
    January 29, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    I would love to try quilting doesn’t look like the most easiest but would love to try

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    Corinne Peat
    January 31, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Last year I tried wood whittling. This year I would love to be able to crochet teddies.

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    Alyson C
    January 31, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    Knitting! I taught myself to crochet many years ago, but really wish that I could knit.

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    Caroline Kelly
    January 31, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve started making seaglass necklaces

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    Troy Easton
    January 31, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Sewing craft would be nice to try out.

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    Sheri Darby
    January 31, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Making jewellery

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    steph lovatt
    January 31, 2023 at 6:52 pm


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    January 31, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    Embroidery 🙂

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    February 1, 2023 at 12:10 am

    I quite fancy trying some acrylic pouring

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    Natalie Crossan
    February 1, 2023 at 1:29 am

    I’d love to learn to crochet!

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    Janine Atkin
    February 1, 2023 at 9:09 am

    id like to try crochet

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    Katrina Adams
    February 1, 2023 at 9:31 am

    My husband and I are having a date night at home where we try Kintsugi! I’m really looking forward to it.

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    Laura Pritchard
    February 1, 2023 at 10:22 am

    I’d love to try cross stitch embroidery!

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    Becci Cleary
    February 1, 2023 at 11:45 am

    I would love to try to crochet, I’m starting off big as I can’t even knit but it looks amazing and the things that can be made are just *WOW*

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    February 1, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    Trying to make 3d cards

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    Darren Bourne
    February 1, 2023 at 4:31 pm

    I would like to try mosaic for the edge of a mirror.

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    karen dixon
    February 1, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    I would to try crochet

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    Liz Atkin
    February 1, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    id like to try knitting something

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    Robyn Clarke
    February 1, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    I would like to try macrame, I got a kit for Christmas, but haven’t had time to look at it.

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    Sandra Foreman
    February 1, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    knitting never been able to get the hang of it

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    Brendan gavan
    February 1, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    painting would be nice

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    Adrian Bold
    February 1, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    I would like to try decoupage this year.

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    Claire Hamilton
    February 1, 2023 at 9:39 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try my hand at some painting, or drawing.

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    Patricia Barrett
    February 1, 2023 at 10:05 pm

    I’d like to take up knitting again in 2023.

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