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Canny Keepsakes - Colliery Days: A Fabric Project Book [Paperback]

Florrie , Betty
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28 July 2010 Canny Keepsakes
They took inspiration from the rich heritage around them. As Beamish Open Air Museum is on their doorstep they focused on the Colliery Village, rebuilt and set in 1913. They loosely broadened the era to include the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. The fabric range they have used complements the era, producing a vintage feel with a contemporary twist. Over twenty projects are interwoven with Florrie's memories, Betty's rhymes and recipes, and some really beautiful imagery.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: 6d Memories (28 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956601405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956601407
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Take a trip down memory lane with Florrie and Betty, who hail from the north east of England. They have created some delightful nostalgic projects combining fabrics with a vintage feel and designs with a contemporary twist. Inspired by a colliery village, they have created seventeen projects for the Scullery & Kitchen, the Bedroom & Parlour, Ma's Special Things and The School & Little 'uns, as well as including little snippets of memories, recipes and scenes from yester years. I loved the grading system that goes from 'nice and relaxing' to 'put the coffee on, white no sugar'! There are some lovely designs in the book which would make ideal gifts, such as the fabric corsages, and the colliery peg bag. Templates are provided and there is a handy section with hints and tips, materials needed and terminology. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of ventures we will be seeing from Florrie and Betty.-Popular Patchwork This is a delightful nostalgic project book written in the Northern idiom by two friends, Florrie and Betty and inspired by a colliery village at the Beamish Open Air Museum. This attractively illustrated soft-cover volume contains seventeen projects including bags, quilts, cushions and dolls, for which full-size templates are provided. Comprehensive instructions are given for each item, using straightforward patchwork and stitching techniques. This would make a lovely Christmas gift for any keen needlewoman.-East Kent Embroiderers' Guild A folksy light-hearted collection of household objects found in the North East in the past. There are bags, cushions, dolls, rag mats and recipes. There is a scrappy quilt, a runner and 'Mother's Posh Bag' to interest quilters. Many of the items have templates. The book is illustrated with colourful photos and ends with an explanation of the dialect words.-Patchwork & Quilting This nostalgic book contains over 20 mostly small projects such as a tea cosy, cushions and a peg bag, but there is also a pieced quilt and runner. Inspiration came from the rich heritage of the Colliery Village at the Beamish Museum in the north-east of England. Interspersed throughout are rhymes and recipes and charming photography.-The Quilter This is a delightful nostalgic project book written in the Northern idiom by two friends Florrie and Betty and inspired by a colliery village at the Beamish Open Air Museum. This attractively illustrated soft back volume contains seventeen projects including bags, quilts, cushions and dolls, for which full-size templates are provided. Comprehensive instructions are given for each item, using straightforward patchwork and stitching techniques. This would make a lovely Christmas gift for any keen needlewoman.-East Kent Embroiderers' Guild Despite coming from Lancashire I can really empathise with this book because it is a book of memories from a long past time. My Granddad was a miner and I have, to this day, his miner's lamp, my grandmother's clogs and the last piece of coal from Brackley pit before the pit wheel stopped turning forever. I also have a wealth of stories about how hard the daily life was and what it was like to be a miner all those years ago, and this book, despite being from a different part of the North, is so true to life that one feels you are stepping back in time and sharing the life of Florrie and Betty. This is much more than a quilting book with its amalgamation of recipes and anecdotes of daily life; it is a 'through the looking glass' taste of life which was hard but so much simpler than the frenetic life-styles we lead today. Sit back and enjoy a good read as well as over 20 fresh, exciting and useful projects including quilts, dolls, bags, cushions and more. The book is beautifully photographed on location and the full-size templates make the projects easy and convenient. I am sure this would make a unique Christmas present for any British quilter.-Fabrications Colliery Days is a Canny Keepsakes production containing stitched projects inspired by the history of the North of England. There are more than twenty of these projects, split into chapters depending on where they would be used in the home; they range from tea cosies to bedspreads so there's plenty for everyone. The projects in the book have been made up in traditional fabric which gives them a really vintage country feel. The page layouts have a similar feel; the instructions are interspersed with snippets and historical anecdotes and recipes. The book has a whole lot of character which is very charming, browsing through it is a pleasure. Anna and I had a go at making the flower corsages. These were good fun and are very straightforward. We chose different colour scheme which gave different looks to the finished items. When it came to following the instructions I found the page layouts a little distracting, the photographs of the finished items are very large which is helpful, but I can't help wondering if this is at the cost of larger print in the instructions. All in all the book has a nice feel, very homely. I would say it would be most suitable for a traditional stitcher, there's nothing very cutting edge here but lots to build skills and confidence, whilst also being nice to mooch over with a cup of coffee.-Jennyflowerblue.blogspot.com Far more appealing than its title might suggest, this fun book contains 20 projects for quaint, handcrafter tiems to brighten up a modern home. Inspired by the 1913 Colliery Village in Beamish Open Air Museum it offers a range of projects with a vintage feel that are practical, decorative and reminiscent of an era when stitching played an essential part in home comfort. Complete with full size paper patterns the projects include quilts, cushions, tea cosies, rag dolls, picture frames, fabric corsages and table runners. Full instructions are included throughout and delightful photographs, rhymes, anecdotes, plus the occasional tasty recipe, add to the entertainment and help to set the scene.-Sewing World

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Canny Keepsakes is a crafting collaborative devoted to the style of northeast England and the author of "Shopping Days."

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great projects in this book 5 Sep 2010
By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The book itself looks old fashioned, like something from the Victorian era and the projects inside are based upon the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The first thing that really caught my eye is the deep red, brown and cream fabrics used throughout the book, which create an absolutely stunning effect.

Now I have finished drooling over the pictures I can tell you a bit more about the book! There are over 20 projects, loosely classified by rooms of the house or the people they were made for. Projects include a crazy patchwork tea cosy, Colliery peg bag, cushions, a draft excluder, bunting and more. Each project gets a page of instructions alongside a full page photo. Down the side of each of the instruction pages are quirky little recipes, sayings and poetry.

There are several pages of templates at the back of the book, accompanied by hints and tips down the side of the page. This is a quirky and appealing book with photos that just inspire you to make.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in Time 2 Feb 2011
By Annie
Format:Paperback
This beautifully produced book takes the reader back to childhood and gives a modern approach to 'Northern' patchwork projects.
The diagrams are great to follow and there are easy and moderately difficult projects to enjoy making.Even peg dolls - so keep those old wooden pegs!
I hope there is a follow up book. I could not get any information from the web site mentioned in the book which was disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canny! 25 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a lovely book..not only does it have projects that the avaerage stitcher can make..its photographs are stunning..a real feel for 'bygone days up North'..anyone and everyone should have a copy of this delight in their collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canny Keepsakes Colliery Days 30 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
Everytime I pick up this book I find something new! I have already made the coursages and Posh Bag, even the templates are interesting and easy to use. Florrie and Betty's anecdotes and rhymes add a new and refreshing twist to a lovely book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 Nov 2011
By Julie
Format:Paperback
I was given this book as a gift from a friend and just flicking through i was couldn't wait to get started. It was so easy to follow and wonderfully put together. I enjoyed the articles and anecdotes; I would recommend this to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canny little book 10 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a lovely book which recreates colliery crafts, it is close to my heart as I am from the North East of England and grew up in a mining community. I would recommend it to anyone interested in 'pit' lifestyles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique book well worth reading 5 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
This is not just a craft project book. There are annecdotes, humourous snippets and information throughout, which make it fun to read regardless of whether you want to do the projects.

The projects vary in size, and are graded for difficulty. They would be perfect to give as gifts, as would the book itself. The photography lends atmosphere and the book has a very warm, comforting feeling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Canny Keepsakes 7 May 2011
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I love this book! The pictures and snippets of information about a bygone life-style make it a good read/browse as well as an instruction manual for a variety of craft projects.
My only disapointment is that, whilst a doll pattern is provided, no pattern is given for Florrie and Betty, the two dolls who 'wrote' the book. I'd love to make them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really like this book, well worth the money
Published 5 days ago by Linda Hurren
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure nostalgia with a touch of humour
Beautiful book, lovely illustrations and all sorts of little quotations....and it has lots of interesting projects all with a touch of folk history.
Published 1 month ago by M. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Even if you dont want to make any of the items a lovely book.Some of the items are perfect for the novice sewer.
Published 4 months ago by Craftycarol
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
good book well set out and very interesting, can't wait to start sewing, well packaged and a very nice and helpful driver
Published 6 months ago by christine
4.0 out of 5 stars book
friend brought this book, and its very her down to a tee, she loves the dolls in the book to make.
Published 8 months ago by pamela crosby
4.0 out of 5 stars Wife enjoyed the book
Wife enjoyed the book but looked a bit too thin to me, I would have expected more content for the money.
Published 10 months ago by John M
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual book
Cant wait to do then projects inside, lovely subject I am sure i will use it a lot, along with relations i shall share it with
Published 12 months ago by chirky
5.0 out of 5 stars So much to learn.
Fabulous book. I was so impressed, I bought Shopping Days, too.
Lots of patterns, recipes and social history. Very entertaining. Love the quilt of the colliery town.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
This is a lovely book whether or not you ever get round to actually making any of the projects. A lot of thought has gone into this book and it's very interesting.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
I really love this book, the quality the thought thats gone into it, explained without Jargon, easy to follow, love the stories of the past a great book
Published 12 months ago by julia Blacklock
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