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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856269817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856269810
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.2 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Jane Baxter is a writer and craft expert. She worked as a BBC journalist for 12 years before leaving her job as a foreign reporter and producer to train as a couture hat maker. She worked with milliner to the stars Stephen Jones in London, did a stint with Marc Jacobs in Paris, and sold her first collection to the Harvey Nichols flagship store in Knightsbridge.

She runs textile and millinery courses across Europe and writes and reports on fashion, craft and creativity for BBC television with her latest appearance as a judge on BBC's Paul Martin's Handmade Britain. Mary Jane also writes columns for Homes & Antiques magazine (Style on a Shoestring), and Sew magazine (Stitching in the City); and writes features for the BBC, Guardian, Mollie Makes and Cloth magazines.


www.maryjanemakes.com

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Twitter @MaryJaneBaxter

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'Is packed with innovative ideas for sewing vintage-style accessories without breaking the bank.' SEW Magazine

'With their timeless beauty and classic colours it's hard not to walk past silk scarves in the thrift stores. Mary Jane Baxter shows you how to transform your squares into a beautiful silk top.' Mollie Makes

'This handy book is jam-packed with ideas for customising clothes and making vintage-style jewellery and accessories from fabric straps, acrylic stones, shoelaces and trinkets.' --Make Jewellery

About the Author

Mary Jane Baxter is a writer and craft expert. She worked as a BBC journalist for 12 years before leaving her job as a foreign reporter and producer to train as a couture hat maker. She worked with milliner to the stars Stephen Jones in London, did a stint with Marc Jacobs in Paris, and sold her first collection to the Harvey Nichols flagship store in Knightsbridge. She runs textile and millinery courses across Europe and writes and reports on fashion, craft and creativity for BBC television, guardian.co.uk, Sew magazine, Cloth and Selvedge.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By pageturner on 9 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
Love this! Dozens of easy-to-make projects which I can use to revamp my wardrobe and update old items. I've already made the ribbon corsage (pg 83) which took about 15 minutes and have found an old tie to transform into a purse. Next on the list is customising an old cardigan with lace (looks amazing in the photo on pg 37) and maybe a Floribunda brooch to brighten up a t-shirt. Might also try the elegant shoelace necklace. I used to enjoy making and customising clothes when I was a teenager, and now Mary Jane Baxter has reawakened my creative instincts. The ideas are imaginative and useful, and use materials which probably already languish in a drawer or wardrobe. Instructions and illustrations are easy to follow, and you don't need a sewing machine for most. Recommended for anyone with an eye for fashion, for unusual presents, and also for those "I'm bored!" school holiday moments.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HellsMT on 24 May 2011
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Fantastic book - beautiful artwork to compliment loads of great ideas. Most things can be made with bits lying around the house, or easily picked up in markets or cheap stores. There are easy step-by-step guides and some patterns in the back for drawing round. I've tried some of the ideas in the book and always got compliments! I've also bought this for people as presents and it has always been well received - the chic cover alone allows it to grace any stylish coffee table! Fabulous!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Muffim on 20 May 2011
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I bought this book as I wanted to revamp my wardrobe - it is full of great ideas and has brilliant images/text and easy to follow!
I have a big cupboard full of ribbons, feathers etc and am so delighted as have creating some unique gifts.
A great gift for friends and family.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Poison-the-cure on 17 Feb. 2012
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I wish I just borrowed this from the library. Some of the items in this book are pedestrian at best, some are genuinely pretty. But to be honest they all have a crafty look about them. Call me picky but I like my accessories to look shop bought or really elegantly handmade and this book didn't really deliver, although the models were gorgeous, that gives it an extra star (I know, I'm superficial Dx).

I would advise you to borrow it from the library before actually buying it yourself, I was really annoyed when I found it in my local one days after I bought it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Crafty Kitty on 29 Jun. 2011
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This is a beautifully produced book and lovely enough just to sit and read. However, the aim of the book is to get us all to start making things out of bits and pieces we have lying around. This is the point where I realised Chic on a Shestring is not just a pretty face: the instructions are VERY clear and most of the accessories could be successfully made by someone who hasn't lifted a needle since their schooldays. Don't let the word 'sew' put you off - there's nothing too complicated and glue is used quite a lot too! For readers who already know their way around a sewing kit, this book will give you lots of ideas which you can then take further.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Guest on 12 July 2011
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Like this a lot; it's like a favourite recipe book with pics of haberdashery ingredients and mouthwatering fashion recipes. Although I love vintage clothing I am; a.not good at sewing and b. don't live near a great vintage market or shop, but I still managed to find bits and pieces and make projects in the book. I particularly liked the tie belt, and the felt based neck piece which would be a great travel thing - it would pack tiny and make a plain shift or cardigan look partyish at night. A good looking book with a friendly but informative voice that made me excited about making stuff. One of the best thing about the book is that the 'recipes' can be used as a jumping off point with the basic principles, techniques and inspirations clearly and gorgeously drawing you through the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sarah J on 22 July 2011
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I have looked at several books similar to this one but this one is fantastic and clearly the best. Lovely concise and inspiring projects. Beautiful photographs and full sized templates. Really easy to follow using many different materials that are often easily located ( i have started collecting buttons and ribbons) I especially loved the lace projects and look forward to jazzing up my tired cardigans. An essential item for anyone who likes funky vintage style accessories or anyone who is scrapped for cash. I look foward to a follow - up title from Mary Jane
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lady of mann on 28 Dec. 2011
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Books claiming to help you be fashionable and creative whilst avoiding the credit crunch seem to be mushrooming at the moment, but this one has to be one of the very best. None of the projects is unwearable or extreme, all are easy to achieve and it really is likely that you will have or can find the necessary materials without a problem or too much expense. The style is cheerful with clear explanations to help even those inexperienced with a needle and thread.
With most craft books I find one or two projects I want to make with the rest of it ignored, but with this book I'm spoilt for choice and my grandaughter couldn't decide where she wished to start on her list of wants.
Definitely recommended.
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