on 4 December 2002
This book is full of amazing photographs and is worth buying just as a visual inspiration. The basic technique used is to apply raw-edge patches of fabric to cover up a foundation square, then zig-zag with invisible thread around the edges of each patch to secure it. The resulting raw-edge seams are then covered up with everything from machine embroidery stitches, and hand embroidery, rick rack through to ribbon. I liked the wide variety of styles, from the traditional velvet/silk crazy patchwork right through to crazy patchwork of gingham, or lace scraps, or provencal fabrics. Some of the colourful compositions are decorated with ribbon and beadwork for a result reminiscent of Kaffe Fassett's work. A technique of applying cut-out motifs (like broderie perse)to some patches mimics the Victorians who embroidered elaborate motifs on their patches. A variety of items are shown as suggestions for using your crazy patchwork which go beyond the traditional cushion or comforter. A good modern look at this old technique.
on 5 January 2000
This book is an inspiration, one for colour--her sense of colour is simply exquisite.Next, for treasuring so many types of previously worthless scraps that now make an heirloom. The techniques are beautifully explained and photographed.
on 6 February 2002
Filled with inspiring examples of crazy patchwork based on three different themes i.e. country, romantic & antique this book is great for browsing through and using as a source of ideas. The instructions are clearly laid out in writing, drawings and photographs. I felt much better about my obsession with fabric scraps and bundles I have collected for a long time! Written in uncluttered language, I have kept this book close by when deciding which stitches to use so that I can use familiar embroidery stitches and experiment with new ones. Good advice too on the selection of textures, fabrics and colours. Well worth the price.