on 27 July 2007
The synopsis says it all as far as contents go, but it doesn't tell you how amazing the books shown inside are, nor does it tell you how inspired you'll be to keep all your trial pieces as a record of your work, bind them together and make a fabulous book for yourself. You can use all your skills, quilting, patchwork, embroidery, beadwork, braidmaking, laces, buttons, fabric printing and painting - all can be separate (or combined) pages in your own journal. It will encourage you to have a go at types of embroidery you may not have tried - knowing that they won't be consigned to the bin at the end - you can keep them as your own fabric journal to have a record of your needlework progress. The book has plenty of projects - the button bound book and coptic bound book are both lovely, instructions on closures and attaching trims,transferring images and pictures are all included. Plenty of colour plates, clearly presented instructions - a lovely book very easy to follow.
on 4 September 2012
I'd had this book on my wishlist forever and in the end, being unable to get a new copy, I tracked a used one down from the US via Abe's Books. I was not disappointed. I'd been wanting to have a go at making purely fabric books for a long time and other books I'd looked at on the subject were about altering or embellishing paper books not working directly onto fabric and creating a fabric book ready for my own embellishment and decoration.
As a quilter this book has many parallels with quilting and would be a great off shoot for quilters who want to develop and use other techniques on a smaller scale than a full sized quilt. The book includes different types of fabric book construction suitable for beginners/intermediate or advanced book makers. Whilst each type shows a book design by the author you could use the basis of each book for your own creations. There is also a useful section on different techniques. I liked the photographs in this book and the gallery at the back as it's inspired me to want to create straight away - and I have started!
One slight criticism - ok two. First one is there are some templates in the back of the book which you have to enlarge by a certain percentage on a photocopier which always frustrates me - although in this case I think you could measure and not require many of them. The second criticism is the book appears to be out of print so you have to get a second hand copy if you want one.