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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844487873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844487875
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 0.8 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Make perfect hearts for your home, whether they are chic traditional, shabby chic, unusual or country style. Hang them from doors and dressers, in fact anywhere. They brighten up rooms and can also make perfect gifts for friends and relatives. This book shows how to make a gorgeous selection of hearts, with fun projects, clear instructions and easy to use templates. If you love to sew, you will love the designs and ideas presented here. This book represents the first in a new series of titles aimed at anyone who loves to sew. Making the most of the growing trend in home sewing, it offers all those who sew and stitch fresh, innovative ideas for on-trend projects and gifts. The subject of this book is 'hanging hearts' - highly popular, contemporary items that make perfect gifts for weddings, christenings and Valentine's day, as well as lovely little decorative items that can be hung from doors, dressers, wardrobes and doors around the home. Including both simple hand and machine stitching, this book offers the reader advice on the basic techniques and materials needed, plus twenty gorgeous projects in a range of styles that includes shabby chic, vintage, French country style, traditional and simply fun!-Workbox This is a rare gem in the world of craft books. It not only makes you want to have a go at emulating the lovely handmade hearts for your home, whether they are traditional, shabby chic, unusual or country style; it makes you ACTUALLY DO IT. So often I read sewing and craft books and expect the finished items to somehow appear just because I've read about them and gazed at the photos quite a lot. With Hanging Hearts I was inspired to put my (hardly outstanding) sewing skills to the test, because the projects were easy to follow as well as very versatile. You don't even need a sewing machine. There's a beautiful rustic wreath decorated in little fabric hearts, a delightful string of hearts, and numerous individual hearts made from various fabrics and felt and decorated with ric rac, ribbons, buttons and bows. The instructions made me realise where I had made errors when trying to make lavender-filled hearts last autumn, and the templates made it all a lot easier. I love sewing projects that I can adapt so that they fit my miserly attitude to fabric. These hanging hearts can be made in varying sizes and styles according to what you have in your sewing box, and are a satisfying way to use up scraps of material, odd lengths of ribbon and so on. I cunningly ordered several free swatches from fabric companies and used them when making a number of the items in this book, so that if I didn't get to grips with the basic techniques, I hadn't spent much money, only time. I needn't have worried and, despite being far from an expert seemstress, now have hearts hanging from most door handles in our house. They brighten up rooms, would be great Christmas tree decorations, and can also make perfect gifts for friends and relatives, weddings, christenings and Valentine's day. Quick and cheap to make, once I started on a couple of hanging hearts I was smitten!-Mumtopia This book is ideal for beginners, it starts off with the basic techniques for sewing hearts, and adding the hangers and then has 20 projects involving hanging hearts. The projects use different materials and techniques which include applique, felt hearts, embroidery, patchwork, hearts with pockets etc so you can learn new techniques whilst working on a fairly simple project. The book is easy to follow with good photography, clear instructions and full size templates at the back of the book. There are also photos for many stages of the construction of the hearts too. These pretty hearts would make great gifts, or nice little decorative touches around the house.-The Sewing Directory This book is really clear to use with lovely pictures and great ideas. I have made similar hearts and attached them to the top of our headboard on our bed which we spritz with Molton Brown relaxing mist. You could stuff these with dried lavender along with wadding and place these in drawers to give a lovely scent.-Makeandcraft.com/Glitter & Sew On Perfect for home crafters - these hearts can hang anywhere, from doors to dressers. They brighten up rooms and can also make perfect gifts for friends and relatives. This book shows how to make a gorgeous selection of hearts with fun projects, clear instructions and easy to use templates. Featuring information on both hand and machine stitching, this title offers the reader advice on the basic techniques and materials needed, plus twenty gorgeous projects in a range of styles that include shabby chic, vintage, French country style, traditional and simply fun. All instructions are accompanied by clear step-by-step photographs, and full-size templates of all featured projects are provided. Ideal for beginners as well as more experienced stitchers, there creations are quick and easy to make.-Craft Focus Hanging hearts are popular trendy items which are enjoyed at weddings, Christenings and Valentines day. They make excellent gifts and can also be displayed around the home. In this book,the author explains both hand and machine methods of stitching and basic techniques. There are twenty projects reflecting vintage, French country style and shabby chic, which would be great fun to make and even better to receive. These hearts are quick and easy to make and full size templates are included. Suitable for beginners and more experienced stitchers.-Megonline.co.uk A great introduction to sewing and making hearts to hang as decorations around your home. It contains ten pages of instructions at the beginning of the book to get you started with things like basic techniques and materials and equipment. The projects vary from very basic heart sewing with no embellishments to printing photos onto fabric, so it's an excellent first sewing book for a beginner. One of the projects would make a great keepsake for someone you want to remember. It features a photo of your loved one printed out and sewn onto the heart which is very sweet and a lovely idea. The hearts are made from very pretty fabrics in the book and the photographs will inspire you as they are beautiful. There are twenty projects in the book in total and they include machine sewing and hand sewing. The templates are printed full size (without the need for a photocopier) at the back of the book, with a diagram showing the four main stitches used in the book, running stitch, chain stitch, backstitch and blanket stitch. The step-by-step instructions contain clear well-lit photos so you can see how to do the project as well as read, which is great for those who are more visual learners than text-based learners like me.-Sewingisforgirls.blogspot.com Whether you are new to sewing or have a few projects under your belt, there is something in this book for everyone. With a lovely variety of hanging hearts, beautifully photographed and presented, this book is a delight, cover to cover. From hearts with a pocket to an innovative way to capture a memory, this book offers far more than simple decorations for your home. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and you don't have to own a sewing machine to make some of the projects, making them perfect for first time sewers.-Your Home It is what the title says - Hanging Hearts. A delightful book of hearts, all shapes and sizes .Make a heart for a new baby or one to hang on the Christmas Tree this book shows you how. My favourite which would be good for a child to make for a grandparent is a memory heart. - Young Embroiderers

About the Author

Rachael Rowe's love of sewing was first ignited when she cut up her mother's silk dresses to make clothes for her toys. Fortunately, she didn't get into too much trouble and went on to graduate with a 1st class BA (Hons) in Fashion Design from the University of the West of England in Bristol. After a spell working in both fabric and graphic design, she set up her interior accessories company, Grace & Favour Home, where she handmakes a range of unique homewares from her studio on the southern edge of Dartmoor. Born and raised in Devon, UK, Rachael lives in a small Dartmoor village with her partner Steve, dog Max and a lot of chickens, where they enjoy growing their own fruit and vegetables.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2012
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This book is ideal for beginners, it starts off with the basic techniques for sewing hearts, and adding the hangers and then has 20 projects involving hanging hearts. The projects use different materials and techniques which include appliqué, felt hearts, embroidery, patchwork, hearts with pockets etc so you can learn new techniques whilst working on a fairly simple project.

The book is easy to follow with good photography, clear instructions and full size templates at the back of the book. There are also photos for many stages of the construction of the hearts too. These pretty hearts would make great gifts, or nice little decorative touches around the house.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Elle B Reader on 26 July 2012
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Heartshapes are always a lovely subject to work with, somehow no matter what form they take they seem attractive, I always like table runners, wall hangings and quilts embellished with heart shapes, so I just had to take a closer look at this book.

Although hearts come in very basic shapes, some long and some wide and fatter, it's always good to see how other people embellish them and if you're stuck for ideas of your own, this can provide inspiration, as well as instruction for newies as they're all made by basic machine or hand stitching, nothing complicated and plenty of step by step photographs too.

There's a lovely string of hearts, also ideas for country, rustic, French style and felt embellished, lacy, all sorts of ideas, great as little gifts for friends to hang from door or drawer knobs, or in wardrobes or hooks on the wall, hall coat racks, anywhere you fancy really. These can brighten up rooms and hearts and for such a small outlay, and these can be portable projects too, great to make on holiday, travelling to work or during lunch breaks. Sweet inspiration, very nice.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2012
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Take it to heart, Rachael has produced a stunning book of hearts for everyone who loves to sew. There are basic instructions on creating a heart, how to attach a piece of ribbon for hanging and stuffing. The book includes clear instructions for twenty hearts. Rachael has thought of lots of ways to decorate hearts including embroidery, felt bows and more. This is a great little book. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Coco on 17 Oct. 2012
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A lovely addition to your craft books, I would probably make most of the projects in the book and be inspired by the rest, lovely photography too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs A on 9 Feb. 2013
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I love the facts about how to make a good heart at the beginning, so that when you get on to making one it is more successful, very helpful and some gorgeous projects, I will be starting tonight!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By angela beckley on 17 May 2013
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This was bought for a friend, who makes small gifts for our local hospice to sell to raise money. She was delighted with book, lots of lovely ideas, pleased with templates in various sizes to make different sized hearts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S E COLVILLE on 10 Jan. 2013
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i FOUND IT VERY INSPIRING AND MY FRISND SAID SHE LOVED IT AND THOUGHT THE IDEAS AND WERE VERY INSPIRATIONAL
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sunflower on 29 Dec. 2012
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I liked the look of this book as i like sewing. There was nothing to dislike. I would recommend to a friend.
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