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Inspired to Sew by Bari J.: 15 Pretty Projects, Sewing Secrets, Colorful Collage [Kindle Edition]

Bari J. Ackerman

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Book Description

Popular designer Bari J. brings her bright and feminine signature style to 15 new projects-ruffled quilts, a unique tunic and bag, plus sweet decorations and accessories for every room in the house. Readers will appreciate the book's luscious photography, as well as Bari's in-depth advice on fabric collage, free-motion stitching, machine applique, patchwork piecing, and simple garment techniques.

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Probably one of the prettiest sewing project books you'll add to your library this year! That's my personal opinion of course speaking, but Inspired to Sew by Bari J. Ackerman (Stash Books/C&T Publishing 2011) is one of the prettiest sewing books I have seen in a while. Starting with a simply beautiful cover that depicts vintage thread spools, you'll be drawn in to the pages of the book to discover that the beauty of what you can create is awe inspiring. and eager to create you will be ..after you see the 15 pretty projects included throughout. I loved the Garden Tunic with the rose design neckline, so very feminine and comfy looking. I also found myself drawn to the items like the Sweet Home Chicago Pillow and Quilt, and the Little Cabin Pincushion as well as the Tea Party Accessories (Teapot Trivet and Tea Cozy and Lavender Sachet Place Card Tea Bags) All of the designs have a sophisticated, modern, and yet unique vintage romantic look to them. You'll enjoy learning how to mix and match beautiful fabrics together to create special home accents and gifts. Each of the designs have thorough instructions and supply lists included as well as patterns at the back of the book. Throughout the book Bari includes her sewing tips for Keeping It Real. These are tried and true tips for sewing each of the projects, methods that have been proven to make the creative process run a bit smoother. Wonderful ideas that you'll want to add to your sewing knowledge. With springtime right around the corner I know that you'll want to get your hands on this book so that you can start creating items like the Flowering Container Garden Pillow and the Seasonal Wreath to add a bit of garden cheer to your home. The Tea Party Accessories will be perfect to have on hand for inviting your girlfriends over for a tea party or luncheon on the patio or in the garden, and they'll be amazed that you created the items yourself. This book truly is a treasure and one that you'll enjoy turning to time and again for beautiful projects to decorate your home with. Small Town Living (2/1/11)"

About the Author

Bari J. Ackerman is a product and textile designer known for her vintage-inspired accessories and signature-style of mixing fabric prints.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 24513 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stash Books (1 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #839,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing knowledge & tips packed into this visually fantastic book 7 Mar. 2011
By Rebecca M. Makas - Published on
I have an almost obscene number of sewing and quilting books. I buy them because a project inside catches my eye, or one of the patterns (especially quilts) looks like something I've been wanting to try. Bari's book is no different. The cover literally makes you want to reach out and touch it.

Oftentimes, once I buy the book, I read through the directions for the project I'm interested in, and get either discouraged, or honestly, confused. This is not the case with Bari's book. Her instructions are extremely well written, the steps are logical, and best of all, the small inset pictures she includes are VERY helpful when used with the written directions.

Take the Patchwork Rose Zipper Bag for example...I had wanted to try to make a box shaped bag with zipper top, and while I was intimidated by the potential complexity of the project, I dove in. This was the first challenging bag I ever made, and by following Bari's directions, I made it through the project, increased my confidence to tackle harder projects, and ended up with a fantastic bag that I am really proud of having made myself. I also learned some fun techniques, like how to make the velvet ribbon roses on the front of the bag.

Also, Bari includes lots of "keeping it real" tips, which I LOVE. Many of them are common mistakes or challenges she's come across that she has also found solutions to. Very useful.

There is an outstanding variety of projects in terms of skill level, and purpose, everything from a pincusion to full quilt patterns. I'll be making more projects from this book for sure.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired is right! 8 Mar. 2011
By blueeyedcharlie - Published on
First off, I love books that are beautiful to start with...even before I look at directions...the more colorful the better for me. And this book is all that, beautifully styled photos and spots of color throughout, plus it has great instructions with both clearly drawn diagrams and photographs of some handwork that is best shown by a photo. There are quite a few different type projects, and if you only did 4 of them, you still would have spent less for the book than buying the patterns individually.

I have been quilting for quite some time, and I didn't imagine that this book would "teach" me a lot per se, but I am intrigued with Bari's binding method and can say I don't think I have ever seen this method before. I think I might really like it. I haven't tried it yet, but I do think it might be an improvement on how I am doing them now. Being primarily a quilter, all the projects in the book weren't my thing, but they are definitely many creative ideas here that the average DIY sewist will love, I am sure.

Bari's collage concepts and Fabric Mixology method and encouraging words to just do "what looks good to you" are very liberating. Throughout the book, it reads like she is just there in the room with you cheering you on. There are lots of "keeping it real" notes where she gives realistic advice based on what she has learned on various projects. All of that is to help the reader feel comfortable to go for it every time.

I have not had a chance to MAKE anything yet out of "Inspired to Sew" yet, but I have no doubt the directions will be clear and manageable. I tend to not buy a lot of books to keep my own ideas fresh, but I would say this one is definitely a keeper!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration abounds with color, projects and textures 19 Mar. 2011
By Patti Ives - Published on
I have really enjoyed the few Stash books I have read. They are a new line of how-to books that celebrate fabric art. As the inside cover of the books says they offer "fabric arts for a handmade lifestyle". Bari J. Ackerman is a product and textile designer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In "Inspired to Sew by Bari J." you will find projects for all aspects of your life. Bari uses bright colors and textures and lets the fabric do the work. Her collage technique is very easy to understand and the small collage projects in the book, along with the easy to understand instructions, will give you confidence you need to create your own collage piece. Bari also includes a section on "must have" tools and sewing habits. I think the look of this book leans toward "cottage chic" and I know everyone will enjoy and learn from working on these 15 pretty projects.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired to Sew 13 Mar. 2011
By Love to read - Published on
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Inspired to Sew is a fantastic book! It's not only informative with instructions for 15 projects, it's just a beautiful book! Bari J Ackerman has a wonderful gift and I thank her for sharing it! I highly recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cre8ive! 5 April 2011
By Liz Hawkins - Published on
Inspired to Sew by Bari J. is not only a book full of beautiful projects but a beautiful book just to look at. It's so fun to flip through and be, well, inspired to sew! Projects for just about anyone wanting to do a little creative sewing. Bari includes lots of tips along the way, so you don't feel intimidated, and her very unique "shabby chic" style shines on every page. Definitely a book worth adding to any collection!
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