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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (2 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844002373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844002375
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reinvents items around the home with a twist
--Homes and Gardens, 1st aug 2010 -

All the projects are stylish yet simple: most require only minimal sewing skills and can be made in a weekend -- SW magazine, August 2010

Full of ideas to inspire you --Homes & Gardens, August 2010

Beautiful how-to book filled with old-fashioned charm
-- Image Interiors, September 2010

The designs featured are chic, practical, sophisticated and comforting --Sunday Mail, 18 August 2010

About the Author

Lisa Stickley is an internationally renowned textile designer, with an expanding homewares and furniture range. After training at the prestigious Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London, Lisa was approached by Burberry to create a range of tablecloths for them in 2002. This was to be the starting point for Lisa's own business, which sells charming yet affordable homewares. With a growing number of distribution channels overseas, including Japan and the US, Lisa boasts Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie and Kirsten Dunst as fans of her work. In the UK, her homewares are stocked by John Lewis, Selfridges, Heal's, Liberty and Fenwicks and she has been invited to design a collection exclusively for Debenhams under the 'Designer at Debenhams' banner. She has her own showroom-cum-workshop in South London. Author Location: London

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By argylerabbit on 5 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
As a novice sewer, I cannot appreciate the wonderfully set-out diagrams and instructions more. One feature I really like is the cute little iron symbol throughout telling you when to iron. This may seem obvious to the more experienced, but to me it was really useful! Of my "How-to-sew" books, this one by far has the best description of different stitches and the only one that shows how to finish a zip off nicely and how to make a buttonhole by hand.

The projects in this book are lovely and I can't wait to decorate my home: foot-pouffe, suit carrier and cafe curtains? Yes please! Some patterns come with templates, some with instructions on how to make one out of newspaper (great idea!) and others use the size of the fabric itself. There is no rating system (i.e. easy/medium/challenging) used for the projects which I think is positive feature as I often hold myself back from anything that isn't absolute beginner. The instructions are so well written that anyone really could make anything they wanted.

My only problem now is to decide on my perfect fabric.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Grant on 30 July 2010
Format: Paperback
I love sewing books and adore fabric so was thrilled to learn that Lisa Stickley had written a book about both. With a rising trend towards people sewing items for their homes Made at Home is ideal, even if you have never sewn before in your life.

In the front pages of the book Lisa explains different sewing terms, stitches and the importance of choosing the right fabric, just as you would choose ingredients for a recipe. This is a great guide for beginners and even accomplished seamstresses.

The projects in Made at Home are clearly set out by the room you would chose to use them, with ideas for cushions, napkins, table runners, teacosies and many more. All the projects are shown as a finished item in Lisa Stickleys gorgeous fabrics.

Throughout Made at Home you feel like Lisas fabulous personality shines through with each description or illustration. And the illustrations are wonderful!

Made at Home is a wonderfully simple book with comprehensive instructions that a beginner would not find daunting and a more advanced sewer or fabric lover will love.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Broadhurst VINE VOICE on 2 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
Made at Home by Lisa Stickley is a book i think everyone should have when they move into their own home and want to stamp their own individuality onto it.
the book begins with a comprehensive list of fabrics avaliable and their individual properties, along with some guidance as to their best use. there is also a list of basic equipment required when starting a project along with an additional list of things you may wish to add to the basics.
the book then contains diagrams and written instructions for a number of stitches used throughout the book before moving onto seams, buttonholes and inserting zips. the instructions are all very clear, concise and easy to follow.
the remainder of the book is devoted to many project ideas for items around the home. There are many ideas in the book, many of them old fashioned which are having a comeback in the modern home. Cushions, tea cosies, napkins, cushions and bedspreadss are among the projects which aim to have minimal sewing skils. Each project begins with a introduction, detailling its use in the home or the advantage of having the project in your own home. the instructions are again clear, concise and contain diagrams to further aid the reader. there is also a chapter at the back of the book containing the templates needed to complete the projects.
The projects are easy enough for a beginner to tackle but i also believe the book would be a great aid for the more experienced sewer as the projects could be developed further and a sewer could add their own style to the projects.
I have a basic understanding of sewing techniques but like to have instructions to refer to when tackling anything more complicated that shortening a pair of trousers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book promises to be a simple guide to furnishing your home, teaching you to make items such as roman blinds, a range of cushions and bags, a tea cosy, a bedspread and more. The author Lisa Stickley is an internationally renowned textile designer with her own home wares and furniture range stocked in large department stores nationwide.

My first impression of this book is that it looks quite different from the other books I've reviewed lately. It is not as bright, colourful and glossy as many other sewing books, with most the diagrams being in black and white and doesn't have quite the same wow factor when you pick it up and leaf through it.

However, I do not judge a book at first glance, although I personally like books with lots of bright colourful photos and diagrams it is the content of the book itself that is important. It has to be said this book certainly does deliver. It starts off with a very useful introductory section talking you through various techniques and stitches. This section includes button holes, inserting zips, sewing corners seams and binding. Each technique is well explained and is accompanied by easy to follow diagrams.

The remainder of the book is split into projects for the various rooms of the house, the kitchen, bedroom, living room and laundry. The projects are suitable for a beginner and if you work through in order they seem to build up a little in complexity, helping you to learn as you go through. Most of the projects could be whipped up in a couple of hours, bringing a great sense of achievement to the sewer. It's ideal if you are looking for ways to smarten up your home on a budget.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.
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