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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (17 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844005844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844005840
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 2 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cath Kidston Ltd was founded in 1993 when designer Cath Kidston opened a tiny shop in London's Holland Park. She began by selling the vintage fabrics, wallpapers and brightly-painted junk furniture she remembered fondly from her childhood. Her clever, witty re-working of traditional English country house style meant that her shop soon became a cult success.

Gradually Cath began to design her own prints and products. One of the first was a printed ironing board cover - practical, quirky and with a distinctive floral print, it has come to epitomize the Cath Kidston look. The product base has expanded steadily to include an extensive range of homewares as well as women's fashion and accessories and the 2008 launch of the Cath Kids brand. Various products are manufactured under license by companies such as Churchill China and Fulton Umbrellas.

Over the years Cath's high-profile collaborations have included creating tents with Milletts (2005-6), Nokia mobile phones with Carphone Warehouse (2006) and collectible radios with Roberts (2005 onwards). In 2008 she collaborated with Tesco to produce printed eco shopping bags made from plastic bottles to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sales of the bags raised almost £500,000 for the charity and saved about six million plastic bottles from landfill. In 2009 Cath collaborated with Maclaren to produce a children's buggy in her classic spot red print. She has also published five books, most recently Sew! with Quadrille in October 2009 - a follow up to 2008's hugely successful Make!

Cath Kidston Limited has expanded steadily to become the unique global lifestyle brand it is today, with Cath remaining Creative Director. Currently there are 30 shops and concessions in the UK, two shops in the Republic of Ireland, seven in Japan and one in Kuwait. In October 2009 a shop opened at Heathrow Airport's revamped Terminal 4 - the company's first in an airport - and in November two new temporary 'pop-in' shops were opened in London to make the most of the busy Christmas trading period. The business' successful worldwide mail order, web and wholesale divisions also continue to grow.

Cath Kidston Ltd is one of the most influential and original design companies to emerge from the UK in recent years. It was announced in the Queen's 2009 New Year Honours List that Cath Kidston is to be awarded an MBE for services to business in 2010.


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"Cath Kidston's new book 'Make!' celebrates the brands 15th birthday by showing you how to applique, stitch, embroider and generally adorn anything fabric-y with Cath Kidstonm-esque verve."
"Sewing is the latest skill to be revived and Cath Kidston's Make! covers everything, from making and repairing clothes to creating lovely gifts and home accessories."
"You'll love this new book by textile and homeware designer Cath Kidston. With 30 step-by-step projects, from making cushion covers to embroidering clothing, this book is a fantastic springboard to breathing new life into old textiles around the home." --Easy Living, 1st November 2008

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"Sewing is the latest skill to be revived and Cath Kidston's Make! covers everything, from making and repairing clothes to creating lovely gifts and home accessories."

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143 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on 14 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed with the book as it was advertised as instructions to make things with Cath Kidston fabrics. I was hoping there'd be patterns for bags and things. Instead the book focuses on customising ready made items with C.K. designs e.g. buy a bag, buy a tea towel, buy a baby's bib and use the designs to embellish them. From my point of view the book is extremely disappointing as I was looking to make something from scratch. Having said that the designs are as you'd expect from Cath Kidston stuff. However, the book could have been a lot better had there been full instructions to make the items and customise them - a lot more satisfying. At the cost of a couple of magazines it is OK but I'm glad I didn't pay the full rrp. If you want to make something then look elsewhere, there are plenty of better books out there to get you started. If you're looking for C.K. designs then you can't go wrong.
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109 of 112 people found the following review helpful By loulou on 15 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
I've been eagerly awaiting Caths latest book but this one should have been called 'embelish' or 'adorn' rather than 'make'.
As always a nicely laid out book and typically colourful, the finished items just don't appeal to me at all,there could have been far more projects using the enclosed templates that were not only sewn,a small painted cupboard maybe? I'm a great fan of Ms Kidston but this isn't one of her better books,possibly aimed at 10 year old girls.I don't know anyone over 10 that would wear the pink college cardigan with felt initials or a cowboy appliqued skirt, but hey, I may be wrong. Nice vintage blanket with the cars on and the needle case is pretty and you do get the free bag but sorry that's about it for me. Not worth the rrp,so if you buy it on Amazon for £7.49, I suppose it's not that bad really!
Mine will be for sale on ebay shortly. Very disappointing.
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116 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Book Vulture on 15 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
I was very misled by the title and the synopsis of this book. If you are looking for a book to "make" items from scratch this is definately not the book to buy. Each so-called "project" requires you to buy items ready-made and then just embellish them with designs in the book. For example, you have to buy a hot water bottle cover, a tea towel, a cushion cover, rather than make these from scratch. It would be far more fulfilling to make things from scratch and then embellish them. Very disappointing and would not recommend.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on 21 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
I have to say I was really disappointed with this book and it would be better entitled 'Embellish' or 'Adorn.' No single project is made from scratch as each project starts with the main item already bought or already owned.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kentish Woman VINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
The book is, as other reviewers have said, misnamed, since virtually no actual making is involved; instead it offers ideas on how to decorate ready made items. It offers no challanges in terms of craftsmanship;indeed, from the sewing skills involved, it would seem to be aimed at primary children, but I can not imagine any child wanting to make these projects. A pointless book, all in all.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By J. Ballard on 8 Oct. 2008
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Make!by Cath Kidston

I have just received this book, I have been eagerly waiting for it (ordered on pre-order - received earlier than expected!) and when I saw the lovely cover I was not disappointed! The book is full of clear colour photos on a lovely quality thick paper. This will be coveted by all ardent Cath fans to add to their collection, and with the added bonus of the plain tote bag supplied ready for you to customise, it will bring a smile to those writing their Xmas wish lists. It also comes with a Cath Kidston pencil and a skein of red embroidery thread to get you going!
I was expecting the content to be slightly different, as the book was advertised as making items using Cath Kidston fabrics. This is not strictly true. The contents heavily feature customising items such as bags, clothes, slippers, cushions, blankets etc using a variety of templates (at back of book - nice and clear) in the STYLE of Cath Kidston not necessarily using her prints. It does not show entire items made from the famous prints. Most projects involve simple applique using hand-stitching. This said it is a quality book at at reasonable price and one to inspire all sewing abilities.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. white on 17 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Embellish - maybe, Buy - Cath Kidston definitely, Make - Certainly not. As a huge CK fan I was extremely disappointed with this book, it's now gathering dust on my book shelf, never to be used again.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Zv Stoten on 11 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
I have been eagerly waiting for this book, and wish I had read your reviews before buying it :-( I guess I was just hoping that with Cath's Name on the cover, it would prove to be a winner. This book is a guide on how to sew felt and fabric shapes onto existing fabric items such as tea towls, oven mitts, aprons etc.
Its important for me to point out what this book is not - as the reasons below are why I bought the book, and the fact that they are not in there is the reason why I skimmed through this book in 5 mins and why after having it for just 1 day - its going straight on ebay!!
It does not:
Show you how to make a cushion, door stop, fabric hanger, peg bag, ironing board cover, apron, tote bag, fabric door hangers etc. All the items that are available from her online store I hoped would be items to 'make' in her book - but they are not.
There has to be a better book out there for her fans to use to start making shabby chic items with her gorgeous fabrics!!
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