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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (17 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844009882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844009886
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.1 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,900 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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Is a gorgeous standalone title on patchwork
--The Bookseller, July 8, 2011

About the Author

One of Britain s leading and most-loved designers, Cath Kidston is best known for her vintage-inspired homewares, clothing and accessories. Cath began her career as an interior designer before opening her first retail shop in London in 1993, where she sold vintage fabrics and antique furniture. Now with more than 40 stores and concessions in the UK, plus more in the Republic of Ireland, Japan and South Korea, Cath Kidston Ltd is now a presence on almost every high street. In 2010, Cath was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to business. To date, Cath has published four bestselling project books Make!, Sew!, Stitch! and Patch! that encompass a wide range of disciplines and finished items, from sewing and patchwork to cross-stitch and needlepoint. Alongside these books sit two complete kits packaged in a unique tin The Knitting Book and The Crochet Book are perfect for beginner knitters or crocheters and make ideal gifts. In 2012, she published a further two how-to books entitled Make Your Own Christmas Decorations and Sew Your Own Rag Doll. In addition to her books, Cath also has a very successful stationery line.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Ballard on 23 Oct 2011
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Another pretty Cath Kidston book for your collection. I ordered this on advance order to obtain the lower price, and was refunded the difference as is has since gone down a £1 Thanks Amazon!
The book is called Patch which implies patchwork, but this includes basic aplique methods also. If you are looking for a patchwork manual then this is not your book, and I would go you Jane Brocket's Gentle Art of Quilt making book. However most purchasers of this book are dye in the wool Cath Kidston fans and are adding to their collection which I have done. As usual lovely illustrations using some vintage fabrics, and the free kit included which consists of calico fabric and a selection of small CK fabrics to make a cushion of a shopper bag make this book a steal at £8.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Broadhurst VINE VOICE on 24 Oct 2011
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Another fantastic addition to Cath Kidston's ever increasing library of needlework books. This book concentrates on Patchwork and includes a fantastic free gift with which you have all the materials to make either the bag or cushion as shown on the front cover.

Patchwork, the art of sewing together cut pieces of material to create a larger design, is become more popular again and can be done using pieces of fabric cut from old clothes, fabrics etc and can be used to decorate no end of projects.

As with all Cath Kidston books, this book begins with a great chapter entitled Basics. There is a page detailing essential equipment; what should be inside a work box, the essentials and the other bits and pieces which will make the job easier; two pages detail the basics for cutting out 'patches', with hints and tips for using templates, using rotary cutters and planing your patches. There is a page on using sewing machines for patchwork and also hand sewing basics with some great pictures accompanying the text. The rest of this section looks at traditional techniques, four of which are discussed in the book; hand applique and the use of embellishments on your designs. How to choose fabrics is discussed in this chapter along with instructions for hand embroidery stitches.

There are over 30 projects included in the book, with lots of photographs for inspiration all using Cath's gorgeous fabrics. The projects are for a range of abilities, some for the novice whereas others may need a higher level of experience to complete. There are a number of bags; tote, messanger, knitting and wash bags; cushions; bedcovers, including blankets, bedcovers; beanbag covers; pincushions; pictures and decorating clothes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cara on 26 Oct 2011
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I'm a big fan of Cath Kidston prints and fabrics and have purchased previous titles as gifts for family members. I'm more of a knitter and crocheter but this book has allowed me to try out a new craft with enough detail for me to follow the instructions easily.

The pack included with the book allows beginners like me to try out the techniques with no additional investment in costly materials. I found the instructions easy to follow and like how the kit can be used to make either a tote bag or a cushion.

There are 30 projects in total which cater for 3 different skill levels. A nice way for a beginner to progress through to some of the more difficult/advanced techniques.

Many of the projects are able to be made using scraps of fabrics, so maybe a more advanced patchworker could put it to great use in using up some of their stash offcuts.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. Rose on 18 Oct 2011
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Received this book yesterday, have been eagerly awaiting because I loved "stitch" so much, I was dissapointed with this, I felt it was just an updated version of "Make", it didn't really show you much about Patchwork and I understand that the other books cover the basics too but I felt the projects were a little lame, The bunny blanket was cute but just applique really!! and I really didn't like the puff necklace.. I also feel that the book should say what fabrics are being used, I have just bought a similar book by another well known company (Liberty) and although the projects were simple they told you what fabrics were used.. I am finding that the books by Cath Kidston alot of the fabrics used are unavailable to purchase which is a bit of a let down, which leads to my earlier gripe about the lack of imagination when it comes to boys fabrics..I adore CK but not happy with this one!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 15 Oct 2011
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My copy arrived just this morning (much to my excitement!), so whilst I have read the book - I haven't made anything from it - so can't comment on the directions etc.

The style of the book is very much the same as 'Sew' and 'stitch', with nice pictures but rather annoyingly white text on pastel coloured pages.

I am a relative newcomer to patchwork, and feel I could tackle all of the projects in the book. My criticism would be that there are too many patterns for tote bags! Also bear in mind this seems to be more for small projects, if you're planning on making a quilt for instance this won't help - there is nothing about wadding or binding etc.

However, there is just something about the Cath Kidston books I love, plus there are some good ideas, for example a tablecloth made from teatowels (although not sure how much patchwork skill that really takes...)
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