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Cath Kidston
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Book Description

16 Oct 2009
Sewing is the new shopping. In these cash-strapped times it's more fun to get together with friends and stitch something handmade and special, whether for yourself or a friend, than to go out and spend that hard-earned money - plus to be given a gift that someone has created and spent time making is always heart-warming. Following the huge success of last year's MAKE!, Cath Kidston has now put together a treasure trove of fabulous simple projects for stitchers to get their needles into - bags, clothes, soft toys and many more - and all designed to be made with her popular printed fabrics. As an inspirational kick-start, Cath is giving away with the book a length of a unique fabric specially printed for the book, together with handles, a label and button to make up into a bag. The book itself is packed with 41 projects with full instructions to make a range of fun and useful things, from a drawstring washbag to a knitting needle case. All the sewing techniques are clearly explained in an introductory section so that even an absolute beginner can be sure of success, together with details of how to embroider, applique and adorn your items in other ways. Stunning photographs, colourful contemporary design and step-by-step pictures make everything absolutely clear and user-friendly. The book also contains a large pattern sheet with cut-out templates.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (16 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844007561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844007561
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.7 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,669 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 is not to be missed for pretty things to make on long winter evenings." - Easy Living, November 2009
--Easy Living, November 2009

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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150 of 154 people found the following review helpful
This book is full of lovely sewing projects, but the actual instructions for the slightly more complex projects leave a lot to be desired. I'm a fairly experienced sewer but I have absolutely no idea how to put together, to give but one example, the patchwork knitting bag - many of the instructions are meaningless without some sort of visual aids. Many people find it much easier to follow visual instructions for craft projects rather than complicated written descriptions and I wish Kidston had included more diagrams and less pretty pictures of vintage quilts. I'd like to make that knitting bag but if I do try it I suspect I'll just have to work out how to do it from the picture of the finished project rather than the frankly bewildering guide.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sew great! 3 Nov 2009
Fantastic. The book contains everything to make the bag on the front and I had it made in the evening! A bargin in itself. I am thrilled with it. The patterns are all very simple and easy to follow, although i have had to think about how much fabric I need the patterns use every last scrap. I have made the egg cosy and large tote too. I would certianly buy this for anyone who loves to make stuff and /or loves Cath Kidston. I can see myself going back and making more of the bags etc for presents in the future and i am already getting fabrics together for the quilt! If you love sewing but are never too sure where to start (like me!) this is so easy and you get a fantastic finished product.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! 30 Nov 2009
I bought this book a couple of weeks ago and absolutely love it. There are loads of different projects from bags to kitchen items to baby stuff. I've already made a few things and I'm currently working on a bird mobile for my little niece. The instructions are very easy to follow and all patterns and shapes are included. It's well worth the money and I highly recommend it!!! Have fun!
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! 7 Feb 2010
By J. Doy
I was bought this book for Christmas and was really looking forward to making the projects. Two projects in and I'm going to give up as I'm at the end of my tether! (My long suffering boyfriend will be pleased as he's fed up of listening to me swear and rant!)
Firstly, the intructions are confusing and lack visual aids.In particular the Knitting bag, the intructions don't make sense and I ended up making up my own. My mother, who runs her own curtain making business was at a total loss too! Secondly the pattern pieces are incorrect. I was making the Inside out Tote and found out that the handle pattern piece Q is 5cm too short. Luckily I had bought extra fabric.
If you enjoy a challenge and don't mind raised blood pressure buy it, if not then I'd look for something else!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! 5 Jan 2010
By Zoe22
I bought the first Make! book and although it was very pretty it was a bit of a cheat! This one is much better, the projects are nice and there is lots to inspire you. A lovely book to look through and get ideas from, as well as practical advice and nice tips. Not necessarily for the experienced seamstress/tailor, but really lovely to own.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what i thought 10 Feb 2010
This is not for a beginner. I have almost lost the will to live trying to make some of these things. The instructions aand diagrams are just not clear enough so therefore would only really suit someone who can already sew fairly well. I was looking forward to making the free bag with it but i have given up. Such a shame as i love Cath Kidston stuff
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay but not for beginners 8 Jan 2010
By Q.P
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There are some nice ideas in this book but if you're a beginner like me this book is not for you. The terms are not explained(no glossary) and there are barely any diagrams to show you what to do, so half of the time I wasn't even sure if I was doing it right until the end. I was pulled in by the reviews and faced the consequence of finfding out this book is not for beginners.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 13 Nov 2009
This book is so inspiring I have not sewn for years and decided to purchase a new sewing maching and then this book. The patterns are easy to follow and not all need machine stitching so you can sit in an evening making up the projects whilst watching tv. Suitable for beginner or experienced. All in all I love it - I have read and re read it over and over again - I now have it hidden from my daughter - will buy her her own for Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Love it Love it
I can see I am going to be busy - nicely illustrated, inspiring pictures - can't wait to get the free bag pattern and material - what a bargain!
Published 9 days ago by Miss Isobel Sclater
5.0 out of 5 stars Sew! is so good
brilliant book with lots of great tips (templates included) and the added bonus of having all of the components to make the bag that is illustrated on the front cover
Published 10 days ago by Dianne Enefer
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but rubbish instructions
A lovely book with lots of inspiring makes, however the instructions are rubbish! Even an advanced sewer struggled to decipher them! Bit disappointing but still a lovely book.
Published 11 days ago by Caroline Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely projects, practical and pretty. Some help might be needed to...
I've made a few do the projects in Sew! The instructions can be a little succinct for a new sewer but with help from a more knowledgable other (thanks Mum! Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jo Inglewood
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value
This is a good book for fans of KC. Lots of easy projects with good instructions, plus the fabric to make the bag on the cover.
Published 25 days ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great content.
As expected, great book for crafters and sewers. Easy to follow instructions and pattern pieces. Lovely choice of projects using pretty fabrics.
Published 1 month ago by Busybee
5.0 out of 5 stars great book. The best!!!
Love this book. The material was Cath Kidston floral and very pretty. cotton and very easy to make. Just have to read through well befor sewing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara.
5.0 out of 5 stars GIFT
Published 2 months ago by Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars great book and bag pieces included.
Lots of ideas of things to make with clear instructions and templates included. The designs can be altered using different fabrics to suit your tastes and includes ready cut pieces... Read more
Published 2 months ago by tory
4.0 out of 5 stars like the book , lots of projects , free bag a good starter to make
like the book, lots of projects to do for those just starting in sewing, or those who want not to have to think about what to do?
a good base to get you going. Read more
Published 3 months ago by debbie herczeg
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