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Sew Pretty Homestyle: Over 35 Irresistible Projects to Fall in Love with [Paperback]

Tone Finnanger
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28 Sep 2007
Create beautiful accessories to enhance your home using stunningly simple but incredibly effective techniques by creative crafter Tone Finnanger. A subtle colour palette and lovable Tilda designs combine to create a fresh and fun collection of over 35 projects. Easy-to-follow instructions, gorgeous colour photos and delightful illustrations accompany each project, along with actual-size templates that will ensure wonderful results. With pretty homestyle ideas for the entire home from the kitchen to children's bedrooms, everyone will find a project they adore.

Tone Finnanger begins by breaking down the basics: fabrics and materials, techniques such as embroidery and stitching and wrong side appliques, transferring patterns and creating stuffed figures with faces and fancy hairdos.

Fabulous projects are divided into sections of the home: The Entrance Hall that includes pretty felted door mats and lavender-scented shoe hearts; The Kitchen that includes cute cats and fragrant strawberries; The Dining Room that includes decorative table mats and a pretty cafetiere cosy; The Living Room that includes an extravagant tapestry and sweet house angels; The Conservatory that includes happy horses and garden angels; The Hobby Room that includes vintage-style pin cushions and fabric bags and boxes; The Bathroom that includes practical wall pouches and a make-up bag; The Bedroom that includes a woollen felt hot water bottle and handy sleeping masks; The Children’s Room that includes an array of figures from the book such as stumpy-legged dogs and good-natured teddy bears. You will fall in love with all of these charming projects.

Make your house a home with this irresistible collection of simple hand-sewn accessories.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (28 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715327496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715327494
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tone Finnanger has a distinctive style that is popular with crafters of all ages and abilities. Her titles for D&C include Crafting Springtime Gifts, Crafting Christmas Gifts, Sew Pretty Homestyle, Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle, Sew Sunny Homestyle and Crafting Tilda's Friends. She lives in Norway.

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A subtle colour palette and lovable designs combine to create a fresh and fun collection. --Irish Examiner

..this book is brim full of great photos and inspiration, and would make a great addition to any crafters library. --Crafts Business Magazine

"those who find the winter a tad gloomy might find this title provides a breath of fresh air as it includes over 50 delightful projects that are designed to brighten up a home at any time of year." "Full size templates are included for all the projects and the accompanying instructions are clearly illustrated. Lavishly photographed throughout, this title is sure to inspire and chase away the gloom." --Sewing World

Complete with plenty of interiors inspiration and gorgeous photography, if you're in love with shabby-chic style then you'll adore this book. --Sew Magazine

"those who find the winter a tad gloomy might find this title provides a breath of fresh air as it includes over 50 delightful projects that are designed to brighten up a home at any time of year." "Full size templates are included for all the projects and the accompanying instructions are clearly illustrated. Lavishly photographed throughout, this title is sure to inspire and chase away the gloom." --Sewing World

Complete with plenty of interiors inspiration and gorgeous photography, if you're in love with shabby-chic style then you'll adore this book. --Sew Magazine

About the Author

Tone Finnanger has a distinctive style that is popular with crafters of all ages and abilities. She has written several needlecraft books including Crafting Springtime Gifts (D&C, February 2006) and Crafting Christmas Gifts (D&C, September 2006). She lives in Norway.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous projects for the more experienced sewer 11 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this along with Lotta Jansdotter's "Simple Sewing" with the intention that once I had gained more confidence in my sewing abilities, I could tackle some of the projects in here.

I have to say the projects in the book are absolutely gorgeous and beautifully photographed, it makes you want to redecorate your entire house with them!

However, as a beginner myself I have to warn other beginners that this is certainly not a book with step-by-step instructions. The projects do include some diagrams but it is not always clear exactly what you are supposed to do and having tried to make a scented strawberry I was disappointed with the result, it looked nothing like the one in the book!

I also found it a bit annoying as each project has a "You will need" section, but they very rarely state how much fabric you will need, you will find yourself either reading through the whole project or having to measure up the pattern to gauge how much you require (I personally prefer a list so that I know exactly what I need before starting the project).

Admittedly I have only tried the strawberry and a fabric rose (which turned out slightly better!) so far, but am hoping to give the slippers a go next!

Aside from that, if you have a bit more experience and can easily follow textual instructions, I think you will enjoy this book. It certainly gives you lots of inspiration and is pretty to look at if nothing else!

The projects are divided into "rooms" (hallway, kitchen, dining room, living room, conservatory, hobby room, bathroom, bedroom, kids room) and include: slippers, bags, table mats, chair cushions, tapestry (gorgeous!), needle case, make up bag, hot water bottle cover, various stuffed animals, "angels" and fruit, and more.
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute joy 12 Mar 2008
By Elaine B Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Tone says "I hope you'll enjoy the company of the book in your armchair on rainy days". Forget rainy days, this book is a delight on any day.
Every page is pretty, pastels are the order of the day, comfortable cottons and felts along with simple embroidery adorn most of the delightful items inside this beautiful book.
There's a striped hot water botter cover - (the words "warm and cosy" are embroidered on it alongside a simple flower), pretty bags and wall pouches which are beautifully lined and have decorated edges, unusual decorations such as stuffed pears (think lime fabric with gingham leaves and "une poire" embroidered on it, or one with a pretty patch), and strawberries.
Slippers are included - made with felt linings and gingham or striped cotton outers, all with small amounts of embroidery on, one of my favourites are the stuffed figures, be they cats, dogs, or people -one with a soft pink dressing gown with tie belt, towel over arm, deeper pink pyjama bottoms with simple flowers on edges of legs, embroidered slippers and hair with rollers in - plus a pair of wings at the back - not called dressing gown angels for nothing!
There are loads of things in here suitable for anyone with very little or lots of experience, all the patterns are printed in the back, and although instructions are not comprehensive it's easy enough to work out what's required. A beautiful book, very enjoyable - definitely one to sit in an armchair with on any day.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total inspiration!!! 17 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
What a great buy! When I ordered this book I wasnt sure what to expect, but when I received it I was so happy! There are beautiful pictures, great projects. I have not done anything yet but got lots of ideas and inspiration from it. Love the book!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming book 10 Oct 2007
By Apples
Format:Paperback
There will be something for every level of stitcher in this book.
Beautifully illustrated, lovely designs in fabrics that are very trendy at the moment. I love just looking through it & have planned loads of projects. I am sure this will be a treasured addition to any stitcher's book collection.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 9 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
When I ordered this book I wasn't sure about what I was ordering. "Tilda" crafts style were just new for me. Well, it was a very good surprise!
The book is wonderful: the pictures, the way that the crafts are shown... You feel like you want to make everything!
The patterns and all the explanations are very easy to follow. My first Tilda bears and cats are coming out from the sweing machine!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational delight 31 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
I was fortunate to be able to flick through this book before I ordered it from Amazon. This book is the favourite of both my son (12!) and my daughter, for it's dreamy, shabby-chic inspired theme. It is an ode to the home, and the room-by-room treatment of offerings is a perfect way to inspire the crafter to visualise a complete makeover! I love this book so much, that I ordered the Christmas version, which is just as lovely. However, since I can't see us adding the flying pigs to our Yule-time trimmings, this book remains our favourite to curl up to, with a cup of tea. I made the fabulous living room quilt as my first ever quilting project, and am delighted with the result, even if it is deliberately different to the original. There is not a single project in this book that I don't adore, including the daft little strawberry pin-cushion things. Even projects that I will never make, delight me at every turn of the page.
This book is a must for the armchair decorator, stitcher and crafter. Directions are better suited to those with some experience of following shop-bought, sewing pattern directions, or those who can grasp how to create three-dimentional items from two-dimentional fabric, but there are enough projects to suit complete beginners, too.
Everyone should own this book for the warm-fuzzy-feeling it imparts!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Gorgeous patterns and ideas - lovely book. Quick delivery too. This will keep me busy!
Published 5 days ago by Annie Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love all of Tone Finnanger books.
Published 8 days ago by EverLearning
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty indeed
Very pretty book with lots of ideas. Some I already have in other books but it makes a nice coffee table book.
Published 10 days ago by JanP
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it
Published 21 days ago by justcross
5.0 out of 5 stars Sew pretty homestyle
It's a lovely book ,with lots of very pretty things to make and easy instruction , Iv enjoyed making four things already and Iv only had the book too weeks
Published 1 month ago by Norma Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars For Beginners You Need This Book!
I would recommend this book for anyone who is thinking of taking up sewing as a hobby and doesn't know quite where to start. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Valerie Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice of projects
I've been looking for a book like this for a while. There are a really good choice of things to make and the explanations are clear and simple.
Published 2 months ago by Ms. E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great book for hand made gifts to make. I have tried many of the projects and they have all come out well.
Published 2 months ago by gayn
2.0 out of 5 stars Hobby
Somewhat disappointing as my expectations were higher re illustrations and guidelines of projects. Not my style of crafting so disappointing for me.
Published 3 months ago by Pollyanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Second book
Having bought the Chritmas crafts book, had to have another for crafting the rest of the year. Easy instructions and results are great.
Published 3 months ago by S. P. Grace
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