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The Gentle Art of Stitching: 40 Projects Inspired by Everyday Beauty [Hardcover]

Jane Brocket
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20 Sep 2012
Stitching, in all its forms, is rapidly becoming more popular. Many people are learning to use sewing machines, but are forgetting the huge enjoyment that can be found in hand stitching. With an emphasis on Jane Brocket's 'gentle' approach to craft, this book celebrates the simple act of sewing, reducing the art to its most basic form. Over 40 projects will teach you how to make simple yet stylish pieces for your home. Whatever you choose to make, from quilts and samplers to needlepoint pin cushions and stitched greetings cards, Jane's unique take on sewing will ensure that the creative process is as enjoyable as seeing the finished object. The author's notes and photographs outline her inspiration for each project, along with her top tips on the best places to find fabrics, ribbon, buttons and anything else you can imagine. With techniques as varied as Japanese Sashiko, American-style quilting, traditional cross stitch and re-imagining the Victorian 'crinoline lady', there is something here for every keen stitcher. Word count: 50,000

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (20 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843406659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843406655
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 21.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Brocket has created an inspiring and practical book that will have you stitching the nights away before you know it --Making Magazine, book review, October issue

About the Author

Jane Brocket is the author of five books including the bestselling Gentle Art of Quilt-Making (9781834305337). She created her blog, yarnstorm.blogs.com in February 2005 to write about knitting, but the contents soon expanded to include many more of life's small pleasures, such as baking, quilting, sewing, gardening, books and films. For more information, visit www.janebrocket.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Ophelia
I am fairly new to stitching, having dabbled as a teenager but am now coming back to it. There are some wonderful projects here - the cushions I particularly like, and the simple greetings card decorations, and all the daisies. The explanations of how to do each stitch are clear and unfussy, and there are templates and charts to help you. I also love the way the instructions are set out a bit like a recipe, with a clear list of things you need for each project. It feels modern and yet you also get the sense that you are following in a long line of women who have been quietly creating and stitching for centuries - there is a lot in this book that made me think about heritage and tradition. Unlike other reviewers I haven't read Ms Brocket's other books but now I think I will. I think this book will keep me happy during the long winter nights ahead, whether I am actually doing one of the projects or just curled up on the sofa reading it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Book 13 Nov 2012
By S D
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I own all of Jane's other books, as well as following her colourful Yarnstorm blog and was really looking forward to the publication of this one.
After reading some of the other comments on this page, I would have to agree that this book is, perhaps, not as good as some of her previous work (The Gentle Art of Domesticity and the Gentle Art of Quiltmaking are wonderful!) I am an experienced stitcher and did find a few of the projects a little basic and uninspiring. However, this was balanced by the addition of some truly gorgeoous ones - especially the Crinoline Lady quilt, the Crazy Patchwork cushion and the Suffolk Puff quilt. Jane's style of writing is relaxed, chatty and easy to read and I love the way she always incorporates lots of interesting facts about the craft.
If you are a beginner, there is a lot of useful information about the materials and supplies needed and, as always a trademark of Jane's books, lovely colourful styling.
All in all, a nice book to have on your bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple stitching 8 Mar 2013
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This book has very simple stitching projects. Mainly running stitches. Nothing more complicated than that. It is a beautiful book,and I might attempt some of the projects.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointed 5 Oct 2012
By moony
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I am a bit disappointed. I will only take away a few ideas from this book and usually with Jane's books, I want to make everything. I thought that some of the items seemed unfinished e.g. the hexagon quilt, the suffolk puff quilt. And then there are lots of pages devoted to one quite simple idea e.g. the button cards. I'm sorry Jane, I've loved everything else you have done and I think that Vintage Cakes is wonderful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not her usual standard... 1 Oct 2012
By Janey
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Owning all of Jane's other books and having long followed her blog, I ordered her 2 new books and looked forward to their arrival.

This book is not up to her usual standard. The items to make are very simple and not very inspiring and if you read her blog you will recognise many of the pictures and projects.

If you want to see her at her best, The Art of Domesticity is greatly superior.

Really disappointed - sorry Jane
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Fantastic! 14 July 2013
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I had this book as a birthday present and it certainly doesn't disappoint. I love the projects contained within the book and will certainly be trying some of them out, mainly as embellishments to my own projects. I want to try the lovely vintage embroidery which looks simple but so effective. As a lifelong dressmaker I have never bothered with embroidery, as garments and soft furnishings etc are my usual projects but this book inspires you to have a go at the relatively simple art of embroidery, so wish me luck, I will try to be neat this time, I just love the daisies. I will try to update this review when I've completed a project ot two later in the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual ideas and projects 17 Jun 2013
By shera
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Perfect for my daughter who has recently got into needlework. This book contains some unusual and traditional projects ideal for something out of the ordinary.
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