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Recycled Home: Transform Your Home Using Salvaged Materials
Recycled Home: Transform Your Home Using Salvaged Materials
by Rebecca Proctor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.47

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recycled Home - interesting book, 25 Sep 2012
Recycled Home by Rebecca Proctor features 50 creative craft projects for the home, created using unwanted, salvaged or repurposed materials. The book covers a wide range of projects including hand painted towels, feature cushions, braided rag rugs and ragbag bunting. Some of these are made completely from upcycled materials, whilst others combine the use of new and old materials. A variety of crafts are covered including woodwork, paper crafts and of course sewing.

The book is organised into different sections that correspond with the different areas of your home, such as Sleeping and Bathing. I found some of the projects a little avant-garde for my style, but there is such a wide variety of projects featured in this book that there is bound to be a number of projects that appeal to most readers. Personally I love the Patchwork Tweed blanket, the Furoshiki Gift Bag (look out my sewing friends, this may well be how your Christmas pressies are wrapped) and I will be making the Mushroom rattle for a friend who's pregnant, well for the baby! :-)

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory


Patch!
Patch!
by Cath Kidston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the world of patchwork, 12 Aug 2012
This review is from: Patch! (Paperback)
As is clear from the book's title the 4th book from chintz and shabby chic queen Cath Kidston, focuses on patchwork and includes a great kit to make either a Dresden plate tote bag or cushion as shown on the cover.

This book is a great introduction to patchwork for beginners, either like me who can sew but have never done patchwork before, or even beginners to sewing itself, as the first section covers chapters on Essential Equipment, Cutting Out, Machine Know-How and Sewing Basics. The book also covers basic appliqué & embroidery methods as well as choosing your fabrics.

The second section is the projects with a wide variety of projects all with reasonably good instructions. All of the projects have a comprehensive materials list and a cutting out directions. Each project also starts with a skill level, ranging from those aimed a the novice (level 1) such as the dainty Rose Linen pillowcase and the cute appliqué Bunny Blanket, through to those more advance stitches (level 3) such as the Boudoir Cushion which uses the traditional `cathedral Window' technique or the Crazy Patch Cushion, which non-surprisingly uses the long-established crazy patchwork method. There does appear to be a big focus on bags in this book, as well as several ideas for cushions and pillowcases, however there is a variety of other projects, including a dog bed and a toddler's toy ball!

If you love the Cath Kidston aesthetic and want a basic introduction to patchwork/appliqué then this book will leave you inspired to have a go yourself and get using those fabrics, scraps and linens you have lying around.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory


Star Felties: 8 cute Characters to Stitch and Stick (Feltie Friends)
Star Felties: 8 cute Characters to Stitch and Stick (Feltie Friends)
by Sarah Skeate
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.06

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute & a great intro to sewing for kids, 12 Aug 2012
The second feltie book by Sarah Skeate features more of her ultra cute soft-toy designs. Star Felties also contains 8 cute characters to stick and stitch such as Flubble, Ziggy, Squiboo and the rest of the Star Feltie friends. These adorable little aliens need minimal stitching as again any extra features can be simply glued on.

This book follows the same structure as the first. With basic sewing skills being clearly explained and clear illustrations for each step, again making it ideal for children wanting to learn to sew. These little star felties also have their cute characteristics listed, such as the fact that Flubble likes to eat squiggleweed! This book also includes enough felt, thread and buttons to make the `Flubble' feltie and I have a feeling that once you start with the cuteness, you won't be able to stop! I found this book to be very enjoyable, fun and make me smile lots whilst reading it.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.


Forest Felties: 8 Cute Characters to Stitch and Stick (Feltie Friends)
Forest Felties: 8 Cute Characters to Stitch and Stick (Feltie Friends)
by Sarah Skeate
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book, great to introduce kids to sewing, 12 Aug 2012
Forest Felties contains 8 cute characters to stick and stitch such as Twitwoo, Bod, Tiny Leaf Minch and the rest of the Forest Feltie friends. These super cute little forest creatures need only a little sewing as any extra features can be simply glued on. Basic sewing skills are clearly explained at the start of the book with fully illustrated steps showing how to make each character.

This makes the book ideal for those wanting to teach children to sew and help them create their first items. The book starts with an opportunity to meet the forest felties and gives the characteristics of each character including their like and dislikes making them even cuter! The book includes enough felt, thread and buttons to make the `Tiny Leaf Minch' and most likely to get hooked on making these adorable little creatures. This is a fun & enjoyable book, which will have you smiling immediately and wanting to get started on making your own family of forest felties.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.


Fabric Flowers (Twenty to Make)
Fabric Flowers (Twenty to Make)
by Kate Haxell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 12 Aug 2012
The latest book from the `Twenty to Make' series is all about fabric flowers (obviously from the title) and is chockablock full of stunning fabric flower images to inspire you, with each design having a main image and a second idea. Would have been nice to have an image with one or two of the steps, but not essential as most of the flowers are easy to create and the instructions are well written and easy to follow.

The book starts with ideas of what to do with your fabric flowers such as hairclips, curtain tieback or attached to shoe clips to make the most of ballet flats. The follows ion with information regarding findings and the basic stitches required. There are a wide variety of flowers in this little book, starting from something as quick and simple as the `Simple Flower' through to the still easy but more time consuming `Patterned daisy' seen on the cover. A wide variety of fabrics are used and therefore very different flowers can be created.

This lovely little book is good value at an RRP of just £4.99 and great for all skill levels.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory


DIY Couture: Create Your Own Fashion Collection
DIY Couture: Create Your Own Fashion Collection
by Rosie Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.57

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creative and love the fact that there's no pattern cutting!, 12 Aug 2012
This book consists of 10 stylish, easy to make items of clothing that can be continuously reinvented using different fabric, textures and colours to create a wide variety of unique garments. The book is crammed full of great illustration & photo based instructions, which is great for those like me who work better with visual directions. I love one of the key messages of the book "don't worry too much about the details" meaning that you don't have to be a perfectionist to make great unique items of clothing. This is sewing the DIY way.

I've studied `proper' pattern cutting and hated it, too much maths, fuss and fiddling! So was a tad nervous when I saw the big yellow `No Patterns Needed' sticker on the front. However, I'm very pleased to say that this book involved no pattern cutting, just garments you already own being used as templates. As you make our own patterns it means that every size and shape can be catered for this book.

I love the fact that the 10 garments are each made as part of 8 different collections, each giving them a different look showing just how versatile they are. These cover everything from a simple straight skirt and waistcoat through to the more complex hoody and romper suit. Looking forward to giving the cloak a go myself with some lovely Welsh wool I have in my stash.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.


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