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400 Art Deco Motifs
400 Art Deco Motifs
by Graham McCallum
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source of inspiration, 5 April 2011
This review is from: 400 Art Deco Motifs (Paperback)
This book is a great source for inspiration in textile work, and artwork alike. Whether you are looking for a quilting design, a border for a picture, a motif to incorporate into textile art or something to embroider onto clothing, bags, blankets etc you will find plenty in here.

The designs are all in black and white, so you can add your own colours to them. The motifs are sorted into categories which include flowers and plants, animals, birds and borders and patterns making it easy to find what you are looking for.
The book itself is quite thick and chunky so it would be difficult to photocopy of scan directly from the book. But they have thought of this and kindly included a cd rom at the back of the book with all the designs on. These motif books make a great addition to any sewist's or artist's library.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory


130 Little Quilt Blocks: To Mix and Match
130 Little Quilt Blocks: To Mix and Match
by Susan Briscoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful block dictionary, 4 April 2011
This book gives you instructions on how to cut out and make up 130 different small blocks which you can then incorporate into a variety of projects. The first part of the book is dedicated to tools and techniques covering subjects such as piecing, appliqué and quilting. It also gives you a few ideas as to the projects you can incorporate the blocks into.
The remainder of the book is a block dictionary, with the blocks divided into type including stars & pinwheels, Japanese odyssey, log cabin and country classics. You get a photo of each block, a cutting list and instructions on how to make up each block. There are also quilt designs and project ideas scattered throughout.

This book is a great inspiration for people looking to incorporate more patchwork into their designs.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory


Bunting (Twenty to Make)
Bunting (Twenty to Make)
by Kate Haxell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of simple projects, 4 April 2011
This book is part of the 20 To Make Series which are small books with 20 different projects on a common theme. I will admit I never thought there were 20 different types of bunting, but I was definitely proved wrong! Each of these projects are distinctly different from the other, some are seasonal such as Christmas bunting and Valentine's bunting and other use different materials and shapes to create a whole new look.

There is bunting for every occasion, as well as for every room of the house, from the very simple `Almost Instant Bunting' to the more complicated `snow Flake bunting'. Even I, who to be honest have never really seen the appeal of bunting, am very tempted to have a go at some of these projects! The author makes it look very easy with clear instructions and inspiring photos.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


The King's Secret Matter: (Tudor Saga)
The King's Secret Matter: (Tudor Saga)
by Jean Plaidy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Boleyn story told from an alternative perspective, 2 April 2011
This book covers the period when King Henry VIII loses interest in Katherine and becomes interested in Anne Boleyn. Unlike most books written about this period this book covers the story from the perspective of Queen Katherin, and that of Cardinal Wolsey too which I found really interesting.

All of the books i've read so far in this Tudor series have been very well written, and this is no exception. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I'd highly recommend this book as an alternative viewpoint to the Henry/Katherine/Anne love triangle.


Stitch with Love: 11 Simple Stitches and Over 20 Easy-to-Sew Projects
Stitch with Love: 11 Simple Stitches and Over 20 Easy-to-Sew Projects
by Mandy Shaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to make projects and gorgeous embroidery, 2 April 2011
This book is full of simple to make projects which are customised by stylish embroidery. The book starts off with an introduction to fabrics and threads and is then followed by a very useful stitch guide. The stitch guide has a photo to show you how the stitch looks when incorporated into a design, and then diagrams of how to do the stitch. There are diagrams for right handed sewists and for left handed sewists too.

The projects are fairly simple to make and would be ideal for beginners, it is the embroidery on them that makes them look so good. Projects include a sewing tidy, a pin cushion, cushions, aprons, bags and a blanket. Each project is spread over a few pages with a list of what you need to make the item, a step by step guide to making the item, and to embroidering it, a photo of the finished item and diagrams. You will also find a techniques guide and templates at the back of the book.
There are some fun projects in here, I particularly like the sewing tidy. The red and cream colour scheme used throughout the book gives the items a timeless feel. This book would be good for beginner sewists, or for more experienced sewists who are looking to learn to embroider.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


200 Braids to Loop, Knot, Weave & Twist
200 Braids to Loop, Knot, Weave & Twist
by Jacqui Carey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive guide to braids, 13 Mar. 2011
Braiding is an ideal technique to introduce texture, or a trimming to your textile work. The first half of this book covers the techniques needed to make the braids including knotting, looping, weaving and working with beads. There are written instructions and photographic guides to each technique.

The middle of the book has a braid and trim selector, showing photos of all the different variations shown in the latter half of the book and telling you which page number you will find them on. The second half of the book devotes two pages to each braid variation showing you 4 different ways of making it, with colour and material variations.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


The Witching Hour
The Witching Hour
by Anne Rice
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!, 13 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Witching Hour (Paperback)
This is my all time favourite book. The first Anne Rice book I ever read and I could not put it down at all! It's one of those books that you do not want to stop reading but equally never want it to end. It is so well written you are completly immersed into the book and feel like all the characters are real. I've enjoyed Anne Rice's Vampire chronicles but nothing beats this book, I would recommend it to everyone.


Peppa Pig: Bubbles  [Volume 6] [DVD]
Peppa Pig: Bubbles [Volume 6] [DVD]
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Price: £2.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment for toddelrs, 13 Mar. 2011
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Very good value for money and my 3 year old son loves it. It's relatively short (just under an hour) but keeps my son transfixed the whole time it is on. Ideal for any Peppa Pig fan.


Peppa Pig: Stars [Volume 9] [DVD] [2009]
Peppa Pig: Stars [Volume 9] [DVD] [2009]
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Price: £3.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 13 Mar. 2011
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Very good value for money and my 3 year old son loves it. It's relatively short (just under an hour) but keeps my son transfixed the whole time it is on. Ideal for any Peppa Pig fan.


Handbook of Quilting and Patchwork Stitches
Handbook of Quilting and Patchwork Stitches
by Nikki Tinkler
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful stitch guide, 13 Mar. 2011
This handy little book covers over 200 different stitches and designs for quilting. The start of the book covers essential equipment and techniques and then tells you about the different types of quilting (Sashiko, Trapunto, Italian...)
The rest of the book covers the different stitches; each stitch has a full page dedicated to it. There are photos of the front and rear of each stitch as well as diagrams and written instructions telling you how to create the stitch.

There is a useful stitch selector on pages 60-65 with a photo of each stitch and a page number underneath so you know where to look for the step to step instructions. This book is a useful reference guide for those looking to experiment with different stitches and good value for money.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


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