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Makery: Over 30 Projects for the Home, to Wear and to Give
Makery: Over 30 Projects for the Home, to Wear and to Give
by Kate Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea's but.., 8 Mar. 2014
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I live locally to the Makery Emporium workshop/shop, which is a really sweet crafty shop with some lovely things and materials (if a bit over priced) so I was really looking forward to getting this book written by the owner. However, although being an attractive, nicely illustrated book, it seems like they have focused more on it looking good than the actual projects themselves and the instructions.

Other reviews say the book is only good for beginners, and i would agree that they are mostly quite simple projects, which is fine if thats what you want. I am a knitter and do general other crafty things so found these projects fine, but i have also found, as a novice sewer, that the instructions are not very good. I have been attempting to make one of the sewing projects - iPad case - and I have found that there are not enough diagrams and the instructions themselves are at times actually incorrect or just very unclear. There are mistakes such as instructing you to hem the short end of a fabric piece when it should be the long end, and general sloppiness such as in one part stating the width x length and in another length x width, just to confuse you, and not mentioning the fact that if you use a patterned fabric in this project, on one side it will be upside down due to the way its constructed (conveniently hidden in the picture that only shows you one side of the finished item). these small details are fairly important when you are a beginner and as thats who this book appears to be aimed at, I would have preferred more accurate, helpful instructions and diagrams, instead of the whole page of completely unnecessary random arty pictures of materials next to every project.

Bit of a shame, as if this book had been checked and edited properly and focussed a bit more on being useable, it would have been a really nice product as there are some really nice little ideas (and some random pointless ones like an oil cloth lunch bag made to look like a paper one, and a knitted 'cup cuff'..). Still worth getting if you're prepared to double check instructions and make amendments or just use for general ideas.

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