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Cath Kidston: The Collection (Sew! Stitch! and Patch!)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This is a nicely presented set of three Cath Kidston paperbacks and the material needed to make a shoulder bag (apart from thread). The slip case is not at all flimsy and should stand up to reasonable wear and tear as it is made of thick cardboard.

STITCH!

The book is about needlepoint and cross stitch and includes brief instructions with cleat diagrams if the reader is not familiar with the stitches used. Then there are thirty projects for which instructions are included. The diagrams are clear and easy to follow and not all the projects are flowers. Union Jacks and flowers might not be an obvious choice of patterns to go together but the cushion which uses these two together seems to work quite well. There are some eye catching Bargello patterns and while I don't always like the colour schemes there is nothing to stop readers choosing their own colours.

Each project is graded according to the skill level required and `ingredients' are clearly set out. Often there is an extra tip at the bottom of the page. The book contains a glossary, lists of useful addresses and a conversion chart if you want to use a different make of thread or wool. There are detailed finishing off instructions for all the projects as well as general instructions at the beginning of the book.

PATCH!

Covering patchwork techniques for both hand and machine sewing this is a useful book. There is plenty of information for the beginner covering materials, threads, templates and some basic embroidery stitches. Then there are projects ranging from very simple to more complex.

The projects include shoulder and messenger bags, cushions and pillow cases, table clothes and bed linen as well as children's toys and pin cushions. Anyone who is hoping for a full size patchwork quilt project will be disappointed but it would be possible to design and make your own after learning techniques described in this book. There is a collection of patterns for templates at the end of the book as well as lists of useful addresses.

SEW!

There are useful sections at the front of the book about sewing techniques, essential equipment and sewing machines as well as instructions for stitching hems, seams ties and fastenings. The forty plus projects range from simple to more complex and all are described in simple language with easy to follow diagrams.

The projects include all types of bags, cushions in all sizes, spectacle and iPod cases as well as mobiles and aprons for adults and children. Once again if you didn't like the colour schemes provided it would be easy to substitute your own choice of materials. There is a list of addresses at the end of the book and a collection of templates for the applique designs.

Overall this is a useful collection for someone who is perhaps just starting out on handicrafts and who likes the Cath Kidston style. It would make a welcome Christmas or birthday present especially as it includes the project materials.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 26 November 2012
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Cath Kidston "The Collection" is just an excellent resource for both beginners and more experienced crafters.
The attractive and sturdy slipcase contains three books, Sew, Stitch and Patch which have beautiful pictures and clear instructions to enable the most inexperienced crafter to be able to produce the most wonderful Cath Kidstonesque works of art. In addition to the books is a free, easy to follow pattern complete with all materials required to make a shoulder bag, just the thing to start you off on your crafting adventure.

There are hints and tips along the way and each project is graded with a skill level to give the user an indication as to how difficult the item will be to complete. We are gently guided through the processes from pin cushion to quilting in easy to read and understand instructions and pictures to enable us to complete our chosen project.

There are a number of very useful templates at the back of the books related to the various projects together with very useful addresses with regard to shops which may be of interest, sewing and patchwork classes and sources for hunting down beautiful fabrics and haberdashery, it's just wonderful!

There is clearly something for everyone contained within this beautiful collection and even if it remains on a coffee table as a means of inspiration I would recommend this resource to anyone who loves creating or the thought of creating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 25 November 2012
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Three very nicely presented books plus a folder containing cotton fabric in a classic Cath Kidson style. The material is quite thin, so the bag won't be substantial. However, it comes with a blueprint sheet for cutting all the projects in the sew! book, and is a gentle introduction to get you started. Once you've done the bag, you'll feel confident to go out and get some material for the other projects.

The three books are sew!, stich! and patch! No idea about the exclamation marks. Sew! has lots of easy sewing projects - a sewing machine is recommended, but nothing to stop you hand-stitching if you have the time. Patching! is about throws, covers, cushions etc. Stitch! is about cross-stitch and needlepoint.

An excellent present for anyone who likes sewing or wants to get started.

Note the three books have been previously published individually.

The layout, photography and instructions are excellent and encouraging.

It would suit anyone interested in these handicrafts, from 12 to retired.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Currently at a bargainous £12.00, this set is worth it for the exclusive free gift alone- everything you need to make a Cath Kidston shoulder bag in (my favourite) 'Summer Blossom' print. The little pack contains ready cut fabric pieces, a sew-in Cath KIdston label, buttons and the paper pattern. I can't wait to get started!

I already owned the Cath Kidston 'Sew!' book and have competed a couple of the projects - the peg bag and bird shaped lavender bag. I did A-level textiles 16 years ago but haven't done anything since. I found the instructions easy to follow and the tutorials very helpful. I'm really pleased with the results.

'Patch!' (30 simple patchwork-inspired projects) and 'Stitch' (needlepoint and cross stitch projects) look equally easy to use and helpful. I will update this review when I've tried a couple of projects out.

Whilst sent this to review, I have since bought an additional two sets to give as gifts.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2013
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As a huge Cath Kidston fan and the recent owner of a sewing machine, I was really pleased at the thought that these books - Sew, Patch, Stitch - would offer me the chance to recreate some of my favourite designs and Cath Kidston items.

Each book has a clear explanation at the beginning, which takes you through key equipment and key techniques, with useful diagrams so that you can picture what is meant.

All three books are filled with full colour photographs of the end products, which is useful and inspiring, as you can see what it is that you are aiming to make. Each design also includes information on skill level and a list of equipment needed, along with clear step by step instructions.

I have had a go at several of the sewing projects and found the instructions relatively easy to follow, once I referred back to the explanations and diagrams at the beginning of the books.

The gift set also comes with pre-cut material, buttons and a `Cath Kidston' label to get you started with making your own shoulder bag, which would make a lovely present for someone who enjoys sewing/making things.

The only downside, however, would be that although the kit says it includes "Everything you need to make a specially designed Cath Kidston shoulder bag", it doesn't include basics, such as pins, needles and thread and does rely on you having access to a sewing machine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2012
Being a lover of all things kidston, this arrived with great anticipation. I have no real sewing experience, but caths fabric designs just have me inspired to have a go, and really like the different skill levels, enabling me to start off easy. The book and instructions are presented well, the proof will be in the making, so may well come back to review again in the future
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VINE VOICEon 20 March 2013
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I think the word that I have already used in the title of this review is a great way to describe this collection and that word is 'classy'. Cath Kidston has built up a reputation for stylish and quirky products and these books give people the ideas and inspiration to create their very own products with a typical Cath Kidston flare. Included within the kit is the material to make a shoulder bag, but there are many more ideas within the kit than simply the shoulder bag (although admittedly that is a good start)

Overall I cannot fault this well-presented collection and it would make a fantastic gift for any fans of Cath Kidston and who have a creative streak!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2012
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Suffering from a rush of blood to the head have recently been trying to up the game when it comes to crafts.

A couple of months of trying to knit has lead to major lumpy grey small bits of knit vomit.

All this is about to change as I am seriously going to impress people with my new found expertise.

A huge saving on buying the books individually.

Beautifully presented these would make an excellent gift and there is even a bag project..... may put that in daughters stocking. ....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 20 January 2013
As a Kidston fan, and a craft fan this was a real treasure trove. Packed with lots of lovely ideas there is something to suit every taste. Not everything in the is what I would call useful, but the instructions are clear and there are templates to photocopy and enlarge to the right size which I find very useful! I have made a couple of bags, one large one and one small, and also done some appliqué projects. As a quilter, I also have made a small make up bag. I haven't had time to tackle some of the larger projects yet and that will be my next challenge!

This would make a wonderful gift for a craft mad friend. As a bonus it came with fabric to make one of the projects as a free gift which was nice!

Happy Days!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 February 2013
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This is a lovely item, just the thing for a pleasing present for a crafty young person. The three books and bag project, bound in a stylish patent slipcase make a substantial and interesting parcel. Instructions are blissfully clear without being patronising, and there are hours of projects to engage busy younger and older fingers. The pattern provided makes a stylish bag, and is a rewarding project without being too challenging initially.

I do feel that the parents rising this craft project the younger people would need to be fairly adept at signing, but as a whole this is an item which would make an excellent introduction to any youngster stimulated by the craft Renaissance. The Kidson brand comes up trumps once again.
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