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Cath Kidston Collection
on 26 November 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.