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This review is from: Creative Makers: Simple Sewing with Lola Nova (Hardcover)
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Although 'Lola Nova- Whatever Lola wants', as a blog, is new to me, Creative Makers Creative Makers: Simple Crochet: With 35 Vintage-Vibe Projects for Your Handmade Life as a sister to this, appear to be the beginning of a series. With so many to choose from, such a book as 'Simple Sewing' must really stand out, and happily it truly does.
I am experienced sewing machine user, since domestic science lessons forty five years ago ( I still have my workbook to hand, Miss Morse!) so I can bring a bit of an eye to the projects suggested. I am delighted to report that they all look a sensible use of time and fabric, and should please the recipient of quiet effort spent. Perhaps a large rag bag of fabric bits will be an early requirement, but most us accumulate such riches very quickly and easily.
With 'twenty five stylish step-by-step projects that celebrate your handmade life' to choose from, this cosy selection offers many tempting choices, each accessible and possible; at the same time sparking ideas for going off piste a little and creating even more pleasing and individual items. Many of her target audience may be new mothers, like Alexandra herself; nesting and nurturing, discovering the satisfaction of making a pretty item in the short and precious hours of peace between childcare demands. Charming snapshots and comfy chatter accompany the 'recipes', a confiding conversation ripples on throughout the book. Homely advice, sensible teaching, with handy resources and glossary at the end. Templates and explanations of procedures, all give just the right amount of encouraging, enabling info.
Tidily set out in sections - 'Boho', 'Natural', 'Vintage', 'Eclectic', and 'Whimsy'; with excellent clear photography to guide, this really is a helpful book. I was immediately attracted to the bags. Vagabond, Gathering, Lola Handbag, Vintage Laundry Bag, the Artist's Pouch. Also the felt covered Deer Diary, the Skipping Skirt and the Little Joy Dress. Plenty to keep me occupied; I began to see that many of these suggestions would be fun to make with a child alongside; there are more than a few that are quick to make, an afternoon's work at most.