The Home-Sewn Home: 50 projects for curtains, shades, pillows, cushions, and more Paperback – 11 Oct 2012
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About the Author
Vanessa Arbuthnott started her own fabric design business ten years ago and was soon featured in Country Living and the Saturday Telegraph. She has never looked back and her enthusiasm for designing fabric is as strong as ever. This is her first book. Vanessa is based in Gloucestershire.
Gail Abbott is a home stylist and writer whose work regularly appears in interiors magazines such as The World of Interiors, Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home. She is the author of nine books, including Shoestring Chic, Living with Light, Decorating with Blue and White, Living with White, and The Newly-Wed’s Guide to Setting up Home, all published by CICO Books. Gail is based in Cambridge.
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Top Customer Reviews
The level of skill required varies, but I would say it's suitable for those who've already done a bit of sewing and are ready to improve their level of competence, or the bright and resourceful who are happy to learn. Some projects, such as the home-made ironing board cover in the fabric of your choice, are so blindingly obvious that I am appalled I never thought of it for myself - however, it is just because we often DON'T think of these things for ourselves, that we need a book like this.
If you are an absolute novice, you may find some of the instructions more opaque than you would like. The author also has a website with more images and illustrations, which I'm sure some readers will find helpful. If you're an experienced needleperson, you'll welcome the ideas, the hints for doing things which may have thought of but not quite been able to work out, and the fresh way of presenting stuff which has featured in a thousand vintage sewing books but without this level of contemporary pzazz.
For really clear diagrams and tips on many of the basic skills featured, you couldn't do better than invest in a copy of The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing
Filled with projects that are easy to replicate even for a novice like me, you will soon find yourself enthused to carry out more and more home-based projects and relish in your achievements.
Gorgeous photographs run through this book and my friend has already absconded with it, so it must be good as she's no crafter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
lovely book. Lots of ideas. Bright pictures and easy to follow instructions. Someone will limited skill would be able to like this as a gift.Published on 25 April 2014 by A M BARRY
This is a beautiful written and illustrated book - I want to make everything in it and the materials are really stunning.
Can't wait to get started!!!
I gave this book a high rating as its a great book. Full of easy to follow projects for the home.Published on 1 April 2014 by Jayne Hendy