- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 01 edition (17 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844009882
- ISBN-13: 978-1844009886
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.1 x 28 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Patch! Paperback – Illustrated, 17 Oct 2011
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Is a gorgeous standalone title on patchwork
--The Bookseller, July 8, 2011
About the Author
One of Britain s leading and most-loved designers, Cath Kidston is best known for her vintage-inspired homewares, clothing and accessories. Cath began her career as an interior designer before opening her first retail shop in London in 1993, where she sold vintage fabrics and antique furniture. Now with more than 40 stores and concessions in the UK, plus more in the Republic of Ireland, Japan and South Korea, Cath Kidston Ltd is now a presence on almost every high street. In 2010, Cath was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to business. To date, Cath has published four bestselling project books Make!, Sew!, Stitch! and Patch! that encompass a wide range of disciplines and finished items, from sewing and patchwork to cross-stitch and needlepoint. Alongside these books sit two complete kits packaged in a unique tin The Knitting Book and The Crochet Book are perfect for beginner knitters or crocheters and make ideal gifts. In 2012, she published a further two how-to books entitled Make Your Own Christmas Decorations and Sew Your Own Rag Doll. In addition to her books, Cath also has a very successful stationery line.
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Patchwork, the art of sewing together cut pieces of material to create a larger design, is become more popular again and can be done using pieces of fabric cut from old clothes, fabrics etc and can be used to decorate no end of projects.
As with all Cath Kidston books, this book begins with a great chapter entitled Basics. There is a page detailing essential equipment; what should be inside a work box, the essentials and the other bits and pieces which will make the job easier; two pages detail the basics for cutting out 'patches', with hints and tips for using templates, using rotary cutters and planing your patches. There is a page on using sewing machines for patchwork and also hand sewing basics with some great pictures accompanying the text. The rest of this section looks at traditional techniques, four of which are discussed in the book; hand applique and the use of embellishments on your designs. How to choose fabrics is discussed in this chapter along with instructions for hand embroidery stitches.
There are over 30 projects included in the book, with lots of photographs for inspiration all using Cath's gorgeous fabrics. The projects are for a range of abilities, some for the novice whereas others may need a higher level of experience to complete. There are a number of bags; tote, messanger, knitting and wash bags; cushions; bedcovers, including blankets, bedcovers; beanbag covers; pincushions; pictures and decorating clothes.Read more ›
The book is called Patch which implies patchwork, but this includes basic aplique methods also. If you are looking for a patchwork manual then this is not your book, and I would go you Jane Brocket's Gentle Art of Quilt making book. However most purchasers of this book are dye in the wool Cath Kidston fans and are adding to their collection which I have done. As usual lovely illustrations using some vintage fabrics, and the free kit included which consists of calico fabric and a selection of small CK fabrics to make a cushion of a shopper bag make this book a steal at £8.
The pack included with the book allows beginners like me to try out the techniques with no additional investment in costly materials. I found the instructions easy to follow and like how the kit can be used to make either a tote bag or a cushion.
There are 30 projects in total which cater for 3 different skill levels. A nice way for a beginner to progress through to some of the more difficult/advanced techniques.
Many of the projects are able to be made using scraps of fabrics, so maybe a more advanced patchworker could put it to great use in using up some of their stash offcuts.
The style of the book is very much the same as 'Sew' and 'stitch', with nice pictures but rather annoyingly white text on pastel coloured pages.
I am a relative newcomer to patchwork, and feel I could tackle all of the projects in the book. My criticism would be that there are too many patterns for tote bags! Also bear in mind this seems to be more for small projects, if you're planning on making a quilt for instance this won't help - there is nothing about wadding or binding etc.
However, there is just something about the Cath Kidston books I love, plus there are some good ideas, for example a tablecloth made from teatowels (although not sure how much patchwork skill that really takes...)