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Stitch, Cloth, Shimmer & Shine
Stitch, Cloth, Shimmer & Shine
by Sarah Lawrence
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some brilliant creative ideas, 14 May 2012
This book is full of inspiration for mixed media artists. It covers many different techniques including free machining, fabric painting, gilding, using mica, stitching, embossing and stamping amongst others. There are step by step instructions and photos to guide you through each process. At the end of each chapter there are then images showing you how you can take the technique further and integrate into your designs.

This book is designed to inspire you and give you the skills you need to create your own designs rather than give full projects. Although at the end of the book you will find some of the author's own beautiful makes with details of how she made them. If you are looking to learn new mixed media techniques this book is ideal.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.


Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters
Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters
by Brioni Greenberg
Edition: Paperback

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Guide for Quilters, 13 May 2012
This book is written by the editors of popular quilting e-zine Fat Quarterly. The colourful modern style of the magazine carries over perfectly to this book which teaches you how to incorporate different shapes into your quilt design.

The book is split into 6 chapters, each one focusing on a different shape: Squares & rectangles, circles, triangles, stars, polygons and diamonds. Each chapter features 10 different blocks made up in eye-catching designer fabrics plus a project and a full size quilt using the blocks. A range of different techniques are covered in the book including appliqué, English Paper Piecing, foundation piecing and fussy cutting.

The instructions are easy to follow, and there is a section on quilting basics at the back of the book to help you. You will also find colourful photos and diagrams throughout the book and templates at the end of the book. Personally I love the use of stunning colourful fabrics throughout the book. It would be hard not to be inspired and full of ideas after reading this book.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


Mend It Better
Mend It Better
by M., Kristin Roach
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant guide to mending your clothes, 8 April 2012
This review is from: Mend It Better (Hardcover)
This book is a useful guide to repairing your clothing and getting extra wear from your garments. Often just darning a hole, or replacing a zip will mean you get months or even years of extra wear out of your clothes. If you've ever wondered quite how to do it then this is the book for you.

The book starts with some simple tips and things to consider before fixing, followed by a guide to the equipment you'll need. The other chapters cover patches, pockets, hems, darning, fasteners & closures, zippers and decorative touches.

This is a bright colourful book with easy to follow instructions, colourful diagrams and pretty photographs throughout. There are also projects in the book for revamping or upcycling your clothing. An ideal guide for any fans of the make do and mend ethos.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


Digital Imagery on Fabric: Creative Uses for Your Digital Images
Digital Imagery on Fabric: Creative Uses for Your Digital Images
by Ruth Brown
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive guide, 8 April 2012
This book combines 2 of my favourite things - computers and fabrics. In this comprehensive guide Ruth talks you through the equipment you need to print your images onto fabric, the techniques you can use and how to incorporate the resulting fabrics into your designs. She covers not only the printing side of things but she gives tips on photography and detailed advice on how to use computer software to manipulate your image before printing.

The contents of the book are broken down into the following chapters: types of printers, direct printing, image transfer, using digital negatives & positives and image manipulation. There are a range of different printing techniques covered in detail in this book as well as beautiful fabric examples illustrating the book throughout.


101 Fabric-by-Fabric Ways to Sew a Metre
101 Fabric-by-Fabric Ways to Sew a Metre
by Rebecca Yaker
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £19.98

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money - lots of great projects, 8 April 2012
This book is the follow up from popular project book 101 Ways to Sew a Metre. The projects are split into chapters based upon fabric type including lightweight cottons, quilting weight cottons, home decor fabrics, flannel, woven pile fabrics, coated fabrics, fleece, knits and wool.

The book starts with a guide to fabric fundamentals, what needles and machine feet to use with the different fabrics, how to wash them, any special equipment you need to work with them etc. Each chapter gives you an introduction to the fabric type and how to best work with it before going into the projects.

The projects are each spread over several pages with detailed instructions, including cutting instructions, colourful diagrams and a photo of the finished design. They include garments (for adults and children), bags, cushions and household storage solutions. This book is very good value for money, over 400 pages, 101 projects plus 9 full size pattern sheets all for under £20. A great book for helping you use up the various fabrics in your stash.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


Making Cushion Covers
Making Cushion Covers
by Debbie Shore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for beginners, 10 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Making Cushion Covers (Paperback)
Making cushion covers are a great way of revamping your home, and they are a good project for learner sewists to start with. This book features 26 designs of varying complexity and incorporating different techniques such as piping, ruffles, appliqué, shirring & patchwork. I think this book would be ideal if you wanted to learn/practice new techniques.

The introduction section covers equipment, trimmings, different stitches and how to fit a zip. The projects themselves have step by steps instructions with photos for almost every stage too, ideal for people like me who like a visual guide.

My one criticism of this book is that the lighting is pretty dark in some of the photos, making some of them are quite dark & gloomy and not showing the cushions off as well as they could. It's the one thing which brings down an otherwise good project book.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.


Linen and Lace: Simple-to-Sew Homestyle Projects Using New and Vintage Fabrics
Linen and Lace: Simple-to-Sew Homestyle Projects Using New and Vintage Fabrics
by Chantal Sabatier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless designs, 10 Mar. 2012
This book comprises of 24 projects made using linen and lace. These beautiful projects have a timeless/vintage feel about them and would make great gifts for recipients of all ages, or of course to keep for yourself. The projects are divided into 4 sections: at home, for yourself, celebrations and little gifts.

I find it amazing how such delicate, muted colours can have such a stunning effect, I particularly loved the bags & the star cushion from the front cover. Each project comes with several pages of instructions, images & diagrams as well as useful tips scattered throughout.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


Flower Power Patchwork
Flower Power Patchwork
by Anne-Pia Godske Rasmussen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A colourful book, 10 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Flower Power Patchwork (Hardcover)
This book has over 25 bright and cheerful projects either incorporating floral designs, or using floral fabrics alongside traditional patchwork & quilting techniques. There is a great range of projects from bags, cushions and quilts to pin cushions, notebook covers and a pencil case, there should be something for everyone to make.

I love the bright and colourful prints that have been used on the projects and they have used colourful diagrams which match perfectly and make this a very cheerful book of fun projects. The projects have step by step instructions, a materials list and lots of useful diagrams as well as templates at the back of the book and a techniques section at the front.


Minxy Vintage
Minxy Vintage
by Kelly Doust
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.28

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for those who love vintage clothing, 10 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Minxy Vintage (Hardcover)
As is typical with books from Murdoch books this is a stunningly beautiful book with very high quality photography throughout. The author starts off by introducing you to vintage clothing and giving advice on how to find vintage gold amongst the junk. The first section is dedicated to crafty repairs, and gives you tips on how to revamp or refresh vintage clothes in general.

The book then breaks down into chapters based on garment type and gives specific advice on how to customise or restore that item of clothing so that it will look great on you. Chapters include frocks, bridal wear & accessories, jackets & coats, tops & blouses, skirts, knits, accessories and sleepwear.

Each chapter shows you several different versions of the item of clothing and various ways in which you can customise or repair it as well as giving the history to clothing from various eras. This book is a must for anyone who loves vintage style.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


Craft Business Heroes - 30 Creative Entrepreneurs Share the Secrets of Their Success
Craft Business Heroes - 30 Creative Entrepreneurs Share the Secrets of Their Success
by Alison McNicol
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stories and useful business tips, 17 Feb. 2012
This book is a companion to the Craft Business Handbook. At the end of the Handbook you will find a few interviews with popular crafts people, Alison interviewed several people for the book and decided that the interviews were so useful they merited a book of their own.

There are 30 interviews in this book and they are split down by section of the craft industry: Jewellery, Paper Goods, Homewares, Sewing and Fashion/Accessories. The interviews tell you about each business, how it came about, what lessons the crafts people have learnt along the way and sharing their top tips for business success. Some of the businesses featured are from the UK and some from the US.

The interview questions cover areas such as trade shows, selling direct v selling wholesale, managing the finances, business expansion, what advice they can pass onto others. It might be tempting to skip straight to the businesses in your section of the industry but there is a lot to be learnt from the other interviews too. Some of the interviews are followed with a useful top 10 tips list.

This book makes a great companion to the handbook, you can't fail to be inspired by some of the stories in there and you can pick up many useful tips.


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