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The King's Daughter (Thornleigh Book 2)
The King's Daughter (Thornleigh Book 2)
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this series, 20 Oct. 2014
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This is the second of the Thornleigh series and I am totally hooked. I have to admit when I read the first I had never heard of the author and was unsure of what to expect. But they are a great mix of history and thrillers with a gripping pace and very realistic characters that you grow quite attached to as the saga goes on.

Unlike many other Tudor era books these do not focus on the royal family but on people around the royal family who are engaged in the many plots and intrigues of the era. I find this approach quite refreshing firstly because there are already numerous books which cover the stories of the Tudor royal family and the key players at that time so it's nice to have something different. Secondly, because it gives the reader an idea of what Tudor life was like for those living outside of the court, something I haven't really read much about. I've just ordered the rest of the books in the series and can't wait to read them.


Quilt Color Workshop: Creative Color Combinations for Quilters
Quilt Color Workshop: Creative Color Combinations for Quilters
Price: £8.54

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will help you experiment with colour, 7 July 2014
The editors of Fat Quarterly e-zine have clubbed together for their second quilting book. This book is a guide to understanding colour and how to use in in your projects. The first section introduces you to the colour wheel and talks you through using it to decide on colour combinations which will work perfectly for your quilts.

The rest of the book consists of projects showcasing the colour theories, in section divided by colour. The projects include full size quilts, table runners, a cushion, a bag, and a sewing machine cover. Some of the blocks used are made up in several different colour combinations to encourage you to experiment with different colour schemes.

There is a techniques section at the back of the book, as well as full size templates for all the projects. The projects themselves have written instructions plus a combination of diagrams and photos to guide you. If you want to get more experimental with the colours you use in your sewing or quilting projects this book will help guide you.


Complete Dressmaking Skills: Online Video Book Guides
Complete Dressmaking Skills: Online Video Book Guides
by Lorna Knight
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful dressmaking guide, 7 July 2014
This book is a really in depth reference guide covering everything you could want to know about dressmaking, aided by step by step photos of all the techniques. As well as giving advice on tools, fabrics and the common dressmaking techniques such as zips, seams, hems, pockets, tucks, collars, sleeves etc it also goes a step further than most dressmaking guides and has a section on couture techniques, and one on customising clothes as well.

There’s a good index in the back so you can go straight to the technique you need, plus a troubleshooting guide in the last chapter. Furthermore there is also a section on working with patterns including altering patterns or making your own. The book is supported by several online videos as well.

I think this book would make a great addition to your sewing library, I will certainly be keeping my copy close to hand!


Elementary Sewing Skills from Merchant & Mills
Elementary Sewing Skills from Merchant & Mills
by Merchant & Mills
Edition: Flexibound
Price: £11.43

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow on from their first book., 3 July 2014
This is a little handbag sized reference guide to the most common sewing skills needed to construct garments. I spoke to the author, Carolyn Denham, and she said she wanted to tackle the most basic skills you need to sew clothing. Instead of showing you 10 different ways to do a seam she will show you the most used. So that rather than overwhelming the reader with information she is giving the simplest solutions to common sewing tasks.

The skills tackle the making of a garment from start to finish, from understanding the pattern to doing the finishing touches like adding buttons. Despite the small size of the book (around A5) it has large colour photos and big diagrams to explain the methods covered. It is not like some smaller books where the information feels crammed in and is barely legible.

A great follow on from their first book, ideal for beginner stitchers.


Little One-Yard Wonders
Little One-Yard Wonders
by Patricia Hoskins
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £21.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great projects to sew for children and their parents, 3 July 2014
This book is part of the 101 projects series and has projects to make for children, babies and for parents. There are a huge amount of ideas in this book from kid’s clothing projects (for boys and girls), to soft toys, several different types of bags, some for the children and some for the parents and useful things like baby sleep sacks, car organisers, toy storage etc.

The book is spiral bound so it’s easy to keep open on the page you want, plus there’s a huge pack of pattern sheets in the front for the projects. Each project is spread over a few pages with cutting instructions, step by step sewing instructions, diagrams and photos to guide you. There is also a guide to the techniques at the front of the book, and a few more in the glossary at the end.

I also like the section at the back that tells you about all the contributors and their blogs/sites so you can find out more about them and see other projects or tutorials they have written.


Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
by Tilly Walnes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for beginners, 8 May 2014
Those of you who are a fan of the Tilly & The Buttons blog will have a good idea of what to expect from this book. It is stylish and cheerful with lovely photos and useful information for beginner dressmakers just like her blog. Unlike most books instead of devoting the first half of the book to techniques it goes straight into the projects so you learn as you sew. You start with simple projects like making a head scarf or an A line skirt and Tilly teaches you different dressmaking techniques as and when you need them in the projects. It means rather than concentrating on theory you go straight into the practical and have something to show for what you have been learning, instead of just written notes.

There are 7 projects in the book – a head scarf, pyjama trousers, a couple of skirts, a couple of dresses and a blouse. However there are 3 variations of each patterns so you can make several different looks.

There are also useful tips, and sewing lifestyle type posts throughout the book giving advice on things like how to act in a fabric shop, sewing socially, fitting sewing into a busy life and choosing fabrics. I think many people new to dressmaking will be inspired by this book.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory website.


Pattern Cutting for Kids' Clothes
Pattern Cutting for Kids' Clothes
by Carla Hegeman Crim
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start creating your own children's clothing, 26 April 2014
This book aims to help people design sewing patterns for children’s clothes, or to customise or alter kids patterns. The book starts with a guide to taking accurate measurements and to the basic blocks you’ll need to use (which you can download and print – no scaling needed) and how to alter the blocks should you need to.

It then covers several different garments to make, split by garment type. It explains how to use the blocks to draft the pattern and how to customise the garment by adding things like sleeves, pockets, collars etc so you can make a unique garment. It has colour step by step diagrams, written instructions plus a photos of the finished garment.

If you want to start designing your own patterns for kids this book will give you a helping hand.


Mend & Make Fabulous
Mend & Make Fabulous
by Denise Wild
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book to help you get more out of your wardrobe, 26 April 2014
This review is from: Mend & Make Fabulous (Paperback)
This on trend book will help you make your wardrobe last longer, or to jazz up any thrifting bargains. It covers each kind of repair that could be need to your clothes, showing different variations, or how to do it on different fabrics. Then after showing you how to mend it tells you how to take it one step further, how to upcycle it or revamp it to make it even better than before.

The repairs covered include fixing tears/holes in fabric, repairing problems with seams or hems, fixing or replacing fastenings, changing the colour of a garment and dealing with strap problems. The book is full of bright close up photos showing you every little detail of the techniques making it easy to follow.

I think it would make a useful addition to any stitchers library. We are all sure to need at least one or two of techniques at some point.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.


25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks: Vol. 2 (That Patchwork Place)
25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks: Vol. 2 (That Patchwork Place)
by Katy Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 great blocks to make, 26 April 2014
Second in a series from Katy this book shows you how to sew 25 different quilt blocks. These blocks will teach you how to use templates, how to do machine applique and how to cut and piece simple shapes like squares and triangles. There is a brief guide to the basics techniques at the front of the book but there is a more extensive guide available to download from the publisher’s website.

Each block has a full A4 page showing you how to cut and piece the block. There are written instructions accompanied by colour diagrams which are easy to follow. There are full size templates in the book (always a plus), and a few projects at the back to show you how you could use the blocks you’ve made. The projects include 2 quilts, a drawstring bag and an apron.


Quilting with a Modern Slant
Quilting with a Modern Slant
by Rachel May
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 26 April 2014
I don’t quite know where to start when describing this book. It’s unlike any I’ve seen and is a big mix of many things. The author has featured 70 well know designers and quilters in the book, profiling some, featuring techniques and advice from others and featuring full quit projects from others. So basically you will learn lots about modern quilting, from the experts from inspiration through to practical techniques.

It is more than just a book telling you how to make quilts, it gives you history, inspiration, advice. You will recognise many of the names of the contributors – Aneela Hoey, Anna Maria Horner, Valori Wells, Thomas Knauer, David Butler, Kaffe Fassett, John Q Adams, Katy Jones etc. It is like the who’s who of modern quilting! The advice doesn’t just stop at quilting either, there are tips on blogging, starting a business and opening a shop. I think you get a huge amount of information for the price, if you are interested in modern quilting you will love it.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.


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