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Even as a man and a beginner, I can make some of these things!
on 16 December 2011
My wife and I decided to purchase this book a couple of months before Christmas. We had just invested in our first sewing machine and thought that this book might give us some ideas for decorative hand-made things to have about our house at Christmas time. Now as a man who has not sewn anything for near on 25 years, (apart from a pillow case I had to make at age 11 - part of my compulsory schooling in New Zealand!) nor actually touched a sewing machine in those years, I have been captured by the pleasure of creating crafts such as those presented in this book! The crafts are beautifully photographed. I have already made a couple of Christmas bags with applique outlines from this book and am going to venture into making a gingerbread man soon.
The only thing that I found tricky with this book is that as a beginner some of the instructions are ambiguous as it assumes that I ought to know certain things when I didn't really know at all what was being talked about. I would have preferred some numerical steps to follow when making my bags as some of the instructions are presented with a few things to do in one line and I had to slowly (but surely) unpack each step into about 3 or 4 steps at time! After breaking down the steps myself I was able to make my first couple of things.
A great book to start getting into the festive spirit. My wife and I will definitely be on the lookout for more of these type of books after Christmas.