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Nice ideas - terrible instructions and serious inconsistencies
on 24 January 2012
This is a beautifully presented book: the photographs and discussions regarding styling and handbag generalities are superb.
However, there are some major problems. The projects, which are nicely illustrated using plain white canvas examples, have instructions which simply do not apply to the finished products. The plan sheets are not to scale and do not match the instructions. The instructions to enlarge these sheets by 200% are wrong, resulting in plans far too small - no worry here though as the plans are incorrect anyway.
I have been making bags of all sorts for years and consider myself reasonably good at interpreting instructions - not so here. Steps are omitted, terminology changes mid-project, descriptions on the plans bear no relation to the components in the instructions. Using the photographs as inspiration I have created my own plans and invented my own instructions, hindered, not helped by the book. In that sense the book has been a very successful education aid, forcing me to stretch all my skills to overcome the inaccurate, inadequate and misleading information.
I understand the publishers of worthy cookery books insist on all the recipes being tested before publication - I think this step must have been left out for Handbag Designers 101.
Good for inspiration, bad for hands-on projects.