on 18 November 2005
I was thrilled to learn that Cath Kidston was bringing out a new book, having been so disappointed buying "vintage tips" and finding out it was a recycling of her first book,"vintage style", I was hoping for something completely different from her.
The books' layout is lovely with vintage prints forming the background to the easy to read text which tells you how use scraps and pieces of printed fabric for projects around the home...even how to make some of Caths' latest offerings for sale in her shop. The back section is particulary good in that it explains where to look for all these fantastic vintage fabrics and gives you sewing tips and full instructions to make the items featured.
Although the book is visually stunning, (Pia Tryde takes gorgeous photos of Caths' home) some of the photos have been used before in her other books or catalogues which is a little disappointing.
This is a lovely Cath Kidston "coffee table" book which would make a great Christmas present for a follower of her distinct style!
on 11 April 2007
This book was given to me as a gift for Christmas. It's a beatiful book to look at and if like me, you have a love of fabric, print or texture, then this book can't fail to visually inspire.
There's no doubt that Cath Kidston has a real eye for a very specific "english country rose" sort of style, put together with a contemporary eye. She also has some nice ideas for using fabrics in the home. If I were to identify a slight negative, it would be that there are no actual patterns if you fancied making her lovely apron for instance, but if you are looking for ideas or inspiration, then this book can't fail to delight.