The twenty five projects in this book cover projects where you work, play, and live. They are not all sewn projects, but all involve fabrics in DewberThe twenty five projects in this book cover projects where you work, play, and live. They are not all sewn projects, but all involve fabrics in Dewberry's "eclectic modern style".
My first pass through the book left me indifferent. I think I was expecting something else, not that I knew what that was considering I am not familiar with Dewberry's work.
My second and third passes showed me additional levels of interplay between fabric and project, colour and texture. It is the little twists he includes that turn a traditional project, such as a sewn teddy bear, into a fun new piece -- the inclusion of a pocket for notes or an mp3 player (the book's example).
This book is geared toward the beginning sewer, there are tutorials and lists of stitches, supplies, and techniques. However, the step by step instructions are only written. There are nicely styled and clear photographs of the beautiful finished objects, but progress photos are non existent. There are layout diagrams on occasion, but I think the beginner sewer would become quickly frustrated by the projects in this book.
I found the projects provided me with a jolt of inspiration, but I don't think this title has earned a permanent spot on my bookshelf. It's nice to borrow from the library, but there really isn't any one thing compelling me to keep it. ...more
How does one review an encyclopedia? It took me a while to even want to borrow this book from the library because I thought it would be full of projecHow does one review an encyclopedia? It took me a while to even want to borrow this book from the library because I thought it would be full of projects and techniques I wouldn't ever do or want. I thought I would become very frustrated with the Martha Stewart Perfection-ness of it really quickly.
I'm not. This book jumped on my wish list within moments of my opening up my library-borrowed copy.
What's to love? Crystal clear photos & line drawings of techniques. Concise instructions and easy to follow tutorials.
A myriad array of projects and techniques including bags! handkerchiefs! sashiko! lots of accessories for home & you.
My only complaint is that while it's a nice sturdy hard back, the binding is not one that easily lays flat.
I know I'll be adding it to my bookshelf soon.. it's a good thing....more
I don't read Japanese, but have a soft spot for Japanese craft books. I've found that the diagrams are super clear and help me improve the details ofI don't read Japanese, but have a soft spot for Japanese craft books. I've found that the diagrams are super clear and help me improve the details of my sewing. This book is no exception and takes one through various techniques of hemming, pressing, and special machine feet (I bought it for the diagrams on machine rolled hems). I hope to sit with a Japanese friend soon and find out what a few parts say, I really wish goodreads had "half" stars because it's more than 4 stars, but slightly less than 5.. ...more
First: hardcover & spiral bound. Woo hoo! Second: The process from photograph to drawing to graph paper sketch to stitch and thread suggestions wasFirst: hardcover & spiral bound. Woo hoo! Second: The process from photograph to drawing to graph paper sketch to stitch and thread suggestions was remarkable. I felt a little disappointed by the actual samples of each flower but found overall this to be an inspiring and useful guide....more
What won me over to the pleadings of this text and give it a chance to fight for shelf space? The subtitle. 'Battery-Powered Crafts to Make and Sew'.What won me over to the pleadings of this text and give it a chance to fight for shelf space? The subtitle. 'Battery-Powered Crafts to Make and Sew'. A while ago, my husband and I collaborated on our first project (an amigurumi helicopter with an led and a rotor motor). Since then I've been wanting to do it again. While I don't need an electrical or computer engineer to successfully complete any of the projects in this book (disclaimer, I am a computer scientist) I wonder what will happen when I attempt to work on version two of anything I make. This book is a really good starting point for jumping off into the mashed world of electronics and fibre. The binding of this book also had me swooning and debating taking a table saw and drill press to my other books. I really like it when reference books (i.e. stitch dictionaries, pattern books, style guides and cookbooks) lay flat. One thing that caught my eye in the 'how to use this book' section a the start was an icon I'd not seen before -- but one I really like and appreciate. Sure, most crafters are familiar with the project difficulty scale, but this additional one was different-- a cost meter! It takes into account the extra notions (an LED, switch, or even some buttons) and how those could affect the cost of the project. I was a little frustrated that the switch basic 'tools, skills, and elements' are buried at the back, but think perhaps by presenting the projects first, it helps to reduce the 'it's scary' syndrome. What project will I make first? I'm not sure, many of them appeal to me, which is another benefit of the book. There are a range of projects and while one or two might be trendy or avant-garde, I really think there is something in here for everyone that will let you jump in and have fun....more
(3.5 stars) The 30 projects in this book are simple, different, and varied from accessories for the adult, the home, and of course the favourite of th(3.5 stars) The 30 projects in this book are simple, different, and varied from accessories for the adult, the home, and of course the favourite of the gift giving world, the child. Worrall uses a wide range of fabrics however I worry that if you live outside the NYC area (aka Garment District) you would have a difficult time procrastinating and making many of these projects. While the projects are easy, I do not think a beginning sewer would enjoy the layout of the book as basic techniques are glossed over.
That said, it is a Potter Craft book and the attention to layout detail is obvious and well thought out. My only complaint is that is a standard paper-back binding so you'll need to weigh the corners if you are working from it. I did find it quite odd to find the glossary of terms in the front, it definitely belongs in the back, especially given how the rest of the book is laid out.
Lastly, any book which lists my beloved PS Fabrics & Yarns as a Resource receives points in my book! (nb: their URL is dead and has been for a while -- I keep meaning to talk to them about it).
If you are looking for modern simple gifts to stitch up, I do recommend checking out this volume of 30 projects....more
It's nice to see landmarks I recognize in a Japanese craft book. This book of simple patterns is photographed in NY and there is a small reference secIt's nice to see landmarks I recognize in a Japanese craft book. This book of simple patterns is photographed in NY and there is a small reference section of four NYC stores. I will check if they are still around. It is the photographs of the projects and the layout that excites and inspires me in this book. ...more
To say that I'm fascinated by Sashiko would be an understatement. I am in love with it. I've not posted many pictures yet of my work in this medium beTo say that I'm fascinated by Sashiko would be an understatement. I am in love with it. I've not posted many pictures yet of my work in this medium because I'm still learning and this book has definitely lowered the learning curve! Why? It's in English! My Japanese is very limited and while I've picked up more and more over the years, it's nice to see such a well researched work. Sure, many of my Japanese language Sashiko books have the same patterns, it is nice to see them in English. Ms Briscoe has written a wonderful book incorporating techniques, tips, history, culture, and varied design. I'm very happy I stumbled upon this book in the bookstore and am not upset to have paid full price for it. It is a valuable resource on my shelf. ...more
This short book starts with an introduction explaining Kiracofe's interest in the work and then follows with a photo/quote book from women's diary entThis short book starts with an introduction explaining Kiracofe's interest in the work and then follows with a photo/quote book from women's diary entries surrounding their quilts. It's short and sweet. I had wanted more detail of these women and their quilts and their diary entries, but that was not really the intent of this short work (it's only about 61pages). ...more