Friday, 24 December 2010
Sew! by Cath Kidston
Sewing is the new shopping! In these cash-strapped times it's more fun to get together with friends and stitch something handmade and special, whether for yourself or a friend, than to go out and spend that hard-earned money - plus to be given a gift that someone has created and spent time making is always heart-warming. Following the huge success of Make!, Cath Kidston has now put together a treasure trove of fabulous simple sewing projects for stitchers to get their needles into. Included in this fantastic book are full instructions for over 40 fun and useful projects - bags, cushions, quilts and many more ideas - which are all designed to be made with her popular printed fabrics. All the sewing techniques featured are clearly explained in an introductory section so that even an absolute beginner can be sure of success, together with details of how to embroider, applique and adorn your items in other ways. This brilliant little book has stunning photographs, a colourful contemporary design and step-by-step illustrations to make all the projects absolutely clear and user-friendly. The package also contains a pattern sheet, templates and an exclusive Cath Kidston Needlecase.
Quadrille Publishing Ltd
As always with Cath Kidston books, brilliant photography, superb ideas and copious amounts of inspiration to keep you going for ages!
The book starts with a Sew Basics section - including essential equipment, sewing machine basics, descriptions on making the patterns, hems and edges, seams, fastenings, applique and quilting and decorative details. All the instructions and explanations are clear, easy to understand and complete. There are photographs or drawings to complement each sections, with many useful hints along the way. This section is an informative read for novices to assist them throughout the book.
The projects, of which there are over 40 included in the book, include cushions, quilts, mobiles, bags, toys and aprons and are all made from Kidston's beautiful fabrics however could be made in whatever fabric you have or desire. Each project starts with a complete list of what you will need for the project, instructions for drawing up the pattern and what you need to cut out.
The book includes 7 templates for the motifs used throughout the book, a pattern sheet for all the projects in the book and a beautiful needle case and needles.
I have a number of Cath Kidston's books and find ideas and inspiration in each book to try. I would recommend this book for both novice and advanced sewers as there is something in the book for everyone.
Thank you to Quadrille Publishers for sending me this book to review.