This week we’re having a Sewing Sample Book Bonanza! Publishers send us a lot of books to review, but we don’t always have room on the blog calendar. The books have been collecting on our office shelves, inspiring a wee bit of guilt since we know they should be in the hands of people who will use and love them. This is the week! Visit every day now through Wednesday for your chance to win a NEW book, courtesy of Sew,Mama,Sew!, Lark Crafts, Potter Craft, David & Charles, Krause Publications, C&T Publishing, Creative Publishing International, Murdoch Books, The Electric Quilt, Stewart, Tabori & Chang and Wiley.
Why? Because it’s Monday… Because you could use some new crafting inspiration… Because we like you! Due to shipping, this week’s prizes are open to US-residents only. Please let us know your top pick in the comments so we can make sure each book gets to someone who really wants it. Your comment on this post enters you to win today’s books!
By Sandy Stone
(Lark Crafts, ISBN: 1600594859)
From the Publisher:Why pay the upscale prices at eco-chic boutiques when you can creatively upcycle? Sandy Stone presents her unique outlook on sewing and decorating: repurpose, reconstruct, and renew. Learn all the techniques and how to find vintage fabrics and furnishings “scavenger style” at thrift stores, then get to work at transforming these treasures with delightfully unexpected projects. Old ties become a sturdy chair back, vintage scarves become luxurious pillows, and a trampoline becomes a chic window treatment. With plenty of inspiration in each eye-popping photograph, Fabric Remix doesn’t just instruct stitchers, it upcycles their style.
By Tina Givens
(Click on the link above to see our blog post about this book!)
(Lark Crafts, ISBN: 1600594255)
From the Publisher:Star fabric and pattern designer Tina Givens offers up her singular designs and unique color palette to stitchers looking for patterns for children. Embellished with Givens’s own vibrant watercolor illustrations, and showcasing her strikingly original fabrics, this multifaceted volume includes garments, accessories, and home décor. More than 30 projects range from a dreamy bed canopy and whimsical mobile to comfy lounge suits and delightful dresses. With a section on techniques, even beginners will quickly master the patterns.
By Wendy Gardiner
(David & Charles, ISBN: 0715337653)
From the Publisher:This book contains everything you need to become confident in must-have dressmaking skills, from reading patterns to sewing up and making alterations. Eight garment-led chapters show you how to learn and perfect dressmaking as you build your wardrobe or make alterations. Stylish photography, simple step-by-step instructions and handy tips make this an essential buy for anyone who sews or wants to get started. It is a one-stop reference that will be dipped into time and time again.
By Jodi Kahn
(Potter Craft, ISBN: 9780307464460)
From the Publisher:Simply Sublime Gifts offers more than thirty fun and imaginative gift ideas to make quickly, inexpensively, and with little to no sewing using clever short-cuts and inventive techniques. You’ll find a well of inspiration for any occasion, including Handy Hand Towels for hostess gifts, fancy Fabric Bangles for her, Tailor-Made photo frames for him, charm necklaces, holiday ornaments, and more. Accompanying eye-catching gift-wrap ideas are sure to complete the perfect present for everyone on your gift list.
With projects that are a snap for beginners—and that provide a fun challenge for experienced crafters—Simply Sublime Gifts is loaded with hints, tips, and tricks of the crafting trade. Many of the gifts are also made from accessible, recycled, or repurposed materials, like the kitschy, cool Wonder-ful Apron created with iconic Wonder Bread® wrappers! Kids, family, teachers, and friends will love the customizable treasures found in this book, and you’ll love giving gifts that are special and meaningful, original and personal.
With author Jodi Kahn’s clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations, in less than a day you’re on your way to creating a gift that is simply sublime.
By Jeanette Lim
(Lark Crafts, ISBN: 1600596754)
From the Publisher:Enter the imaginative universe of felting, with this irresistible collection featuring a super-cute Asian-inspired aesthetic. Twelve “sets” include more than 70 projects, from fruits and a felt knife for “slicing” them to a show-stopping birthday cake with decorations and detachable candles. Hundreds of photos and full-size templates make the crafting easy.
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