Friday, March 27, 2009

Book Reviews and a wish list

This new book by Heather Ross is out. While I was at Joann fabrics I had the pleasure of looking through it. I like to be able to look through sewing books before I buy them. I am a very visual learner and I like to make sure there are good written directions and lots of diagrams and or patterns. Heather has good directions and diagrams that were hand drawn by her. There are even paper patterns as well. Since I was reading through this in the store, I couldn't open up the patterns to see them. Lots of blogs have been doing giveaways of this book and I haven't won one so far. So, it will have to go on my wish list for Mom's day or my birthday.
Click the link below to see some of the great projects in the book. My fave is the ole wrap around skirt. That is Heather on the front of the book wearing a wrap around skirt made from the pattern in the book. She also has directions and a pattern for an everyday bag in there. Love it! Great size for when I am traveling or antiquing and I love the style of it. Maybe it's because their is some binding involved. Love that. When you click the link on the very last page there is a collage of some of the patterns in the book and that bag is one of them.

I actually have this book and have made a couple of things from it. Amy Karol is the wonderful writer of Bend the Rules Sewing. It's like having your best friend sitting next to you sewing. She gives great directions as well as patterns in the back of her book as well. She also has a nice section on the basics of sewing. So, this a great book for a beginning sewer. Like the Weekend Sewing book, Amy provides patterns of all kinds. Not just patterns to decorate with , but there are patterns for baby, kitchen related items, etc. It's been out for a while, but if you don't have it in your sewing library, it's a keeper.

Romantic Home Sewing by Christina Strutt I mostly love for the beautiful photography and the yummy fabrics. Although, I have to admit , the patterns and directions in this book are wonderful. Once I get through my stash, I plan to make several of the home dec patterns. She has taken the mystery out of making bed skirts, rolled pillows and even aprons for me. I have this book as well and it's also a keeper to have in your sewing library.
So, here is my wish list of sewing books:
Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross
Sew What! bags by Lexia Barnes
Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner
Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing
Will be busy today, so hope to post pics of more sewing to gift before I send them out in the mail.
Enjoy your day and have a great weekend.
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1 comment:

Sue said...

Oh, I have Romantic Home Sewing and am working on a project right now using the book! Love the pics in there! Bend the Rules is another keeper. Funny you should mention Weekend Sewing as that's the book I really, really want! My bd is coming up and I'm going to ask dh for that! Perfect idea...and guilt-free! Oh, and the Los (whatever her name is... GREAT book-one of my faves!)