Worn and Wild Kerry Lucas

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Worn and Wild is filled with amazing vintage inspired gifts for you to make and share with family and friends. With a mix of crafts including knitting, crochet and cooking, there is something for everyone from the beginner to the more experienced.

The range of gifts include:

  • Knitted child’s tank top
  • Crochet face Scrubbies
  • Felted Elephant
  • Plum chutney
  • Beggars Shortbread
  • Knitted Christmas decorations
  • Crocheted mice

 

My review 

I have been looking forward to Kerry Lucas’ new book as I really loved A year in Woolly Wonders and A Woollyful Christmas 

Worn and Wild has been set in seasons. Each season has an array of vintage gift ideas and  amazing recipes.

I loved the organic feel and look with this book. The pages have a recycled feel and the type faced print adds homemade chic. The photography is perfectly shot and with the added personal details, the beauty is in the simplicity of each project.

The recipes are warm and comforting, Easter Rocky Road, Shortbread and Chutney are definitely going to be favorites in my house and the crocheted and knitted animals are just way too cute not to make.

There are things to be worn, eaten, drunk and given, which makes this a perfect ideas book for crafters of all skill levels. The techniques and instructions are easy to follow and with added hints and tips, even a beginner can make something incredible.

This book would make a perfect gift, and I for one highly recommend it

5*/5

 

 

About the Author

Kerry’s love of crafting started when she was young, spending hours learning to knit with her nan. At the same time she developed a love of the countryside and all the wonderful creatures that inhabit it. Growing up she spent many hours walking through woodland in both Germany and the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Kerry has combined her love of knitting and the countryside to create the patterns for her wonderful woodland creature keepsakes. As well as writing the patterns, Kerry makes the creatures to sell both on-line and at craft fairs, as well as using them as the basis for the designs on a collection of greetings cards and postcards.

@craftykestreluk
@beercottbooks

 

Buy the book…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Worn-Wild-Kerry-Lucas/dp/1999742931/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=worn+and+wild&qid=1574777501&sr=8-1

The Build a Bag Book: Backpacks Debbie Shore

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The 15 designs are created using the full-size rigid template contained within the book. It is easy-to-use, durable, reusable, wipe-clean and perfect for fussy cutting, plus it is simple to position and use there is no need to pin it.

The backpacks are made using different techniques, pockets, straps and fastenings to create 15 very different results. But why stop there? The template can also be used for your own design variations. As you mix and match the techniques covered within the book, Debbie gives advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs.

Each project in the book is explained using Debbie s friendly style and easy-to-follow step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the template

 

My review 

There are now four pattern books in the Build a Bag series, each one containing a reusable plastic pattern and at least 15 projects.

The best thing about sewing with Debbie Shore is that she makes things so easy. From beginner to advanced skill levels, every stitcher can enjoy these books and create something wonderful.

The projects are beautifully photographed, and the instructions have a stunning visual and written step by step guide.

Techniques, tips and what to do if things go wrong are included and the whole process from start to finish is jargon free. This makes it easy to understand and you know exactly what to do without the aid of other explanations.

The Plastic Pattern is brilliant, and the instructions colour code the pattern piece you need.

Each Backpack is beautifully designed and really are fit for purpose. Each one is different, and have a unique and stylish look.

Highly recommended

5*/5

 

The hardback book comes in a neat folder style format. The plastic pattern is hard wearing, wipe clean and reusable.  Build a Bag Backpacks is filled with handy hints and tips.Perfect for beginners and exciting enough for advanced sewists.

 

 

About the Author

Debbie Shore is a bestselling and award-winning author and all-round sewing superstar. She began her career as a children’s television presenter and since then has appeared regularly as an actress in various popular dramas and as a presenter on shopping channels. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows for a major clothing brand, developed her own range of fabrics and writes for several popular sewing magazines. Debbie has written over 20 books for Search Press with several more underway. In 2018, Debbie launched her Half Yard Sewing Club, a monthly subscription service based on the megaselling Half Yard™ series, and won the 2019 IPG Digital Publishing Award.

Debbie lives in Lincolnshire.

http://www.halfyardsewingclub.com.

http://www.debbieshoresewing.com.

@SewDebbieShore

@SearchPress

 

Buy the book..

https://www.searchpress.com/book/9781782217671/the-build-a-bag-book-backpacks

The Build a Bag Book: Satchels Debbie Shore

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The 15 designs are created using the full-size rigid template contained within the book. It is easy-to-use, durable, reusable, wipe-clean and perfect for fussy cutting, plus it is simple to position and use there is no need to pin it.

The satchels are made using different techniques, pockets, straps and fastenings to create 15 very different results. But why stop there? The template can also be used for your own design variations. As you mix and match the techniques covered within the book, Debbie gives advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs.

Each project in the book is explained using Debbie s friendly style and easy-to-follow step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the template.

My review 

The wonderful Debbie Shore is back with her ingenius Build a Bag series.

Satchels is just as brilliant as the other pattern books, and once again with a reusable template and 15 designs, this is a book that is highly recommended.

I love Debbie Shore designs,simple because they are easy to make, with instructions that are simple to follow, but the finished design always looks professional and not handmade at all.

With handy hints and tips, this book is just like a private lesson with the lady herself. She has made this series easy for beginners and technical enough for advanced sewists.

Recommend fabrics are given, how to attach hardware and the ‘Oops’ page gives advice on what to do when things don’t quite turn out right.

The pattern templates are amazing. The pattern gives an image where each piece needed is highlighted. This makes your sewing a stress free experience. The language used in describing the patterns are jargon free and each step by step is numbered and once again includes a visual image.

Recommended for every stitcher and I for one will use mine again and again.

5*/5

 

I made the Zipped Bag ..

Choosing fabric is always the best part for me, and like Debbie I chose two contrasting fabrics.

 

I cut out my pieces and marked them for reference.

Following instructions I stitched my bag inner.

For my outer bag, I used a thin wadding. Debbie suggests a fusible fleece which I did not have. This did not spoil the finished effect of my bag. Next was to attach the handle and I used some webbing.

Place your inner inside the outer piece and pin.

The edge of the bag is finished with some binding. I used some darker fabric for effect.

I took about 3 hours of sewing to make my bag and I really love it. It will be a gift for a friend.

 

 

 

About the Author

Debbie Shore is a bestselling and award-winning author and all-round sewing superstar. She began her career as a children’s television presenter and since then has appeared regularly as an actress in various popular dramas and as a presenter on shopping channels. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows for a major clothing brand, developed her own range of fabrics and writes for several popular sewing magazines. Debbie has written over 20 books for Search Press with several more underway. In 2018, Debbie launched her Half Yard Sewing Club, a monthly subscription service based on the megaselling Half Yard™ series, and won the 2019 IPG Digital Publishing Award.

Debbie lives in Lincolnshire.

 

http://www.halfyardsewingclub.com.
http://www.debbieshoresewing.com.

@SewDebbieShore

@SearchPress

Buy the book..

https://www.searchpress.com/book/9781782217688/the-build-a-bag-book-satchels

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Build-Bag-Book-Satchels-variations/dp/1782217681/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2RK6QE3KHXX8L&keywords=debbie+shore+satchels&qid=1574703797&s=books&sprefix=satchels+debbie+shore+%2Caps%2C1325&sr=1-1

Ultimate Applique Reference Tool Annie Smith

 

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Get started today with hand and machine appliqué! Sharing her passion for appliqué, experienced teacher and author Annie Smith teaches you everything you need to know to sew the quilt of your dreams! This colorful guide to hand and machine appliqué includes step-by-step techniques, plus advice on fabric selection, choosing supplies, and working with templates. Gain the confidence to design your own applique blocks and quilts, or flip to find several pretty patterns to get you stitching. Beautiful designs, better results! Appliqué expert Annie Smith shows you the way. Learn appliqué by hand or machine, with tips on appliqué elements and embellishments. Use the included patterns to practice–then start designing your own appliqué blocks and quilts

 

My review

This is an handy little book to have on your craft shelf.

I loved the dedication, which gives confidence and  tells you to believe you can do it and do it well.

From start to finish, the author gives great advice, superb ideas and encourages you to become a designer of your own project.

From choosing fabric, tools needed and other information, you can create a beautiful handmade quilt. One that can be handed down your family for generations and one that be a showstopping piece for your home.

I loved how she included a piece on Creativity and Designing, it is an interesting read and is good for beginners who feel a little overwhelmed.

There is a section on copyright, encouraging you not to copy other peoples work but to use them for inspiration and come up with your own unique and individual flair.

The templates that are included are useful, simple but very very practical.

For every quilter, this book is invaluable. It is highly recommended and, for me, it will be forever at my side.

5*/5

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About the Author

Annie Smith’s quilt pattern company, SimpleArts, has evolved from a small family business to an global online presence, reaching more than a million households. She teaches appliqué techniques at national and international quilt guilds and lives near San Jose, California.

 

anniesmith.net

@ctpublishing

@SearchPress

 

 

Buy the book..

https://www.searchpress.com/book/9781617458798/the-ultimate-appliqu-reference-tool

Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys Emma Osmond

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This new title in the Weekend Makes series presents 25 cute and colourful toys to crochet with love for young children and babies. Perfect for using up your remnants of yarn and quick to make, you’ll be delighted with the results and so will your little ones! A variety of toys and games are included, from tactile stacking rings and an adorable giraffe to a practical stroller toy and educational number cubes – you’ll want to make them all. There is even a toy basket to store all your precious makes. The essential tools and techniques section means that those new to crochet need not worry, these simple projects are achievable for all levels of ability. Projects include: baby rattle, elephant toy, number cubes, caterpillar, memory game, fishing game, finger puppets, balls, cars, toy basket.

 

My review 

The designs in this book are very very cute.

25 simple but amazing toys, are showcased beautifully. If you are a beginner crocheter you can make them as the instructions are clear and simple to follow. Each design is quick to make and can be made in a day.

The instructions are given row by row, needle size is in both UK and US size, and toy size and what you will need are also stated.

I adored the pastel colours of the toys, but of curse you can change them to suit your needs.

A basic crochet  demonstration and a terminology are included, helpful as a quick lesson or a reminder.

The projects include animals, blankets, games and a wonderful doorstop.

This book has been well planned. It gives a selection of  projects with different skill levels.

I am sure every crafter will love this book, and the designs for boys and girls will give endless gift ideas for years to come.

5*/5

 

I made the  Skittles for my demo and adjusted the sizes, this was easy to do just by adding more rounds and stitches.

They need a bit more squishing to shape them, but they are an easy project to do.

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About the Author

Emma Osmond was originally taught to knit and crochet by her grandmother, and this wonderful skill has become her career. It was in the haberdashery department at Liberty of London that her love of yarn was established. There she enjoyed teaching beginners’ knitting and crochet classes, which gave people the opportunity to take a handmade item home with them at the end of the day. Now Emma creates beautiful patterns that are inspiring and enable you to use your newly learned skills in different ways.

 

@GMCbooks

Buy the book..

https://www.gmcbooks.com/crochet/weekend-makes-crocheted-toys/

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weekend-Makes-Crocheted-Quick-Projects/dp/1784945498/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=weekend+makes+crocheted+toys&qid=1574580267&sr=8-1

Take a Seat Jemima Schlee

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My review.

I love that this book isn’t just for sewing cushions.
It gives creative and unique ideas for covering stools, crates and even a coffee table to make something useful and beautiful for your home and garden.
Up cycling is key, and using vintage fabrics give a new look to something that may have otherwise been thrown away.
Full instructions are given and are easy to understand, with handy hints and tips to give your new piece of furniture a professional finish.
The technique guide is full of information and gives tuition of covering buttons and crochet.
There is no reason why a beginner cannot use this book, it is a useful guide for incorporating your own individual style.
It is a beautiful book to look at, the photography is a stunning mood board.
Take a Seat is a useful and handy craft book for a tailor made design.

5*/5

 

@GMCbooks

 

About the Author

Jemima Schlee is a prolific designer and maker. Her artistic, creative and crafting career began with a short spell at Edinburgh University (Italian & Art History), which was followed by a BA at Bath (Visual Communication). Subsequently, Jemima worked in the design industry for nine years as a graphic designer and as Global Art Director for Interiors at Laura Ashley Ltd. Jemima later trained as a teacher and moved to Brighton on the south coast of England, where she now teaches profoundly deaf teenagers. In addition to writing the Take A… series, Jemima has contributed to lifestyle and craft magazines including Country Homes & Interiors and Period Living.

Buy the book..

https://www.gmcbooks.com/sewing/take-a-seat/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Take-Seat-Beautiful-Projects-Your/dp/1784941115/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=seat+jemima+schlee&qid=1574170356&sr=8-1

 

The Big Book of Dressing Up Laura Minter and Tia Williams

71-0JYHwqhL._AC_UY218_ML3_ Pub: GMC Publications

For those days when you want to explore your inner pirate, princess, superhero, astronaut, knight or even dinosaur, this book has the answer. Simply grab some readily available craft items and you’ll soon be stepping out in dressing-up creations including dinosaur paws, astronaut’s helmet, knight’s tabard, superhero mask, buccaneer boots and ice princess tutu. These exciting projects will get children cutting, sticking, sewing and painting in no time and then there’s even more fun to be had wearing the projects afterwards. Plus the good news is grown-ups need little or no crafting experience to help!

My review 

This is a fun book.

Dressing up is a big thing for children and this is a pattern and ideas book filled with brilliant and amazing designs.

Fabric, boxes, card, glue and everything else can be turned into something magical to make and enjoy.

There are templates included, but disappointingly, these need to be photocopied and enlarged. ( I love full sized templates and pattern pieces as I am not good with printers)

The designs come with full step by step instructions with colourful bright photographic pictures. They are perfectly showcased so your child can help create something amazing.

Superheroes, Pirates for boys and girls are just a couple of the ideas.

I loved this book. It is one that encourages playtime and really does invite you to add your own individual and unique creative style to your project.

4*/5

 

 

 

About the Author

Laura Minter and Tia Williams started Little Button Diaries, their crafting and baking blog, in 2013 to show that having children doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you love. They have won various awards and are based in Brighton, Sussex, UK.

@LButtondiaries

@GMCbooks

Buy the book..

https://www.gmcbooks.com/kids-craft/the-big-book-of-dressing-up/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Big-Book-Dressing-Up-Projects/dp/178494517X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+big+book+of+dressing+up+laura+minter&qid=1574168401&sr=8-1