Weekend Makes Simple Applique Janet Goddard

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Make the most of your spare time and discover the stylish and fun craft of applique with this book of 25 original and beautiful designs. Delve into your spare fabric stash to achieve some stunning results using very simple techniques, all fully explained with clear step-by-step instructions. With projects that can be whipped up in a weekend, you’ll be thrilled with how quickly you can piece together eye-catching makes to decorate your home or give away as gifts. Both hand and machine-sewn applique techniques are covered in detail, giving the reader the choice to use their preferred method. Templates are included to make completing each project easy, even for complete beginners.


My review

As a crafter, I look for specific things in a project book.

Many projects,  that excite, stimulate and advance my skills.

Full sized templates.

Easy to follow instructions.

Photographic step by step.

Hints and tips.

Simple Applique has all of these requirements and it also has a beautiful clean layout.

It is perfectly set out and the projects are cute, useful and doable, even if you are complete beginner.

This book is the ideal stash buster, and although is called Weekend Makes, many can be completed in an afternoon.

Janet Goddard, lends her expertise and gives advice on equipment you need, measuring, fabric and threads and most importantly, how to use a rotary cutter!!!! From start to finish she guides you through the steps of your project to ensure a beautiful finish.

Applique is a very simple craft, I love hand stitching the applique with my feet up, I find it so relaxing.

Peg bags, Cushions and other useful items are included to make for yourself or gift. Each one beautifully shown on glossy pages.



I just adored the Egg Cosies on the front cover, so decided this would be my demo!

I cut out the templates, I added a quarter inch seam to mine.  Also needed, was the inside fabric and some wadding. I cut the chicken applique template on Bondaweb. This was then ironed onto the outer fabric of my egg cosy. I used Blanket Stitch around the pieces and added an eye and quirky legs.





I stitched the outer and the appliqued front piece  to the inner fabric, then placed each piece, right sides together, and stitched around each piece leaving a gap for turning.

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2019-11-05 17.39.42 Ta Da ! My finished egg cosies were beautiful.                                            I top stitched the bottom edge to tidy it up and they look just divine.

I may make some with names on and gift them to my friends.

Happy Sewing x



About the Author

Janet Goddard teaches workshops throughout the UK covering a range of sewing techniques. Her designs are regularly featured in magazines and books.


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Teneriffe Lace Gina Barrett

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As an avid crafter I love trying new crafts and learning new skills.

I have been trying to get the hang of Bobbin Tatting, but to be honest, my fingers just will not do what they are supposed to do!

I have been a fan of  Gina Barrett for such a long time, and her skills are just amazing.

She tends to bring to the craft table,  the lost arts and crafts of an age gone gone by

Teneriffe Lace is so so pretty, and to see her demonstrate on the TV channel Hochanda, where she is a regular guest, is fabulous, she explains the craft, it’s uses and adds very interesting historical facts. It is both interesting and fascinating.

I bought two kits,  Black Lace Starter Kit and the Micro Loom Kit.

So what do you get in each kit..

Each kit comes with everything you need to get started.

The Micro Loom Kit has .. 3 acrylic micro looms, a circle, a square and a hexagon. Also included is, holding thread, lace thread, 2 x needles, pattern key, patterns and of course full instructions.

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The Black Lace Starter Kit has, 2 white acrylic looms #1 and #3,  lace thread, a tapestry needle, a weaving needle, holding thread and again full instructions.

I really loved the Micro Loom Kit, and this was what I started with.

The tiny looms have a coating on the back this needs to be taken off.

Using the straight needle and thread I added some holding stitches.

Using the curved needle, thread the lace thread through the holding stitches. This reminded of string art, as it was basically the same spiral technique.

Using the weaving and knot instructions. this tiny lace son took shape.

This was my end result. I loved the delicacy of my design.

This can be stitched to  fabric button or make a few and use a few of them stitched together to edge an handkerchief!

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Of course they are not quite perfect as this was my first try at Teneriffe lace but I did find it easy to do. It is also very relaxing and mindful. It is a craft you can do ‘on the move’ as there are few things you need.

I think I have a new obsession!!

Happy crafting x






Imposter. LJ Ross


There’s a killer inside all of us…


After an elite criminal profiling unit is shut down amidst a storm of scandal and mismanagement, only one person emerges unscathed. Forensic psychologist Doctor Alexander Gregory has a reputation for being able to step inside the darkest minds to uncover whatever secrets lie hidden there and, soon enough, he finds himself drawn into the murky world of murder investigation.


In the beautiful hills of County Mayo, Ireland, a killer is on the loose. Panic has a stranglehold on its rural community and the Garda are running out of time. Gregory has sworn to follow a quiet life but, when the call comes, can he refuse to help their desperate search for justice?


Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Irish landscape.


My review

LJ Ross is an incredible storyteller, and Imposter is a brilliant start to what is going to be an interesting and evocative series.
DR Alex Gregory is given the task of profiling a killer for the Garda of County Mayo. A killer who is targeting women, who are loving wives and mothers.
I loved how my mind bounced about, suspecting one first one character then another, it really was quite a guessing game.
The small community of Ballyfinny are close knitted, but there are a few with dark secrets that they want to keep hidden.
Alex himself, has a memory that gives him night terrors. He doesn’t have a personal relationship and he keeps his feelings closely guarded.
His job as a psychiatrist, means he meets the insane, the bad and the tragic, I found the insight of his job interesting and Ms Ross made the tale amazingly realistic.
I loved this book, I read it in one sitting and towards the end I raced through it, the twisty and surprising end was fabulous… But quite sad.

I cannot wait for HYSTERIA.




LJ Ross is an international bestselling author, best known for creating atmospheric mystery and thriller novels, including the DCI Ryan series of Northumbrian murder mysteries which have sold over four million copies worldwide.

Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon UK and Australian charts. Since then, she has released a further fourteen novels, all of which have been top three global bestsellers and twelve of which have been UK #1 bestsellers. Louise has garnered an army of loyal readers through her storytelling and, thanks to them, several of her books reached the coveted #1 spot whilst only available to pre-order ahead of release. Her books are available to purchase in e-book, print and audiobook narration on the Amazon store.

Her eleventh novel, ‘The Infirmary’, is a prequel story which is also available as a major Audible Originals drama starring Tom Bateman, Kevin Whately, Hermione Norris and Alun Armstrong.

In addition to her DCI Ryan series, Louise has created a new series of thriller novels based around the central character of ‘Dr Alexander Gregory’, whose work as a psychological profiler takes him around the world. The first book, Impostor, will be available from Halloween 2019. She is also writing several standalone romantic suspense novels featuring strong female protagonists which will be available in 2020.

Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law at King’s College London and studied abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a regulatory lawyer for a number of years before taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write.

Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Northumberland. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

If you would like to connect with LJ Ross, she would be very happy to hear from you:




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Jelly Filled Vanessa Goertzen

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Raid your fabric pantry! The best-selling author of Charm School is back with eighteen projects using precut 2 1/2″ strips. Vanessa Goertzen’s fabric recipes will help you cook up basic blocks and more advanced designs-triangles, log cabins, hexagons, and even curves-from precut strips. Slice into convenient fabric rolls, or create your own strips from yardage. Whether you are newer to quilting or a seasoned pro, you’ll spend less time cutting, and more time creating!


My review 

I love quilting! so to be able to review this beautiful book is quite a treat.

Jelly Rolls are fabric strips sized 2 1/2 x 40 inches, and you can buy them in a gorgeous colourful roll or you can cut your own.


The projects in this book are just divine. All of them have fabulous names, such as, HeartThrobMarbeled Cheesecake and my favourite Cookie Jar.

The instructions for each project are beautifully laid out. They are easy to understand and each step is clear and precise.

Measurements and templates are included and each quilt is designed for every skill level.

Vanessa Goertzen encourages the using of our scrap box, so you can absolutely blitz your stash.

The quilts are made of up of triangles, hexagons and squares, which enables the quilter to advance your skill level in the art of quilting.

Jelly Filled helps you complete your quilt from start to finish, with hints, tips and techniques to get a professional result.





About the Author

Vanessa Goertzen has been a pattern designer since 2010, when she started her quilting blog and pattern shop, Lella Boutique. Her work has been published in American Patchwork & Quilting, McCall’s Quilting and McCalls’s Quick Quilts.


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Simple Crochet Hats Vanessa Mooncie

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These beautifully designed crocheted hats are just the thing for getting you noticed on a cold winter s day. There are fifteen easy projects, from beanies to berets, all clearly presented and beautifully photographed. Even those with no previous crocheting experience will be whipping up stylish hats in next to no time. At the back of the book the basic crochet techniques are clearly explained, including how to add a lining for extra cosiness. Sizes are included for children and adults so all the family can have their own handmade hat.


My review

There are 15 beautiful hats to crochet within this book.

I loved the peaked cap, but to be honest I am going to be making them all, as gifts for friends and family.

The written instruction are very simple, making them easy t follow and even a complete beginner can achieve something beautiful.

Each project comes with a pattern diagram, and with the added technique section, which tells you from how t hold to hold your hook to sewing a seam, you really will no difficulty with the craft.

The instructions are given for UK and US terms and a host of websites give added information.

This is a book that has been well thought out. The photography is superb and the hats are beautifully showcased.



I made the Tie Top Hat. 

The suggested yarn was chunky, but I wanted a two toned hat so I used two colours of DK.

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I am not an advanced crocheter, but found the instructions simple and easy to follow. With the stitch guide at the back of the book, I had no problems achieving a good result.

I was surprised to find that this hat was crocheted ‘upside down’. I thought that the lacey holes were a lovely addition but these were there to thread the tie cord through, which made the top of the finished hat.


My finished hat was lovely, and I cannot wait to wear it.

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Happy crocheting x



About the Author

Vanessa has written many successful books for GMC Publications, including The Gentleman s Wardrobe, Crocheted Accessories, Crocheted Wild Animals, Sew Adorable, Monster Hats, Crocheted Sea Creatures and Crocheted Birds. She is also a regular contributor to other craft books and magazines.




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Me & My 18″ Doll Erin Hentzel

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Make twenty twinning outfits, accessories, and quilts for girls and their eighteen-inch dolls! Each project comes in two versions: doll size and child’s size (kid sizes 5-12 years). Get the best possible fit by self-drafting some of the garment patterns-a helpful skill to learn as your children grow. Kids love being able to match their dolls, and now you can customise over twenty darling dresses, bags, skirts, tops, headbands, and more.


My review 

There are 20 full sized sewing patterns included in this book, that ensures your little girl and her doll are the best dressed ‘twins’ in town.

What a wonderful project book.

Matching outfits, accessories and quilts with full instructions in written and visual format, give you the skills to delight your kids.

I love the idea that children will love playing dress up, and to be able to choose an outfit for you and your dolly is just amazing.

Handbags, skirts, headbands and so much more are showcased, I especially loved the Postage Stamp Patchwork Suitcase.…. and will be making one for myself to keep my make up inside. The PJ’s are pretty and the Pinwheel Quilt is gorgeous.

Even a beginner can make these projects, and even if you do not have a little girl to make for, they are a good way of updating your sewing skills without using too much fabric.

Highly recommended.



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About the Author

Erin Hentzel first fell in love with sewing as a child, when she began making stuffed animals and doll clothes. Today, she runs sewing pattern company Avery Lane and teaches sewing classes near her home in Oregon.







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Spellbound Festive Beading Four: More Decorative Ornaments Julie Ashford

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The fourth book in the fabulous festive beading series brings even more seasonal beaded projects to decorate your home.

There are thirteen chapters of seasonal designs with hundreds of photographs and fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for every project. Designs in the book includes the beaded Candy Canes and Snowdrop Bauble that are perfect for beginners, through to the more complex Peacock Bauble and Sugar Plum Fairy which will appeal to the more experienced beader.


My review.

I am really new to beading, and to be honest I have taken to it like a duck to water. It is so simple once you understand the techniques.

This is a beautiful book.

The designs are extraordinarily stunning and add a touch of class and something wonderful to your Christmas Tree decor.

Each design has a Star ability level, so even a beginner can achieve a bauble, candle or Candy Cane that will enchant and amaze.

Handy hints and tips are given in info boxes and all you really need is a beading needle, some thread and of course some beads.

The colours are amazing, I was in awe of the Peacock Bauble, which is on the front cover, but each design is really something special.

Instructions are simple and each come with a diagram, which is easy to understand.

This is book 4, and I am definitely going to add the other 3 to my collection.



About the Author

Julie Ashford is the owner and creative force behind the Spellbound Bead Co. Julie has been creating beaded designs, teaching and producing bead kits for many years. The company was founded 32 years ago and as well as specialising in retailing a huge range of beads and related products, Spellbound is best known for its fantastic range of in house designed kits and best selling beading books. She is the author of Spellbinding Beaded JewellerySpellbound Festive BeadingSpellbound Festive Beading TwoSpellbound Beaded Tassels and Starting to Make Bead Jewellery.






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