Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts Kathy Seaman Shaw

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You don’t have to be a master embroiderer to create beautiful crazy-quilt seams! With 480 seam designs to inspire your creativity, you’ll learn to stitch with uniform spacing for a professional appearance. Line everything up perfectly with five pages of full-size stitch templates and dozens of step-by-step illustrations. Then dress up embroidered seams with sparkly beads, buttons, sequins, and silk ribbon embellishments for endless creative combinations!


My review 

I just love Embroidery, and this book has over 400 stitch designs.

Even a complete beginner would be able to sew the amazing stitches and along with the instructions, hints and tips this is a book that definitely earns it’s shelf space.

The book is set in three sections. Templates, stitch instructions and design illustrations. The abundance of colour is both amazing and inspiring.

Advice on which needle to choose, and there are many..  embellishments to finish your design and much much more helps grow your embroidery know how and enhance your skills.

I especially loved the Stitch Template idea and I will be definitely make one. I have not come across this idea before and think it’s a genius idea.



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About the Author

Kathy Seaman Shaw teaches sewing, ribbon embroidery and quilting at regional guilds and the community college in her area. Her blog series of free, online crazy-quilt courses began in 2011 and continues to draw visitors from around the world.




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Embroidered Monograms & More Barbara Finwall

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Get the look of old-fashioned embroidery with iron-on transfers for alphabets, fruit and floral borders, and vintage redwork designs. Projects include pillows, tea linens, napkins, baby booties and more. Make heirloom-quality gifts for everyone you know!


My review

There is nothing more classy than an embroidered napkin. This book has 40 embroidery projects and 11 different alphabets to make your home decor stunning and personalise  your sewing projects.

The transfers are delicately drawn and easy to use.

There is an abundance of advice and information, along with embroidery stitches, which also includes Ribbon Embroidery and choice of fabrics.

The projects are beautifully photographed and equally inspiring.

They are suitable for weddings, birthdays and so many other events and will give your occasion a professional and unique touch.

I just adore the Guest Towels, and think that they would be a perfect gift for those having a stay in hospital. Pretty Pillowcases are just stunning and a simple initial on a Handkerchief would ensure your present is distinctive and individual.



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Free Spirit Stitching: 8 Vibrant and Colorful Stitching Adventures Debra Valencia


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If you’re into cross stitch and embroidery or the art of needlework in general then Free Spirit Stitching is for you! Inspired by an informal Bohemian-style look, designer and free spirit Debra Valencia will take you on a retro stitching journey packed with paisleys, florals, and hand-drawn fonts. You’ll create a Love Nest Wall Hanging, Paisley Heart Pillow, Summer Love Tote Bag, and Chic & Cozy Clutch, among other fabulous designs. Take your creativity to the next level by adding more elements or stitching patterns onto other projects! So grab some colorful embroidery floss, pillow covers, waste canvas, and other fun supplies (Debra will fill you in), and go retro! Skill level ranges from Beginner to Intermediate, depending on project


My review 

I love this book. Very different by design it is catered for the complete beginner and for the more advanced stitcher.

If cross stitch or embroidery is your thing, then this book will definitely inspire you.

8 design projects are included, and with advice on fabric, tools and with brilliant colourful charts, this book will give you endless fun and creative energy.

I love the Beauty Sleep Door Sign, it is amazing. it is going to be my first project, along with a Clutch Bag, Pillows and a Wall Hanging, the projects will make gorgeous gifts and beautiful home decor.

The instructions for each project are simple t follow and come with helpful tips to finish your work to give it that professional look. There are step by step visual embroidery stitch advice, and a handy guide to transfer your designs.  This makes the techniques effortless and entertaining.






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Zen Colouring Pad – Botanical GMC Editors

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Zen Colouring Pad – Botanical takes Zen Colouring to the next level with an exciting new landscape format and easily removable pages. With an emphasis on nature and plant life, this wonderful collection of illustrations will help calm and relax while enabling the artist within to shine. This botanical-themed art pad contains a diverse selection of images varying in complexity and the exciting new format and binding enables the pages to be easily removed and displayed. The Zen Colouring Pad Pad also comes with a stiff board covering the back of the pad providing a stable surface to work on.

My review 

This rather beautiful colouring pad is 13 x 10 inches. It is filled with stunning designs, including birds, butterflies, dragonflies, flowers and so much more.

Highly detailed it is guaranteed to supply endless creative craft time and mindful quiet time.

The designs are easy to colour. There are no spaces too small and each one has been perfectly drawn.

Over 30 designs are included, they are single sided and the paper quality is superb. Thick enough to handle most mediums and the bright white background will make each colour ‘pop’.

I love to use my finished colouring pages to cover notebooks, fussy cut to make cards and tags so the large size and paper thickness is perfect for this.






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Craft Bombs: A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy and Happiness. Leisure Arts

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A new type of friendly fun CRAFT BOMBS! What is a craft bomb? It’s a super cute piece of colorful art that you can drop just about anywhere to bring a smile to someone’s face. All you need to do is pull out any of the pre-made art in this book, use some adorable craft supplies, and drop it anywhere! This book offers layers of craft-tastic kindness, with art projects like vision boards, journal cards, banners, affirmation and kindness cards, room décor, origami fortune tellers (cootie catchers) and more! Loaded with ready made cards, posters, and pullouts to personalize, this book is the ultimate guide to being queen of kindness. Change the world together, one act of random cuteness at a time! Inspire strangers with girl power, using Craft Bombs: A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy, and Happiness.


My review 

This book is just amazing.

It is a superb craft book that any girl would love, filled with inspiring quotes, kindness cards and obviously lots of pink!!

Now yes..I know we tell our young girls that Pink is not the colour they should be going for..but set that aside and what this book does is give them something that is just shouting for their creative ideas as well as giving them an empowering message.

There are boxes to be made, Posters with ‘tearaway’ messages, beautiful papers that can be used to decorate diaries, journals and what I loved the most, was that even as an adult my creative mind and my addiction to all things paper-craft, I could not wait to get going.

A rainy day in Summer is perfect for a craft fest, and with a few more friends I am sure that every young girl will love sharing ideas and making something that builds self esteem and confidence.

Craft Bombs would make a wonderful gift. It is jam packed with all you need to fill a day creating and crafting. All you need to add is glue.



I removed every thing available from the book so you can see just how much you get for your money.

These would be perfect for a handmade journal or for diary inserts.


I made one of the boxes and a mini concertina album.






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Happy Crochet Leisure Arts


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Spread handcrafted happiness all around with cheerful projects from this Happy Crochet book! Brighten your home with a colorful crocheted wall hanging, a vibrant oval rug, and a set of joyful coasters that are almost too cute to use. Almost. Make a merry fashion statement with an eye-catching crocheted cowl and floral market bag. Liven up that sofa with a textured throw or a pillow with marvelous, multicolored tassels. Make a friend’s day with a floral mug cozy. You’ll uncover a total of thirteen perky projects inside this book of crocheted happiness ­ all of them rated Easy ­ so you can easily and happily crochet away!


My review 

For me crochet is a very mindful handcraft, and the designs in this beautiful book are bright, colourful and fun.

13 projects, small and large with simple instructions give every fan of crochet something to gift, something for the home or just something for yourself.

For beginners to advanced crocheters, this is a book that has something for everyone. I love the Mug Cosy, and the Textured Throw was my favourite.

Each pattern has a detailed guide, with what you need to how to gauge your stitches. There is a visual and written guide to how to crochet, which makes it easy for a beginner or those who may have forgotten.

The projects have been showcased to look amazing. There are some fabulous finishing touches such as Pom Poms and Tassels, these make the projects stylish and on trend.

This is a great book. I loved all the designs and I will making them as gifts for friend and family.


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Adorable Baby Cardigans Melissa Leapman

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Sweet cardigans knit with love make babies even more adorable! Knit nine quick sweaters from top down to get baby dressed up faster than ever!


My review

Nine cute and beautiful projects for boys and girls are showcased in this wonderful book for knitters.

Each design has easy to follow instructions and each one using a simple stockinette stitch.

The patterns are made using a circular knitting needle or double pointed needles, so for a beginner they can be quite tricky. That said  with a little patience and practice they are easy to use, so not completely out of anyone’s comfort zone.

The designs are just stunning. I love the colours that the designer has chosen, and each one would make a beautiful gift. Stylish and on trend, the lacy kits are my favourite but I just adored the Fair Isle design is oh so cute.

The sizes are for small children aged 3-6 months 6-9 months and 9-12 months, using medium weight yarn. Each design has a sizing chart so can be fitted to your child’s needs and size.

There are some brilliant General Instructions included, giving information such as abbreviations used, how to knit the stitches and what yarn is used. Also there is advice on how to use DPN and general pattern reading.



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