Simple Makes series by Quadrille at £12.99 each
Little Sew and Sew by Christine Leech, author of the very successful craft book ‘Everything Alice’
I am always fascinated by books that teach the rudiments of a craft or discipline, as it can be difficult to make the end results interesting or desirable.
“Little Sew and Sew’ has some achievable, pretty projects. The book starts with a section on your essential kit, materials on which to embroider and then a section on transferring designs. My slight gripe with the transferring part is I would like photographs to show what the products look like. In complete contrast there are good, clear photographs showing how to create the embroidery stitches.
There are all the usual projects, a Scandinavian inspired hot water bottle cover, a knitting bag decorated using ribbon embroidery, and very sweet fabric covered books with a bunny embroidery.
A good, fun first embroidery book with a great title.
‘Felt Sew Good’ by Christine Leech. Another clever title in this ‘Simple makes’ series. Felt is such an easy material to work with and is perfect for anyone beginning sewing and embroidery projects. It comes in such a vast range of colours and you can purchase it made from acrylic, wool or a combination of the two.
As the author says it can be sewn by hand or machine. It doesn’t fray and can be purchased as individual small squares, perfect for lots of the smaller projects in the book such as dolls, finger puppets, and cleverly formed coasters for wine glasses. It is also sold by the meter, perfect for the larger projects such as cushion covers, table mats and a tablet case. As my tastes aren’t inclined towards the twee and I have seen far too many birds, flowers and foxes recently my inclination is to go for the more sophisticated projects such as the tablet case with its simple but clever design and the two colour table mats made from a cut work technique.
This is a lovely book that would be a great gift for children and adults alike.