As I’m in the middle of several things that aren’t share-able just at the moment, I thought I’d write up a little review for you 🙂
It’s such a beautiful book, well written with clear instructions and gorgeous photographs, and with such a clear voice it’s like sitting and chatting with a good friend as you read through it. I like the little stories interspersed through the book – and that the introduction (something I almost always skip!) is both short and sweet – talking about the emotional significance of hand-sewn gifts in her own life – and some tips on getting started.
The book is split into clear sections – projects for little ones, for every day and for special occasions …. and all are genuinely suitable for the novice sewer – whilst inspirational enough to be a jumping-off point for a more experienced sewer. I was pleased that I liked pretty much all the projects in this book and could see myself making most of them in one form or another over the course of time, and a couple (not counting the baby clothes quilt! 😉 ) that I’m just itching to try.
I was particularly taken with this measuring chart …. I’ve been meaning to make “something” for AGES to replace the marker-pen notches and scribbles on my kitchen wall …. and whilst I might not use that exact colour/fabric, I liked how simple this was without being too twee.
Over time, I’ve seen a lot of sewing projects that incorporate children’s drawings and I’ve always loved them, so I did adore the plushie made from a child’s drawing …. (though the fact that my children seem to focus on monsters, pokemon and skylanders in their art is a bit daunting!)
and I also loved the little potholder with the applique detail …. which I thought was simple enough that it could be made by (or with) a child (as a gift for nanna, perhaps?? 😉 )
It did make me chuckle to read the little aside – about half-way through there’s a cautionary tale, warning that not all recipients of your labours will be as immediately appreciative of your hard work as you might hope or want …. but that each one is a beautiful memory in itself that might take time to mature.
There’s a useful little section on photography, and a comprehensive set of appendices at the end …. general sewing techniques, a glossary and a set of templates for the projects in the book.
Although I wouldn’t have bought this book for myself, I was very pleased to be given it …. there are a lot of lovely ideas, ones that I would use straight out of the book and some that I would adapt, and almost all of it I could do with the children as special gifts for friends and family, or for themselves.