Book Review: Home Sewn

It’s been a while since I’ve been in this space.  So much to say not enough time so I’m just going to kick my return off with a book review.  I’ve been doing other crafting as well, but this book needs it’s online time.  It’s that good!

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I received this book for review about 7 weeks ago.  What struck me immediately is how amazing the photography in this book is.   You know it has to be good when one of my colleagues remarked that even she as a non-crafter would keep this book as a coffee table book for the photography.  I’d say that’s high praise indeed.

However, as with every craft book I review, I had to look past the photos and see if Home Sewn met the standard criteria I now use for any pattern/craft book I might purchase:

  • How easy are the supplies to find?
  • How simple or complicated are the instructions?
  • Realistically, how many of these projects am I likely to make?

The author is a fan of leather … she admits that.  But even her love for leather and use in many of the projects doesn’t take away from the diversity of fabric and supplies used throughout the projects. What’s more, if leather is not your thing, it’s easy to substitute other fabrics and still end up with a gorgeous product.  For many of the projects I had most if not all of the supplies required.  She included a generous list of resources in the back of the book and what I think was really forward thinking on her part was that the list includes where to purchase supplies no matter where you are in the world.  A crafter using this book can purchase what he/she needs at any local fabric, quilt, or big box craft store.  And if you insist on going all out and using silk fabric, let’s say for the hand stitched quilt pattern, the author lists  online stores you can purchase any of the supplies from.

One of the things which turns newbies or sometimes even seasoned crafters off projects are complex instructions.  Not so with this book.  While some projects would take longer to make, that really would be attributed to the size and type of project, but not due to instructions that are hard to comprehend.   Even the way the instructions are laid out in the book make them easy to read and execute.  I consider myself a beginner sewer but was able to work through the instructions for all the projects after reading them twice.  Some projects only took one read to get the procedure down!  For projects requiring templates, the author provided the templates on her website so you don’t even have to create them yourself.

The biggest factor for me with books of these types is practicality.  How many of these projects would I likely make?  How would the projects translate to my living environment?  How many of these projects if made would I really use?  Of the 32 projects in this book, there’s only 1 I wouldn’t make and that’s because I don’t have the furniture that makes it necessary for me to make the type of chair cover shown as a project.  Other than that one, the projects are so easy to integrate in my urban apt and quite lovely to boot.  I’ve already made one, have ordered fabric for another and am about to fabric paint some canvas for a third.

This project book is a winner for me as I’m sure it will be for other sewers or sewing enthusiasts ready to take the plunge.  Well laid out, beginner friendly, aesthetically pleasing photography and projects I know I’ll enjoy making.  I’m already using my leather coasters!

Leather Coasters

disclaimer: this review was done through my affiliation with Blogging For Books.  Although I received a copy for review, the thoughts expressed are entirely my own.

Hard To Get Back To Normal …

The events of murder and racial unrest in America last week have left me raw, hurt, frustrated, despairing, angry but mostly, very afraid.  To see the country split and polarized by these events, to see some of the population totally unfeeling where some deaths are concerned but rallying incredibly around others is hurtful and scary.  Right now, I need to clear my head.  Right now it’s hard to get back to normal so I’m stepping away a bit.  I need to get out of the head-space I’m in, see you when I do.

  • RIP: Alton Sterling
  • RIP: Philando Castile
  • RIP: Patrick Zamarripa
  • RIP: Brent Thompson
  • RIP: Michael Krol
  • RIP: Michael Smith
  • RIP: Lorne Ahrens

I pray for those left behind.  I pray for that traumatized 4 year old daughter who saw her father shot in front of her but didn’t quite get how her life was going to change.  I pray for Alton Sterling’s 15 year old son who wept bitterly for his dad.  I pray for all the children of the deceased officers, all now fatherless in an angry, hateful, scary world.  I pray that this next generation can work towards peace and respect for peoples of all colours and not let these incidents reduce them to agents of retaliation and hate, cause right now, we’re doing a piss-poor job.

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