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April Book Reviews101 fabric-by-fabric ways to sew a metre review

101 Fabric-by-fabric ways to Sew a Metre by Rebecca Yaker & Patricia Hoskins

This book is the follow up from popular project book 101 Ways to Sew a Metre.  The projects are split into chapters based upon fabric type including lightweight cottons, quilting weight cottons, home decor fabrics, flannel, woven pile fabrics, coated fabrics, fleece, knits and wool. 

The book starts with a guide to fabric fundamentals, what needles and machine feet to use with the different fabrics, how to wash them, any special equipment you need to work with them etc.   Each chapter gives you an introduction to the fabric type and how to best work with it before going into the projects.101 fabric-by-fabric ways to sew a metre review

The projects are each spread over several pages with detailed instructions, including cutting instructions, colourful diagrams and a photo of the finished design.  They include garments (for adults and children), bags, cushions and household storage solutions.  This book is very good value for money, over 400 pages, 101 projects plus 9 full size pattern sheets all for under £20.  A great book for helping you use up the various fabrics in your stash.

This book is published by David & Charles .

Mend it Better book review

Mend It Better – Creative patching, darning and stitching by Kristin M Roach

This book is a useful guide to repairing your clothing and getting extra wear from your garments.  Often just darning a hole, or replacing a zip will mean you get months or even years of extra wear out of your clothes.  If you’ve ever wondered quite how to do it then this is the book for you.

The book stMend it Better book reviewarts with some simple tips and things to consider before fixing, followed by a guide to the equipment you’ll need.  The other chapters cover patches, pockets, hems, darning, fasteners & closures, zippers and decorative touches. 

This is a bright colourful book with easy to follow instructions, colourful diagrams and pretty photographs throughout.  There are also projects in the book for revamping or upcycling your clothing.  An ideal guide for any fans of the make do and mend ethos.

This book is published by Storey Publishing/

Digital Imagery on Fabric – Creative Uses for your digital images by Ruth Brown

This book combines 2 of my favourite things – computers and Digital Imagery on Fabricfabrics.  In this comprehensive guide Ruth talks you through the equipment you need to print your images onto fabric, the techniques you can use and how to incorporate the resulting fabrics into your designs.  She covers not only the printing side of things but she gives tips on photography andDigital Imagery on Fabric detailed advice on how to use computer software to manipulate your image before printing.

The contents of the book are broken down into the following chapters: types of printers, direct printing, image transfer, using digital negatives & positives and image manipulation.  There are a range of different printing techniques covered in detail in this book as well as beautiful fabric examples illustrating the book throughout.

This book can be purchased direct from the author on her site or from Amazon.

82 Modern Style Ideas To Create at Home by Karen McCartney82 Modern Style Ideas Murdoch Books
This is a book of very stylish, easy to make projects. In fact as it says on the cover, there are 82 of them to be exact. The book is seductive in as much as the photographs are lovely to look at and beautifully styled. This tome is as much to do with styling as with making the projects themselves. There are simple but very effective ideas such as that on the front cover: A mural of a heavily laden branch hanging down on which are hidden hooks for mugs to hang.

The projects range from printing, paper manipulation, gift wrapping to sewing projects. There are cushions made from French or English linen tea towels, a union jack flag is used as a table cloth, cushions with photo’s transferred on to them and long curtains made from a patchwork of jeans.

This is a book about inspiring your own creativity with various suggestions for storage devices, simple art for your walls and re- or up cycling general items as decorative pieces.  At £12.99 RRP for a large paperback book this is excellent value for money.

This book is published by Murdoch Books and can be purchased here.

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