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July Reviews 2

Love to Sew Hanging Hearts

Love to Sew: Hanging Hearts by Rachael Rowe

This book is ideal for beginners, it starts off with the basic techniques for sewing hearts, and adding the hangers and then has 20 projects involving hanging hearts.  The projects use different materials and techniques whicFlag hearts from hanging hearts bookh include appliqué, felt hearts, embroidery, patchwork, hearts with pockets etc so you can learn new techniques whilst working on a fairly simple project.

The book is easy to follow with good photography, clear instructions and full size templates at the back of the book.  There are also photos for many stages of the construction of the hearts too.  These pretty hearts would make great gifts, or nice little decorative touches around the house.

This book is published by Search Press How to set up and run a fashion label by Toby Meadows review

How to Set up & Run a Fashion Label (2nd edition) By Toby Meadows

How to Set up & Run a Fashion Label is an easy to read, yet comprehensive  guide to running your own fashion business and tells you everything you need to know, from marketing and PR, through to actually manufacturing your collection and of course the all important finances! This 2nd edition includes info on e-commerce, sustainability, updated images and 5 new case studies.How to set up and run a fashion label by Toby Meadows review

The book is very well laid out, easy to read and full of useful information including areas that like me you might not have given too much thought to otherwise, such as understanding trends & how you should respond, or just how important your brand name actually is and once you’ve settled on one then how to go about protecting it. The case studies also make for very interesting reading, being a handbag fiend I must confess to reading the Knomo one over & over again!

If you love designing clothes and want to have your own label but have no idea where to start, or like me, have never ran your own business before, then this book is definitely the way to go

This book is published by Laurence King

This review was written by Beth Edmondson.



The Crafters Guide to taking great photos by Heidi Adnum

Review by Jan Morton from Sew Different. The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos

I bought this book because I wanted some advice on how to take better photos of my dressmaking commissions for my social media pages and my new website. It has some great reviews on Amazon and has that useful advice in spades.

So many of us need to promote ourselves through our imagery and can’t afford professional photographers. This book goes a long way in starting to demystify the digital camera. It’s very accessible because it’s not just talking about using the big, expensive digital SLR Cameras but refers constantly to the great images you can get from your little pocket sized digital.

The key, as I discovered, is to turn off the auto function and be brave. The book explains all the jargon, what the numbers mean and the importance of the light. It takes you through creating your own sets and light boxes and holds you hand through the whole process. It finishes up with advice on what to do with the photos once you’ve got them onto the computer and how best to use them for your business. All this great information is of course backed up with some beautiful photographs of great craft items. I’d really recommend this book for practicing and building your confidence to produce some great photos to impress through your social media.

This book is published by Search Press

Stitch at Home by Mandy Shaw Review

Stitch at Home by Mandy Shaw

This book is the follow up to Stitch With Love and builds on the embroidery stitches taught in that book but also introduced appliqué and combines the two to make 20 projects based around the concept of houses and homes.Sewing case from Stitch At Home by Mandy Shaw

Don’t worry if you don’t have the first book as the author covers all the embroidery stitches needed in a useful guide at the start of the book as well as appliqué tips. 

The projects in the book are great, there’s a tepee tent for children, a shop sewing machine cover and cottage sewing case as well as cutwork cushions which are inspired by paper cutting.

The projects are spilt into the following categories: home, tea time, sewing, pets, beach, village, garden, house and Christmas.  I’m sure most people would find several projects they would love to make in this book.

This book is published by David & Charles

Jelly Roll Dreams jelly roll quilt designs

Jelly Roll Dreams compiled by Pam & Nicky Lintott

Last year the queens of jelly roll quilts teamed up with Janome and Moda Fabrics to host a jelly roll quilt design competition.  This book showcases the winning designs as well as some of their other favourite entries. The result is a stunning collection of jelly roll quilts, some quite different from the Lintott’s usual subtle colour scheme.   It is refreshing how bright and modern some of tJelly Roll Dreams jelly roll quilt designshe quilts are.

The projects range from simple at the start of the book to more complex at the rear, Pam & Nicky have made their own versions of each quilt to show you different variations and to make them more in the style of their other books.  Each project starts off with an introduction to the designer and their inspirations and then has fabric requirements, cutting instructions and a step by step guide for piecing the quilt.  The book is full of colourful diagrams and photos and there is a useful general quilting techniques section at the back.

This book is published by David & Charles