Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Book Review: Stitch It Simple by Beth Sheard
25 Hand Sewn Projects to Make and Share

These projects and patterns for accessories and home decor are guaranteed to work well for sewing novices and produce fun, fast, beautiful results. Created for new-to-sewing crafters who have little or no experience in hand stitching or using a sewing machine, each project offers clear instructions and everything readers need to stitch something they are sure to love. With a wonderful passion for sewing featured on every page, readers will soon discover just how gratifying sewing can be.

Even though the book is being marketed for beginners, I'm sure that more experienced sewers will have just as much fun using the patterns in this book. The projects are sweet, simple and colourful and great for using up fabric scraps. The author also includes basic sewing, embroidery and applique instructions - which I always find handy.

Some of my favourite projects in the book are: the patchwork chair pad, circles cushion, fish on a line, sardine panel and balloon cushion - I can't wait to get stuck in and start creating.

Rating: 4/5
Taunton Press
October 14, 2014
Source: NetGalley

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Name Tag Swap

Recently I took part in a name tag swap. It was an easy, stress free swap and a chance for me to do something a little different.

My partner was Elena from Tea For Two. Her blog name inspired the little mug cross stitch that I put together and what better way to display it than in a small embroidery hoop. I haven't done any cross stitch in ages so it was nice to ease back into it and I'd forgotten how relaxing it is.

I made a lanyard so that she can hang it around her neck, using this tutorial here.

Joining in here:
Sew Cute Tuesday  Show & Tell Thursday's