As part of the Blogathon I’m writing about my five favourite craft books – other participants are talking about their favourite writing books but I thought craft books would be more apt for us wouldn’t you agree?
Plus, I have a heck of a lot of craft books…
This book is just gorgeous – I love the philosophy about stitching by hand and the important ritual of loving your thread (to stop tangles of course). I made a skirt from it but haven’t tried anything since. I think I need to dig it out from the pile and make something else soon.
This book is one of the newest in my collection and I haven’t explored it fully yet. But I love Carla Sonheim’s style and I tired one of the projects from the book a little while ago (paper dolls). I’m really looking forward to carrying out more of the fun and creativity-boosting exercises – the one about drawing Picasso dogs is particularly enticing me.
This book is one of the first I ever bought about sewing back in 2008. And there’s one particular pattern that I’ve made over and over again – the clutch on the cover. My version is below and it’s probably the easiest thing I’ve ever sewn. The patterns and style of writing is really accessible for the beginner sewer (sewist? sewer just looks plain wrong).
Writing this list is really reminding me just how many books I have. And how many I’ve never made anything from. This book isn’t one of them. Ruth Singer’s book is a great reference book for all sorts of sewing techniques. I’ve used the envelope cushion cover several times. And I used the Suffolk puffs (yo yo) tutorial for the purse below. If you only buy one sewing book, make it this one.
This last choice is more of an inspirational book that a project book as I’ve never actually made anything from it. But it’s a lovely book to browse through, to read and to get simple and pretty ideas for your home. I’ve actually got a hardback version of it with a beautiful aqua blue cover – part of the charm for me I do admit.
I hope you enjoyed my list – what would be in your top 5?