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Patch! - Cath Kidston

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Author: Cath Kidston / Paperback / 160 Pages / Book is published 2011-10-17 by Quadrille Publishing Ltd

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      01.03.2014 14:22
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      Sew very Cath Kidston.

      I received this book as a gift a couple of months ago and have enjoyed using it. There are so very many good ideas presented in this book the main trouble was choosing the first one to start with.

      The product:

      Patch! is a small paperback book (measuring approximately 21.5cm x 15cm) which is just the right size for slipping into my sewing bag. The front cover illustrates an attractive piece of Cath Kidston style patchwork and declares that there is a Cath Kidston needle case free inside - but don't get too excited about that - the needle case is actually a piece of folded over thin card shaped like a patchwork flower, but it does come with 8 needles of assorted sizes.

      There are also 12 templates included which are required to complete the projects in the book. They are printed out onto several sheets of paper and need to be either cut out or traced onto a separate piece of paper for use. Most of the templates are the actual size required but it must be noted that some are not - and you will have to enlarge the shapes which are provided using a photocopier. (Some technical knowledge required there!)


      Experience of the product:

      Although not an absolute novice at sewing I hadn't done patching for years so I appreciated the detailed instructions in Patch! So far I have had a go at two of the 33 projects in this book: the Dresden plate cushion - a plain cushion with one large piece of patchwork on it and the Circles Laundry bag which is a plain bag sporting interlocking patchwork petals. I chose these pieces as they looked the least demanding to start off with and I found the end product useful. Some of the projects such as the throw would seem to be a little more challenging and time consuming...but then it does say in the introduction to this book that the aim was to include 'something for everybody.'

      The patch projects include:

      Floral and Spot Tote Bag
      Tweed Messenger Bag
      Red Hens Bag
      Harlequins Bag
      Rose Knitting Bag
      Hounds Bag
      Circles Laundry Bag
      Floral Wash-Bag
      Dresden Plate Tote Bag
      Dresden Plate Cushion
      Rose Linen Pillowcase
      Boudoir Cushion
      Triangle Patch Pillowcase
      Suffolk Puff Cushion
      Child's Cushion
      Child's Pentagon Ball
      Stanley Toy
      Bunny Blanket
      Star Throw
      Hankie Bedcover
      Curtain Panel
      Tea Towel Tablecloth
      Sugarbag Doorstop
      Tartan Beanbag
      Applique Tea Towel
      Hexagon Pincushion
      Personalised Dog Bed
      Flower Picture
      Bunny Sweater
      Patched Dungarees
      Puff Collar Cardigan
      Puff Necklace

      Thoughts:

      All the projects shown possess that friendly, pretty, homespun Cath Kidston style. The instructions are presented using diagrams as well as written text and are clear and easy to follow. Beginners are well catered for as there is a useful run through of the essential equipment you will need for starting sewing, a guide to choosing fabrics, how to cut out your patches, essential tips for using a sewing machine and a handy set of instructions covering some hand sewing basics. The book gives an overview of different types of seams and hems and explains a range of embroidery stiches - all with illustrations.

      I didn't use traditional Cath Kidston fabrics. I raided the scrappy collection of natural fabrics I had been putting aside for ages - but I was quite smugly satisfied with my cushion and laundry bag. Cutting out and hand sewing patches does require some patience but I found the experience quite therapeutic and it does give you a sense of accomplishment when you are done. I found the book easy to use, a joy to thumb through and would thoroughly recommend for crafters of all abilities.

      A colourful, inspirational, good quality book. Good value for money in my opinion. Available at Amazon for £6.30.

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