Newest Review: ... most part this book does just that. The projects include aprons, quilts, place mats, a tablecloth, cushions and bags. What appealed to me ... more
Member Name: heuchera
Sew! - Cath Kidston
Advantages: good selection of projects for varying levels of ability
Disadvantages: it assumes some prior knowledge, so may not be suitable for complete beginner
Some wonderful and inspiring projects in here, and the book also comes with the fabric to one of the projects already cut out for you, so all you have to do is sew it together. To quote the author, she wanted to "design projects that were practical as well as pretty" and I think for the most part this book does just that.
The projects include aprons, quilts, place mats, a tablecloth, cushions and bags. What appealed to me most was the quilting and patchwork projects, though I think I'd quite happily work on any of the items in this book.
The book contains some useful information, for example, making your own bias binding, and each project has a tip, hint, or piece of trivia relating to the item, which makes it an interesting read. There's a bit of information on sewing machines, and about basic sewing equipment.
The projects are each designated a skill level, - I, II or III. I would say with regard to difficulty that you do not have to be an expert at sewing to get the most out of this book, but you may find it a bit advanced if you're a complete beginner, or someone with absolutely no experience at sewing.
There are a couple of minor niggles: I think the book would benefit from more detailed and illustrated instructions, and also an index or glossary of terms. (I had to ask a shop assistant what cotton duck is, for example)
But generally I would recommend this as a fun and interesting book for someone who likes sewing.
Summary: good, fun, inspiring book for sewing hobbyists