Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Sewn By Hand" by Susan Wasinger

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596681
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches 
As a real believer in the 'slow cloth' philosophy I was really pleased to see this book. I get tired by all of the advertisements that everything, seemingly, must " fast, fun and fabulous" - or some similar iteration of that sentiment. Going slowly is more meditative and, especially with sewn articles, you can really sew a it of yourself into what you make when you do it by hand

Table of Contents
This little gem of book is venerates both the art of slow cloth - sewing by hand - as well as the eco-friendly philosophy of recycling with aplomb.  The projects are very well illustrated, fairly simple and eminently useful. Hand sewing makes the look. 
Well illustrated dictionary of hand stitches
The table of contents says it all. A well illustrated dictionary of hand stitches is thorough and well done. I really like some of the included projects. A great apron (not some skimpy little thing) made from recycled button down shirts. Salvaged shirts make another appearance as very well thought out "cafe napkins" that make great use of the buttons on the shirt. Another favorite project I found is for a tote bag - that includes simple directions for making your great looking covered buttons.
A great apron made from recycled button down shirts
I think that this book should hold wide appeal to sewers of all persuasions - hand and machine as well as to eco conscious recyclers. The projects are useful, fresh and delightful. I also think this book is a great value. Both in monetary cost but also  for the seriously good feeling that slow, hand sewn, cloth combined with serious re-purposing can bring to you.
Shirts are again highlighted in these wonderful cafe napkins

Perfect use for the buttons that are already on the shirt!

Fashion and function plus recycling - a win/win combination!

Making your own covered buttons tutorial

note: this book was provided to me by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. No other remuneration was received

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