Thursday, 28 July 2016

Practical Sew & Mend ~ GMC ~ Book Review


Essential Mending Know-How
by Joan Gordon

ISBN: 9781784941765
Publisher: GMC
Publication Date: 7 Jun. 2016
RRP: £9.99

Available direct from GMC.

    

In past generations this information
would have been passed down each generation.
Unfortunately this isn't the case anymore.


I never learnt any sewing and mending skills
from my mother.
Previously most of us would use and throw away.
We wouldn't even think of mending something.
Now however we have realized
it's better to mend it and use things more.


In previous years I was almost scared
of sewing.
Now I am realizing there is nothing
difficult or scary about sewing.



This book is brilliant.
It takes it from scratch and teaches
you all the basics.


The pictures are extremely clear
and easy to follow.
It takes you through everything from
threading a needle to making a knot.


The book has fantastic tips that make
everything super easy.
Sewing straight has always been my issue
but with the useful tip in this book
this won't be the case anymore.


The book is broken down into sections:
  • Buttons and other closures
  • Seams
  • Hems
  • Fix & Repair.

There is just so much information in this book.
It's the kind of book that you keep in the
house and use time and time again.


No matter your level if you want
to learn how to mend and repair
different things then this is really a brilliant book.


This book is like having your mum or gran
showing what to do.


I have already used this book a number of times.
My sons trousers needed their 
hems moving
and I had to repair a split seam.
This book gave me the confidence to tackle them.


A brilliant book that really does show you everything
step-by-step.

Available direct from GMC.

    


I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Corner Cut 60 ~ 2-in-1 Sewing Tool ~ C & T Publishing ~ Product Review


20-in-1 Sewing Tool
By Marci Baker

ISBN: 9781617452970
Publisher: C & T Publishing
Publication Date: 13 June 2016
RRP: £7.99

Available direct from Search Press.

    

When you are sewing a 1/4"
on a pattern when you take into
account the thread and fabric
it's better if you have a scant 1/4"
so that it includes this.


With this tool you can easily measure
a scant 1/4" on your machine and if you use
sewing edge strips you can make sure all
your projects are a scant 1/4"


The tool also means you can cut off
the corners when you are quilting with
60 degree triangles.
This means it's easier to sew them
and then you don't have that awful
situation of all the seams coming together
and creating a lump.


The tool is really easy to use
and very handy.
As a quilter this is a tool I will use
time and again.


Available direct from Search Press.

    


I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Sewing Edge ~ C & T Publishing ~ Product Review


by Marci Baker

ISBN: 9781617452994
Publisher: C & T Publishing
Publication Date: 13 June 2016
RRP: £7.99 

Available direct from Search Press.

    

What a fantastic product.
It enables you to sew a perfect scant 1/2"
on any and all machines.


The tapes are reusable
so can be moved whenever you want to.


All you need to do is align the tape
on your machine and away you go.
It's even easier if you use a corner cut tool
that makes sure it's aligned straight.


The tape makes it so easy to follow
and you feel confident you are sewing
in a straight line.


In each pack you get 5 strips.
We've also been using them as strips
on my sons work so that he can find
it easier to align his work.

I really like this product.
It's so easy to use and makes such
a difference when you are sewing.

Available direct from Search Press.

    


I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Make Your First Quilt ~ C & T Publishing ~ Book Review



by Alex Anderson

ISBN: 9781617453182
Publisher: C & T Publishing
Publication Date: 01 June 2016
RRP: £10.99

Available direct from Search Press.

    

This book is a fantastic
visual guide
to making your first quilt.


The book is spiral bound, so it's
easy to keep your page whilst
you are following the instructions.


The book gives you 1 fun block that
can be use in 12 layout options
and 4 sizes.

The book goes through everything
from the tools, fabric and the basics.


The book starts you off with a manageable
quilt that you will be able to
finish and feel successful as soon as possible.

If you like the design you can go onto making
a lot bigger quilt as you'll then have all
the skills you need to make a beautiful quilt.


Quilting is becoming more popular.
I am one of the people that has recently started
quilting.
This book makes quilting so much easier.

The pictures, instructions and diagrams
make it so simple for you to follow each stage.

Everything is written and set in a format
that it's easy to find what stage you are looking for
as well as making it easy to follow.

There is so much that is included that
some other books have forgotten.
Even how to prepare the fabric
before you even start quilting.

The first part of the book covers everything
you will need to know before you start quilting.

Then it's onto the quilt.
There are an amazing amount of diagrams
to help you make your quilt.
The instructions are really easy to follow
and help you feel more confident.

Overall this is a brilliant book
to start making your first quilt.

Available direct from Search Press.

    


I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Natural Knits for Babies & Toddlers ~ GMC ~ Book Review


By Tina Barrett

ISBN: 9781784941680
Publisher: GMC
Publication Date: 7 Jun. 2016
RRP: £5.99

Available direct from GMC.

   

Brilliant value for money!


This book is packed full of 12 cute projects
that are for babies & toddlers.


The 12 projects are:
Wool Baby Nest
Alpaca Cardigan, Hat & Booties
Alpaca Moo Hat & Mittens
Cotton Cardigan, Beanie & Mittens
Alpaca Comfort Blankies
Wool Aran Cable Jumper
Corn-Fibre Lace Pyjamas
Hemp Swing Dress & Trousers
Changing Bag & Bottle Tote
Soy Silk Nappy Liner
Alpaca Lavender Pillow
Bamboo Nursing Pads


Some of the patterns come in different sizes
so you can make them for newborns to 12 months.
There is also a jumper that is in sizes
1-2 years and 2-3 years.
The pyjamas are also in sizes
6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years.
As is the dress & trousers.


There projects are fun and cute
as well as very practical.


I really do love all the projects in the book.
They are so useful and some of them
are such fun!


I love the fact that all the projects are
made out of natural materials.
I think it's important to keep as much
as possible as natural as possible
for babies.


There isn't a project in this book that
I don't want to make.
I can't wait for the next baby to be able
to make one of the projects for.


Available direct from GMC.

   


I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Crochet Snowflakes Step-by-Step ~ Search Press ~ Book Review


By Caitlin Sainio

ISBN: 9781782214373
Publisher: Search Press
Publication Date: 07 June 2016
RRP: £10.99

Available direct from Search Press.

   

Squeee :-)
I love this book!


There is nothing better than making snowflakes
for Christmas.
However this book takes snowflakes to a
whole new level
and shows you how they can be used all year round.


You get the most amazing array of 40 patterns.
Each of the snowflakes looks so different.
I love the fact that you get step by step
instructions and pictures.


The patterns come in written and chart format.
This means that any type of crocheter
can give the patterns a go.


The book start with the core techniques
of crocheting.
It goes through all the basic stitches used
and how to make them.
There are step-by-step instructions
and pictures.


Then it's straight into the beautiful
snowflake patterns.
You will be amazed at how something so
simple as a snowflake
can look so different with each design.


At the back of the book
there is the most amazing projects for you to make:
Lavender Sachets
Coasters
Child's Dress
Garlands
Hair Bands
Scarf


I would highly recommend this book.
It offers so many beautiful snowflake patterns
and beautiful ways to use them all year round.


Available direct from Search Press.



   


I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.