Thursday 26 May 2016

Hand Stitched Crazy Patchwork ~ Search Press ~ Book Review

by Hazel Blomkamp

ISBN: 9781782213482
Publisher: Search Press
Publication Date: 09 March 2016
RRP: £14.99


Available direct from Search Press.

I am in love with crazy patchwork.
The only thing is in some ways it scares me.
It's so free and inventive that
I never know where to start.
I know now, you start by reading this book.

Hazel goes into every detail you need to know
to get started.
You have everything from general tips
that will help you start and keep your work beautiful.
She goes through everything including the
tools and materials you will need to get started.

You have a techniques gallery so that you can
go through step by step instructions
into how create a basic panel of crazy patch.
This then takes you onto different designs
to create different looks.

Next is the embroidery stitches you will
need to use to complete the projects.
Each has a beautiful diagram to explain the stitch
and instructions on how to complete the stitch.
This takes up nine pages as there are so many
stitches that are described.
Then it's onto ribbon embroidery stitches.
There are five beautiful pages of the most
effective and amazing stitches.
Then it's onto needle lace.
This begins with general tips and basic knowledge,
moving onto instructions for each of the stitches used.
After 15 pages that are packed full,
you move onto needle weaving.
Another 10 pages on and we move onto
bead embroidery stitches for 16 pages.
Next is simple tatting techniques.
I was especially interested in this section
as tatting is something I am trying to master.
After another six pages you are finally
onto finishing techniques.
As you can see from above it's packed full
of guided stitches and everything you
will need to make the projects.

Now you might think there isn't much
space in the book for anything else,
you would be wrong.
There are five different projects to
get your teeth into and use everything that
you have learnt.

The projects are called;
Gussy Up
Waiting for Santa
Rambling Vine
Savannah Winter

Gussy Up has been designed to fit into
lid of a wooden box.
It's a beautiful mix of everything you have learnt.
The project is broken down into steps
so it isn't quite as daunting.
I would of liked a few more how to pictures
but they are clear pictures of each section.

The Nightshade project is a beautifully
designed black and white project.
This really gets you thinking as
it's not what you usually what you think
of when you think of crazy patchwork.
This project measures 9 7/8" x 7 7/8".
It's also designed for the lid of a box.

Waiting for Santa is a beautifully
designed stocking for Christmas.
Rambling Vine measures 15 1/2" x 15 3/4"
and is designed as a wall hanging.
Savannah Winter measures 9 2/3" x 7 7/8
has been used as a lid to cover a sewing basket.

There is lots to learn in this book
and some beautiful projects to utilize
all of your new skills.

Each of the projects are amazingly detailed
and use so many skills.
You can learn so much from this book.
If you want to learn crazy patchwork,
it's well worth purchasing.


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.


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