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Signature Styles: 20 Stitchers Craft Their Look Paperback – May 3, 2011


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Signature Styles: 20 Stitchers Craft Their Look is a combination: craft and style book, and a biography book. Author Jenny Doh has profiled some of the top women who take their craft to the next level, and each is successful in their own right. From sewing mavens to knitting gurus, this book touches on many popular forms of crafting and the women who make them popular…Not only do we read about the women and see them working in their studios or homes through the many color pictures, but each shares what their signature craft is and how to do it. Step-by-step projects include purses and bags, baby pants, belts, appliqué t-shirt and skirt, and sewn accessories such as bracelets, headbands and a necklace made out of fabric and felt. Each project is simple enough for beginners to accomplish but also easily customizable for advanced sewers…Jenny Doh does a great job detailing the women and their work. And for those needing a little inspiration or even motivation to get their craft projects done, reading how these women found success doing just that will give anyone reading it just what they need.” —Suite 101
 
“Not only do you get to peek inside the colorful and eclectic closets of some of the biggest bloggers out there like Elsie Flannigan, but you also get tips and step by step instructions from some of the hottest wearable artists like Bonzie, Meg Allen Cole, and Amy Tangerine. View their stashes, get a glimpse of their sewing space, and gain exclusive insight into the tastes of these inspiring women...Jenny Doh's point of view is polished, vibrant, and chic. This book is sure to excite fashionistas and crafters alike. Just like that trusty black dress, you'll want this book to be a staple in your crafting collection and library.” —Altered Couture

“Profiles of 20 women known for their craft blogs and businesses, with a focus on their personal style. It's a surprisingly varied collection, ranging from costumey retroquirk to urban couture to modern country. Each woman also provides a simple craft project.Profiles of 20 women known for their craft blogs and businesses, with a focus on their personal style. It's a surprisingly varied collection, ranging from costumey retroquirk to urban couture to modern country. Each woman also provides a simple craft project.” - Library Journal

About the Author

 
JENNY DOH is the former Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company, a leading source of information and inspiration for crafters around the world. She celebrates the crafting community daily on her vibrant blog Crescendoh (http://blog.crescendoh.com/crescendoh/). Jenny lives in SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600597912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600597916
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenny Doh is head of www.crescendoh.com and author/packager of numerous art and crafting books. She is former Editor-in-Chief and Director of Publishing for Somerset Studio magazine and its sister publications. For her leadership in publishing, Jenny was recognized by Folio magazine as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing industry.

Jenny received her Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA, and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from UC Irvine. She lives in Santa Ana, California. She loves to crochet, knit, stay fit, and play music.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shona C. Cole on May 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
`But when truly confident people, who are secure in their image and identity, walk into the room, it's entrancing.' This quote from Megan Hunt, p89, pretty much sums up the 22 woman you meet in this book.

While all profiled are crafty in some way or another, there is a good diversity of body shapes, backgrounds and styles represented. Broken up into 20 sections you get to understand a little about the development and elements of each of the women's personal style.

The photography in this book is excellent. There are many artfully taken full length photos of the women (in a few different outfits) as well as views of their stylish, crafty homes and interesting details and nicknacks. The editor Jenny Doh has packed in the information and images. It is short on white space, long on information and inspiration.

I have never put too much time into thinking about my day to day clothing style. Sure I dress up if there is an event to go to or someone new to meet, but that is not so much `personal style' as following a set fashion. So how much better to make an effort to wear something interesting, something that expresses `me' even if I am just going grocery shopping or being at home with my kids? Through these woman Doh has delivered lots of doable ideas for me to add unique touches, unusual color pairings and interesting fabrics to my wardrobe regardless of what I am doing. (e.g. outfits that mix decades, Megan Nicolay p104; limiting signature pieces, Bari J. Ackerman, p68; using upholstery fabric in clothing, Sandy Stone, p114 and tons more).

To top it off there is `how to' section after each profile showing you how to make a piece that expresses the individual style.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on April 27, 2011
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MusingCrow VINE VOICE on June 22, 2011
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Jenny Doh and Lark books have another hit on their hands. "Signature Styles" will appeal to crafters and stitchers alike. Each spotlighted artist has a distinct style and all are bound to bring a smile to your face. I found a person who revels in one of my favorite colors (aside from gold-green I mean) orange! The projects in this book are sure to please; there's whimsical felt owls from Elsie Flannigan, a lettuce edged re-purposed sweater from Betz White (who seems to like orange), fresh, colorful country feel goodies from Serena Thompson, vintage-y lacey, feminine, wonderful fripperies from Bonzie & Ger and Sandy Stone's colorful re-purposing (the carafes full of fun buttons) is just a smattering of the fun you'll find in this new book from Jenny Doh and Lark.

As with all books that Lark publishes the directions for the projects are well written, superbly illustrated and easy to follow. Each project includes a list of what you'll need to complete the project and, where needed, templates are included in the back of the book. Each featured artist has a page of their own with a photograph of them in their art making space, a list of what the essence of their style is, notes about what things they "can't live without" and hints about where they find the fun things that they include in their art.

Jenny Doh is a powerhouse of creativity. In my opinion she created the publishing phenomenon that is Stampington and, since leaving their she has spread her wings and continued on to achieve even more success with her fabulous website, Crescendoh.com. You can't help but admire her passion for art of all kinds. She's encouraging and whimsical and just an all around amazing woman. Grab yourself a copy of this book (I've never been able to understand how Lark puts out such quality for such reasonable prices!), sit back and prepare to enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hello Happy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 2, 2011
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Author Jenny Doh has developed her own personal style, but is continually intrigued by others who are working at their own look. Jenny has selected an inspiring group of creative women to showcase in her book, Signature Styles.

These ladies have found their own personal "signature style" and are each featured separately with information about their evolution as an innovative creative force. Signature Styles gives a fascinating look into their point of view, inspirations, routines, how they manage work and family, and much more. The book has a gorgeous graphic layout, filled with bright colors and detailed and interesting photos on every single page. There are all kinds of fun factoids spotlighted throughout, like seamstress Meg Allan Cole's photo of her Oma's vintage dresses or the Simmons' personal prized wearables.

In addition to profiling each of the twenty artistic women (including giving their website and blog addresses), they have each also included a step-by-step tutorial of a craft of their choosing (complete patterns included). It is really a delight to read about them and their talents and then actually see a specific design created by them especially for the readers. A few of the beautiful creations are a darling "crafty" applique t-shirt, a pretty patchwork tote, and a cashmere sweater recycled into a lettuce-edge shrug. Signature Styles is filled with eye candy for crafters and artists, as well as exciting information about the women that made it happen!
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