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Simple Gifts to Stitch: 30 Elegant and Easy Projects Paperback – June 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307347567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307347565
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Whether you can sew or not, the beautifully simple projects in this book inspire us to sit down at a sewing machine. The book is timely in its encouragement for us all to be creative. I am very enthusiastic about the fact that more people are taking up the art of sewing, and I urge everyone to look with pleasure at these lovely patterns.”
--Martha Stewart

“Jocelyn Worrall is such a clever artist! Her take on the wonderful world of crafts is inspiring, fun, and highly practical. All in all, an easy joy!”
--Todd Oldham

About the Author

Jocelyn Worrall has worked as a textile designer, costume designer, and stylist.

She is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for her work in costume design, and she holds a BFA in textile design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jocelyn appeared as the “Craft Lady of Steel” on the Style Network's television show Craft Corner Death Match, and she has developed craft projects for the Martha Stewart Living television show.

She is married to Jon Hokanson, a gaffer and cinematographer, and has a son, Silas.

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Customer Reviews

I'm off to the fabric store!
Sal M
The projects are simple but beautiful and original, the bag on the cover is a great example.
Cikk
I was, however, a bit disappointed in the projects.
Janice

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Cikk on August 28, 2007
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I've bought quite a few of the recent crop of sewing books. Some of them were a waste of cash and are a waste of shelf space. This one is one of the few - very few! - that isn't. The projects are simple but beautiful and original, the bag on the cover is a great example. She has some very stylish, cool ideas, and her sensibility is what I call Japanese. Interesting use of pleating and pintucks and overlay of different fabrics. She has gifts to wear like very original scarves and wraps, things for the home, like throws and an apron which even I would wear (and I really don't get this whole apron thing), and stuff for kiddies - including a gorgeous leaf cushion I will make myself. The photography is beautiful, the writing is balanced - not cutesy and not dry (compare Break the Rules Sewing and In Stitches - this is a nice halfway house), the templates are well done and even - I cannot stand rough hand drawn templates - and she also has a very thorough intro..... Recommended....
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sal M on June 27, 2007
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I just received this and I can't wait to start sewing. The projects are unique and fun. The author does a great job of explaining everything, including a full glossary and patterns. If you are a seamstress, or like me, just not afraid of a sewing machine, this is a great book for you. If you are afraid of your sewing machine, this could be the set of projects to tame you fears. I'm off to the fabric store!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Tassie on August 8, 2007
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This book is excellent, and I can not wait to start sewing from it. Lovely, fresh ideas and projects. Well written with great photos.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judy Young on July 15, 2008
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I was really disappointed with this book. Some of the gifts are simple and easy but most of the patterns are the same old patterns just rehashed a bit. New sewers may like it since some patterns really are simple and good for beginners. I do like the fact that there are patterns in the back of the book. So often we have to 'wing it' on the patterns in sewing books. Good book for someone but not me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janice on February 1, 2008
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I loved the tote on front and had heard good things about the book. It is a good read, and beautifully photographed. I was, however, a bit disappointed in the projects. They really just weren't very practical or my taste, but by ordering online, that's my fault. I do plan to make the tote, but probably little else.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Starr on January 6, 2008
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I eagerly anticipated this book and was not disappointed. There are so many projects I want to tackle!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ainhoa Zoco on October 6, 2008
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This is a good book. Great pictures and nice edition but not all the projects are so elegant or interesting as the bag in the cover, although there are 5 or 6 quite nice and easy to do. I've liked specially the purse and bags and the child's stuff. Quite good, I'll try some of the projects sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Williamson on July 27, 2008
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I ordered this book almost as an afterthought - thinking that I had pretty much seen every idea for making stylish gifts. Boy, was I wrong! This is a great book that even beginner sewers could use. Great ideas including making your own decorative wrapping paper. If you don't sew or craft - this is a perfect book to give as a gift.
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