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Stitched in Time: Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share from the Creator of Posie Gets Cozy Paperback – November 11, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Original edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307406261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307406262
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ah, the joys of technology, which can, in (almost) split seconds, photocopy old family photos onto treated fabric and transform wedding-guest signatures atop a picture frame. What’s even more remarkable is the way Oregon designer Paulson pays homage to the power of memories while imaginatively repurposing scrapbook-type items into keepsakes. Thirty projects fall into one of three categories—for babies, for everyday, and for special occasions—all with casual instructions that rely on only the basic knowledge of sewing, embroidery, and finishing. “Welcome Stork” greeting cards become a mobile in a baby’s room. Patches of Mom’s and Dad’s clothing are stitched into a first-apartment laundry bag. All directions, narratives, and tips and hints are intended to seduce even beginners into fabricating their first memorabilia; who could resist a two-page spread on the ease of taking pictures? One more poignant touch, much in line with the warmth of the author’s crafts: the book is dedicated to her first corgi: Audrey, a good dog, queen of my heart. Appended are general sewing techniques: hand sewing, transferring photos to fabrics, embroidery, appliqué, freezer-paper stenciling. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

ALICIA PAULSON has been featured on HGTV and in Hallmark magazine, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens Creative Home, and Family Circle Easy Knitting, among other magazines. Her blog, Posie Gets Cozy, receives a quarter million hits per month. Alicia lives in Portland, Oregon.

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I want to do every single project in this book!
Rust and Roses
This is a lovely book with wonderful ideas for creating memories for yourself and others.
calicodaisy handmade
I love posie gets cosy so I had to have this book and am I glad I got it!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Ellen M. Gibb on November 16, 2008
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This is a delightful book of beginning sewing projects which will also appeal to more experienced sewers like myself because of the sheer charm and childlike simplicity of the projects. We see so much black and silver and muted browns these days but Alicia Paulson lives in a different color path. It is the color path of my grandmother's quilts--fresh, sweet, and full of the feeling of spring flowers. Having followed her blog for some time, I was thrilled when her book came out. The lovely afghans and knitting projects on her blog inspired me on to new adventures in those areas. What I love about the book is that you don't have to make her very own projects as she made them. You can take the colors of her palette or some of her ideas and adapt them to your own particular vision. A good way to see if you would like this book is to follow her blog for a while (Posie Gets Cozy); her writing is as fun and inspiring as her sewing. Her domesticity and creative life is warm, comforting, and heartening. She lives in a world I remember from childhood--when most treasures were handmade and embodied the wisdom and skill of one woman, passed to another.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CraftyMcShannahan on December 23, 2010
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I will start off by saying the good. First, the pictures in this book are fabulous. The color combinations tend to be soothing and sweet. The directions are simple and easy to follow. (And on a side note, there is a picture of a dress on page 12 that I wish I owned a hundred of and could wear everyday!)

Now...the rest. I would say that the best project in the book (for me anyway) was the doll pictured on the front cover. It was cute and easily adaptable. You could make a wide array of variations of this doll in a short amount of time. I can honestly say that I would make this doll as is with no significant change in what the author has done. It is the only project about which I could say that. A good portion of the projects include using printable fabric...this is something I am just not interested in...(I recognize it is just a matter of taste, but since its my review I am allowed to say that it just does not please my palate...)

Some of the projects feature good ideas, such as an embroidered onesie. However, the author suggests that it could only be used as a display piece. And her version, because of the method used should be only for display. However, there are other methods that could be employed enabling you to actually clothe a child with the onesie!

In the same vein, another of the projects is a growth chart in which she sews a cheap tape measure to the fabric pattern. In my eyes, if you are making something as a keepsake, you could take a little extra time and do some simple embroidery lines to mark off inches. The method used in the book looks so tacky! I would think even a novice sewer would be embarassed to give this as a gift (or keep it for personal use for that matter).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By calicodaisy handmade on December 12, 2008
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This is a lovely book with wonderful ideas for creating memories for yourself and others. I've been following Alicia since I saw her on an HGTV show and was so glad to find her on the blogs. You won't go wrong choosing this book for yourself or as a gift for a crafter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Young on December 30, 2008
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I love posie gets cosy so I had to have this book and am I glad I got it! It is full of beautiful picture, super cute and creative projects.. just love it so much! It is just nice to look at, even if I never make anything!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rysprincess94 on January 30, 2009
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I love Alicia's blog and am totally in love this book! I have not been able to get things together to actually do a project, but I have really enjoyed flipping through the pages and imagining some of the things I might make someday when I have the time. The directions all seem very straight-forward and not too terribly difficult to follow. And although I have been a crafty type since the womb, I am more a jack-of-all-crafts and master of none. That being said this is sure to entice a beginner, an expert and everyone in between. I especially appreciate Alicia's style of writing and attention to detail. I even sent for an autographed bookplate and received not only the bookplate very quickly but a beautiful, handwritten thank you note from Alicia herself. I cannot wait to get my hands on her second book that is currently in the works and due out in 2010.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Methvin on December 26, 2008
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This book was on my wish list, and my sweet husband got it for me. It does not disappoint. I love reading Alicia's blog everyday, and this book of hers is just as good! Sweet projects to sew, that are not too difficult. I plan on making the peppermint heart garland for my daughter, and for any friends of hers that have birthdays coming up. And of course, I'll have to try the doll on the front cover! Charming pictures, patterns included, and Alicia's kind voice guiding you through-get this book!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rust and Roses on November 18, 2008
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Oh, how I love this book! I love Alicia's blog, and her photos, and crafts, and I was so excited to receive this, after much anticipation. I have read it front to back at least 10 times already. I want to do every single project in this book! Such wonderful ideas, gorgeous photos and styling, and my favorite part is Alicia's writing. So well done! I highly recommend getting this book as well as a few copies for those you hold dear.
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