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The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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"Easy-to-follow instructions, quirky facts, personal stories, and vintage illustrations make this book as charming as each pretty cover-up featured inside." -- Homemakers magazine
"EllynAnne Geisel has restored dignity to a symbol of domesticity long gone from many kitchensthe apron." -- Denver Post
"Part how-to, part history, this book is like grandma's puddingcomforting and a great treat." -- Create & Decorate
"The Apron Book unfolds like a bolt of fabricthe pattern of a life remembered through a homely object." -- NPR¹s Weekend All Things Considered
About the Author
EllynAnne Geisel, who lives in Pueblo, Colorado, is the author of The Apron Book and the creator of Apron Chronicles, the traveling exhibit. Her apron designs have appeared in Vogue and have been worn by Bree in Desperate Housewives. She's been a guest on both NPR's All Things Considered and CBS News' Sunday Morning. She continues to make nationwide appearances to promote her books and exhibit.
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The patterns she offers are alittle disappointing, especially for children. I was looking for a Mom and kid combo with a bib type pattern. The childs pattern has no bib and was not gathered/sewn to the waiste band but like curtins, gathering as it falls.
There is a "no frills" commercial type pattern for Mom on the back cover and the book gives good details for the patterns she describes in the book.
To me the strenght of her book is in her pictures for ideas, and you can pick up patterns that are exactly like what is pictured in her books commercially. Personally I liked her book, I like idea books with vintage styles. This book can sit on your self until the time you need "inspiration" or a quick apron idea for a gift you want to make.
If you are looking for something with numerous patterns, you might find another book more helpful.
For the reader, it's an enjoyable trip down memory lane. I loved it. This would make a great gift for a woman who lived in the 30's - 60's and enjoys thinking about grandmas, aunts, moms, etc. who wore aprons. For me it brought back cherished memories.
How pleased I am now to read The Apron Book, and I'm here to tell you it sounds just like EllynAnne in person. She's taken her "girl-raised-in-the-south" voice to these wonderful apron memories, a rich mixture of gentility, tradition, and folksy humor, with her own finely tuned ability to tell a story. I only wish I could serve my teenaged son and his friends bottled sodas swathed in tiny aprons. Check out the picture, it's a hoot! Please oh please publish the pattern for those.
And how especially honored I am to see my family heirloom apron, unfortunately now too worn to wear, featured in this handsome volume. EllynAnne has elevated our everyday aprons out of the kitchen or backyard barbeque pit into an American icon.