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Happy Home: Twenty-One Sewing and Craft Projects to Pretty Up Your Home Hardcover – April 4, 2012
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About the Author
Tim Geaney has photographed for Vogue and InStyle among others. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.
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Seriously though, if you love Jennifer Paganelli's style, I don't see why this book won't be a favorite. There is an overload of amazing hues and patterns. The palette is bright, bold, happy and festive. The 21 projects are designed to help you transform your home into a vivid, happy space filled with cute, pretty and girly accessories. There are tutorials for ruffle pillows, fabric-covered boxes, bags, a basket, a bed cover, a bed skirt and a quilt. Additionally, there are projects to dress up your home for parties, like banners, garlands and pom-pom poufs. With some finished projects from the book, I can imagine throwing cheery bashes in a welcoming environment - and in glorious technicolor.
I like the book's design and photography. The instructions step-by-step, accompanied by a few diagrams. I would have preferred more diagrams or photos to illustrate the tutorials, which are heavily text-based. But the projects are not too difficult and some easy enough for beginners who will find the introductory chapter on basics of sewing techniques useful. There are pattern sheets attached.
Overall, this is a prettily put together book. The projects are not unusual but the fabrics are a treat and draw in themselves. Even if I didn't sew, I'd probably still have feasted on the kaleidoscope of colors and patterns.
It's a lovely book, full of beautifully photographed, vibrant makes - and you can't fail but feel happy as you turn the pages. If you're a fabric fan like me, you will probably be the owner of a plentiful stash of fabric and books - you just can't help yourself. If you love bright, modern fabrics - you will love this.
The projects are all fairly simple, and are ideal for sewing skills of all levels, including beginners. As a lover of colour, and all things a little quirky - the makes in this book appeal to me. Instructions are clear and concise - and you can't fail to be inspired by the gorgeous photography, which showcases all the fabulous Sis Boom fabrics at their best. If only I could buy them in the UK!
I read an earlier review, giving only 2 stars - which said that other than photos, you could find everything else online. Of course you probably can - but you can say that about just about anything nowadays. This is a book which I am delighted to have as part of my large collection of sewing books. I can generally make something by looking at it, and usually make up my own designs anyway - but it certainly doesn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this book.
In summary - a great book to add to your collection, or indeed a great gift for someone interested in sewing.
That speaks much to the Sis Boom lifestyle that is found in this book. Are the projects all that complex? No, not really. Are they all about Sis Boom fabrics? Well, yes the Sis Boom collections are all that are pictured, but Ms. Paganelli has a brand she is promoting and anyone with an acumen for business and branding know that is a necessary evil. Would they look good in "other" fabrics? Why of course....and the juicier and more colorful those fabrics the better. Tim Geaney's photography ROCKS this book and the Styling done by the author and her crew is so delightful to the eye. To me this book is probably 90% inspiration and 10% utilitarian. But I make my own designs from scratch. For the non sewist who would like to try some sewing, this book could be a great fit. The instructions are a little light on illustrations to go with the text for my taste, but I believe the instructions seem thorough. And there are plenty of non-sewing projects too. All in all, a charming and inspirational read. Great for the coffee table, the sewing room, and the summer folly set up out in the backyard.
It is a must read and of the projects are a must do!
Worth checking out!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful, colorful book full of ideas and directions for bright projects. Jennifer Paganelli's fabric is always fun!Published 1 month ago by J. Krig
Beautiful book! Full of gorgeous photos of finished projects in Jennifer Paganelli's stunning Sis Boom fabrics! Inspiration on every page!Published 2 months ago by Kristy/Hopeful Threads
LOVE the patterns in this book! So cute and creative. Very up to date for today's sewers.Published 8 months ago by Mem
I would call it a great advertisement for the author's fabrics, and possibly family. Beautifully photographed children and fabrics.Published 10 months ago by Alicia
the inside of the book was stuck together as though water spilled on the book, and the book is not was I expectedPublished on June 23, 2014 by Crystal P
I had never heard of Jennifer Paganelli until I bought this book. I love the colours of her fabrics, so uplifting. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Sharon M Webster