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Happy Stitch: 30 Felt and Fabric Projects for Everyday Paperback – February 7, 2012
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About the Author
Jodie Rackley is a self-taught crafter, designer and artist, who loves to blend vintage flare with modern craft to make colorful and stylish decor and accessories. She has been featured on MarthaStewart.com, ApartmentTherapy.com and SublimeStitching.com. Her line of felt and fabric gifts, Lova Revolutionary, is carried by many brick and mortar stores in the US and internationally, and sells worldwide through Etsy.com.
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I like how the book is organized because before you jump into any project making, the author provides a brief introduction to needed supplies and techniques and includes up close photographs of the various embroidery stitches used. One particular note that I found helpful was that she suggests using several type of scissors for the different kinds of cutting needs (a sharp fine-tip pair for cutting felt vs. craft scissors for cutting out the templates). Even if you are an experienced crafter, this section has a number of helpful tips that can make stitching more enjoyable.
The project list includes cozies for electronic devices, hair ornaments and jewelry, bags in various sizes, mini softie pins and key chains, place mats and other home decor items, softies and a few small holiday projects. Several embroidery designs are also included and can be used in many ways beyond how they are utilized in the projects.
All of the project patterns and templates are provided in the back. They will need to be enlarged and the author suggests that they be traced onto heavy paper or cardstock to make it easier to cut the shapes (the projects vary in how much they need to be enlarged, so be sure to note this before enlarging). Felt, being thick, is difficult to pin and can overwhelm regular paper, so this is a helpful tip.
The project directions are illustrated step-by-step and are clearly explained. I like that the author includes side boxes with tips for modifying the projects by adding details or making small changes in how it is put together. This keeps the projects fresh and unique, especially if you are making multiples for gifts.
Overall, I heartily recommend this book to anyone that enjoys stitching with felt. The projects look fun and a number of them would make nice holiday gifts. I have no complaints other than the fact that a couple of projects were less inspiring to me than others, but with 30 to choose from, I can live with a couple of duds (in my eyes). And, no, I'm not telling you which ones because those are probably your favorites and then we couldn't be friends anymore.
The designs and patterns in this book seem quite original. I thought the cell phone cases and tablet covers were particularly appealing for kids aged about 8 to 12 years, and there are many other projects that children could either sew for themselves or complete with an adult. There are a few home accessories too: a lampshade, dinner napkins and napkin holders, a wall organizer, and some decorative wall ornaments. The overall variety is excellent, and the directions are clear, with color photos that show each step. Even if you haven't sewn or embroidered before, there are likely to be projects here that can provide a feeling of accomplishment. Of course, individual tastes vary, so one needs to decide whether the "look" is right either for oneself or for the person receiving the gift.
There are two embroidery projects that are slightly more advanced: a tote bag and decorated jeans. Both of them have a certain vintage look. Overall, this book is not really aimed primarily at readers who already do machine sewing or have extensive experience in crafting. It can still be used for inspiration, especially if one reads the author's advice about adding to, or changing the designs according to your own creativity. For example, sewing the animals in another fabric, such as fleece, or quilting the fabric would give them a different look.
I think this book is one of the more original ones I have seen recently. Its use for teaching children is obvious, but adult beginners can learn from it too. My own preference would have been to omit the home decor items and show a bit more variety of fabrics for the cell phone and tablet cases, but even so, there is something here to suit different levels of creativity, so the book is worth a closer look. Happy crafting!