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Joel Dewberry's Sewn Spaces: Fresh and Modern Projects for Your Life and Home Paperback – June 2, 2010
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* There are some full size pattern pieces, and an envelope to hold them
* Templates for sparrows, butterflies, some other designs inspired by his fabric
* His patterns show ways to mix and match his fabrics
* great photos
* Love the bird sachets
* THE BIGGEST PRO: Within the copyright info, it says that the purchaser may sell items made out of the book at craft fairs, bazaars, etc ... in my opinion all craft books should allow you to do so.Read more ›
Farmer's market tote, cards with sewn-on fabric, appliqued T-shirts, yoga mat, fabric boxes, hanger cozy etc etc... None of the projects was anything I hadn't already seen in other sewing books. The only things that caught my eye were the fabric memo board and upholstered chair - but even those ideas are pretty commonplace on the Internet. I do love the butterfly applique used for several projects in the book, but that's hardly an extraordinary pattern.
The book is written in a very straightforward, detached and impersonal tone, there are no insights from the author except in the preface. It's almost as if the directions for making stuff were printed simply from dictated notes. The instructions are step by step but I found them a little confusing; perhaps diagrams or more photos would have helped. The projects are usually accompanied by one or two photos of the completed works taken from different angles. A plus: there are some full-size templates and patterns for birds, butterflies and flower designs.
All in all, lovely fabric but not a very fun or useful book unless you've never read any other sewing book, blogs or websites.
Most of the projects are very simple even for someone who is an absolute beginner at sewing. The emphasis is on the fabric, not in fussy construction techniques and the introduction has instructions for the various skills and techniques you'll need to know to complete the projects.
The simplicity of the ideas combined with great colors and palettes is inspiring. From the first couple of projects which are appliqued cards, and going to more involved pieces, almost everything in the book can be completed in an evening to create one of a kind decor items for your own home or making a perfect gift.
One of my favorite projects in the book is the bird sachet. The shape reminds me of the pretty little felt doves that my great aunt made for everyone in the family for Christmas trees one year, but they are updated and made usable throughout the year by using brightly colored flowered prints for a very folk charming appeal.
There are lots of good projects in the book. Some wearables that are actually wearable. Designs that look modern and fresh. The home projects are good ones.
My favorites are the pocketed memo board, the butterfly mobile, the very roomy farmer's market tote, and the quilt and pillow cases.
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The price was right. It arrived in a very timely manner. I have not had time to go through the entire book yet but what I bought the book for was well worth it.Published 2 months ago by Selina B.
This book was a bit of a disappointment, but parts of it were interesting. The photos were interesting, but the projects were somewhat less than I expected/hoped for.Published on May 19, 2014 by Linda Bennett
Enjoying this book - lots of different projects to make! I find some of the instructions a little confusing but that may be because I'm a beginner. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Sara K
'Fabric is the perfect medium for making a statement of personal expression'.
Here the author gives various projects for transforming your home with lovely fabrics; from the... Read more
Joel Dewberry is a fabric designer known for his bright and modern design styles which he, himself calls "Eclectic Modern" because he blends different stylistic elements together. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Tamara Bostwick