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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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Joel Dewberry has been designing fabrics since launching his own textiles brand in 2007. His fabric lines are available through Westminster Fabrics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 1 edition (June 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896899241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896899247
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By MidwestMom VINE VOICE on June 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Well, lately it seems like every fabric designer has a sewing book, and now Joel Dewberry joins the lot. I gotta be honest about the patterns in this book ... you have seen them all before. This is a pretty typical lot of patterns: cards, chair cushion, apron, teddy bear, sachet, napkins, yoga mat bag, fabric roses, memo board cover with fabric pockets, throw, duvet cover, fabric as art, pajama pants, etc. Just about every sewing book I own has the same list of patterns. But what the other books don't have, but this one does, is Joel Dewberry's design aesthetic. If you love his fabric, then you will probably love this book, because his approach to patterns is the same as for his fabric -- a blend of modern and vintage. For example, how many times have you seen some type of a fabric pocket organizer? Many I am sure ... but you have probably never seen one with such clean lines, and beautiful butterfly applique on it, and that is what makes this book a worthy buy. Yes, you have seen these patterns before ... and a lot of the techniques (such as glass etching ... just look at Martha Stewart Crafts Encyclopedia), but if you love Joel Dewberry's designs, such as his butterflies, and sparrows, then I am sure you will love having templates to use to create applique of those same designs.

Some pros:
* 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.
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I'm a relatively new sewer and have been looking for books with projects that wouldn't be TOO challenging to complete and had a modern edge. I thought I'd struck gold with Sewn Spaces. I spent days drooling over the fabrics and planning my various sewing projects. Then I opened up the pocket with the patterns. No one else has mentioned the fact that there are overlapping pattern pieces!! In other words if I cut out the pattern pieces for the Farmers Tote, I'm cutting into the pattern for the Pajama pants. I don't know about you, but I want to make BOTH projects. Those aren't the only pattern pieces that intersect. I talked to friends who've been sewing for a long time and they've never seen tissue patterns like this before. VERY deceptive Mr. Dewberry!! So I'm either going to have to tape pattern pieces back together or trace the pattern pieces onto other paper. For the price of this book I shouldn't have to do that. This is a 2 star book that got 3 because of the styling and the projects themselves. Unfortunately you seemed to be forced to pick between the projects you want to do and those you WANT to do.
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Boy was I disappointed with this book. I was expecting a more exciting and unique take on sewing from a fabric designer whose style and designs I love. But the projects, the styling and the instructions all didn't quite make the cut.

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.
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Every project in this book got me excited, but every project I've started or tried has left me scratching my head. Measurements are incorrect, steps are skipped and details are forgotten. I've been able to figure things out on my own for the most part, but expected more from this beautiful book.
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It is a nice book but it fell way short of my expectations. I thought it would give more detailed instructions on making the items in the book. The pictures and ideas are helpful but did not answer my questions.
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Sewn Spaces : Fresh and Modern Projects for Your Life and Home by Joel Dewberry is a book full sewing projects that showcase lovely prints to decorate your home.
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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