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Make It Sew Modern: Gather, Twist, Pleat, Texture Paperback – January 10, 2012
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In her fun new book, author Vanessa Christenson demonstrates how to "create beautiful things" the quick, easy and inexpensive way! Making things more appealing and treasured is a passion of Vanessa's. Whether starting from scratch or giving new life to found objects, she manipulates fabric in exciting ways. Adding texture and color--a ruffle here, a gather there, clever embellishments--to plain home decor and/or personal items reflects a personal touch. Best of all, these techniques can be achieved within the boundaries of a busy schedule and tight budget.
Vanessa's designs are part of an emerging modern quilt aesthetic. Her fresh, improvisational approach to a traditional craft is apparent in the creative and functional handbags, quilts, fabric jewelry, scarves and home accessories made for this book. She shares a variety of projects with readers--from the 1" "Flower Ring" to a two-toned, monogrammed "Everyday Quilt" with pleated edges--in this "fun to sew, and sew easy" book. The simplicity of the frilly "Picture-Perfect Dress" and embellished "Market/Beach Tote" can be made just in time for spring and summer. Attach one of Vanessa's favorite accessories, the "Satin-Ribbon Flower," to any project for even more color and character. With over twenty simple sewing ideas, Make it Sew Modern inspires creativity using fabric--even if you are just learning to sew! --Quilt Trends Magazine
Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. has successfully written a book that will please her blog followers--and new readers as well. Make it Sew Modern echoes her fun and quirky blog style and is full of great projects ranging from totes to fabric wreaths. Christenson has a knack for adding embellishments like flowers and ruffles to ordinary pieces to make them modern looking. With about 21 projects, this book is well worth the price. --Modern Patchwork Magazine
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Choose from over 20 current, fresh home decor and fashion patterns. Simple sewing projects include wonderful quilts, pillows, scarves, purses, and an assortment of clever embellishments.
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Second... this book has something for everyone, especially those of us who think outside of the traditional box. If you like texture and creating something different, this book is for you. There are 21 projects -- five for ruffling, five for twisting, five for gathering, and six projects that include pleating -- all well-presented with clear, concise instructions. At the end there is even a section which includes tips, terms and techniques.
Want to make something to wear? How about something for your home? You'll even find a tote or two.
In my opinion, Martingale picked a winner. I look forward to Ms. Christenson's next publication.