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Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials
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Advancements in technology have increased the pace of our lives. As a response, a vibrant do-it-yourself movement has risen to reclaim age-old traditions that reconnect us to slower and simpler times.
Award-winning blogger Maya Donenfeld offers a guide to working with her favorite recycled materials. You'll find linen, burlap, wool, and more with details on their history, deconstruction techniques, sewing tips, and information about their environmental impact.
Reinventing everyday materials into remarkable items of beauty and utility for the modern home and family will excite new and experienced sewers alike. In this one-of-a-kind book, Maya also shares easy methods for transforming gently used fabric with paint and ink. Inside you'll find stenciling templates, clear patterns, and thorough instructions, as well as encouragement to invent your own designs. Stories, a favorite recipe, and a nature activity are tucked between and around the projects to offer you an invitation to slow down, be mindful of your surroundings, and create with intention.
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Top Customer Reviews
I would have liked more ideas for really common fabrics that often get thrown out, like tablecloths, bedsheets and old clothing. Tyvek is an interesting material to cover, and I wouldn't mind seeing more cool projects with it, but it shouldn't replace really basic fabrics.
While some reviewers obviously liked her personal stories, I would have preferred fewer pages of her intimate musings and more actual sewing tips and techniques. This is a good idea for a book, and it'd be great to see her do more in a second book. But next time, I hope she provides better projects, more fabrics, and less personal chit-chat.
If you love sewing, and recycled projects, this is a wonderful book. The author writes engagingly about her experiences and life, and gives tips for finding the materials for the projects. The techniques include patchwork, stamping and printing. The sewing is all fairly simple, no fancy or fussy seam techniques or anything like that.
The chapters are separated by fabric type. Each chapter explains the fabric, a bit about the history, how to take care of it, and where the best places are to find it. She also explains the environmental impact of re-using that particular fabric. The chapters have a few projects each and there is good variety between home decorating projects, clothing, and accessories.
Linen- my favorite projects in this chapter are the Story Scarf ,which is a fashion scarf made in patchwork, and the big handy, Reversible Summer Sling purse. My daughter is wild for the Story Scarf, and the Envelope Portfolio which can be customized easily using fabric paint and stencils.
Burlap- I get burlap bags every few months from one of the local coffee roasters. We use them for all sorts of things, and this chapter inspires more uses. The Onion and Garlic Sacks are my favorite. My daughter likes the Inspiration Board project.
Jersey (tee shirt cotton knit)- My daughter likes the Pillow Pals. My favorite project is a toss up between the simple hand sewn Blossom Band with it's two type of flowers, and the Little Forager Skirt. The reason I love the skirt so much is that even now, it's ideal for my daughter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love love love! Having a blast reinventing now that I am retired.Published 12 months ago by Deborah M. Mackey
Unless you have LOTS of time, a local thrift shop (or several) and a decent sewing machine.
Otherwise, you'll find yourself getting frustrated because there are so many... Read more
Inspirational ideas and a great presentation. This book is spiral bound but it is still worth having if you need fresh ideas for old clothes.Published 18 months ago by Afflicted
the ideas are good (not so far from things I`ve been playing with myself), the how-to-s elaborate and seem helpful enough, but - see, I bought the (android) Kindle version, and... Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by raya
This is good for working with younger people that can't see reusing something. They live in a throw it away environment.Published on May 8, 2014 by Janice R. St Clair
I had checked this book out at my local library and found the projects so interesting I had to have it.Published on February 20, 2014 by Linda D. Dolan
I have been able to use the ideas and expand on them. I had seen this in a book store for a price I just counldn't afford, but your price allowed me to purchase it.Published on March 26, 2013 by Ann Freel
i love this book. maya offers so many fantastic projects and explains them in an inspiring and straight forward way. i have done several projects and the results were amazing! Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by J. Dunham
Bought this for my Daughter as she is always making something out of nothing!!! This gives her ideas to use unwanted things.Published on January 27, 2013 by Jeanne Youngblood