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Sewn by Hand: Two Dozen Projects Stitched with Needle & Thread Paperback – April 5, 2011
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Sewn by Hand reminded me of the excitement of my children when presented with a thick needle and a scrap of their favorite fabric and how much I enjoyed watching them just take off from there. They always have endless ideas of what they can make from doll clothes to potholders to miniature patchwork quilts. They aren't quite ready for the sewing machine yet, but sewing by hand still allows them the joy of "making it themselves".
Sewn by Hand gives information and history about different types of needles and thread for hand sewing. They also demonstrate with photos the simple, yet very important skills of tying on and off. There is a "Gallery of Stitches" for hand sewing with explanations for each one.
There are around twenty projects (many recycling old clothes and other remnants) in Sewn by Hand with enlargeable templates included in the back. I just love the six sided, big, soft spheres which make an adorable baby toy. I couldn't help but imagine different fabric combinations for the six sides, all of which would be so delightful to create! The "Button-Down Apron" is a great way to re-purpose those old button down shirts into something useful.Read more ›
This little gem of book is venerates both the art of slow cloth - sewing by hand - as well as the eco-friendly philosophy of recycling with aplomb. The projects are very well illustrated, fairly simple and eminently useful. Hand sewing makes the look.
The table of contents says it all. A well illustrated dictionary of hand stitches is thorough and well done. I really like some of the included projects. A great apron (not some skimpy little thing) made from recycled button down shirts. Salvaged shirts make another appearance as very well thought out "cafe napkins" that make great use of the buttons on the shirt. Another favorite project I found is for a tote bag - that includes simple directions for making your great looking covered buttons.
I think that this book should hold wide appeal to sewers of all persuasions - hand and machine as well as to eco conscious recyclers. The projects are useful, fresh and delightful. I also think this book is a great value. Both in monetary cost but also for the seriously good feeling that slow, hand sewn, cloth combined with serious re-purposing can bring to you.
Sewn by Hand has shown me that this isn't the case. This craft book includes twenty four different craft projects that can easily be sewn by hand. Of course, if you have a sewing machine, you could always sew them that way as well but they are honestly easy enough to create without the use of a sewing machine. Projects range from soft toys for babies and fashionable slippers to sewing kits and felt baskets.
Each craft features not only beautiful color photographs of the finished project but a detailed section with directions including diagrams and photographs. Each project includes information on necessary materials, tools and fabrics along with the finished size of the project. There's also a handy notation with each craft to let you know how portable this project is. I really appreciate this because like most busy moms, I sneak in craft time wherever and whenever I can which may include waiting at a doctor's appointment or sitting at a baseball game.
There is also a section at the beginning of the book that lists the different stitches with directions on how to create each one. It's also got sections that explain what to look for in needles, fabric, thread and what the basic necessary tools are to do hand sewing. I really love the detail shown in the photographs and instructions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. I received it today and have already made something from it. I enjoyed reading it, the introduction is great. The projects are clear and mostly useful. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bethany L.
Excited to start some projects with my daughter. Book is well written with rating of ease, time, materials, and portability. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Wyatt
It has several projects that are usable and some that aren't really anything but kind of cute. Good directions and patterns to follow. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am having such a good time with this book, many projects to work on hard to decide which is first, you'll love this book.Published 14 months ago by bb96
Excellent book well priced and quickly delivered. Thanks again!Published 18 months ago by Jacquelynn Seymour