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“Part nostalgia, part modern 'slow movement,' Sewn By Hand celebrates the gentle comforts of creating beautiful pieces the old-fashioned way. This contemporary collection allows stitchers to be eco-friendly and mobile, as they carry their projects along with them just as knitters do. And with more than 20 items ranging from fashionable pillows and aprons to practical totes and pincushions, sewers will produce gorgeous results while they experience the simple joys of traditional sewing.” --BurdaStyle.com

About the Author

SUSAN WASINGER is the author of Eco Craft (Lark Books, 2009), Fabricate (Interweave, 2009), and The Feisty Stitcher (Lark Books, 2010).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600596681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596681
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Hello Happy TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 13, 2011
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I love how this book takes you back to a simpler time, when creating something unique was as easy as picking up fabric, needle and thread. There are so many benefits of the art of hand sewing. One is that your projects are portable to take with you wherever you may have a little down time and want to accomplish something productive and creative. The author also mentions an added advantage to hand sewing. The blessed silence! No machines means no noise at all. Plus, then you can sew while watching TV!

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.
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As a real believer in the 'slow cloth' philosophy I was really pleased to see this book. I get tired by all of the advertisements that everything, seemingly, must " fast, fun and fabulous" - or some similar iteration of that sentiment. Going slowly is more meditative and, especially with sewn articles, you can really sew a it of yourself into what you make when you do it by hand.

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.
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Many years ago before I had children, I spent hours every day happily crafting my way through life. I had a sewing machine and did a pretty god job of creating the occasional dress, Halloween costume or gift for Christmas. Fast forward through teenagers and my crafting time is sadly limited. I no longer have a sewing machine and I really miss it. I had thought that I'd have to give up my sewing time because hand sewing always seemed intimidating to me.

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.
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