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Signature Styles: 20 Stitchers Craft Their Look Paperback – May 3, 2011
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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“Profiles of 20 women known for their craft blogs and businesses, with a focus on their personal style. It's a surprisingly varied collection, ranging from costumey retroquirk to urban couture to modern country. Each woman also provides a simple craft project.Profiles of 20 women known for their craft blogs and businesses, with a focus on their personal style. It's a surprisingly varied collection, ranging from costumey retroquirk to urban couture to modern country. Each woman also provides a simple craft project.” - Library Journal
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While I read this book, I was impacted by how many of these women were inspired by both their mothers and grandmothers, both in the crafts they made and the type of clothing they wore. As someone that moved often and rarely lived near a grandparent I felt a sense of loss that I never had an opportunity to relate to my grandmothers that way or even with my mother. While my mom sewed it was mostly necessary garments in inexpensive fabrics and even when I took up sewing myself, she wasn't one for teaching me on best practices. I didn't know till much later that she didn't real know those things herself and I have had to help teach her some points to sewing that she hadn't know. i guess this is why I enjoy books like this even when they don't relate directly to what I make. I like knowing what inspires and places to look for inspiration for myself.
I highly recommend this book for those who can read it with an open mind knowing that not everyone or even anyone in the book will speak to them, but if you honestly look for inspiration in the book you will find it, even just seeing some of the color combos used to decorate or in projects.
As with all books that Lark publishes the directions for the projects are well written, superbly illustrated and easy to follow. Each project includes a list of what you'll need to complete the project and, where needed, templates are included in the back of the book. Each featured artist has a page of their own with a photograph of them in their art making space, a list of what the essence of their style is, notes about what things they "can't live without" and hints about where they find the fun things that they include in their art.
Jenny Doh is a powerhouse of creativity. In my opinion she created the publishing phenomenon that is Stampington and, since leaving their she has spread her wings and continued on to achieve even more success with her fabulous website, Crescendoh.com. You can't help but admire her passion for art of all kinds. She's encouraging and whimsical and just an all around amazing woman. Grab yourself a copy of this book (I've never been able to understand how Lark puts out such quality for such reasonable prices!), sit back and prepare to enjoy!