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Signature Styles: 20 Stitchers Craft Their Look Paperback – May 3, 2011
“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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These ladies have found their own personal "signature style" and are each featured separately with information about their evolution as an innovative creative force. Signature Styles gives a fascinating look into their point of view, inspirations, routines, how they manage work and family, and much more. The book has a gorgeous graphic layout, filled with bright colors and detailed and interesting photos on every single page. There are all kinds of fun factoids spotlighted throughout, like seamstress Meg Allan Cole's photo of her Oma's vintage dresses or the Simmons' personal prized wearables.
In addition to profiling each of the twenty artistic women (including giving their website and blog addresses), they have each also included a step-by-step tutorial of a craft of their choosing (complete patterns included). It is really a delight to read about them and their talents and then actually see a specific design created by them especially for the readers. A few of the beautiful creations are a darling "crafty" applique t-shirt, a pretty patchwork tote, and a cashmere sweater recycled into a lettuce-edge shrug. Signature Styles is filled with eye candy for crafters and artists, as well as exciting information about the women that made it happen!
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.