Creative Reading – Felt Sew Good
Book Review – Felt Sew Good By Christine Leech
When a book arrives on your desk and you when you’re looking though it you can barely get past the half way point before you simply have to make something you know it’s a good book – and that is exactly what happened here! Packed with so many simply yet stylish projects all captured by beautiful photography, with step-by-step guide, how could blame me for starting a project right away?
So, you ask, what’s the verdict?
What the project well explained? Yes, broken down in to manageable steps, with clear instructions and, in most cases, aided with pretty and practical illustrations.
Did it take long, books can be misleading as to how long it takes to make the projects? This is a tricky one, we all sew at different speeds. As the projects are all broken down into logical steps you’ll find that your sewing time is being utilised efficiently – which is great, no one want to be running to the fabric shop for more interfacing because it was missed out at the very start of a project! I made this pear in a couple of hours, so I’d say that its the perfect leisurely afternoon craft fix.
Was it as ‘Simple’ as the series of books suggests? This project required only a few basic sewing techniques- if you can stitch in a straight line, and stitch following a curve you’ll be sure to get along fine. Christine also gives handy tips through out the book, here suggesting that you can hand sew the project if you’re not so confident on the sewing machine, so any challenging aspects are fully covered.
Are there lots of new ideas? Sure thing! There are 30 different makes for you to try out, with stylish gifts, cute softies for the kids, stunning home decorations – all oozing Christine’s charming style. There is definitely plenty to keep you busy and inspired!
Most importantly, did the finished project look anything like the one in the book? Ah yes! Sometimes it is really frustrating when the item you’ve made looks like a distant relative to the one pictured in the book. Either the materials used are hard to source or the instructions don’t seem to be yielding the results you want – either way, its irritating. Here the materials are easy to find in local craft shops – if you don’t already have them in your stash – and the making guides were spot on, down to the last stitch! Well, I’m super pleased with my finished retro pear! I doubt I’ll be able to use it as a doorstop (even though I stitched in a nice little cloth bag of cherry stones inside to weight it down), Waffle (our puppy) has his sights set on it and I refuse to let this become his new favourite chew toy to be dragged around the garden! So, did the finished piece look as good as the one in the book? You tell me – leave a comment and let me know what you think!
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