Issue 5, 2007
The book starts with a useful section on techniques and stitches and I like the way it tells you in which project you need that stitch so you can look at the project and see how it relates to the instructions. There are five different projects but they could be adapted to give many more. Some, like the notebook cover, only use hand sewing and others use the machine too, but I am not allowed to use the machine on my own. The most difficult would be the Sashiko bag as that would take quite long, but others could be made in an afternoon if you had all the fabrics ready.
Rosie Hodgson, age 10
* Popular Patchwork *
Issue 161, June 2007
Start to Quilt and Start to Embroider are just two of an exciting new collection of books designed to introduce you to the fun world of working with textiles. Each of them is written for children to read and is full of interesting projects and helpful tips.
Start to Quilt is written by talented quilter and teacher Miriam Edwards. Check out the cute cat wall hanging (our favourite), the useful phone pouch or try the Japanese technique of Sashiko and make a stylish bag.
Start to Embroider is just as much fun and is again full of lots of great ideas and advice - we particularly liked the lucky charms which are great for personalising bags, belts etc. for for giving as presents.
* Patchwork & Quilting *
Miriam's experience as a Young Quilter's Representative certainly shows in the projects she has created for this book. The techniques are illustrated with excellent photographs, the colour is good throughout the book and there is a range of easy projects for younger to older children such as various bags and a cat wall hanging, all made with exciting fabrics. Bright, fun and definitely achievable, I loved this book and would certainly buy it for my grandchildren.
* Fabrications *
We all know how important it is to encourage the young to sew and Search Press have a wonderful series in paperback ------ here are two of them
The instructions, diagrams and photographs are excellent and I have used them with my granddaughter, in fact there are lots of ideas for us "older" quilters
* THE QUILTING WEB *
Aimed primarily at teenagers, this super title is one of a series of books by Search Press that teaches basic craft skills combined with fun projects. After a brief introduction to the history of quilting, the book shows the techniques of attaching the quilt layers along with some useful and decorative stitches. Five projects follow for bags, mobile phone holder, book cover and wall hangings. All the projects are young and trendy in style and encourage stitchers to progress with skills that include applique, fabric flowers, Sashiko stitching, embroidery and shadow work. Step-by-step instructions and clear photographs throughout make this guide easy to use, and there are lots of examples and ideas for making other items using the same techniques. Other titles in the series include beading, knitting and hand embroidery.
* SEWING WORLD *
I just love this series. I am a Girl Scout Leader and I am able to find many projects that are very suitable for girls of this age. The author explains quilting techniques and stitches, reviews materials and tools, and provides step-by-step instructions for five projects that are all age appropriate and very eye-catching.
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