Marie Claire Idees
12 March 2012 (US 1 June 2012) / ISBN-13: 9781844487707
How-To Books / Needlework
by Rachel A Hyde
There are people
who don't like animals, but they are fortunately in the minority.
This is why this book is a great one to own when it comes to finding
a special handmade gift. Choose from a whole farmyard or zoo of
beasties depicted in many different imaginative ways.
Marie Claire originally published this in France in 2011, which
is perhaps why there is more than a little French chic about it.
There are bears aplenty as well as dogs, rabbits and other familiar
creatures but somehow they have been given a twist to make them
seem original. Turn floor cloths into a big floppy dog, or make
a fun quilt shaped like a bear. How about teddy head cushions, a
patchwork cow, faux fox stole or hanging bird decoration for the
Christmas tree? There is even (very French this) a bear dressed
like a chef divided into several sections. Choose from traditional
designs, appliqué applications, working with natural fabrics,
winter-themed items or bright, fun projects. Each project has a
full page photograph of the finished item plus instructions and
pattern pieces. The latter need to be enlarged usually with tips
on how to do this at the front of the book, and the instructions
tend to be the kind aimed at the intermediate crafter rather than
the beginner. There are no Search Press staged photographs here,
but anybody with a bit of sewing know-how ought to be able to make
these projects without too much trouble as none are advanced. I
anticipate a lot of fun with this innovative book.