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Love To Sew Series
Salli-Ann Cook

Search Press
22 August 2012 (US 5 October 2012)/ ISBN 9781844488223
How-To Books/Needlecraft
Amazon US || UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Most people who sew use a pincushion, and it has long been an item that is often very decorated. In here are twenty fancy pincushions, complete with decorative pins that will make great gifts for anybody who sews if you can bear to part with them!

These are the type of small projects that make up quickly but can easily be tailored to suit individual tastes. Stocking fillers, secret Santa, party favors, prizes, under the Christmas tree or by the recipient’s plate are all uses that come to mind. You don’t need much to make any of the patterns and all are a great way of using up oddments of fabric, fancy threads and even leftover stuffing from toy making endeavors. The basic techniques are just that ? basic ? and anybody who can do a bit of hand sewing (all projects do not even use a machine) can have a go. This is just the sort of thing for dark autumn evenings. I was impressed by the imaginative themes for the pincushions. There is the now inevitable cupcake, but there is also a Christmas pudding, Halloween pumpkin, wedge of cheese, flat out cat, union jack, radio and my own favorite the voodoo doll. Adorning each pincushion are several cleverly adapted pins with novelty heads. These are simply made using shrink plastic, and the subjects chosen will raise a smile. The sunflower is decked with butterflies, the hedgehog with autumn leaves, the fried egg with wee rashers etc.

All the patterns for the pincushions are given, but you will have to source the clipart for the pins yourself. A great book with a lot of easy but effective projects I can imagine children having fun with as well as adults.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2013