up your scraps with these fourteen attractive and highly giftable
pincushions. The “and more” refers to three needlebooks,
all guaranteed to make sewing even more fun.
As this is part of a quilting series, several projects make
use of quilting and patchwork skills, but many others just
require some basic sewing experience. Everything is rated
either beginner or confident beginner, so despite the professional
appearance of many pieces, none is too difficult to tackle
for an improver. The ability to work small is essential, as
is a stash of scraps of fabric, felt, odd buttons and other
embellishments. The latter in particular is something all
needlecrafters easily amass and here is a great way of using
some of it up. There are no staged photographs here but some
useful diagrams showing key steps; all the measurements are
imperial as this is an American book. All projects have a
list of materials, a cutting list and instructions as well
as a finished size, large photograph of the item in situ and,
where necessary, block patterns. Turn to the center and you
will find all the patterns; elsewhere there are handy diagrams
for embroidery stitches and a useful guide to stuffing options.
The pincushions are all lovely and ideal as gifts if you can
bear to part with them. Choose from basic shapes, a biscornu,
animals including a turtle (my favorite), bee, cat and mouse,
flowers and even a Christmas tree. The needlebooks are a chicken,
dog and cat. A user-friendly book that shows how much can
be done with scraps, odd items and a modicum of sewing experience.
If you cannot find a good range of sewing and quilting materials
locally try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.
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