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Stitching With Beatrix Potter
Stitch, Sew & Give 10 Adorable Projects Featuring Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck & Friends
Michele Hill

C&T Publishing (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
2 February 2017/ ISBN 9781617456107
How-To Books / Needlecraft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Inside this book are ten projects based on the work and stories of loved children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. As the introduction states, this is not a series of cute toys but pieces inspired by her characters and her work. The book starts with a short history of her life, complete with photographs of Hill Top Farm and other locations. In addition, throughout the book there are more quotations and photographs explaining the inspiration behind the projects, making this an attractive and informative work. After a short section on what you need and information about machine appliqué and hand embroidery stitches, the rest of the book consists of the projects. Each one has a photograph of the finished item in situ, plus several more showing the various stages plus clear diagrams. A couple of the finished images could be larger; for example, the Cherry Twist cushion and Floral Frieze wallhangings are shown rather small, but are faced by huge images of an antique pair of scissors and a couple of daffodils. The list of what you need is given in imperial and metric, and there is a nice mix of large and small projects for a range of abilities. There are decorative pinwheels, a cushion, wallhangings, iron cover, quilts, a box and a felt ball for a young child. Embroidered characters grace many items, but the cushion was inspired by the grand clothes being made by the Tailor of Gloucester, the box depicts Hill Top Farm and my own favorite has to be the reproduction of the magnificent patchwork quilt owned by Ms Potter’s parents. Techniques involved include hand embroidery, machine appliqué, patchwork, using wool felt and quilting, and the whole book is aimed at intermediate needlecrafters. It is a handsome volume that will appeal to any sewing enthusiast who loves Beatrix Potter’s delightful work.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and Craftsuprint.
Reviewed 2017