you a magpie hoarder of scraps of fabric, fancy threads, shiny
beads and odd charms? Do you have leftovers from other projects,
broken jewellery or old clothes? If the answer is a loud yes
(and it usually is with crafters) this is the book for you.
Repurpose all this junk (ahem stash of treasures) into something
beautiful with this useful primer.
I had heard of crazy quilts but was unsure what they were
or how they were made. You don’t need to be a quilter
to make them or even own a sewing machine (although it helps)
as after the irregular shaped pieces have been stitched onto
a base the real fun begins. It is all about surface decoration,
taking a few simple embroidery stitches a long way and having
fun with your stash. This is not a book of projects as the
nature of crazy quilting does not lend itself to this type
of thing; it is all about what you have and what you want
to do with it. Instead the book guides you through what you
need, how to do the basic part and then lets rip with a glorious
range of different ways of embellishing your seams. There
are plenty of helpful diagrams and lots of examples of sections
from finished work; it would have been great to have seen
a Victorian sample but this is all modern. It is the sort
of book filled with color and instantly doable things that
make a crafter want to raid their hoard and make something.
The author’s approach is very hands-on and suitable
for anybody who has this type of stash, basic sewing skills
and plenty of time. However, as this is a craft that can be
done on a lap, it is ideal for relaxing with in front of the
TV. Highly recommended.
If you cannot find a good range of materials locally try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.