twist and tie
(Distributed in the UK by Search Press)
release 2 February 2015 / ISBN 9781607059875
Nonfiction / Juvenile Non Fiction/Sewing
by Rachel A Hyde
What a lot of fun you can have
with ribbon! As the subtitle says you can “wind, weave,
twist and tie” to make things for yourself, your friends,
family and more.
These books for tweenage and teenage girls are just the sort
of thing I would have loved when I was that age. They really
do start with the basics and show how much fun you can have
from crafting, a world away from regimented school projects.
This title doesn’t start with the ribbon and what else
you need as an adult book might, but instead gets the young
reader to think about what inspires them by creating a “style
file”. When you have done that you are already halfway
to making any project your own which is a wonderful way to
start a creative book rather than with rules and instructions.
Of course there is a look at ribbon but it is brief, and instantly
it is on to some of the basic skills such as starting and
finishing hand sewing (knots and all that), sewing on a button
and making embellishments with ribbon such as flowers. The
rest of the book is divided into themed sections. Customize
your room, dress up your clothes, make presents and show a
bit of team spirit at school. Projects include bunting, a
belt, notebook cover, cards, rosette bracelet and my own favorite,
bowls made from baker’s twine. Each project is colorful
and easy to follow with a large photo of the finished item,
plenty of stages with more photos and short captions and a
difficulty rating. There is an illustrated glossary at the
back showing some of the crafting items and a bit about them.
This is a great way to get girls into making things and discovering
their own personal style.
If you cannot find a good range of ribbons and sewing materials
locally try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.