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Used Craft Books Giveaway

Good Morning!

In an effort to de-clutter, I’m combing through my book collection to donate to my local library, and thought I would see if any online crafters were interested in the crafting books.

I’m pretty sure I don’t get any regular readers of this little blog, (probably one-time visitors looking for help with invisible zippers) so the rules are simple. Just comment on this post on which book you’d like. Leave your email address so I can email you to get your mailing address. I figure I’ll be making a few trips to the post office in the next month anyway to ship out Christmas gifts, so I won’t really be going out of my way. I’d rather the crafting books go to people who would be more likely to use them. If anyone is interested in all or some of the books, that is cool too because I don’t anticipate many takers.

These are the books that just didn’t jibe with my sewing style or that I don’t need anymore.

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The Artful Bride: Simple Handmade Wedding Projects by April Paffrath and Laura McFadden

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Living Artfully: Create the Life You Imagine by Sandra Magsamen

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Just for the Frill of It by Sonya Nimri

If you are interested, just comment on this post by December 14 at noon with which book(s) you’d like, and I’ll contact you for your mailing address. The first taker for each book gets it. If no one wants a book by Dec 14 it will just go to the library swap shelves.

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While browsing flickr a few weeks ago, I saw these pictures from i heart linen (a very lovely blog). I did some googling to find more information about the magazine, and ordered it.

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My stitch arrived yesterday, and I am so happy, I loved it from start to finish. I guess most magazines I’ve read focus more on crafts, so there are inevitably a few projects or articles that don’t interest me (I don’t scrapbook or knit). But since I love everything about sewing, this magazine was perfect. It even reminded me a bit of Blueprint with its neat fonts, beautiful photos, and the page layouts that weren’t too overcrowded.

I learned some great options in the “sew eco” article featuring earth friendly fabrics and resources. Although shipping those special fabrics down here would probably take the green out of them, packaging and shipping them all the way to Puerto Rico.

And for the projects, I’m definitely going to make the skirt on the cover, the Moebius Cowl, the Techno Travel Roll, the Stitch-and-Stash labels, and I might eventually become ambitious enough to try the hexagon place mats and coasters. Although I think that project is not designed for a gal like me who doesn’t measure twice, and couldn’t cut straight to save her life.
But honestly, all the projects look great.

You can download 3 projects from their website.

I hope I can wait until the next issue.

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Jeans to Wrap Skirt

My husband gave me some of his old jeans, so I finally got to try out a design from 99 Ways to Cut, Sew & Deck Out Your Denim.

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I’m really happy with the finished product. I doubled the width of the top fabric strip from the pattern, because the photo looked wider than a 1″ fabric strip used as a binding, and that 1″ binding would have been too hard for my clumsy fingers to maneuver. Next time (I will definitely make this again) I’ll widen the top fabric piece again to 3-4″, and I’ll widen the fabric width for the bottom piece to 6-8″. You can see this pattern, #46 Miriam, on the Amazon page.

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Otherwise, this book is fabulous. I was hesitant to order the book because I’m getting older and would feel silly still dressing like I’m in my 20’s. But, there are 16 more projects in the book that I have tabbed and plan to make. Most of the designs are fun and modern, and just as creative as the ones from my favorite Project Runway episode (where they raid the denim warehouse and Christian makes pants from denim jacket sleeves).

More restyling from Compai

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I love this book. The projects are beautiful and the instructions are very detailed. I’m sure I will refer back to these instructions for all the quilting basics (applique, binding, log cabin blocks). I’m most excited by the “Scrap Wrap” project- a scarf made from wool suiting and vintage silk kimonos. However, living in Puerto Rico and dependent on air conditioning, I’m in no hurry.

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I did make the Closet Case Sachet (a very quick project to make when the fabric you were going to use for your next big project has to be washed first). It is almost complete, just needs stuffing- and I’m not sure how difficult it will be to find cedar shavings in the Caribbean…

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Can you tell I really like turquoise?

The sachet will make a nice gift, and now that I’ve learned log cabin piecing, I’m anxious to put log cabin patches on everything….

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The Crafter’s Companion is a great book for inspiration. Ann Torborg, creator of Twelve22 did an excellent job compiling interviews with some of the best craft bloggers. The book is filled with beautiful photos from each blogger’s crafting space, as well as each blogger’s comments on why she creates and how she finds inspiration. There is also a craft project from each blogger.

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I loved seeing inside the minds of some of my favorite craft blogs (Angry Chicken, and The Small Object) and being introduced to blogs I hadn’t yet discovered.

Most of the projects seem simple enough to be completed in one sitting. I’m most excited to try the Pillowcase Apron project by Hillary Lang and the Log Cabin Pillow project by Lisa Congdon.

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This summer, I was reading Sewing Savvy when I came across their small feature on the sewing bird.

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I knew right away that I wanted one for my sewing room, because sewing birds remind me of my childhood. When I was little, my mother volunteered at a colonial home and often dragged me along. I think that by the time I was ten, I could probably lead the tours myself, I knew the artifacts, furniture, and history so well. The sewing bird was one of the few items I was allowed to touch. I used to love pressing down on its tail feathers to make its beak open.

I perused ebay for an antique sewing bird, but settled instead on a replica from Lacis.com. However, I think I will keep an eye on ebay in the future, because I think antique sewing birds would be a really neat collection to have.

Unfortunately right now he isn’t very helpful because his clamp doesn’t open wide enough to put him at my sewing desk. But I think he’ll be charming just keeping an eye on my fabric stash.

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Reversible Skirt

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I just bought Linen Crafts and made a quick project from the book: Reversible Skirt. (But I didn’t actually use linen for mine since I didn’t have any in my stash.)

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If you are famililar with the book, here’s how it worked out for me:
I had a hard time visualizing how this skirt was going to go together because I thought it was just 2 rectangles of fabric sewn together, until I realized that the rectangles aren’t completely sewn together at the top or bottom, so that you step through the fabric, and the snaps are inside the 2 pieces of fabric so you can snap them together on each side of you to prevent the skirt from sliding down over your hips. Overall, once I figured that out, it was very easy & quick and I will probably make many more because these will be well suited for island life. I might actually make one in linen, too. Although I will probably make the next a little less wide. I used the measurements in the book and the length was great, although it was a bit too wide because my ties overlap a bit in the front. To give you an idea how it worked out- my waist is about 29″ and I’m only 5′ tall.

I recommend this book to anyone looking to make nice simple projects.  The Reversible Skirt above and the Tunic are my favorite projects in the book.

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