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Craft Books

I’ve always been a book junkie, but since learning to sew, I can’t stop buying more books. Here are the latest additions to my craft book collection:

Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew & No-Sew Projects by Cynthia Treen
To be honest, I bought this book because I saw the author is from RI, and I love to support any RI artist…. but I can’t wait to try these beautiful projects, especially the reconstructions: pouch from an old silk tie, purse from an old tweed coat sleeve. Also has lots of helpful info about fabrics and general sewing guidance.
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Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing
This book came highly recommended in the craftster forum.
I bought it used from Amazon, and am really happy with it. Although the book is older than me, there is so much great information and I think it’s something I can use for years. Plus I can definitely get a kick out of its 1976 style. The drawings of the women all have hair like characters from “Three’s Company.”
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In Stitches by Amy Butler
This book has beautiful photos. I’ve started working on my first project from this book: the Decorative Patchwork Throw (a little ambitious for my first quilt).¬† But I can’t wait to try many others like the kimono robe, wide-leg lounge pants and ALL the kitchen projects.
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Sublime Stitching by Jenny Hart
I’ve put this book on the back burner after sewing, but I’m really looking forward to using these designs on pillows, tea towels, and gifts. These designs are so fun and I think it will be a great way to relax. Although it probably won’t help my rapidly deteriorating eyesight…
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Now if only I had a room in the house to store my¬†quickly expanding craft supplies, fabric collection, and craft bookshelf….And even though it will take me years to finish all the projects in these books, I still have more craft books in my Amazon wishlist already.

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Back in 2001, I went to an inspiring exhibit at the RISD Museum. RISD inherited the contents of an old Providence dressmaking shop.
Here’s a photo collage of some of the best pieces:

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It makes me think I need an opera coat.
More information here: The Tirocchi Dressmakers Project Website

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