OK, here’s the thing. I had pretty much talked myself out of buying this book during the pre-order period. The rationalization I used was that it was geared toward a beginner, and technically I’m probably more of an advanced beginner, so even though I really wanted it, it was probably an extravagance (albeit a rather modest one.)
That worked right up until the day the book became available in stores. Yes, I dashed on over to Barnes and Noble on the 19th, but sadly, it wasn’t out yet. Mom, being much better at these kind of things (and not dragging along a certain two-year-old, who decided that he wanted to be carried through the blasted store), was successful on her trip so now I’m the proud owner of Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol.
Can I just tell you how happy it has made me? And a tiny bit sad, because it makes me feel a little redundant sharing my little sewing tips, but mostly very very happy. I’ve barely skimmed the surface, really, because I want to savor it a little more. The projects are very cute and seem absolutely doable for the beginner, while still fun for someone with sewing experience. Oh, and I can tell already that I’m going to pick up some good pointers. Anyway, the quality I love most of all, though, is the tone of this book. To me, every project and every tip just screams “I like to make things! Just try it – you will, too!” Check it out and I bet you’ll see what I mean. I just love that vibe – sewing for its own sake. Not because you’re trying to be frugal, not solely to rake in some extra cash (not that there’s anything wrong with either of those things – those are sometimes great perks!), but simply because you like to create nice things with your own two hands and some pretty fabric. I could go on and on – you get the idea.
On my next read-through, I might even pick out a project!
Today’s crafty docket is dedicated to pre-washing fabric, I think. We spent the early part of the afternoon swimming, and that was so much fun that I think we both deserve a nap. At the very least, maybe just a soda and a bit of rest. Ahhh, sweet summertime