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New Summer Reading – Crafty Edition

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

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5 responses »

  1. I think I have to order it now. Between your review of this and you introducing me to bias tape napkins yesterday, I am pretty sure I’m spending the next 10 months at my sewing table. Thank you for the good swift kick I needed to get back to it!

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  2. I resisted too, until last week when I placed my order through Amazon. Too darned tempting!

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  3. I’ve put a hold on a copy at the library (but I’m sure I’ll buy it when all’s said and done!) So I’m basically feigning frugality for a few short weeks.

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  4. I too resisted until last week, when I got this strange and obsessive compulsion (I get that way about craft books) and called around locally until I found it, zoomed over and grabbed it out of their boxes – they hadn’t even stocked the shelves yet! I am a true beginner so this kind of book really helps me.

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  5. Mine just arrived. I’ve liked what I’ve read so far. And I’ll still read and use your sewing tips.

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