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Lena Corwin’s latest book, Made by Hand, is a gem. Every turn of the page delights and inspires. It is chock full of exquisite craft projects presented in a wonderfully accessible tone with gorgeous photographs and clear step-by-step instructions. I do believe it will be my go-to for quite some time. And with gift-making-and-giving season upon us the timing couldn’t be better.
Chances are you or your favorite sewist also enjoy other crafts such as knitting, embroidery, printing, making jewelry or candles or soap. You will find a wide range of these here as well. Each project—or two—was developed for the book by some of the craft world’s most talented sewists, designers, and fiber artists working today. Many, such as Caitlin Mociun, Jenny Gordy and Shabd Simon-Alexander are my personal favorites.
I really had to restrain myself from photographing every spread in the book, but I managed to narrow it down to a few favorites which will hopefully give you an idea of how fun and smart the projects are.
I always think of fall and winter as the felt-crafting seasons. Not only because the holidays are nearing but simply because it feels right to put hands and fingers to wool. As a knitter, I get my wool fix knitting but hand-crafting with felt is also a great way to experience working with that wonderful wintry fiber! It’s also a wonderful material for kiddos to practice hand-stitching with.
Right now we have an excellent selection of books, kits and patterns for making things with felt. And as you should know by now, we have a wide variety of felts in a rainbow of rich colors from which to choose. See you soon!
A new line of patterns from Australia has made it’s way in to the store and we’ve been whipping up a few smaples to share our excitement. This is the Little Sprout dress from Make It Perfect. Designed for girls who love their dresses and don’t want to give up wearing them when the weather gets cold.
This dress was made with a hot-pink crossweave for the outside and a super soft and cozy dotted flannel for the lining. Straighforward construction and clear instructions made this a breeze to sew—and fun too. I always love the thrill of making a fully lined garment, especially one that has a hood and pockets!
The sizing is good and generous on this pattern. I made a size 5 and my model is a petit 6-year-old. It fits her but with little room to grow, so it would be perfect on an average sized 5-year-old. Little Sprout is offered in two size ranges: 6 months to 5 years and 6 to 10 years. Currently we only have the smaller size range in the store but will see about getting the larger one if customers want it.
Looks great with leggings and boots!