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Review: Craft Books.
Simple Sewing – Simple Tote
Photographs *****
instruc tions ****
range of projec ts ***
value for money ***
Renowned for her take on In keeping with the simplistic items not dissimilar to those
smart, urban style paired with a styling that made her so popular, available in any of Lotta’s outlets.
simplistic vibe, Lotta Jansdotter Jansdotter’s book has obviously
is a self taught designer based in been painstakingly formulated The projects in this book are set
New York from where her global for ease of use - everything from out in sections relating to the
empire is rapidly expanding. A the spiral bound cover (which home, range from level 1 (napkin
celebrated designer and craft allows the book to lie flat for and tea towel) to 4 (multi pocket
world darling, Jansdotter has easy reference) to the patterns holdall bag) in difficulty whilst
built her successful business themselves (on sturdy paper claiming not to be beyond the
on the premise of simple, clean rather than the destructible tissue abilities of “an adventurous
Scandinavian style which has paper) has clearly been thought novice”. Although this book is not
been emulated the world over out whilst managing to retain a comprehensive sewing manual,
from fashion to interiors. the charming, whimsical feel so the book includes information
evident in the Jansdotter brand. on fabrics and equipment; a
I decided to take a look at Simple Many of the projects echo popular rudimentary knowledge of
Sewing, the first book in Lotta’s existing designs, so this book basic sewing terminology is
rapidly expanding range or fabrics, is a good way of emulating the required however as the project
accessories and home wares- all style without breaking the bank. guidelines assume that you are
available here ( link jansdotter. I personally like the projects for at least familiar with your sewing
com/ ) -and arguably the best their relatively quick and realistic machine.
known of her works. The book, completion time and the fact that
her first pattern and project book, they make ideal gifts. I suppose For my review project I whipped
is instantly recognizable as being the thing I like about this book up a Simple tote bag. Not being
synonymous with her trademark the most is that the projects are a novice to the machine I was
style including projects and how- presented in a hip, trendy way. A tempted to rush ahead and for the
to’s for no less than 24 projects. fresh modern take on traditional more experienced sewer it may
crafts, allowing you to create even be possible to use this book
 ukhandmade Winter 2008
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