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Review: Craft Books.
Bend the Rules Sewing – Artsy Clutch
Photographs: ****
I nstruc tions: ****
R ange of projec ts: ****
Value for money : ****
I should start this with an and children in little handmade
admission. I am a craft book smocks happily finger painting.
addict. Her book is full of gorgeous
My bookshelves are crying with photos of the projects she
the weight of them. However, describes and from these
I’ve probably made an average of projects I picked the Artsy
one item per book, if that. I just Clutch as it seemed like a nice
like looking at the pretty pictures simple and quick project.
and dreaming of a life where I
could make things all day like the I didn’t follow the instructions
authors of the books! exactly (I pretty much never
do which explains some of the
I imagine Amy Karol’s house to crafting disasters in my life!) so
be full of beautiful quilts, pillows I skipped the step about drawing
ribbon. Despite all this, I’m
on the fabric (the artsy
really pleased how it turned out
part of the project).
and it shows that mistakes can
Oh and I didn’t have
sometimes be happy ones…
any cotton flannel
so used interfacing
I would recommend the book to
instead. And I messed
both beginners (there are lots of
up a bit, forgetting
tips at the beginning of the book
to put the elastic
to help you get started) and more
cord in place at the
experienced sewers as there’s
appropriate time, so
plenty to inspire and you might
I instead improvised
even learn something new!
with an extra button
Photograph courtesy of
paperandcloth.co.uk
and some matching
8 ukhandmade Winter 2008
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