Test Driving in the Sewing World

It seems like the number of new craft books published in recent years has risen dramatically, driven possibly by demand from those of us seeking a diversion from the news headlines and fulfilling a need  to make something with our hands, something that we can personalize with our own ideas. Topics run the gamut: Quilting, sewing, embroidery, crewel, papermaking, rubberstamping, beading, you name it. The problem I have is that many of the books feature extremely talented designers and beautiful photographs, and therefore, I want to them all! Luckily my local library must have some crafters on its book purchasing committee because a lot of the titles show up on the shelves there. If not, the local bookstore is happy to oblige.

During the next few weeks, I’m going to “test drive” some relatively recent releases, including Baby Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo, Hand-Stitched Felt by Kata Golda, and Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household by Therese Laskey and Chika Mori. So, check back as I post the projects and helpful hints about making the most from each of these books.

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