Book Review: The Fabric Reference Series by Julie Parker

Think back to the days when you first started sewing. Do you remember the first time you combined fabrics that behaved differently once washed – how they puckered and pulled and made a mess of your garment? Did you ever make a garment out of the wrong type of fabric? I have made more mistakes than I care to count and with the rising cost of fabric, the last thing I want to do is buy the wrong material. Worse yet, would be spending all that time making something out of the wrong fabric. Of all the things my mother Read More


Book Review: Marie Osmond’s Heartfelt Giving, Sew and Quilt for Family and Friends

Marie Osmond is more than a performer, she’s a daughter, mom, sister and a crafter. Her book, Marie Osmond’s Heartfelt Giving, Sew and Quilt for Family and Friends, is a beautiful book with easy to follow instructions. The projects are lovely, but the tribute to her mother is the loveliest part of the book. Those of us who are a little bit older, know Marie from her younger days when she was the kid sister of (most of) the Osmond Brothers and was working hard to make a name for herself. I’ll admit it, I had a crush on Donny Read More


Book Review: Sewing with Whimsy and More Sewing with Whimsy by Kari Mecca

If there is a little girl in your life and you want to sew clothes that make her feel like a princess, then the Sewing with Whimsy instruction book series needs to be part of your sewing library. Through her books Kari Mecca will teach you to embellish classically styled girls clothes with a sweet whimsical flare sure to please the pickiest of princesses. Kari Mecca is the owner of Kari Me Away, a business that is geared toward those who love sewing and appreciate learning hand embroidery and new embellishment techniques. She is a frequent contributor to Sew Beautiful Read More


This Month’s Book Review: Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe by Betsy Muse

My library of sewing, embroidery, and crafting books is overflowing the shelves. At this point it takes a special book offering unique patterns and tips to gain a place in my library. The newest embellished wardrobe pattern book by Natalie Chanin is one of those special books that is a joy to add to my collection. Every year I select a small project to make for friends and family for holiday gifts. The embroidery and beading techniques taught in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe will help me make this year’s gifts that Read More


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