2013 Book Review #1
I got this one out of the Library on Saturday
Made in France – Everything Patchwork
by Corinne Crasbercu
It is beautifully photographed
Forty different projects for quilts, bags and accessories
There’s nothing particularly novel, complicated or unusual in the book – and most of the items are useful, and would make good gifts.
It is so pretty to read through – and the instructions are very well laid out if you do want to make the projects.
I think the fact that all the fabrics are in pink/red/white/blue colourways [with the occasional black or emerald accent] means everything looks so co-ordinated and tasteful. My own Great Stash has ‘just growed’ like Topsy’s hair, so it is rather more random and rainbow-like and my creations do not match each other so stylishly.
The author writes regularly for Marie Claire Idées Magazine – and it appears that there is a whole series of ‘Made In France’ Craft books including ‘Linen and Thread’ ‘Blackwork’ and ‘Red,white and blue embroidery’ [I must check these out, to see if the library has any more]
If you are already a competent needleworker, then I think it is a book to borrow occasionally from the library, rather than to own – some projects are very simple [bunting, drawstring bag, pillowcase, apron] It does contain lots of ideas and inspiration – and the instructions, templates, and technique notes are excellent. A fun weekend read, with good suggestions for personalising accessories.
I think I would give this one a 5-star rating! *****