Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Sew Pretty

I borrowed this from the mobile library van last month. I knew of the author, Caroline Zoob, from Country Living magazine. She and her husband were tenants of Monk's House in Sussex, the former home of Virginia Woolf. Having trained as an opera singer, then becoming a solicitor, CZ fell into the world of design almost by accident.

This book is about embroidery, making items for the home, and repurposing and recycling household linens. It's beautifully photographed with clear written instructions and diagrams. She covers all sorts of styles- like this French shelf-edging done in redwork
She has ideas for reusing damaged pieces of embroidery [I fancy making some tiny covered buttons with one of my old tablecloths which is not yet un oiseau]
Applique and embroidery come together on small household pieces
The bird and boat picture incorporates salvaged fabrics and has a simple tricolor colourway
This log cabin quilt uses different white fabrics, mixed with stitched motifs. 
I wouldn't copy her actual designs, but they're a good resource. 

I will definitely give this one *****  It is a pleasant well-written book, and lovely ideas


13 comments:

  1. Looks like a very nice book with lots of good ideas!

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  2. Our mobile library van used to stop right at my front door. I miss it. They took it off about 3 years ago. Nice book.

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    1. Although I can go into town on my bus pass, I make a point of using the monthly mobile van too [Use it or Lose it as they say]

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  3. She has also written a fabulous book about the garden at Monk's House. I was lucky enough to receive a copy for my birthday a few years ago.

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    1. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/17347027-virginia-woolf-s-garden I shall see if I can get it from the library. Thank you for the recommendation

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  4. I like the bird and boat using salvaged materials. How much usable fabric goes to waste that could be used in so many different ways, not forgetting quilts and peg rugs!

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  5. Sounds like the perfect book to enjoy with some tea and biscuits x

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  6. My mum knew Caroline when she (my mum) was alive! So glad you enjoyed the book.

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