Book Reviews And A GiveAway!

Interweave recently sent me a couple of books to review and while I was taking a respite from my sewing room, I spent time reading over them – pure eye candy! The first, Inspired to Quilt discusses a variety of techniques such as fabric printing, fabric manipulation, stamping, resits, stitching, applique, beading, and collage to achieve some very impressive looking art quilts. While this book is geared toward quilters I think that the methods discussed would work very well for other outlets – in fact, I would love to make a dress using a freezer paper resist (with lots of practice before I try the ‘real deal’).
The Bottom Line: Inspired To Quilt is a gorgeous book to look at and is a definite inspiration to quilters and anyone interested in creating their own textiles. Although the techniques are broken down step-by-step, I would recommend this book to someone with some sort of fabric paintresistembellishment experience as I found the methods were well above my trial and errors with fabric paint.
All I can say about Freestyle Machine Embroidery is WOW, it’s amazing what you can do with a sewing machine besides quilting or sewing garments! This book gives you the basics on how to get started creating you own fiber art – from supplies, thread tension, fabric distortion, and thread direction, but the rest is up to you. The artwork is absolutely amazing, inspirational, and I am convinced that Carol Shinn is the sewing machine equivalent to Jenny Hart.
The Bottom Line:If you’ve been itching to try something drastically new with your sewing machine, I definitely recommend giving Freestyle Machine Embroidery a look. I think you’ll find this a good springing off point to creating works of art on fabric.
And now, about that giveaway! Quite a ways back I wrote a review of Fabricate: 17 Innovative Sewing Projects that Make Fabric the Star (you can read more about it here) – well, Interweave sent me a copy and since I already own it, I thought I should share the book love! Just leave a comment in this post by midnight Monday May 4 and I’ll pull a name on Tuesday (May 5) morning! Good Luck!

25 thoughts on “Book Reviews And A GiveAway!

  1. Linda

    ooh, I’d love a copy of the book! The others sounded interesting as well, especially the freestyle embroidery book. I hope these are helping you get back in the mood to sew. Although, here in Nebraska, we are finally able to go out and enjoy spring, work in the garden and go to the park! Maybe some outside time would be refreshing.

  2. Mary

    Thanks for sharing the craft book love…I always look to your reviews for good books and it’s even better when there’s a chance to win one! Thanks!

  3. Sara A

    I’d love to be included in your drawing. I’ve ben watching for that book at Joanns so I could use my coupon.
    Love your blog. Hard to believe that your baby is already a year old.

  4. maxine

    Need some motivation myself to get started on the projects I’ve cut out! Looks like a great book and I’d love to be included!

  5. bernadette

    Helpful reviews. I find most “embellishment” books to be too fussy, too many steps or supplies, or rely heavily on artistic ability. (Carol Shinn’s work is always so amazing!) But the Fabricate book seems to focus on attractive and do-able projects. I like that one!

  6. shorty

    WOW, that would be a great book to have! Thanks for the giveaway!!! Have a great weekend

  7. MaryD

    Oh wow, what a great giveaway Stacy! I really loved her projects in the first issue of Stitch, so I bet it is a great book. and thanks for the reviews!
    Have a good weekend!

  8. MichelleB

    I’d love to win the book – it looks great!
    I’m really interested to thumb through those other two books that you mentioned too. Thanks for the review.

  9. Tori

    Thank you so much for sharing your blog! You inspire me every time I am looking to start a new project.

  10. nalani

    I would love to read this book and learn about these techniques. I would hope to try out the fused plastic.

  11. Leesa Miller

    I would love another book to add to my stash of craft-sewing books. Pretty please pick me.

  12. Anary

    Phew I think I made it on the nick of the time…Girl I love your review…the problem is that I get more poor after reading it ;).

  13. Sarah

    Thanks for the book giveaway! Fabricate sounds like a great book to add to the fun and educational sewing library I’m building up!

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