Monday, March 30, 2009

Crafty Chica's Latest Book

In between all the mad dash to finish Winter White for the Parkersburg Art Center show, this wonderful new gem arrived in the mail. Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing has all the elements I've come to expect from the enthusiastic and inspiring designer/author: bright colors, funky images and textures and most of all an encouraging "you can do this!" attitude which infects everything she touches.

The projects in this book include wearables, items for your home and a great section on purses made from anything from a funky towel to an Indian placemat. Throughout Kathy offers tips, techniques and anecdotes from fellow crafters, all with the result that even those who were intimidated by the sewing machine will find themselves happily scouting the dollar store, yard sales and thrift stores for items to alter, and fabric stores for the fabrics to make their projects sing. A list of suppliers is included in the back, including a list of sewing machine manufacturers, to help you find the right tool for your new sewing adventures.

I was really delighted with this book, but I must admit I love everything Kathy does. Even if it is a project I probably will not make, I can take ideas away from it and apply the ideas and techniques to something else. Congratulations on another job well done!


Treasure Ann said...

I love Crafty Chica. I am going to take some sewing lessons from my mom. I hope to be getting Crafty Chica's New book soon. I was intimadated by sewing but with my mother's lesson's and Kathy's book, I think I'll get more comfortable and ready to have fun with my new found gift.
Thanks for sharing.

Andi said...

It really is as easy or as hard as you make it. Start with the basics and you will be surprised at what you can do. That's what I really like about Kathy's book. :)