We are delighted to announce the publication of our first Craft Book.
published by David and Charles ISBN 978-07153-2858-3
Sept 2008 £12.99
So how did the book come about? Well, as in previous years, in November 2006 we exhibited at the Christmas Country Living Fair in Islington, London. These are always tough to do as they are very expensive for a little company like ours and it also means that we have to make a huge quantity of stock. When you are using recycled fabrics this means that nearly every item is different and therefore a lot of time is spent agonising over which fabric to choose and do the colours and patterns look good together! Anyway, we were half way through a very successful show when a girl came onto our stand and started chatting to Ginny. It turned out that she was Ali, the head of publishing at David & Charles, and she was wondering if we had ever considered writing a book! Funnily enough, it was something that we had both been chatting about in a "wouldn't it be great" way for a little while but was one of those pipe dream type conversations. Needless to say, we jumped at this wonderful opportunity, scaled back the making side of our business enabling us to focus on this new challenge, and spent the following year creating 'Sew Fabulous Fabric'.
The idea was to create a beautiful yet practical lifestyle book that would inspire the reader to see the potential in any piece of fabric, to get recycling and to have fun creating lots of different sewing projects from their leftover scraps of fabrics, saved buttons and trims.
Creating the projects for the book was such fun and the process of writing the text a real creative challenge which we both loved. We were very fortunate to work with a great team and particularly enjoyed being involved in the photo shoots with Ali and Simon Whitmore.
The 20 achievable projects in the book are spilt into 4 main themes and cover homemaking, days out and about, celebrations and creating lasting memories. They are loosely based around our lives, many having evolved from past folkydokee projects or things we have made for family and friends.
Projects include fun patches made from scraps, rucksacks made from recycled jeans and shirts, a simplified version of our popular Christmas stockings and even a cuddly toy dog created from a gorgeous wool jaegar skirt.
This book is perfect for both new sewers and those interested in recycling and learning some new tips and techniques. Many of the projects are quick to create and would make perfect presents. It has beautiful step by step illustrations by Helen Philipps and the clear instructions takes the reader through simple machine appliqué, embroidery, beading, patchwork and construction techniques.
For anyone who is interested in buying a book Author signed copies are now available on this website. It is available from local book stores including Waterstones, WH Smiths, Borders. If it is not in yours just ask and they should be able to order it in for you. It is also available from our publishers David and Charles.