We are delighted to introduce our second book Home Sweet Sewn" published by David and Charles(Nov2009)
Passionate about collecting thrifting and recycling fabrics, giving them a twist and creating something new, Alice and Ginny have designed a collection of 23 projects for the home that are either functional or frivolous but always fun. All the projects within the book grew out of seasonal inspiration and the cycle of the year. Home Sweet Sewn includes many different techniques such as photo montage, appliqué, embroidery, crazy patchwork, stencilling and rag rugging. Within the pages are fabric swatches, sketches, photographs and even poems which illustrate how each project evolves. Also included are design inspirations suggesting alternative ideas for the projects and encouragement for the reader to put their own ideas, designs and interpretations into their creations.
The year begins with a beautiful monthly wall planner created using favourite photographs. A sweet appliqué song thrush apron is sure to encourage you to pick up a duster and start spring cleaning. A stunning embroidered house shows you how to preserve the memory of your house in stitch and to make a bold design statement, you will be encouraged to dig out your retro pillowcases and sheet and transform them into a fresh modern duvet set.
The warmer weather brings flowers, summer fruit, and lots of creepy crawlies! The vintage floral tea set, strawberry stencilled picnic blanket and quilted flowers and garden creatures floor game all take inspiration from these lazy days.
Moving into the Autumn the warm earthy tones of these chillier months influenced the ideas for a beautiful throw designed with collected leaves, a rich rag rug made from recycled t-shirts and a tree of life cushion with crisp apple appliqués.
As the year draws to a close, the festive season inspired a very contemporary holly wreath constructed from fabric and embellished with buttons and beads. There is also a project to create a beautiful angel rag doll dressed from a crazy patchwork of vintage linens. Finally, for a lasting reminder of the year, why not create memory book incorporating motifs of the year and filled with family mementos, stories and keepsakes.
'We are incredibly proud of this book and hope you enjoy reading it, being inspired by it and creating some of the projects within it as much as we have enjoyed putting them together. We love receiving images of the projects that you have made inspired by our books and have set up a flickr group for Home Sweet Sewn where you can show off your finished creations, alternatively you can email us at email@example.com.'
Alice & Ginny November 2009