“Fabric is definitely in our nests to fulfill function, but I also encourage you to use it to make something beautiful – for beauty’s sake alone,” Cassandra Ellis writes in her book, Home Sewn: Projects and Inspiration for Every Room.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-sixty-page paperback targets those who are looking for sewing projects for home applications. After an introduction, thirty-two creations cover the topic, ending with material listings, recommended resources, index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.
Divided into three sections, the book is about projects using fabrics, usually natural fibers in light colors or patterns. The first section covers ideas for casual living spaces such as lampshades, ottomans, pillows, throws, panels, bookends, curtain tie backs, and log carriers. The next part concentrates on the bedroom with quilts, pillowcases, headboards, bed skirts, curtains, and duvets while the final section focuses on eating and sharing with examples of chandeliers, tea towels, table cloths, storage containers, napkins, coasters, chair covers, and bulletin boards to name a few.
Each product includes the author’s personal connection to the item in its description, followed by chart or several photographs along with a list of materials needed and numbered instructions in paragraph format.
Since I am an artist, I am always open to new creative ideas, sometimes involving fabrics and sewing. I like that this is an eclectic compilation of various concepts for decorating with cottons, linens, silks, organza, velvets, or leather. My favorite were the gilded silk organdy butterflies and the cotton, silk, and leather chandelier.
~ Why Not ~
Those who are seasoned sewers may not find many new ideas or projects included in this book.
~ Who ~
The author of four books, Ellis is also a designer of contemporary homewares and patterns as well as an interiors stylist. She works with clients on commissions, writing, styling, and interiors projects, and also runs workshops from her London studio.
~ Wish ~
With the book containing so many photographs, it is obvious the artist is an interior designer due to the layout and placement of items. I wish the many photos that were not about the project were not included.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book with over thirty projects that involve fabrics that make items for the home, this may be a good beginner’s book.
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