Extract taken from Things to Make and Do, The Whole Year Through. An Heirloom Book.
When putting together The Sewists, there was much sewing to be done. Every project was carefully considered and worked through, some I even managed to complete entirely right down to the final tiny details; like painting a face or neatly snipping ribbon ends. Here you can see Curious Pip’s Mermaid, Kate Bowles’ Hand Bound Notebook, plus glimpses of Anna Alicia’s Bargello Embroidery Collar and Sophie Strong’s Cameo Brooch, all of which I made in my workroom, when the book was yet to reach completion.
For me, the project that presented the biggest challenge was Kate Bowles’ Notebook. I had never attempted bookbinding before but was keen to include the craft in the book and to have a go myself. Kate’s instruction and encouragement was excellent, and on my visit to meet her I was brave enough to reveal my endeavours. For a first attempt my stitching wasn’t that tight, so next time I’ll watch out for that. Working with paper and thread made a nice difference to my usual sewing which is usually cloth based.
I learned so much from working through all the techniques featured in the book, and know I will return to the projects again. I do hope you’re enjoying making with The Sewists.
A big thank you to everyone who has purchased The Sewists over the last few days (and weeks for you early birds). I really appreciate your support and hope you’re enjoying the book.
Today I wanted to take a moment to share with you all the Sewists featured in the book. I warmly encourage you to look them up, read all about them and support their creative work.
Katie Wagstaff (Oh Squirrel)
Kirsty Southam (Me Plus Molly)
Leanne Sarah Smith (Bobbin and Bumble)
Hannah Kopacz (Made with Love by Hannah)
Louise Evans (Felt Mistress)
Donna Bramhall (Spinster’s Emporium/Haberdasher Me)
Kim Davis (Oh, Sweet Joy!)
Sarah Burford (Curious Pip)
Megan Hunt (Princess Lasertron)
Julie Jackson (Subversive Cross Stitch)
Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran (Fancy Tiger Crafts)
Andrea Tong-Tucker (Roxypop)
Sarai Mitnick (Colette Patterns)
Do keep sharing the book and let me know what you think – reviews welcome too!