Now, I’m not a particularly crafty person. I do paint furniture and I have made the odd pair of curtains; but that was more neccessity than for the joy of making. But just the cover of this book makes me want to dust down that sewing machine and rummage in the remnants bin for cheerful bits of fabric.
The Home-Sewn Home is a stunning compendium of 50 step-by-step soft furnishing projects. Renowned British fabric designer, Vanessa Arbuthnott, has teamed up with stylist and writer, Gail Abbott to produce this book packed with inspiring ideas, ranging from curtains and blinds to cushions, quilts and table linen, all with easy-to-follow artwork and instructions. Each make has been expertly photographed using Vanessa’s fabrics, many of which have been inspired by her natural country surroundings.
The projects range from a simple cushion and table runner for the novice stitcher, through to lined curtains with an array of different headings, blinds, quilts, and table linen. There is a chapter on accessories, including a cook’s apron, a tote bag and table mats, which also make great presents, while the basic techniques chapter teaches you all the skills you need to make any of the projects.
Available from Cico Books