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Reported By: Megan Lock
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Right? Wrong. I always do this. If the cover is uninteresting, poorly designed, or unappealing, I’m certainly less likely to purchase it. This may not be the best way to do things, but it works for me. My first impression of both of the books I received was very good. I received two books: The Knitter’s Guide to Combining Yarns and Sew Hip.
The first, is adorned with very colorful photos and color guides. It explicitly describes the various yarn types and their properties, including characteristics, variations, seasonal
preferences, project ideas, average weight range, troubleshooting, compatible pairing yarns, and additional comments. There are photos of knitted samples that show the differences in pairing different types of yarns. It’s very useful if you’re looking to start a project and you want to add some depth to your project by mixing yarns together. There is a section devoted to pairing colors regarding the seasons. The different color pairings are explored for each season. Lastly, there are some patterns, if you’d like to try your hand at yarn pairings.
The second, and the one I chose a project from, is a collection of patterns for accessories, like belts, bags, and pillows. Patterns are clearly laid out and skill level is clearly displayed. This was particularly helpful, as I’m not a proficient sewer. More specifically, I have a “mini” machine and have only used it for paper crafting. My machine saw (and sewed) fabric for the first time and handled it well. My first impression of this book was much like the first, very colorful photos, excellent projects, and well presented. Unlike the first book, the tone of the book was more modern and appeals to a more trendy crowd.
Since I chose a project from the Sew Hip book, I will tell you about my lasting impressions. As I’ve already mentioned, I’m not an experienced sewer. With this in mind, I chose one of the projects that was clearly labeled beginner. I purchased the materials I needed, as outlined by the pattern. Here’s what I ended up using:
I followed each of the steps, following the directions carefully. I found that they were very easy to follow and each step provided a picture, so I knew what I was doing was right. And here is my finished belt:
One of the alternative suggestions was to use two different fabrics to make a reversible belt. I chose two coordinating fabrics in green, white, and black. This belt has the “frayed edges” to make it more unique. By following the directions, I have a thick, sturdy belt, that I think is rather cool. Do you like it?
- Beautiful photos with vivid colors
- Explicit details
- Sturdy book–perfect for the tough crafter who may tear weak pages
- Offers additional information in certain sections
- Some trendy patterns
- Some books come with CDs or DVDs to provide more visual instruction.
- Some patterns may be out of date, depending on your style
That’s the only one I can come up with–these are very well developed books
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