Sunday, 6 November 2011

.Book Shelf.

Sewing books.  Do you have many?
As you can see, my sewing book shelf is well endowed.  (I have more tucked away in other places around the house too!)  My collection of sewing books grew considerably when I started to write my own book.  I needed to do some research and work out what I liked/didn't like in a sewing book and see how others went about their books.  So books started steadily streaming into the sewing room and, as with all of my "sewing collections" I can't stop adding to it!!!
Previous to doing my book research, I was always a little apprehensive to purchase a sewing book without having a good look inside though.  I had made some not so good purchases and forked out money for a book I thought was going to be lovely and full of lots of great things to make, only to be disappointed when it arrived when I realised that the only decent project in the book was the one featured on the front cover!! 
With little ones in tow, I do most of my book shopping online...I don't have as much time as I would like to stand in the aisles of a bookstore flicking through pages - usually I've got children in hand or under careful, watchful eye making sure they don't escape/destroy anything or make a spectacle of us all!!! 
Inspired by one of my Facebook followers I'm going to start a regular (but not committing to weekly!) "BOOK SHELF" feature on the blog - each Book Shelf post will give you a detailed look into a sewing book from my ever growing collection with lots of information about the kinds of projects the book holds and a little review on the book to help you make purchases that you will be happy with!

Coolies?  I'll be back later in the week with my first review!  In the meantime...if you've got a book that you are particularly interested in (whether in my photographs here or not) let me know and I'll pop those ones at the beginning of the list :)


11 comments:

memmens said...

I look forward to reading your reviews, I also don't want to buy a book just because of the project on the front, so am really cautious about buying any. Most recent purchase was Gentle art of quilting - Jane Brocket, it is brilliant.

Sarah Craig said...

I know what you mean about no good projects in a book - I've gotten to the point where I won't buy one unless I've looked in it personally or seen an in-depth review of it out in blogland, and there are at least three projects I can't live without on my bucket list! So I'm really looking forward to your new feature!!

Sandy said...

What a great idea! I look forward to this feature. I have been interested in the "Handmade Beginnings" book myself, so would love to see a feature on that. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

I've been wondering about
"3-Fabric Quilts: Quick Techniques for Simple Projects" by Leni Levenson Wiener

Dolores said...

I know that feeling of not feeling like making stuff once you own the book. I am ashamed to say that I have not made a single thing out of any of my craft book purchases this year. :-(

dxx

ann said...

I loooove this idea. I am already a frequent visitor so now there will be even more terrificness (is to a word) to look forward to. I have been a victim of pretty book jackets too so I shall await with baited breath your reviews. Thanks so much Toni

Stacey said...

Wow, that would be great! I have so many books on my wishlist on Amazon but am a little bit scared to buy just in case they aren't that great. I have been disappointed by a couple of books that I see in your pile. I would love to hear about Sewing Clothes Kids Love and Simplify.

Tiffany said...

oh wow - what a super idea! i'm so psyched for your first review... and the one that caught my eye on your stack (that i've contemplated buying online soooo many times) is 'the practical guide to patchwork'. fun!

Murray and Roscoe said...

Yeah I cant wait for your reviews - I avoid sewing book for the same reasons as you - risk getting a dud and having to shop with littlies.

Jemima said...

Hi Toni,

would love to hear what you think about the Oliver and S book - should I buy a copy - are the projects practical - would love to hear your thoughts?
Jemima

Spot of Colour said...

Excellent, can't wait! I do all of my book shopping online as well, and have the same problem. I can see this being handy with my birthday coming up in the New Year ...

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