A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of working with the very talented Christine Leech. Not only is she an amazing magazine art director, but she’s also a champion crafter, and one half of the duo behind the Everything Alice and Everything Oz books (making things inspired by Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz – check ’em out at www.amazon.co.uk).
She’s recently branched out alone and has just published two lovely new craft books, Felt Sew Good (30 simple and stylish projects using felt) and Little Sew & Sew (sewing and embroidery projects).
Felt Sew Good is perfect for anyone (like me) who likes their craft projects to be simple yet look really professional. Working with felt means you don’t have to faff about with hems etc as much as you do with fabric, and I particularly love her ideas for a flower covered wreath and fun pom-pom style baubles – neither require a sewing machine, just a good pair of scissors and a few stitches:
Little Sew & Sew, on the other hand, is a great book for anyone who already knows one end of a needle from another, and has some gorgeous ideas, including a really simple shopper bag, and sweet fabric covered notebooks:
The books are beautifully laid-out, the photos are super-stylish, and even the paper they’re printed on feels classy. Either would make a great present for anyone who loves crafting and wants to make things they’d actually be proud to have on display. The books cost £12.99 each (or £8.96 and £10.99 at www.amazon.co.uk) and are published by Quadrille.
Love Christine’s ideas? She writes a great blog at www.sewyeah.co.uk which is full of fun homes finds and easy-yet-stunning ideas for doing up your home on a shoestring – just take a sneak peek at her handmade pegboard noticeboard below…