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by Susan Wasinger

Part nostalgia, part modern “slow movement,” Sewn By Hand celebrates the gentle comforts of creating beautiful pieces the old-fashioned way. This contemporary collection allows stitchers to be eco-friendly and mobile, as they carry their projects along with them just as knitters do. And with more than 20 items ranging from fashionable pillows and aprons to practical totes and pincushions, sewers will produce gorgeous results while they experience the simple joys of traditional sewing.
Download Sewn by Hand: Two Dozen Projects Stitched with Needle & Thread epub
ISBN: 1600596681
ISBN13: 978-1600596681
Category: Home
Subcategory: Crafts & Hobbies
Author: Susan Wasinger
Language: English
Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 5, 2011)
Pages: 128 pages
ePUB size: 1753 kb
FB2 size: 1599 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 554
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This book surpassed my expectations. I bought it on a whim because my sewing machine is broken and i was browsing to get Super Saver and stumbled across it. I think i'm now going to be into handsewing projects just for the fun of it, and the portablility. The projects would make great gifts. The picture on the cover is for "owie puffs for boo-boos." The first projects i'll make are the sewing kit and thread caddy, both because they are attractive but also so that I can carry my sewing projects easily to do when i'm having coffee with a friend, waiting on kids, travelling, etc. There are slippers, accent pillows, napkins and rings, pot holders, bags and baskets, an apron, curtains, a bib, a wool hat, more. The book is very attractive, the projects are not intimidating, the support material is thorough, and you're likely to be inspired to go beyond the book after doing some of the projects. These are not homey projects you'll hide in a corner! These are pretty things, current styles, that you'll love having around your home and friends will love receiving!
The book is fairly clear and easy to understand, and I like the author's passion and sense of freedom of creativity. However, as a newbie looking for instruction (and refreshers), I felt frustrated when I got to the back of the book to look at the patterns and am being advised to enlarge the patterns without any instruction as to *how* to do that. I think if you know that you're teaching people how to do basic stitches, you should probably also be aware that they're not going to know how to enlarge a pattern. I'm sure I'll figure it out online myself, but I feel it is an incomplete book without all of the instructions necessary for the projects included within it. I mean, I could also go online and figure out how to sew myself; I bought a book so I could have a handy, non-internet dependent set of instructions instead.
I love this book. I received it today and have already made something from it. I enjoyed reading it, the introduction is great. The projects are clear and mostly useful. I immediately had ideas for modifications and personalization. I adapted my first project within hours of getting the book and was done a few hours later. I'm pretty new at this or it might have gone faster. But it was a great, I can't stand up today project.
Finally, a book for people like me who cannot work a sewing machine if their life depended on it.. But still would like to sew anyway!

Hand sewing is truly a lost art that will hopefully make its way back into the fore-front of the craft movement. With books like "Sewn by Hand", it could easily become the newest/oldest next craft trend.

I love this book! The book itself has gorgeous photos and a nice feel. I love the projects. All very well made with so much variety and usefulness. The stitch guide is fabulous! Previously, I could not find one book that had hand sewing stitches included! I also like that some projects use upcycled fabric, which makes for plenty of ideas for the other projects and a practical new use for unused clothing that's lying around.

I think there is something in here for most everyone to make! For me, I will be trying them all! I am so happy to have this book!

Just a wonderful wonderful book. Thanks, Susan!
The projects in this book are tempting and Wasinger's design choices are lovely. Her instructions are clear as well. However, I'm frustrated by an apparent mistake in the sizing for the slippers. The directions tell you to enlarge the design by 195% for size 6-7 slippers; at 197% the slipper was much too large for my mother's size 7.5 foot. (They were a tad big even on my size 10's). Pretty exasperating so close to Christmas--they were supposed to be a present! I'll have to take them apart, recut the fabric, start over . . . and "Sew! Sew like the wind!"

Since most of the projects don't require printing and enlarging a pattern, I'd still recommend this book to people who want to try their hand at machine-free sewing. The stitch glossary is crystal clear and Wasinger's techniques for felting, fraying, and applique-ing work beautifully.
Thanks so much for writing this book for people like me who has a great disdain for machines and my total inability to operate one. I put away all of sewing gear because I figured there was no way to ever hand sew as good as a machine, but this lovely author has shown me a new aproach and appreciation for the slower path to sewing. Thanks so much for such a great book and would recommend it to anyone who like me is not mechanically inclined.
Excited to start some projects with my daughter. Book is well written with rating of ease, time, materials, and portability. Some projects can be crafted with repurposed materials.
Nice projects