Book Review * Hand sewing Magic

It’s Friday ! And I am all about Sewing – something I learned at an early age with my Mom and Grandma . And later at college when I took more complicated lessons. But I have always had a special place in my heart for the simple basic – Hand Sewing that we all can learn. Lisa

Hand Sewing Magic is an essential reference to all things stitching, featuring how-tos for dozens of stitches, from the basics for sewing and mending to stunning embroidered embellishment.

Hand Sewing Magic is a modern, all-in-one guide for hand stitchers of all levels of skill and experience, and for all applications. In this unique guide book you will:

  • Get an in-depth overview of essential tools and materials, including thread, needles, fabric, and other key supplies.
  • Explore a comprehensive visual dictionary of 35 stitches plus dozens of variations, from basic mending to stylish decorative embellishment to unique art stitching.
  • Discover key techniques, from starting and ending threads to the right way to use an embroidery hoop, from stitching curved shapes to color shading, and more.
  • Learn essential tips and tricks from influential and innovative stitchers, including Joanne Sharpe, Allison Aller, and Catherine Redford.
  • 10 simple and stunning projects show unique ways to use stitches and techniques. 

With Hand Sewing Magic, you’ll make the most of your hand stitching and give all your projects a beautiful handmade look.

Net Galley Book review:

This is a great book that cover Hand Sewing in many different types- from simple basic hand sewing to more decorative embroidery stitches you can use to decorate your house. With a simple visual dictionary of stitches its easy to learn the stitches and use them in projects from simple repair to beautiful projects. So get the book,start reading and get too hand sewing.

Book Review * String Quilts

Have you ever made a string quilt? And what is one- String piecing involves sewing fabric strips together to use as part of a block or quilt. Here are three looks string piecing can bring to your next project! String piecing (also sometimes called improvisational piecing) involves sewing fabric strips together. This book will get you started and bash your stash ! Lisa

Get ready to stylishly bust your stash and scraps with a fresh take on a time-honored quilt-making technique: String quilts!

  • 16 stash-busting projects include table toppers, wall hangings, and full-size bed quilts
  • Over 300 photos and illustrations walk you step-by-step through the techniques and projects
  • Step-by-step guides take you through every part of string quilting, from basics like cutting strings to specialty techniques such as using tulle
  • Helpful tips and suggestions can be found throughout each technique and project
  • Use up your stash and scraps of fabric that are too small for other projects

Strings are strips and scraps of fabric that are usually too small to be useful for most projects, but they’re just right for the fun designs in this complete step-by-step guide!

Classic to Contemporary String Quilts takes you through every step of the string quilting process with helpful tips and suggestions. The front of the book is packed with string quilt techniques, followed by 16 quilt projects with clear instructions and diagrams.

Author and quilting teacher Mary M. Hogan offers a fresh take on a fun, time-honored technique, reimagining many traditional and beloved quilt blocks—like the Card Trick or Churn Dash—as string blocks.

Using strings, each classic quilt is unique, and updated for the 21st century with bold colors and contemporary settings. From wall hangings to full-size bed quilts, these 16 fun stash-busting projects take string quilts in a new direction!

If you ever find yourself asking, “What else can I do with strings?” then Classic to Contemporary String Quilts is exactly what you’re looking for. With clearly explained techniques, more than 300 step-by-step photos and illustrations, inspiration from Mary M. Hogan, and 16 gorgeous scrappy projects, you’ve finally found the perfect way to clear out all those scraps!

Net Galley Review:

I am a quilter with lots of scraps but I have never made a string quilt. But after reading this book with its great pictures and directions I know what my next quilt will be, I have my heart set on the wall hanger for my living room and plan on using the pattern in the book. Read the book and be inspired to make something new out of pieces of materiel into a work of Art. Lisa

Book Review: Easy Hone Sewing Projects

Today’s book from Net Galley is a fun book filled with fun easy sewing project for your whole house:


There’s something for everyone in this bright and inspiring collection of home sewing projects! Whether you’re moving into a new home, redecorating an old house, or just updating a room, you?ll find quick and easy projects here to make your living space simply beautiful. Designed to let you give your dwelling a speedy fabric makeover, this book offers inspirational ideas for every room. Transform the heart of your home with bright kitchen accessories, or create the perfect table linen setting. Create a bold boudoir with bright bedroom designs, make tactile toys for the nursery, or revamp your home office with a functional organizer. And don?t neglect the deck, with lovely al fresco accessories and more. 101 Home Sewing Projects is guaranteed to stir up your creativity with clear step-by-step instructions and gorgeous color photography. Inside 101 Home Sewing Projects Sew a new look now make over your home in minutes. Easy projects designed to give your home a speedy fabric makeover. Inspirational ideas for every room in the house?even the garden! Clear step-by-step instructions, beautiful project photography, and ready-to-use templates. Bedroom designs, first floor projects, nursery decorations, kitchen brights, table linen, fabric cover-ups, organizers, and more.

My book review :

I received this book from Net Galley for review. I am a sewer but I don’t have time right now to make large complicated projects but this book is filled with easy projects you can make for your hose or give as a gift. The author has great directions for many projects that are quick and easy and a joy to make. So get sewing and re make your house just in time for Spring. Lisa

Book Review : Collage Workshop for Kids

Be inspired and delighted by Collage Workshop for Kids, a colorful art instruction book on collage techniques for children—made in cooperation with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Collage Workshop for Kids pairs essays by educators from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with instructions on collage technique. Chapters explore favorite art themes for kids and demonstrate how to work with colored tissue paper, newspaper, fabric and buttons, painted paper, torn paper, and more.

In each chapter, Reggio-inspired author and teacher Shannon Merenstein explores each technique with original ideas. Members of the museum’s education staff offer expert advice on creating art with children.

Everything you need to know about collage is in this book, making it a great reference for teachers, librarians, and parents.

Net galley Book Review :

My Net Galley Book Review : Don’t let the title fool you it’s not only for kids but for adults too. A great easy to read book that not only shows you how to make a collage but how to do it. It was an inspiring book that after reading I got my supplies out and made some cute Christmas items. Read he book and share with the kids in your life or just enjoy it yourself. Lisa

Book Review : The Crochet Stitch Handbook

Need help reading your crochet pattern? Need a gift for a crochet lover? Read on:

The Crochet Stitch Handbook fully explains over 200 stitches. A perfect starter guide for beginners, with advanced projects and details for experts, this book is a wonderful addition to the library of any crafter, crocheter, or knitter. 

The handbook includes step-by-step instructions for basic stitches, textured stitches, fans and shells stitches, mesh and filet stitches, openwork and lace stitches, trims and edgings, clusters, puffs, bobbles, spike, relief, Tunisian, multi-color, squares, and special stitches.

Crochet is the technique of making a looped fabric from a continuous length of yarn, using a single hook. The word crochet itself derives from the French croc, meaning a hook (or crook); an old Scottish name for crochet is “shepherd’s knitting.” It is one of themost portable and flexible of crafts, requiring only a hook and some yarn. 

Master the basic techniques of crochet, and more, to create a fascinating variety of effects with The Crochet Stitch Handbook.

About the Author

Betty Barnden is a needlecraft designer whose crochet designs have appeared in magazines and been published by prestigious yarn companies. She has written books on knitting and embroidery, including The Embroidery Stitch BibleThe Crochet Stitch BibleFilet Crochet; and 200 Knitting Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets. Betty continues to inspire crochet fans the world over.

Book Review: 

Net Galley Review : This is a wonderful reference book filled with step by step instructions,pictures and stitch selector  to make learning more about crochet. Its laid out well with names of stitches and example to make finding the right stitch easy. Need help reading a crochet problem this is just what you need. Have a crochet lover on your Christmas list buy them this book. Lisa 

ARC The Art of Doodle Words




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In The Art of Doodle Words, YouTube artist Sarah Alberto shows you how to combine hand lettering and carefree doodles into your own artwork.

If you love the look of hand lettering and calligraphy, but find it too intimidating or perhaps too ornate, then The Art of Doodle Words is the book for you. Now you can learn the basics of lettering just by doodling. Sarah Alberto, the artist behind the popular YouTube channel Doodles by Sarah, likes to start her doodle words with a simple letter or word.

Whether you’re drawing a word like cold or love or idea, Sarah will show you how to transform it into doodles using super-cute sketches and simple lines. A basic word becomes an adorable illustration. Sarah will also teach you how to work in reverse, starting with a doodle and turning it into a cute illustration of letters and words.

Pick up The Art of Doodle Words and begin learning stress-free, laid-back lettering styles now!



Net Galley Review : Was so excited to read this and try out all the amazing examples. I am a doodler and this inspired me to do more of them. Sarah book was easy to read and follow with cute examples. Read the book and start your journey into doodling- it starts with a simple letter. 




Introduction •

Hi! My Name Is Sarah.

I’m a doodle artist and stay-at-home mum from Sydney, Australia. Art has always been a part of me. Ever since I was young, I loved to draw but I never took any classes or attended art school. I only considered drawing a hobby, but I dreamed of becoming an artist and creating my own comic book one day. One of my biggest art inspirations and influences came from watching Japanese anime. Growing up, I also enjoyed reading about superheroes and characters in fantasy novels. I loved looking at different artists’ styles and approaches, but that was where it stopped. I never thought of pursuing art as a career. It wasn’t until I had my first child that my interest in art was rekindled as a way to relax while being a new mum.

I finally found my calling when I started to make little doodles for the pages of my planners because I couldn’t afford to buy the stickers or stamps to decorate them. A surprising number of people seemed to like what I was doing and asked me to post more doodles. From there, I decided to create my YouTube channel, Doodles by Sarah, to share my ideas and creativity.

In this book, I’ll share with you my techniques for turning words into doodles. I’ll take you through the basics of lettering, creating different letting styles, and ways to decorate and add detail. You don’t need anything fancy to start working on your own doodle words. All you need is your favorite pen, some paper, and your imagination.