Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wabi-Sabi sewing

Wabi-Sabi Sewing is a new sewing/crafting book from Karen Lewis.  Due out 31st July 2018 from F+W Media, it's 128 pages and available in ebook and softbound formats.  The concept of wabi-sabi is deeply satisfying to me.  It's about making do, creating something from less-than-exactly-perfect materials and celebrating the innate imperfection in everything. 

The book follows a logical format.  The first chapters introduce concepts, techniques, materials and tools.  The next chapters are split into general groups:  Living, Eating, Exploring, and Sleeping.  Each of the broad categories includes five related projects.  The 'Living' chapters include a lovely paper pieced pillow, a Hawaiian quilted wall hanging, a quilted pouffe, a set of fabric coasters, and a pieced lap quilt. 

All of the projects in this book are suitable for keen beginners to more advanced sewists and all are appealing, in my opinion.  As I was reading the book, all of them were projects I could imagine myself making at some point.  The instructions are very clear and well written.  The piecing instructions are also clear and easy to follow.

The supplies listed at the beginning of each project are complete and include everything (even thread is listed).

All in all a very useful sewing book filled with appealing projects. 

The illustrations for each project are line drawn and easy to understand.  There are color photographs of the finished projects throughout the book, including at least one clear color photo of each project inside the project chapter (so no flipping back and forth trying to figure out what goes where).

All in all a really appealing, well written book. 

Five stars

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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