Monday, July 29, 2019

Stitch and String Lab for Kids: 40+ Creative Projects to Sew, Embroider, Weave, Wrap, and Tie

Stitch and String Lab for Kids is book 21 of (currently) 24 books in the Labs for Kids series. Released 23rd July 2019 by Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 144 pages and available in a flexibound workbook and ebook formats. Aimed at middle grade readers and their adults (parents, guardians, school resource personnel/teachers etc), it includes more than 40 short lab units for diverse fibrecrafts including embroidery, sewing, knitting, weaving, and braiding.

This is a very appealing colorful and kid friendly book.  An introductory tools and supplies chapter leads into some short very basic stitching and cutting tutorials. All of the tutorials are very well photographed and easy to follow.  The following chapter units: embroidery, hand sewing, fiber arts, and weaving & string crafts, are composed of self contained sub-sections composed of self contained short project tutorials which would be very well suited to art classes, VBS, camp crafts, public library school holidays clubs, and similar venues. Outlets for creativity and exploration are vitally important for kids' social and intellectual development and these projects are fun and whimsical and stimulate that vital development.

This is a fun and worthwhile book. It would make a great classroom library book, resource book, homeschool resource book, or support text for kids 7-10(+). There's also a wide range of activities and most of the labs use easily sourced materials. The photography is appealing and easy to follow.

Five stars. This is a great book and part of a solid series.

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

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