Monday, April 14, 2014

Never Been Stitched: Book Review and Giveaway

Happy Monday!

Today I have a book review and giveaway to share with you.

Never Been Stitched: 45 No-Sew & Low-Sew Projects just released this February. This fun collection of projects is edited by Amanda Carestio and published by Lark Crafts.

I am excited to introduce this book to you, because I designed and wrote 2 projects in it! Both of them made the cover -- one on the front, one on the back. I am so grateful to Amanda and Lark Crafts for giving me a chance and couldn't be more thrilled!

Oh, wait, I could: Lark Crafts is offering one copy of the book to a lucky reader!! See below for giveaway guidelines.

Never Been Stitched promises 45 awesome projects with little or no sewing. These clever projects come together with techniques like gluing, fusing, using grommets, knotting and more. A few of them require a bit of simple hand-stitching or a machine-sewn seam. Required skills are easy-peasy, even for the most squeamish of us when it comes to sewing. The featured designers devised creative tricks to eschew stitches while bringing their projects to life.

The book leans heavily toward upcycling, which I love. For example, it shows you how to transform a favorite t-shirt into a fringe scarf or into a carryall tote bag, how to turn a button-down into a kid skirt, or a plain old skirt into an Anthropologie-inspired fashion statement -- all with minimal or no stitching.

Hexagon Art Panel by Jenny Bartoy

Autumn Leaves Skirt by Jenny Bartoy

The variety of projects included in Never Been Stitched is impressive. You will find everything from artwork to note cards, from bags to fashion accessories, from practical house wares (a rug! a lampshade!) to toys. And they all use fabric in out-of-the-box ways. In terms of taste as well, there seems to be something for everyone, whether you're into modern, classic, whimsical or kitschy.

Try it out: Lark Crafts has offered one free project pattern from the book on their website, the Woven Chevron Cowl.

Woven Chevron Cowl, photo copyright Lark Crafts

Never Been Stitched is a satisfying collection of fun and simple projects. It would make a nice gift for someone who is dipping their toes into sewing, or anyone who likes instant gratification-type projects! I hope you'll check it out.


The winner of this giveaway will receive a copy of Never Been Stitched: 45 No-Sew & Low-Sew Projects by Amanda Carestio, courtesy of Lark Crafts. ($17.95 value)

>> How to enter the giveaway <<

  • Please leave a comment on this blog post. One entry per person, please. If you'd like, tell me what's on your crafty to-do list these days.
  • Make sure to include an email address if it's not listed in your Google/other profile.
  • This giveaway is open until Sunday, April 20 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
  • On Monday, April 21, I will choose a random winner, announce the name here, and contact them by email.
  • This giveaway is open to all, international friends welcome.
  • Void where prohibited.

Good luck!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

An Update!

Hello friends,

First off, my heartfelt apologies for the radio silence these past few months. After the craziness of the holiday season, the beginning of the new year was unsettling. I felt in limbo between sewing, writing and family and couldn't quite find my mojo to blog. A few months into 2014, I'm back on track with some exciting news!

I designed and wrote 2 projects for the brand new book Never Been Stitched! This is a fun book of 45 no-sew and low-sew projects, edited by the lovely Amanda Carestio and published by Lark Crafts (February 2014). I hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with Lark Crafts, as I already have projects sent off for another book to be released in early 2015. I'm so excited! Stay tuned for a review and GIVEAWAY of Never Been Stitched here on my blog. (Ahem, on Monday.)

Speaking of designing projects, one of my professional goals for 2014 is to create patterns for sale on Etsy. I have so many ideas but I've finally picked one to start with. I hope it will be ready to unveil soon!

And finally, after several years spent co-writing the blog Stumbles & Stitches with my dear friend Angel, it was time to put it to sleep -- or at least, make the announcement, since it's been dormant for nearly a year. All archives are still available to browse, but for the foreseeable future, we won't be blogging. If you followed our adventures over there, do not despair. I will be sharing my craft and sewing projects HERE instead, along with my Etsy creations! I am pumped!!

If you're reading this, thank you for your support. And I look forward to hearing from you in the comments as I start posting more content!