Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Hand Stitched Home...

The Hand Stitched Home is the new book by self taught embroidery artist Caroline Zoob. It's filled  cover to cover with amazing and beautiful projects that wouldn't look out of place in a petite maison Française
If you're thinking this book is just for the seasoned embroiderer think again! What Caroline manages to do is offer beautiful projects which can be finished by anyone and not just the accomplished sewers.
Easy, step by step and beautifully photographed projects which will get you making.
I for one can't wait to get my hands busy... there are at least two projects that I'll be trying this summer and I'm in the process of  starting on some shelving edging for my mum's new kitchen!

A page from the book... lovely shelving embroidery edging... might have to make this!

I absolutely love the way you're taken on a journey as Caroline explains the origins and the inspirations about her work and it's far from twee but it definitely touches on the naive and the "French Country" look. Also I'm so please to read that Caroline herself a former opera singer and solicitor came into embroidery in her late 30's so definitely it's something which everyone regardless of age can pick up and master. What an incredible woman and what a brilliant story!

Lovely embroidered towels, cloths and table runners...

I also love the way it reminds me and transports me back to my Granny's holiday cottage in "Pedorido"- a very small village near Porto, in the Douro Valley between hills and terraced vineyards... and if it brings back fond memories then that surely can't be a bad thing!

Granny Maria Adelaide with my daddy in "Pedorido" circa 1946

It's the perfect book for finding guidance and for rekindling your creative love affair with vintage fabrics, patterns, the art of embroidery and getting some needed inspiration. Reworking vintage patterns into usable modern and eclectic home wares is something I absolutely enjoy and know lots of crafters do too so if you think this sounds like a good book for you then take a look at our special offer because the lovely people at Jacqui Small have a special promotion code which entitles you to a discount if you order through us.
Due to be released this summer but available to pre-order now... just read the instructions below....

To order The Hand-Stitched Home at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p*, telephone 01903 828503 and quote offer code JS217. Or send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3TG. Please quote the offer code JS217 and include your name and address details. *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

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