Thursday, May 26, 2011

Steampunk Softies



One thing that defines the steampunk movement is the artistic nature of its followers. From the creation of eye-catching costumes to the aesthetic update of already existing technology, few movements encourage being handy as much as the steampunk movement does. The creations in this book will speak to the inventive soul of steampunk enthusiasts who frequent an array of blogs, online magazines, fan sites, and fantasy/role-playing conventions.

Steampunk Softies contains patterns, photos, and illustrated instructions for eight cleverly designed plush dolls. While the instructions are easy enough for a new crafter to follow, they contain enough steps to keep even a steampunk craft-master interested. The book even contains tips for how to distress fabrics and materials to give the dolls an extra aged appeal.

(Goodreads)

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

The originality of these dolls is wonderful. The directions are easy to understand and take to new levels of creativity.

If you are unfamiliar with Steampunk, you may have heard of authors like Lemony Snicket, Jules Verne or Mary Shelley. Gail Carriger is another wonderful author in this genre. Kady Cross is another. It is a captivating time of possibilities and very exciting gadgetry.

This book has great full color photos, blueprints for each of the eight designs and a reference section for materials. The coolest thing about this book is that it is for the experienced sewer or the novice. Just have fun, grab some gears and some scraps of fabric and go to it!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Positively Postcards


A small-sized commitment of time is all you need to create these picture-perfect postcard quilts! Give, trade, or treasure these 4" x 6" mini-greetings-and make a one-of-a-kind quilt in an evening.

Follow one step-by-step project to learn the technique; then get inspired by more than 85 creative variations, all shown in close-up photos.

 Choose a novelty fabric to start; then learn to develop your own themes with photos of fabric and embellishment collections.

 Embellish postcards with machine satin stitching, ribbons, yarns, buttons, beads, rubber stamps, costume jewelry-there's no limit to what you can use!
(Goodreads)

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book is simply beautiful. The photos of the projects are breathtaking and the instructions are easy and understandable. Looking at some of the amazing artistry, I wanted to scavenge around my closet for some fabric to start stitching right away. Perfect for quilters, these small projects are lovely and inspiring projects to keep or give away.