Monday 5 November 2012

Sew Over It - a Book Review

Hello friends
I mentioned a while back that I have been asked to review a couple of sewing books.
The publishers stumbled across my blog and contacted me - I feel very privileged!
The first book is called 'Sew Over It' - what a great title!
It is written by Lisa Comfort.
Not only has Lisa written this book she also owns a sewing cafe in London,
all the details are here  - classes, online shop and more.
She has put together some brilliant You Tube videos including this one where you get to see 
the cafe - it is dreamy!
Flicking through the book my first reaction was the colours, large photos and 
clear step by step instructions.  A flick through clearly wasn't going to be enough!
I popped the kettle on and sat down for a proper read and I immediately 
felt motivated to grab my sewing machine!  
Being a Spellbinders™  crafter, one project jumped out at me which I knew would cross over
to work with dies - a felt corsage. 

In this video you will see Lisa cutting out felt circles by hand - I chose to use 
 This is how they look - I'm loving them and now want to make loads!
(Bit of a shadow on this photo, I got busy making them and realised daytime had gone!)
 The book is available through Amazon - here as well as other leading booksellers.
Here is the official press release.

I've decided to attend one of Lisa's classes next year - it is my Christmas pressie to myself! 
Take care dear friends.


Unknown said...

Hi Christine, the book looks interesting and the cafe amazing. Bet you enjoyed reviewing this. Felt is so versatile and the corsages look like a new project to try.

Wilma x x

melanie said...

the book look interesting .Melanie

Elizabeth said...

Morning Christine, what a lovely idea and very interesting. That may inspire me to get sewing again after all these years. Fantastic you have bought yourself a christmas pressie, think that is a great idea too.
Have a lovely day.
Elizabeth x

Carole Z said...

Morning Christine, this book looks really interesting, I have read about this sewing cafe before and thought what a great idea. I do enjoy sewing crafty items but haven't had the time of late and my sewing machine is looking a little lonely...must pay it a visit with some felt die-cuts! Carole Z X

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. Such a good idea. My experience with felt and Spellbinders wasn't successful but I think I was using a cheap type.

I used to make all my childrens clothes when they were small, both sewing a knitting but when they wanted designer labels the machine went away and hasn't been out since.

Val in Spain xxx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, This book looks really interesting, thanks for letting us into the content and the videos. I will be clicking on the videos afterwards. A sewing cafe sounds a fantastic idea.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Well this is a different blog today, interesting don't sew anymore myself not since my girls were small.I bet you enjoyed reviewing the book.
Have a good day.

hazel young said...

Morning christine this looks like an interesting read. It so lovely that we can cross pollinate our crafts and create more wonderful things xx hazel

Bea said...

hi Christine - loved the videos - not tried this type of corsage as mainly use gathering and also yoyos so will certainly have a go using my dies.thanks for sharing

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine, I love your felt corsage. The book looks amazing and I love the idea of a sewing cafe. I used to do loads of sewing but I now there are so few places to buy fabric even curtaining that I just dont do it anymore.

Hope Lisa does really well with her book and cafe

Sue xx

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine, Im not into sewing as i am terrible at it! However thank you for the peek at the book as my sis in law is big into sewing so im going to get this for her xmas pressie. Emma

Redanne said...

Hi Christine, will definitely visit the sewing Cafe, what a lovely idea and the book looks beautiful. Loving your corsage.... Crafty hugs, Anne x

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine.
This book looks really good,and how nice for you to review it.
The corsage is a great idea,using the dies to cut the felt really does bring different crafts together.
Have a good day. x.

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine

This is a very interesting , and different blog news for us today,

The book looks really good as does the cafe ,what a good idea to do something you enjoy and have a good natter at the same time .

I cant sew but i will have a go at the corsage , i think i maybe able to do this one .

Have a good day
Elaine H X

Rita said...

Christine, I have just ordered this book. I have sewn all of my life and still love it to-day. Thank-You again for the recommendation and I only wish I could attend the classes. Enjoy your day. Hugs Rita xx

Jenny L said...
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Jenny L said...

Hi Christine,
this book looks very interesting. Sadly no room in my craft room to put up a sewing machine. I have to drag it in and out of the back of a cupboard. Not good for my back.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine, You certainly enjoyed reviewing that book didnt you?
Great idea for a corsage, I've designed and made up a brooch/corsage using Spellbinders Rose Creations Die recently, as like you I'm hooked on felt. Will be trying this one out too at some point.
A friend of mine has recently semi retired, and we have both in the past enjoyed sewing, this book will be given serious consideration re a Christmas gift for her, thanks for helping to rekindle the idea of sewing again.
Crafty best wishes, Carolyn x

Craftychris said...

What a cool book! I can's sew at all so may buy it at some stage and have a go. Will definitely be trying the corsage though, I am sure I can manage that. The cafe looks amazing too xx

Janice said...

Hi Christine
I've just watched this episode of Kirsty's new programme (I know...don't ask!) and have to say I thought the sewing cafe looked absolutely brilliant, and a great idea. Almost makes me want to get a sewing machine and have a go!
Janice x

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