Whether you’re super crafty or have never even picked up a needle and thread, you’ll find something here that you just have to make! Ever gotten bored with one of your tee shirts or tote bags? Learn how to transform them into unique pieces all your own using embroidery stitches and super simple appliqué. Craft a fab necklace, a cute cover for a boring notepad, or a chic bracelet in no time at all!
Blogger Sutcliffe's first book is an approachable set of projects, mostly embroidery-based and aimed at preteen girls. Her aesthetic is charming: simple, often patterned, designs with easy-to-stitch lines, with just enough trendiness to appeal. Watercolor & Pen Postcards are pleasing despite being basic, while the Simply Stitched Tote Bag and Leather Bracelets have the kind of vaguely beachy, woodsy look that's perfect for summer. Adults who find this book might want to stitch up a few of the designs for themselves. A few caveats before buying, though. While Sutcliff provides extensive illustrated directions for embroidery stitches, notation to "use a sewing machine to prepunch" or to trim the raw edges "with pinking shears" pop up without warning that such tools are needed. Also, with several projects, Sutcliffe advises stitching on Aida cloth, then fusing the cloth to an article of clothing or accessory. Aida cloth won't hold up to much wear and tear (or washing), and waste canvas, which is widely available, is a far better choice. With those minor oddities in mind, this book is a lovely gift to the supervised young crafter. Color photos.