The Liberty Book of home sewing- A review

The Liberty book of home sewing is a visual treat from the front cover to the back page.

Liberty book of home sewing cover

Liberty book of home sewing cover

Peppered throughout the book are pages of the iconic Liberty print cottons, which in themselves are a visual treat for fans of the delicious fabric

delicious liberty fabrics

delicious liberty fabrics

This book is aimed not just at the new stitchers, but at the more advanced stitcher too. There is a project in this book for everyone, wether it’s their simple but elegant cushion cover, the eco shopper bag or the gorgeous quilt.

Liberty eco shopper project

Liberty eco shopper project

Liberty rose quilt

Liberty rose quilt

The instructions for each project are very well drawn, beautiful clear diagrams. There is comprehensive text description alongside the diagrams too, making it nice and clear how to make up the projects.

Liberty instructional diagrams

Liberty instructional diagrams

At the beginning of the book is a nice section on  how to get started, again illustrated with gorgeous diagrams, and there’s a useful kit list too. Most of the techniques you’ll need to get a professional finish are covered well in this section. a good example is notching and clipping seams before turning through, and I think they’ve done a great job in this section.

Liberty "how to" instructional diagrams

Liberty "how to" instructional diagrams

Apart from being a great sewing handbook, this really is an aspirational book. The images of things you could make are just so beautifully shot. There are so many fabulous photos here that I can’t see how anyone won’t be inspired to get their sewing machine out and have a go! I’m a big fan of the corsage, and this is my favourite image from the book.

Liberty fabric corsage

Liberty fabric corsage

My only niggle about this book, would be that as with most  new sewing books, there aren’t full sized patterns included. The book supplies diagrams, which you are required to scale up to a full sized pattern. I’m an impatient stitcher, and scaling up patterns is to me a bit like maths- Torture!  I believe the reason for this is that to print and publish books with full sized paper patterns is very expensive, and would make the book ridiculously costly.

I was given a copy of this book to review, however the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Happy Stitching

CL – The Thrifty Stitcher

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  • Tushar

    22.05.2012 at 08:06

    Make a quilt, you can use any fabric at home and cut sqearus or triangles and just start them together. Sorry I dont know any sites but I’ve had luck at thrift shops and used book stores or half.com buying these type of books. This is an easy first project that you can use!!

    • Retsel

      02.08.2012 at 16:09

      I love the colors! It will be so brghit and cheery on a cold winters morning! :) It did line up nicely, awesome job!! I loved Weekend Sewing. I had to give it back to my Library because someone else was waiting for it, I’ll get it back soon!! Hopefully!

  • vicky

    18.05.2012 at 19:25

    I can’t make head nor tail of how do to those rose corsages? Help!!