Finger puppets and headbands are just two of the 20 adorable projects contained in Now I Can Sew by Sian Hamilton, an easy-to-follow introduction to hand sewing for both boys and girls ages 8 and up.
250 colorful photographs throughout the book illustrate step-by-step instructions for sewing with felt; an inexpensive, easy-to-cut material that comes in a wide variety of colors. Another advantage to felt is that it can be worked using big needles that don't have to be sharp.
Kids will quickly learn basic running, back, and blanket stitches, and the book contains sections on tools, materials, and techniques. First-timers will be able to create:
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Sian Hamilton has been a designer for over twenty years and has a BA (Hons) in 3D Design. Sian has always loved to sew. Introduced to sewing by her grandmother, who was a seamstress, she started sewing clothes for herself in her teenage years and then progressed to making custom wedding dresses for clients in her early career. These days, sewing is her hobby as she is the editor of Making Jewellery magazine and the author of several books on jewelry making, including Flowers and Cats, available from GMC Publications.From School Library Journal:
Gr 3–6—An adorable introduction to hand sewing for children. The title begins with an overview of the tools needed (e.g., needles, scissors, thread, needle threader), instructions on how to measure and mark fabric, and directions on how to use the aforementioned tools. Step-by-step instructions on specific stitches (e.g., blanket stitch, angled straight stitch) are also included. The 20 projects are organized by increasing difficulty and make good use of the skills introduced in the beginning of the work. Most of the activities are low-key, from finger puppets to book covers and cushions; these are simple but enjoyable projects. Templates to trace and cut out are located at the end of the book. A list of popular stores to find supplies is listed in the back matter. However, this is a UK import—most of the resources listed are in the UK. A list of resources for the U.S. is included, though it is small. VERDICT A colorful volume sure to appeal to rookie crafters.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA
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