Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sewn by Hand Interview & Giveaway


Today I'm participating in the Sewn by Hand Lark book tour. The book Sewn by Hand by Susan Wasinger shares two dozen projects that can all be created without the use of a sewing machine. The book features a vast variety of projects ranging from curtains to baby bibs, there's something for everyone. Many of the projects are also eco-friendly in that the supplies are intended to come from used items for example, old men's shirts.

For those not familiar with Susan Wasinger, she's an accomplished author. She's also published Fabricate, Eco Craft, and The Feisty Stitcher. I got a chance to do an interview with her over email and find out a little more about her background and what inspires her. I really enjoyed learning more about Susan and appreciated her honest answers. I hope you'll enjoy learning more about her too.

Zakka Life: Tell us a little about yourself. how did you get started sewing?
Susan Wasinger: My Swiss grandmother taught me to sew when I was four years-old. My first project was a pair of elastic-waist pants. I was so thrilled that I could make something I could actually wear! I think if my first project had been something like a pincushion or a sachet, I might not have been so excited about sewing and maybe it wouldn't have turned into such an abiding passion. The pants were bright red, these pants were, kind of a Hawaiian print. What four-year-old wouldn't think that was the coolest thing? Oh, and by the way, my grandmother was trained as a couture seamstress, so she knew the "right way" to do things but she always encouraged me to experiment and learn by trial and error. And yes, there were lots and lots of errors.

ZL: How would you describe your sewing style?
SW: I'm definitely an "I'll-try-anything-once" kind of sewist. I love to sew things that sound impossible. I have sewn sleeping bags, guitar cases, backpacks, chairs, owl costumes, and even a few other things that I wouldn't recommend attempting.

I also really like to make regular stuff but in unusual materials, like making an apron out of an old button-down shirt or a bag for my mountain bike out of retro floral oilcloth. I also like the process to show a little, I don't mind if you can see the stitching. In fact, I encourage it! Especially in "Sewn by Hand", lots of the projects were built around the decorative charm of hand stitching. If it doesn't look handmade, then why hand make it? If its not going to look one-of-a-kind, then you might as well go down to a store and just buy it. Is "charmingly imperfect" a style?

ZL: You've published a book on machine sewing (The Feisty Stitcher) as well. Which do you prefer more, hand sewing or machine sewing? Why?
SW: When I am sewing something with a needle and thread, THAT is my favorite kind of sewing. Then when I sit down at my sewing machine, I realize how much I love to have the power at my fingertips to sew anything I want very fast. Variety is the spice of life... and of craft. I must say though that the wonderful and amazing thing about hand sewing is that you can do it anywhere. I have literally sewn an ottoman (an ottoman!!!) while watching my son's little league double-header. I can sit with my family around the kitchen table and sew things while they are doing homework or I can sit out on the sundeck and sew while looking out over the mountains of the Continental Divide. I do absolutely adore that about hand sewing.

ZL: Where do you find inspiration for your projects?
SW: Ideas often come to me out of need as in "I need storage bins, can I sew them?" Or I'm inspired by something I find, like a piece of fabric (I love printed linens from Japan) or some vintage piece of trim (I often buy "lots" that are the contents of someones old sewing box on ebay). Or I find inspiration in something I want to repurpose, like shrunken sweaters or an old vintage shirt. I like unusual juxtapositions and its usually not one individual thing that inspires me, but the odd synergy that happens when two or more things meet. Roses made from old metal zippers meet felted menswear wool meet brightly colored silk linings? Sounds weird, but with the right twists it turns into the most delectable and elegant little evening clutch. That is the kind of quirky stuff that is most inspiring to me.

ZL: What's your favorite project from your book, Sewn By Hand? Why?
SW:Uh oh, this is gonna be impossible. I have to have a big crush on anything I do or else I lose interest and I never finish it. So, I can honestly say that I adore every single project in that book. But if I have to name one... well ... I will name three: The yummy soft sherbet-colored Pilot Hat, the chic and unusual Zipper-Rose Evening Clutches, and either the Piped-edge Slippers or the Personalized Bibs...but I like the Appliqued Wool Blankets too, and the Cafe Napkins with built-in napkin rings made out of shirt plackets. See, I told you it would be impossible for me to choose just one! I'm so shameless.

ZL: What sewing project will you be working on next?
SW: I am currently obsessing over everything linen. I would love to do a book that would be nothing but 100% Linen. I 'd also like to work on a sewing book that is completely pattern-less where all the projects just require a few measurements to make them work. No printing out or untangling complicated patterns, and no fiddly cutting out. In my book Feisty Stitcher, I did some simple jackets that were made out of nothing but simple rectangles.

If you would like to learn more about Susan and her book Sewn By Hand, below is list of other sites participating in the blog tour. You'll find a variety of interviews, reviews and giveaways in the sites listed below.

Sewn By Hand Book Tour
4/4 Blog tour kickoff at LarkCrafts.com
4/6 Sew Daily blog
4/8 Click here for a free travel thread caddy project from the book!
4/11 Pink of Perfection
4/13 Artsy-Crafty Babe
4/15 MayaMade
4/19 WhipUp
4/20 CRESCENDOh Blog
4/22 MummySam
4/25 Feeling Stitchy
4/27 Zakka Life < You're Here
4/29 BurdaStyle blog

On to the giveaway. . .One lucky winner will receive Sewn by Hand along with a few other items to help you get started sewing (pictured above). To enter, please share what your favorite thing is to sew in the comments of this post. One entry per household. Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. The last day to enter the contest is Tuesday, May 3 2011. I'll announce the winner Wednesday, May 4 2011. If I do not hear back from the winner after two weeks, I will choose a new winner. Open to everyone.

Contest Closed

Congratulations to Wendy who is the winner of the giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated!

131 comments:

BoogaJ said...

This book looks like it would be my type of thing! I usually sew quilts on the machine, but I have started to do a little piecework -- hexies stitched by hand -- and I love the portability.

Nicole Maki said...

I really like to sew practical things like dish mats and napkins. But, in the future I'd like to try hand sewing art quilts; I think it would be fun.

Mandy said...

I love sewing. I have been branching out lately and making dresses for some recent events that have been going on. I usually stick to making skirts and dresses.

remes_a at yahoo dot com

Bonney said...

I love to embroider pillowcases; especially vintage stamped cases. They make a perfect gift that isn't going to be duplicated! This book looks lovely!

Jessa said...

I just started sewing, but I love making little rosettes and other flowers. Anything I can do while sitting on the sofa.

e'clair said...

My favourite thing to sew varies according to need. A few years ago, I made a reversible shoulder bag (from Lula Louise's pattern), then a clutch (from about.com).
I have made skirts and even lined them - all this without a machine, because I don't have one. But. What lacks in these projects is knowledge of construction, so I do not get as much use out of what I make as I would like.
Hence my humble entry, even though I am not really answering the question!

Becky said...

I love to sew lots of different items so it's hard to pick a favorite. But if pressed I would choose hand stitching small things like pot holders.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Cindy said...

I love to hand stitch my smaller quilts and I really enjoy embroidery work. I would love to win this, what a great giveaway, thanks!

qim said...

I like sewing little pouches and bags. They allow me to use up smaller scraps of fabric and go crazy with pattern and color combinations. They make good gifts, and most people don't have enough little pouches to help organize their life. :)

Terri said...

I love sewing clothes for my little guys. I also sew bags and I want to start making dresses for myself.
I love sewing by hand and this book would give me such inspiration!!! Thanks!!!
espmax(at)gmail(dot)com

missmuffcake said...

I love sewing hair bows and cat toys by hand!

Paty said...

oh, this book is so interesting...
I love sewn, but just by hand... and this book is all I want!!!
I've startet flowers to my daughter's room... and little gifts to my friends, like sachet...

oblogenchante@gmail.com

Robyn said...

I love to sew by hand, but I definitely rely on my machine for the big stuff. I like to make useful things...things that are decorative but also has a function.

robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

scarlett said...

I really love sewing felt teddy bears... but I've run out of people to give them to, so I've had to stop to keep down overpopulation.

JO SOWERBY said...

i love to sew cross stitch samplers,
Jo xxxx

josowerby@yahoo.co.uk

Anonymous said...

I love making handmade gifts for my friends for their birthdays. This year is was felt coasters. I bet I could find alot of cute ideas in this book. Kim
kguerrier@strongtie.com

papelhilo-l'araignée said...

what I love to sew are pouches ! simple, easy to customize...perfect !
but I also love to sew clothes for me !
laraignee71(at)gmail(dot)com

Krista Vossler said...

i love to sew household items--napkins, place mats, decor, etc., though lately i've gotten more interested in sewing clothes for my 10 month old.

Krista Vossler said...

forgot to leave e-mail. kvossler(at)gmail(dot)com

Liliana said...

Hello from Spain!!
I love sewing, embroidering, crocheting, knitting, everything that I can do with a needle!I love really embroidery purses and book covers.
Thank you so much. That book looks so cute
Hugs form Spain
Liliana
my mail lilianacasasruz@gmail.com

IctoRude said...

I'm a kind of new to sewing,
but I love stitching by hand :)
I want to improve at embroidery for custom gifts and decor projects :)

victoria.navarro.garcia@gmail.cm

Jenni said...

My favorite things to sew are quilts. About the only thing I sew by hand are my little hexigons and I do embroidery. I'd love to branch out!

MaryW said...

I love to sew quilts on the machine, but just beginning to dabble in doll clothes for my grand daughter. I enjoy the hand sewing and adding my own personal touch to the outfits.

Anne said...

I love to sew with felt -- birthday banners, softies, hats, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!
amdgoog at usa dot com

hdbikemama said...

I love to sew--anything and everything! While I'm not quite as adventurous as Susan (I've made a down coat and vest, but no backpacks...yet). I've been sewing since I was seven, and have lots of projects going, including a patchwork quilt, and of course new clothing for the warm weather! My latest love, though, is making historically-accurate period fashions for my family: we love to do Civil War period reenactments! This also ties in my love of needlecrafts, so I'm making a cross-stich sampler for a sewing roll to use when I'm reenacting. I love to use multiple crafts together, and I'll be using this book to improve my hand-stitching!

karamba! said...

I sew one-of-a-kind-puppets,brooches and full of humour softies.
I like that kind of pre-creative giveaway!

magdabielecka at yahoo dot co dot uk

jejoba said...

My favorite is sewing clothing for my daughter. She has so many summer clothes that I told myself no more and I'm looking for other projects.

jessica
sassytexan82@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite handwork is embroidery.
ficklecat40@yahoo.com

mountain girl said...

I love to sew toys, and things for my daughter. Her pleasure is such a sweet reward!

Michelle said...

I'm usually sewing toys and sorties, but I actually like one-patch quilts or sewing on binding the best!

Vicki said...

I love sewing clothing! I'm not very good at it as I'm still a beginner, but I still love it.(:

vshuler@comcast.net

Jo R in KS said...

My favorite thing to sew by hand would be quilt blocks: LeMoyne stars.

Tori said...

I like to sew anything for my little boy!
Tori
Bestfamilycircus.blogspot.com
Torirae.Creighton@gmail.com

SewLindaAnn said...

My favorite thing to sew at the moment is little bags, but I think I'm about to get in a softie mode. larmenti at bellsouth.net

Deborah said...

I love to sew quilts and create small quilted projects like coasters and placemats as well as table runners. I just like to be creative and make things.

Anonymous said...

I love to sew and learned at a very young age on my Grandmothers Tredel machine. Making bags,, skirts and blankets is fun. This looks like a great book.

Tiffany said...

We're in money saving mode, and so the thing i'm most glad to sew right now is my jeans and my husbands jeans and the toddler's jeans!! Saving money by fixing what you have is GREAT! :)

Tinker said...

I like to sew using felt. I made key chains, flowers and soft toys from felt. My friends like it when I gave to them as present

DJ said...

I love hand stitching little stuffed animals and various things for my dog :)

Tinker said...

I like to sew using felt. I made key chains, flowers and soft toys from felt. My friends like it when I gave to them as present

I forgot to leave my email in the previous post. yeeting1027@gmail.com

Megs said...

I have been eyeing this book and everything I've heard has been wonderful. While I love my machine I've also very much come to appreciate having a hand sewing project to keep me busy while I'm out and about or hanging out with my kids.

Anonymous said...

I want to learn to sew so don't have a favorite thing YET!

scherne72@yahoo.com

Pritz said...

Growing up my favorite thing to sew were Barbie clothes and now I find the most gratification in refashioning clothes, being a bit green makes me feel good. Thank you for the chance to win =)

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I love to sew small bags and pouches, because they come together so quickly! This book looks great, by the way

Shelley Solie said...

I love sewing quilts and pillowcases. Would love to expand my repatoire!

Aubrey said...

I like to sew little things for my friends and family that they can really use. I make little penny rugs too.

Owlie said...

this book looks amazing! i love to sew clothes, or things that are useable, like a bag... but lately i have been wanting to try my hand at more 3 dimentional things, like a creature of some sort!

Adlpated said...

I love to sew little things that I can give as gifts with embellishments of embroidery and "stuff" that can be attached with a needle and thread.

nullgraph said...

I've very recently started sewing and my first project was, guess what, a pair of pants! So I guess that's my favorite thing to sew... at least for now :)

Paula said...

I love to sew for children, especially making dolls and other toys. I use the sewing machine but I hand sew the details.
Thanks for the chance!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Ann said...

I have to have my hands busy while watching TV so it has to be something hand sewn/knitted/crochet. At the moment I love to die cut or hand cut wool felt to sew little brooches or hair clips. So satisfying and a pleasure to give.

Lynn said...

Such a lovely book, and so many chances to win.Lots of lovely inspiration!

Muireann said...

I love to sew clothes, although it tends to take me than it should as I get impatient and start sewing bags when I should be finished hems! Thanks for the chance to win.

Lindsay Conner said...

Love sewing plush toys, pillows, and pin cushions!

okiedokie said...

Right now I'm hooked on sewing tote bags. Especially for use as grocery bags. christie(dot)stoops(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer Goodwin said...

I love to sew pillows for gifts

jojoebi said...

I can't say I have a favourite thing, what I love is working on a new design or pattern and seeing it finished for the first time, especially if there have been hiccups along the way!

Brynne said...

I'm really thinking of buying that book, since my sewing time is so limited and I'm not really able to put in long stretches at the machine. I love making baby clothes and pincushions.

KATRINAROO said...

MY FAVORITE THINGS TO SEW ARE THINGS I MAKE FOR THE PEOPLE I LOVE, BE IT MY CHILDREN(AGES 14 AND 5) MY HUBBY, OR MY FAMILY, FRIENDS,CHURCHY FOLK,AND CHILDREN AND BABIES OF ANY ONE I KNOW, EVEN IF I DON'T KNOW THEM :)
<3 KATRINAROO <3
OH EMAIL Katrinaroo@gmail.com

kim said...

I love to sew needful things, place mats, napkins, etc. Dolls, to. And I love to embroider!
chevy49girl@yahoo.com

Mimi said...

I love to quilt usually small projects like table toppers or lap quilts, but I also like to make pin cushions, tea cozies, things like that. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!

Kiri said...

I just started sewing and I really enjoy making little stuffed animals. I've made a few dogs and bunnies for friends so far. :)

kiri (dot) lahey@gmail (dot) com

sewn by blythe said...

I love sewing but my favorite thing right now is anything for my 10-month old daughter. I just finished a toy rabbit out of felt for her Easter basket.

Caca said...

I have never tried hand sewing before, always sewing with machine. I would love to learn hand sewing (back to basic). I love to learn to hand sew little toys for my kids.

Trudi said...

I haven't done much hand sewing--though I have been embroidering some of my knitted projects lately. I tend to sewe skirts and bags using my machine, but always love to try new things.

Ina said...

I love to embroider.

inakleinwa@hotmail.com

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

my fav thing to sew is small toys for my 4 yr old- she adores them and her eyes light up every time she gets one!

Patricia said...

This is adorable! What a lovely book!
I like to sew things for my little girls, ornaments in felt, felt food and stuff like that, they love them and they are easy enough for me to sew.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Oh this book looks great! I love sawing little creatures for my little boy!

littlegelflinggirl@yahoo.com

cream_city_chick-A-DEE said...

My favorite hand-sewing in counted cross stitch & crewel embroidery. I would love to learn quilting someday soon!

La Vale said...

right now I'm into sewing tote bag.

leideedellavale at gmail dot com

Marta said...

Fun, I love sewing! But I probably would have to say that my favorite thing to sew are skirts.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

What a wonderful interview and book! I am so glad Susan stopped by your blog.
My favourite thing to sew is anything that I can accomplish in one hour such as an apron or something for the kitchen and I love to complete a large project every 8 weeks or so!!

NW Homesteader said...

I like to sew toys for my kids! I really like to sew anything, but its usually something for them :)

alklong at hotmail dot com

Shanner said...

I love sewing for little people, (esp. mine!)

Sylvie Créative said...

To sew by hand give me total freedom to create and let me feel completely the materials soul and mine ;) At home I have several different projects with socks, necklaces, soft toys but just new in sewing by hand and I would love to have the luck to win this special book giveaway. Sure I would learn and produce a lot of new projects. Lovely interview. Thanks!

Glenys said...

I like to sew things that I will use like pocket tissue cozy, pouch, paper weights and pincushion.

Wendy said...

That book looks fabulous! I love to sew purses and bags best of all :)

Anonymous said...

I sewed a pillow case in school when I was 11.
Then nothing until now...

I have just borrowed a sewing machine, and made a bunting and birthday crown for my baby boy's 1st birthday! Oh, and I hand sewed a little toy fish.
I would love to win this prize!

kradomske@gmail.com

Elizabeth said...

I'm teaching myself to sew little by little... so far my favorite thing to make has been a crayon wrap-up thing. Looks like a great book!

Honey aka DAMSV said...

Well it's not easy to pick out a favorite thing. I am creative on different ways, not sewing only, but I love to make vintage looking things like pillow cases.

hugs and thanks for the giveaway

honeymoonarts at googlemail dot com

Helen said...

Napkins and cushion (pillow) covers are the two types of pattern I am most likely to book mark! Somehow I am not so good in making time for sewing purely for pleasure. Sometimes it is need in a nice way ('we need a carrier bag holder for the old supermarket bags we got off my granny (who hasn't cottoned on to canvas bags!) to store them for lining the bin with' or 'that window seat cushion is dowdy and stained, let's make a new one') or need without so much fun (mending!). But sewing napkins and home furnishings is ALL FOR MY PLEASURE!

Annie B said...

My favourite thing to sew has always been ( & always will be) something for someone else. There is just something about making things for other people that makes you feel so good inside.

singlemama said...

I've sewn a buzz lightyear carnival costume without knowing anything about sewing this year and for me it was a kind of miracle.
then I've learnt the whim stitch on the internet and I'm almost finished with an embroided blanket.

I'd like to sew ANYTHING which can be sewn without a sewing machine. therefore I'm already in love with this book.

but most of all I'd like to put this book on tour on my italian blog. could you be so nice and tell me what I should do??? thanks!

pi.pa.po. said...

I really like to sew bags but I wuld love to enter the world of dressmaking in the future. The book lokks very nice.

claudiagrahnert (at) web (dot) de

Nicole said...

I like to sew things for my little girl, but would love to try some of the things in this book
giveaway(at)4nicole(dot)net

~ * Beatriz * ~ said...

I like sew hair accessories and brooches, I've also tried to make doll clothes. ^^

beatp87@hotmail.com

Kristin said...

I love to sew anything, really, but especially wallets and bags.

~Kristin
anticonformity_chick (at) yahoo (dot) com

quilary said...

I love to sew! Anything! Hand quilting, button holes, cross stitch, even hemming and mending are fun if it means I can spend time in the sewing room. Thanks for the chance in your giveaway.

Kelly said...

My favorite things to sew are definitely stuffies. There are so many different varieties and they each end up with a life and personality of their own. I usually make them for gifts and give them away, but a few I hang on to because they are so cute!

Hausfrau said...

Nice giveaway--this book looks great!

I especially like to sew purses and other little bags.

Wendy said...

I love to sew anything, but particularly bags. There's something special about seeing a bag come to life and personalising it to suit how you use a bag.

Corvus said...

I sew clothing, with a particular preference for dresses, and reconstructing t-shirts into all sorts of odd things.

corvus.melloriATgmailDOTcom

Dee said...

I have only sewn a drawn string bag by hand out of a baby blanket. I don't have a sewing machine so this book could help me sew more projects.

trickyfish said...

I just started sewing so I don't have a favorite yet. That book seems like it would be great for a beginner like me though!

ikkinlala said...

I love sewing little bags - it suits my skill level, and they're useful too. I'd like to learn how to sew clothes one day.

katiedidit said...

I've been doing English paper piecing. The hand stitching is very calming. This book looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win.

bzsclmom said...

I love to sew just about anything! Got started sewing when I was about 10, on my mom's machine, and I've been sewing ever since.

Maman A Droit said...

My favorite thing to sew is felt food and toys for my son-I love seeing him enjoy something I made myself!

Katie said...

I like sewing things, not much into clothes... and I like instant gratification projects where I can gain a feeling of "Hey! I made that!"

Darcy said...

Just found your blog and LOVE it - great giveaway too! Thanks!

Sita Gilly, Madre Artesana said...

I love to sew clothes for my 7 months old daugther
Thanks for the oportunity
Kisses
Sita Gilly from sitagilly.blogspot.com, sitagilly@gmail.com

MamaWestWind said...

This books looks so beautiful! I love sewing anything for my kids. Little dolls or softies, bean bag animals. Whatever strikes there fancy at the moment.

Crissy said...

I like to sew toddler skirts out of perfectly cute shirts that my 3-year old refuses to wear. The one I'm currently on has the cutest tiny elastic pockets - it was a purple plaid tunic. I'm doing my best to give it some swirl using darts rather than just throwing in an elastic waist.

christine_ladner at yahoo

Beth said...

The only thing I sew are quilts, and I love to do it.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Honey Daze said...

I love to sew aprons. Simple, bizarre, small or big - as long as they are colourful :)

Anonymous said...

I learned to sew when I was in 4H and took a break from it in my 20s, my first big project since then was my wedding gown. Luckily my Mom is an expert sewer as she guided me along and was able to fix my errors. This book looks like a treasure. Thanks for the chance to win.
Nancy
nlczerw(at)gmail(dot)com

Rebecca said...

This book is on my wish list! My favorite thing to sew are toys. And while I don't really NEED any toys, I like to make them. Especially the hand sewing parts like attaching arms and legs, embroidering on faces. :)

KnittingBetsy said...

I love to sew things to place in my. Gift stash as well as those special, specific things for the special people in my life. For example, my stash has some pretty little embroidered tissue holders/covers and burp cloths. One special gift is an embroidered pillow of my own design for my Dad.
Thanks!
Betsy

J Cubed said...

Not sure if this is considered sewing, but I do like to accessorize my bags and blazers by sewing on old buttons, fabric trimmings, and pieces of broken jewelry. The little add ons definitely freshen up any plain item and they can be put into fashionable use!
Jamie
jfjimene@gmail.com

Katie said...

My favorite thing to sew lately is purses. I have loads of other projects waiting for finals to be over, however.

tropical_tiki_goddess at msn dot com

Mary Chikagami said...

What I love to sew is practical things that i can use, like bags and cases. but what i want to sew now that i have a baby (toddler, almost) is baby clothes... pants... dress... thoughts of reconstructing my old clothes really appeals to me, but i have not tried it. Love to win the book!

mac said...

I like to sew quilts and have been playing with different colours using jelly rolls. I would like to make an art quilt.

Lisa said...

i love sewing clothes for my little girls and little softie toys.

Anne said...
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Anne said...

I love to sew stuffed toys especially teddy bears!

Schliess81@yahoo.com

Hannah said...

I don't really sew but want to learn how, esp by hand! Thx. Hanbananza(at)yahoo(dot)com

greetingarts said...

I think my favorite thing to sew is toys and softies because they're small and quick, but quilts are probably my first love... I just need to stop picking the king-sized things to work on!

Mars said...

I love to sew things for my dd. I've sewn so many things for her over the years and now she's old enough to start some hand sewing for herself! She would love this book and the accessories. Thank you!

Marcey at blueladybug dot com

Susan said...

My favorite thing to sew is anything I am giving away - for some reason I get great joy out of creating for someone else. Would love to learn more handsewing techniques!

Leesh said...

My favorite thing to sew is shoe bags.

blarknessmail[at]gmail[dot]com

Lisa said...

Hand sewn Christmas ornaments. You can do them any time during the year for a little bit of Christmas. :)

Lisa said...

I'm the commenter who said Christmas ornaments. The option to leave a Google Account e-mail link seems to be broken. Here's mine regardless: gaikokujingeisha at gmail dot com. Thanks a bunch!

Cassia Conte said...

I love to embroider. I like to sew ornaments and decorations items. I will love to have this book.
Love your blog.
Cassia

cassiaconte@yahoo.com

Marcia W. said...

Earlier today couldn't leave a comment. Seems to work now. I love to quilt and hand sew bindings, hand piece a little, make hexies, and embroidery. I like the portability of doing these when comfy "watching TV". This would be a great book for me to use. Thanks.

FoundProdigalDaughter said...
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FoundProdigalDaughter said...

I don't currently sew but I often think of it and would like to sew pillowcases and little stuffed animals and pretty much anything really.

nbarteaux @ gmail . com

Sharon Pernes said...

I like doing appliqué the most right now. I find hand stitching relaxing so I also like sewing bindings by hand.

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

I sew quilts, and home dec, and little ornaments and sachets to give as gifts, but I truly love sewing gorgeous heirloom embroidery dresses! All of the time is well worth it! Thanks for the chance to win!

knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

mooncalf said...

Oh cool book.

I secretly believe I'm actually quite good at hand sewing. I'll have to add this to my amazon wish list!

gill said...

This looks a great book!
I'm making zippered pouches at the moment - I'd like to do more hand sewing though as it's so portable!

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