Wednesday, 14 March 2012

All Sewn Up: Book Review

A little while ago I received a twitter message from a girl called Chloe Owens. She was writing a craft book for the same publisher as I'm doing my book for and was just popping in to say hello. I had totally forgotten about it until Cico Books sent me a copy of her book All Sewn Up to review.
All Sewn Up by Chloe Owens published by CICO Books
photographer Claire Richardson
All Sewn up features 35 projects using applique and embroidery and a lovelier book you would struggle to find.

All Sewn Up by Chloe Owens published by CICO Books
photographer Claire Richardson
Now as you can imagine I own and have read a lot of craft books and having just written my own have a great deal of respect for anyone else who does it but I'm not always that inspired by some of the books out there. The projects offered can be a little bit twee or old fashioned or just simply be things I might enjoy making but wouldn't necessarily want in my home.
Chloe Owens
Photograph by Claire Richardson

This book is the total opposite of that. Chloe's personality is evident in every page and throughout every project. From funky eye masks to gorgeous aprons, many of the projects incorporate vintage fabric and all have a quirky design led approach which really appeal to me. The book is also beautifully written. its not over complicated. You feel you could probably knock up most of them in less than a few hours.
One of my favourite projects-The eye mask
photograph by Claire Richardson

Its also a lovely looking book. Real coffee table fodder. The very talented illustrator Gemma Correll  has filled the whole book with birds, butterflies, flowers and cats. All of life's essentials really.
photograph by Claire Richardson
I love it and will definitely be tackling a few of the projects included. I'm thinking the eye mask first. If you would like to see Chloes creations up close a display of her work is currently gracing a massive installation in Jigsaw Spitalfields, 11 Lamb Street in London
Chloes display at Jigsaw

All Sewn up is available to order from Amazon for £9.71
If you fancy getting your hands on a copy I have one to give away.
To enter:
Leave a comment on this post and join my blog if you haven't already.
Join Cicos twitter feed  https://twitter.com/#!/cicobooks
The winner will be announced later this week.


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22 comments:

  1. This looks fab! I am liking that it is easy to follow - maybe I could finally learn to be crafty!
    Alison x

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  2. I adore the eye mask, what a great idea AND not usually a lover of aprons, i am so stealing the bluebirds idea! Good luck Chloe!
    And cheers Betty for the review!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your review and a peek inside - spied this book on amazon whilst hunting for crochet books for my Mam for Mother's day, totally sidetracked by the lovely presented front cover.
    I have to agree with your points about some craft books, I tend to find if theirs a few projects I just can't feel inspired to create it can be off putting. Some lovely books have been published over the last few months, it's as though they have had a inspiration revival in themselves.
    The eye mask is totally funky, love the eyelashes and gold trimming, and turquoise to boot! A sucker for colourful projects!
    H
    x

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  4. ooh it looks lovely! I would love the chance to win a coppy x

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  5. This looks like a lovely book nice cover too I would love to win a copy

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  6. Ooh yes please, would love to win this book. Thanks!
    @katgotthecream

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  7. Oooo this looks fab! Love the eye mask, so cute <3 Might have to get on amazon and get my grubby mitts on one of these!! x

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  8. What a great little book! Well done Chloe - and well done you for finishing yours! I would love to win! X

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  9. I've only just started my foray into sewing and have been looking for a good book for projects. This looks wonderful! I love the eye mask, it'd make a good mother's day gift! xx

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  10. Can I be in your giveaway draw please.
    Feel free to enter mine too.
    Lovely blog btw. X

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  11. oooooh I love craft books and I am totally hooked on embroidery at the moment! We must have a craft day one afternoon now you are free (if you are not crafted out already)

    The craft book I'am really looking forward to getting my mitts on is one by the very lovely Betty Bee EXCITED!!!!

    xx

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  12. Oo, I love a good craft book! Thanks for the review Betty, it looks fab. Must spend 10 minutes on Amazon today, but I'm not going to buy it yet, in case I'm in with a chance to win!

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  13. Follow your blog and the twitter as @dreamsglitterxo. Thank you for this giveaway! xoxo

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  14. Beautiful beautiful looking book! Your blog always inspires me to try new things, read new things and this book grabbed my attention instantly as I'm looking to try and make an apron for my dog grooming salon! I'd love a brightly coloured one like the picture shown! I shall definitely be buying your book when it comes out xxx

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  15. Lovely things to make. I could be tempted to make the eyemask with open eyes on. Then I could fall asleep on the train and no-one would notice!

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  16. Gorgeous book!

    http://classyandfabulous-95.blogspot.com/

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  17. lovely looking book - would love a chance to win it.....x
    I'm rubbish at twitter - will attempt to follow #inept

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  18. What a delightful book. Not only does it look stunning it doesn't seem to be aimed at those clever ladies that are already super sewers (I can just about manage a hem, on a good day)

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  19. The winner of this book using random number generator is Raven.
    Raven please send me your contact details to bettybeevintage@yahoo.co.uk

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  20. Oh my lordy! Thank you! I have just emailed you from my vonn.claire account, so you know it's me lol xo

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