Having come from a family of makers and having a degree in fashion and textiles, means I can more or less turn my hand to most things of a practical/sewing nature. My children have grown up assuming everyones mum can run up 25 animal costumes with a couple of days notice and have always been secure in the knowledge they will have the best Halloween/fancy dress costumes. I am fine at making anything that needs imagination and creative license, but not so good at anything that requires precise measurements.
As a enthusiastic collector of vintage textiles and trims, I have boxes and bag of fabric all my house just crying out to be made into cushions, aprons, fabric bags etc, but feel I need some simple instructions to guide me through.
So when Made at Home by Lisa Stickley popped through my letterbox this week, I was delighted to find the answer to all my sewing needs. This simple guide to sewing is written in easy to understand language with lovely, hand drawn, practical illustrations and photographs of the finished products. The book starts with a basic techniques section and is then split into four key areas of the home: kitchen living room, bedroom and laundry, with step by step sewing projects for each one
If you fancy the idea of taking up sewing but are a little overwhelmed by the thought of it, or if you are a seasoned seamstress who needs to brush up your skills, Made at Home, may be just what you are looking for.
Lisa Stickley is also a talented textiles designer who’s quirky nostalgic home accessories are stocked in Liberty and John Lewis and she has designed a lovely range of home ware for Debenhams, which hits the shops in the August.