Woo dog, it’s been awhile since I posted one of these. I can’t tell you how annoying having my education interfere with my life can be. I’m sure you understand. Let’s get right to it, shall we? OH WAIT – my sister sent me the title of a book the other day that she would like me to review. (It will be on the next IBB, sis.) If you have a book you want to know a little more about before purchasing but don’t have time to get to the library, hit me up and I’ll see what I can do. Ok. Now on to the show.
BUY. Holy adorableness. Liberty of London has been around for over 100 years. We are actually talking about them in my History of Design class right now, which is a weird and awesome coincidence. Anyway, their experience really shows. I’ve found I look for 3 things in a sewing/knitting book: good projects, skill building tutorials, and muse to take their projects to the next level. This book definitely has all three. And a peacock pincushion that I cannot wait to make. Adorbs.
Buy used, maybe. Yes, this is absolutely a comprehensive and well illustrated embroidery stitch guide. And yes, it’s probably not going to be a great borrow, cause it seems like you never know when you’ll need one of these things. BUT, this little book costs $115 at Barnes and Noble. I found it used on Amazon for a little less than $30 which is more in line with what I would be inclined to spend. I will probably purchase this book because I am about to do some design work and I think I’ll get my monies worth. If you won’t use a book like this practically daily, I would skip it and use the internet.
Ignore. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if you are going to write a craft book in this saturated market, you better be on top of your game. The projects in this were supposed to be sassy but were really kind of lame. And the skills were way basic. Meh.
BUY. So adorable. No for real. And I think this may be the first fiction book I’m recommending you buy, so that’s saying something. Keegan and I went to the library last Saturday morning and I got this book. I started it waiting in the drive-thru at the bank on the way home. We got home and I did nothing else until it was finished that night. It was just really sweet, and really good. And it made me laugh. I say buy because I will probably want to read again some day, and I would totally loan this book out to my knitting friends.
Borrow. I really like this book. And I may try and make one of these bags over Christmas break. The patterns look a little tricky though, so you may want to really give it a good gander before you part with your $28. If you only want to do one project, borrowing may be enough. I will say that there are excellent directions for all of the skills. And the projects are super cute. I just think it may be a little complex for your average crafty sewer.
Check out previous posts to read more reviews:
Ignore, Borrow, Buy #1
Ignore, Borrow, Buy #2
Ignore, Borrow, Buy #3
Ignore, Borrow, Buy #4