Thursday, 5 September 2013

E-book Review.

5th September 2013

Last week I saw a request on facebook for bloggers who would like to review an e-book. I have never done this before but decided to contact them with my blog details. A couple of days later I was asked to choose a book!

I chose :-                            Modern Smocking
                                          Canadian Smocking
                                          Techniques and Patterns Part 1
                                           By Debbie Shore

from                                    www.vivebooks.com

I chose this because the cushions on the cover reminded me of my mum who was always sewing. In fact she made a smocked, round, turquoise satin cushion for our caravan!!
The method mum used looked complicated, transferring a series of dots onto the fabric then stitching certain dots together.


As I am on a learning curve in everything to do with my laptop and I had a little blip downloading but vivebooks were extremely helpful.  I contacted them at 8am by e-mail and I had an answer at 8.15am, very impressive! It appears I had not downloaded to Acrobat (Adobe Reader)-problem solved.

I do love my craft books and now have quite a collection which I often browse through looking for inspiration so I wasn't sure about having a book on the computer.

This is a brilliant book! It is easy to navigate, has eight cushion designs and explicit instructions for making 12 and 16 inch cushion covers. Each design has a grid and instructions that can be printed out and, this is the best,  videos to show the methods with suggestions for fabrics.

I thought I would trial the Waves design with some silk fabric from my ever growing fabric stash!!


Drawing out a 1 inch square grid by marking the back of my fabric. This has to be very accurate so I taped my fabric onto my mat to prevent it slipping.



The finished grid ready for stitching.

I had the video in front of me to see the sewing method. 


 The back of the fabric.


The front with one side pinned in pleats. I have yet to make up the cushion but am pleased with the result.
 It took about 2 hours to mark out and stitch but I really enjoyed doing it.

 In fact I am going to order  Modern Smocking Part 2 as there are some more lovely designs using a variety of fabrics.



I sent off my Unit 3 on Tuesday and am looking forward to Unit 4.

The other news is my friend and companion on my textile journey has started a blog.

 I love the name   www.thoughtfulthreadsbyjo.blogspot.com and I am sure you will find it interesting.