Friday, June 7, 2013

a crafty book review... by Aria!

One day, not so long ago, a book arrived by mail.  Always a happy moment!  This time, the book inside was one I'd requested from C & T for Aria to review.  It's We Love to Sew by Annabel Wrigley...

We Love to Sew by Annabel Wrigley

How cute, right?  With how much Aria (age 8) enjoyed Sewing School, a learn-to-sew book that focuses entirely on hand sewing, I figured she would really love another.  I mean, she seriously made virtually every project in Sewing School and some more than once.  It was definitely time for more inspiration! 

So, I sidled up to Aria, flashed the goods and baited her, "Want to earn this book?"  She began eagerly flipping through while I explained that she'd need to do one test project and then write a little about her thoughts on the book.  Then, I'd share her review here at Stitched in Color and, boom - it'd be hers!

Cupcake, made by Aria

She made this cupcake project that very, very day.  No time like the present!  Look how nicely she machine sewed the black embroidery?  Way to go, girlie!

Aria's test project

Let me tell you a bit about the book.  First, awesome photography and design.  The book is incredibly visually appealing through and through.

soooooo true.

Second, chock full of good messages.  For example, these "thoughts to sew by" are so, soooo true.  I especially appreciate the advice to "sew like a snail" because speed-sewing can lead to "tons of mistakes."  This is the kind of stuff you don't have ears to hear from mom.  Right?  Right. 

Yesterday I heard Aria reading this page aloud to Liam, who started doing some machine sewing this weekend.  She has the teaching gene.  Don't know where she gets that.

I like this project!

Third, the projects.  Oh, my, totally adorable!  There are things here that I want to make, like these necklaces.  The book's 28 projects are rated by difficulty levels, spanning really easy peasy beginner stuff to skill-building projects using fusible web, zippers and elastic.  This book is definitely a next step after Sewing School, which is just perfect for us!

Ok, do you want to know what Aria said?  This is actually her first book report.  She's into creative writing, but this - this was just about fulfilling her side of the bargain.  She brought me a 5-sentence paragraph because Mrs. Herskind (her homeschool co-op teacher) says 5 sentences are "appropriate for kids my age."   I didn't ask her to double-check her spelling, opting instead to preserve her writing, this time, with spelling and punctuation fully intact:

"The "we love to sew" book has easy to fallow drektions.  If you have sewn a lot like me you don't even need t pay attintion to the levalls!  I realy like how easy it is to do the prjects.  I'm going to do the Raise the flag Quilt next.  Mom's giving me the fabric."

And, done.

Aria's next project

Which means she can get back to sewing, or in this case cutting out a bunch of felt stars.  Can you blame her?

 step by step photos

I let her pick out fabrics for her Raise the Flag quilt with access to my entire stash.  It was quite interesting to see her pull things out, try them together and put them back, reaching for another.  She settled on these fabrics for her stripes, noting that they all had white in common.

Grin.   For the record, I think they look great.

Psst, notice the photographic step by step directions in the book above?   Good stuff.

We Love to Sew by Annabel Wrigley

Alrighty then, that'll do it.  Aria and I are both fans of We Love to Sew.  Thanks to C & T for sending us a copy.  I think it worked out all around! 

19 comments:

  1. Great book report. Aria clealry takes after her mum with the fabric picking skills! I really want to make those lille men with bobble hats on the back of the book!

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  2. This is one of the cutest posts ever. Can you even imagine what she'll be doing by the time she's a teenager?? Amazing.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Sarah! =) I do think she's pretty darn awesome.

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  3. Can I ask if the projects in the book are mostly girlie in nature. My son loves to do some sewing with me and although he is still quite young (5 next month) I am happy to encourage him and am always on the look out for inspiration for projects I can do with him.

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    1. I wondered the same thing - I have 6 and 8 yr old boys home for the summer, and if there's some boy appropriate ones it would be nice to pick up.

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    2. Actually, this book is VERY girlie. Unlike Sewing School, which does show both boys and girls sewing, this one seems about and for girls. That said, there are gender neutral projects like zip pouches, journal covers, fabric art. But, so many of the projects are really not for boys, so I would suggest looking at it at your library first, if you are shopping for a boy.

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  4. Thanks for the review! I just won this book in a giveaway, but I know that my 9 yr old daughter will have no interest in any of the projects, as she has made it clear that she does not want to learn how to sew. I was hoping that I might still find some project inspiration and it looks like I will.

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  5. Love it, love it, love it! Both the book AND the review! Well, OK, AND the sample projects!

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  6. Awesome review Aria! Thank you for sharing your thoughts; it's on my amazon wish list now.

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    1. P.S. cannot wait to see Aria's finished quilt!

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  7. Hi Aria, I just love your cupcake! It makes me look forward to when my little girl (who is now 2) can make things like that with me.

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  8. Congratulations Aria! You have quite a career ahead of you.

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  9. Just reading about her enthusiasm makes me want to sew more! Are there any boyish projects in this book or the sewing school one?

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  10. Ah, sorry I didn't see the previous questions about boy projects.

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  11. How sweet! What a great way to earn a book!

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  12. Well done Aria! Looks like a great book well earned! Enjoy that sewing and look forward to hopefully seeing that finished quilt here!

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  13. that was darling. So glad she enjoys the book. Someday I'll do that with Caitlyn...and I might even let her have access to my stash. ;)

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  14. Oh, that is the sweetest post and review ever!! Thank you so much Aria!! I am so glad that you loved the book! You know I designed all of the projects for little girls just like you - it makes me so happy that you can sew them by yourself. Yay for Aria (and her mom of course!)
    Annabel

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