Monday, December 22, 2008

Book Review: Stitched In Time

Wow. I didn't mean to take this long to get to this one, but the season has been keeping me busy. So, if in the next couple of days you really need to buy something extra for the crafter in your life, here's a book that you can pick up and maybe (just maybe) they'll have made something really special for you next Christmas.

So yes, Alicia Paulson's Stitched In Time. No doubt, if you're a fan of Alicia's blog Posie Gets Cozy or similar crafty blogs, you're already aware of this one. Well, friends, I'm here to give it another endorsement. Full of beautiful things to make and share, Alicia has hit it out of the park with this sweet book.

The thing that I really like about Stitched In Time is that Alicia doesn't just compile a bunch of projects that fit her crafty style, but she really goes with a theme, with projects that anyone could adapt to their own aesthetic. The theme is memory-keeping: heirloom items that would all make truly special gifts. There are tons of projects celebrating childhood: growth charts, a baby clothes quilt, and ways to incorporate your child's art into craft. There are also plenty of things for grown folks: a book to keep family recipes in, loads of wedding things, and a cute apron with a recipe card on it. Alicia uses photos printed on fabric in several projects, which I usually find kind of tacky, but she figures out ways to use this technique really tastefully.

Of course, Alicia has a great eye for fabric and everything in this book is gorgeous. If you're going to take the time to make something yourself, it should be special. This book will give you the inspiration.

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