Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Book Review: Bend The Rules With Fabric
I have never made a secret of the fact that I would be a complete crafty reject if it were not for the guidance of Amy Karol's Angry Chicken blog. The girl's got style, skills, and humility and I've followed her for so long that I feel like I know her in a weird I-don't-actually-know-her kind of way. I loved Amy's first book like you wouldn't believe, so I was naturally very very excited to hear that she had another book on the way.
Bend The Rules With Fabric is very different from Bend The Rules Sewing, but it's still awesome. Rather than creating another sewing book, Amy has created a bunch of fabric projects (some of which do involve sewing), but the focus is on embellishing and sprucing up the fabric itself, rather than just sewing it into stuff. She starts off with some chapters that cover the basics, and moves on to projects that involve techniques like painting, stamping, printing with an ink-jet printer, dyeing, embroidery and patches. Some of these projects will already be familiar to Angry Chicken readers, others are brand-new to the book.
While this book is great — as I'd expect, the pictures and writing are all great — I don't think I'll get quite as much use out of it as I did the first book, simply because of my personal areas of interest. That said, there are a few projects in here that I definitely will try. My ultimate favourite is actually one from Amy's blog that I've been meaning to do for years: the Aunt Sarah and Uncle Pete dolls. Also, this book is more about inspiration, so there are a million ways that one could interpret and modify the various projects. So, stay tuned to see how I end up bending the rules with fabric.