donderdag 28 november 2013

Fanciful felties from mummysam: Sew People to Meet, Places to Go & Things to Do (Stash Books)- Samantha Cotterill

Review

Recently I received some wonderful books for review from Stash Books, a division of C & T Publishing. I've been impressed with the books coming from them recently, including Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman, City Quilts by Cherri House and Little Birds, which is a compilation of adorable bird projects from some of your favorite crafters. But the book that really caught my eye was Fanciful Felties from Mummysam by Samantha Cotterill. I've long been a fan of Samantha's work, combining free motion embroidery and hand-sewn elements to make whimsical creations. This book features 14 artistic softies with instructions and templates to make them yourself. I love the way each project is photographed with a hand-drawn background, pulling us into Samantha's world of quirky characters and interesting objects. The book itself is clean and uncluttered, adding to the charming simplicity of the designs. The projects are straight-forward and may look intimidating at first glance, but I think they are quite do-able. She gives basic instructions for free-motion stitching and encourages you to do it on your own, as she says A crooked line here and there won't hurt-it will give the project character and make it yours. This book inspires me to turn off the feed dogs and go do some drawing with my sewing machine. I think you'll agree. Samantha also has an adorable line of fabric out from Robert Kaufman and some other interesting designs that she's selling in her Etsy shop. And if you live in New York, stop by Etsy Labs Craft Night tomorrow night, where Samantha will lead a workshop making a project from the book. (The Long Thread, 9/23/10 )

Welcome to a unique world of little sewn people and critters. Where the story line is directed by you the crafter, and where you can create as many or as little characters as you wish to create your own special world. You can travel uptown, down country, or across the pond through the pages of Fanciful Felties by mummysam (Samantha Cotterill/Stash Books 2010 (an imprint of C&T Publishing) Where your little world begins is up to you, but you'll find a darling array of characters to create out of wool felt, cotton fabrics, embroidery floss and stuffing. You'll find Charles, a dapper little gentleman that is ready for a night out on the town dressed in his matching vest and jacket. Perhaps he's off to pick up Marge for a night at the opera? Maybe they'll take the fancy city car, or perhaps the double decker bus? Along the way they'll pass plenty of city brownstones, and may even see Mr. Bunny in his overcoat. Or they may stop at Milly's bakery for a delightful taste of cake. After a nice evening out at the opera they'll both retire to their homes where the next morning they'll be visited by Mr. Milkman (a delightful little bird that wears an apron and a bag and carries a crate of fresh milk bottles) You will wonder where to begin as you start creating your own little village of characters, but have fun.you certainly will. Each of the characters in Fanciful Felties are easy to create and full sized patterns are included at the back of the book. Each character has very thorough instructions for completing a wonderful project. You'll learn all of the steps on how to transfer the pattern designs onto your felt, to stuffing your little characters, to embroidering their features onto their faces and bodies, and more. This is a terrific resource for creating little characters for a child's doll house. Or to add bits of fun and whimsy in places throughout your home that folks will least expect.and the little people make wonderful gifts for your friends and family. Create something different for the Holidays. Have fun with Fanciful Felties (Tina Wilson, Small Town Living, October 3, 2010 )



Product Description
You'll love these charming felt softies with European flair. Make your own story with uptown sophisticates or down country folks. Add a brownstone, a cottage, or even a double-decker bus and a London phone booth to give your little people plenty of places to go and things to do!

http://www.amazon.com/fanciful-felties-mummysam-People-Places/dp/1607050064/ref=pd_sim_b_1

http://www.mummysam.com/

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