Book Review – Made At Home By Lisa Stickley

Book Review – Made At Home By Lisa Stickley

And review it i shall. firstly, i must say this book is beautiful, the photographs and illustrations are excellent. great props and locations have been used but it hasn’t be en over styled. i find similar books can be styled to a sugary, sweet fault and that really puts me off. this book has a really raw yet neat (yes i see you raise your eyebrows at me, but i’ll show you some photos to explain throughout this post) finish that appeals to me. put it this way, it isn’t twee. i’ll give you a quick overview of the book and then tell you what i think.

Chapters

– introduction
– basics
– for the kitchen
– for the living room
– for the bedroom
– for the laundry
– templates
– shops and suppliers
– acknowledgements

Projects

for the kitchen

– napkins
– placemats
– table runner
– tea cosy
– egg cosy
– apron
– pinny
– shopping bag

For the living room

– cafe curtain
– seat cushion
– roman blind
– bolster
– patched cushion
– antimacassar
– draught excluder
– pouffe
– winter curtain
– outdoor cushion

For the bedroom

– piped cushion
– hot-water bottle cover
– appliqued cushion
– hanger coat
– suit carrier
– pin tucked cushion
– bedspread

For the laundry

– laundry or storage bag
– peg bag
– carrier bag holder
– door stop
– shoe bag

I can sew and have used a sewing machine for as long as i can remember but i’d never say i’m in anyway an expert when it comes to sewing. i struggle often with sewing but stick with it, often resorting to google for the most basic of instructions to refresh my mind when i’m in a blind panic. lisa’s clear and well thought out instructions and diagrams are useful because they’re detailed without being too dauntingly over filled with babble. i found the fitting a zip guide especially helpful (better than any other zip fitting guide in the many books i’ve read) and the details of stitches refreshingly described in a concise manner. A few of the projects come with templates and the rest with detailed and well explained guides. i felt like i was being guided by a friend whilst reading the instructions. the use of newspaper to measure out a project (tea cosy) made me smile. that spoke to me, because that’s the kind of thing i actually do when i’m making something.

READ  Diy Statement Chain Necklace

Real sewing for real woman in real homes.

as for the projects? things i actually want to make. useful things. beautiful things. i can’t wait to source some fabric to make the hot water bottle cover and roman blind this weekend and i’m struggling to find a project in the book that i don’t want to make thereafter. The projects all seem suitable for the beginner but i think it would work best if you started from the beginning and worked through to the end as the projects seem to grow in their complexity from the start of each chapter to the end. the little facts and  descriptions at the side of each project lend a lot of lisa’s personality to the book which as i mentioned above really does give it the air of being guided by a talented friend.

I’d recommend this book to people who want to learn how to make truly beautiful and useful things for their home. the projects are quick and simple and you’ll really feel you’ve achieved something after each one. these are the kind of home items that  forty years ago very few people would have bought, most people would have made their own curtains, cushions, aprons etc. and i think this book is an all encompassing guide to getting back to that kind of living, with a chic modern twist. The one downfall of the book? the lack of capital letters throughout. A small note to say that if I am ever sent a product to promote or invited to an event which I go on to mention on my blog, I will fully disclose that information and my review will be totally honest. I will not review items or events that I do not feel are suitable for my blog or readers. Can the publisher that sent me a book about cars (I can’t drive) please take note?