You already know my love of the Handmade Holiday series at SewMamaSew. One feature I completely forgot about was the sewing book recommendations. It has only been a few days since this year's series began and I have requested at least half a dozen titles from my library inter-loan program to preview. Does anyone else do this? Instead of going broke buying every book that catches my eye, I borrow them first from the library. In Rhode Island all the branches share their books and you can go online to request a title. They deliver it to your local branch and send an email when it's ready to be picked up. Genius!
There are a number of books that I have checked out and loved so much that I purchased my own copy. Most bookstores in my area just don't carry this type of book, so the library is the best way to skim a book to see if it's worth the investment (they are not cheap by any means). If there is only one pattern or idea that I like, that's not worth buying the whole book. In that case I will photocopy the pattern (for personal use only, never to make a product to sell), and return the book. Sewing research.
Here are books currently waiting in my queue from the library:
Mend and Make Fabulous by Denise Wild
Cloth by Catherine Gratwicke
Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering
T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy by Martha DeLeonardis
Fabrigami by Florence Temko
Washi Tape Christmas by Kami Bigler
I'll let you know which ones make the cut!
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.