Stitch Savvy Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop of the Stitch Savvy Blog Tour! I was thrilled last month when author Deborah Moebes (of Whipstitch Fabrics) asked if I would like to review her latest book, Stitch Savvy: 25 Skill-Building Projects to Take Your Sewing Technique to the Next Level. This is Deborah’s second book, and in a way a sequel to Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time.

When the book arrived and I started flipping through it, I had some initial, non-content related impressions. First, it’s spiral bound – yay! Please tell me I’m not alone when I say I seriously get giddy over spiral bound craft books. I love having a book lay flat when I’m working on a project. Yes, it’s the little things in life. Second, there is a CD at the back of the book full of the patterns. I love this too! No spending time over at the copy shop scanning and enlarging pattern pieces. Third, this is a long book, there is a LOT of content in here. It’s over 200 pages!

The book is broken down into 5 sections – Home Decor, Patchwork and Quilting, Bags, Sewing for Children, and Clothing. That’s a huge variety of projects in one book.

I would say I’m primarily a quilter but I do like to try my hand at other things – sewing for my home, bags, clothing, sewing for my kids. There are lots of project in this book I would make. The above curtains would be great for my house. They are simple, classy and have some light embroidery at the bottom. Definitely something my husband and I could agree on for the house.

I am really drawn to this improvisational wall hanging.

So many bags, but I’m especially excited about the clutch with the metal frame. (The project on the cover of the book.)

I feel like everyone around me is having babies – how cute is this lovey?

And clothing – a knit top! Do I dare? It’s super cute so I just might.

Deborah also dives into a lot of topics that scare and mystify many of us – sewing with knits, buttonholes, installing invisible zippers, working with silks, selecting the right interfacing… These tips are scattered throughout the book like little bits of treasure.

Besides the book being broken down into the obvious sections or chapters, there are also work paths you can take through it. For example, after making the Sashiko Window Treatment I showed above, the book guides you to similarly styled projects such as the A-Line Skirt with Peek-a-Book Pleat (clean lines) or the Everyday Shoulder Bag (adding embroidery embellishments).

If you are looking for a book with a huge variety of projects, I think you will very pleased with Stitch Savvy. Thank you to Deborah and F+W Media for letting me check it out!

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15 Comments

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    Gill

    January 14, 2013

    This looks a great book!
    I love the knit top!

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    elsa

    January 14, 2013

    This book really is wonderful ~ had a good look at it at the bookstore the other day and was really tempted to buy it (had another book I needed to get tho). I’ll definitely get it on my next visit. Love that footstool!

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    Lynnette

    January 14, 2013

    Looks like a great book. I love the top. It’s going on my wish list.
    Thanks for the review and peek inside.

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    usairdoll

    January 14, 2013

    Sounds like this book is a must have with tons of information. All the projects look amazing!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Fran

    January 14, 2013

    Great book ! I have to agree with you….love the format especially
    the spiral binding ! Lots of projects & techniques….a must have
    for sure ! Thanks for an informative review !

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    Tammy

    January 14, 2013

    Looks like a wonderful book. WIth a little bit of everthing in it.Looks like I need to add that to my list .

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    Cecilia

    January 14, 2013

    This does look like a great book.

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    Rachelle

    January 14, 2013

    Looks like a really good book, will have to wait till next year though as I’m on a budget this year.

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    SharonG

    January 14, 2013

    Really enjoyed your take on the book. I like a book that has a variety of things in it because that is what I tend to do with my own stitching a variety from quilting, to bags to curtains but I really like the clutch also….thanks for the review.

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    Fran

    January 15, 2013

    Great review! This looks to be an excellent book, I like how detailed it is & covers a good range of projects.

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    Ginny

    January 15, 2013

    Yes! Love spiral bound! Great review – looks like a great book!

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    Willa

    January 15, 2013

    I agree! The spiral binding is a great idea. Even for browsing it is helpful.

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    Lyn mcCarty

    January 15, 2013

    I’m after something that has realistic patterns for Grandkids but also for me. Don’t really like knits much so do you see things for real bodies in there; not fat but definitely mature pear shaped? I would love to sew some nice things from the lovely modern cotton prints that I use to quilt.

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    Elisabeth DeMoo

    January 18, 2013

    Sounds like a great book. Where can I get one?

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      Faith

      January 18, 2013

      Hi Elisabeth – They are available on Amazon and probably also at your local bookshop.

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