Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book review: One Yard Wonders

The One Yard Wonders, By Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins, offers 101 sewing projects with a punch line as "Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yared of Fabric".There are 101 projects from home to craft, Babies to toys and from Bags to dresses actually to work with One Yard of fabric or rather less.The spiral bound book had a pocket with pattern pieces in it.The author's have nicely described this book breaking it down into in 11 chapters:
1.Sewing fundamantals: which can be helpful for sewer's especially new to sewing.It explains about fabric, Making and using patterns, Sewing-Machine help, Stitch Terminology and much more.
2.Dwell Redux: If you have been looking for projects to orgabising your dresser or lined book case then this section  will definately be of your interest with projects like Framed Tack Board, Ruffled Cafe Curtain to Organizers.
3.Household affairs: Everything you need for your house and kitchen such as Oven Mitt & Hotpads,Obi inspired Hot & cold packs and many more
4.Craft Organistaion: This will definately interest all sewers and crafter's as it had some amazing projects such as All-You-Need Sewing Kit, Artist Brushes Case to Craft/Garden Apron and other projects.
5.On the Go: Cover's topics for projects that you would use such as a laptop sleeve, Quilted Lunch Bags, Car Trash Bags to Yoga Mat all that you need while you are out.
6.From Head to Toe: Women who love to dress and make their own especially will enjoy this section which has Pin-tucked top, Bias Skirt , Sundress to hat and many more neat projects.
7.Carry it All: Do we ladies have enought bag's not me so here is the section to make a bag for every occassion from Market Tote to Petite Diaper Tote.
8.Outfit for Your Small Wonder:Dress up your precious little one in some great projects like Jacket, Pinafore,
Jumper, dresses to cute pleated skirt.
9. Accessorize Your Little Ones: Another beauiful collection of Baby Apron, Firefighter hat, Toddle Art Smock, Pirate Growwth Chart to Banners along with few other.
10.Playtime: CUte Teddy bear cushion, Lapdog, Checkers,Pull along Dino, Elephant, Go fly a Kite and much more cute toys for kids that they would love.
11.Your Furry Friends: Now how can we forget our four legged companions.There are projects that they will like too such as Pooch Walking Set (Includes leash, collar, Bandana and Walk Bag),Cozy Dog Bed, Milo's feline friendly Tepee to Better-then-a box Pet bed
Plus at the end there is also Applique designs to finish your project.

Pro's: A good book and sewer's would love to have it in their collection. Great collection of projects to make for everyone at home.Loved the fact that bio's of all pattern contributor's was mentioned in the book in the end which generally is not seen much in other book's.

Con's: Only thing could have been worked on was giving some more diagrams even it means less projects.As some sewer's especially new or self-taught learn visually and that aspect is missing in the book.Intermediate's will enjoy the book thoroughly while experienced sewer's would not find much challenging projects however there is always something to keep them busy too.

Overall: Great Book

About the Author's:Rebecca Yaker began sewing at age five. After eight years of designing apparel for two of
America’s largest retailers, Rebecca started her own design business, creating one-of-a-kind baby bedding and apparel in her Minneapolis design studio. She is a hand- and machine-knitter, crochets, weaves, does fabric printing, and consults on design. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Moscow State Linguistics University, doing work in Russian Languages and Literature.

Patricia Hoskins:is the co-founder of Crafty Planet, a retail fabric and needlework store and craft workshop located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has designed several of the patterns used in Crafty Planet classes. She enjoys knitting, crocheting, spinning, sewing, quilting, embroidery, and cross-stitching. She is a graduate of American University and the University of Oregon, concentrating in Russian Studies.

Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60342-449-3
Books available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Storey Direct

Picture and Author Bio: Copyright of Storey Publishing

Imp: There are some pattern corrections which are available at Storey.com website


1 comment:

Barbara said...

Sounds like a wonderful "go to" book when you need a little inspiration! The idea of only needing one yard of fabric is great.

Hugs XX


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