French General: Home Sewn: 30 Projects for Every Room in the House by Kaari Meng from French General and published by Chronicle Books; Spi edition (September 3, 2008).
Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Elegant project, nicely designed book, well organised and easy to follow layout, fabulous photography. This book is eye candy! And makes for a lovely coffee table style book for those who just like to gush over gorgeous vintage fabrics.
All the projects are made from vintage treasured fabrics, old linen and hemp sheeting, grain sacks, mangle cloths, ticking. If you can’t get hold of these unusual, sparse and no doubt expensive finds there are alternatives mentioned, but it may be difficult to achieve that look of ‘rustic elegance’ the projects pictured have.
If you are willing to forget that you don’t have any vintage hemp sheets lying around then you can make these lovely projects from linen or hemp from your local store. All the projects use natural fabrics and the qualities of the fabrics and appropriateness for each project are discussed. There are some lovely projects – for the home – such as roman blinds, bath mat, sling / tote bag, ottoman cover, throw pillows, etc.
There were some original ideas in here – such as rustic head board and shaped banner – both used to help insulate the walls and add a decorative touch to your room. I was impressed by the simple but clear diagrams – unfortunately these have been over designed by placing on a layered background.
Over all though I think is a lovely book and for those you wish to sew for the home there are some simple but effective ideas here to get you homemaking with style.