The light is just streaming in today

by kath_red on 14/02/2012

in Books, Newsletter

That was the title of one of my instagram pics this week [you can view my images in a few ways: followgram or webstagram or at instagram]. Light glorious light. We haven’t had enough of it this Summer, it has been a strange season, usually our summers are hot and dry — now don’t me wrong — I’m not complaining, I am not really a summer person unless there is a beach within walking distance and as I live in an inland city the shower is as close as I get. The light streaming in brings with it interesting shadows and makes my studio a glorious place to spend time during the day.

This week I am making progress on my  Scrappy steps afghan which I mentioned in last weeks newsletter. Also in last weeks newsletter I mentioned the beginning of a series: chatting about pre-cut fabrics and the quilts in my new book  Little Bits Quilting Bee: I have introduced a couple of quilts already — Squadron :: Lollypop tree :: Cloud song — more to come…

I have had some great emails and letters this week — lots of affirmations and snippets of information too:

In other news:
I am working on the next Action Pack Magazine for kids. It’s nearly ready to launch and will be lots of fun. It is the Mad Scientist issue and is filled with some fabulous science experiments, can’t wait to show you! If you are an Action Pack fan — make sure to check in on our facebook page for updates and news. If you haven’t heard of our Magazine for kids (ad free) check out our website, you can purchase back issues there too!

Also at Whipup we took a look at the book ‘How to take great photos‘ especially for diy-ers and crafters.

What I am reading:

In The Wilds: Drawings by Nigel Peake Published by Princeton Architectural Press (April 2011). I love a textured cover on a book, I know it’s a small and silly thing, but with everyone proclaiming the end of books, I am so glad that publishers are making an effort to preserve the object-ness of the book. In the Wilds, not only has a lovely sturdy textured hard cover, but it is filled with delicate textured drawings based on Nigel’s love of the land he grew up in. Birds, fields, fences, wood grain — he manages to capture the essence of place.

Paraphernalia by Steven Connor and published by Profile Books (UK) and Allen and Unwin (AU) (2011). Steven Connor is a professor of English literature and has written several academic books, here he shares his knowledge of objects, the English language, history and some philosophy too with us common folks by exploring our curious relationships with ordinary things. This book is a joy to read, wonderfully clever and full of fascinating stories about objects.

Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha, English language version published by Interweave Press (December 13, 2011). More beautiful simple flowing designs in the Japanese style – from flowing dresses, to cute tunics and drawstring pants — there are some elegant wardrobe basics here. The one drawback as another reviewer said: “The patterns only go up to size L – which ends up being something like US 3-4 [teenager] size or a petite. Short and no room for breasts.” However due to the excellent photo illustrations and how-to instructions which we have come to expect and appreciate in Interweave books, if you have a little sewing experience you should be able to alter the patterns before making up the clothing if required.


[Thanks to publishers and distributors for sending me books to review, I don’t get paid to post reviews but I am an amazon affiliate] (Australian’s can purchase craft books online through can do books or booktopia or else browse booko for the best prices.)

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1 Stephinie February 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Yeah! Always looking forward to the next Action Pack kids…. we finished up our science program for the year & we’re now using these as our “science” time for homeschool. Jumping off and exploring more when we want to. We adore them. So much fun for my 9 & 5 year old. Mad Scientist sounds fantastic!


2 kath_red February 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Great – you are really going to love this one – some interesting projects included.


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