Anything I know about sewing I learnt from my grandma and the fashion & textiles course I studied at college. The combination of these lessons were a fantastic grounding, one in infusing every last piece of work with love and attention to detail; one with the know how to find inspiration and execute the technical know-how.
But I know there is so much more I don't know and whilst waiting for a meeting in a school in my work life, I thumbed through a sewing book I spied in the staff room. Though I only looked at 3 or 4 pages I instantly saw what a fabulous resource to all things stitching and making it was. Instantly I put it on my Christmas list.
When I unwrapped it I sat silently reading it page by page for an hour or so. I only wish I had time to devour every word cover to cover, however life gets in the way of such luxuries.
Whilst I continue to work my way through it, I wanted to say how highly I would recommend it to beginner and intermediate makers. It deals with technical tricks in detail, provides a few delicious projects to test them out on, and provides a fantastic grounding to get you going or build on existing skills.
Thank you Ruth Singer for putting such as wonderful book together, and for Santa for bringing it to me. You can find out more on Ruth's blog and see some sample techniques and projects *here* and follow her on twitter *here*