Monday 5 December 2011

Book Review: Jan Constantine's Love Stitching

Hey peeperettes,

I've had a lovely, lovely morning, 
planning out my Christmas crafts for the next few weeks. 
Will I be sharing them with you? 

Is Santa's belly big?
Of course!! 
{We're besties, right?!}

I've got an utterly gorgeous book to tempt you this Christmas
I only ever review books that I own and use and adore myself....

Published by Jacqui Small and written by Jan Constantine
Love Stitching is a gorgeous mix of handicrafts that YOU CAN DO!

Do you remember my Jan Constantine Union Jack cushion from our dining room? 
I bought it a couple of years ago and it's STILL one of my absolute favourites. 

Well, my pretties, Love Stitching is choc-a-block full of similarly divine projects dreamed up by Jan Constantine herself. If you love the look of that cushion then you will L:O:V:E this book

I am in lust with her skill, her designs and her attention to detail.  

It's a collection of 25 appliqued and hand-embroidery designs 
....and includes the Union Jack cushion - waahhhey!

Divided into four chapters: 

Love and Hearts, 
In The Country, 
Flying the Flag 
Beside the Sea...... 

....with luscious projects to match each theme.

There are some easy-peasy crafts and one or two that are way up there in the difficulty stakes...but you somehow know that they'd be treasured heirlooms forever.

The instructions are written by Jan who completely knows her crafts inside out, which makes them a pleasure to read (and follow!).

I can't wait to share my first Christmas project of the season with you - complete with tutorial - inspired by Love Stitching

You'll be drooling, I tell you. D.r..o.o.l.i.n.g.

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Brandi said...

Jan's book looks amazing! I do remember your Union Jack pillow! I bet you enjoy having such a detailed work of art in your home! Looking forward to your tutorial! : )

meppybn said...

I've often - ssssh - lurked - but this book brought me out of the shadows!!! Yummm - <3s are mine and these are simply gorgeous. Hope it's available over the pond sometime :)

Sonny G said...

That is surely a fabulous book , wow.
the samples are over the moon ~!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Looks fabulous! I can't wait and I am gettin my drool on ~Cheers Kim

CountryBelle said...

That book looks great! I'll have to see if I can find it!

Erin S. said...

What a lovely looking book. I've coveted your pillow, and now I can find out how to shamelessly copy it :). Woo hoo!

Unknown said...

oh wow, i do want that book! i love those pillows and cute hearts. <3 I'm so happy you enjoy my blog! thanks for following!

Pennyblossoms said...

That book looks as good as her cushions, and I have a few of those!
Maybe I should do a post on them?
And a heads up...I've bought all mine at Homesense at around 40 quid for the big square felt cushions. I believe these tend to retail at the £70 mark! And I've even tried on one of her tea cosies!
Z xx

It's me said...

What a great love love

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Oh my! I am soooo excited. The book looks wunderbar. xx

GoldenValley50 said...

I'm drooling already! Another gorgeous "Sarah recommended" to add to my collection. ;)Sharyne

melissa said...

This book looks absolutely gorgeous - I'm off to add it to my Amazon wish list now! - Melissa xx

Town and Country Gals said...

Your pillow is amazing and now it's easy to see why! That book is fabulous, now, if I could only sew.....

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

ooohhh... I like! Actually may find time to do something like this over the holidays!

Jill said...

A Fabulous book, so inspiring. Look forward to seeing some of your own works of art from the book!! Heading of to Amazon right now.

Anonymous said...

Looks lovely, that kind of simple and big stitch work is just such a lovely addition to any living room!

Daydream Living said...

Hi Sarah!
I only have books on my xmas list this year and this one is going on it too! (I'm challenged with the machine but needles and I go ok).
I made your blog the Blog of the Week over at mines, hope you like it, have a good week! Maureen x

Le said...

loving loving loving this book - must go find le xox

lisaroy said...

Looks like a great book! It will be nice when the holiday hoopla is over and I can get down to doing some crafts and sewing :)

Unknown said...

This is one I need to give a go maybe Santa will bring me it i have been a good girl you know x

Sylvia said...

Hi Sarah ,
It is a great inspirational book . I have some sewing projects in mind ; however , I am not sure I will have enough time for them these days .... , but I am lookIng forward to seeing yours.
Enjoy a warm and gentle season !

Cindy said...

What a great book! I am looking forward to seeing what you make.
Hugs, cindy

Unknown said...

Hi Sarah Just found you thanks to Daydream Living - gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous - am now a devoted follower!

Karen said...

I've often looked at Jan's site and coveted her cushions. Now I think I need that book.
Kind Regards

michele said...

holy appliques, sarah. so charmingly cute.

PEEPERETTES. now there's a keeper!


Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor said...

The book looks fabulous! I'm drooling and waiting. Have a great day!

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