Button and Stitch: Supercute Ways to Use Your Button Stash (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/1/12
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Got Buttons? Stitch Them Into Fabulous Creations! Break out your button stash! In Button and Stitch, Kristen Rask shows you how to incorporate buttons into unique gifts, wearables and jewelry. One-of-a-kind projects designed by the author and a variety of talented contributors include a button bouquet, a button blossom brooch and felted buttons. Stitched items include pincushions, coasters, a fashion clutch and more. In Button and Stitch you'll find: 24 button projects, from whimsical wearables to boutique-quality gifts Stepped-out instructions with photos for all projects Information on identifying and buying buttons 15 project variations for added inspiration
Kristen Rask is the author of Plush You! and the proprietor of Schmancy Toys, a hip and fun Seattle store. In addition to creating softies and crafting with buttons, Kristen enjoys sewing and making jewellery.
Many of the projects are actually things I've been wanting to make (like pins, a camera case, pincushions) and/or find patterns for and haven't gotten around to buying or looking them up. Because of this, it's almost like getting two books in one. Photos are clear and the patterns seem easy to follow.
Okay, here is how I started my 5 star review...
One of my big frustrations with a lot of craft books out there is that the projects are so simple and geared towards a beginning sewer who has never heard of a blog. I like this book because there are a ton of techniques in there that I have never tried before, but Kristen is so inspired in her cross-crafting that it makes me want to pick up a crochet hook or try adding lace embellishments. Some of the projects I don't like a whole lot (like the button picture frame I've seen before and the Layered Applique Clutch is just sloppily stitched)) but the ones I like (The camera case is genius, the Fabric Collage Jacket is amazing...
THEN, I realized that all of the projects I really liked, were not designed by Kristen. It doesn't change the fact that the projects are fun and a great mix, but I liked the contributor's projects more than hers and she only gives them a small snippet of credit in the back while her author photo is on the flap and in the back and she has a nice full page all about her. Both she and the publisher would have been better to say that the book was compiled by Kristen. I guess it feels a lot like name-dropping to me and I felt a bit duped.
The basic materials explains what you'll need for most of the projects, and buttons by type describes types of vintage buttons but having a great vintage button supply isn't necessary for the projects in the book.
The first project is an easy pearly button frame that uses a strong glue and buttons on a purchased blank frame.
The final project in the book is a lovely soldered ring that would be a great use of buttons from your grandmother's stash or very special buttons.
The projects in between are sewn, felted and wired. My favorites are the recycled sweater handwarmers which use a used sweater to create pretty fitted mitts with cute button accents and are very adaptable. I'm hitting the thrift store today for sweaters to use for this project. The pincushion-topped button jar is so cute I can't resist it, and the kanzashi-style hair clip.
Lovely book. The projects are varied enough that I found a few things I loved in it, and so did my 14 yo daughter.