Amy Butler's new book, In Stitches, arrived in yesterday's mail, and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised. The book definitely has a bit of what I expected (patchwork throws, placemats, etc.), but also a number of fun projects that I wasn't expecting. I'm going to post a few pictures here for those who may still be sitting on the fence about getting the book for themselves.
The book is spiral bound so that it lays flat, and this is pretty handy when you're trying to follow pattern instructions. The inside of the front cover has a built-in sleeve that contains all the pattern pieces for the projects. The book is divided into 6 sections, with a total of 27 projects. I won't list them all here, but if you want a complete list, send me an email.
Here are some of my favorites after a first glance:
short pleated apron - of course, she probably knew she had to include an apron, but this one is cute and simple
I'm pretty excited about making a fabric "document duvet" - fun to think about carrying around boring paperwork in a pretty folder, rather than a boring manila one!
a cute little patchwork box bag... I've been wanting to make one of these, and this one looks just right!
love this kimono-inspired lounge robe - it could be lined for colder weather, or just as-is for warmer weather...
I can see that these lounge pants, combined with the kimono robe, could easily become my working-at-home uniform!
this one really made me laugh - a kitty tunnel! If your cats are anything like ours, they're always hiding in boxes or paper grocery bags... I bet they'd really love a soft, cozy kitty tunnel!
I expected potholders, but I like this design with the flaps so that it can be held like a glove without risking a burn. I see many holiday gifts emerging from this one...
I know there are loads of new crafty books on the horizon, so I'm really happy when I see that the new books are not just re-hashing the same old projects. Has anyone already conquered one of the projects from this book?