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Seams to Me

24 New Reasons to Love Sewing

By Anna Maria Horner

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Format: Hardback, 176 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 29 October 2008
Admired fabric designer Anna Maria Horner draws on her passion for art, sewing, and textiles to inspire one-of-a-kind projects. Anna Maria Horner's signature style combines the techniques of a seasoned sewer with the vision of an artist. In "Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing", she walks you through the fundamentals, offering practical advice on everything from fabric selection to color choices to choosing and buying a sewing machine. Simple step-by-step instructions show you how to turn her designs into fanciful creations: Sideways; Squares; Skirt; Prairie Blouse; Full Contact Cooking Apron; Playing Along Quilt; Doggie Dreams Bed; and so much more! Vivid full-color photographs and designs will invite you into the creative process. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, the twenty-four projects in this beautiful book will transform your home and wardrobe into a collection of unique treasures.

Table of Contents

Sewing School. Stitches, Notches, Nips. and Clips. Seams to You. Zippity Hoorah:The Centered. Zipper. Pipe Dream. A Small Gathering. Maybe I'm Bias. Be Edge-y. Details. Making Your Mark:. Marking Tools. On Pins and Needles. Use Your Thread. Mystery Tools. Notion Nation. Nice and Trim. By Hand. Hole-y Buttons. Loop-de-Loop. Run Along Now. Sewing Blind. An Invisible Variation. Super Circles. Simply Stitch-y. Let's Bolt. Naming Names. Wovens versus Knits. Frolic in the Fabric. Repeating Yourself: How to. Choose Prints and Colors. Wash and Wear: Care. Considerations. Tedious Terms. Stash Savvy. Room to Sew. Finding the Perfect Perch. The Sewing Machine. No One Likes Bad Press. A Cut Above. Sharp Shooters:. The Cutting Tools. Tools for Good Measure. Decorate. Basket Case. Doodad Pillow. Vintage Button Frames. Fabric Is Fine Art. Cut-Up Curtains. Playing Along Quilt. Stylize. I'll Have One of. Everything Bag. Right Off the Cuff. Taxi Tote. Smashing Smock. Sideways Squares Skirt. Bo Peep Skirt. Prairie Blouse. Domesticate. Full Contact Cooking Apron. Cup Half Full Apron. Here's the Dish Towel. For Kicks Patchwork Ball. Doggie Dreams Bed. Organize. Cozy Cubes. Pin Cushion Caddy. Magnetic Personality. Opposites Attract. Wall Pockets. The Great Dress Escape.

About the Author

Anna Maria Horner has fast become a favorite designer in the textile and sewing industry. Admired for her luminous palette and innovative patterns, Anna Maria continues to develop fabric lines for Free Spirit, and is building an ever-growing library of textiles to inspire creative souls worldwide. Her fabrics and projects have been featured in several national magazines and she has been a guest on the Martha Stewart Show. Anna Maria's blog is read by thousands every day, at Seams to Me is her first book.


"Another of those great little sewing books...This is a good introduction to modern style sewing." (, April 19th 2009)

EAN: 9780470259269
ISBN: 0470259264
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Dimensions: 23.57 x 22.78 x 2.74 centimetres (1.00 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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6 review(s)
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This book would be the absolutely perfect book for a beginner as their frist book. I'm not a beginner but I also love this book because it takes you through the basics of everything and is a great reference book for quilting binding and things I need help with.

The projects range from easy button projects to childrens wear and homewares. I just love the bright fabrics, the photos and Anna Maria's writing style.

if you love her blog you will love this book
Jacqueline Craig on
A great book with a good range of projects, many of which I'm desperate to try! Not all involve sewing, such as the framed vintage buttons, which is a nice change. Even if you don't always like her fabric combinations (I find some too busy) the patterns are simple and easily adapted to something you will like. There is a large section on how to sew at the front which seems at odds with the level of difficulty of the rest of the book. If you are at the level where you need a chapter like this then many of the projects will be beyond your skill level. Having said that, there are always new tricks to learn and she's got a great one for producing perfect circles and curves for applique or for pockets etc. She also has some interesting things to say about colour choices. Some of the rather sketchy hand-drawn diagrams and instructions aren't as clear as they could be, but if you are a moderately experienced sewer you should be able to figure it out yourself. Overall a lovely book to look at, well produced (love that it lies flat with the spiral binding!) and projects to suit every taste.
Sheila Oaten on
Its the perfect book for a young mother, new to sewing and wanting to make easy wear but stylish clothes for her tots
The thing I like about this book is the excellent basic sewing information/advice at the start of the book - it is clearly written, explaining many things that many authors assume their audience already knows. Having said this, some of the projects may be a little beyond a beginner - particularly as some of the patterns only come in one size, and you need to use a little sewing intuition to alter the size.

Many of the patterns are pre-printed on thick paper, and come in an envelope at the back, which is great - not expectation that you have a photocopier at home just waiting to print and enlarge miniscule patterns from a book!

As with many sewing books, there are always 2 or 3 patterns that most interest you, and a few that you will never use, but as I said, the first half of the book on sewing techniques makes the book worthwhile even if you don't use all the patterns.
Susan Jost on
This book has ideas that are just a little different from your usual sewing books - good for inspiration, as well as duplication! Beautiful fabrics, well-written, 5 out of 5!
Samantha Pidgeon on
This book is great - it has lots of basic and practical information and contains the most gorgeous photos and fabric choices. It looks nice on the shelf too! A few of the ideas seem to be 'fillers' though and I don't know that I'll bother with them - or that you'd really need a pattern for them. Having said that, the projects in there that are good, are really really good. Do yourself a favour and get this book, sit down with a glass of wine and feel the creative juices flow!

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