Book Bargains!


I only have one day off a week this year (and believe me those of you who work full time: I do appreciate just that one day), but as a result I have a lot to pack into it: boring, but necessary jobs around the house, various admin. and phone calls to make, catching up with a few friends who also work part time, going to the gym, and of course a spot of sewing (my favourite way to spend it). So days of ambling around the shops are rare at the moment. Good for my wallet though! My children are fairly good if we go in the holidays (especially if there’s a cake bribe involved), but it’s not as much fun as going alone. So last week, some of the boring, but necessary jobs involved a visit to the bank and buying my son a metronome, so I figured it was a good excuse to spend a few hours mooching πŸ™‚

I didn’t find anything interesting in the second-hand shops which was a shame, but I did pick up a couple of great, book bargains at our local branch of The Works (a discount book store). If you have one near you then it’s definitely worth popping in for a quick look. TheyΒ have a lovely range of craft books, even if they’re not the most recent releases. First up, I bought a copy of The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing for the bargain price of Β£6.99. This is full of lovely, but simple home projects. I’m particularly tempted by the sewing machine cover pictured above, which might prove really useful for using up odd scraps I’ve accumulated. Lots of these projects have already been featured in various sewing magazines, even the cute, cloud mobile I made with my children. It’s such a beautiful book to flick through of an evening though that I still succumbed. I’d really like to sew a little more for my home this year, so it’s perfect for inspiration.

Second up was a title called The Hand Stitched Home by Caroline Zoob (Β£5.99),Β which I originally purchased as a birthday gift for my sister-in-law who really enjoys embroidery. However when I sat down in a nearby coffee shop to flick through it, I found myself yearning to try some of these projects out for myself: so back I went to buy my own copy πŸ˜‰ Now, I’ve never attempted any embroidery myself before, but the photography was so pretty that I couldn’t resist! The two projects below were the ones calling out to me, but they also did some simpler, embroidered hearts, which might be an easier starting place. And even if that doesn’t work out, I’ll know that I’ll still get a lot of enjoyment just flicking through this. I always have to have something to do with my hands in the evenings (no rude puns intended)…


24 thoughts on “Book Bargains!

  1. Ooh, I’m going to look that Liberty book up! Embroidery is perfect for these long, dark evenings – I’ve just finished some monogrammed silk for a vintage chair I’m recovering. Takes ages, but looks so unique that it’s worth it.

  2. Only 1 day off a week! That’s terrible! Looks like you definitely made that most of your last one tho.
    The books look fab, but for me I end up drooling over the pages (not literally!) and never actually starting anything.
    I think I have too many days off! After a run of 12 hour shifts it takes me a day or 2 to get on top of things. πŸ˜ƒ

  3. Oohh, I’ll have to pop into The Works as I haven’t seen the Liberty book before! Thanks for the top tip. Now I just need to find a space on my sewing book shelf… πŸ˜‰

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  5. I too have the Liberty book πŸ™‚ It was one of the first I got when I began sewing last year, and was from the works. I bought it on a day when I didn’t want to spend Β£7-Β£8 on a magazine when I could get a whole, beautiful book for less! I don’t think I have made anything from it yet, but it’s lovely to browse through. Have you picked your first project?

      • Fabric letters sound great! Will you be spelling names? I have 3 lots of Liberty in my stash, with around 2 metres of each but I currently haven’t found a pattern worth cutting into them for – they are so beautiful! They’re seconds but I can’t tell. Suggestions for makes (ideally dresses) in under 2 metres much appreciated! Happy making πŸ™‚

      • I’m hoping the monkeys can manage the letters for their names, both luckily quite short! I’m going to have to resist my perfectionist streak to take over and make them my self though πŸ˜‰ Very jealous of your Liberty stash. The Betty dress comes to mind, though I’m not sure how much fabric it takes. Do you follow Dolly Clackton? She makes beautiful, cotton dresses, might be worth a look for some inspiration?

      • Thank you πŸ™‚ I do follow her, and love all of her makes! Most patterns seem to call for 2.5 metres + for dresses in my size, so I now usually buy 3 to be on the safe side, it can just get expensive! Good luck with the letters!

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