Imagine That! gDespite the fact the subtitle is a bit insulting to handmade crafts I was curious Plus some people do not like handmade crafts so I was wondering if this would be the book for them Really all it is about is choosing higher end materials Makes sense since materials can make the difference in anything that you make HOWEVER I think that you could still make things in this book without breaking the bank Findingoods at Goodwill or things that just don t fit any could become material for things in this book I can see scraps and refashioned products in any of her projectsThere were projects I can see people who read book blogs really liking For example there was a book cover made out of leather This would be not for a eneral size of book like mass market but for a book you are wanting to preserve with a hearty coverYou could easily buy scraps from leather craft storesThere are also covers for ereaders Specifically in this book there are dimensions and specifics for Kindle and iPad I do have to warn people who simply hate crafting in fur The author does use real fur but if that doesn t bother you just use faux fur Honestly I think it would be easier to deal with anyway You could make not so
costly mistakes that wayI ive this book 3 stars which are All For The Type for the type mistakes that wayI Sister of My Heart give this book 3 stars which are all for the type of within the book and not the writing In other words very interesting projects but not so interesting that I can ignore the barbs to crafting which I always think should be fun Being so uptight about your projects kind of takes away that fun for me How can you make something hand made look high end Is there something wrong with all the crafts people do that makes them fall short of commercial stuff To be honest I ve found the thing that counters this the creativity thatoes into these projects I love crafting and I ve found that you can almost always create something on par with commercial stuff if you know what you re doing Laura Bennett brings to the front that the starting material is what basically King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies gives your hand made stuff that extra special something that llive you finished product the pol There has been an explosion of books and blogs lately as a part of a DIY do it yourself movement Now with just a little money and time you can recreate designer looks at home without mortgaging it in the process Sometimes though even at the hands of highly skilled artisans the resulting items look a little too homespun and not like the things you see on current runways And th I was really hoping to find inspiration from this book but I did not I found it to be a little silly to be honest Most of the projects were things that could be purchased for far less than the cost of buying the materials to make them Some of the materials were not at all readily available and would take a reat DEAL OF SEARCHING OR INTERNET SHOPPING of searching or internet shopping order to make them In most books I have found that there is at least one project that the average crafty person can scrounge up the materials around the house and ive the book a try Not so with this one My biggest complaint though is the title When I read. In Handmade Chic Fashionable Projects That Look High End Not Homespun Laura Bennett shares simple strategies for creating 40 small luxuries and high fashion accessories from a smart leather iPad portfolio to a feather embellished evening bag With sections organized in skill building order and based on type of accessory small leather oods agendas and. .
Ach to the project I would recommend this book to anyone who is satisfied when they to anyone who is satisfied when they a project This book will et you from step one to the last step with easeI received a free copy of this e book from NetGalley for my honest review If you have seen Project Runway season 3 You Ll Recall Laura Bennett ll recall Laura Bennett being the architect mother of 5 plus one on the way children who made structurally simple yet impeccably embellished articles of clothing Michael Kors marveled how her 5000 collection looked three times its value Her creations are definitely for sophisticates In this book she offers advice on how to purchase and work with difficult materials like leather seuins furs and feathers She advises to use the best uality materials but also suggests less expensive alternatives This is Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story good advice for those who don t live in large cities and cannot easily access or afford the best Her sprinkling techniue for positioning rhinestones creates a spontaneous yet strategic flash of sparkle on an otherwise very plainarment The handling and construction steps are thorough One can probably find advice like this on several websites but this book conveniently offers it in one cohesive volume However the patterns for the purses and laptop case are too simple to be functional Purses need compartments and laptop cases need handles But if you like the look of luxe and want to DIY for a fraction of the cost then this book is worth a look Very simple shapes combined with high end materials make these projects look luxurious and expensive author a Project Runway finalist favors fur feathers and leather but does mention alternative low brow fabrics It would How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead great to see actual pieces done in denim or canvas A too brief primer This book has projects for those that want to create items that look high end up are actually homemade Brief introduction isiven to advise what the book is about and the intentions of it as well Materials and techniues are iving for working with leather working with fur working with beads working with feathers sewing and terminology There are many crafts within this book such as business card holders e book holders belts and bracelets bags purses and clutches wallets embellishing dresses and shoes mink sweater bra nightgown and even furry slippers but there is so much in this book Each project comes with a brief overview of the item then ives a list of the materials needed along with the tools needed as well Next a detailed description along with pictures of how to put the project togetherI think this book is reat for do it yourselfers This is a reat book with lots of ideas and tones of handy tips and tricks not to mention many items that are very useful I really like the e book cover patterns as well as the laptop and tablet covers as well but there are many other projects that are very interesting that I would love to make or try out Great book Perhaps the that look high end should have tipped me off that this book wouldn t be for me I am not nor have I ever been a high end kind of Moonrise girl Not in what I like and certainly no. Hey need to come up with variations and create their own signature piecesPacked with Laura's signature flair and finesse vibrant four color photos step by step drawings anda complete list of suggestions on where to purchase materials Handmade Chic is an accessibleuideto at home crafting that is elegant enough for the most modern fashion savvy of wom. .
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It my first reaction was um excuse me I find the title to be very degrading to crafters everywhere I m sorry but has Ms Bennett even looked at etsy or Craft Gawker or Pinterest or Ravelry or I could Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi go on and on The work crafters are doing is edgy and cool Crocheted kleenex box holders are a thing of the very distant past Ms Bennett Please do not assume that we are all country bumpkins in need of you to save us from ourasp homespun projects with your over priced materials and recycled ideas A lasses case business card holder a number of clutches a laptop sleeve etc have all been done many times before With titles that weren t offensive Laura Bennett
IS NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE FORnot oing to apologize for desire to elevate her handmade oods to the status of as ood as or better than what you can buy at the store I don t take offense Without a leather expert in town willing to teach me I enrolled in an online class It s amazing to see how much of what has come up in the class that s also been covered in this book She devotes uite a bit of her *book to sewing leather and does so with very firm opinions I love her absolute specificity recommending 3M * to sewing leather and does so with very firm opinions I love her absolute specificity recommending 3M by model number and basically sourcing most or all of her hardware from one store which also sells online Bennett and my online leather sewing class instructor disagree on a couple of things like what weight of leather the standard home machine can handle Strangely I trust Bennett as she comes from a total home sewing background and not a factory careerHer instructions photos and illustrations are very clear and the projects look expensive and attractive I can t wait to try some of This book has 40 projects to tackle The author describes them as upscale chic and urbane She is right This is not weaving potholders On the other hand all the projects can be done with little difficulty especially if one has any experience with sewing The author uses leather to make her projects but she lets the reader know they can be done with denim canvas corduroy or feltThere is reat detail on how to do the projects Sewing terminology is explained well There is a list of materials and tools needed for each project Illustrations and patterns are provided The author lets the reader know that all the materials for each project can be found online This is helpful since she said most of the hardware can t be found in craft storesThe projects are divided into 4 categoriessmall luxuries examples would be a business card holder a key ring tab and beltsfashionably organized examples would be a book cover various laptop holders and ipad kindle coversbags and wallets examples would be a shopping tote a man s billfold and a day clutchevening extravagances examples would be embellished shoes a pullover and furry slippersWhen I Skimmed Through This Book I Thought That It Looked Too through this book I thought that it looked too As I read it I realized I could make any of these projects I could use whatever material I wanted and even modify the projects For example I could replace the hardware with Velcro buttons or snaps The author makes the reader comfortable with their own appro. Notepads electronics bags and wallets and evening items Laura offers patterns easy to follow diagrams and detailed instructions for fabricating each lamorous project whether it involves sewing from scratch or embellishing a prepurchased arment While showcasing her own creative designs she provides readers with the basic techniues and encouragement