A little leisurely browsing at the bookstore over the weekend made me take note of a few sewing books that I should pick up. I love having books on my shelf when a little inspiration is needed. But I find that some often have the same projects, how many tote bag or napkin patterns do I need? Or worse, a bunch of projects I'll never make. Am I going to quilt my own slippers, make a tea cozy or put intricate tatting on my PJ's, forget it. So it's nice to to actually pick up a book, thumb through it and take a good look at what it offers before I blindly order it. And as we all know books add up very quickly, both in money and in space. But I must say that I'm a sucker for beautiful photography and a well designed book, like Simple Sewing below. I try to give the underdogs a good look and imagine the projects in different fabrics that suit my taste. But if it's a really good book, worth the investments you shouldn't have to try too hard to make that leap. But what if there's a book and you really want just one or two patterns from? Borrow from a friend, yes. Or my other new discovery for free books is swaptree.
Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching by Heather Ross and John Gruen
Sweater Renewal: Felting Knits into New Sweaters and Accessories by Sharon Franco Rothschild
100 Applique Motifs by Deborah "Ismoyo" Green