Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Just in time for Spring!

If you're like me and seem to have a collection of lovely fabric scarves, but have no idea what to do with them, this book may prove wonderfully helpful! It's not available yet (due to release March 4, 2008), though you can Preorder from Amazon (incidentally, not a bad deal, apparently they take another 5% off if you preorder). If it's not due out til March, I'm sure you're wondering what I'm doing with one - I was lucky enough to receive a review copy!

I have several scarves I've acquired over time - either because I couldn't resist them, or because I had dyed them myself - I've used them for wrapping gifts and sending them to others, I've worn them as belts as they were intended - as scarves around the neck - but that's about it. This book, with its wonderful lay flat spiral binding, has a bunch of different ideas on how to make use of scarves of various shapes and sizes as accents or accessories, tops, skirts or even dresses. Instructions are straight forward and simple, and each project is nicely laid out over a pair of facing pages with the page on the left showing a clear image of the project (neat effect of the actual project "modeled" on a black & white line drawing), the name of the project, and the list of supplies needed. The right page has simple line drawings and instructions and a estimated time for completion of the project. Flipping through the book, I was able to find several ideas that I will likely try out with my own stash of scarves - including the Colette lounge pants, the Noemi satchel, the Caramia racer back top and the Farrah daytime bag. I've also found some new ways to wear the scarves wrapped around my head - always a bonus for those bad hair days :)


Anonymous said...

that sounds like a neat book!

TrueEpicure said...

Yay for spiral binding! I wish more craft books used it... or some other form of a flat-lying binding. I've been taking my traditionally-bound craft books over to Kinko's to have them spiral bound, and I just took my choir music over last night.

Who decided that it would be a good idea to bind music so that you can't read the first notes on the right-hand pages?? Have a copy store work their magic, and voila! It's instantly easier to sing!