Annabel Wrigley, who originally hails from Sydney, Australia and now makes Warrenton her home, has written "We Love to Sew: 28 Pretty Things to Make." Published by C&T Publishing, the book is the first in a series on sewing, under the publisher's FunStitch Studio imprint.
Wrigley has taken the age-old craft of sewing and modernized it — she blogs about sewing, sells fabric (and her book) on etsy, and promotes her children's sewing classes and workshops online. She holds the classes and workshops at her sewing studio, Little Pin Cushion Studio, in Warrenton. "We Love to Sew," which retails for $22.95, is also available on Amazon.com and at JoAnn Fabric Stores.
"I hope kids will throw perfection to the wind when sewing," says Wrigley. "Gone are the days of matchy-matchy outfits and uniformity. The designs in this book provoke creativity. My hope is by sewing their own projects children will feel a sense of confidence and achievement!"
Wrigley's new book features a collection of 28 imaginative projects specifically designed for girls ages 8 and older. Aspiring "sewists" will learn a variety of sewing skills, terms and design ideas — from making simple rings and barrettes to more challenging bags and "softies."
"We Love to Sew" offers information on:
- When to hand sew or use a machine
- Identifies different fabrics for different projects
- What to include in a craft workspace
- What to look for in a sewing machine
- Ways to make earrings, pillows, wall decor and clothing
- Creating memories with family and friends through art