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Review: Sewing With Letters

CALLING ALL TYPE FANS! In my parcel of booky loveliness from Ivy Press, I was rather pleased to find this tome by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate – Sewing With Letters.



My first thought obviously was ‘I’d never have the patience to knit the jumper big enough to fit my dog,’ but I quickly got over that and plunged right in.

There are some lovely projects in this book, but I’d say they are geared towards those with slightly more experience – you wouldn’t want to jump cold into these bad boys.

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I really liked this washbag project using the Futura font – so simple and stylish. Reminds me of Jonathan Adler.



I also love the Santa Fe font, and this calligraphic table runner would be super-styling in a contemporary kitchen. I really want to have a go at calligraphy again, I used to be right into it when I was a kid.



No craft book is complete without a project to make a doorstop, let’s face it – the obligatory one here is pretty cool though, and again, very much geared towards a contemporary home where the occupants are dressed in Toast and reading the Observer Food Monthly.

There are a bunch of templates at the back of book that you can enlarge to use for some of the projects, with instructions on what percentage to enlarge them by. I’d find this a bit of a faff, I think, so I probably wouldn’t tackle any of these ones, if I am being brutally honest.

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Overall though, it’s a pretty good collection of more difficult projects and again, you can see repeat makes in there. I particularly like that each font that is used has a wee history of it beside it – educational AND fun!

You can find this book on Amazon here.

Thanks to Ivy Press for supplying me with books for free. This is totally my own opinion, by the way. And that’s not an affiliate link, so there.



I’m Claire and I live near Glasgow, in Scotland. I have strong family ties to Cincinnati, too and regard it as my second home. If I had to describe myself in five words, it would be thus: Does. Not. Suffer. Fools. Gladly. I’ve been cross stitching pretty much all my life, but professionally since 2005, first as Miso Funky, then as The Bellwether and now under my own name. I'm known for my witty, sarcastic and occasionally profane typographic designs. My work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4 and on BBC television as well as numerous media outlets across the globe. At one point, I was kind of a big deal but I mostly just dabble in it these days when I have time. My website is a repositry of cross stitch charts, travel and food blogging and you'll find it at I also love to travel and eat, ideally travelling somewhere great to eat something brilliant. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly the Victorians and will absolutely beat you hands down in a quiz about the Tudors. Dogs are LIFE. I like being in water and have lots of ideas that will never see the light of day but would definitely be a winner on Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank. I love to give people gifts. I! also! overuse! exclamation! marks! sorry!

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