I'm always sorry that I didn't learn to sew as a child. My mum was a knitter so it was to be that I would follow in her footsteps and learn to knit, she used to mend clothes but that's really as far as her sewing skills went and with no other sewers in the family, it's something I never learnt to do. I think being exposed to anything as a child can form a lifelong love for it, so it's a good idea to pass on as many skills as we can to our children.
My children are grown up now but when I was asked by Quarto Publishing Group if I'd like to review Stitching With Jane Foster, a book to introduce young crafters to the fun of simple embroidery, I jumped at the chance. I know that many of my readers have young children or grandchildren and I think this book would be an excellent choice to introduce them to this fun craft.
It's a hardback book which is spiral bound, perfect when you want a book to stay open at a particular page whilst you follow instructions. The first pages go through What You Will Need, Getting Started, Stitching Basics, Stitching Examples + Projects, What To Do With Your Stitchable Designs, and Design Your Stitches, before exclaiming it's Your Turn!
The back pages contain 37 press-out templates to get little ones started. These easy press-out patterns are to cross-stitch and sew and come in a variety of well thought out designs which can be stitched in a variety of ways. The reverse of each template is printed in black and white so children are able to personalise them by colouring them in the colours of their own choosing.
There are some great ideas in the book for what to do with the templates once they've been stitched, everything from a journal cover to a bookmark.
I love the bold illustrations in this book, it's designed to appeal to a younger audience, the book is aimed at children from 5+.
Stitching With Jane Foster definitely gets a thumbs up from me. I received a copy of this book to review, however, all opinions expressed are my own. The book retails at £10.99 and can be purchased direct from Quarto.