Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Liberty of London Book of Sewing Review

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
From Chronicle books
Text by Lucinda Ganderton
Review by Ale of The Golden Willow
When the generous folks over at Chronicle Books offered to send over a few copies of the Liberty Book of Home sewing, I jumped at the chance to review it.

 World-renowned, British based Liberty of London, has  “Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury and great design. Arthur Liberty’s intuitive vision and pioneering spirit led him to travel the world looking for individual pieces to inspire and excite his discerning clientele. Liberty is not just a name above the door, it’s Arthur Liberty’s legacy, which stands for integrity, value, quality and above all beautifully designed product. This vision and spirit continues today within the iconic Tudor building”

While they are famous for the diverse array of print, clothing and design offerings, they are, perhaps, most famous for their fabrics. Originally screen & block printed by hand, onto single yard lengths, they have since converted to more modern screen- printing methods. However, the base cloth, the famed Tana Lawn, remains the same as it was it 1920’s, when the blend was named for a Sudanese strain of particularly luxurious cotton.
This book offers a delightful insight into the rich history of over 100 years of Liberty’s influence upon, not only the textile industry, but also the world of high fashion and design. The projects range from beginner, to intermediate sewer. They are all simple enough, but shine through the selection of fabrics. Admittedly, they would be boring in a Kona cotton or even comical in a novelty print. But, as most sewing enthusiasts know, the right print can elevate even the most simple of projects to a most treasured items.

Indeed, if you’ve had the chance to handle some liberty, you know that they are fabrics to be treasured and highlighted. I think my favorite project from this book would be the hexagon quilt. I can’t think of many things more wonderful than a hand pieced liberty of London hexagon quilt. Although, either of the aprons or the slouchy bag would have a very welcome place in my home! Great projects, clearly written instructions and a serious helping of eye candy inspiration, the Liberty Book of home Sewing would make a lovely addition to any sewing library. Thanks to Chronicle, we’ll be have a copy to give away at the December meeting, as part of our membership drive. Maybe this little jewel will come home with you!

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