Greetings from the other side! I know we all love a good sewing book. Our collective sighs over the latest GBSB book, Fashion With Fabric, bear witness to that! I am also massively excited about the English language release of the Japanese sewing book She Wears The Pants (just a shame that the price on UK Amazon is waaay higher than Amazon.com). I photographed my crafty bookshelf on a recent blog post. I’m sure there were some there that you might also have. I can spend hours poring over the pictures, dreaming about future projects. And occasionally make one!
So when I found this vintage Learnabout Sewing Ladybird book on eBay, I just had to have it. Just looking at the cover gave me a warm, cozy feeling. I remember reading it avidly as a child, dreaming about the cross stitch dressing table set on Binca canvas. I eventually made a bookmark that looked just like this at school. Didn’t we all?
This edition was published in 1972 all for the princely sum of 24p. The book starts with a lovely introduction:
“There are many kinds of needlework and much of it is done solely for pleasure. You will enjoy learning how to sew, and making the things in this book…… You will be more pleased with the result if you have kept your needlework clean and tidy. Always work with clean hands. If they are not clean – wash them!”
What is it about the Ladybird style that is so comforting yet instructive? It’s like settling down for an afternoon of crafting with your Mum or Grandma.
There’s the obligatory illustration of the notions and tools required. I’m sure every single sewing book I possess has a similar artful spread of sewing tools.
Some of the most ‘stylish’ projects in the book are the doll’s bonnet and hairband. There’s some useful tutorials too: how to sew on a button and how to turn a hem.
How I wish I could turn back the clock to the early 1980s to have a Ladybird-fuelled crafternoon with my Mum!