This encyclopedic sourcebook, written by a freelance writer and stylist for The World of Interiors and other magazines, is illustrated with 450 color photographs and packed with ideas for decorating the home with fabrics--everything from bed canopies to window trimmings to quilts. 200 diagrams.
With over a thousand decorating tips and ideas and twenty-two do-it-yourself projects, this book is a discriminating home decorators must-have. Its step-by-step diagrams, easy-to-follow instructions, glossary, and extensive directory of suppliers gives readers the savvy and inspiration they need to transform their living spaces into beautiful homes.
Sew until your heart is content. This is the first book I pick up if I am about to give a room a quick face lift. When I cannot bear to look at that old sofa for one more minute, I can find a way to make a cover for it in just hours. I have used it to cover dining room chairs for unexpected dinner parties and whipped up a bed duvet for the guestroom in just one day. I will not let anyone borrow this book from my library. Sorry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Having seen that Katrin Cargill will be making an appearance nearby my home, I visited Amazon.com to learn of her latest publications. She has done much since I learned of her talents over a decade ago! So why do I write my fellow Amazon'ites a review? Because this is one book that even after a decade's time I return to every time I've a window or even a room to dress. Her studied and effected ideas are tasteful, graceful, and yet sophisticatedly creative. Some earlier reviews online here (e.g., early 1990s) caution new sewers about the limited instructions/projects for beginner-level sewing. While this is true, this book was indispensible to me in the 1990s when I was a beginner at sewing because it's ideas and style can be adapted by anyone. That being said, this lovely photo-book belongs on your shelf whether you are a do-it-yourself, a bed-reader-dreamer, or a designer using someone as for your labor. What's more, this remains the case even after a decade's time of styles changing.
Not only is this book beautifully done, but also, the fabric projects are well-presented and easy to undertake. Projects range from storage solutions to elegant interior decorating projects one can do with fabric. I would recommend this book to interior decorators (amateur or professional), seamstresses and upholsterers, and to those with an interest in textiles and their various uses in the home.