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 Whether you long for the fresh and restrained tones of Swedish Minimalism, with sheer white linen hangings at the windows, or plan to upholster your sofa and armchairs in tradional toile de Jouy, "Home Furnishing with Fabric" will help you make your vision reality. In this fully revised and updated guide to decorative style, leading interiors writer Leslie Geddes-Brown shares her experience in exploring every aspect of using soft furnishings in the home. In a special chapter on Practicalities, Lucinda Ganderton covers basic sewing techniques and gives step-by-step instructions for 12 stylish yet simple projects. An extensive directory of suppliers puts the finishing touch to this indispensable source book. *A fully revised and updated edition of a bestselling guide to interior design, with plenty of informative photographs, many of them new.
  Date Published 10/1/2006

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Rated By: Amalfi Coast Girl
From: Mid-Atlantic, USA
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Comments: Excellent book if you are looking for inspiration to begin a home sewing project
A sewing novice writes this review. Thus far my sewing has been limited to home decorating. I have made curtains, roman blinds, duvets, and most recently slipcovers. I purchased this book to get additional ideas for projects around my house and was not disappointed. This book is great at supplying decorating inspiration.

The book is subdivided as follows:
Fabric Styles
.....solid colors
.....neutrals and plain weaves
.....wool and velvet
.....faux fur, suede and leather
.....checks, stripes and geometric
......the new florals and damask
.......pictorials and toiles
The components
.....Window dressings
.....Slipovers and upholstery
.....Pillows and cushions
.....Bed furnishings
Room by Room
.....Living rooms
.....Kitchens and dining rooms
.....Halls and landings
Fabric Care
.....Equipment and techniques
.....Unlined curtains
.....Door curtains
.....Roman shade
.....Linen bedspread
.....Chair back and tie on seat cover
.....Slipcover for a dining room chair
.....Tie on pillow covers
.....Buttoned pillow cover
.....Bed bloster
.....Drawstring bag
.....Conical lampshade
.....Fabric basket

The majority of the book is spent on covering topics and providing pictures that relate to the topics. This covers the first 150 pages of the book, and I would classify this part as more of a decorating book than a sewing book. However, the author does provide a lot of valuable information about decorating, which will have an impact on the fabrics, and designs that you will select. The remaining 50 pages of the book (the section on practicalities) covers specific how-to instructions for the projects outlined above. The directions are clearly written. Even as a novice with a sewing machine I had no problem following the directions.

The photographs in this book are lovely and provided me with many ideas for my home. I would say that the style of this book tends toward the European Country. But there are also modern interiors included as well. If you are looking for decorating ideas and instruction on how to make many of those ideas happen this is nice book to own.