|Fabric Remix Repurpose & Redecorate by Sandy Stone|
This book is like a gospel song for crafters. It is so inspirational! The only criticism I can think to give this book is that it makes me want to do every single project listed in it right this second. Crafting books can be tricky because you may only find one or two things within one that will inspire you, but if you love the idea of repurposing, upcycling and revamping for vintage chic decorating, this book will not disappoint. (This review so far is giving me flashbacks to reading rainbow all of a sudden).
So what qualifies a great crafting book for me personally? Well, I am not a follow a pattern kind of gal because I know I will never be able to recreate something exactly as I see it - but that doesn't mean I don't love a little inspiration sometimes. Ultimately, I look for books that provoke me to think differently and foster new creative ideas that are still true to me and I can use the tools and skill set available to me.
This book tops that list for me. The projects in which are offered are also all over the map, from extremely simple to more complex - from headboards to lampshades and tote bags to curtains. Sandy Stone offers a wide variety of projects and offers instructions on how to complete each of them. I also love that she dedicates a chapter on what materials to look for and where to look for them. She is an amazingly brilliant crafter and uses materials in ways I would never think of, but again, this book really seems to open that creativity in your own mind rather than just offering great patterns to follow. And while the materials are vintage they are not at all pigeon-holed into kitschy looks; many of her projects have a very modern, shabby chic and even in a few cases, an industrial feel to them, which I adore about this book too. And with this book being so inspirational I think you could take any of her projects and guide them into the style you are most attracted too. This book is worth it just for the photos they are amazing and will prompt many great ideas! I would absolutely recommend adding this book to your crafting library!
Here is a great example of her creative genius: A Zipper Tapestry
You can also read an interview with Sandy Stone on Lark Crafts discussing her book here.