With a contents page that lists ‘Jammie Dodger Biscuits’, ‘The Breeding Bunnies Part 1’ and ‘The Cockney Sparrow Makes a Dickory Clock’, it’s clear that Chloë Tells You How to Sew by Chloë Owens isn’t your average sewing book. Imagine a sewing tutorial from an old Jackie annual, add a pinch of Ladybird Books, some puzzles from an old Puffin Post, mix in a well-stocked haberdashery of retro fabrics, add some Sgt. Pepper era illustrations and a whole lot of extra grooviness, and you’re just about there.
I adored poring over old comic-book annuals as a child and I decided to combine my crafty know-how with a love of storytelling and puzzles to create a bumper book of projects…
– Chloë Owens
This is a book for people who grew up in an age when Sunday afternoons meant scrapbooks, jigsaws and comic books, not texting and tablets. It’s a medley of sewing projects mixed up with activities, puzzles and games. So if you like the idea of learning how to sew an under-sink storage curtain while doing some colouring in between stitches, this is definitely the book for you.
Chloë Tells You How to Sew is the follow-up to Chloë’s first book, All Sewn Up, where she applied her love of embellishment and embroidery to create sewing projects inspired by vintage style. This time round, embellishments and embroidery are still there but they’ve been giving an extra dose of grooviness, and Chloë has created a total of 30 projects to make and do (with a little help from her illustrated friends Doris, Thrifty Thelma and Wooly the Lamb), from Mop Top finger puppets to a cat bed and lots of others in between.
We think cool crafty cats will heart this book. Twiggy certainly does (that’s her below, making her bed… and then lying in it.) Clever Twiggy.
Chloë Tells You How to Sew by Chloë Owens is out now in hardback
Published by CICO Books, priced £14.99
Win a copy of Chloë Tells You How To Sew
We have three copies of Chloë Tells You How To Sew by Chloë Owens to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one, just leave a comment at the end of this blog post or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “I want to have fun with Chloë”. The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 15 October and winners will be chosen at random after this date.
Please note that because this book is full of jam-packed with fun it weighs a lot and costs a lot to send, so this competition is sadly only open to UK residents.