Filled with spirit bolstering photographs of great projects to make out of wool blankets that may be sitting underloved in your cedar chest, Hand Stitched Home: Projects to Sew with Pendleton® & Other Wools by Susan Beal offers a plethora of inspiration that doesn't drop off just because you don't own any Pendeltons. I, for one don't, but that doesn't stop me from eying all of the lovely underused wool that has accumulated in my house for the thrilling (maybe I need to get out more) pennant project she outlined. I admit, I have a thing for pennants.
I enjoyed the diversity of projects Susan Beal's book offered, and for me, it was the right book at the right time. I've been on a bit of a purging kick lately. Nobody wants to be a hoarder, but being wasteful is even worse in my head, so a whole book devoted to the repurposing of iconic textiles struck a chord with me. In addition to offering a wide variety of ideas, Hand Stitched Home offered careful and easy to comprehend instructions, and scaleable pattern pieces.
For anyone familiar with using patterns found in magazines or other books of this kind, it will be easy to fall right in with the directions and quickly find yourself on the road to turning vintage flea market finds and linen closet inhabitants into functional pieces in which you take great pride.
I received a free eARC of this title for review purposes. I have not been compensated in any other way for my review, which was not swayed in any way by the free nature of said ARC.