I don't know about you, but I love books. I love the crisp pages, the smell of a book, piling them up, arranging them in the bookcase. Sorry, is there something odd about this? There is a place for audio books (gardening, cleaning) and for the kindle too (lying in bed, on holiday) but they will never replace books. And certianly not for reference books. When I was in England in the summer, I came back with this lovely little pile. Some were recommended by friends, some were my choice, and one was a gift from a friend who knows I have a bit of a mushroom fettish!
I thought I'd show you a little of each of these books as I use them, rather than first impressions. So first off the mark is the top one Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman.
It's full of what seem to be fairly easy projects to get a beginner like me into machine applique. They are all in the same scandinavian style, which is very popular at the moment and a lot of these projects would make nice gifts. Even if you don't make anything, it's a very nice book to browse through.
I've made one of the little houses as a small decoration to send to my partner in the Christmas Table Runner swap.
And I've just got to have a go at the picture of the house with the washing blowing in the wind.
If you're an experienced sewer, I don't think this book is going to teach you anthing new, but even so, it is cute!