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Published by Quadrille Publishing
Leech has a few books out and is a very varied author within her art related field. This book showcasing simple felt projects is one of a collection, all designed to be simple to read and understand. We actually reviewed another of her books recently, check it out here.
About the artist
Leech has more than craft to her name, she’s had over fifteen years experience within women’s magazines, including those related to fashion. Thus her ideas come from a range of sources, making them more exciting.
Who is it aimed at?
Due to its content documenting simple felt and it’s layout, we gather it is for the interested crafter, not the well seasoned. Its very appealing and thus will attract a wide audience who don’t have to be too experienced. It is a great book to play with, even with children if under adult supervision.
Look at this list, some of those titles make us want to skip through and have a peak….
There are templates for some simple felt projects within the book and each project itself has instructions to guide us:
What makes it special?
The names of the projects are very tempting. For example the one above ‘Such a pretty face mirror case’ and this one:
The projects are ones to build for pleasure rather than necessity or primarily practical.
Each simple felt item has been placed in an idealised setting:
We are invited to imagine how each finished project would like in our home.
Rather than simply showing images of the final project, Leech has plainly set out certain more complex projects for us, for example these flowers, which are included in a project within the book:
We are then shown how the flowers can be used when stitched together:
What is wrong with the book?
You might find this too simple if you are more experienced in embroidery and general textile art. However it is still lovely to look at and get ideas from.
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!) I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects. These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute. Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand. Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'