Gooseberry Patch Blog Hop.. Stiching in the Kitchen!

July 28th, 2013

So you know that I get books to review every once in awhile, and sometimes I like them, and well, sometimes, they don’t even get to the blog because I think they are so silly.  When I first started getting those emails, saying do you want us to send you a copy to review, I would get all giddy over the “free” aspect. But I have been learning that sometimes it doesn’t really help them or me or you, so I have been trying to be more selective.

Today’s book Stitching for the Kitchen by the folks at Gooseberry Patch probably would not be one that I would rush out to buy personally just because I don’t do a lot of this type of sewing, but I think some of you might like it. There are a lot of cute projects,  some may be more “country” than others, but some look very useful, and many have this 1970’s vibe that has some pretty good “feel-good” memories for me as well (think Holly Hobbie, Little House on the Prairie that sorta thing)

 

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There are 30 projects in the book. Some are simply embroidery projects and some are more complex sewing projects.  My favorite projects are as follows:

The modern country monogram embroidered napkins:

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I am not really sure how they are “modern”  and “country” but that name kinda rolls with my Urban Folk style, so it must be why I like them!  These are done on store bought napkins, but they briefly cover making your own for the project.


And the next project is the embroidered tea towel project.  Very nostalgic to me, but still classic.


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 I know, I know…..the first two projects are embroidery ones, and I never find the time to do that right? I think it must be because I love the look of embroidery, but never seem to have the patience for it! :)

Now this Owl Teapot Cozy is one of the cutest projects in the book I think.  I am not too crazy about the felt eyes and beak, but the overall design is great. I would be tempted to actually try this one even if I don’t have the time….

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And I think my favorite project is this divided bread basket. But I didn’t have time to make it up for this post.  I can see Linda’s scones in here…well, not for long, but it would be nice for awhile!


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 But I did have just enough time to make up this plastic bag dispenser.  We really need more than one of these around here.  And it is so much better than the pile of them jammed in between some shelves in our storage room!  And Heather Ross’s Briar Rose seemed to have just enough of that 70’s vibe to do the job.

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I do have to mention that this book really isn’t for the novice sewist.  You need to have some experience sewing for these projects as the directions are pretty minimal in my humble opinion.  And unfortunately in the project I picked to do there were some measurement errors. But they were minor, and it was simple enough for me to adjust things.

Oh, and my friend Pam has the same day on the tour as me! And she did the other project that I thought about doing, but didn’t talk about here….so that’s even more perfect! So be sure to visit Pam today too!!

So that about wraps this post up…..except for this bit….. guess what? The peeps at Gooseberry Patch want to give you a copy too!!  So go ahead and leave a comment here to win. Just tell me what you like to stitch for your kitchen, even I didn’t touch on it in this post. I will draw names sometime after the 5th of August.

And be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour stops  here:

  July 22


Gooseberry Patch


July 23


Momma Young At Home


Craft Gossip


July 24


Glued to My Crafts


Green Eyed Momma


July 25


Sew Serendipity


July 26


Smashed Peas and Carrots


Marsha’s Spot


July 27


Wild Olive


Only From Scratch


July 28


Pam Kitty Morning


Blue Nickel Studios


July 29


Old House Homestead


Susie QT Pies Cafe


Prairie Flower Farm


July 30


The Crafty Princess Diaries


Gramma’s in the Kitchen


Two Maids A Milking


August 1


Vicki O’Dell


Homesteader’s Heart 


August 2


A Creative Being


Delightful Country Cookin

29 Responses to “Gooseberry Patch Blog Hop.. Stiching in the Kitchen!”

  1. pamon 28 Jul 2013 at 8:19 am

    I thought about the bag holder as well.. but here in our county plastic bags are a thing of the past. I think yours turned out pretty cute! Love the Briar Rose! Thanks for the shout out!

  2. Judyon 28 Jul 2013 at 8:46 am

    I enjoy making embroidered dishtowels for my kitchen using the flower sack type of towels.

  3. Mary on Lake Pulaskion 28 Jul 2013 at 9:04 am

    No dishwasher in our kitchen so I love embroidered dish towels – you can never have enough!

  4. beaon 28 Jul 2013 at 9:20 am

    a guy that can sew—SWEET —who knew! i love the vivid colors in your bag dispenser, and thank you for the heads up on the instructions. the embroidered tea towels are my favorite, so vintage looking, or is it retro? i can never tell the difference! ouch!

  5. Karen Monteithon 28 Jul 2013 at 9:32 am

    I would love to win the book draw. I like the little projects you have displayed in the blog. Karen

  6. Stacyon 28 Jul 2013 at 10:04 am

    Great review. There are a lot of little things I would like to make out of this book, but I think I would start with the cupcake holder – it is so darn cute. Thanks for a chance to win

  7. Cindyon 28 Jul 2013 at 10:14 am

    I love the embroidered tea towels and the apron!! Thanks, Cindy

  8. Mary Bethon 28 Jul 2013 at 1:50 pm

    What a fun book.What fun projects!
    Thank you for a chance to win.

  9. Michele Timmson 28 Jul 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Since I am a novice sewer this book appeals to me! The bread divider is an interesting project that I’d love to try!! Thanks!

  10. Becky Greeneon 28 Jul 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I have stitched a couple of potholders, but really need more! Also, some oven mitts and placemats…

  11. mary fanara colemanon 28 Jul 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I like to stitch up some tea towels but usually aprons are my passion.

  12. VickiTon 28 Jul 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I’ve seen many of the projects from other posts during the tour already and have to say my favorite is the owl teapot cozy. That’s just adorable.

    I am planning to make placemats and napkins for family and friends for the holidays.

  13. Bell mooreon 28 Jul 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I like to make small hot pads for my toaster oven! I would love to have this book, too!

  14. arlene Marie Pittson 28 Jul 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I love to sew for the entire house, and since we just moved….that means a whole new house to sew for! But the kitchen, pot holders, dish cloths, seat cushions, aprons, tea cozies, dish cozies, mascots, chef hats, assistant chef hats, etc. I would absolute LOVE to have this book to get old and new ideas for the home, my home, my new country home! Thanks for the chance to win one, fingers crossed, toes too, lol Arlene Marie Pitts

  15. usairdollon 28 Jul 2013 at 7:04 pm

    What a neat book! Such cute projects. I’m currently stitching hand towels for myself and as gifts. I’d love to make that divided bread basket as well.

    Thank you and Gooseberry Patch for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

  16. Elizabeth Johnsonon 28 Jul 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Scott! this is why I always follow you! never know what you maybe up too! Well, I visited a few places so far on the blog hop after you told me about it! So thanks! I love all the projects I saw and I love the chicken in the first picture best and would make that first! Always need bag holders, pot holders and they make great gifts, so a few of those would be made! I would make a bread basket because my husband makes great rolls and the projects looks really cute to hold them say at Christmas time! I am pretty country so I see this book getting used a lot! So who knows maybe I might win!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Michelle Hon 28 Jul 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I always like to embroider towels for my kitchen….short, sweet, and I can swap them out seasonally if I want to! I like the bag holder…we have a really tacky (tapestry, not my style AT ALL!) one I hide….but now I can whip up a cute one and ‘lose’ the one I am currently stuck with! LOL

  18. Crystalon 29 Jul 2013 at 8:17 am

    I love to make placemats for my kitchen table. I love how you can change the vibe of the room with such a quick change. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Carolyn Howlandon 29 Jul 2013 at 8:57 am

    I love the teapot cozy also, I think that this idea could be adapted from other animals as well. The bag holders could be used in every room in my house. Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Ceciliaon 29 Jul 2013 at 11:43 am

    I really want to make the owl tea pot cozy for my dear friend. She loves owls and tea pots so it’s the perfect gift! I also love the the little house shaped toaster cover, too cute!

  21. Melissa Vinkon 29 Jul 2013 at 11:51 am

    I LOVE the owl teapot cozy!! I knit and crochet dishcloths. I also enjoy embroidering tea towels! Thanks for the chance!

  22. Joanon 29 Jul 2013 at 4:48 pm

    The book looks great!
    I love to embroider!

  23. Janiceon 30 Jul 2013 at 3:32 am

    Lots of cute project ideas in this book – thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Leeon 30 Jul 2013 at 4:01 am

    I would love making the owl teapot cozy for my college daughter… and the embroidery designs for the towels are great! I would love to use those and make a kitchen tablecloth! thank you.

  25. Sue Don 30 Jul 2013 at 11:51 am

    I would like to make the embroidered tea towels.

  26. Carmenon 31 Jul 2013 at 9:26 am

    I would love to stitch some handtowels – or maybe some reusable “paper” towels.

  27. Kellyon 03 Aug 2013 at 9:21 am

    Since I have recently started learning embroidery (which I must admit that I’m completely hooked on!!) I would love to do the embroidered napkins, think how sweet they would look on my country table with friends over for brunch! So of course I would have to make the fabric scone basket as well, and of course an apron to wear too!! The possibilities are endless!! I would thoroughly enjoy this book!!

  28. Evelynon 05 Aug 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I’ve made potholders and more recently aprons. Next on my list is to make dust covers for my countertop appliances.

  29. Leanne Clareon 16 Aug 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I haven’t embroidered in years! Did some dish towels back in the ‘70’s …. oh yeah – and jeans! with lots of curly cues and mushrooms and flowers! But from this book – I think that the first thing that I would make would be the plastic bag dispenser…probably at least 2! The plastic bags are taking over the cupboard under the sink! And escaping!

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