Make Your Own Misfits by Fumie Kamijo and Rosie Short. CICO Books, $19.95, 2010; cicobooks.com
Sometimes I take crafting a little too seriously. I grumble at uneven seams, curse under my breath as I rip out knit stitches, and once or twice there has even been a few tears when something didn’t go as planned. Fumie Kumijo and Rosie Short have created a wonderful reminder to keep the joy in what you do with their wonderful new book, Make Your Own Misfits. Full of bizarre and charming creatures made from scraps and odds and ends and quite a bit of imagination, it’s a sewing book you should turn to on rainy days and down-in-the-dumps afternoons. I love the rollicking illustrations that form the instructions, and each creature has a fun backstory, from Monty the Giraffe’s bad snooping habit to the math genius of Ludovic the Koala. Once you’ve made a few misfits from the book, I can guarantee you’ll start seeing them in every tattered sweatshirt and odd sock you own.
Today’s CRAFT Pattern Podcast features a pattern excerpt from the book. Freddie the Mouse has a dashing Gallic air and a jaunty neckerchief! (We’re also going to be giving away a copy of the book, so be sure to enter the contest by commenting; details are below.)
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Book Giveaway Time!
One lucky CRAFT reader will receive a copy of the book. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. The lucky winner will be announced later on the site. Good luck!