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book review: gooseberry patch stitching for the kitchen

Stitching for the Kitchen


We've had Gooseberry Patch books at my house since I can remember. In fact, some of our favorite holiday recipes have come from their cookbooks! But the truth is, I didn't spend too much time looking at their books (probably because I think of them as being too "country") until recently when I spotted one of their embroidery books at JoAnn. Seeing that book changed my mind. Shortly after my new interest in Gooseberry Patch craft books arose, I got an email asking if I'd like to be part of a blog tour for their latest title...and here we are!

Stitching for the Kitchen
Stitching for the Kitchen

Stitching for the Kitchen is a collection of projects that are focused on the kitchen and food. So good! There are things to make using sewing, embroidery, quilting, crochet and more. And they have clear instructions in their charming illustrated style. (The stitches shown above are a drawing, not a photo!) While this book has a cute, country feeling, it's also fresh, modern, and fun. I really do think that the Gooseberry Patch folks have found a way to span several generations with this.

Stitching for the Kitchen
Stitching for the Kitchen
Stitching for the Kitchen

I like that Stitching for the Kitchen's projects have a classic feeling with a contemporary touch. I also like that there are items in here that are perfect for gifts. Instead of just giving a new bride a 9x13 pan, why not make a carrier for it too? Or how about welcoming a new neighbor with some warm bread in a sectioned basket?

Stitching for the Kitchen

And though I don't crochet much (it's been a couple years since I picked up the hook), this rag rug and the charm of the edged napkins you can peek at really make me want to get back to crochet.

Stitching for the Kitchen
Stitching for the Kitchen

Of course, I wanted the first thing I made to be an embroidery project, and I chose a tea cup tea towel. My towel is an Aunt Martha's towel (purchased here), but the stripes run along the long edges instead of the short end. That meant that positioning the embroidery in the standard tea towel location would have meant hiding the stripes. That's no fun!

So, I turned my towel sideways and will fold it to be wider and shorter than usual. Hey...being different is okay!

If you're looking for some new things to create for your kitchen (or for a friend or neighbor!), be sure to check out Stitching for the Kitchen. You'll also want to check out all of the other blogs that are part of the blog tour! You'll find more sample projects (including instructions for making a mug cozy), reviews and giveaways too!

8 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE the owl tea cozy. My MIL drinks tea so she would like that I'm sure. Your towel is already looking super cute. This book is surely one I will need to have in my house. I love giving gifts for the kitchen during the holidays so it looks just perfect.

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  2. this is lovely and seems like my ideal kind of book! i'd never heard of it before so thanks for posting about it!! such a coincidence, i'm actually part way through a crochet rug right now and I'll be blogging about it super soon!!

    fenn

    freckledfennell.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I can't believe Amazon has this and ONE person with a low rating for it. I will have to order it and FIX that. I adore the toaster cozy that looks like a house, and the embroidery thing and much more. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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  4. I love the owl cosy so much!! There's some gorgeous little projects in here by the looks of it =) and lots of new blogs to visit too.. that'y my Sunday afternoon gone! x

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  5. Wow, I would really love this book! Kind of goes along with my blog http://www.intheboondocks.blogspot.com. Ps Love your tea towel!

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  6. Cute! Started working on my own crocheted rag rug but got tennis elbow, aka crochet elbow, and had to stop :( As soon as it heals, I am back on it again! And I love embroidered kitchen towels. I have too many to count!

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  7. my daughter would love the owl tea cozy

    lovely tea towel

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  8. Honestly, I saw the cover online and would have probably have passed this book right by! But I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for it at the local bookstore now, thanks for the great review :) Your teacup is so cute!

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