kidstonThis week our lovely Vintage Librarian Claire Pursglove is reviewing a craft book by famous designer Cath Kidston. But is it perhaps a bit too kitsch?

Make!
– Cath Kidston

Quadrille Publishing, £8.99

Just one in a range of titles by the ever-popular Kidston, this book offers up 48 different projects to help you adorn your favourite household and personal items with popular motifs.

The projects cover pretty much everything from tea towels and blankets to jumpers and bags, so you are you sure to have something that could be given a makeover. Each project is given a difficulty rating, and there is also a helpful ‘Techniques’ section which lists the tools you will need, plus basic stitches and embroidery techniques, so even a novice can get stuck in straight away.

The title Make!is a little misleading, as there is nothing in here which is made from scratch, but existing items are instead given the Cath Kidston touch. The 16 design templates that come with the book are also, in my opinion, more aimed at children.

Granted there are some cute flowers and stars, but I’m not convinced anyone over a certain age would want to be in possession of something that had racing cars/dogs/strawberries on. That said, if you’re a fan of kitsch or just a massive fan of Kidston then this book is worth a try.

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