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Showing posts with label Simply Handmade Sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Simply Handmade Sewing. Show all posts

Thursday, June 21, 2012

hand sewing and Bead trends Magazine Review

I was fortunate enough to receive "Simply handmade sewing" and" Bead trends" from Northridge Publishing . 
 Robin Coin Purse by Rebecca Harkin 

You know I loved the change purse on the cover of "handmade sewing"....tell me it isn't way too much fun...see you can't do it can you!  LOL  These little magazines...literally smallish...8in x 8 in...are perfect for the modern sewists and others who are need to be enticed into fun sewing and beading projects.  

"handmade sewing" featured a linen zipper pouch by Jessie Keating .  Talk about serendipitous timing...I just published a tutorial on English Paper Pieced Hexagons. 
For all of you who were asking what else can be done with is another very fetching zippered pouch.  The magazine has beautiful photos that coordinate with their written instructions.  Templates are also included. 
See how nice the photos are?  Each project featured in handmade sewing have photos like these and wonderful written instructions as well...oh and templates too!

There are lots of projects that re-purpose or up-cycle which is very enticing for me!  I'm all about re-using and re-purposing.  Some of the featured-fun includes hand embroidery, applique, and wool felt.  I think there is something that would appeal to all age groups in this great issue.

I also enjoyed reviewing "Bead trends."  Below is a photo of one of the projects that grabbed my attention.

 "Flight of Fancy Mixed Media Kaleidoscope" by Amanda Squire

Amanda used found items and a copper pipe to make this beautiful kaleidoscope.  I just love fun!  You can see me sitting and looking through that can't you? is right up my alley.  I can see my boys carrying one in their pockets too....just in case they run across something fun to gaze at through the kaleidoscope.

This issue of "Bead trend" features many different styles of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and hair embellishments.  Each has written instructions next to the photo of the project.  The featured article is "Jewel School" which includes photos and instructions.  

These are the only two magazines I've looked at from Northridge Publishing but they carry so many more.  Weather you are into sewing, beading, scrapbooks, card making, or cooking....there is a magazine

Just for the record....I was not paid to write this review.  I did receive the magazines for free and I'll be giving them to one very lucky IHAN blog follower :)  Just leave a comment on this post telling me why these magazines appeal to you and you could be the lucky recipient.  I'll draw a random winner ....oh say...sometime this weekend.

If you would like to subscribe to any of the Northridge Magazines....I have it on good authority that if you mention this IHAN blog post you'll receive a 30% discount!    Just e-mail Debbie at   I think that is very generous, don't you?


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