In 2016, Mary Jane Baxter did what many people dream of: she quit her job at the BBC, rented out her flat and headed for the hills. Her home for the next few months was an upcycled 1986 Bedford Bambi campervan with a top speed of 60mph. She raided skips for vintage wallpaper and scoured second-hand emporiums to source stylish vintage accessories, creating her own travelling craft studio, packed with everything necessary for crafting on the road.
She then set off around Europe searching for inspiration, travelling from Belgium right down to the Cinque Terre in Italy then around France and up to Scotland. Armed with her trusty hand-cranked Singer, she spent a summer sewing on the go, foraging in flea markets, meeting artists and hosting pop-up events to help fund her trip. Like creatives the world over she decided to see where her travels would lead her and returned with a head full of new projects.
Fortunately, there s no need for you to give up your job, wave goodbye to your family and rent out your house in order to re-ignite your own creativity; Mary Jane has done all the hard work for you. Sew on the Go is her guide to carving out more creative space in your life. From decorating your own budget-conscious bolthole to achievable projects including clothes and fashion accessories, beautiful gift ideas and child-friendly makes, this book is the ideal companion for those who dream of devoting more time to their craft.
I love how this book is set out as a travel memoir that shares everything, when travelling alone you are going to have good and bad days and here we see Mary’s experience in all this. I haven’t really read any book like this book and I certainly will in the future, Mary gives a lot of information and advice if you were to take off on an adventure of your own. Mary goes off on her travels in her little van and shows us how to make do and mend with pretty much anything she can get her hands on. Also I liked the step by step crafts she demonstrates I even feel as though I could make some of the things she has made. There is all different types to choose from too, I just love how the book is laid out, it will really inspire people to get crafting. If you need inspiration or you want to learn to do crafts, I would highly recommend reading this book.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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