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Posted March 3, 2010
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The illustrations in this book are wonderful and I fell in love with the Christmas cookie designs immediately. Author and artist Karina Hittle gives us easy templates and great instructions. The only thing I wish were part of the book was the project pertaining to punch needle. If you have never done punch needle before (I haven't) you would be completely lost. I wanted to do the project but couldn't without using an outside source for basic punch needle instruction.
Other than that, I loved the book! It will be part of my craft library for years to come.
Posted November 8, 2007
I love to bake for the Holidays but with watching my weight, it has become a no-no. To satisfy my need to bake, I picked up CHRISTMAS WITH ARTFUL OFFERINGS instead. You can ¿bake up¿ a batch of cookies in no time with a bit of fabric, ribbon and thread. I loved the way this book was written. Each pattern starts out with a list of ¿ingredients¿ and goes on to pattern preparation. These terms make you think of baking rather than sewing and it is a cute way to write Christmas patterns. There is a color photo of the item before each set of instructions begins and each has a descriptive paragraph about the item. The instructions are clearly written with nicely done graphics to go along with them. I have not sent Christmas cards in a number of years because I feel it is a waste. I mean how many cards can one keep? The author has solved my problem on that score. Quilted Cookie Note Cards are a wonderful way to send cards again AND if you add a bit of ribbon for a hanger, they can become ornaments for the recipient¿s tree. Aprons are making a comeback and the Ginger Cookie Lined Apron is very easy to make. It is a full ¿bib¿ apron which is very nice for a hostess trying to get food on the table but yet wanting to be dress for the occasion. Ms. Hittle provides needle punch patterns as well as sewing patterns. Other patterns include a vase, place mats, napkins, stockings and a wall hanging. The book contains plenty of different items so you should find one for everyone on your Christmas list.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.