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Crazy patchwork is all about adornment. Sewing irregularly shaped fabric swathes to a foundation fabric and embellishing them is a great way to use small fabric remnants left over from other projects. It may also serve as an excuse for purchasing a small amount of a luxury fabric too expensive for use in larger endeavors. All the patterns Barnden (Embroidery Basics: All You Need To Know To Start Stitching) offers are aimed at the self-taught, crazy patchwork beginner andmay be completed either by hand or bysewing machine. Following an introduction to materials and techniques, Barnden takes the reader step by step through a series of projects of increasing difficulty, from a simple potholder to a more complex teddy bear. Chapters on the stitches and fabrics used round out the book. One of the best introductions to crazy patchwork for the absolute beginner this reviewer has seen; highly recommended for public libraries.