Author(s): Christina Strutt
Make your home a haven, a unique place that expresses your own personality through the objects you choose to create. In a world where so much is mass-produced, disposable and endlessly replaceable, "Romantic Home Sewing" gives an alternative approach. It shows you step-by-step how you can create beautifully crafted, home-sewn projects that will last, and that will give your home a charm that modern equivalents just can't provide. Created by Christina Strutt, whose fabric company Cabbages & Roses creates vintage-style fabrics and accessories, "Home Made" shows you how to create over 40 step-by-step projects to decorate every room in your house from the kitchen to the bedroom to the garden room, as well as plenty of ideas for the perfect gift. Use old fabrics found in flea markets, or re-use a much-loved dress or curtain fabric - too worn for its original purpose but ideal for making a lavender-scented heart or patchwork throw for the bedroom. Alternatively, you can select from the great range of new 'vintage' fabrics that are now available, echoing the classic prints from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
Christina has made the projects using a certain style of fabric but is at pains to point out that part of the beauty of handmade items is that you can make your own selection of fabrics to create unique pieces. Key selling points: Following in the footsteps of knitting and crochet, sewing is the new must-do craft. It reflects the growing reaction against the mass-produced, and a desire to look back to simpler times. The author runs successful fabric company with two outlets in London and now has several stockists in the US. All her fabrics are available by mail order. Publicity: Major features in "You Magazine", "Country Living", "Homes and Gardens", and "Essentials and Prima".
Married with two children, Christina Strutt worked as a stylist for UK Vogue for many years before embarking on a freelance career, working for Victoria and other glossy magazines. She lives near Bath in England, and runs CABBAGES & ROSES, a fabric company which specializes in historic rural-printed fabrics for fashion, accessories and interiors. Stocked in California, Dallas, Sag Harbor and Illinois, Cabbages & Roses now has two outlets in London, and the products are available worldwide through the Internet. Christina has many US and Japanese customers, in particular. Her first book, Vintage Chic (2003), was sold in the UK, USA, Canada and Germany. Vintage Crafts (2003) has been sold in the UK, USA, Canada, France and Sweden.