27 January, 2013

Vivebooks Celebrate Celtic Book review

A couple of weeks ago I saw a post on FB from Sewing Directory a great resource for us Europeans, lists of shops, sewing machine repairers, courses and probably links to anything else crafty that you need to find in UK.
Anyway, I digress, there was a post asking for book reviewers for a revamped Ebook site, Vivebooks

Rainbow Disks, who publish craft books on disc now have their ebooks available for instant download at vivebooks.com. There are ebooks from quilters Katharine Guerrier, Annette Morgan, Angela Madden, Mary Jenkins, and Madeleine Millington.

You know how much I love my Ebooks...infact I've lost one of my hard copy books and am now really annoyed that I didn't buy it in Ebook form instead, least then if I had lost it I could just go to my backup copy and get it back.

So, I emailed and Vivienne kindly asked which book I wanted to review.
I was tempted by a few of the scrap fabric books but in the end I chose Celebrate Celtic by Angela Madden

Angela is an accomplished author, textile designer,teacher and quilter. If you go to FOQ you may well have met her.

The purchasing process is incredibly easy and I liked the Paypal option, I can keep track on my spending if I use PP and it makes it so much easier than having to put debit card details in sites. You immediately get emailed a link and download your book.

Celebrate Celtic enables you to create your own Celtic baskets, hearts and stars. The instructions on how to make up the pattern are incredibly thorough with good photo's showing the process. Ebook patterns also mean you can increase or decrease the pattern size just by printing it to a larger or smaller percentage. What's not to love.

There are 12 different basket bases with 6 different handles, so lots of combinations or print one out to just make a runner or a centre block for a medallion quilt.
Especially suitable for Valentines the 5 heart patterns look doable. I didn't know you could do celtic work with a double needle.

The only project's I've done have involved bias binding and hand stitching it on, a long process. Going to give the double needle a try. I also want to infill some of the patterns with fabric, there's some great photo's of how to do this and how they can look.

My very favourite project is the star and the different textures some machine quilting (or hand quilting) can make to it. I'm printing out the pattern as we speak and my bias binding tool will be getting busy tomorrow.

The only downside I can see is that if you haven't ever done any Celtic work you might not understand how to stitch the unders and overs and there aren't any instructions
on transferring the pattern onto your fabric.

For anyone who has done any celtic work the patterns are very unusual and would be great as an applique quilt,mug rug or table runner.

So please go and check out Vivebooks and
to celebrate the launch of vivebooks.com, they are offering a special New Year Discount of 13% off any eboooks, providing you spend £20 minimum. Just enter promotional coupon VB132013 at Checkout to get the discount. Offer ends 1 Feb.

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  1. Ooh I shall take a look - thanks for the review. I read ebooks but I do still love 'the real thing':-)

  2. Glad you liked the book, it's great that you can now download their books too. I love that you can zoom in and see the detail on images, it makes it much easier to follow.

  3. not sure I understand what ebooks are, but I know Angela Maddens books are all very good, do have two of them, I really must stop buying so many books, maybe it could be a resolution for next year!

  4. I have very belatedly seen this Pippa! Sorry. Thanks for the great review. So glad you liked the ebook. You will have to try one of the latest titles that included video demos - a whole different ball game! Vivienne


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