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The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort [Hardcover]

EllynAnne Geisel
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Sept. 1 2006
Aprons are back! After more than 30 years in the attic, aprons are making a splashy comeback in a happy convergence of nostalgia, pop culture, and contemporary fashion.

Vintage aprons and modern designs are turning up in movies, magazine spreads, upscale shops, and hip retail venues like Anthropologie, whose trendy line of aprons is selling as fast as they can stock them. The Apron Book is an infectiously enthusiastic guide to aprons, old and new, that are suddenly everywhere. 

Aprons take us back to our favorite place-hearth and home. Vintage aprons help us remember home and family the way they used to be, while bright and sassy contemporary aprons confirm that nesting is all the rage. Actress and trendsetter Julia Roberts has a closetful of vintage aprons. Celebrity custom-made apron auctions have become an annual event for several popular charities in the past few years.

The Apron Book provides full-color photos of new and vintage aprons from the author's collection, patterns for four basic apron styles and myriad variations, recipes, tips on collecting and preserving vintage aprons, and heart-tugging stories from the author's traveling apron exhibit. The book also explores the heyday of aprons and looks at the various roles aprons still play when worn in the kitchen, around the house, by the backyard grill, on the job, and for special occasions.

Warm and inviting-but like an apron quite practical!-this book is a celebration of a great American icon and reminds us of what we loved about the people who wore them.

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About the Author

EllynAnne Geisel, who lives at Pueblo, CO, is the author of The Apron Book and the creator of Apron Chronicles, the traveling exhibit. Her apron designs have appeared in Vogue and have been worn by Bree in Desperate Housewives. She's been a guest on both NPR's All Things Considered and CBS News' Sunday Morning. She continues to make nationwide appearances to promote her books and exhibit.

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HOW DID aprons go from being an indispensable part of a woman's workaday wardrobe to an American icon to a sweet scrap of collectible nostalgia to one of the hottest sew-crafting trends going? Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely March 12 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Apron book was exactly what I was looking for with the history about aprons. It also encluded a pattern for making aprons which I will use over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasury of aprons Feb. 7 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a sort of reverence for aprons with some apron stories, and pictures of vintage aprons. The author has collected aprons and has some gems. Some design patterns are given though this is not the main aim (but loads of ideas). I love the book and the old pattern envelopes and even found one old McCall pattern online. I think you can make it up as you go if you have some experience sewing. It would be worth it as some designs are truly exquisite. Years ago our sewing group was asked to take young people under our wing to get them interested in sewing, and this may be a good way. (No tailoring!)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great History and Memorabilia, but short on actual patterns March 12 2009
By J. Grufman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was on the verge of purchasing this book, but at the last minute headed off to the library to take a look at it. What I found was a book filled with memories and anecdotes shared by various people involving aprons (mom's, grandma's or otherwise). There are beautiful pictures of many vintage aprons with lots of history. Also included are 3 simple patterns and directions for a "Waist Apron", a "Basic Bib Apron," and a "Smock Apron," with ideas for varying the pockets. Don't misunderstand, plenty of ideas can be gleaned from the pictures of aprons on display, but the book is limited in pattern styles - and that's what I was after. I've got plenty of cookbooks, so for me the recipes were wasted space. If you are looking for a book of reminisces and vintage images, this book will serve you well. However, if you are after a large variety of patterns to begin with, the Apron Book falls short.
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars apron lover Oct. 15 2006
By earnest reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I loved the colorful mix of worn aprons in my mother's kitchen drawer and I'd give anything to have one wrapped around my waist right now. Unfortunately, those aprons are long gone, but as I hoped, THE APRON BOOK brings me right back to the wonderful memories I associate with the aprons of my childhood.

As the author suggests, this book IS like an apron, simple yet beautiful, nostalgic yet useful. The gorgeous photos of vintage and contemporary aprons make you want to get our your machine and start sewing. The instructions are clear and the book inspires you to be creative and original.

This book is not just a stroll down apron memory lane. It's a warm and charming invitation to bring aprons back to our everyday lives. I will give this book as a gift many times over....with a homemade apron, of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of Grandmas and Aprons Oct. 22 2006
By Judith Paley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When my friend EllynAnne asked me if I had an apron story, the memories came flooding back. Grandma in pearls and stockings with a brightly colored hand-sewn apron over her dress, my mom with that same apron tied over her work clothes at the end of the day, and finally me--you guessed it, in Grandma's apron--cooking away in junior high home economics class.

How pleased I am now to read The Apron Book, and I'm here to tell you it sounds just like EllynAnne in person. She's taken her "girl-raised-in-the-south" voice to these wonderful apron memories, a rich mixture of gentility, tradition, and folksy humor, with her own finely tuned ability to tell a story. I only wish I could serve my teenaged son and his friends bottled sodas swathed in tiny aprons. Check out the picture, it's a hoot! Please oh please publish the pattern for those.

And how especially honored I am to see my family heirloom apron, unfortunately now too worn to wear, featured in this handsome volume. EllynAnne has elevated our everyday aprons out of the kitchen or backyard barbeque pit into an American icon.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife loves this book Jan. 18 2007
By James L. Newcomb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I purchased the Apron Book for my wife as a Christmas present. She & my daughter have been doing a 'home based' business and part of that is my wife making aprons. She really enjoyed the book and has made some real great aprons from the patterns she found. Thanks for a great book that really engages the reader. It is neat to see the fun projects my wife and daughter share.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort Oct. 15 2006
By Susan A. Isner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My copy of "The Apron Book" just arrived. I could hardly wait to sit down with a cup of coffee and get lost in an era that seems so long ago, but so close to heart. Earlier in the year, I attend "The Apron Chronicles" a traveling exhibit of aprons and their stories, told by EllynAnne herself! The exhibit was amazing! Aprons do have a voice and they're heard throughout the pages of "The Apron Book". In "The Apron Book" Geisel has done an extraordinary job bringing the aprons to life. Each apron pictured has a heartwarming story filled with love that only an apron could tell. They come to life and it is as if you're there. The tidbits of info scattered throughout the book from what to do about over salted soup to the perfect pocket placement on an apron are a delight. I can't sew a stitch but I've read every pattern in the book! Thanks EllynAnne
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