My friend purchased this book and brought it over to me for a peek - even though she's only a few blocks away, I put this on my wish list so I can have my own copy :)
I've sewn for a long time so I didn't study the actual instructions provided. I was mainly interested in what kind of projects were presented, and whether they appeared to be simple enough for the average everyday sewist - i.e. - me :) I didn't see anything that made me think ... hmmmmmm "I" couldn't do THAT! I did see a few that had me antsy to try learning a new technique (the Zip Organizer with it's new-to-me zipper installation, and the Sugar Cookie Sack with it's felt cookies) and one project (the House Pouch) that made me run to my email to tell my friend that we have to get together to make one PRONTO, lol. The Elephant Bookmarks are REALLY creative, and the linen bags are seriously cute.
Most of the projects are made with linen and other fabrics and embellishments - very simple and elegant, and could easily be personalized with your own favourite techniques (i.e. crochet, cross-stitch, lace, stamping, weaving etc.). Most, if not all, would make lovely gifts for friends and family. The projects are well photographed - that's always a big help for people who are visual crafters :) Most of projects require only basic supplies, although the Messenger Bag does need some specific hardware that might not be in everybody's sewing basket. Some of the patterns need to be enlarged, which can be a problem if you don't have easy access to a photocopier or copy store.
This is the kind of book I like - full of photographs and pretty new-to-me designs that would be fairly simple and fun to make, and for which I wouldn't have to spend an arm and a leg on supplies. Now - where did I put my stash of linen and rick rack? :)