Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner

Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner

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Carrie McBride
Apr 29, 2010

More than any other trend, DIY is what more and more parents are doing in the nursery to welcome their child - whether to save money or just add a personal touch. If you're handy with a needle and thread or would like to try, Handmade Beginnings, by mother of six, fabric designer, sewer and blogger (just for starters) Anna Maria Horner is filled with projects for your home and baby.

Readers of Anna Maria's blog know that her life isn't perfect (even though it sometimes looks it) - she works super hard, her kids surely have their cranky days and we're willing to bet not every sewing project works out exactly how she imagined. Not only does she have a deep appreciation for filling one's home with beautiful, handmade things she is an advocate of the process and the benefits it has especially for expectant mothers: "...this sewing, or nurturing, which is intended mostly for the baby or our home, perhaps benefits me more than any one in the family. Slow hand-stitching forces me off my tired feet and allows me to pay attention to the subtle bumps and squirms of the little one within...Using what brain power is still available to me while pregnant, I ponder the design of a nursery quilt which gives me less time to ponder those natural fears and doubts that come with motherhood."

So what's in Handmade Beginnings? It's organized into four sections: Mama Sewing (maternity wear, slippers, than you notebook, etc.), Baby Sewing (clothing, sleep sack, booties, etc.), Family Sewing (family portrait tree, quilt, swaddle and doll, etc.) and Nest Sewing (nap pillow, crib quilt, stuffed hen and chicks, etc.). Each section begins with the simplest project for new or inexperienced sewers to try and works up to more complex projects.

You can find Handmade Beginnings at your favorite bookshop or online. Even if you don't sew, Anna Maria's blog is a sure treat (she talks about the book in her latest entry).

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