On My Bookshelf: Sweetly Stitched Handmades (part 1)

Amy Sinibaldi's long awaited first book is now out, and after much anticipation I have finally received my copy. I am saying her 'first' book as I have no doubt it won't be her last!

Amy (of Nana Company fame) is one of the rock stars of my world. She is an incredibly talented designer and I find everything she makes truly inspiring. There are few craft books I own that have me itching to make every single project in them, and this is one of them (and the reason why there will be further installments to this post).

My first project from the book was the 'On The Spot Trivet'. I learned a new technique that I've never used before - using light weight interfacing to make easy applique shapes. So clever!

I paired linen and Liberty tana lawn for this 'trivet', which really is not a trivet technically as I didn't have any Insul-bright. And as if I would actually put pots on such a precious piece of work! Instead it is now hanging in my sewing room underneath the Liberty butterfly wall art I got from Sew Sweet Violet - a lovely corner of floral sweetness on my wall!

My second project from the book was a sweet set of ric-rac edged coasters. These were a thank you gift for my dear blogger friend Xanthe from Wife-made. The fabric I have used are Lighthearted by Ayumi Takahashi for Kokka.  They are so quick and easy to make and are perfect when you only have a little bit of time to whip up a charming present. I will definitely be making more.

My next project was the 'Home Sweet Home' embroidery. I use Pilot Frixion pens for tracing my embroideries - many moons ago I shared a tutorial on my technique here.

I had a spare square frame just the right size for this embroidery, so it now hangs in my daughter's room. It would make a charming hoop art or cushion centre also.

Just before I go, I wanted to let you know about an Instagram sew-along completely devoted to this book - hosted by @ohhowsweetco and @sameliasmum. There are six "rounds" in the sew along, each lasting two weeks (round 2 is finishing this weekend). There  are prizes, hand-picked by Amy, for the winner of each round and a grand prize at the end! If you love all things Nana Company come and join in on the fun!

I will be back for more projects from this sweet book soon - here's a peek at what I am making next!


  1. I am so lucky. You make such beautiful things and you've worked wonders with my patterns. I'll be looking out for your book next!! Thank you Sedef, for such a sweet post write up!! xoxo Amy

  2. The projects in this book seem lovely (I love your Liberty drops) ! And your embroidery is exquisite, well done ! (Sarah)


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