I'm back from Houston after a round of scans and doctor appointments at MD Anderson (you can read more about my story); fortunately I've returned with good news tho I have to go back in three months to do it all again. In the midst of appointments, we found ourselves with a sizable chunk of time and I had to get some retail therapy! We headed north (I think?) to Ikea and I scored some absolutely beautiful draperies (Henny Rand), a new ironing board cover that didn't fit AND this beautiful new book, Love of Textiles for only $10! The book is filled with sumptuous photography imploring mostly Ikea fabrics in the most inspiring ways. There are some DIY to close out each chapter; most do not require machine sewing...easy peasy.
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From the Ikea website:
This is not a book to read. It's a book to touch, to browse, to be inspired by and enthused about. Because textiles aren't about sharp scissors and awkward sewing machines. They're about creative desire. So stop reading and step inside our textile world.
I've poured through the pictures and text every night before bed and it has been such a nice getaway mentally after a busy and stressful few days. Unfortunately, the book appears to be only available in store; I'm not sure why Ikea has never got into the whole online biz but perhaps you can bribe a friend that lives near one to pick you up a copy...at $10 bucks you can offer to buy them one too!