cover image Pillows, Curtains, and Shades: Step by Step

Pillows, Curtains, and Shades: Step by Step

Danielle Dudd, Bevelee Jay Regan, and Mia Pejcinovic, photos by Dorling Kindersley. DK, $15.95 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-4654-5575-8

Aimed at experienced sewers, this painstaking guidebook encourages readers to save money by tackling decorating projects, providing clear and complete steps along with details photographs for 25 domestic projects. The book first describes the sewing machine and serger, followed by discussions of fabrics and how to use them. The authors list a few machine and hand stitches and explain how to distinguish them. Projects begin with pillows: envelope, zippered, beanbag, and piped pouf pillows are among a dozen possibilities. Curtain projects cover cased-heading and tab-top, plus tiebacks. Shades go from London to Roman to roller, and bedding projects include a bedspread and a runner. Most exceptional throughout are the fabrics, whose colors (oranges and blues and cherry) and patterns (damselflies and pom-poms) demand attention. The book concludes with a chapter entitled “Putting It All Together” that covers decorating small spaces, creating light and airy spaces, and applying finishing touches. Color photos. [em](Mar.) [/em]