Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!

Cloth91096J Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!I had the treat of getting an advanced copy of the book Cloth by Cassandra Ellis. I am in love with it’s gorgeous photos and simple beauty of the projects.

Please read below for a review and make a comment as to what is your favorite textile to use or maybe one that you’ve always wanted to make something out of. One lucky winner will be picked to win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis.

Plus, stay tuned to the Sew News blog for a Meet the Designer interview next week with Cassandra Ellis and get another try at winning this book.

Cassandra Ellis is a designer and maker of high-end quilts and home wares. Originally from New Zealand, she now runs her own design studio where she teaches contemporary craft and interiors workshops.

This is a beautiful book. Not an ordinary DIY, craft/home dec book with spare, white back drop photos and cheeky text. Cloth is lush with rich, dreamy photos by Catherine Gratwicke and intelligent, thoughtful text (how may craft books open with a poem by Yeats?) It was a visual pleasure to look through the book. And, easy to image that I could and more importantly, would make the projects Ellis offers. Cloth is broken down in five sections: Cotton, Wool, Silk, Hide and Linen. There is a brief introduction to each textile followed by a short history, making this book part textbook, but in no way written in a dry, dull manner. Ellis tell the reader of the individual textiles production, current and past uses and as in the case of silk the different types. Of which there are many.

The projects are all relatively easy, from bags, to oven mitts, sachets, pillows, aprons, bedding and more. Many of the projects focus on reclaimed, vintage or thrifted fabric and textiles. But, all the projects would work well with modern fabric with clean, bold lines.  Patterns are included in the book and the instructions are written in a clear and uncluttered tone. Measurements (for the advanced copy) are in metric. Each project ends with “Design Thoughts” with tips, ideas and ways to further embellish the project.

Also included is a helpful dye and tool kit section. Listing items needed to make the projects as well as equipment needed to dye textiles.

The sections are layout according to fabric type


Screen Shot 2 Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!The section on cotton has eight projects. Tote bag, gauze tent, rug, apron, Furoshiki a Japanese carrying device, chair cushion, pillow, bedding and small purses.


Screen Shot 3 copy Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!Projects include hand dyed guaze panel, overnight bag, wool blanket pillows, pet bed, a pouffe (not a chair, not a cushion but a pouf!) and oven mitts.


Screen Shot21 Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!The lovely silk projects include the following: silk wheat bags, sachets, kimono silk quilt, sari curtains, tea stained drawstring bags, and a shawl.

Hidecloth leather screen shot  Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!The Hide section is particularly nice bringing attention to working with leather and sheepskin. There are five projects here; a journal, 3 bags, and a covered ottoman.

LinenScreen Shot 4 Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!Headboard or curtain panel, hand dyed cushions, slippers, duvet cover and pillowcases, Hemp napkins, and how to reupholster chairs.

All the projects in the book make the most of the textile being highlighted. The instructions are easy to follow and there is a wonderful resource guide that contains links and addresses to further research textiles, antique fabrics and sources to find extraordinary fabrics to use for your own projects.

Cloth would be a welcome addition to any sewing or home decor library. If you would like to be entered to win a copy of Cloth please make a comment on what your favorite textile to work with is. One winner will be picked and announced next Friday.

Good Luck!

Cloth by Cassandra  Ellis  – Published by Abrams | STC Craft – A Melanie Falick Book

ISBN  – 978-1-61769-109-6

And, last week’s winners of the Cuddle Fabric Kit giveaway are Sandi G and Sue C. I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to get your prize!



 Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!

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121 Responses to Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!

  1. Marilyn Oliver says:

    I started sewing for my 4 daughters and 2 sons using ‘flour sack’ material. So happy when I could afford cotton, although it wrinkled badly, and always had to iron their dresses and shirts. The cottons today are a dream to work with. Now I have 15 grandkids and 18 great-grandkids and teaching any of them to sew is a pure pleasure. Thank you for the giveaway

  2. Janie says:

    I love cottons. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Michele says:

    I love wool, the way thread glides through, the feel,the smell, the texture and the evocative memories imbued in the cloth.

  4. LINEN
    crafts – embroider – skirts

  5. Debbie says:

    I like sewing with cottons and cotton blends.

  6. Cynthia says:

    Cotton…best for quilting

  7. Carrie Cunningham says:

    I love working with cottons, linens and silks! The thought of making a kimono silk quilt is quite interesting!

  8. Lynn B says:

    Biggest Blooper – using the wrong fabric and the jacket was too limp. I didn’t even interface the fabric! Total sewing newbie at the time.
    I’ve had the joy of taking Anne St. Clair’s bra classes in person. She is a great teacher and her bras really fit! She is great!

  9. BonniePat says:

    Cotton and natural fabrics have always been my favorite material to sew because I personally like the way it feels to your bare skin. I also love to sew leather because I enjoy making pillows, vests, and jackets out of this God given “fabric”.

  10. I love mixing silks and brocade fabrics! I’m so drawn to the unusual contrasting textures, patterns and colors.

  11. AZ Barbara says:

    I love working with linen and have been using it for many more projects lately – including European inspired linen bath towels.

  12. Dottie Van Norman says:

    I enjoy working with different types of fabric. They are all different to sew work with.

  13. Dorothy Van Norman says:

    I enjoy working with different types of fabric. They are all different to sew work with.

  14. Cecilia says:

    I love all fabrics, especially vintage!!

  15. Meg S says:

    Though I sew mostly with cotton, I have thoroughly enjoyed the outcome of 100% linen on my mature figure; it carries a garment beautifully. (but the wrinkles!) I am looking forward to sewing with cotton twills.

  16. Stephanie Brechbiel says:

    I usually am working with cotton – quilting or clothes, but love to work with silks and linens and wools :)

  17. Joan says:

    No-iron cotton and silk blend fabric

  18. WyoDi says:


  19. Vickie Morden says:

    I love cotton. It’s always cool and comfortable.

  20. Hanizah Johar Ariffin says:

    I love cotton and always love cottòn…

  21. I love to sew cotton and natural fabrics. I make quilts and things for the grandkids.