Creative Parchment Cards: Incorporating Siesta Grids by Patricia Wing

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Creative Parchment Cards: Incorporating Siesta Grids by Patricia Wing

Category: Crafts
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: You'll need a little experience to tackle these projects but they're worth time and patience. The designs are romantic, nostalgic and delightfully fresh to the eye. Recommended.
Buy? yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 50 Date: August 2011
Publisher: Stoke Gallery
ISBN: 978-0956951700

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Here at Bookbag we've long admired Patricia Wing's ability not just to produce beautiful hand-made cards but to guide us through the process of making them. We've seen her regularly in Crafts Beautiful magazine, so we know that she's a name that you can rely on. Equally reassuring is the fact that she came to card making in middle age – giving hope to anyone who feels that they have left it too late to learn a new craft. We know that we're in a safe – and very creative – pair of hands.

Creative Parchment Cards is a delight – even if you're not a card maker. It's beautifully presented: you want to look through it and then it's a case of what you're going to tackle first. The designs all have a romantic feel about them – it's nostalgia at its best – and you're going to delight anyone who receives one of these cards. Personally my difficulty would be the fact that I would want to keep them for myself!

The designs in the book use Siesta Grids. You'll find full details, including pictures of the grids in the book but if you're curious you'll find information here. Once you start thinking about it the possibilities which they throw up are endless! Pat Wing gives instructions on how to use the grids – which are so simple that you'll just want to get started. You'll also find details of the tolls which you'll require and templates are there to copy. Instructions for the individual projects are clear although it's not necessarily where I would start as a complete beginner.

The designs themselves are beautiful. The Victorian cards at the beginning of the book evoke a real feeling for the period. The embossed creation in pale green and white with ribbon and beads looks almost as though it's made from Broderie Anglaise. It will take time and it will take patience – but it's worth it. The smaller projects deliver delightful cards which will be treasured. My favourite projects are In the Style of Wedgwood and many of them have been inspired by Pat's own Wedgwood collection. They're absolutely timeless.

The Fans took me back to my time as a lace maker, with some of the designs giving familiar results. Lacy Cards and particularly Peaches and Cream give a slightly more modern feel and with bookmarks and hanging cards there's sure to be something to appeal to most tastes. In total there are twenty six designs and much to keep you delightfully occupied for some time.

I'd like to thank the publishers, Stoke Gallery, for sending a copy to the Bookbag.

For more paper cards we can recommend Handmade Paper Pierced Cards also by Patricia Wing.

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