What in the Sam Hill are you doing Interweave Press? I am finally lured to purchase your sewing publication for almost US$15 based on the tempting cover project to find the contents are incomplete. I have to go to a website and download patterns and templates for the projects!?! Individually? And log in?
If you're going to offer patterns, INCLUDE THE PATTERNS!
Or give those of us who buy or subscribe the option to get all the files in one download. (But I really *want* paper patterns without the angst and frustration of having to print them at the correct scale. Please?) You do include a pattern insert. It isn't a complete pattern insert.
It feels like I've been duped.
* Time Traveler: Take a tour through the decades with these eight projects.
* Renaissance Woman: Define your style with these six projects that give you a cultural.
* Modern Fairy Tales: Create a bit of wonder with these four once-upon-a-time projects.
* Global Journeys: Stitch your way around the world with seven internationally-inspired projects.
* Call of the Wild: Get in touch with your wild side with these seven projects.
Does this book have clear illustrations or photographs?
Yes, but only the instructions. Most of the pattern parts aren't even included with the magazine. You must download them. And isn't the point of buying a magazine to have all the pattern pieces in one publication? Really. C'mon Interweave!
The basics are well illustrated -- and include information on embroidery basics -- as are the instructions on hand smocking.
And, since it's Interweave, consumers are lured in by the beauty shots. I mean, that polka dot travel bag is to die for! Kick yourself. Interweave Knits has those same beautifully styled photos. It's eye candy. Purty, purty eye candy.
Would you recommend this book as a MUST HAVE?
NO. If you don't find something you absolutely MUST HAVE, forget it. Save the pennies toward a pattern or a magazine/book with EVERYTHING INCLUDED.
I do really love a lot of these projects, which was the whole reason I bought it. And I forgot about previous tempting issues ... the needing to download elsewhere and limited garment sizing. Sigh.
If you joined one of the other Interweave sites, your password is valid for Interweave Stitch/Sew Daily.
ETA: Corrected publication date. Didn't mention that one of the patterns is a minimally altered version of a bag one can find easily for free online. This elicited a big "huhn?" from me.