review and giveaway: stitching for the kitchen

I’ve got such a cute book to share with you today! It’s Gooseberry Patch’s latest: Stitching for the Kitchen; 30 easy sewing, patchwork and embroidery projects for the heart of your home. It’s published by Sixth&Spring Books, New York, and it is truly adorable.


There are two parts to this book. The first is ‘Let’s Get Stitching’, and features all 30 projects in the book. Part two is ‘Tips and Techniques’, and has all sorts of useful information like embroidery techniques, measurement conversion charts and more.

The projects and patterns in this book are very diverse, and make this a great book to gift to a crafty relative or friend!






The projects don’t come with skill levels; they’re suited for everyone. Most sewing patterns have pattern sheets available, which are at the back of the book in a little folder; and they’re full size! So no need to resize everything.

The instructions are clear and well written, and are livened up by super cute illustrations of pies and cookies. Pies and cookies people!

There are a couple of crochet projects in the book, like a cute rag rug made from fabric scraps. The book has a couple of pages with crochet stitch explanations, featuring illustrations that I think most people will understand. They use US terms and abbreviations for the stitches.



But my absolute favorite feature of of this book? It’s spiral bound, meaning it lays totally flat when it’s opened! More publishers should do this; it’s such a good feature!

This book retails for $17.71 (on Amazon here) and I think it’s a great gift to give. It’s a versatile book and although some projects aren’t for everyone, there are enough projects in there to make you happy :)


You can win a copy of this book, too! Just leave a comment here saying what projects you like best (sewing, embroidery, patchwork, crochet, knitting, other). I’ll pick a winner next week! :)


This review was part of a book blog tour. Here are all the blogs on the tour:

July 22
Gooseberry Patch

July 23
Momma Young At Home
Craft Gossip

July 24
Glued to My Crafts
Green Eyed Momma

July 25
Sew Serendipity

July 26
Smashed Peas and Carrots
Marsha’s Spot

July 27
Wild Olive
Only From Scratch

July 28
Pam Kitty Morning
Blue Nickel Studios

July 29
Old House Homestead
Susie QT Pies Cafe
Prairie Flower Farm

July 30
The Crafty Princess Diaries
Gramma’s in the Kitchen
Two Maids A Milking

August 1
Vicki O’Dell
Homesteader’s Heart

August 2
A Creative Being
Delightful Country Cookin

ps This book was provided to me for review by the publisher, and I didn’t receive any financial compensation for this review. Opinions stated are my own and I fully stand by them.

Photos of Stitching for the Kitchen published by Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing, LLC. Book photography by Jack Deutsch, copyright © 2013 by Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

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  1. I love crochet but the “bag” where you can keep all your sewing stuff (including machine)is wonderful!! Thanks for share it!!!

  2. I love crocheting and that doily table runner is to die for!!

  3. crocheting is my first interest but I am always willing to try other types of projects also!

  4. Love it! You know I love to crochet but I also still have a sewingmachine thats gathering dust… I would love to try some of the projects in the book!

  5. I love knitting and sewing, and the retromstyle. So I’d love to make the pinafore om the front page of the boo!

  6. I love to crochet, but sewing would be a close second.. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. I would love to sew the aprons for my daughter and I but I love the crochet and embroidery also. What a great book! Thans for the giveaway..

  8. A bit of all kinds of crafty goodness! I love to crochet, and the rag rug looks so bright and happy making.

  9. I have been working on embroidery items for the past few months-my mother gave me dresser scarfs, tableclothes and pillowcases that she bought many years ago and never finished. I also have some pillowcases that my grandmother did’t finish to work on. Thank-you.

  10. I love all craft but crocheting is my passion. I learned since I was 4 years old and still enjoying it.

  11. It looks enchanting :) Right now I’m in crochet mode , but with fall nearing that looks like a great read for a new creation.

  12. Crochet! But that apron is cute!!

  13. cute projects. I love quilting and now am doing more crochet. thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Nice! I like the crochet most, but also think about buying a sewing machine!

  15. My favourite changes so often, i do love costume making but since i bought a new machine months ago i’ve not plucked the courage to learn to use it so at the moment it’s crocheting as I’m curating a giant communal steampunk travelling yarnbomb (it of a mouthful eh?)

  16. Wow, what a lovely book.
    My main craft is crochet, i just love making small little projects.
    José Heijboer

  17. I love sewing and also knitting in this order

  18. I love crochet. I do pretty much any craft. I just got my sewing machine all cleaned up so ready to start sewing again.

  19. What a lovely book. I enjoy lots of different crafts, but my favourites are embroidery and crochet. Blessings Lesley

  20. Oh, this book looks delightful! Each photo you showed in your review gave me a new idea of someone who would LOVE being gifted with that project! Typically, I would say the crocheted or knitted items are my favorites; however, all of the items are way too cute to eliminate. Okay, you really NEED an answer? Here are my favorites, in no particular order: knit, crochet, sewing, embroidery.
    I’m sorry I cannot be more decisive, but they are all so luscious I can’t elminate any of them!

  21. The book looks beautiful – I would love to see the crochet projects! Thank you!

  22. The little rag crochet rug looks like a fun way to reuse some “memory” clothes.

  23. i love your work, i ilike crochet, and patchwork and stitching oh he he he all the tecniques kisses for you♥ anf thanks for the giveaway

  24. What a cute book! I’m always most interested in knitting, and sewing patterns.

  25. counted cross stitching is my fav. but I love sewing and embroidery also thanks for the chance to win .

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  26. Knitting is my first love. However I love the bag in your first photo a lot. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. Sewing is my favorite but I also enjoy patchwork and quilting, and am developing a great love for crochet now too. Thanks for the chance to win the book. :)

  28. My favorite craft changes I’m feeding my crochet addiction at the moment however I knit, bead, make baskets, embroider, sew and love to try anything.

    Love love your eye for color combinations!!!
    Thank you

  29. I love knitting, but I want to learn how to sew. Knitting is so relaxing =)

  30. I am at heart a crochet lover;but I also dabble in needlepoint and other thread arts. Looks like a fun book.

  31. The mixed matched pattern totes.

  32. Thank you for this opportunity! Crochet is my love! I am just now learning to sew!

  33. I prefer to crochet and the rug made from scrap fabric looks really homely!

  34. Crocheting and knitting…but I love the thought of embroidery! :)

  35. I would love to make the sewing organizer featured in the book. My favorite project is the one that I’m working on at the time. I love crocheting, knitting, sewing, and machine embroidery.

  36. I love to crochet the doiley

  37. Crocheting is my favorite – I’d love to make that sweet little rug for my kitchen!

  38. Crochet is my go-to craft always, I’d love to learn how to sew someday though.

  39. Crochet is tops for me, but I also like x stitch and knitting. I’d love to relearn how to sew, but need to buy a sew machine first!

  40. Crochet for sure :) xxx

  41. That looks like a fun little book – I think I’d give the sewing a whirl first, so cute!

  42. I love knitting best, but I have been sewing for years. I added crochet to my craft arsenal last year and am enjoying that too.

  43. My first love has got to be crochet, closely followed by knitting. I am learning to sew now, which all in all makes this a great book to have :)

  44. Crochet is my favourite, but I also love to knit, sew, and cross stitch. I haven’t tried much embroidery but hope to one day…and quilt…and… :)

  45. Wow – that book looks so good! I would say my favourite is between crochet and sewing – hard to pick one… maybe crochet! Thanks for the chance to win – keeping my fingers crossed!
    Maria x (Dinki Dots)

  46. I do love sewing projects quite a bit, especially the little girlie dresses I’ve been sewing for my 1 yr old Granddaughter who, along with her parents are living here temporarily. She is so cute wanting to put them on right away. In the past few years however, I have been learning to quilt so much of my time is now spent making quilt blocks and quilts or quilt projects. In following the blog tour/hop for this book, I have really liked a lot of the projects that have been shown. I think my favorite so far has to be the little owl tea cozy. That’s such a cute idea.

  47. Well I love crochet, but at the moment I’m totally in love with embroidery! But patchworking is also fun.. Just like knitting.. Do I really have to choose??

  48. Thank you for the opportunity to enter, Wink; it looks such a lovely book! Although all of the book’s subjects interest me, it’s embroidery, crochet and knitting that ‘have’ me at this present time!
    Joy x

  49. Wow,what a great book!First of all thank you for this opportunity.I love to do crafty projects so I can’t really choose.I recently began to learn how to crochet and love it.This would be an awesome book to have so I can get better and try something new like patchwork.

  50. Lovely book my fingers and toes are crossed – crochet first love, knitting second and followed by sewing xxx

  51. I love embroidery… But loved crochet too

  52. Crochet and sewing, they are my cup of tea.

  53. My favorite craft is crochet! Thank you for the chance to win this book.

  54. I love crochet and knitting very much. Sewing….well I do my best !

  55. Oh my to choose a fav….I knit, crochet, sew, cross stitch, embroider, etc. My fav has to prob be knitting…my first love and passion. But I love them all! Thank you for the chance to win this book that covers such a variety of amazing crafts that I love!

  56. I can’t choose, I’d love to do everything, but I’ll start with crochet.

  57. I have been crocheting since I was 12 and have tried other crafts but somehow crochet is my first love.

  58. At the moment learning crochet, but in the past definitely embroidery!

  59. Looks like a great book. I like knitting the best.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  60. My first love is sewing; I also love knitting, crocheting, and tatting, as well as quilting. If I win this book, I’d be like a kid in a candy store!!!!!!!!!!

  61. I love crochet but I’m learning to sew so this book looks great!

  62. I only crochet, but I do have some needle and thread. The sugar cozy on the mug could probably be made into a tea bag holder with a waterproof material and would be the perfect gift for my mom. (She likes to get two cups of tea from one tea bag in the morning, I say “eww”, but whatever.)

  63. I cannot pick just one thing…I sew, make quilts and crochet up the wazoo! Today I’ve been sewing up my unfinished quilt blocks and making them into pillows and purses. Later in afternoon I’ll be crocheting my stripes granny blanket…all in one day…I love craft books with more than one genre….

  64. My favorite is cardmaking. But I’ve rediscovered crocheting. So now I have to split my spare time between the two.

  65. I am an accomplished knitter and have re entry taught myself to see and crochet and want to try combining the two- always looking for inspiration x

  66. I’m mostly a knitter/crocheter, but I love the sewing and embroidery projects I’ve seen from this book too!

  67. Some day I would love to win something. This book would be great. I like all of the activities you mentioned – patchwork and quilting, sewing, embroidery, knitting, crochet, and also paper crafts.

  68. I love to crochet, although I’m just a beginner.

  69. Hi there, thank you so much for another chance to win something special from you! :) My love is crochet! I have a total addiction for always getting yarn ’cause I KNOW I’ll use it sooner or later! I also like to quilt, tho I’m not an expert, but my friend is, and I’d love to share this with her!
    Again, thank you!

  70. It’s just gotta be crochet :)

  71. My journey into crafting started when I was very young with crochet…..I love crocheting doilies. Through the years I have also taught myself cross stitch, embroidery, quilting, English Paper Piecing, and bead stitching, and jewelry making. I love them all! Thank you