The Art of Reinventing and a Very Special Give-Away

My dear friend Maya has written a beautiful book: Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials. It features 28 great projects made from recycled material celebrating creativity, sustainability and resourcefulness.

If you haven’t found your own copy yet, here’s your chance to win one, courtesy of the publisher Wiley. Just leave a comment below with your contact information by Saturday, May 12 at 12pm EDT and I’ll announce the winner on Sunday.

I met Maya years ago and we soon discovered a shared love for making something out of nothing, or more precise, out of recycled material. Maya had already taken the blog world by storm with her burlap buckets which were featured on every major design blog. I was experimenting with needle and thread, making t-shirt skirts and linen rings.

Maya motivated me to try my hand at writing a blog, and annekata wouldn’t exist without her constant encouragement over many cups of coffee. That’s what real life friends can do. Her inspiring conversation made moving beyond my comfort zone sound easy and fun. When she revealed her plans for creating a book featuring projects using all recycled materials, I was thrilled.

It is a wonderful book. Her projects are perfect for beginners and advanced sewers alike, because the instructions are clear, but leave room for experimentation. In fact, she specifically invites readers to create their own versions of the designs. And that is just what I like.

As a hand-sewer I was curious to see if there were projects that could be done using just needle and thread and there were plenty. The trivets below are a great example of a project that’s beautiful in its simplicity, but can be taken further. It’s perfect for a beginner. Sewing circles with a straight stitch is simple and meditative. Wouldn’t a bottle of wine with these coasters make a special gift?
My first trivet/coasters were a bit wonky, but I like when hand-made looks like it was made by hand.

This grey coaster (left) got a “haircut” to reveal some of the red wool layer underneath. My future coasters will include embroidery, applique, reverse applique and freestyle stitching using different colors.

The green trivet below right is my favorite. The circles close to the center were spaced evenly and then closer together. At first I planned to knot off after each circle, but it is less time consuming to “hide” the thread between the layers of wool when moving from circle to circle. Depending on how thick the material is, use as many layers of wool as you see fit.  It’s one of those perfect small projects that can be done in an evening. Very very satisfying.
There are plenty of other projects that can be done by hand besides the trivets: The story-scarf, the reversible summer bag, the insulated lunch sack and versatile blossom bands made from jersey all pictured below.

More projects for hand-sewers include a girls forager skirt and a clever vintage linen bag to store your undies or socks. I have never sewn burlap by hand, but her inspiration board doesn’t even require needle or thread.

‘Reinvention’ is organized by material and includes a short history of linen, burlap, jersey, wool, denim, Tyvek and vintage linens, which she embellishes with freezer paper stenciling. Personal stories and a special cookie recipe give the book a warm feel and personal touch.

Reinvention is one fantastic book! (For a signed copy by Maya, you can order it here.)

Don’t forget to enter the give-away in the comment section below (at this time unfortunately only open to US residents).

Please follow along with the rest of the Reinvention tour to see more of the book, enter the contest and even some free projects!
week one
5/2- Craft
week two
5/7 Whip Up
5/10 Annekata
week three
5/15 Etsy (tuesday tutorial)
5/17 Made
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  1. Susanne says:

    Those trivets look great! Hmm… I think I have some suitable fabric snippets in my stash… :-) Looking forward to learning about the other juicy projects in this new book!

  2. ~Heather says:

    Maya’s aesthetic is so practical and enjoyable, fun to see it all in book form!

  3. Tera says:

    Love Maya!!! So excited about her book!!! Great giveaway!!! : )

  4. Debbie says:

    Most of what I make has repurposed items in it. I find knitting requires less mental work than sewing, but I need to practice my sewing more so it will get easier.

  5. Mary H says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Maya’s book – and the trivets look so nice I think I’m going to try some for a friend’s upcoming birthday.

  6. Rebecca says:

    I’d love this book! Thanks!

  7. wintu nancy says:

    I feel such a need to recycle anything that can be reused. This book would be great. Thanks

  8. Vicki K says:

    This book looks wonderful – and the wool trivets make me want to run to my stash right now!

  9. clara says:

    I enjoy following Maya’s blog!
    It would be an honor to own her book of creative endeavors :0)

  10. Donna B. says:

    Such an awesome book :) I love Maya’s style and use of materials…..she is such an inspiration.

  11. chris m says:

    I have been following Maya’s blog for some time and really love her work. Would love to try making the coasters you did and other projects in her exciting new book.

  12. Juliann says:

    Looks like a wonderful book with some interesting projects. Love the idea of re-using to make something pretty.

  13. Jacqueline says:

    This looks like a great book. A Fun way to re-use and help the environment.
    Mukwet at gmail dot com

  14. Jacqueline says:

    Email should be mukweto at gmail dot com

  15. What a beautiful book! I’d love to take a peek at all the projects inside–I have a set of burlap bags I’d love to repurpose! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! My email is makermama[@]gmail[dot]com.

  16. mandie says:

    Oh I’d love to win this book- it looks to have some great projects in it. :)

  17. Beautiful book! Enjoyed the preview on Amazon. Love her blog, too. Thank you for sharing!

  18. jessicac says:

    This books looks great, I love the styling, and the trivets would make great gifts!

  19. Sounds like Maya has some fun projects lined up in her new book! I’d love to win!

  20. taney says:

    the coasters are great! i love them.

  21. amie plumley says:

    Hi, I am really wanting this book right now! I am also happy to find your blog via Maya Made.

  22. KimW says:

    I am seeing some amazing projects from Maya’s book. It would be fun to win a copy, but either way it looks like I will need to own it soon! I don’t usually plan so far ahead, but I think a set of those coasters and some nice hot cocoa mix would make a great gift too.

  23. Eva Ginnell says:

    Love the style! My daughter and I would certainly love to make several of the projects – straight away. Same as someone said above, if we are not so lucky as to win a copy, I am going to order it anyway. Lucky Maya to have such a fervent promoter of her work!

  24. Your coasters look beautiful! I can’t wait to see the book. Looks so inspiring and beautiful I’ll cross my fingers for good luck. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Melissa says:

    I sew almost exclusively with “rescued” fabric, and I would love to be inspired by her new book. How exciting!

  26. heather says:

    I’m a hand sewer to, I have a sewing machine, but it kinda scares me….
    Anyway, I would love this book! :-)

  27. amy says:

    This book looks inspiring. I enjoy books that show me new ways of seeing the things around me.

  28. Annie says:

    I can’t wait to take a look at this book, I’ve been so inspired by all I’ve seen so far. Please count me in!

  29. Jenny says:

    How very exciting! I’d love a copy and I like your take on the trivets!

  30. avital says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely coasters and trivet!

  31. Heather L. says:

    How I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

  32. Rosalyn says:

    I would so love to win this…i do lots of hand sewing and would be thrilled to have the information this contains…thank you.

  33. Add me to the list of those who would like to win the book! Thanks Kathrin..

  34. Denise says:

    Just bought a burlap feed sack at an antique sale and now have great ideas to repurpose it. The book looks fabulous!!

  35. Martha says:

    Your coasters are lovely! And the photos from Maya’s book are so inspiring. I would love to win a copy.

  36. charlene miller says:

    The book looks awesome, I would love it… Thanks for the chance

  37. Bettina Groh says:

    Would LOVE to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  38. Molly Hyde-Caroom says:

    What a wonderful opportunity!
    Thanks so much!

  39. pascale says:

    I would definitely love to have a copy of Maya’s book.
    Keeping my fingers crossed…

  40. Vicki says:

    This looks like a wonderful new book!! I like her aesthetic, for sure.

    Happy stitching!

  41. Dana TM says:

    Looks like a beautiful book! Thanks for sharing!

  42. Karen says:

    Love the coasters! I’m only a hand sewer, too! Thanks for mentioning that in your review as it’s hard to find craft books with hand sewing projects in them. I will totally be adding this book to my craft library! ♥

  43. Kat says:

    Maya is such an inspiration! Love all of those ideas and the spirit from which they come. Thanks for sharing this opportunity!

  44. Wendy says:

    As a textile lover and artist, the peacefulness of working with natural fibers always makes my day sunny. I love Maya’s flair for taking the usual and transforming it into something fabulous and happy.

  45. lynn says:

    thanks for the giveaway, i’m looking forward to adding this book to my collection.

  46. Elena says:

    Looks like a great book. Love the title! Thanks for the opportunity!

  47. Ewa says:

    I have only discovered Maya recently and fell in love with what she does instantly. it is a great news to hear about her book – WHAT A FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY

  48. Jane says:

    I have been admiring this book!
    What inspiring projects-
    and just in time for long, summer days!

    Thank you to all!

  49. Jacquie says:

    I think my love of upcycled fabrics boarders on hoarding! This book looks like the perfect idea book for putting those precious scraps to use! What a wonderful friendship the two of you must have :)

  50. sunny says:

    Oh, I already have this book on my wishlist. I just love the idea of recycling materials.

  51. kelli says:

    Lovely! Very inspiring.

  52. Tami says:

    Would love to more ideas for my stash of burlap sacks!

  53. Jane Thomas says:

    I have a closet filled with old dresses that I hope to one day take apart and use the material for other things. That book really looks nice to my eyes!!!

  54. Carmen says:

    Your trivets look great!

  55. helen salo says:

    I love recycle and hope someone who can’t afford one wins. I think I’ll order am autographed copy . Love your blog. will check out maya made (I know i’ve heard of this before but, mind is blank), but if she is a friend of yours it has to be great, as they say…birds of a feather…

  56. helen salo says:

    Checked out Maya’s blog, it’s cause I’ve seen her in various magazines that it rang a bell. I hope I didn’t sound snooty , but I always love for people who really want and need something to win in a giveaway. I’ve ordered my copy, can hardly wait.

  57. Helen, you didn’t come off as snooty at all. As I was reading everyone’s comments I was struck by how gracious you were to think of others.

  58. Lora W. says:

    Looks like a great book. I would love to try some of the projects. Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. MelodyJ says:

    This sounds like a good book.


  60. Melissa R says:

    Love this book! I hope to own a copy soon.

  61. Victoria R says:

    I’m in love with the story scarf. Thank you for sharing your friend’s work with us.

  62. Andrea Wilson says:

    Love all the projects I am seeing in this book!

  63. monika says:

    Love your coasters… and your reinterpretation of the machine stitching… this would also be a great project for a long drive… just don’t accidentally sew it to your clothes…

    Ich habe auch ein super deutsches buch zum reinventing:

    hat auch super ideen im nordic style – but to have both books would be just wonderful… and I love that your review isn’t just the book, but also a project made…

  64. Ani says:

    this looks like a gorgeous book – I’m really enjoying seeing pieces of it scattered throughout the blog tour.

  65. Heather says:

    This book is at the top of my book wish list; My fingers are crossed! Thank you so much!

  66. Tabitha says:

    I’d so love to win this book. I love reinvention, not only because it’s good for the world, but because of the challenge it presents.

  67. Katie says:

    I found Maya’s blog through yours. I haven’t popped over in awhile, but I remember loving it! I’d love to own her book…

  68. samantha says:

    I just passed up a blanket at the thrift store that would have been perfect for this project. That always happens to me!

  69. LeahW says:

    I would love to win a copy of Maya’s book! I found your blog through her blog.

  70. chanelke says:

    I love the cover of this book …

  71. Gemma says:

    I would so love to win this book. I’ve been thinking about ways to spruce up my home using things from my grandmother’s and mothers’ eras, but without much confidence in my sewing skills. I’m doing a lot of mending these days, though, and my hand-stitching skills are improving a lot, so maybe I’m ready for more than I have thought I am.

  72. Sharon says:

    I am all for re-inventing something! Sounds like a terrific book, so please count me in.

  73. Alexandra says:

    I would love this book!!!!

  74. Heather says:

    This looks like an amazing book! I’m sure my daughters and I would love to repurpose all summer long!

  75. Michelle says:

    Really love Maya’s blog. Am looking forward to reading the book!

  76. christina coss says:

    I just love your blog and have found some other great blogs because of your recommendations, thanks!
    I too am an upcycler, creating new things from old and would love to receive this book.

  77. Friends, both real-life, and blogging, are great! I love reading your blog and would love to win a copy of this book!

  78. Melissa L says:

    This book is bursting with awesomeness!

  79. Following along with the blog tour getting very excited about this book. I have Maya’s nesting bag pattern!

  80. Jen says:

    I’ll jump in! I’ve loved her blog for a long time and can’t wait to see the book.


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