Pure and Simple - 17 Primitive Projects Inspired by the Seasons

by Maggie Bonanomi
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Follow this celebrated maker on a creative journey inspired by a simpler time. In Maggie Bonanomi's world, hand-drawn patterns and hand-dyed wool combine with artful motifs and casual stitches. The result is a plain-and-simple collection of primitive projects that are a delight to make, use, and enjoy.

No fancy skills to learn, no expensive tools to buy: a needle, thread, and wool are all you need to begin. Create pillows, runners and toppers, wall art, and even clever vegetables crafted into sewing essentials, including a pincushion and scissors keeper--make them in minutes to warm up any nook or cranny.


by Maggie Bonanomi
8.375" x 10.875"
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full color, softcover
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Publication Date:
May 1st, 2018
This book is classic Maggie Bonanomi. The projects are charming and warm and perfect for working with wool. There are ample photos of all 17 projects and complete instructions as well as helpful hints tucked within the pages. If your passion is working with wool, just looking at these delightful designs is a joy. I love Maggie Bonanomi designs, Pure and Simple!
Maggie Bonanomi has the gift to find the love, the simplicity, and the beauty in the simplest things around us and turn them into woolen projects we can enjoy making, displaying in our homes, or gifting.

Maggies' book has fun projects which do not require advanced skills: take wool and thread and begin creating. Her designs aren't elaborate, allowing colors and textures to show through. In no time at all, we can have a project done thanks to her patterns' clear instructions, the ready availability of the materials, and the tips she gives us throughout the book.

Many primitive designs involve dark materials - not in Maggie's work: her primitive creations are sunny and fresh, preserving the basic characteristics of each object of her inspiration, yet infusing it with just enough whimsy as if to say: "This is how I see the strawberry's or watermelon's sweetness - pure and simple."
Blackberry Primitives is thrilled and delighted with Maggie Bonanomi’s new book ‘Pure & Simple.’ Not only are we proud to be able to call her our friend, but we are excited to say that we have enjoyed a long-time working relationship with her. In this new book, she uses Blackberry’s hand-dyed wools, a tremendous honor for us.

When we finish dying wools for Maggie, we can hardly wait to see how she uses them to create new fabulous, primitive designs—each with its own unique personality.

‘Pure & Simple’ is a great name for this book. It includes beautiful photos of her projects—all of which reminds us to enjoy the simplicity hand sewing brings, along with helpful hints and shortcuts for wool applique and other sewing projects. Maggie shares many inspirational quotes that are sure to help stimulate creativity in all of us.

We offer our congratulations to Maggie on a job very well done! We are certain everyone will love the projects as much as we do and will enjoy turning each and every page.

Cindi & Tonja
A much anticipated book by Maggie Bonanomi...her new book Pure and Simple has designs that take you through the seasons. Her original designs are heartfelt, charming and just what we want! Her eye for comfort and her eye for colors give us peace and tranquility in the home...her love of nature is always evident in her designs. The patterns are well written and easily understood. There are many tips offered throughout. I can’t wait to try them all.
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Maggie Bonanomi

Maggie can't remember a time when she wasn't creating something, whether it was sewing doll clothes with her mother, decorating her room as a teen, or creating things for her home when she got married. Her two daughters had their share of handmade items when they were growing up.

Maggie is particularly inspired by the early to mid-nineteenth century, and she likes to design what she would want to live with. Her colors are dark or muted and the designs are primitive, bordering on traditional. She does not embellish, and she uses one thread, Coats and Clark Summer Brown, because it works so well.

Maggie has a shop called The Purple Turnip on Main Street in Lexington, Missouri.

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