The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort

The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort

by EllynAnne Geisel


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Warm and inviting, but (like an apron) quite practical, The Apron Book is a celebration of a great American icon. Apron enthusiast Ellynanne Geisel, who curated the traveling exhibit, Apron Chronicles, returns us to hearth and home in this updated edition of the award-winning book.

The Apron Book showcases full-color photos of new and vintage aprons from Geisel's vast collection, patterns for four basic apron styles and myriad variations, recipes, tips on collecting and preserving vintage aprons, and heart-tugging stories from the traveling apron exhibit. The book also explores the history and heyday of aprons and looks at the various roles aprons still play when worn in the kitchen, around the house, by the backyard grill, on the job, or for a special occasion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449487959
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 1,173,872
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

EllynAnne Geisel, who lives in Pueblo, Colorado, is the author of The Apron Book and the creator of Apron Chronicles, the traveling exhibit. Her apron designs have appeared in Vogue and have been worn by Bree in Desperate Housewives. She's been a guest on both NPR's All Things Considered and CBS News' Sunday Morning. She continues to make nationwide appearances to promote her books and exhibit.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Aprons: An Odyssey 3

Chapter 2 The Anatomy of an Apron 11

Chapter 3 Aprons in the Kitchen 51

Chapter 4 All Around the House 69

Chapter 5 Backyard Daddy 81

Chapter 6 Maid in America: Aprons on the Job 91

Chapter 7 Jingle Belle: Aprons for Holidays, Entertaining, and Special Occasions 101

Chapter 8 Not Your Grandma's Apron 113

Chapter 9 Apron Memories 123

Photo Credits 135

Acknowledgments 137

Index 139

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The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
LizzyB More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book about aprons because I miss not wearing one when I cook. I grew up using aprons to save my clothing from food stains. I wanted to look at some of the old patterns to see if I could make aprons for my daughters and daughters-in-law. This particular book has been very helpful in that area.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister has MS and sewing is what she uses as part of her therapy, in the beginning she made alot of aprons and other small projects. She has now advanced to beautiful quilts and other larger items (she was always an excellent seamstress but the MS slowed things down but she is recovering most of her abilities). I thought she would enjoy the book for the history of aprons and some of the pictures of the older aprons. She enjoyed the book and then shared it with her granddaugher, who really liked it and was very excited. Abbigail picked out a simple pattern and thought maybe she could advance from there, she is hoping one will be good enough to enter in one of the local fairs in the future. My sister has recommended this book to others and has shared hers with friends.
cakes-karate-quilts More than 1 year ago
this is an excellent book has great pictures, history and patterns to boot. I let a friend borrow the book and she thinks it is great also- it is not just for the sewer but also has some interesting history about memory lane- "grandma and her apron"
Leatherstockingal More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations and well written and interesting text make this book a must have for any stylish seamstress! If you already sew you have an edge, but do not despair! Anyone with a little sewing experience can easily create something wonderful, to keep or to give as a special gift. Fresh ideas and insight make this book a must read for you. Well done Ms. Geisel. A++++++++ Five Stars for you, it's the top of the top!
Mason81 More than 1 year ago
I have recently discovered a love for vintage aprons.... For those of us that are searching for a simpler way of life, you may just find it here in the stories of the past, which also includes patterns for making several traditional style aprons. The basic waist apron pattern beginning on page 17 is very easy to make - I'm a beginner in the world of sewing and had no issues making this apron - it was absolutely perfect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too bought this book for a friend and found it to be a great little gift. In response to the review before mine:If you are offened by the human body and are ashamed of the body you were given you are going to be offened by pretty much anything, what do you tell children when they see themselves in the shower? Gee, seriously... Its a fine book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for a friend who makes and wears aprons. Since there was an apron pattern included in the back, I thought this to be a perfect choice. I looked through it before wrapping, and discovered on page 117 a picture of a naked woman with a see-through apron standing hunched near some shrubs holding a pie. I thought this kind of photo not appropriate in an apron book. My friend's young children might have looked through it and saw it. I had expected a history of aprons and the people who wore them. The only story that I enjoyed was that of Julia Child. This photo on that page ruined the whole book for me. Who would expect to see that in a book about aprons? Certainly not me. I thought it out of place, and I took the book back, and got her a different book.
kwells on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this unique book. I love collecting aprons, so it was fun to read more about them. It was nice to have some actual patterns included so readers can make their own aprons.
kristinmm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was hoping this book would go in depth on apron history but it's more of a high level view. Great pictures of some vintage aprons throughout although I was hoping for more of those too. I did enjoy the little bios of people and their aprons, and was pleasantly surprised to find actual patterns included in the book.
GoneAwry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this book. It is a great combination of anecdotes, history and instruction. I've made one apron so far. Fun!
datwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the patterns and the historical information in this book, but the author's tone was very off-putting. So much seemed to be in a smug tone of voice that it destroyed my enjoyment in the book.
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