Well, this was something new for me. I would say I can sew, I was taught at school and my Mum always made all our cloths as we grew up so I can handle a needle and a sewing machine but this took those skills in a different direction. I did Rea Missigman Chunky Idea Keeper on line course and loved every minute! Its a video course taking you step by step through dying the covers to stitching the flowers and every page of the book. I had always been judged by how straight my stitching was so to let myself go and stitch in a wiggly line was great! I just loved it and am now addicted to decorative sewing.