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Artist and wool crafter Jessica Peill-Meininghaus decided that she needed a project to teach herself follow-through in life. She settled on making one of her popular felted-wool gnomes every day for a year. With pipe cleaners and wool roving, amidst the chaos of raising four children and moving cross-country, Peill-Meininghaus felted her way through hundreds of charming, pointy-hatted, often bearded characters. Lavishly decorated with photos of each charming creation, The Gnome Project is the surprising and magical story of what happens when we commit to something small. (Hint: It's something very big, as in making life more meaningful.) Here is her inspirational tale, complete with gnome-making instructions.
If only all dressmaking books were as simple to use as this! Learn how to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric, transfer essential markings and cut with confidence. The teaching project in each section is illustrated with step-by-step photographs featured at key stages. With 20 projects in total, you'll never run short on inspiration. The accompanying PatternMaker CD (which runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP) combines easy-to-use pattern drafting software with ready-made computerised pattern collections. A simple step-by-step pattern wizard asks you to select the style and details you want, and let the computer draws the pattern for you - in the perfect size and fit! In addition, the custom measurements of each pattern can be adjusted before it's printed out. Moreover, a useful, ready-reference flaps fold out with information on what the pattern symbols mean and basic hand and machine stitches.
Stitch up a storm with more than 30 new stash-friendly projects from quilt and fabric lovers' favorite creative force: Spoonflower. Discover all that you can make with just a yard or two! Spoonflower-a design-your-own/print-on-demand fabric company known for its unique, clever, and must-have designs-presents simple step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by templates and pattern pieces. Here are dozens of brand-new projects designed to be completed in just a few hours. Get inspired and turn your favorite fabric into a lovely garland, stylish tote, children's tent, and all sorts of other accessories for home and fashion. With step-by-step tutorials and projects that span a wide spectrum of skills, this book is perfect for both new and experienced sewists. Designing fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap used to be the stuff of dreams. Today, Spoonflower's technology allows anyone to affordably create, print, and purchase one-of-a-kind fabric or paper.
Wait until you get your hands on the rugged paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather, but sews, cuts, and washes just like fabric-now with an even softer and more leather-like finish! Kraft-tex (R) Prewashed is supple and easy to sew with, yet strong enough to use for projects that get tough wear. And with its suede-like finish and lovely crinkles, it will bring an exciting new texture to your craft-sewing projects and mixed-media arts.
Dressmaking gives you all the tools you need to make, alter and customise your own clothes, from choosing the right fabrics to key techniques such as hemming and hand stitching. Create a complete wardrobe with 12 basic scaleable patterns and step-bystep instructions for classic items such as pencil skirts, dresses and jackets plus how to customise them to make them your own so you can make 30 garments in total. Dressmaking is packed with essential advice, inspiration and the patterns you need to create beautiful clothes making this superb value and the dressmaking bible no seamstress can be without.
Fancy a wardrobe full of luxurious leather accessories without the painful price tag? This collection of 20 luxe leather projects is perfect if you're looking for original, high quality projects made from leather, all of which can be made on a domestic sewing machine or with hand stitching. Choose from small projects to get started such as a keyring, card case, small purse and super-useful earphone holder, right up to the ultimate leather laptop case and a really chic foldover clutch for instant style credentials. Learn all the skills you'll need to make these projects and be surprised at how little equipment is necessary to create these stunning leather makes. Impress friends and family with your hand crafted leather accessories--you'll never be short of ideas for what to make as the perfect gift for everyone in your life!
Simple sewing techniques make craft time fun for kids and grown-ups alike, with ideas for vintage-inspired clothes, accessories, quirky home decor, cute toys, and sweet gifts designed by the mom behind the popular parenting and craft blog Cakies. Don't just sew for your kids. Sew with them Rubyellen Bratcher has invented 30 simple projects that encourage families to spend more time together through DIY activities. This mom of four learned how to sew at her local fabric shop, but soon found that her daughters were her greatest source of inspiration. Documenting her family's daily life and DIY adventures online, Rubyellen's blog, Cakies, has steadily grown into a destination for parents and crafters of all ages. In her first book, she offers 30 projects for kids and grown-ups to make together, including a handpainted skirt, scribbled placemats, a robot friend, easy felt party garlands, overstuffed dollhouse pillows, a gorgeous world-map quilt, and much more. Each chapter also includes no-sew projects, educational activities, play ideas, and reading suggestions to encourage imagination and learning.
Tote bags were initially mainly used by brands to advertise themselves and promote sustainability (as an alternative to plastic bags). Nowadays, however, tote bags can be seen everywhere, out on the street, in a range of different styles, and can be adapted to any situation. This book gives you an easy pattern for making a basic tote bag, as well as, above all, twenty ideas for personalizing it to your taste and requirements. If you do not fancy the sewing part, it is very easy to buy your own plain tote bags. Then all you have to do is add your own personal touch! You can use different techniques to make the bag (or bags!) that suit your fancy: embroidery, painting, dyeing, transfers, boutis (French quilting), stamping, etc. And although each project has been assigned a particular level of difficulty, all are well within reach of even the most absolute beginner.
Learn to make 20 button designs using fabric - as an embellishment to a garment or as a piece of jewellery or accessory. Gina Barrett uses techniques such as stitching, embroidery and beading, and provides shaped templates for those projects where the reader may need more assistance. The buttons are all worked at a small size, so will require limited materials and thread for a polished finish. There are no complex button-making techniques here; all the buttons can be created by the reader at home, following Gina's straightforward instructions and stitch diagrams.
Sew super cute rag dolls and their gorgeous clothes to make the perfect present for little girls. Choose from 11 adorable dolls and a wide range of accessories such as hats, bags and shoes. Each doll has her own name and personality and will charm children and adults alike. The dolls come with a variety of hair colours and styles and their own individual outfits. Choose from Fleur who has pigtails and her own doll sized knitting bag; Jean who likes the outdoors with her red boots and dungarees; and Red who has gorgeous red hair and a fabulous red cloak to match. There is a summer time doll with cute espadrilles and straw bonnet, a ballerina doll with a tutu and tiara, a wedding doll with a beautiful dress and veil and a bedtime dolly with her own nightdress and matching teddy. And don't forget the delightful school girl doll with her own very special school satchel. The basic doll pattern can be used to sew all the dolls and then altered according to hair and eye colour and hair style. There are step by step instructions for all the clothes and accessories for each doll, as well as suggestions for which fabrics to use and how to combine different prints and trims.
This is a delightfully presented book of original designs and projects for creating homemade and lovingly crafted mementos to keep forever. It shows you how to use traditional skills such as embroidery, applique and quilting to makes items for weddings, christenings and birthdays that will always be treasured. It contains items that are not only perfect as gifts, but also luxurious accessories that will enhance your own bedroom, boudoir or bathroom. You can create a Christening bonnet or tiny booties, a beautiful beaded evening bag or an exquisite applique Valentine. It is superbly designed, and lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs, including step-by-step images that guide through each of the 40 projects. A gift that has been made with loving care is always the most appreciated, especially when it is something that has its own vintage style. This book reveals the secrets of creating fabulous pieces for significant occasions, which will be kept forever. The best of traditional skills have been gathered in 40 projects to create a beautiful collection of covetable items. Techniques range from the traditional, such as embroidery and quilting, to contemporary methods to create an antique effect. Throughout, guidance is given on selecting materials, textures and shades for a genuine heritage feel, with many of the projects inspired by charming customs surviving to this day. Superbly illustrated throughout, this book provides a practical guide to creating your own cherished mementoes and tomorrow's heirlooms.
This title offers a new take on DIY projects for kids. Personalised, handmade items are a meaningful way to show your love for a baby or child. Christine Schmidt, author of bestselling Print Workshop and the creative force behind the acclaimed Yellow Owl Workshop line of artisan stationery and home accessories, shares her inspired ideas for making easy, yet entirely unique items for children from newborns to school aged. Using stamps, stenciling and other hand printing techniques, design-savvy parents will be able to make quick kid-friendly projects that will be cherished for years to come.
"Pattern Magic 2" is the cult pattern-cutting text from Japan, partner to the original "Pattern Magic" book. Inspiring and exciting, this volume takes a creative approach to pattern cutting, with more step-by-step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers to enjoy. This book looks at creating interesting surfaces, optical illusions and curved shapes through pattern cutting. All the basic information you need to start pattern cutting is included, from the basic block to measurements and scaling. Each project is beautifully illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs showing the stages of construction, the toiles and the finished garments. These easy-to-follow illustrations and detailed instructions make it easy to create stunning, sculptural clothes.
Here is the ultimate reference for all styles of artistic hand stitching No matter what design style you favor, this book gives you the tools to express yourself with needle and thread. Detailed technique instructions with clear charts and photos teach hundreds of stitches for embellishing clothes, gifts, accessories, or home decor. Simple projects let you try your hand at each method and inspire you to create your own designs.
Needlework methods include:
- Creative embroidery
- Silk ribbon embroidery
- Bead embroidery
Learn one method or learn them all With The Complete Photo Guide to Needlework, you will know how to choose the best needles, threads, and fabrics for any project. Get abundant stitches at your fingertips with this essential guide that you'll turn to again and again.
Why not make your bedroom a haven of loveliness this Fall with these 8 fabulous warm and cosy bedroom accessories Each gorgeous make is demonstrated using two differing fabrics from Westminster Fibers fabulous Free Spirit fabric designers--feminine & funky Tula Pink and the curious and anachronistic Tim Holtz, showing you how easy it is to create a different look and feel to your room simply through your choice of fabric patterns and colors.Easy-to-follow instructions with step-by-step illustrations and lots of detailed photographs will guide you through the creative process from preparing your fabric and cutting it out to sewing and adding finishing touches. The fabulous projects featured in the book include a duvet cover & pillow slip, sumptuous bed pillows, a laundry bag, pretty pleated curtains, snuggly pyjama bottoms, a hugs & cuddles quilt, Roman blinds and a light-up lampshade.So get sewing and create the bedroom of your sweet dreams
A stunning new collection of Tilda designs from talented designer Tone Finnanger. Homemade and Happy is a gorgeous collection of inspirational home accessories including quilts, cushions and decorative items to make Christmas even more special. Choose from a range of ornaments including gold-winged reindeer and sheep, round-eyed owls, plump pigs with flower applique detail, angels, stars and darling decorative cakes. The book also features pretty practical designs such as an irresistible patchwork quilt, classic pillow covers and a cup pin-cushion, all in Tone's unique range of fabulous fabrics. The projects are photographed in the author's own log cabin situated in the snowy mountains of Norway, and capture Tone's unique and distinctive style. The Tilda brand is renowned worldwide and sales of the series now has combined sales of over 1 million copies worldwide. It is now well known for its whimsical, comical and naive characters in the form of animals and dolls that is popular with crafters of all ages and abilities. Tone has written several books including Sew Pretty Homestyle, Sew Sunny Homestyle, Crafting Tilda's Friends, Tilda's Christmas Ideas, Tilda's Summer Ideas, Tilda's Studio and Tilda's Seaside Ideas. She lives in Norway.
A practical and inspirational guide to textile folk art from cultures all around the world, accompanied by step-by-step projects. From samplers and quilts in Europe, to tribal and nomadic cloth further afield in Mongolia and China, folk and traditional designs have played a crucial part in the development of textile art and craft. In this book, Anne Kelly explores the traditional motifs used in textile folk art and shows you how contemporary textile artists use these in their work today. The beautifully illustrated guide is also packed with helpful step-by-step projects that demonstrate how to apply folk motifs to your own work. Drawing inspiration from the Far East to Scandinavia, artists and designers have often used folk art to influence their work. Beginning with the chapter 'Samplers in Stitch', Anne looks into handmade momentoes and souvenirs created in the UK and USA. Samplers as statement pieces are also explored and are contextualised within the role of women and children recording their personal histories and lives. 'Nordic Notes' then looks at Scandinavian traditional textile art, and how modern screen printing and embroidery have been used by contemporary makers. 'Silk Road' looks at the influence of nomadic cultures and textiles, including yurts in Mongolia and Miao folklore in China. Projects on how to make felt, pouched and jewellery are also covered. Lastly, 'Trees of Life' looks the motif of the tree in a variety of cultures. Anne also looks at traditional techniques from South Asia and how to create your own 'Family Tree' using photo transfers and applique. Featuring step-by-step projects as well as work from contemporary artists and makers throughout, this practical and beautiful guide shows how practitioners of all kinds can draw from folk art for making and inspiration.
From boxes and benches to shelves, this title presents 19 space saver and clutter keeper projects that organize the bedroom, bath and everything in between.
Tanya Whelan is known for blending the romance of the past with a contemporary sensibility. Her vintage modern aesthetic has made her fabrics and sewing patterns some of the most admired by sewers and quilters everywhere. In her first book, she offers a stylish collection of 30 sewing projects that can be made using simple sewing techniques. Ranging from a pretty pleated clutch to a flirty French-inspired day dress, a portable child-friendly checkers set to an easy-to-make ottoman, each project comes with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, inspiring photographs and helpful tips. Included are 3 pattern sheets enclosed in a pattern pocket providing everything you need to stitch something beautiful for yourself.
Every vintage-obsessed sewist dreams of having a closet full of gorgeous dresses. The follow-up to the popular Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book is packed with all the information and patterns you could ever need to create a wardrobe filled with stunning vintage frocks. The book begins with all the essential techniques for dressmaking and includes instructions and patterns for 23 dresses for a variety of occasions. Elements of each pattern can be mixed and matched, allowing readers to customise the bodice, skirt, sleeves, pockets and details of each dress for a truly unique creation.
This book is an essential guide for anyone interested in the popular craft of needle-felting. Whether you are completely new to needle-felting or an experienced felter, this book has something to offer, from precise instructions to creative inspiration. Written by two authors, experienced in making and teaching crafts to students of all ages and abilities, instructions are easy to follow and include practical yet creative ideas to fix common mistakes. Projects arise from a genuine love of the natural world and animals, whether they be family pets (`Our Friend Dexter') or wild animals whose widespread ill-treatment has brought them into the limelight. Requiring no experience other than an interest in working and playing with wool, projects progressively build on skills throughout, and will transform you into an avid needle-felter in no time at all.
Stitch yourself a merry little Christmas with What Delilah Did. With three themed collections: Merry and Bright, Stylish and Chic, and Classic and Cosy, you'll find something to suit whatever your holiday style. This thoroughly modern take on counted embroidery is all you need to create your perfect hand stitched Christmas. With a comprehenisve stitch directory, a variety of simple techniques and a selection of colourful bite-sized projects to entertain beginners and experienced stitchers alike, you will be hard pressed to stop yourself from making them all. Look out for Fair Isle-inspired Christmas Jumpers, a spectacularly stylish Polar Parade and a neon-infused Advent Tree that cannot fail to make this your merriest and brightest Christmas ever. So join Delilah in celebrating her favourite time of year with charts and instructions for 12 stitched decorations that are, quite simply, heirlooms in the making.
Discover perfect paper piecing with Simple Foundations! Introducing a translucent foundation for paper piecing that just may change your life! See-through "Simple Foundations" paper will make all your paper-piecing projects simple to prepare and stitch.
A seasonal collection of projects using the latest Tilda fabrics and embellishments, including gifts, decorations and cards. The designs include santas, pixies, angels and snowmen, all made in a festive color scheme. All projects are accompanied by clear instructions, gorgeous photographs and color illustrations, making them ideal for beginners, as well as more experienced sewers. Popular techniques, such as appliqu? and embroidery, are used and full-size templates are also included.
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