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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.
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.
Are you looking for the perfect guide to teach your child to sew? Look no further "Creative Kids Photo Guide to Sewing" starts with the absolute basics about stitching, beginning with simple hand sewing, then gradually introduces skills and techniques until kids are sewing safely and confidently at a sewing machine. Founders of The Sewing Tree, Janith Bergeron and Christine Ecker will guide you and your children through creative and fun sewing projects. With over 200 photos and clear, concise instructions in language easily understood by grade-school kids, you're going to be creating crafty sewing projects with your child in no time Each project lists the sewing skills that will be exercised in making it and projects are rated for difficulty, so kids can learn and grow as they develop dexterity and coordination. Your children will learn to sew by making simple projects and building skills by practicing the essentials, and this book provides a sound foundation for a lifetime of sewing enjoyment.
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.
If we want a world that is beautiful, kind and fair, shouldn't our activism be beautiful, kind and fair? Award-winning campaigner and founder of the Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett shows how to respond to injustice not with apathy or aggression, but with gentle, effective protest. This is a manifesto - for a more respectful and contemplative activism; for conversation and collaboration where too often these is division and conflict; for using craft to engage, empower and encourage us all to be the change we wish to see in the world. Quiet action can sometimes speak as powerfully as the loudest voice. With thoughtful principles, practical examples and honest stories from her own experience as a once burnt-out activist, Corbett shows how activism through craft can produce long-lasting positive change.
Everyone remembers the rag doll that their granny made for them as a child, or that homemade quilt with cozy and familiar patchwork pieces. There is something so special about things that have been made by those closest to us and not mass-produced for the high street. Home Sewn Nursery is a complete sewing guide for creating bold and bright toys, accessories, clothes and furnishings carefully stitched with love and originality. This booklet includes 12 simple sewing projects suitable for beginners, along with a basic techniques section and a handy pull-out pattern sheet. Four main sections cover a delightful mix of items for every occasion: clothes and shoes, out and about, toys and games and nursery accessories. Patterns include: Sunshine skittles and ball, Easy- peasy sunhat, Froggie hooded towel, baby shoes, earflap hat and changing bag.
When Lotta Jansdotter steps out in one of her signature outfits, fans always ask, "Did you make that yourself?" Often the answer is, "Yes, and so can you!" With that in mind, the style icon created Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style, a pattern book/inspiration guide anchored by five easy, versatile sewing patterns-skirt, dress, blouse, pants/shorts, and jacket/coat-and highlighted with quick DIY accessories, including hats, bags, scarves and jewellry. Photographed over the course of a year in New York, Tennessee, India, and Sweden and organised by season, Jansdotter shares her sources of inspiration and how she and her friends mix and match her key pieces while working, playing, resting, and travelling. Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style brings Jansdotter's infectious and sought-after sense of style to new followers and longtime devotees alike.
An irresistible, super-cute collection of soft, cuddly dolls, the charming characters in this book are all based on just one simple design. Gorgeous in their simplicity, the dolls personalities are created cleverly with different hairstyles, clothes and accessories. The basic model measures 16-18 inches in heights and the materials used are pure cotton jersey and wool with very simple stitching to define the shapes. Suitable for beginners, the book includes detailed step-by-step photographs showing how to make the basic doll, and beautiful close up photographs of the finished dolls and their wardrobes. All the patterns are full size and the author offers lots of good tips and advice throughout. Whether new to doll making, or experienced in the technique, crafters and sewers will love making these beautiful, appealing softies, and the how-to book makes the creative process an easy and enjoyable one.
Bias-cut Dressmaking is the best easy-to-follow guide to bias-cut clothes. It provides step-by-step instructions and diagrams for making over 40 items of clothing that are cut on the bias. The bias-cut technique is used by designers for cutting clothing to utilize the greater stretch in the bias or diagonal direction of the fabric. This allows the fabric to accentuate body lines and curves and drape softly. Bias-cut garments were an important feature of the designs of Madeleine Vionnet in the 1920s and 1930s but are now timeless. This classic text on the subject includes making skirts, dresses, trousers, eveningwear and even lingerie. You can make a halterneck evening dress, a cowl-necked shift dress, palazzo pants, bias-cut culottes, a cowl camisole, a strapless evening dress or a slightly flared bias skirt. The text is clearly written and laid out, making the beauty and the comfort of bias-cut clothing accessible to those not overly familiar with this type of dressmaking, including fashion students and amateur dressmakers.
First published 20 years ago, this classic essential reference for all home sewers is updated and better than ever With hundreds of time- and money-saving projects, user-friendly chapter dividers, and wirobound to lay flat, this is the most comprehensive source for sewing information for both new and experienced sewers. Mindful of the fact that today's sewers want to be sure that they have access to the very latest developments, all material has been fully revised and updated. New sewing techniques and time-saving ideas have been introduced, product information has been updated, and the projects reflect current fashion trends with even more children's clothing ideas included.
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.
Glitz It Up is packed with over 50 brilliant, easy and stylish ideas for personalizing your clothes - everything from edging a skirt or top with sequins, beads, ribbon, feathers and velvet to decorating clothes with embroidery or applique. Whether you want to give a new lease of life to a tired-looking pair of jeans, update a classic cardigan or jazz up a boring pencil skirt, Glitz It Up will show you how. Each project is clearly explained with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and specially commissioned photographs of the end result. It doesn't matter if you weren't top of the class in needlework, as there is an invaluable glossary of sewing techniques and stitches, providing you with all the professional know-how you need to achieve expert results. This is a must for all fashion junkies.
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.
This richly illustrated how-to book is a comprehensive reference for various felting techniques, including needle felting, wet felting, and nuno felting. With these easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions and hundreds of full-color photos, you'll be able to explore these easy projects that provide fun opportunities for you to try the techniques. Galleries of unique felted designs and creations by renowned fabric artists act as beautiful examples and inspiration to pursue the hobby yourself.
A glorious tribute to vintage and collectibles linens, now back in print. The Book of Fine Linen invites us to enter the elegant world of heirloom household fabrics, their use and manufacture, their embellishment and care. In her lively thematic treatment, Francoise de Bonneville presents countless fibers and materials as both quintessential examples of the weaver's art and unusually revealing testaments of the history of daily life. Making extensive use of household inventories, diaries, and colorful details and anecdotes describing domestic arrangements, the author has examined centuries of textile history. Fabulous embroidery techniques and designs from Europe and America are also superbly illustrated and carefully explained. A fascinating text is supplemented by a rich array of visual material drawn from archival photographs, vintage advertisements, old department store catalogues, and splendid paintings, as well as original photography commissioned especially for this volume in extraordinary textile collections, private homes, and the weaving and embroidery workshops of great contemporary manufacturers. This sumptuously designed book, with its comprehensive glossary of technical terms, bibliography, and index, will make an exquisite and cherished gift for the bride-to-be as well as a stunning visual treat for textile collectors, decorators, and anyone interested in discovering the history of fine household fabrics, delightfully told, from the white linen cloth of ancient Egypt to the rainbow-hued coverlets of today.
The idea of group projects in textile art is nothing new - people have been coming together to sew for centuries, and quilters often work together on projects such as 'story quilts'. But recently the trend has increased in popularity - textile artists regularly share ideas and work sociably, from simple one-to-one collaborations with friends to ambitious community projects and ongoing textile-art groups. Well-known textile artists Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly have been involved in a very productive collaboration for several years, and also devise and run community textile-art events and gallery exhibitions, both together and separately. In this fascinating book, they present an invaluable guide to working collaboratively, in both small and large groups. They provide useful information on setting up groups, finding venues, establishing ground rules and working methods, and staging group exhibitions, plus a wealth of practical information for ways to work together - working on one project at the same time, swapping pieces between different people, creating different variations on a theme, developing work by means of joint sketchbooks, and even working postally or online. They also demonstrate how working with other artists can have a positive influence on your own personal work. Illustrated with many examples of work produced collaboratively, this thought-provoking book will help you connect with other textile artists and take your own work beyond the personal.
In her second book, Amy Sinibaldi offers another delightful selection of well-designed projects you'll love sewing for yourself and loved ones. You'll find 18 projects that are sure to brighten up a rainy day --or any day! Using easy to follow illustrations and step-by-step instructions, learn fun techniques that will make your sewing projects unique and charming. All the inspiration and how-to are right here in these pages. A variety of projects (including a lap quilt, a one-of-a-kind softie, modern cross-stitch, and zippered clutch) means you'll find something to sew for everyone. Rainy Day Sewing offers every sewist a chance to do what he/she loves best: create something beautiful that's stitched with love.
Sew faster and more easily without losing your precision! These vinyl strips replace masking tape and moleskin with a repositionable stop that doesn't leave sticky residue. The thickness creates an edge that guides the fabric in front of the foot. Sew with confidence every time!
Here is the ultimate reference for fitting test garments and transferring accurate adjustments to patterns No matter what size or shape you are, wearing garments that fit perfectly makes you look and feel better. Rather than making commonly accepted changes to a commercial pattern, the method presented in this guide focuses on the way a test garment fits the body. The fabric is manipulated to improve the fit, and then those specific changes are made to the pattern. The result: patterns that fit perfectly
With The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting, you'll learn:
- The importance of a fitting axis and how to use it during a fitting
- How to recognize fitting issues, such as drag lines and folds
- How to manipulate fabric to solve common and unusual fitting problems
- How to transfer the fitting changes to your pattern easily
- Basic pattern-making skills to ensure accurate alterations
See the fitting process from start to finish on basic garments, fitted on real people. Then follow fitting solutions on different body types. The lessons you learn will help you fit any body.
Sandra Betzina's tried and true--and easy to do--techniques for creating clothes that fit and flatter your unique shape.
15 creative projects to make with children from popular designer Jane Foster. Creative Craft With Kids is the second book from up-and-coming designer Jane Foster and includes fun projects for parents to make with and for children to encourage creativity and experimentation. Using fabulous fabrics and papers from her own enviable collection, Jane, who is a former teacher, demonstrates how to cut, sew and stick with your children to create bold, colourful games, toys and accessories for your child's bedroom or play room. Whether you've got stacks of vintage fabric or papers or prefer to buy new designs, or even print your own, this book is packed with practical and inspirational ideas. Projects such as felt-faced toys, customized T-shirts and a patchwork quilt will need some simple sewing skills, but there are also no-sew projects including covered matchboxes to hide precious trinkets in, simple printing projects, and paper bunting. With bright colours and friendly animal motifs, Jane's fun and easy-going approach to her work shines through in each of the 15 projects.
A baby or toddler is the perfect excuse to get creative and make unique and charming clothes instead of buying mass-producted items covered in logos. In this comprehensive guide, children's-wear designer Vanessa Mooncie shows you how to sew beautiful yet practical clothes that you'll love to make and children will love to wear. The clothes for boys and girls range from everyday outfits, fun clothes for dressing up and accessories to complete the look. Don't worry if you are new to sewing as all the basic know-how is presented in a clerarly explained step-by-step format.
23 clearly presented, easy-to-follow stylish projects for babies and toddlers, suitable for novice to intermediate sewers. Paper patterns can be easily adapted to suit different ages and the illustrated techniques section includes finishing touches to make each outfit truly individual."
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