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Rip in your jeans? Snag in a sweater? Tear in a tea towel? They all present an opportunity for one-of-a-kind creativity! With this fun introduction to unconventional mending techniques in a format that's half how-to guide, half idea book, anyone can give worn and torn items new life. Start by learning hand-mending methods, including boro, embroidery, patching, and darning. Then rev up the sewing machine for fast mends that put the pedal to the metal. Even with a limited budget and not much time to spare, you can create eye-catching repairs with visible mending--35 examples and more than 150 photos make it easy to put your unique mark on everything you mend!Video
If you want to make gorgeous, quality bags with the professional edge that really makes the difference between home-made and handmade-open The Better Bag Maker by Nicole Mallalieu. In this how-to book accomplished bag maker, Nicole Mallalieu, reveals her high-end techniques, shortcuts, and secrets for professional design and finishes. The 10 featured projects teach a range of expert skills from adjusting the proportion of the pattern to constructing pockets, straps, flaps, and bases.. By the end of this book, you'll have a closetful of polished bags-and most likely sew better than you ever imagined you could.
A collection of gift ideas for fashions, soft furnishings and gifts using ribbon. There are instructions on creating: cushions; a bedquilt; a correspondence folder; a tissue holder; a waistcoat; tartan-trimmed tablemats; and ribbon roses. The basic craft techniques and principles are covered.
Upcycling is die term wat gebruik word vir kreatiewe herwinning van afvalmateriaal of onbruikbare, ongewensde items, om nuwe produkte te skep wat waarde het. In hierdie boek gebruik die skrywer afvalitems om splinternuwe, byderwetse juweliersware, handsakke, houers en geskenkitems te maak.
The Book of Decorative Knots illustrates more than 50 beautiful - and functional - knots for a wide variety of purposes. This meticulously illustrated book presents each knot with clear, step-by-step line illustrations that explain each phase of the properly tied knot. Included are lanyard knots for decorative braidwork, bowknots that make loops, 'Turk's head' knots for making decorative handgrips, button knots, sinnets, flat knots, and many, many more.
Bring your cosplay dreams to life with your own two hands! The Best Cosplay Tutorial Guide Ever! Get ready to impress ordinary mortals with your superhuman costume-making skills. You can do it no matter what your experience level with this, the first full step-by-step technique book on cosplay--with no sewing! Internationally known cosplayer Kamui Cosplay (a.k.a. Svetlana Quindt) shows you how to easily create elaborate costumes and successful props out of items available at your local arts and craft or hardware stores: turn foam into a realistic axe, create a breastplate from scratch and use a glue gun to modify just about anything. You will even learn the best and most accessible techniques for working with specialty cosplay materials such as Worbla! Packed with more than 30 step-by-step demonstrations that teach the skills you need to bring all your favorite characters to life no matter the genre, Kamui Cosplay deconstructs the work that goes into making a complete costume, from the first thought to the final photo. Tutorials cover design planning, fabricating body armor, 3D painting techniques and more. Best of all, you can adapt every lesson to use in all future fandom projects spanning video games, books, anime, movies and even your own original characters! Includes: How to choose a costume and find good reference art A short shopping list of necessary materials and tools for beginning cosplayers Basic safety tips A beautiful photo gallery featuring inspiring images from other cosplayers Next steps--how to grow your workshop, take professional photos, participate in contests and join the cosplay community
The pleasures to be had from slowing down can be many, with connections to sustainability, simplicity, reflection, and tuning into traditional and other multicultural textile traditions. Slow Stitch is a much-needed guide to adopting a less-is-more approach, valuing quality over quantity, and bringing a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice. Claire Wellesley-Smith introduces a range of ways in which you can slow your textile work down, including: Using simple techniques inspired by traditional practice (including hand-stitch rhythms) Reusing and re-inventing materials (reuse even old textile projects) Limiting your equipment Mending revisited (practical and decorative techniques) Project ideas and resources that help towards making a more sustainable textile practice Richly illustrated throughout, and showcasing work from the best textile artists who work in this way, this is a truly inspirational book for those looking to reconnect with their craft and to find a new way of working.
As one of the core, traditional crafts, quilting is enjoyed by countless enthusiasts around the world - and its popularity is only growing. This collection of one thousand quilt blocks builds upon this interest, showcasing some of today's most innovative and beautiful patterns. See how others utilize color and design elements to craft creative-looking pieces. Gain inspiration from their variations and intricate techniques. Maybe even craft your own templates and original quilts. Whether a quilter or a collector, a craft-lover or an art enthusiast, 1000 Quilt Inspirations is sure to inspire your admiration and appreciation of the art of quilting. It's also likely to get you itching for some fabrics of your own!
Ann Small's imaginative use of cutting and manipulating techniques, and her layering and colouring tricks, makes this your `go-to' guide for bringing form and texture to your fabric artwork. This book is a rich resource and reference for textile artists seeking new ideas and who want to experiment with reverse applique and related techniques such as layering, trapunto, stacks, puffs and fabric manipulation. Packed with techniques suitable for quilting and other textile art Three wearable step-by-step projects Clear, close-up images make layering enjoyable and accessible.
You don't have to be a fashion designer to create your own amazing fabrics "Fabric Printing at Home" will show you how to create your own fabric prints using all of the traditional techniques, as well as techniques using regular everyday things you find around your kitchen With tons of color photos, step-by-step instructions, and helpful hints, you will be crafting your very own fabric designs in no time Learn to make print blocks, rubbing plates, stencils, fabric resists, and colorants from a wide range kitchen materials. Learn how your favorite fruits and veggies will add the perfect shapes and textures to your fabrics, or how to use recycled materials for surface design. Before you know it, you'll be crafting beautiful fabrics worthy of runways from common materials in your kitchen
Ever wondered what can be made with fluffy wooltops, wools and yarns? This new book from Gillian Harris, owner of the Fluffatorium, has all the answers! Wooltops are essentially `unspun' wool that have been processed into long fluffy lengths. It's the stuff you use when you spin yarn, and it's also the stuff that is used for felting, plus you can use it to weave with, or for extreme knitting and giant crochet too. It is light and woolly and very very fluffy! A selection of other fibres and yarns are used in some of the projects. These start life as fluffy wooltops, but have been processed a little bit more and may have been spun and plied into different sorts of yarns. Choose favourite colours of 'fluff' and learn how to make pompoms, brooches, pictures, lampshades, cushions and more. Use the fluff as it is or learn how to transform it by wetfelting, needlefelting, weaving, knitting or crocheting. Spin your own art yarn too, using a simple drop spindle. Readers will get hooked into Gillian's vibrant fluffy world and begin crafting lots of lovely, simple, easy-to-make projects. Word count: 15,000
From its practical origins in the 'Wild West', to a fashion statement today, the basic size and design of bandanas has altered little over the years. Available in an array of colors and patterns, the timeless bandana can create a striking design statement when upcycled and transformed into these eye-catching and practical makes. Projects include: notebook cover, shopping bag tidy, knitting bag, card holder, camera strap, needle case, flag, covered coat hanger, wreath, shoe bag - 11 unique projects made from bandanas - Clear step-by-step instructions and pictures - Comprehensive techniques section
Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns is the book Alabama Chanin fans are begging for! This exciting compendium takes the Alabama Chanin library to the next level, offering all the patterns from Chanin's first three books on a convenient CD, plus instructions and patterns for 12 new skirts, dresses, tops, and jackets, with illustrated guidelines for customizing the fit and style of each. Chanin teaches readers the ins and outs of refashioning shapes, raising and lowering necklines, taking in and letting out waistlines, and many more key forms of customization; she also provides guidelines for adapting patterns from other popular sewing companies to the Alabama Chanin style-stitched by hand in organic cotton jersey and embellished with stencils, embroidery, and beading.
Create cool carryalls--no pattern required! Hit the town, office or schoolyard with these one-of-a-kind satchels! In this handy beginner's guide, the experts behind Sew4Home.com show you how to create ten hip projects, from clutches and shoulder bags to a slick yoga mat sling and a vintage kids' book bag. No paper patterns required! Throughout Sew4Home Bags and Totes, you'll find step-by-step instructions and sewing tutorials. Learn to make ruffles, fussy cut fabric, add an inset zipper, and other design details to give your bag a professional finish. Thanks to authors Liz Johnson and Alicia Thommas, learning to sew trend-setting bags and totes has never been easier or more fashionable!
-Time saving how-to books top today's sewing and quilting best-seller lists -Sewing ranks among the top activities for reducing stress -Features 24 stylish project options time-strapped sewers can complete in 4 hours or less This book delivers what sewers are looking for: Beautiful, hand-made projects such as ornaments, photo frames, appliqu?d terry cloth bib, book covers and flower pins, for the home or to give as gifts. Inexpensive to make and easily completed in an evening or less, Sew It in Minutes gives sewers: -Unique projects to do in 60, 90, 120 or 240 minutes using basic sewing techniques -Diverse collection of projects for a great price -Four projects of various completion times - featured in each theme - allow sewers to do a little or a lot of what they love -Opportunities to create beautiful items by machine or hand sewing
Sweet and Simple Needle Felted Animals provides detailed instructions to create your own cute and cuddly collection of needle felted pets, barnyard buddies and mascots. These adorable furry figurines make wonderful gifts and accessories that you can carry around or wear. This DIY felting book includes step-by-step instructional colour photos and texts that couldn't be easier to follow. It shows you how to make the basic shape, attach the components, add the details and then attach the finding. And voila! Your accessory is ready to be worn and appreciated! The animals you can make include: A playful Kitten A sweet miniature Dachshund Puppy A mommy Pig and her Baby Piglet A downy Duck and Ducklings A saucy Squirrel A friendly Chipmunk A pair of adorable White Bunnies A trio of brightly-colored Parakeets A fairytale Bear And a host of other tiny mascots and charms/ With over 20 charming projects to make, great techniques and helpful tips this is a craft book that felting beginners and experts alike will enjoy and treasure!
Starting with the basic blocks for skirts and bodices (and also a jacket and trouser block), Gillian Holman shows you how to add the refinements, such as necklines, collars, sleeves, yokes, flounces, pleats, peg tops, pockets, and crossovers. Each design element is accompanied by sketches and patterns. It is a step-by-step introduction to the techniques of pattern cutting for fashion students and amateur dressmakers.
Do It Together! Making is better when you're doing it with friends! In Make: Volume 58, we explore different ways to tackle large scale projects that are way bigger than one person can handle alone. In our cover story, get the scoop on how a team of engineers built giant robot Megabot to fight for glory in the world's first real-life mecha battle. Then, discover the latest in robo races and build your own autonomous R/C car. You'll find 14 projects inside, including: Send stealthy messages with Morse code over the internetPlay electronic audio games by drawing circuits with conductive inkKeep kitty entertained with a chaotic double pendulum toy And more!
For over thirty years Sue Quinn has designed gorgeous little felt animals that appeal to both adult collectors and children. Now she would like to share her master secrets. Colourful, strong and easy to use, felt is the perfect material to make this collection of charming classic woodland animals. Follow the clear step-by-step instructions to create a group of endearing little creatures that you will want to make and keep.
Culled from two popular American women's magazines of the Victorian era, here are alphabets, initials, monograms, and common names in various letter forms-script, floral, geometric, Old English, block, ornamental, etc. No practicing needleworker can afford to be without it.
From the sewing machine whisperer comes this in-depth, visual guide to how a sewing machine works, how to keep it in good working order, and how to solve common problems. Perfect for sewists and quilters of all levels, this friendly approach to learning about and troubleshooting your sewing machine gives you the tools you need to sew and quilt with less frustration and better results!
Primitive lines hearken back to American roots and are reminiscent of simpler times. Embrace the beauty of hand stitching with whimsical, age-worn designs. From wall quilts to table toppers and primitive dolls to pincushions, you'll sew 12 handcrafted projects with eccentric flair and distinct character - ideal for both beginners and more experienced sewists. Your stitches are meant to tell a story, so put perfection to the side as you create memories with felted wool, distressed cotton and embroidery thread.
Show off your scarf style! Why shop endlessly for the perfect scarf when you can create one that is perfectly you? In Creative Scarves you'll find 24 fashionably fun and incredibly easy design ideas to help you make (or make-over) your own gorgeous scarves for every outfit, occasion and season. Add your own personal touch as you sew, stamp, stencil, dye, bead, paint and trim your way to a complete scarf collection. Flip to the "Favorite Ways to Wear" section for tips on wearing your unique creations. Sew, stamp, stencil, dye, bead, paint and trim your scarves!
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