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A book to appeal to all types of sewers, whether they sew garments or home decorating projects. More than 40 major corner and edging techniques are covered in a quick reference format: organised by type of technique, and illustrated with full colour photographs, the information is both easy to find and comprehensive. Embellishment is a current trend amongst sewers and this book presents a new way to approach the subject, since edges and corners are not usually thought of as usual locations for decorative embellishments. The techniques can be used on garments, accessories, home decoration and craft projects Sewers of all skill levels will find the ideas inspiring and the instructions thorough. Even beginners will be able to complete the techniques. Complete easy-to-follow instructions for over 40 different techniques, with many variations. Appealing package: stay-flat spiral binding, easy reference text, lots of highlighted tips and step-by-step photographs.
If you've always fancied taking up sewing but didn't know where to start, this guide for the absolute beginner is for you. This simple-to-follow project-based book takes you through the basic techniques of this fun and creative craft. You'll learn everything you need to get started, including how to do the necessary stitches, how to make seams and add creative details and fastenings. Each skill is accompanied by a stylish project to make, including an apron, padded coat hanger and cushion. Each project is explained with the help of clear illustrations that will guide you every step of the way. The straightforward explanations combined with desirable projects means that no matter how little sewing experience you have to start with you'll soon be impressing friends and family with your new-found practical skills.
A super-stylish new handbook from Merchant & Mills containing all the answers to sewing's most frequently asked questions. Providing an overview on the art of sewing, this handy volume is packed with information on the tools and materials you will need, seasoned with homegrown tips on essential good practice. Topics given the full Merchant & Mills treatment range from the planning stages through to putting the finishing touches to your project. Measuring and marking, form (including darts and gathering), seams, ease, hems, interfacing and closures such as buttons and zips are all covered. There is expert advice on using and understanding patterns, performing basic alterations, and of course plenty of tips on making the most of any dressmaker's best friend - the iron. Successful sewing is very achievable: just make sure that you have this book to hand at all times, and bear in mind the Merchant & Mills motto: do it once, do it well.
This is a book/DVD set offering an in-depth workshop on replicating the iconic Chanel skirt. It is a companion book to the hugely popular Couture Cardigan Jacket, giving readers the option of creating a complete Chanel suit. This book/DVD set is the second book on Chanel and a companion to The Couture Cardigan Jacket. It contains the information and design-atelier secrets that have made Shaeffer's in-person classes smash- hit sellouts. The DVD offers an in-depth workshop with Shaeffer, focused on replicating the iconic Chanel skirt. Although each book works independently, when purchased with The Couture Cardigan Jacket readers will have the option of creating a complete Chanel suit. As with the other books in this series, the companion printed book presents intriguing garment details (from garments in Shaeffer' impressive collection) and information on the construction methods used to create the signature garment.
Many people have a sewing machine tucked away in a corner, but little understanding of how to use it. With accessible and clear instructions, this book takes you on a journey, teaching and building upon basic skills to build up a repertoire of techniques and ideas, until you are a confident and creative sewer, able to design and adapt your own ideas and develop an individual sewing style. This new guide to understanding your sewing machine includes winding the bobbin; threading the machine up correctly and adjusting the settings. It also covers skills for making simple projects such as measuring, cutting, pinning, tacking and understanding fabrics. Common techniques for everyday use are given such as inserting a zip, taking up a hem and creating simple decorative applique designs.
Gone are the days of knitting being only for your Granny, knitting you jumpers that your eight-year-old self was forced to wear under duress. In an ever-increasingly digital world, people are tired of staring at screens all day, with nothing to show for their endeavours. They are turning more and more to traditional crafts - knitting being by far the most popular - as a way of having something tangible to do. However, the perception of knitting is still very much that it is a female pursuit. Not so at all. The author wants to show that the ability to create complex and beautiful objects from two sticks and some string is actually incredibly well suited to the traditional `male-brain' mentality - repetitive actions, mathematical formulas, complicated patterns - all things that the male brain is perfectly wired for. The aim of this manual will not only be to provide a beginners' guide to anyone who thinks they'd like to give knitting a go, but also to challenge the perceptions of who knitters are - to break apart those dusty stereotypes, and show, once and for all, that knitting is in no way a gendered pastime, but is instead, a universal hobby for anyone interested in working with their hands, and creating warm and practical things to wear, share or even sell. Full of colour step-by-step photos, along with QR code links to videos - this manual will explain everything the beginner needs to know.
From the founder of iconic outdoors brand Sandqvist, this cool craft book is all about using needle and thread, a sewing machine and stiff materials to make your own practical, hardwearing functional objects. From hiking rucksacks to knife holders, vanity bags to aprons, there are projects for the experienced home sewer who is looking to try something new, for people who find the idea of sewing fun but may not have come up with a suitable project and for those who have never even used a sewing machine before. Explaining the basics of making textile products and which materials to use, as well as the equipment and work techniques, this book teaches you all about leather and how to repair your own belongings. You then have the chance to put these techniques into practice by turning your hand at ten cool projects for countryside, town and travel. There is no difficult stitching here; you simply need some patience and attention to detail. Amazingly good fun and rewarding, welcome to heavy-duty sewing!
50 Fabric Animals presents a cute collection of 50 animal-themed fabric projects to make for you and your home, or as the perfect gift for friends, family and children. The projects include teddy bears, rabbits, birds, sheep, cows, pigs, fish, mice and many more in a range of fabrics, finishes and colours, and there's a mix of styles to suit everybody, from a classic brown teddy bear to more unusual designs like the bright and funky button-eyed bunnies! There is also a selection of applique and embroidery projects, such as an owl mobile-phone pouch, a fish motif glasses case, a seagull cushion and a child's bear-design coat, as well as a keyring, purse, scarf and baby's cot quilt. Beginners will enjoy the easy-to-follow instructions along with the full pattern templates, and more experienced stitchers won't be able to resist making these charming creatures. Inspiring and imaginative, there's even a toy rabbit to fashion from a pair of woollen gloves!
"Pattern Magic" is the cult pattern-cutting book from Japan. Taking inspiration from nature, from geometric shapes and from the street, this book harnesses the sheer joy of making and sculpting clothes. The book takes a creative approach to pattern cutting, with step-by-step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers to enjoy. 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 simple illustrations and detailed instructions make it easy to create stunning, sculptural clothes with a couture look.
Assembled from vintage issues of Peterson's Magazine, a popular 19th-century ladies periodical, these patterns include dresses, pants, jackets, and other apparel for women and children. Historians, collectors of antiques, and costume designers will appreciate this original collection, which features suggestions for re-creating the garments with modern tools and techniques.
Renowned colour expert and quilt and fabric designer Kaffe Fassett explores flowers as a source of inspiration for patchwork and needlepoint in this new quilting guide and pattern collection. Along the way, he shares a behind-the-scenes look at his fascinating design process-from mood boards and "sketching" with colour swatches to planning and sewing the quilts. While the focus is on patchwork and needle-point, the design and color ideas translate to many design disciplines and materials, including crafts, fiber arts, floral design and home decor. Accessible to all skill levels, the designs on each page will inspire you to see how much more colourful and alive your needlework, quilts and creative projects can be.
Stitched Textiles: Nature is the fourth title in this successful theme-based series. It contains an extensive section on techniques, featuring step-by-step guides to machine- and hand-stitching, attaching embellishments and found objects to your work; painting and printing on fabrics including cotton, silk and Khadi paper; and using objects found in nature, such as leaves, to make unique and iconic prints. The book includes three beautiful, inspirational projects based on different facets of the natural world: Ocean, Rainforest, Botany, Birds and Animals. Stitched Textiles: Nature also features examples of the author, Stephanie Redfern's own intricate and detailed works based on nature, exploring the means by which the pieces have been created, and the wonderful stories behind Stephanie's journey as an artist. The wealth of information and visual stimuli in Stitched Textiles: Nature is intended to inspire the reader to create their own works inspired by nature. Stephanie begins by exploring the use of sketchbooks and study pages; progressing to picking out iconic elements from sketches and photographs; and eventually assembling a stunning, personal piece of stitched textile work on fabric or on cotton-blend Khadi paper; applying handstitch in metallic threads; machine stitch in whimsical and beautiful patterns; embellishing with natural beads or found objects.
Textile artist and surface designer Mandy Pattullo marries fabric with collage techniques to produce beautiful pieces of art. In Textile Collage she shows a fresh way to use scraps and oddments of fabrics to create something unique and personal, while also being economical - perfect for those who have hoarded bits of fabric, trim and memory-filled domestic textiles over the years. Chapter one covers 'Materials': collecting and sourcing fabric including unpicking and storing found fabric. In chapter two, 'Make', Mandy guides you through all the artistic and creative elements that you need to consider to create a beautiful collage. The following chapter 'Portray' looks at piecing together a collaged portrait - human or animal - showing the figurative approach in collage work that includes transfer images and using found photographs. In the chapter 'Worn', the collage technique is used to embellish skirts, jackets and accessories. The final chapter 'Book' looks at the fabric book as a receptacle for textile collage, with a range of approaches and forms explored. This is a wonderful resource for all textilers looking to make the most of the found fabrics they love and fully explore the technique of collage with textiles.
Sew Barbie this cute wardrobe of 24 stylish outfits. Sew clothes for every day: jeans and a tie-waist shirt for a picnic in the country, a fleecy jumper and trousers for skiing, a bikini, towel and sunhat for the beach or dungarees for DIY. Or create outfits for special occasions, such as a floral cocktail dress, A-line wedding dress or a formal lacy dress for the theatre. And why not dip into the dressing-up box with fairy, mermaid and superwoman costumes? The detailed explanations are accompanied by step-by-step diagrams and real-size patterns, which can be adapted for petite, curvy, tall or original Barbie. The techniques used are simple and the outfits can be sewn by hand or on the machine. These are ideal projects for upcycling old clothes or making use of scraps of fabric from your stash.
Table decor is such a wonderful subject for a sewing book! We all gather around the table for our most important occasions and making an effort to dress up the table shows the care and affection we have for our family and guests. Table decor is a great way to make our everyday meals seem like special occasions. This book has themed sets that reflect the four seasons and Christmas. The designs are fat quarter friendly and are quick and fun to stitch up for your own table or as treasured gift.
The 'roaring twenties' were exciting years for women's fashion. The iconic image is of the young 'flapper' dancing the night away in a sparkling dress with fringes and tassels moving to the beat of the Jazz age. But, for all women in the post-war years of the 1920s, there was a new freedom in fashion as hemlines lifted and waistlines dropped. The simplified silhouette caused a boom in home dressmaking as women with basic sewing skills used tissue paper patterns to run up a new frock in the latest style. This practical book explains the background to these years and the trends in women's fashion, before introducing a range of garments that women would typically have worn. Suzanne Rowland gives a unique and detailed account of how to make vintage 1920s clothes for women based on the dress collections at the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, and Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. Fifteen detailed projects for garments and accessories include a pair of fashionably daring beach pyjamas, the wedding dress of a bride from East Sussex, and a simple striped frock suitable for wearing at a British seaside resort. Each project includes a detailed description of the original garment with an accompanying illustration alongside photographs of the original pieces. Scaled patterns are included with a list of materials and equipment required. Step-by-step instructions and close-up photographs are given for each stage of the making process with information about the original techniques used.
So you've mastered the basics in shirtmaking and you are looking to create your own couture blouses, dress shirts, or jackets... Well, you are in luck then. David Page Coffin, author of "Shirtmaking," is back to help you through amazing custom patterns for men and women Inside you'll find a helpful guide explaining specific concepts, structures, and styles, such as: Dress (or Shaped) Shirt Block, Sport (or Unshaped) Shirt Block, Knit (or Stretch-to-Fit) Shirt Block, Folk (or Rectangular) Shirt Block, and Shirt-Jacket (or Over-Sized) Block. "The Shirtmaking Workbook" also includes lists for further reading, suppliers, and references to help make your custom shirtmaking easier. With these shirtmaking basics, you'll be creating hundreds of fashionable designs in no time
The lavish new book from bestselling author and renowned textile artist Moy Mackay. From concentrating mainly on the felting techniques described in detail in her previous books (Art in Felt & Stitch and Flowers in Felt & Stitch), this latest title by the prolific and popular felt artist now shows you how to find inspiration for your own felt painting creations. Delve into the catalogue of Moy's beautiful, colourful sketchbooks and photographs and learn about her own design process and influences, through which your own artistic abilities can be explored. Moy takes you through every step of the felt-making process then shows you how to put together four fabulous felt paintings of various subjects. There is also guidance on stitching - both hand- and machine-stitching - as well as how to use colour and introduce texture in the form of different fibres and threads. There are numerous examples of Moy's work throughout the book, inspired by the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Borders where she lives and works, providing further inspiration for your own gorgeous felt paintings. From inspiration and design to the finished vibrant picture, Moy's third book explores the development from initial thoughts through to the essential embellishments that add life and character to her work.
This book will show you how you can get the most out of your sewing machine, simply by changing feet - from working easily with the full range of fabrics (even the most slippery and stretchy ones), to great time-saving tricks like easy zippers and button-holes, and adding a range of new decorative effects. For those new to the wonderful world of stitching, you will find all the help and advice you need to get your machine out of its box for the first time. And if you are considering upgrading your machine, you'll also find a guide on which machine will best suit your stitching needs. So whether you are a beginner or have been sewing for years, this book is packed with all the information you need to get the most out of your sewing machine, inspiring new design ideas and finishes along the way.
Start your collection of these charming booklets in tatting. Many of the patterns are ideal for novice tatters, while others offer a little more challenge.
Experiment with stitch, fabric and thread to create your own unique textiles. This inventive book is a treasure trove of over 40 inspiring practical exercises, a rich and creative exploration of fabric and stitch, and a fascinating all-round read. Elizabeth Healey's approach to sewing is that it should be fun, and not like a chore or an exam we need to excel in. Her aim is to simply encourage you to pick up a needle and thread and get sewing! The exercises draw inspiration from around the world: create corded works of art inspired by Milton Glaser's iconic Bob Dylan poster; create bold embroidered African masks; layer up and cut away to create Mola applique; use bleach and fabric paint to create Aboriginal dreamtime lizards; create knotted works of art inspired by ancient Mayan counting systems; embroider varsity cross-stitch letters or try out decorative Japanese book binding. Alternatively, try a host of other techniques such as quilting, printing, dyeing, couching tumbled crockery, creating pleats and puckers and needlelace. Packed with stitch galleries and bursting with slow sewing ideas, the book also contains 'behind the stitches' features: illuminating insights into sewing movements such as Boro textiles, Gee's Bend quilting and Dorset buttons.
Bring a beautiful hand-crafted touch to your home with this amazing guide. Learn everything you need to know to make all sorts of amazing and exciting projects to brighten up every room in the house! Written for beginners, this inspiring handbook guides you through 50 exciting ideas that are simple and easy to complete, including curtains, bed linens, cushion covers and so much more. Each project includes a list of materials, fool-proof step-by-step illustrated instructions, and creative variations on each project. Complete with a 13-page techniques section, A Beginner's Guide to Home Sewing reveals the secrets behind choosing and using the right fabrics and equipment. Gloria clearly explains basic hand-sewing stitches-both decorative and functional-as well as how to use a sewing machine, making sure you get a professional-looking finish every time.
Achieve the perfect balance of stability and smooth finish withthis lightweight fusible stiff interfacing-ideal for tote bags, purses,sandwich wraps, hats, costumes, soft sculptures...anywhere you need a little extra support. * Provides structure without added bulk or unnecessary stiffness * Versatile for use in sewing, home dec, and craft projects * Made in USA
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