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This book features 10 tailoring techniques suitable for novice to intermediate sewers. It offers step-by-step instructions, illustrations and fabulous photography throughout. It includes practical information on equipment, fabrics, measuring and stitching. Revamp your wardrobe and maximise its usage with this comprehensive practical guide to maintaining and altering your clothes. Acclaimed costumer and expert tailor J Francois-Campbell guides you through ten tailoring techniques, covering everything from replacing buttons to changing a garment's shape. If you're looking for better-fitting clothes or simply to prolong the life of your garments, this book will show you how with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Projects include: skirts, dresses, trousers, jackets, shirts, coats and capes, boiler suits, jumpers, waistcoats and ties.
Featuring original patterns to stitch an exciting variety of children's soft toys, this book also contains sewing and embroidery projects for stitchers of all abilities. It contains projects suitable for babies and children up to 6 years, and step-by-step instructions and templates for all the designs. Any child would love to have one of the enchanting fabric toys in this exciting new book of sewing projects. Claire Garland has designed a range of easy-to-make, colourful and cuddly friends, suitable for children from 0-6 years old. The great toys in this book range from smiley dinosaurs, including a baby and its egg, to a fun and funky rag doll, complete with her own smart wardrobe of fashionable clothes. The projects use basic sewing and embroidery skills, and range from very simple to the slightly more complex. All the instructions are clearly explained, with a useful list of the materials and equipment required at the start of each project. The pattern templates for fabric cutting are also included, as well as tip boxes giving handy hints to save time, or suggesting alternative ideas for embellishments. If you want to make a unique gift for the child in your life, Claire's inspirational patterns will make you want to pick up your needle and start sewing. "Toys to Sew" is the companion volume to "Toys to Knit", which includes a range of desirable projects to knit from Rowan knitting consultant Tracy Chapman.
Kanthas, embroidered fabrics traditionally created by the women of northern India and Bangladesh, capture culture, history, and stitching creativity in their layers of repurposed old cloth. This book reveals the beauty in kantha's simplicity--it is based on simple running stitch--and offers step-by-step instructions that enable today's textile artists to enjoy it. Kanthas were originally created from threadbare clothing to rejuvenate it. The used fabrics were layered, then embellished with motifs and themes from nature, everyday life, and spirituality. This guide leads you through the layering of fabrics, transfer of imagery, and the stitching itself. There are handy motif patterns, instructions on how to begin a personal kantha reference library, and more. Both simple and complex projects, appealing to beginners and expert stitchers, get you started, and a colorful gallery of kantha work is included to inspire you.
How to Be a Craftivist is a manifesto for quiet activism: how to tackle issues not with shouting and aggression but with gentle protest, using the process of `making' to engage thoughtfully in the issues we are about, to influence and effect change. Sarah Corbett - professional campaigner and founder of the Craftivist Collective - shares her journey from burnt-out activist, tired of marching, confrontation and demonizing opposition, towards a more respectful activism: using craft to contemplate global issues, provoke thought and start conversations rather than arguments; to engage, empower and encourage people on and offline to become part of change in the face of injustice, inequality and prejudice. Interwoven with Sarah's personal stories of causes fought are ideas and suggestions for every novice craftivist. From how to think about the medium itself, to looking at colour, fonts, size and message, here is inspiration for every detail of your creation. In today's world it's easy to feel helpless, but here is a book to initiate debates rather than shouting matches, to enable collaboration in place of confrontation. Gentleness can be a great strength, and quiet action can sometimes speak as powerfully amid the noise as the loudest voice. And if we want a world that is beautiful, kind and fair... shouldn't our activism be beautiful, kind and fair?
Featuring 20 projects to hand-make with love, this book includes sewing, quilting, knitting and embroidery crafts for the newborn, nursery and for the mother herself. Projects range from a high-contrast fabric-floor quilt perfect for tummy time and matching, knitted strawberry hat and booties for the baby, to a felt night-sky mobile for the nursery and a maternity pillow and a lightweight infinity nursing scarf for the mother. Perfect for beginners, this well-illustrated collection includes crafting basics, a stitch gallery, templates and ideas for personalising the gifts.
Make the cutest little creatures from wool! Needle felting is all the rage, and this book shows you how to create tiny bears, rabbits, dogs, cats, fairies, dolls, cupcakes, and more.* Basic instructions and step-by-step photos show you what you will need and how to begin, plus advanced options for once you've mastered the basics* Learn to make joints so that the arms and legs can really move* Instructions on how to make unique details such as pointed ears, long tails, and different noses and muzzles
Traditional dream catchers are intended to protect people who are sleeping from negative, bad dreams while still letting the positive, good dreams come through. The good dreams go through the hole in the centre of the dream catcher and then glide down the feathers to the person sleeping below. Native Americans and of course others, truly believe that dream catchers have the power to catch all of your dreams; trapping the bad ones in the web, and only letting the good dreams pass through the hole in the middle. Express your creativity by stitching one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. Patterns for six dream catchers are included in this book. Each design is made using #2 Omega Nylon cord, a metal craft ring or a wooden embroidery hoop and embellished with beads and feathers.
Little Felted Dogs offers instructions to recreate a variety of breeds, including a bulldog, poodle, shiba inu, corgi, dachshund and many more. Each project includes step-by-step instructions and diagrams, making this book an accessible introduction to the beginner-friendly craft of needle felting. Whether they adore their pugs, or wish they had a Pomeranian, dog lovers of all stripes will fail in love with these miniature versions of two dozen beloved breeds. Simple needle-felting instructions require only a small amount of wool and are easy enough for crafters to customize a homage to their own adorable mutts.
This title features 25 decorative projects that celebrate the beauty of ribbon work. It covers stylish ribbons that celebrated in inspirational designs and practical projects. It includes complete step-by-step instructions for 25 superb projects, including a christening pillow, Christmas decorations, a dried flower and ribbon wreath, and a woven folder. It is featuring a gallery of innovative designs of the finest ribbon work from contemporary craft artists. It is a guide to working with ribbons, from making simple bows and roses to weaving, applique and embroidery, and all you need to know about equipment and materials. This is the definitive modern approach to a traditional craft. It features over 250 specially-commissioned photographs, which clearly demonstrate each stage. For centuries ribbons have been used for decoration, and as status symbols and tokens of love. The choice of shades, fabrics, textures and styles ranges from traditional silks, satins and velvets to metallics and exotic prints. By mastering a few easy techniques, you can turn simple strands of ribbon into exquisite artefacts, or use them for gift wrapping, floristry, and trimming furnishings and costumes. This book contains 25 projects illustrated with step-by-step photographs and clear instructions. From bows and roses, to more intricate ribbon embroidery and elaborate ribbon weaving techniques, this comprehensive book provides a complete course in working with ribbons. Mix metallic ribbons with luscious cords and gold tassels in a cushion; use plain ribbons to enliven a lampshade; or embellish baubles and pine cones to make Christmas decorations. It is a gallery of the work of contemporary designers that represents the varied approaches and styles that can be achieved.
With the popularity of Outlander, Penny Dreadful and Game of Thrones - as well as the popularity of conventions like San Diego Comic Con - fans are eager to create period gowns that emulate the characters they love. Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox, owners of the popular online store American Duchess, have teamed together to recreate four complete dresses from the 18th century. Whether readers are experienced seamstresses or are new to hand sewing, they won't want to miss this comprehensive guide. The projects include The English Gown, The Sacque, The Italian Gown and The Round Gown. Each project is broken down into easy-to-follow steps and Lauren and Abby tackle every detail - fabric, patterns, stitch techniques, accessories, shortcuts and troubleshooting. Whether you choose a romantic 1790s muslin gown or a grand sacque gown of silk taffeta, you will feel like you just stepped out of your favorite novel or period of history. Lauren and Abby's company, American Duchess, has been featured on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Reno Gazette Journal, the Today Show and Garmz.com. Their historically accurate shoes have been used in productions by the New York Metropolitan Opera, Ford's Theater, Broadway's Cinderella, The Jimmy Fallon Show and The Knick. Lauren and Abby have over 32k Facebook followers and over 34k followers on Instagram.
During Queen Victoria's long reign there were constant, often subtle, changes to men's clothing in the large, diverse and growing population. This practical book guides you through the male fashions of the time and includes eighteen garments typical of the era. Each project is carefully grounded in historical research, while traditional tailoring techniques are simplified for the modern costume maker. It is an essential handbook that describes fabrics and tools for pattern drafting, tailoring and costume construction, and explains how to get the best results from each. It covers a wide variety of gentleman's attire adaptable for different occupations and social status, including assorted shirts, trousers, breeches, a tailcoat, a jacket, a frockcoat and several waistcoats. There is a full set of patterns for each outfit, along with clear, full colour construction photographs and finally, the author suggests how outfits can be adapted to fit different sizes and characters, and gives practical insights into the making process.
In this practical but inspiring book, seamstress Arianna Cadwallader and designer Cathy McKinnon present sewing patterns and instructions for the five key pieces that will form the basis of your own capsule wardrobe: * a great shift dress * well-fitting trousers * a simple yet stylish skirt * a light blouse * a jersey vest. Their focus is on quality and fit - all the patterns can be adapted to fit and suit you perfectly, whether you prefer long, short or cap sleeves, high or low waistbands, and slim, straight or wide legged trousers. Once you've created your items you can then mix and match them to create a variety of looks and styles. Aimed at advanced beginners, the book guides you through how to measure yourself and all the techniques you will need. With a foreword by TV star Dawn O'Porter, this is the essential guide to creating your perfect wardrobe.
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.
Bring animals from the farm, countryside and wood to life with the magic of feltcraft. Wool is a wonderfully natural and tactile material for crafting. This beautifully presented book guides readers through the creation of their own three-dimensional felt creatures from raw wool batting, using Rotraud Reinhard's unique 'building-up' method. From lazy cats to jumping squirrels, tiny mice to majestic deer, this richly illustrated book offers step-by-step instructions for more than 25 different animals, many of which can be made in several stances and sizes to fit different nature scenes. The book also provides options for designing individual fur markings and details. As individual animals or in a seasonal tableau, these natural-looking animals will enrich any home or classroom.
An inspirational guide to designing and making tailored soft furnishings. Projects include stunning window treatments, removable loose chair covers, beautiful scatter pillows, and crisp household linen. Step-by-step instructions lead you through all the stages from planning to stitching, as well as caring for the finished item. Includes simple projects suitable for a novice, as well as challenging ideas for more experienced stitchers.
This title deals with the art of fabric decorating and painting in over 20 beautiful projects. The versatility of batik is celebrated in inspirational designs and practical projects. It features over 20 handsome and original ideas illustrated with step-by-step photographs. It offers comprehensive coverage of the many aspects of this technique, with expert instruction at every stage. It features fine contemporary pieces by leading designers. It outlines all the materials, equipment, fabrics and basic techniques you will need to get started. Templates are provided; just enlarge to get to the finished size. There are clear step-by-step instructions for projects such as a cotton sarong, a cushion cover and a cosmetic bag. The versatility of batik has led many designers to develop this traditional craft, with innovative and original results. The basic equipment and materials such as papers, fabrics and dyes are outlined in this book, which also explores the various methods of resist dyeing in both classical and contemporary projects. Techniques include making a basic frame, pinning the fabric to it, using a dye bath and direct dyeing. Effects such as cracking, canting and ragging are also shown. Batik designs can range from extremely simple to the very complicated, and each design is unique owing to the technique of resist dyeing. This book provides informative instruction for newcomers to the craft, and will inspire more experienced batik artists to experiment by working with different materials, such as paper and wood, as well as textiles. There are over 20 stunning projects to try yourself, including a silk square scarf, a paper pastel blind, a batik screen, a picture frame and a cotton sarong. A gallery of contemporary designers' work provides further inspiration for the dyeing enthusiast.
'The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction' is a technique-based book that covers all the necessary skills for sewing clothes, including tops, dresses, pants, skirts, and outerwear-for women, men, and children.
The ultimate reference guides for needleworkers with amazing projects, detailed step-by-step instructions and stunning photographs. This best-selling series covering mainly embroidery but also sewing, knitting and crochet, was originally published by Country Bumpkin in Australia and has now been revamped for the modern needeworker by Search Press, with a fresh new design. Discover the delights of heirloom sewing, a collection of fine needlework techniques that imitate French hand sewing. The use of delicate fabrics trimmed with lace, entredeux, ribbon and tucks are common characteristics of this beautiful technique. Perfect for adding that extra special touch to christening gowns, children's clothes, wedding dresses and delicate garments, this book has methods for every skill level. Filled with detailed instructions and useful hints, this reference book offers over 700 clear step-by-step photographs to help you achieve the perfect finish.
This book by internationally renowned dyer, costumier and artist India Flint draws on her two decades of experience and experimentation in natural dyeing techniques to present an expert, highly accessible and achievable handbook of ecologically sustainable plant dye methods using renewable resources - most of them to be found in the average home garden. Eco Colour uses an exciting range of projects to demonstrate a variety of techniques, many of which have been specially developed by the author. Projects range from the simplest imaginable (solar dyeing, in which the fabric and dye material are placed in a closed jar and left for a few weeks in a sunny spot) to the positively romantic (dyeing with 'ice flowers'). Beautifully crafted, inspirational garments and homewares are used as the basis for dyeing techniques that produce a boundless range of pure, gentle, natural colourways.
Create beautiful crafts for your home and everyone in it--no experience required! Learning how to sew has never been easier! In See Kate Sew, blogger Kate Blocher shows you how to make dozens of beginner-friendly projects with professional polish. From stylish pillows and home decor to adorable soft toys for kids and fashion-forward accessories, there is plenty to make and gift--or keep just for you! Detailed instructions and step-by-step illustrations help ensure your success, while sewing tutorials on everything from creating buttonholes to mitering quilt corners and embroidering sprinkles on felt donuts will boost your skills and confidence. Best of all, projects can be sewn together in 60 minutes or less. Sew great!
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