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Sewing is an extremely rewarding hobby. With so many different fabrics, embellishments and trimmings now available on the high street and online, it is easier than ever to create unique clothes and home furnishings. Now available in paperback, this best-selling title is THE essential guide to sewing. Each chapter is devoted to one key area of sewing and provides clear and concise in-depth instructions along with step-by-step instructions for basic principles and more advanced sewing techniques. Learn about materials and equipment, and choosing the right machine to work for you in chapter one, then move onto fabrics and patterns in the following chapter. Once you're comfortable with the basic stitches, seams and techniques, learn how to make clothing, accessories and soft furnishings. With this book by your side, you will soon be able to make anything from a commercial pattern, and will also know how to alter patterns to suit your style. With a section on care and repair, you will find out how to look after and fix homemade and store-bought items. And if it can't be fixed, learn how fabric and trimmings can be reused or upcycled into something else. This comprehensive guide offers a glossary of sewing terms, clear instructions and hundreds of illustrations and diagrams showing each stage of the sewing process. It'll be the one resource that you will turn to time and time again.
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
Demonstrating how to create wonderful pictures as well as three-dimensional objects using wool and basic needle felting techniques, this guidebook employs a methodology accessible to anyone. With appealing and amusing designs--including charming cards, fashionable jewelry, and animal and human forms--this resource offers crafters a fun and offbeat way to learn the simple steps behind creative and fulfilling needle felting.
In this stunning new book, young crafter Elspeth Jackson reinvents the old (and somewhat forgotten) technique of rag rugging to create contemporary and sustainable homeware items from leftover fabrics. You'll be amazed at how simple and enjoyable it is to upcycle old and well-loved garments into beautiful rugs, pillows, artworks, bags and other gifts, using just a few basic tools and some simple techniques. The book is arranged into three chapters: Home includes a selection of projects for fun and easy rugs in a range of colours and styles, as well as a shaggy pillow, draught excluder, wall hanging and chalkboard frame. Gifts has wonderful ideas for unique items that you can make for friends and family, from a clutch bag to flower hair clips and even a brooch. Finally, Seasonal will inspire you to turn your strips of fabric into decorations and gifts to use at certain times of the year, from a rag-rugged heart for Valentine's Day, to an unusual spring wreath and some gorgeous Christmas baubles. With lavish colour photographs and clear, step-by-step instructions and artworks, crafters of all ages will enjoy making these projects. A comprehensive section at the start of the book covers everything you need to know about which fabrics to choose, what tools you will need and what the essential techniques are, allowing you to discover how to update this traditional craft with endless possibilities of colour and fabric combinations.
Jane Foster is one of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming designers. An entirely self-taught illustrator and screen printer, her work is strongly influenced by Scandinavian and British design from the 1950s and 60s. Fun with Fabric is Jane's first book, and in it she presents 15 simple projects, using fabulous fabrics from her own collection. Jane shows you how to sew and stick to create bold, colourful accessories for your home. Whether you are already hoarding stacks of vintage fabric or prefer to buy new reproduction designs, this book is packed with practical and inspirational project ideas. Patchwork cushions, bags and quilts will need some simple sewing skills, while covered notebooks, a noticeboard and pen pots can be achieved with scissors and glue. Jane's fun and easygoing approach to her work shines through in each of the 15 projects. Here's to embracing the retro lifestyle!
Welcome to the charming world of Luna Lapin, a quiet and kind rabbit with impeccable taste. Learn how to sew your own felt rabbit along with her exquisite wardrobe including 20 garment and accessory sewing patterns. All the clothes are made using the finest fabrics including wool felt, lace and Liberty print cotton. Choose from a perfectly tailored wool coat, matching tweed skirt and bag, or pretty lace set. Don't forget the accessories - there are bunny boots and tiny French knickers to create. Luna even has the perfect pair of pyjamas for elegant lounging and a comfy armchair to relax in. You will be captivated by the stories surrounding Luna on her adventures as she goes for a job interview and visits the theatre. Her brother Alfie even makes an appearance in his own dapper outfit of jeans, waistcoat and tailored shirt. These adorable sewing patterns will appeal to the child in all of us and make beautiful heirloom gifts to treasure.
Cosplayers rejoice! The Hero's Closet is the ultimate DIY guide to creating unique and fantastical homemade costumes This essential handbook offers detailed, step-by-step instructions that cover the basics of sewing costumes (which often require skills not found in standard sewing guides) to help even the most novice sewists create the costumes of their dreams. A skilled crafter and avid cosplayer, Gillian Conahan walks readers through finding inspiration online and through their fandom; shares insight into translating character art into real-world garments; and offers advice on pattern selection, alterations, fabrics, and embellishment techniques. The book also features 11 original step-by-step basic patterns-such as jumpsuits, jackets, and pants. It then suggests ideas for mixing and matching these basics to create costumes of all styles, including superheroes, pirates, elves, school girls, and adventurers. The Hero's Closet is the first how-to handbook on the art of sewing for cosplay. A must-have guide for Comic Con and Halloween, it's essential for all ambitious fans with a DIY spirit who love the idea of cosplay, but need the inspiration and technical tips to make an awesome costume.
Create gorgeous, one-of-a-kind outfits for kids of all ages from old clothes and thrift-store finds, using the techniques and inspiration in this book.More than 30 fun, stylish projects that can be customized to use whatever materials you have available and to suit children of all ages, sizes, and tastesThe only skills needed are very basic machine- and hand-sewing skills; tutorials are included for making fabric flowers and other embellishmentsFull of tips for sourcing materials, designing garments, adding details and trim, and styling the finished outfitsColorful ideas for making fashion on a budget
This book shows you how to sew your own wardrobe of flattering and comfortable skirts, dresses and tops. The designs feature wonderful, exaggerated bows and elegant frills to give you a beautifully feminine look. There are three themed chapters - town, party and resort - to take you effortlessly from the city to the beach. Town: A more tailored look with simple lines, using contrasting fabrics to add interest. Party: Giant bows, ribbon straps and sash ties add embellishment to these pretty party pieces. Resort: Sundresses with relaxed handkerchief hems, crossover tops, frills or a cute sweetheart neckline will keep you cool through the summer. The twenty-one designs are based on seven simple shapes and a minimum of pattern pieces. They use straightforward sewing techniques, so you can make any of the garments with ease. Comprehensive, easy to follow instructions, with step-by-step diagrams, are included, together with a full-scale paper pattern in four dress sizes, so you can cut out your own pattern pieces. Bring a touch of beautiful Japanese style to your wardrobe with these easy to make designs.
An inspirational and practical guide to the potential of heat tools for textile artists. Soldering irons, heat guns and household irons can add texture and variety to textile work - whether it's hand embroidery, machine embroidery, quilting or felting. Stunning work can be produced with a variety of materials: hot and cold foiling; painted and plain Bondaweb (fusible webbing) on wood, paper, fabric and pelmet Vilene; making beads from synthetic fabrics, Tyvek and Kunin felt; melting and distorting plastic bags and cellophane; working in three dimensions; and embossing powders. With step-by-step instructions, full health and safety advice and stunning photography, this is an important book for all textile artists. Following on the bestselling Fusing Fabric and Surfaces for Stitch, it demonstrates the latest techniques wanted by all those involved in textiles. Back in paperback for 2018.
"Some of our most treasured childhood memories are of playing with our favourite dolls, and Louise Kelly's sweet hand-stitched designs instantly transport us back to that imaginary world. The irresistible charm... is all in the details she adds to each one" Review of Sew Your Own Dolls, Simply Sewing Magazine Have fun sewing these 25 beautiful animal dolls, all of which can be personalised with sweet outfits and accessories. Choose from a fox, a sloth, a koala, a bear, a penguin, a deer and stag and many more cute animals. There are four basic body and head shapes and dozens of ways to make them unique, including cute ears, patterned dresses, shirts, jackets, shoes and socks. There is a doll for everyone, and each one has full-size templates for the body shapes and outfits, and simple step-by-step artworks and instructions to help you on your way - the only difficult part is choosing which one to make first!
This book is bursting with inspirational images, tips and ideas. Sixteen contemporary projects are covered in useful step-by-step tutorials. There is a detailed chapter dedicated solely to the different techniques you will need to know in order to make a fabric lampshade for yourself - techniques such as creating a soft-sided lampshade using just hand stitching, or hand stitching and glue, machine stitching, using laminated PVC to create a drum lampshade, pleating, and creating balloon linings. At the end of the book there is a hugely useful resources section and a visual feast for the eyes: several pages of nothing but beautiful lampshades. Read on, learn how, and let your imagination run wild.
There is something extra special about the things that we have taken the time to make by hand, carefully stitching them with patience and originality. And with modern life having taken a nostalgic twist, many of us have been left wishing we had paid more attention when our grannies offered to teach us how to knit, crochet, embroider and sew. But take heart, it is never too late to learn. Home Sewn Home teaches you how to make a variety of practical handmade items to really make your house a home. This booklet includes 12 simple sewing projects suitable for beginners, along with a tools and techniques section, carefully outlining the fundamental skills and equipment required, as well as offering advice on how to source the right materials to achieve an authentic vintage feel. The projects reflect the key areas of the home - the living room, kitchen and utility, bedroom, bathroom. Projects include: Cushion, Doorstop, Laundry bag, Travel shoe bag, Pretty apron, Padded coat hanger and Storage box
All the techniques, clear step-by-step artworks and patterns you need to make 24 wonderful skirts INCLUDES THREE FULL SIZE PATTERN SHEETS FOR UK DRESS SIZES 8 TO 26 (US DRESS SIZES 4 TO 22) Follow Wendy Ward's tutorials to make a wide range of stylish skirts. From 8 basic shapes - circle, A-line, stretch pencil, wrap, bubble, tailored pencil, front-opening and culottes - you will learn the skills to make variations that have pockets, colour-blocking, gathers, ruching, darts and much more. All the basic techniques you will need are also explained, so you'll feel confident with essentials like inserting zips, attaching waistbands, gathering, pleats, making buttonholes and adding linings. There are also handy hints and tips on how to take measurements and on choosing the right fabric. Skirts are the perfect first garment for beginner dressmakers, and there are some really simple designs here - the jersey pencil skirt is just two pieces of fabric with an elasticated waistband! So arm yourself with this book, some fabric, and Wendy's sewing wisdom, and you'll be on your way to updating your wardrobe with unique skirts that are a perfect fit.
Hierdie boek bring hulde aan die Suid-Afrikaanse kwiltgeskiedenis en die top kwilters in Suid-Afrika.
In Suid-Afrika is kwiltwerk nie so deel van ons kultuurgeskiedenis soos wat dit byvoorbeeld in Amerika of Engeland is nie maar dat dit ryk is, is nie te betwyfel nie. Die witgestyfde en gekwilte kappies wat vrouens tydens die pioniersdae in Suid-Afrika gedra het, vorm inderdaad een van die hoogtepunte van volkskuns in ons land.
Een van die oudste laslapdekens dateer uit die jare 1805 tot 1806 en is in die Drostdy Museum in Swellendam te sien.
With clever techniques and a huge selection of ribbon styles to choose from, the timeless art of making ribbon embellishments is better than ever. Let author Elaine Schmidt take you through 100 ribbon designs, offering helpful hints and tips to help you make beautiful accessories to place anywhere.
"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.
Fit sewing into your busy lifestyle with practical tips that will help you put hours back on the clock! Author Heidi Staples, a creative mom of three, will help you organize your sewing space and works-in-progress so they are ready to roll at a moment's notice. Revive your creative life and make the most of your time with easy-to implement advice that will have you saying, "Why didn't I think of that?" Stitch up 23 thoughtful gifts, ranging from handcrafted quilts to home decor, children's gifts, and attractive storage cases. With an arsenal of timesavers, you'll finally finish those projects while enjoying a little "you" time at the sewing machine!!
Most of the pompoms made in the past were single coloured or used multi-coloured yarn. Now, you can create pompoms with flowers, stripes, and even butterflies. This book will take you from start to finish in the creation of a pompom. Learn what tools to use, how to apply cardboard templates, how to join pompoms together, what are wrapping patterns, and how to make semi-circular pompoms.
Beautifully styled and simple-to-follow, this authoritative sewing bible gives readers information on everything they need to know to get started with sewing. Providing all the essential background information on sewing, setting up your sewing space and detailed lists of all the equipment you'll need; step-by-step instructions for over 40 projects; and a wealth of general sewing tips and techniques to help you finally master overlocking, seams, fastenings, hemming and much much more, with this book May will simplify all the skills and terms you need, demystify sewing and inspire you to unpack your sewing machine and have a go. It contains over 40 beautiful projects, including crafts, accessories, womenswear, kidswear, menswear and home furnishings. With a range of difficulties for each category - from super-easy but stylish ideas to get even the most nervous sewers started to more elaborate ideas for the aspiring sewer looking for a challenge.
Fat Quarter: Quick Makes is part of a fantastic new series of stash-busting sewing books aimed at beginner to intermediate crafters. There are 25 super-quick and easy projects to make, all from fat quarters to fabric scraps. Each project has easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and beautiful accompanying photography, as well as a useful tools and techniques section. This book is ideal for using up leftover remnants of fabric from your stash to create a range of decorative and useful items in a flash. Projects include: book bag, baby dress, eye mask, bunting, festival flag, owl brooch passport cover, makeup bag.
Create perfect, beautiful leather handbags and accessories with these 14 fashion-forward projects! Stylish and functional, leather bags are indispensable for the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Now this comprehensive how-to offers a fresh introduction to creating the custom handbag you've always dreamed of--and other accessories, too. Kasia Ehrhardt, who studied handbag design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, presents 14 stunning, beginner-friendly projects, from an elegant phone case to a sophisticated bucket bag. She explains all the basics: how to work with different types of leather; techniques for cutting leather and sewing zippers, straps, and more; and advice on customizing and caring for your new bags. Plus, the book includes more than 280 step-by-step photographs, beautifully styled images of each project, and patterns stored in a pocket envelope.
Professional dressmaker Becky Drinan guides the reader through the entire process of making their own made-to-measure wedding dress. It includes information on equipment, fabrics, sewing techniques and how to work from patterns. It features three gorgeous gowns with accompanying pull-out pattern sheets. You will find an overview of the different styles of wedding dress, with fascinating historical background and inspirational photographs of iconic brides. You will be given advice on dresses to suit every body shape. You will also be given all the information you need on equipment, fabrics, sewing techniques and how to work from patterns. Finally, you'll discover three gorgeous gowns that embody the key styles that are found in a multitude of dress designs, with accompanying pull-out pattern sheets enclosed in a pocket at the back of the book.
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