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Aren't these the cutest?
- All the favorites, including cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, more
- Easy to make, great as gifts, toys, decorations
Adults, teens, and children seeking sleep and relaxation can benefit from a weighted blanket. Weighted blankets, vests, and scarfs can help those with sensory processing disorders, sleep disorders, insomnia, symptoms of ADD/ADHD, restless leg syndrome, Asperger's and autism spectrum disorder, and any type of anxiety. Behavioral and developmental disorders are on the rise: one in every six children, 1.8 million more than in the 1990's, is diagnosed with a developmental disability, such as autism, ADHD, or learning disabilities, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many of us love plants . . . but it often feels like plants don't love us back. For those people -- the people who have purchased several "impossible to kill" houseplants, only to find them dead mere weeks later -- there is The No Kill Garden, a charming collection of plants to craft and share. The handcrafted plants offered in this beguiling volume provide the sense of being surrounded by green, luscious plant life, without having to worry about that pesky watering. The No Kill Garden offers a wide variety of plants, from mushrooms and flowers to vines and terrariums, and a broad range of easy-to-follow crafts, including paper, felt, needle-felt, knit, and crochet. The more than 30 projects in this book are not just random flowers or leaves, either -- each of the crafted plants is inspired by a specific variety and is accompanied by a lively description of its main characters. Each of the plants is structured for a beginner, so that anyone with an interest in crafting can make them, and is paired with beautiful images of the finished project to delight and inspire readers.
Lisa Lam of U-Handbag brings you a stunning collection of sewing patterns to make your own bags. The book features 12 brand new bag designs with full photographic instructions for how to make a bag with truly professional results. The book features full size patterns on three separate pull-out sheets so that you can get started right away no photocopying or enlarging required. If you're new to sewing and bag making there are simpler projects such as the Compact Groceries Tote, All-Sorted Laundry Bag and Access-All-Areas Pouch to get you started before progressing to the more fully featured bags such as the Geek-Chic iPad Case and Too-Cool-for-School Satchel. All techniques are fully explained with step by step photographs, so you'll be creating professional, practical and great-looking bags before you know it!
This is a general introduction for readers of all levels, to craft
projects using textile techniques. Basic techniques are introduced,
and the reader is then encouraged to experiment with the chosen
medium, creating their own piece of work. Works by featured artists
and designers will provide inspiration, with tips on how similar
styles and effects can be achieved. Each section will also include
plenty of stimulating ideas for source and reference material.
There will be design sketches, working drawings and storyboards to
help the reader investigate, develop and execute their work.
This is a complete resource for furniture upholsterers of all abilities, with easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions explaining all the essential upholstery techniques, from covering buttons to stripping and reupholstering an entire chair.Build your skills at your own pace, with advice on the basics such as choosing tools for the job and estimating yardage, as well as more complex techniques.It features invaluable advice on what to look for when buying second hand furniture, teaching you what's fixable and what's not as well as how to avoid costly mistakes by choosing the right stitches, and techniques and textiles for the job.
More and more textile artists are using natural processes in their work, from dyeing with rust to working with found and scavenged items, and this book is the first to bring these increasingly popular techniques together. It promotes a way of working creatively with what is close at hand, whether gathered on walks by the seashore or collected in your garden, and working in tune with natural processes, bringing the rhythms and unpredictability of nature into your work. Examples of this type of working include rust dyeing embroidered fabric to give it a natural patina, dyeing with garden fruits or seaweed, weaving with pieces of beachcombed fibre and printing with found objects. In all of this work nature is directly harnessed to make its mark. The book is illustrated with the finest examples of contemporary embroidery and textile-art work using nature, by artists whose practice is tied up with their experience of and respect for the natural environment, often capturing a very strong sense of place and a feeling of calmness and contemplation.
A large-format, highly illustrated how-to-do-it book for beginners and practising jewellers looking for new ideas. There has been a recent increase in jewellers using textile techniques in their work, and this book provides a thorough and comprehensive introduction to all the materials and techniques you need to get you started in this exciting area of jewellery making. Using a step-by-step approach, this book is an accessible, but thorough, introduction to a wide range of textiles techniques for those more accustomed to working with metals than with fabrics and yarns. Examples of appropriate techniques for each material will be featured as making sequences, alongside showcased pieces from contemporary jewellers in different materials. Techniques covered will include crochet, weaving, knitting, felting, lace and sewing. There are over ten projects included showing the reader how to design and make your very own finished pieces (eg: flower brooch, felt necklace, Shetland lace tiara, woven bracelet, stille collar). Each project is by a different maker and so you will cover a wide range of techniques and styles. At the end of each project is an inspirational gallery section. Makers shown include: Suzanne Smith; Liz Brown; Marjory Keay; Vicky Forrester; Helen Robertson; Lilia Breyter; Sarah Smith; Sarah Kettley and Joanne Haywood.
Part of a fantastic new series of stash-busting sewing books aimed at beginner to intermediate crafters, this book has 25 quick and easy projects to make, all from fat quarters or fabric scraps. Each project has easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and beautiful accompanying photography, as well as a comprehensive tools and techniques section. This book is ideal for using up leftover remnants of fabric to create a range of gorgeous items. Use them to decorate your home for the holiday season or simply to add unique finishing touches to gifts. Projects include hanging hearts, tree bunting, fairy light shades, traditional stocking, gift bag, card ribbons, snowflake garland, parcel belt, decorative rosette, napkin rings, placements and mantle edging.
Explore the fascinating world of weaving, scrunching, tucking and pleating; be guided through the tactile delights of fabric manipulation. Discover the simplicity of the techniques and explore the diversity, as you create a unique masterpiece from the Bias Bobble to the delights of folded shapes such as Trumpets and the Origami Twist, Cross Over Tucks, Quilt-as-you-go and the Bow Tie plus much more. Included is a fully illustrated section on finishing techniques and extensive design suggestions within each chapter for development and embellishment. Textured garments are also covered in the text. Very little equipment is required. The samples can be stitched by hand or machine - a basic sewing machine will cope with all these techniques. An ideal book for both beginners and expert needlewomen/men of all ages and abilities including all City & Guild Students. It's easy, it's fun and it's different, and making mistakes will not matter!
Some people own a dog, whilst others are owned by their dogs - but either way the relationship between each is unique and special. Dogs come into our lives, bringing with them a level of devotion never before experienced . They make us laugh at their antics and funny ways, and when they leave us after a life-too-short, they break our hearts and leave our homes empty and echoing. This book is a collection of stories, photographs and illustrations that will make you laugh and cry. The stories are based on real dogs, which have been lovingly recreated by Stephanie as handmade felt models. A book that will appeal to both creative felt-makers and dog lovers alike.
"Alabama Studio Sewing + Design "is an invaluable reference for any
woman who has dreamed of creating her own gorgeous handmade
wardrobe. In this follow-up to "Alabama Stitch Book "and "Alabama
Studio Style," author Natalie Chanin presents all of the
stenciling, hand-stitching, and beadŽing techniques her company
uses to create the award-winning Alabama Chanin line of organic
cotton clothing, plus more than 50 variations that lead to infinite
design possibilities. Included in this encyclopedic compilation of
Alabama Chanin skill and style are patterns and instructions for
dresses, skirts, tops, a wrap, a poncho, a bolero, fingerless
gloves, and a hat. Each piece is featured in both its basic form
and with varying embellishment combinations. By mixing, matching,
and layering, a stunning, unique, and versatile wardrobe can be
New from Debbie Shore, this is a brand new series with a difference! The 15 occasion bag designs are created using the rigid plastic templates contained within the book; these two easy-to-use templates are durable, reusable, wipe-clean and perfect for fussy cutting, plus they are simple to position and use - there is no need to pin them. The 15 bags are each made using different techniques, pockets, straps and fastenings, to create 15 very different results. The templates can also be used for your own further design variations, as you mix and match the techniques covered within the book; Debbie gives advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs. Each project in the book is explained using Debbie's trademark style and step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the templates.
This is a highly illustrated collection of 18 varied, stylish handbag designs. It uses an impressive range of materials, including leather, suede, alligator, and snakeskin (lookalikes and genuine). It is suitable for beginner and more advanced sewers, with step-by-step instructions throughout. From chic wristlets to functional carryalls (and everything in between), each project includes easy-to-follow instructions, a pattern template and detailed photos. All the sewing basics readers need are provided, but a range of patterns cater to all abilities. Stylish designs and step-by-step instructions make this the must-have guide to crafting your own unique, fashionable arm-wear.
"Create custom interiors without the price tag with this guide, packed with fabulous home decor sewing projects. From how to make pillow covers to creating your own set of Roman shades, the 25 easy-to-follow projects in this step-by-step sewing book enable you to explore interior design from the comfort of your own sewing machine. Learn to sew bedspreads, bolster pillows, and even a beanbag, tailoring each piece to customize every inch of your home. Achievable sewing patterns and expert decorating tips mean sewing home textiles has never been easier. With simple instructions and beautiful photography, Pillows, Curtains, and Shades Step by Step will help you achieve professional and personal results as you spruce up your home."
Introducing prewashed kraft-tex in a sophisticated range of new colours! Wait until you get your hands on this rugged paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather, but sews, cuts, and washes just like fabric. kraft-tex Designer is supple and easy to sew with, yet strong enough to use for projects that get tough wear. This cruelty-free leather alternative now comes in hand-dyed, hand-finished denim blue, saffron yellow, moss green, and linen, and will bring an exciting new texture and colour to your craft-sewing projects, mixed-media arts, and bookmaking. The sumptuous surface is prewashed, preshrunk, eco-friendly, colour-fast, tear-resistant, and so much more. Play with it! Sew it, stamp it, draw on it, fold it, inkjet print it Prewashed treatment gives it a suede-like finish and lovely crinkles Pieces are hand-dyed and hand-cut, so colour and size may vary slightly
49 copyright-free floral transfer patterns in many sizes and styles, ready to press on fabric and other media to provide the starting point for needlework and other projects.
Get that `just right' balance into your home and life with the 20 fresh Scandinavian-inspired designs in this book. Lagom ar bast, or `the right amount is best' - a Swedish philosophy that fosters the concept of living a simpler and more balanced life. In this book, author and blogger Debbie von Grabler-Crozier shows you how to embrace the ethos of Lagom by teaching you how to sew 20 beautiful accessories for your home that combine Scandi style with simple and practical design.
It's the natural inconsistencies--the accidental differences between one finished piece and another--that make hand-printed fabrics, papers, furniture, and works of art so interesting. The quirks are what show the maker's intimate involvement in the process, and it's that unique quality that first attracted textile designer and illustrator Lena Corwin to hand-printing. Even though decorative prints are more in vogue than ever, there was until now no up-to-date hand-printing guide--no single source explaining the tools and materials that are used today, or reflecting a contemporary aesthetic. Corwin has given us that guide. Using step-by-step instructions and up-close photos, Corwin teaches crafters everything they need to know to master stamping, stenciling, and screen printing, from making their own printing devices to trouble-shooting when plans go awry. Her inimitable collection of projects ranges from stamped stationery and simple-to-sew pouches, to stenciled tote bags and furniture, to screen-printed bed linens and upholstery fabric. There's even a silk-screened dog bed. The author has created original artwork for each project (full-size patterns are included in an envelope at the back of the book), so that every crafter can achieve the same beautiful results. Or maybe not quite the same. Remember: It's the subtle differences that make hand-printing so special and alluring.
Felting is a rewarding craft that takes knitting a step further. This fun book shows you how to knit 30 very different bags, and felt them to create designs that are sturdy and practical yet eye-catching and stylish. It includes beautiful photography of the bags, close-up details and plenty of stunning images that show the inspiration behind each of the designs. There is something for everyone, both in terms of ability and taste. Easy-to-follow knitting patterns, difficulty ratings and an illustrated section dedicated to explaining the knitting and felting techniques means that even complete beginners can have a go at creating a range of felted bags.
Sew your way to happily ever after! Bring story time to life with this collection of imaginative projects. Drawing inspiration from classic fairy tales, author Heidi Boyd adds a modern twist to everything from huggable softies such as the magical Unicorn to interactive toys such as Snow White's Cottage Tote. Sleeping Beauty's Castle Quilt brings sweet dreams to any child's room, and the Rapunzel Pillow is perfect for cuddling and play. Readily available cottons, felts, yarns and embroidery floss plus clear instructions and detailed illustrations make sewing simple and straightforward so you can spend less time sewing and more time enjoying your favorite fairy tales.
A practical 'make do and mend' guide to help you fix your favourite pair of trousers or alter that special thrift store find. With basic sewing hints and tips, you can revive your existing wardrobe and save money at the same time! From sewing on a button to taking up a hem, everything is clearly explained so that even complete beginners can successfully tackle these tasks and more.
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