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Books > Health, Home & Family > Handicrafts > Needlework & fabric crafts > General

Complete Serger Handbook (Paperback, New Ed): Chris James Complete Serger Handbook (Paperback, New Ed)
Chris James
R382 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R138 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"There's nothing better than an author who's made all the mistakes herself, has taught hundreds of others, and writes with humor. Chris James fills the bill. This beautiful book talks about knits, rolled hems, and flatlocking. At the end is a trouble-shooting guide. The close-up color photos make her text even more understandable...highly recommended."--"The Creative Machine." "The most comprehensive reference on serging to date."--"Craft & Needlework Age."

A Field Guide To Fabric Design - Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric * Traditional & Digital Techniques * for Quilting, Home... A Field Guide To Fabric Design - Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric * Traditional & Digital Techniques * for Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel (Paperback)
Kim Knight
R583 R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Save R136 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

If you have ever dreamed of showing your designs on fabric, textile aficionado Kim Kight, of popular blog True Up, is here to teach you how. Comprehensive and refreshingly straightforward, this impressive volume features two main parts. First, the Design and Color section explains the basics with step-by-step tutorials on creating repeating patterns both by hand and on the computer. Next, the Printing section guides you through transferring those designs on fabric-whether it's block printing, screen printing, digital printing or licensing to a fabric company-and how to determine the best method for you.

The Rainbow Beneath My Feet - A Mushroom Dyers Field Guide (Paperback, 1st ed): Alan E. Bessette The Rainbow Beneath My Feet - A Mushroom Dyers Field Guide (Paperback, 1st ed)
Alan E. Bessette
R471 R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Save R94 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A unique and useful reference guide to some of the more common and best color-producing dye mushrooms of North America. The book includes step-by-step instructions to the process from collecting the mushrooms to dyeing the wool. There is an accurate and up-to-date description for each species along with over 200 color photographs. The scope of this work goes beyond the identification of species. The authors provide information about dyeing equipment, mordants, preparing and dyeing the wool, and the dazzling array of colors that can be obtained from mushroom.

Hello Sewing! - Simple makes that are just sew (Paperback): Lena Santana Hello Sewing! - Simple makes that are just sew (Paperback)
Lena Santana
R120 R86 Discovery Miles 860 Save R34 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Lena Santana has devised a collection of simple, beautifully made sewing projects that serve as a perfect introduction to dressmaking. With a comprehensive guide to choosing and using fabrics and a handy techniques section, beginners will be masters of sewing basics in no time. All of the projects require only basic materials and small amounts of fabric, making this a truly accessible beginner's guide. Style up your summer wardrobe with a fashionable summer dress, cute culottes or a chic bikini. Put a personal touch on your accessories with step-by-step instructions for a shoulder bag or an easy-to-make ruffled collar. It really is as easy as it sounds. Hello Sewing! is a part of the brand new Make Me! series - a collection of books packed with easy and beautiful craft projects.

Chinese Knotting - Creative Designs That are Easy and Fun! (Hardcover): Lydia Chen Chinese Knotting - Creative Designs That are Easy and Fun! (Hardcover)
Lydia Chen
R219 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R53 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Knotting, the joining of two cords, is an old and revered art form in China and an integral part of Chinese life. Since ancient times, Chinese knots have been used for a variety of practical and decorative purposes: to record events, aid in fishing and hunting, wrap and tie items, embellish personal attire, jewellery, fashion, ornament other works of art, and communicate. The intricate knot work and magnificent colour combinations not only lent elegance to everyday objects, or a touch of gaiety and enchantment, but were an aesthetic expression of Chinese folk symbolism, expressing wishes for good fortune and wealth or the joys of love and marriage. In craft book Chinese Knotting, author Lydia Chen first traces the origins, history, and symbolism of this fascinating craft, before taking the reader through the fundamental elements necessary for tying Chinese decorative knots the materials, implements, and main processes. Step-by-step instructions are then given for the 11 basic knots, which provide the building blocks for the 14 compound knots-combinations and variations of the simple knots-that follow in the next section. The final section presents 41 knotting projects of varying difficulty. Detailed instructions, clear diagrams, and colour photographs, combined with an exciting assortment of creative applications will help readers discover the relaxation, artistic satisfaction, and beautifully personalised ornamentation that Chinese Knotting can offer.

Get Started in Macrame - 11 Stylish Wall Hangings & Other Projects for Beginners (Paperback): Kristi Simpson Get Started in Macrame - 11 Stylish Wall Hangings & Other Projects for Beginners (Paperback)
Kristi Simpson
R208 R130 Discovery Miles 1 300 Save R78 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Flowers - 20 Jewelry and accessory designs (Paperback): Sian Hamilton Flowers - 20 Jewelry and accessory designs (Paperback)
Sian Hamilton 1
R280 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R50 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Taking inspiration from some of the prettiest forms in nature, this book is packed with gorgeous jewellery and accessories to make. This inspiring new title in the Magpie series shows how to make 20 stunning items, all with a flower motif, with clear step-by-step photography and instructions. Starting with an easy-to-follow techniques section, the book is packed with inspiration and is designed to cater for all skill levels, especially the novice crafter and those on a budget. Projects include: flower-bead cluster earrings, ribbon rose chain, briolette bling ring, flower-bead cufflinks, and shrink-plastic hairslide.

Girls Guide to Sewing (Paperback): Cheryl Owen Girls Guide to Sewing (Paperback)
Cheryl Owen 1
R376 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R69 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The current recession has revived a 'make do and mend' philosophy, and a raft of popular television programmes have helped make sewing the must-have skill for every young women. As a result, sewing machine sales have soared and trends for up-cycling fashion continue apace. What better way to personalise clothing and home accessories, or make your ensemble fit perfectly, than by learning to do it yourself? Crammed with expert yet simple advice and ideas, this handbook provides the novice with the basic skills to hand- and machine-stitch in order to repair, revamp and recreate. From hemming, trimming, patching, darning and applique to customizing and reinventing, every skill the beginner will need is described in detail. In addition, there are 35 simple projects to make, including a laptop case, a pair of shorts, a simple skirt, a key fob, belt and pin cushion. Each project is simply designed, and uses a range of sewing skills that are easy to master. There are hints and tips throughout to give the maker confidence in their skills. This new approach to sewing will appeal to teens who want to learn to make their own clothes, as well as embellish and alter existing clothes and accessories.

Little Loom Weaving - Quick and Clever Projects for Creating Adorable Stuff (Paperback): Andreia Gomes Little Loom Weaving - Quick and Clever Projects for Creating Adorable Stuff (Paperback)
Andreia Gomes
R279 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R36 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Creative new patterns and projects combine with classic techniques and 150 step-by-step photos for a trendy take on hand woven clothing and crafts The timeless art of crafting on a loom is enjoying a renaissance of new ideas and innovative applications. This book teaches you the easiest and most enjoyable way to learn this exciting craft-a little loom. Packed with hands-on tutorials and color photos, this must-have guide shows how to quickly master the little loom and the techniques needed to tackle any creative new project. Its focus on the small grid guarantees projects are as quick and fun as they are cute and colorful. Author Andreia Gomes leads readers through basic weaving terms and skills, and even teaches how to build a homemade little loom. But the projects are the real pay off. From fashionable accessories to throw pillows, Little Loom Weaving serves up table runners, planters, wall hangings, and much more.

Making Vintage 1930s Clothes for Women (Paperback): Ciara Phipps, Claire Reed Making Vintage 1930s Clothes for Women (Paperback)
Ciara Phipps, Claire Reed 1
R576 R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Save R117 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From the elegant bias-cut gown to the light and liberating day dress, this book looks at and celebrates the historic silhouettes, fabric cuts and contextual history of 1930s clothing. Equipped with instructions, patterns and enchanting photos, it explores the history of 1930s fashion, and explains how to make a range of versatile thirties-inspired garments. It takes ten examples of 1930s garments, ranging from a lingerie set to a heavy coat, to create a thirties-inspired capsule collection. The patterns are taken from original 1930s garments, with each piece being carefully measured and the patterns scaled down accordingly. Step-by-step instructions for making each garment are complemented by close-up photographs of historic details and decoration. A beautiful and practical book, it will inspire designers, dressmakers and lovers of vintage fashion who want to express themselves through timeless and elegant style.

Fashion Croquis Sketchbook - Figure Poses Drawing and Designing Book for Building Fashion Styles Portfolio 8.5 X 11... Fashion Croquis Sketchbook - Figure Poses Drawing and Designing Book for Building Fashion Styles Portfolio 8.5 X 11 (Paperback)
Daily Publishers
R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Fa la la la Felt - 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations (Paperback): Amanda Carestio, Kathy Sheldon Fa la la la Felt - 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations (Paperback)
Amanda Carestio, Kathy Sheldon
R313 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R112 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Tis the season to make felt crafts-fa, la la la la These 45+ festive Christmas projects will bring joy to crafters everywhere. Created by successful online designers from around the world, the adorable items range from a sweet garland of little birds to super-cute matryoshka doll ornaments. All can be made with simple sewing techniques, and there are both no-sew and eco-smart options, too.
Both indie and mainstream crafters will love these fresh new ideas

Subversive Cross Stitch - 50 Designs for Your Sassy Side (Hardcover, 10th Ed.): Julie Jackson Subversive Cross Stitch - 50 Designs for Your Sassy Side (Hardcover, 10th Ed.)
Julie Jackson
R302 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R53 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
A Beginner's Guide to Making Curtains, Shades, Pillows, Cushions, and More - 50 Step-by-Step Projects, Plus Practical... A Beginner's Guide to Making Curtains, Shades, Pillows, Cushions, and More - 50 Step-by-Step Projects, Plus Practical Advice on Hanging Curtains, Choosing Fabric, and Measuring Up (Paperback)
Vanessa Arbuthnott, Gail Abbott
R380 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R90 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Learn to sew curtains, blinds, cushions and more and make your home truly your own with these 50 beautiful projects. Sewing your own home furnishings will allow you to choose exactly the fabric and style you want, and make your home unique. There's never been a better time to sew for the home, with a huge range of fabrics available in stores and online. And the money you save by making these items yourself can be put towards buying the loveliest fabrics you can afford, making your home more beautiful still. Designer Vanessa Arbuthnott guides you through 50 projects, each made in one of her own beautiful printed fabrics, and all with easy-to-follow illustrated instructions. The projects range from simple cushion covers for the novice stitcher, through to lined curtains with an array of different headings, blinds, bed throws, and table linen. There is also a chapter on accessories, such as a cook's apron, and table mats, which would all be a great starting point if you want to brush up on your skills before tackling a larger project. Vanessa explains how each of her collections was developed, and what inspired her designs, but if you prefer to choose your own material, there is plenty of advice on selecting fabrics, using colour, cutting out, matching pattern repeats, piping, and hand-stitching, as well as a techniques section covering the basic sewing skills you will need. Guidance on measuring for curtains and blinds, and on ways to hang them, as well as instructions for valances and an upholstered cornice, make this a complete introduction to sewing your own window treatments, and more. Previously published as The Home-Sewn Home, this new edition includes four completely new projects and inspirational photography featuring Vanessa's most recent fabric collections throughout.

A Beginner's Guide to Bag Making - 20 Classic Styles Explained Step by Step (Paperback): Estelle Zanatta, Marion Grandamme A Beginner's Guide to Bag Making - 20 Classic Styles Explained Step by Step (Paperback)
Estelle Zanatta, Marion Grandamme 1
R308 R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Save R62 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This easy-to-use beginner's sewing book contains 20 stylish and contemporary bag designs, from tote bags and box bags, to a courier bag, a sports bag and a bowling bag. A range of techniques, styles, fabrics and finishes is used to ensure that you can create exactly the bag you want. The projects are interspersed with 20 step-by-step techniques so that you can treat the book as a course and work through it in order, trying out the techniques as you go, or simply pick and choose your favourite styles. Each of the bags is graded 'beginner level', 'intermediate level' or 'confident' to help you. The projects and techniques are explained with a mix of photographs and illustrations to provide the clearest possible instruction. All the pattern pieces required are given at full size on the pull-out template sheet at the back of the book.

Sew Over it Vintage (Hardcover): Lisa Comfort Sew Over it Vintage (Hardcover)
Lisa Comfort 1
R480 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R131 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Following on from her successful first book, Sew Over It Vintage is a brand new collection of fabulous projects from sewing expert Lisa Comfort. Inspired by Lisa's love of vintage style and fashion, the stylish projects each have a vintage twist but still retain the modern style, allowing these pieces to work with and complement the rest of your wardrobe and your home. Featuring 25 projects, ranging from jewellery, hats, tops, dresses and bags, to cushions, lampshades, placemats, lanterns and a luxury chair pouffe, there are ideas for those who want to quickly create an accessory on a lazy afternoon as well as suggestions for those that want to invest their time in a large and impressive project. Every project has a clearly labeled skill level as well as step-by-step photography, ensuring the directions couldn't be any easier to follow. And with instructions on how to draft your very own bodice block, all the clothing can be made to fit your body shape perfectly. There is no better way to inject some classic vintage style into your everyday life.

Threads Around the World - From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe (Hardcover): Deb Brandon Threads Around the World - From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe (Hardcover)
Deb Brandon
R485 R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Save R93 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Handmade textiles are personal, no matter where in the world they're created, and these photos and explanations of 25 diverse world cultures' techniques vividly share the details. Take a voyage through these pages and see how today's artisans continue to create traditional fibre arts with age-old methods. Blending well-researched information, engaging style, and inspiration, the pages explore espadrilles, flatwoven rugs, mittens, voudou flags, mirror embroidery, and the histories they hold. This open-eyed approach will appeal to textile devotees, from the casually curious to professional artists, and to people who are interested in heritage crafts and diverse cultures. Brandon has written for over a decade for WARP (Weave A Real Peace), a non-profit networking organisation whose members are dedicated to improving the quality of life of textile artisans in communities in need.

Soft Furnishings, The Practical Encyclopedia of - The complete guide to making cushions, loose covers, curtains, blinds, table... Soft Furnishings, The Practical Encyclopedia of - The complete guide to making cushions, loose covers, curtains, blinds, table linen and bed linen (Paperback)
Dorothy Wood
R179 R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Save R36 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Histoire de la Machine � Coudre, Portrait Et Biographie de l'Inventeur by Thimonnier. 2�me �dition (French,... Histoire de la Machine � Coudre, Portrait Et Biographie de l'Inventeur by Thimonnier. 2�me �dition (French, Paperback)
J Meyssin
R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Histoire de la Machine   Coudre, Portrait Et Biographie de l'Inventeur Barth lemy Thimonnier (French, Paperback): J Meyssin Histoire de la Machine Coudre, Portrait Et Biographie de l'Inventeur Barth lemy Thimonnier (French, Paperback)
J Meyssin
R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Sew Cute to Carry - 12 Stylish Bag Patterns for Handbags, Purses & Totes (Paperback): Melanie McNeice Sew Cute to Carry - 12 Stylish Bag Patterns for Handbags, Purses & Totes (Paperback)
Melanie McNeice 1
R405 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R120 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

You can never have too many handbags and this collection from Australian designer Melly McNeice is the perfect inspiration to make a few more. Includes pull out patterns for all the designs featured so you can simply cut out and start sewing immediately. Choose from 12 different bag designs for every occasion including a clutch bag, handbag, backpack, 'sleepover' bag and nappy bag. The instructions include step diagrams for extra clarity and a general techniques section explaining the tools and equipment necessary to make the bag designs so you can get started straight away.

Sew Your Own Felt Advent Calendar - With 24 Mini Felt Toys to Make for Christmas (Paperback): Sachiyo Ishii Sew Your Own Felt Advent Calendar - With 24 Mini Felt Toys to Make for Christmas (Paperback)
Sachiyo Ishii 1
R213 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R43 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Advent calendars take pride of place in homes all over the world in the run up to Christmas. This year, why not add a personal touch to your Christmas countdown by making your own felt calendar, filled with an array of festive felt figures to delight the whole family? Felt is soft, tactile and very easy to use, and sewers of all abilities will enjoy creating this fabulous festive decoration. Best-selling author Sachiyo Ishii starts by showing you how to make the basic calendar, and then provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and templates for 24 tiny felt toys to place in the pockets. These cute little Christmas-themed projects are quick to make using just a few pieces of felt, stuffing, thread and ribbons, and make perfect little gifts for children and adults alike. Easy to make and fun to use, the calendar can be stored away and brought out year after year to become a much-loved family favourite for many years to come.

kraft-tex (R) Roll, Stone Prewashed - Kraft Paper Fabric: C&T Publishing kraft-tex (R) Roll, Stone Prewashed - Kraft Paper Fabric
C&T Publishing
R465 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R104 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Wait until you get your hands on the rugged paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather, but sews, cuts, and washes just like fabric-now with an even softer and more leather-like finish! Kraft-tex (R) Prewashed is supple and easy to sew with, yet strong enough to use for projects that get tough wear. And with its suede-like finish and lovely crinkles, it will bring an exciting new texture to your craft-sewing projects and mixed-media arts.

Sew Your Own Dolls - 25 Stylish Dolls to Make and Personalize (Paperback): Louise Kelly Sew Your Own Dolls - 25 Stylish Dolls to Make and Personalize (Paperback)
Louise Kelly 1
R316 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R78 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Follow Louise Kelly's projects to make a doll for all your friends - get creative with their outfits, hair, facial features and accessories. In Sew Your Own Dolls there are girl dolls and boy dolls, casual dolls and fancy dolls, and even a doll in pyjamas! There are four basic body and head shapes and infinite possibilities for making them unique. Maggie is going shopping wearing a chic navy dress coat and carrying a glitter clutch bag, Louisa is having a casual day and is dressed in jeans, a flannel shirt and baseball shoes, and dapper Hugo is a cool sailor in a striped top with tattooed arms. 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!

Designer Style Handbags - Techniques and Projects for Chic, Fun and Elegant Designs from Classic to Retro (Paperback): Sherri... Designer Style Handbags - Techniques and Projects for Chic, Fun and Elegant Designs from Classic to Retro (Paperback)
Sherri Haab
R355 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R129 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Every woman needs handbags...but who wants to be seen carrying the same old same old? To the rescue: "Designer Style Handbags"! Want a funky felted purse? A glam evening bag? A laced--up leather hobo? A Pop Art tote? Here they are! Top--selling author Sherri Haab is spilling the secrets of designer style, using step--by--step instructions and clear illustrations to reveal how to make 20 great bags that look like they cost a bundle at a too--too chic boutique. Ten projects call for simple sewing skills (all clearly explained); ten no--sew projects use easy crafting techniques to embellish purse blanks, cigar boxes, tins, even hardcover books (use something from one of those other publishers). Weave ribbons, crochet, transfer photos, weave fibers, mold polymer clay--Sherri Haab makes it look easy because it is easy. Solid techniques plus witty ideas mean bags to brag about!

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