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An acclaimed rawhide braider of horse gear, Luis Ortega elevated his craft to collectible art and influenced a generation of gear makers. This book is the most comprehensive overview of his life, art, and career and the first book-length work on rawhide braiding in North America, charting changes in horse gear over five decades.
Chuck Stormes and Don Reeves introduce readers to an itinerant cowboy who strove for a level of craftsmanship and artistry above what the market expected--and to be the best in his field. Although grounded in the Spanish vaquero tradition, Ortega's work was shaped by his quest for excellence and an intuitive sense of how to fashion humble items into objects of lasting beauty. Ever a private man, he viewed his craft as a calling yet rarely sought attention even after his reputation was established.
More than a biography, the book is a richly illustrated overview of this expert braider's art. Some 100 illustrations, 70 in color, offer close-ups of Ortega's work that depict the intricacy of his reins, quirts, and other pieces. From eight-strand reatas to figure-eight hobbles, the beauty, functionality, and painstaking care of his output shine through in every piece.
This elegant volume allows readers to better understand the Hispanic foundations of the American cowboy as it portrays the work of a man recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Master Traditional Artist. It will stand as a definitive work on Ortega and a tribute to his craft.
Become a skillful sewer, even if you've never sewn a stitch before! Choose from over 20 projects for you and your home and quickly go from beginner to expert. Clear photography guides you through all the basic techniques before delving into the beautiful projects. Complete novice? Start with the simple shopper or pretty lace bow top. Ready for something a bit more challenging? Try your hand at curtains or even a tunic dress. Watch your confidence soar as you work your way through this brilliant book. Other titles in this series include: First Beading (9781843406136), First Crochet (9781843406129), First Card Making (9781843406143) and First Knits (9781843406112). Also available in 2014: First Cake Decorating Word count: 20,000
A stunning new collection of Tilda designs from talented designer Tone Finnanger. Homemade and Happy is a gorgeous collection of inspirational home accessories including quilts, cushions and decorative items to make Christmas even more special. Choose from a range of ornaments including gold-winged reindeer and sheep, round-eyed owls, plump pigs with flower applique detail, angels, stars and darling decorative cakes. The book also features pretty practical designs such as an irresistible patchwork quilt, classic pillow covers and a cup pin-cushion, all in Tone's unique range of fabulous fabrics. The projects are photographed in the author's own log cabin situated in the snowy mountains of Norway, and capture Tone's unique and distinctive style. The Tilda brand is renowned worldwide and sales of the series now has combined sales of over 1 million copies worldwide. It is now well known for its whimsical, comical and naive characters in the form of animals and dolls that is popular with crafters of all ages and abilities. Tone has written several books including Sew Pretty Homestyle, Sew Sunny Homestyle, Crafting Tilda's Friends, Tilda's Christmas Ideas, Tilda's Summer Ideas, Tilda's Studio and Tilda's Seaside Ideas. She lives in Norway.
Make your own unique activewear sewing wardrobe that's perfect for your workout. Choose from 13 different styles including yoga pants, crops top and running leggings designed by activewear sewing expert, and marathon runner, Melissa Fehr. Whether you're a runner, a cyclist or a gym bunny, or you're simply looking for the perfect pair of slouchy leggings for elegant lounging, this collection of sewing patterns is for you. Learn all about how to choose the correct fabric for activewear sewing and discover expert tips on working with performance fabrics like lycra and spandex. Before you know it you'll have a truly unique workout wardrobe to wear while you work up a sweat!
For fast and professional edging, hemming, seaming, and decorative stitching, you simply can't beat a serging machine. This all-skill-level book is the perfect guide to make sure you get the most out of your new machine (or out of that old serger that you've never got the hang of!) Photographs and step-by-step instructions guide you through the essential techniques, showing you how to set up your machine, how to adjust the settings to get the best results on a range of different fabrics, and how to edge your fabrics quickly with perfect results. The troubleshooting section provides tips and quick fixes for skipped stitches, snapped threads, and uneven stitching. Also includes a buyer's guide to different sergers, providing you with advice on finding the right machine for you.
Sew Pretty Little Luxuries features an irresistible collection of more than 30 adorable projects that use luxurious fabrics and exquisite embellishments. Incorporating an eclectic blend of materials including felt, ribbon, denim, buttons, beads, wire and more, Sally Southern provides you with new ways for using a variety of fabric and notions to create simple sewing projects. Step-by-step instructions, technique advice and handy tips make it easy to recreate these simple little treasures, regardless of skill level.
Big Embroidery is all about stitching beautiful designs up fast using yarn instead of embroidery thread. Designer and author of Modern Folk Embroidery, Nancy Nicholson has created a collection of stunning designs based on traditional crewel work, and adapted them for a modern audience using everyday yarn.
Crewel embroidery is traditionally done using 2ply wool and stitched onto linen. Nancy shows how to get beautiful results using different types of yarn and fabric, including upholstery fabrics, woollens and tweeds to create a collection of stunning quick-to-stitch projects.
Choose from home decor items such as cushions, bags, wall hangings and table runners, as well as ideas for embellishing clothing. Nancy shows readers how to do all the key embroidery stitches with a stitch library featuring easy-to-follow diagrams of all the basic crewel embroidery stitches in detail.
Discover a colourful world of adorable bugs and pretty flowers with this fun collection of sewn gifts! Whether it's a pretty butterfly mobile for a new arrival, a cute snail toy for a little boy or a handy ladybug bag for a girl, there's something to delight kids of all ages. There's even a fantastic applique quilt that is sure to become a treasured family heirloom. All of the designs are easy to create and made using Melly's Snug as a Bug fabrics.
Kanzashi Tsumami is the Japanese art of folding delicate squares of silk into dimensional flower petals. The art of Kanzashi is exacting, requiring long years of practice to master - in fact, only fifteen Kanzashi artists currently practice the traditional art in Japan. The online craft culture has sprouted a renewed interest in making Kanzashi, with crafters devising simplified ways to create these gorgeous fabric flowers, and incorporating cotton and synthetic fabrics along with the traditional silks. Author Diane Gilleland's Kanzashi in Bloom takes this interpretation of Kanzashi a step further, presenting modern, simplified flower designs as elements in a variety of fun, hip craft projects for adornments and gifts. The book presents instructions for four simple Kanzashi components, and demonstrates how these elements can be mixed and matched to create 20 diverse projects, including jewellery, fashion embellishments, ornaments and home decor items. It also takes Kanzashi out of the realm of delicate silks, and renders them in more user-friendly and unusual materials like cottons, denim, and recycled jumpers.
Loome Party is a one-stop shop for learning how to use the Loome tool to make tiny, splendid projects using only your yarn stash. Learn the foundations of creating pom-poms, tassels, friendship bracelets, weavings, and cords galore with Vilasinee Bunnag, founder of Loome. Bunnag provides clear, step-by-step instructions and colorful photography that will teach you how to use the all-in-one tool (included in the book) to make mini masterpieces. Once you've got the hang of working with the tool, you'll learn how to change and combine these basic elements to make more than 20 bright and playful projects-each developed by a guest designer-including pom-pom gift toppers, woven bracelets, and tassel garlands. Loome Party is a fun, thorough, and modern reference full of approachable how-to projects for readers of all ages.
Ever wanted to learn how to sew but don't know where to begin? Take the first step with A Little Course in Sewing, part of a new series of learning guides from DK where nothing is assumed and everything is explained. Learn at your own pace, in your own time and in the comfort of your own home. Each course follows the same structure; start simple and learn the basics, build on what you've learnt and then show off your new skills! A Little Course in Sewing takes you from complete beginner to being able to complete over 30 beautiful projects. Start simple with lavendar hearts and pin cushions, build on your skills with bunting and tote bags and show off with a child's skirt and purses. The step-by-step pictures show you what other courses only tell you and the practice projects keep you on the right track. A Little Course in Sewing will help you learn your new skill in no time.
Simple step-by-step instructions make it quick and easy to make miniature animals with felt. From elephants and polar bears to cats and sheep, these projects are perfect for all ages.
Readers will be inspired by the fresh, contemporary approach to the worlds oldest textile fabric with this fabulous collection of stylish, quick-to-make felted fabric projects in Quick & Clever Felting. A range of easy-to-follow techniques including needle felting, wet felting, fulling and using store-bought felt fabric are explored though projects such as jewelry, flower corsages, bags, slippers, cushions and more. Variation ideas show readers how easy it is to adapt main projects for personal appeal and each stunning project can be completed in less than a day - a must for any busy crafter.
Would you love to sew beautiful clothes for your children but you're nervous about following traditional sewing patterns? This unique pattern booklet is the perfect way to dip your toe into dressmaking even if you are an absolute novice. It contains ready to use pattern pieces along with step by step instructions and photography. Top designer Lisa Lam brings her stylish design 'eye' to children's clothing with this unique pattern booklet. Each garment has been graded for children aged from 2 to 6 years and includes detailed step instructions and step by step photography, as Lisa holds your hand through each step of the process. Choose from a super cute dress, smock top and matching purse or make all three!
Join Gai Button as she shares the secrets of making beautiful miniature dogs from needle felt. Using different wools, silks and fibres along with just three needles, you can make all manner of realistic dog breeds, including labradors, pugs, poodles and border terriers. This simple and affordable craft uses little space and offers a world of fun results. * Six step-by-step projects for making your own adorable miniature pet * Clear, simple and innovative techniques * Suitable for beginners and experts alike
Ever since it came to the world's attention in the 17th century, the world's most famous tapestry has been a source of never-ending speculation. This book highlights the background of its construction and the events of 1066 that it portrays. It details warfare and weaponry, armour and costumes, depictions of everyday life, houses and farming.
Fat quarters aren't just for quilters! Sewers LOVE these inexpensive little pieces of fabric, which are often sold bundled together in pretty packages to make them even more appealing. This unique collection of quick-and-easy sewing projects includes contemporary ideas for DIY home decor, accessories, gifts and more - all made using fat quarters. Projects range from instant fixes needing just one fat quarter, to those using a small handful to create quick patchwork presents, to those that need up to ten fat quarters to really bust that fabric stash! Fat quarters are extremely versatile, are great value and are widely available in fabric stores as well as craft fairs and markets, and they are so pretty that they are hard to resist. This collection of projects offers the perfect solution to sewers with a bundle of fat quarters at home just waiting to be stitched into something lovely.
Beautiful handmade gifts for all occasions
In "Present Perfect," you'll discover gifts to sew for all of life's major celebrations: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, new homes, new babies, or simply "just because."
Betz White, known for her earth- and family-friendly designs, offers a new collection of sewing projects for you to stitch and give to those you love. Projects include cuddly toys for babies and toddlers, clever bags and accessories for women and men, and beautiful items for the modern home. Sewers with a range of abilities, from confident beginner to seasoned seamstress, will find the projects achievable and enjoyable to make.
Each handmade gift begins with a thoughtful selection of materials just right for the project and the recipient. Throughout this book Betz also offers hints for using alternative materials and ideas for upcycling. Reusing a favorite fabric with a history, such as outgrown baby clothing, a grandfather's necktie, or a vintage tablecloth, can add meaning to a truly memorable gift.
Today's newest and most popular needlecraft, stitchery, is an ingenious combination of good old fashioned embroidery, modern quirkiness and contemporary projects. Mandy Shaw's unmistakeable style provides a gorgeous collection of stitches and projects, all in natural fabrics in the stylish cream and red colour palette. A perfect introduction to eleven simple stitches, with step-by-step instructions for both right and left handers. Allows the crafter to create stunning gifts and home accessories which are personal and unique, and also leaving room for inspiration and creativity.
Hierdie titel leer jou meer as 60 splinternuwe tegnieke op 'n roosborduurlap wat spesiaal daarvoor ontwerp is. Die pragtige syrose en organzablare sal byval vind by almal van sylintborduurders en kwilters tot tekstielkunstenaars en klereontwerpers, en is geskik vir enige denkbare gebruik: versier 'n hoed, gebreide sak, gehekelde serp, kralehanger, die deksel van 'n juwelierskissie of die spesiale rok wat jy op jou troudag dra. Daar is tegnieke vir 16 verskillende rose wat tussen 'n latwerk van roosknoppies, blare en stingels blom. Leer hoe om verskeie rooskroonblare te maak, asook roosbottels, kelkblare, stammetjies en blare, uitgeblomde rose en meeldrade, voeltjies en 'n nessie, skoenlappers, strikke en blou reen. Daar is iets vir elke handwerker wat graag wil leer hoe om kreatief met sy- en organzalint te werk.
At its very essence, textile art is about mark-making. As an artist would use a pencil, an embroiderer or quilter can use stitch to make marks on fabric - a fundamental creative act. The making of marks often starts and underpins the entire design process, and a textile artwork is usually made up of repeated stitched marks. This fascinating book shows how marks can be used in textile work, both simple and complex, and explores the crossover between stitch and drawing. Author Helen Parrott is well known for her strongly graphic textile art, which uses marks to stunning visual effect. The book is divided into the types of marks that can be made on fabric, varying in complexity, arrangement and 'feel' - single, grouped, massed, regular, irregular, calligraphic, permanent, transient, and so on. It covers both hand and machine stitch, which make very different types of mark and between them offer limitless potential for mark-making, used both separately and together. It aims to help you take inspiration from the world around you to create marks, develop your own mark-making skills and strengthen your personal creative voice, and is an essential book for any textile artist.
"Pattern Magic 2" is the cult pattern-cutting text from Japan, partner to the original "Pattern Magic" book. Inspiring and exciting, this volume takes a creative approach to pattern cutting, with more step-by-step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers to enjoy. This book looks at creating interesting surfaces, optical illusions and curved shapes through pattern cutting. 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 easy-to-follow illustrations and detailed instructions make it easy to create stunning, sculptural clothes.
Stitch yourself a merry little Christmas with What Delilah Did. With three themed collections: Merry and Bright, Stylish and Chic, and Classic and Cosy, you'll find something to suit whatever your holiday style. This thoroughly modern take on counted embroidery is all you need to create your perfect hand stitched Christmas. With a comprehenisve stitch directory, a variety of simple techniques and a selection of colourful bite-sized projects to entertain beginners and experienced stitchers alike, you will be hard pressed to stop yourself from making them all. Look out for Fair Isle-inspired Christmas Jumpers, a spectacularly stylish Polar Parade and a neon-infused Advent Tree that cannot fail to make this your merriest and brightest Christmas ever. So join Delilah in celebrating her favourite time of year with charts and instructions for 12 stitched decorations that are, quite simply, heirlooms in the making.
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