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Celebrated quilt artist Sandra Meech's last book, Connecting Art to Stitch, explored the ways in which fine-art concepts can be taken into stitch to make outstanding pieces of quilt art. In this exciting new title, the author turns her attention to the rules of design, and how they can be harnessed - and broken - to inform your quilt-art work. You will learn how to recognise good design, and the immutable rules all designers need to know. The author's signature practical workshops and exercises help you translate these rules into your own textile work, stimulating your creativity and encouraging you to explore new textures, materials, techniques and compositions. Detailed analyses of textile artists' work provide a breakdown of how design rules can be applied. Illustrated with a wealth of inspirational images from the world's best quilt and textile artists, this beautiful book is a must-buy for everyone who wants to create better textile art.
The team behind Mollie Makes magazine have brought together all their favourite stitchers in a range of impressive disciplines from cross stitch to crewel work. They share their tips, stories and beautiful projects, inspiring us all to pick up a needle and thread. Will you try Laura Trimmell's geometric squirrel or Nicole Vos Van Avezathe's quirky cloud-shaped pillow? Perhaps Clare Youngs' beautiful Folk Art throw is more your thing? With seven different stitches to practise, it's one to stretch your skills for sure. That's what we love about this collection - beginner or stitch-savvy, there really is something for everyone who fancies having a go. If you are new to embroidery, the techniques section of the book contains all the step-by-step guidance you need to get started. So thread your needle, choose your fabric and read on - give it a couple of hours and you'll be a practising stitch witch! Jam-packed with hints, tips and techniques, you'll soon be tackling more than the basic stitches - you'll be looping and lacing like the best of them. Why not have a go at silk ribbon embroidery, crewelwork, canvaswork or Bargello? Hoops at the ready! Word count: 50,000
Enter the world of Neil Gaiman's epic masterpiece with this unique coloring book featuring forty-six illustrations created exclusively for this volume. The war had begun and nobody saw it . . . The land of Neil Gaiman's beloved, bestselling novel American Gods is a place where gods-old and new, good and evil-walk among humans; where magic can revive the dead; and where a storm is brewing . . . one that threatens to bring about a war for the very soul of America. Now, for the first time, fans of this modern masterwork can bring Gaiman's intricately imagined landscape to life thanks to dozens of gorgeously rendered black-and-white line drawings from renowned illustrators Yvonne Gilbert, Jon Proctor, and Craig Phillips. Indulge your inner artist and revel in the stunning imagery of the gods and people, places and artifacts of Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
Drawing inspiration from the interiors and fashions of the twentieth century, this great new book is packed full of knit and crochet projects which will fit perfectly into any vintage-inspired interior. The craft skills that have traditionally been passed down through the generations from mother to daughter are as popular as ever, boosted by the current vogue for all things vintage. Creating your own bespoke home furnishings is now seen not just as an exercise in thrift, but as a creative and rewarding activity in itself. Two Tone Chic draws inspiration from the sophistication and elegance of Coco Chanel's famous little black dress, the drama of geometric art deco shapes, and the simplicity of embellishments such as ribbons and lace. Folk Tales introduces the tradition of colour and spontaneity found in Scandinavian and Russian folk art, with its recurring motifs from the natural world, as well as joyful decorative techniques like bobbles, beads, pom poms, embroidery and applique. Birds and flowers adorn cushions, while the bright colours of Russian Dolls provide inspiration for a cosy blanket and a sumptuous floor cushion. Time for Tea brings us to the `make do and mend' era of the 1950s with its floral frocks and afternoon tea parties. Pretty vintage buttons, frills and lace are all in evidence here, with floral cushions, doilies and table runners. With feature spreads on the inspiration behind each look, these projects will help you turn your house into a home. Word count: 40,000
It is impossible not to have fun adding colour to this mesmerizing collection of exotic birds and their natural habitats. Whether you're applying the finishing touches to impressive patterned wings or inventing your own colour schemes for jungles, rainforests and other areas where wild birds are free to fly, The Exotic Birds Colouring Book will enthrall you for hours. With over 120 charming designs to bring to life, this activity book is the perfect gift for any artist looking to colour the vast array of technicolour species of exotic birds and a fantastic source of inspiration for anyone looking to add a splash of colour into their own lives!
For every crafter who has ever wondered how to use the odd ball of yarn left over from a previous project, the answer is here. Now that more and more of us are buying online, there's always a temptation to add one more ball of wool to your basket than the pattern recommends, just in case you can't get the same dye-lot at a later date. Or maybe you are one of the lucky ones who always seems to use slightly less yarn than you expected. And then there are the flash sales online, wool shop events, or craft fairs, where piles of yarn at knockdown prices tempt you to buy without a particular project in mind, just because it's there, it's gorgeous, and it's cheap. Whatever the reason for the size of your yarn stash, one thing is certain, you won't want to waste any of it (or worse still, throw it away). This collection of patterns from Nicki Trench is the answer to your prayers: 25 makes, small and not so small, which can either be made with one ball of yarn or less, or which use up small amounts of different colours in stripes, squares or flowers. Many of the makes are ideal as gifts, including baby hats and bootees, toys, cosies, and bunting. There are also projects for the home, such as a stripy cushion cover, egg cosies and mug warmers. There are also useful tips on choosing substitute yarns and checking your tension. Now you can stop feeling guilty about your stash, and put it to use instead.
You don't have to be a master embroiderer to create beautiful crazy-quilt seams! With 480 seam designs to inspire your creativity, you'll learn to stitch with uniform spacing for a professional appearance. Line everything up perfectly with five pages of full-size stitch templates and dozens of step-by-step illustrations. Then dress up embroidered seams with sparkly beads, buttons, sequins, and silk ribbon embellishments for endless creative combinations!
The richly diverse legacy of California's quilts is beautifully chronicled in words and images in this extraordinary collection spanning a century of quiltmaking. Here is the story of California's quilts, from those California bound--carried on the backs of mules and horses, in covered wagons, by ship or by train--to those California made, created on the farms and in villages and cities across the state. Whether to remember friends and family back home, mourn loved ones lost, record cultural and historical events, or illustrate their new surroundings, California's quiltmakers pieced, appliqued, embroidered, and embellished cloth in an astonishing variety of quilts and bedcovers.In this volume, contemporary letters, diaries, and historical records provide authentic accounts of the social, political, and cultural contexts in which California's quilts were brought west and worked there.
"Top of my book list this season has to be the inspirational Love Colour by colour trend forecaster and globetrotter Anna Starmer. Full of all her wonderful interiors and travel photography it gives you hours of page flicking joy." - Sophie Robinson (DIY SOS, the Great Interior Design Challenge) "International colour expert Anna Starmer's new book, Love Colour: Choosing Colours to Live With, combines advice and eye-catching photography with a pull-out colour chart to help give you the confidence to transform your home into a haven of hues." - House Beautiful "Having worked with top interior brands including Anthropologie, Dualit, John Lewis, and Marks & Spencer, Anna Starmer's expertise in tones and accents is unparalleled. Love Colour: Choosing Colours to Live With is a complete guide to help you to embrace colour and choose the right hues for your home with confidence." - Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms "The ultimate inspirational read for design-loving couples setting up home." - Wedding Ideas magazine Choosing colours for your home can become an overwhelming and confusing process-there is just so much on offer. Love Colour will help you to bring your favourite colours to life by successfully making all those challenging decisions. Renowned international colour expert Anna Starmer takes you by the hand and guides you through this lavishly illustrated rainbow world of colour combinations, teaching you everything you need to know about hues, tones, accents and foundation colours along the way. Start by simply choosing a colour you love, then take your inspiration from our accessible and practical palettes to create your own colour combinations. This book also includes removable colour chart booklet so you can note and match your perfect colours anytime you are out and about.
Whether you're trying your hand at painting for the first time or honing your artistic ability, Artist's Painting Techniques is the handiest guide to teach you how to paint. Starting with the basics such as observational skills and learning how to draw, Artist's Painting Techniques will guide you into working with watercolours, acrylics, and oil paints. Discover everything you need to know about tone, colour, pattern, brushwork, and composition to create your own masterpieces with confidence. Learn a range of key watercolour, acryllic, and oil painting techniques, including laying a flat wash, painting fur, and creating impasto sculptural effects. Embark on exciting artistic exercises and projects to discover your style and grow as an artist. Follow the fully illustrated step-by-step guides and get inspiring advice and encouragement from practising artists. Kickstart your creativity and develop your own style with Artist's Painting Techniques.
NOW FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED You can do Hardanger embroidery! Have you always wanted to try Hardanger embroidery but thought it looked too difficult? Or have you mastered the basics and want new challenges? This manual will take you step by step from novice to advanced stitcher, with helpful diagrams and hints and tips at every stage. There are stunning Hardanger projects, graded beginner, intermediate and advanced, to guide you to your next level of expertise. You will refer to this Hardanger embroidery book again and again.
Second in importance only to the face, hands play a key role in
expressing emotional states--from anger and fear to resignation,
serenity, and surprise. This resource features more than 1,000
illustrations, offering figure artists at all skill levels insights
into the structure, character, and expression of hands.
The team behind Mollie Makes magazine have brought together all their favourite knit designers to share their tips, stories and beautiful projects. Knitting may seem complicated, but in fact there are just two stitches you need to learn. Once you have mastered knit and purl, you can knit pretty much anything. The beginner's section starts with a run-through of the basic tools and equipment you'll need, as well as a handy guide to choosing yarn. Once you're ready to start, learn the best way to hold your needles, and tackle the different cast-on methods to work out which works best for you. Once you've cast on, you are ready to make those all-important first stitches and choose your first project. Make a gift for a loved one with patterns for a baby blanket, bouquet of woolly flowers or a cute bulldog puppy. Bring your home up to date by making an on-trend footstool, plant pot or neon rug. Or wear your makes with pride - whether you go for a classic pair of socks, or a more daring pompom headband or loopy poncho.
Why not make your bedroom a haven of loveliness this Fall with these 8 fabulous warm and cosy bedroom accessories Each gorgeous make is demonstrated using two differing fabrics from Westminster Fibers fabulous Free Spirit fabric designers--feminine & funky Tula Pink and the curious and anachronistic Tim Holtz, showing you how easy it is to create a different look and feel to your room simply through your choice of fabric patterns and colors.Easy-to-follow instructions with step-by-step illustrations and lots of detailed photographs will guide you through the creative process from preparing your fabric and cutting it out to sewing and adding finishing touches. The fabulous projects featured in the book include a duvet cover & pillow slip, sumptuous bed pillows, a laundry bag, pretty pleated curtains, snuggly pyjama bottoms, a hugs & cuddles quilt, Roman blinds and a light-up lampshade.So get sewing and create the bedroom of your sweet dreams
The use of text is currently very popular in textile art, and its creative potential is unlimited. Text can engage directly with the viewer to express personal concerns, social and political issues and even humour. In this exciting new book, Sara Impey, one of the world's best-known textile artists and an innovator in using text in her work, presents the definitive guide to text in textiles. She aims to inspire makers with the confidence to use text, to illustrate how it can be used as a means of self-expression, and to provide advice on where to look for sources of inspiration. The book includes a brief discussion of stitched lettering in history, and examines the current scene, including contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin. It then goes on to explore how to find inspiration for your work, whether personal or political, with exercises on how to get your thoughts organized. Finally, a wealth of practical tips are given on how to get text into your work, including hand-stitching techniques, computers and the new generation of sewing machines, photo transfer, found objects and the use of newsprint and other printed materials. It also contains valuable information on copyright. This fascinating book is perfect for any textile artist who wants to add an extra dimension to their work by incorporating text.
The Fabric and Yarn Dyer's Handbook is for anyone who wants to create a unique textile or yarn to use in quilting, home furnishings, embroidery, knitting or crochet. This book contains detailed step-by-step instructions to all the main techniques for dyeing and decorating. These include traditional vat and tie-dying as well as innovative contemporary methods never published before, involving the use of such workaday items as photocopiers, aluminium foil and latex. A comprehensive section on the characteristics of different fabrics and yarns, dyes, pigments and paints is packed with handy tips from the author, a leading expert in textile dyeing and decoration. The main part of the book features over 100 beautifully illustrated recipes that can all be made at home. This book is a must for any crafter working with fabric or yarn.
Using simple techniques, Tuscany-based woodworkers Samina Langholz and Andrea Brugi teach you how to make 20 beautiful wood objects for the home. From an egg cup made from a reclaimed beam and broom handle to a chopping board featuring a hand-carved "butterfly" - an old trick for stabilising a crack - here are a wonderful selection of approachable carpentry projects that don't require complicated tools, and can be done easily in the home. Suitable for all levels of expertise - even the complete beginner - the simple and accessible step-by-step instructions are accompanied by stunning location photography. Inspired by the rustic lifestyle of rural Italy and the unspoiled views of olive groves that surround them, Samina and Andrea make beautiful carpentry pieces and this book will inspire you to recreate them in your own home.
The Clangers live on a blue cratered moon, far away in space. They make their homes in underground caves, with saucepan lids protecting the entrances. Resembling small pink anteaters, the adorable knitted Clangers have transfixed audiences for the past forty years. This fantastic book will allow you to knit your own Clanger. Choose from Major, Mother, Granny, Small and Tiny. Also includes instructions on making the friends of the Clangers - the Soup Dragon, Iron Chicken and of course the Froglets. There are insider tips and tricks to create your very own Clanger planet with step-by-step instructions for Tiny's boat and Major's rocket as well as sets and trees. Learn how to make scenery, backdrops and props, and perfect that distinctive Clanger whistle! Made by Smallfilms, Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin's series Clangers started in November 1969, just four months after NASA's moon landing. The programmes were originally broadcast by the BBC from 1969-1972 and a new series, narrated by Michael Palin, began in June 2015.
Full of creative craft ideas that are guaranteed to impress, Paper Craft will teach you how to transform plain old paper into beautiful decorations, handmade cards, scrapbooks and more. Do you want to create bespoke wedding invites? Or impress your friends with personalised birthday cards and wrapping paper? Paper Craft contains absolutely everything you need to know, from the necessary equipment, to techniques and materials, with 50 projects to get you crafting. With templates to save you time and simplify projects you can start crafting pop-up cards, jewellery, bunting, lanterns and more and if you're feeling even more creative then variations throughout will inspire you to make your projects even more unique. Whether you're a total novice or already familiar with handmade crafts, you'll soon be cutting, folding, glueing and printing your way to paper craft heaven.
Discover the beautiful Japanese pattern darning technique kogin and how
it can be used to create stunning stitched and quilted projects. Kogin
is a variation of the popular Japanese embroidery technique sashiko and
is rapidly becoming as popular as its 'big sister'.
Stitches, techniques, and projects for lighter-than-air shawls and more. The ethereal beauty and intricacy of Shetland lace knitting might at first seem beyond the powers of the everyday knitter, but the skills needed are within the reach of everyone who can knit and purl, cast on, and bind off. The Magic of Shetland Lace is designed to take the novice knitter from their first "yarn over" step-by-step to complex every-row lace knitting. Organised by stitch and row count, the techniques are introduced with clear step-by-step instructions, charts, and detailed photographs of knitted samples. The book presents all the essential skills you will need to master a wealth of traditional Shetland motifs, patterns, and insertions, including Cat's Paw, Candlelight, Horse Shoe, and many more. Includes suggestions for how to work different stitches into elegant and traditional Shetland Lace accessories such as scarves, hats, and shawls.
Making pom poms is fantastic fun for all the family and these wonderfully easy pom-pom projects are sure to brighten up your day. Ideal to make as gifts for young and old alike, you can choose from 17 projects, including a little lamb, a cute puppy, a jolly snowman or a big, googly eyed spider. There's also a hanging mobile of planets. The book includes clear step-by-step instructions and a fully illustrated techniques section.
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