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Make fabulous festive craft projects with this collection of 20 fantastic projects that are modern and stylish, but simple enough to make for the busy Christmas season. Covering a wide range of crafts, from sewing and beading, to card making and cake decorating - it is everything you will need to create your best Christmas ever. Packed with step-by-step instructions, beautifully illustrated techniques and handy tips from top designers to make it fun and easy for craft experts and beginners alike. With ideas for festive decorations for your home and pretty gifts for family and friends, each project is simple to make but will be treasured forever. Learn different crafting skills and improve your techniques with handy tips. Create beautiful items that will bring a cosy atmosphere to your home. Celebrate Christmas with unique and special Christmas gifts for friends and family. Enjoy making delightful decorations, tasty treats, cards and presents for Christmas.
Learn how to master hundreds of knotting and braiding techniques to create stunning jewellery and accessories. Written by renowned jewellery crafter and first Ambassador for Swarovski Elements, Dorothy Wood, The Knotting & Braiding Bible is the essential guide to knotting and braiding techniques for jewellery craft. The book covers kumihimo (braiding), plaiting, knotting (including macrame) and fusion, with techniques for adding beads, using different cords/wire and attaching findings. All the instructions have step by step photography to make them suitable for beginners. Choose from a selection of contemporary jewellery, accessories and home decor projects to create beautiful gifts and home decorations.
An inspirational guide to designing and making tailored soft furnishings. Projects include stunning window treatments, removable loose chair covers, beautiful scatter pillows, and crisp household linen. Step-by-step instructions lead you through all the stages from planning to stitching, as well as caring for the finished item. Includes simple projects suitable for a novice, as well as challenging ideas for more experienced stitchers.
This book features gorgeous period designs for classic cross stitch and elegant embroidery, shown in step-by-step photographs and patterns. It offers a wealth of exquisite designs evoking the traditions of the Victorian period. It includes 50 projects for embroiderers of all levels of expertise, inspired by original period pieces. It presents a detailed section on sewing and embroidery techniques, together with hints and tips on making and finishing. All the traditional techniques popular in Victorian times, such as cross stitch, patchwork, beadwork, whitework, quilting and ribbon embroidery, are featured. Projects include a classic napkin and napkin ring, an applique cushion, a beautiful butterfly brooch, a pretty fringed scarf and a stunning embroidered white pillowcase. It is shown in 200 easy-to-follow photographs and diagrams. The Victorian era is probably the richest period of crafts history, a gracious time when gentlewomen pursued excellence in needlecraft, using exciting new techniques to create beautiful pieces. This innovative period is evoked by 50 projects forming a collection of delightful pieces. Ranging from the simplest ideas to those requiring a little more skill, there are projects to appeal to all ages and abilities, including a cross-stitched needlecase, an intricate fan quilt, an adorable patchwork box, an elegant evening bag, a festive Christmas tassel, a traditional photomount and a wonderful wedding album. The projects are illustrated with helpful stage-by-stage pictures, equipment lists and patterns.
The follow-up title to the bestselling The Beaders' Bible, which has sold over 70,000 copies worldwide, this book features 9 technique-focused chapters and 12 step-by-step projects. Author Dorothy Wood has written over 30 craft titles and is very well known among beaders, who actively seek out her books. An indispensable guide to making bead jewelry covering all the essential beading techniques, from choosing colors and designing jewelry, to bead stringing, making findings and bead embroidery. There are easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, clear diagrams and stunning photography combine to create a must-have resource for expert and beginner beaders alike.
* Author's previous three beading titles have sold a total of 175,000 copies * Beading is as popular as ever, and Christmas is one of the key crafting occasionsWhether it's a tealight holder, a pom-pom light garland, a Christmas stocking, gift bags, or a Christmas jewelry set, readers will embrace the decorating and gift ideas found in Simply Sparking Christmas Beading. Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions cover a huge range of techniques, including bead loom weaving, bead stitches, bead embroidery, and wiring, for projects that truly shine. With a selection of last-minute variation projects ideal for when time is short, even the most harried Christmas shopper will find something to craft in this accessible and friendly guide.
Choosing to make your own soft furnishings is immensely satisfying; not only can you choose your own colour schemes, fabric types and trims, but these furnishings can usually be made at a fraction of the cost of shop-bought items. Making Table & Bed-Linen contains over 35 beautifully tailored projects to make. There are so many ways to dress a bed, with traditional patchwork quilts, modern duvets and colourful throws. For the dining area, choose from elegant tablecloths, quilted placemats, or a stylish beaded applique tablerunner. There are ideas as well to co-ordinate chair covers with table decor. Whatever your level of ability, Making Table & Bed-Linen contains plenty of projects to inspire your imagination to beautify your home.
Find out how to transform your home with 35 tailor-made projects ranging from removable loose chair covers, to a selection of scatter cushions. This book shows how to make scatter cushions in all their various forms, from bolsters with plain piped edges to simple, elegant designs with envelope fastenings, and chair covers. It offers ideas for practical footstool covers as well as for outdoor seating, with new covers for a deck chair, a director's chair, and a simple design for a loose cover to hide a plastic garden chair. A techniques chapter covers all the stitch basics, and there are hints and tips to help produce professional results whatever the level of skill.
This comprehensive volume includes all the information a cross stitcher needs. More than 150 decorative projects inspired by the historical styles of Asia, Europe, and the Americas are included. Rich motifs of the Celtic and Medieval eras, simple patterns of the Shakers and ethnic designs of South America, Eastern Europe and Asia sit alongside bold contemporary motifs. Ideas for displaying your work on cabinets, stools, firescreens, pencil boxes, bookcovers and clothing, as well as framed pictures, cushions, pillows and tablecloths are presented. The book is fully illustrated throughout, with all the step-by-step stages and techniques, as well as detailed charts.
This inspiring book brings together the best of several timeless and popular handiwork crafts in one volume. It features over 340 original projects and techniques, encompassing embroidery, needlework, quilting, patchwork, applique, tapestry, knitting and crochet. It includes cross stitch samplers, embroidered curtains, applique cushion covers, quilted throws and knitted scarves. A selection of contemporary pieces is also included: rucksacks, T-shirts, ski hats, shoe bags and nursery accessories. This wide-ranging guide to handiwork crafts is all a beginner or practised needleworker will need to while away many creative hours.
Learn how to make stunning braided jewellery using the popular technique of Kumihimo - the art of Japanese braiding. Kumihimo is enjoying a surge in popularity in contemporary jewellery making as an innovative and on-trend technique. This beginner-friendly guide features step-by-step diagrams and photographs to help you start braiding and create beautiful jewellery projects at home. Written by renowned jewellery crafter and first Ambassador for Swarovski Elements, Dorothy Wood, The Beginner's Guide to Kumihimo is the essential guide to Japanese braiding techniques for jewellery craft. The book covers a range of techniques including flat braids, square braids, honeycomb braids, hollow braids, spiral braids, braiding with beads, using different cords and wire, and finishing techniques. It features templates to make your own Kumihimo disk and plate, plus a handful of contemporary projects for jewellery and accessories so you can put your newfound braiding skills to use straight away.
Be inspired by the creative art of macrame! In this comprehensive guide, expert author Dorothy Wood makes it easy to master macrame in no time! Learn all of the basic knots with clear diagrams, step-by-step instructions and photographs before developing your skills with more advanced techniques such as adding beads. Test your skills with simple project ideas throughout and then, at the end of the book, you'll find three stylish pieces of macrame jewellery to make - rhinestone bracelets, a beaded necklace and a beautiful brooch.
From its early beginnings in 1750 as the head village of the Wyandot (or Huron) Native Americans to the present, Gibraltar has been influenced by its location along the banks of the Detroit River. For this wetland area, water is and always has been a part of life. With many canals, the city is known as the "Venice of Michigan." Early shipbuilding and lumber mills, rum-running, summer cottages, marinas, and a steel mill have all found their way to Gibraltar's shores. Hunting, fishing, and trapping along the water have served as mainstays. Gibraltar was incorporated as a village in 1954 and as a city in 1961, making it the second smallest city in Michigan at that time. Hy Dahlka was the first village president and a pioneer in wildlife conservation, founding the Michigan United Conservation Club (MUCC), the Waterfowl Festival at the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, and the Monroe Rod and Gun Club.
This is an accessible compendium of tried and tested sewing, patchwork and embroidery techniques. It covers all the basics on how to sew, with clear instructions and over 1300 photographs and illustrations, to help you achieve professional, accurate results every time. It is a beginner's guide to machine embroidery and a dictionary of hand embroidery stitches and skills covers ribbon embroidery, needlelace and drawn threadwork, and traditional counted thread techniques such as Hardanger. You can learn traditional hand-sewn patchwork, quilting and applique methods, as well as the latest speed-cutting and piecing techniques, and how to use fusible bonding web. It includes inspirational examples of contemporary and traditional work by leading textile artists. This appealing gift set offers a complete guide to sewing, patchwork and embroidery in three handy books. Whether you are cutting out a pattern, turning hems or deciding which type of zipper or seam to use, concise instructions guide you through each stage, one step at a time. Here is all the information you need to design and make your own patchwork quilt, whether you are a beginner or an experienced quilter. Master classic hand stitching and contemporary machine embroidery, and learn how to become a proficient embroiderer. Here, with 1300 illustrations and photographs, is all the information you need to succeed as a home sewer.
Author Dorothy Wood follows the history of cross stitch throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and then amasses 150 highly original, decorative projects. Beginning with the rich motifs of the Celtic and Medieval eras, the book then moves on to the more formal cross stitch styles reminiscent of Victorian England. In the Folk Art section the simple patterns of the Shakers are juxtaposed with the bright ethnic designs of South America, Eastern Europe and Asia, while the Contemporary section highlights the bold modern motifs of the late twentieth century.
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