In Provence and Auvers
Between 20 February 1888, when he arrived in Arles, and his death in Auvers on 27 July 1890, Vincent Van Gogh was intensely creative, completing works such as Starry Night. Comprising a detailed commentary by the art historian Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov plus almost 300 colour reproductions, black-and-white illustrations, preparatory sketches and photographs of the people and places he painted, this volume offers a comprehensive overview of the artist's experiences and output during his final years. Off-mint.
50 Fun Products to Make Without a Needle and Thread
Recognizing that crafts that requiring stitching strike fear into the hearts of many, Ashley Johnston offers an illustrated collection of 50 innovative no-sew projects. In place of needle and thread, the designs, including cushions, curtain panels, accessories and children's' clothing, use easily sourced materials such as iron-on hemming tape, webbing, eyelets and a variety of glues.
Modern Scandinavian Design
This extensively researched, highly illustrated guide to the everyday design traditions of the Nordic countries since 1925, an aesthetic which is broadly underpinned by a shared belief in social equality, ranges from decorative pieces to lighting, furniture and architecture. The authors explore the influences that characterize each country's contrasting output, such as the Danish philosophy of Hygge, the Finnish preference for functionality, the ethical approach favoured by Sweden and the rich folk heritage of Norway.
Kaffe Fassett's Bold Blooms
Quilts and Other Works Celebrating Flowers
Kaffe Fassett uses flowers as his source of inspiration in this design guide, which is illustrated with full-colour photography throughout. In Part One, he explains how he creates the vibrant textiles, paintings and floral displays for which he is renowned. Part Two presents quilt and needlepoint projects arranged by colour palette, Part Three offers the instructions and templates required to make the pieces featured.
How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns
When making or designing your own clothes, sewing patterns are a useful starting point, but often need to be altered to achieve a good fit. Lee Hollahan, a fashion and textiles expert, explains how to use and adapt patterns, from choosing the right size and understanding the markings to translating flat shapes and pattern blocks into wearable garments.
100 Modern Quilt Blocks
Tula Pink's City Sampler
This illustrated planner contains 100 block designs, based on a range of geometric shapes, and demonstrates how to make an original quilt by mixing and matching them. It also includes five city-themed quilt patterns, cutting and assembly diagrams and practical tips to guide the novice through every step of the process, from the initial design to the finishing stages.
Passion for Patchwork
Over 100 Quilted Projects for All Seasons
From simple items that can be completed in a few hours to more intricate and ambitious creations, the projects in this workbook include purses, bags, place mats, hangings, cushions and quilts. Using simple patchwork, appliqué and quilting techniques and a variety of fabrics, the designs include step-by-step instructions, templates and piecing diagrams.
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
Basic Techniques Plus 150 Inspired Projects
From dolls to dog jackets and sarongs to shower curtains, this well-illustrated and comprehensive compendium presents over 150 projects suitable for all skill levels. Basic techniques are explained for hand and machine sewing as well as other craft skills, and glossaries of fabric, threads and tools are included. The accompanying CD contains full-size clothes patterns and templates that can be printed out.
How to Create an Heirloom Quilt
Learn Over 35 Machine Techniques to Build a Beautiful Quilt
The heirloom quilt is specifically designed to explore sewing-machine techniques for fabric embellishment and manipulation. With the Dresden Plate block as the centrepiece, there are nine panels comprising three designs, and smaller panels and border which complete the quilt. All are described through step-by-step instructions, example photographs and diagrams, with templates provided. Imperial measurements with metric equivalents.
Folk Quilt Appliqué
20 Irresistible Projects to Brighten Your Home
Table mats, bags, wall hangings and quilts are some of the appliqué projects featured in this illustrated how-to guide, which contains templates for 20 designs. Listing all necessary materials, the book features chapters on fabric selection, tools and equipment and the different machine and hand techniques, including needle-turn, needle felting, piecing, embroidery, quilting and finishing.
Country Style Quilting
Inspired by nature, the 14 designs in this practical workbook include quilts, pillows, throws, cushions, wall hangings, dining mats and coasters. Each project features step-by-step instructions, templates, colour photographs and diagrams; and there are supplementary chapters on materials and equipment, basic techniques for beginners – including stitches, appliqué and borders – and a worldwide list of suppliers.
How to Bring Green Into Your Life
Drawing on the expertise of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this practical guide selects the best plants for a variety of purposes in and around the home. The varieties are arranged in order of character – structural or edible, for example – and Katherine Price selects those compatible with domestic spaces, from window boxes to bedrooms and bathrooms, and outlines the care that each requires.
Quick and Easy Pillows and Cushions
50 Step-by-Step Projects
Suitable for novices and experienced sewers, this well-illustrated guide provides designs both simple (secured with ties) and complex (using zip fastenings), with comprehensive instructions for making home furnishings including patchwork pillows, ruffle-edged cushions, ottomans and beanbags.
Kaffe Fassett Quilts
Shots and Stripes
The designs in this manual take inspiration from a range of worldwide sources: Japanese Rags reflects the patches on a worker’s coat, and the colours used in the Samarkand table runner are influenced by a funfair ride. Each of these 24 new projects, made with shot cottons and striped fabrics, includes cutting instructions, templates and clear guidelines for making, assembling and finishing the blocks.
Staging Glamorous Interiors
Trendsetter, fashion icon and wife of an internationally famous novelist, Syrie Maugham (1879–1955) created ultra-chic interiors for London drawing rooms and Manhattan apartments. With its white walls and mirrored panels, her blend of classical elegance and Style Moderne was imitated in several Hollywood movies. Featuring many period photographs, this volume charts her life and career, profiles her fashionable clientele of European royalty and Broadway stars, and describes each of her major commissions in detail.
A Step-by-Step Course for First-Time Quilters
This practical manual for beginners uses twelve ‘workshops’ to introduce basic quilting techniques, with a project to build confidence and reinforce each skill, from oven gloves and box pouches to fruit-shaped pin cushions and place mats. The step-by-step instructions are accompanied by clear illustrations and photographs, and there are many useful tips on fabrics, equipment, stitching and binding, as well as templates, a glossary, and a list of useful suppliers.
Home Sewing Techniques
Essential Sewing Skills to Make Inspirational Soft Furnishings
Ideal for beginners, and including basic information on equipment from pencils to sewing machines, each technique in this practical guide is explained with tips and colour photographs and followed up with an activity: from sewing seams to making a tablecloth; piping to stitching a headboard cover; pleating to upholstering a footstool. In addition, 30 easy-to-follow household projects include a throw, cushions and curtains.
Make It, Own It, Love It
The Essential Guide to Sewing, Altering and Customizing
Matt Chapple, one-time winner of The Great British Sewing Bee, shares his skills, outlining the essential toolkit for marking, cutting, stitching and making patterns. Starting by customizing and decorating existing garments with patches, pockets and darts, the reader can then attempt seven projects from scratch, from a bow tie to a summer dress. There are tips for maintaining clothes and all instructions are clearly explained and well illustrated.
How to Sew
Techniques and Projects for the Complete Beginner
For the absolute sewing novice, this manual provides information on materials and tools, as well as tips on how to measure and get organized. Starting with basic stitches, followed by a simple bunting project, the techniques progress to hemming, binding, gathering and appliqué, while projects include a tote bag, an apron, a cot blanket and a covered coat-hanger.
From Rustic to Urban, Classic to Colourful
Into the gap between the antique and the new, there is retro. Done well, the style works with architecture of every period. Drawing together stunning, rarely seen photographs from the exclusive Côté Maison magazines, this book explains how to achieve the perfect retro interior. It explores different interpretations of the look, from Rustic Reclamation to Structural Industrial, and how to combine the different elements – furniture, mirrors, lighting and textiles – in a striking and unusual yet sympathetic manner.
35 Stylish Projects to Stitch
Using simple Scandinavian style and colours, these projects include traditional folklore bunting and a Christmas stocking, alongside more contemporary iPad and laptop cases, as well as fun ideas for mug warmers and toys for the nursery. All are presented with clear step-by-step instructions, while information on tools, techniques and a list of suppliers can be found with the templates at the back of the book. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
21 Playful Projects with Seasonal Flair
Inspired by the Scandinavian seasons, this how-to book provides 21 year-round projects: a baby’s winter cover; a quilted birds’ nest for spring (complete with birds); a fishy sampler for the summer, and a colourful tree scarf for autumn. Focusing on quilting, appliqué and embroidery techniques, there are tips, templates to copy and a section on finding inspiration.
A DIY Primer for the Design-Obsessed
After providing basic information about materials and colours, each chapter in this DIY guide focuses on a specific material – including wood, thread, clay and wax – explains how to use it, and offers two or three easy projects to try. From making your own tea-lights to spray-painting a dining chair, these unusual designs can make a striking difference to your home. (References to websites may no longer be valid.)
20th-Century Design for Contemporary LIving
Currently there is a movement away from bland flatpack furniture in favour of 20th-century design classics that combine traditional craftsmanship with modern style. Well-illustrated in colour throughout, this collector’s guide explores the key movements, from art deco through mid-century modern and pop art to postmodernism, and explains how to select vintage pieces and integrate them stylishly into a modern home. Includes a directory of designers and manufacturers, and suppliers.
A Manual for Learning to Sew with 25 Projects
Designed for beginners keen to try their hand at sewing and dress-making, this clearly laid out, practical guide covers basic sewing skills from basting to making buttonholes, along with 28 projects to build sewing skills and confidence. Apart from mastering the techniques required, there will be the end results to enjoy – among them, a tunic, pyjama trousers, bags, blouses, dresses, a patchwork throw and basic curtains.
A Visual Directory of Contemporary Patterns, Fabrics & Color
In this comprehensive reference manual, designed to ‘help you get from the idea of a quilt to the reality of it’, Erin Burke Harris has brought together information on fabrics, colour, traditional and contemporary quilt designs, and the techniques for sewing and assembling a quilt. As well as photographs of quilting in progress, there are pictures to inspire colour and design ideas, and illustrated articles on eight quilt artists.
How to Speak Fluent Sewing
The Indispensable Illustrated Guide to Sewing and Fabric Terminology
With chapters on tools, needles, machines, stitches, fabric, patterns and garments, and techniques, this is a handy directory of over 300 sewing-related terms, covering everything from basic hand-sewing needles to the flat-felled seam. Each entry provides a simple line drawing or diagram of the object or process and explains what it is, what it does and why it is used.
There are detailed step-by-step instructions for creating 12 tiny dogs in this handy book for needle felters of all levels of expertise. The tools and techniques are clearly explained, and close-up photographs show each stage of the process. The canines include pugs, poodles, terriers, dachshunds and beagles, and there are plenty of scenes showing the finished animals to inspire your creativity.
The Needlecraft Style Directory
Offering new challenges for novices and the rediscovery of forgotten skills for old hands, this visual guide describes 50 needlework styles and more than 160 different stitches. The styles are in sections on surface embroidery, counted-thread work, quilting, patchwork and appliqué, and special techniques including needle lace and smocking, each one illustrated with photographs of examples. The stitches are explained with diagrams and range from basics to shisha stitch – an ancient Indian technique for attaching tiny mirrors.
Little Bits Quilting Bee
20 Quilts Using Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters
Packs of pre-cut fabrics are the materials used in this quilting guide with a difference. It features 20 projects, including wall hangings, throws and mats, as well as bed quilts of all sizes, each carefully explained and illustrated step by step. The designs are modern, colourful and varied, and are suitable for quilters of all levels of experience. Full-size, ready-to-use patterns in a pocket at the front of the book make getting started even easier.
Quick and Easy Quilts
20 Modern Machine-Quilting Projects
Homemade quilts add colour and interest to a room, but the complexity and effort involved can be daunting. The quilts in this collection use big, bright blocks, so they not only have a fresh, contemporary feel but are much easier to create (some can even be finished in a weekend). Goldsworthy includes clear instructions for twelve full-size quilts as well as eight smaller projects, such as wall hangings and cushion covers, and begins with tips on equipment, materials and techniques.
The Home Sewer's Guide to Practical Stitches
The Ultimate Guide to Sewing Seams, Hems, Darts... and More!
Over 60 examples of machine and hand stitches are illustrated in this directory, including basic utility stitches as well as those that are purely decorative. Each entry contains practical information on the types of fabric, thread and needle the stitch is suitable for; step-by-step instructions on how to create and use it; and suggestions for alternatives, should a stitch recommended by a pattern not be available on the crafter’s machine.