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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.