Classic and Modern Designs in the Scandinavian Tradition
This practical guide to knitting draws on traditional Swedish techniques to help the reader develop and practise key skills, from casting on and off, and adding holes and pockets, to repairing mistakes and decorating with beads, sequins and embroidery. Patterns are provided for the garments featured in the book, including sweaters, a bedspread and a gold evening bag, and there is also advice on how to create a pattern of your own.
Written for anyone interested in making clothes, whether a complete beginner or experienced needleworker, this guide to basic and intermediate techniques includes chapters on identifying and choosing fabrics, body types and size charts, seams and shaping, hems and closures, all with step-by-step, illustrated instructions showing how to create fashionable, professional-looking garments.
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 Journey from Sheep to Skin to Stitch
Sharing many similarities with the 'slow food' and 'slow living' movements, this thoughtful exploration encourages knitters to step back, pare down, and celebrate the craftsmanship of their work. Covering themes such as sourcing yarn, working environmentally, and experimenting with new techniques, the book offers patterns for a knitted wardrobe including a cowl, wrap cardigan, cabled pullover, and hat and glove set.
Vintage Fashion: Knitwear
Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics
Introduced by Kaffe Fassett, this illustrated history of knitwear surveys garments, styles, designers and manufacturers decade-by-decade, from cashmere under-vests in the early 1900s to wartime hand-knitting in the 1940s, and from 1950s twinsets by Pringle to evening dresses on 21st-century catwalks. The book covers all forms of knitted textile, whether hand-knits or machine-produced jersey, and describes the development of the technology of knitting as well as its social and cultural contexts.
Making Great Furniture
25 Inspiring Projects from Top Makers
From a Shaker-style desk and a blanket chest to a Robert Adam-inspired breakfront bookcase and an inlaid chest of drawers, this collection contains 25 carpentry projects from Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine. Including classical, traditional, Arts and Crafts and contemporary style designs, the plans are aimed principally at the intermediate level to experienced woodworker, with step-by-step instructions, diagrams, photographs and exploded 3D artworks.
How Traditional Crafts Are About More than Just Making
When it first appeared in Old English, 'cræft' signified a sense of knowledge, wisdom and resourcefulness. Using our collective nostalgia for authentic objects produced by human hands as a starting point, the archaeologist and broadcaster Alexander Langlands interweaves historical research, scientific analysis and personal anecdotes. He attempts to recover the lost meaning of the word, stressing the importance of passing on traditions from one generation to the next.
A Guide to Scottish Luxury
Beloved by style icons from Grace Kelly to the Duchess of Cambridge, cashmere depends on three components for its production: the goat, the water and the artisan. In this illustrated volume, Lynne McCrossan explains how makers across Scotland employ centuries-old practices to craft clothing for fashion powerhouses including Hermes and Dior and offers advice on creating a cashmere capsule wardrobe.
And Sew To Bed
30 Beautiful Sewing Projects for Nightwear and Accessories
Caro London presents 30 nightwear sewing projects for all abilities, with removable full-size patterns and templates. For women, the designs include a frilled strappy nightdress, kimono robe and upcycled jersey pyjamas; for children, a girls' camisole set and boys' classic pyjamas, plus homewares and accessories such as a hot water bottle cover, bolster bed cushion and fabric headband. Slightly off-mint.
The Nostalgia Nerd's Retro Tech
Computers, Consoles, and Games
Early home computers and consoles from companies including Sinclair, Atari and Nintendo introduced many innovative games. This trip down memory lane features the physical hardware and images of classics such as SuperMario Bros and Donkey Kong, along with personal recommendations.
201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects, and Ideas
Inspired by some of her favourite things – patchwork, ethnic carpets, vintage fabrics and naive art – crochet expert Melody Griffiths presents an eclectic mix of motifs and blocks. She goes on to explain how to incorporate the designs, which include flowers, animals, geometric patterns, and a complete alphabet, into 50 projects, from gloves and scarves to pillow covers and blankets. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Scratch and Draw: Enchanted Animals
Each of the 20 line drawings in this title is followed by a detachable page with a special coating in which budding artists can scratch their own version, using the enclosed stylus. While there is scope to personalize the final piece or create a unique work, the suggested images include woodland flora and fauna and a unicorn.
Scratch and Draw - 3 Books
Each of the 20 line drawings in these titles is followed by a detachable page with a special coating in which budding artists can scratch their own version, using the enclosed stylus. While there is scope to personalize the final piece or create a unique work, the suggested images include simple floral designs, woodland animals and geometric shapes. The three titles included in this set are: Scratch and Draw: Botanicals (Read more...) Scratch and Draw: Patterns (Read more...) Scratch and Draw: Enchanted Animals (Read more...)
Photography: Essential Beginner's Guides - 3 Books
Aimed at those with little previous experience, these guides provide foundation courses that begin with advice on choosing equipment, explain the basics, and then present a series of lessons detailing more advanced techniques, with projects to put everything into practice. Each book is well-illustrated, including examples of ‘before’ and ‘after’ images that demonstrate different effects, and concludes with a glossary and list of useful websites. The three titles included in this set are: Black and White Photography (Read more...) Landscape Photography (Read more...) Portrait Photography (Read more...)
Stone Garden Transfer Art
Transform Ordinary Stones into Extraordinary Art
This boxed set contains all the materials needed to create four decorative stone projects. In addition to paints, brushes and stones it includes an instruction booklet showing how to use the eight transfers, from a simple leaf motif to a butterfly and a flower.
9 Months to Crochet
Count Down to the Big Day with Crochet! 25 Projects to Make While You Wait
Suitable for beginners and experienced crocheters, these 25 illustrated projects, devised to be completed during the three trimesters of pregnancy, include baby clothes, nursery furnishings, and accessories for mums-to-be. A step-by-step illustrated guide explains the stitches and techniques required to make the items, including a new-born cardigan, infant sleeping bag and colourful bunting, and an appendix lists the natural yarns used.