Learn to Weave with Anne Field
A Project-based Approach to Weaving Basics
This comprehensive introduction to weaving by the internationally acknowledged expert Anne Field covers the composite parts of the loom, shows how to thread or warp it and explains basic weaving techniques. The 11 projects featured, including a table runner, cushion cover, wall hanging, scarf and jacket, all teach a different practical skill, from how to create stripes and twill to how to make a reversible cloth, and a helpful appendix covers yarns and draft writing.
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.
Baby Booties and Slippers
30 Designs to Stitch, Knit and Crochet
The perfect gift for babies and toddlers, these 30 imaginative designs range from lacy summer sandals to woolly winter boots and are created through knitting, crochet or stitching. With clear illustrations and instructions, and a section that explains the techniques that are used in more detail, many of these projects are suitable for beginners. The book also includes pattern sheets and a template for making soles.
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
Decade by decade, this sumptuously illustrated volume charts over 100 years of knitwear, from Chanel's cardigan suits of the 1920s and the expansion in ready-to-wear pieces in the 1950s, to Bill Gibb's ethnic 1970s designs and the 21st-century work of Mark Fast and Louise Goldin, among others. There are hundreds of photographs, of individual pieces and from contemporary publications, and profiles of key designers and fashion houses from each period. The guru of knitwear, Kaffe Fassett, provides a foreword.
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.
Crocheting Soft Toys
Frustrated by mass-produced soft toys made with cheap labour and materials, the author set out to produce a collection of unique toys for children, friends and family that could be crocheted and given as presents. Basic crochet stitches are clearly described and illustrated, while detailed and straightforward patterns cover a range of animals, from larger elephants and a jagged-toothed crocodile to smaller curly-tailed chameleons and fluffy-eared owls.
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.
Encyclopedia of Classic & Vintage Stitches
Including detailed depictions of and explanations for 245 stitches, with instructions on tools and materials and 24 projects to complete – from a skill-displaying sampler to a glittery evening bag – this is a valuable resource for stitchwork practitioners. Although some techniques are suitable for beginners and others require a degree of knowledge and experience, this comprehensive reference book can provide inspiration for all.
Knitted Toy Tales
Irresistible Characters for All Ages
Including bunnies, bears and robots, each toy in this manual has a name and comes with its own introductory story and rhyme. The patterns use a minimal number of parts to avoid having to sew together too many components afterwards, and there is a clearly illustrated section on techniques, with templates, lists of suppliers and yarns used, and advice on which projects best suit a beginner.
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.
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.
Animal Hats to Knit
20 Wild Projects for You to Create
This illustrated collection contains a whole menagerie of animal hats to choose from, and each project is clearly laid out with an easy-to-follow pattern and concise instructions. The designs supplied can be easily adapted to create a unique hat for children or adults with the help of the techniques section at the back of the book.
The couture knitwear designer Jean Moss shares a selection of 24 of her classic designs, with projects suitable for both beginners and more experienced knitters. She demystifies the techniques needed to knit seemingly complex pieces, reveals her tried-and-tested tricks of the trade and demonstrates how to achieve a professional finish every time.
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.
Learn to draw - 4 Books
Each of these guides provides the instruction needed to master basic drawing techniques and develop an individual style. In addition to practical information on tools, materials and how to choose the right medium, the illustrations and exercises demonstrate the principles of proportion, perspective, light and shade, structure and form, and how to work from photographs.