15 Scary Head Warmers to Knit
Inspired by action-hero comics and mythological creatures, these fun patterns for children or adults use mainly basic stitches and Aran-weight yarns. Ideal for knitters with some experience, there is advice on materials, needles and tension alongside full instructions for knitting, lining and creating embellishments, such as tassels and eyeballs. The photographed designs include a furry, sparkly Fluffball, a bulgy-eyed Fly and a sequinned Griffin.
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.
The British knitwear designer Sasha Kagan is known for her use of rich colour and texture, and this collection of her creations provides detailed instructions, with schematics and pattern charts, for making 22 contemporary garments, including sweaters, tops, jackets, wraps and scarves. Accompanying descriptions of the basic knitting and crochet stitches, there is guidance on how to accomplish finishing touches such as bands, tassels and pompoms.
19th Century Embroidery Techniques
While 19th-century ladies might pass their time stitching complex needlework patterns in Berlin Wool Work, or copying William Morris designs, working-class women produced items of ‘white work’ to supplement their income. From a patchwork tea cosy and a young boy’s dress to a history lesson stitched into a sampler, this publication presents a richly diverse range of embroidery samples – also incorporating diagrams of stitches – from the extensive collection of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, of Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire.
Mabel Lucie Attwell
In Cross Stitch
The career of Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879–1964) spanned more than 60 years, and she became a household name thanks to her illustrations of chubby toddlers appearing on postcards, tableware and calendars. This workbook shows how to create 24 of her designs in cross-stitch, on pieces ranging from vests and bootees to a towel, bookmark, door plate and cushion. All skill levels are catered for and the patterns are fully detailed.
A Foundation Course
This comprehensive introduction to the art of miniature embroidery includes advice on materials and equipment, and explains how to read embroidery charts and how to create a wide variety of stitches. The projects include bell-pulls, stools, cushions and pictures, while step-by-step illustrations and close-up photographs make everything crystal-clear.
Making Vintage Accessories
25 Original Sewing Projects Inspired by The 1920s–60s
Accessories have always been economical and inventive additions to any outfit. This collection of 25 pieces inspired by the fashions of the past – from the 1920s to the 1960s – includes hats, scarves, belts, jewellery and bags. A helpful introduction explaining techniques and fabrics is followed by step-by-step instructions for each project, with plenty of detailed photographs and pattern templates for photocopying.